This story ran this morning on The Daily Blog……
The Daily Blog tip line is running hot that NZ on Air has pulled funding for Media3, Backbenchers and Q&A. If Q&A is seriously on the block then that means The Nation will also be for the chop.
If this sudden axing of every current affairs show on all networks is happening, either two things have occurred…
1: NZ on Air has gone mad and decided to kill off all current affairs in the lead up to an election year and will have done so under vast amounts of pressure from the Government who don’t want the risk of any critical media in what will be a close election.
2: Richard Griffin has managed to pull off the greatest coup for public broadcasting since the creation of Radio NZ.
I think – and this is simply a guess – I think that the sudden pulling of the funding for all these shows means that Richard Griffin’s vision of a Radio NZ TV station utilizing the down time of Parliament TV is about to be realized and launched.
Wow, do they have the balls to cancel them all? In one foul swoop? And to set up a Political channel? Will be fascinating to see how this plays out.
WILL YOU BE MARCHING?
“The world is waking up to Monsanto and its negative influence in the global food supply. These marches are a symbol of the growing resistance and mood for change,” said Green Party GE spokesperson Steffan Browning.
“Fewer and fewer companies control more and more of our food chain and their interests are in making money, not feeding people good food.
“Monsanto is one of the most dominant companies in the food supply. They are focused on pushing genetic engineering and have a terrible reputation for suing farmers and influencing countries’ laws.
“We need a food system that works in the interests of people, not corporations. The huge support for this global action shows that the people want a better way.”
Details of March Against Monsanto:
Details of New Zealand marches:
Christchurch – 3:00pm, Hagley Park https://www.facebook.com/events/257378607742003/
Wellington – 3:00pm, Waitangi Park https://www.facebook.com/events/589013124456893/
New Plymouth – 3:00pm, Corner of Elliot and Devon St West https://www.facebook.com/events/364155907021803/?ref=3
Nelson – 1:00pm, Corner of Halifax and Trafalgar Streets https://www.facebook.com/events/128929110628000/?ref=22
Rotorua – 12:00pm, Rotorua Lake Front https://www.facebook.com/events/264719693671906/
Tauranga – 12:00pm, Red Square, Devonport Rd https://www.facebook.com/events/514056908629667/
Whangarei – 2:00pm, Cameron St Mall and Bank St https://www.facebook.com/pages/March-Against-Monsanto-Whangarei/619245478103161?ref=ts&fref=ts
Hastings – 11:00am, Clock Tower, City Centre, 021 054 3492
Surf City will be releasing their second album We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This in August via Arch Hill in New Zealand and Fire in the US/Europe. The band have had a bit of a break and now they are back, having recorded their album in New York, New Zealand and South Korea.
Spin Magazine writes of the first single “the LP’s sunny first taste, “It’s a Common Life,” glows with a West Coast pedigree. Reverb-soaked guitar stabs, a laidback call-to-arms chorus, and ba-ba-ba backup vocals make for a perfectly timed single.”
Miners will be happy. Open cast mines are foul.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith has approved a land access deal for open-cast mining on conservation land on the Denniston Plateau, helping pave the way for Bathurst Resources to begin digging millions of tonnes of top-quality coal. The decision does not mean the mine has the green light, as the application remains the subject of court action by conservationists.
In the land access deal announced by today, Bathurst will provide $22 million as compensation for loss of conservation values. The money is to fund pest and predator control over 25,000 hectares in the Kahurangi National Park and 4500 hectares on the Denniston Plateau, as well as for historic projects on the plateau. It is the largest ever compensation package negotiated by DOC for a mine or any commercial venture. The mine is being fought by Forest and Bird and other conservation groups. Ahead of Smith’s announcement West Coast Environment Network spokeswoman Lynley Hargreaves said it would be a rushed decision made to avoid public consultation.
”Open-cast mining on high-value conservation land is not something the public of New Zealand support, and the Government knows that,” she said.
Smith said the approval, under the Crown Minerals Act, was for an open-cast mine on 106ha of the 2026ha that comprise the Denniston Plateau.
”This area is not national park, nor conservation park, nor does it have any particular reserve status. It is general stewardship land, which is the lowest legal status of protection of land managed by the Department of Conservation.’ He said it did have conservation values although there had been previous mining including roads, bulldozer tracks and a reservoir, and there was some infestation from gorse and broom.