A week out from Christmas we thought we’d do a round up of the news headlines to see whether there’s a scrap of seasonal goodwill to be found in New Zealand.
What we found was that it is pretty bleak in this dismal land…
The front page of the Herald website leads with “Car obliterated in crash, two critical“, the ‘sad piece of concrete’ pier that leads to nowhere in Napier (a ‘dead end’ analogy perhaps?), police hunting armed robbers who robbed a busy bar in Albany last night, a paedophile Kiwi teacher in Thailand facing deportation, 2016 is set the be the hottest year on record (bad news for parched South Island farmers), the ‘very evil man’ Richard Tait who could be deported back to NZ, the wife who bathed a decomposing body for 4 weeks, and a police choir who teamed up with Tina Cross to deliver a ‘powerful’ message in song against domestic violence.
Stuff also leads with the Hamilton car crash, the kids at sea who only go to school when their boat lands, Fanning riding out drug death pain, the ‘affluenza’ teen who was too rich to go to jail flees with his mum, yesterday’s ‘news’ that NZ fell to 9th place in the 2015 HDI report (with a liberal sprinkling of Kool-Aid to sweeten the pill) and the highway murder story (also yesterday’s news).
ODT has a spark of good news for the Red Cross as it plans to recruit people to help resettle refugees in Dunedin, Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph (shock horror!) may be forced to move to Japan and some of Dunedin’s 18,000 rental properties will be in a study to see if a housing warrant of fitness will affect people’s health and wellbeing (tip – not burning couches and having street riots may help some).
Southland Times leads with the story of a Kiwi serious criminal deported from Australia desperate for handouts in Invercargill, farmers snubbing a drought support meeting in Wanaka, a Minister up close and personal with a takahe, while in Invercargill there’s the sound of carols and clashing lightsabers, and court report about the man who floored it from Invercargill to Winton in 12 minutes.
The Press runs with the Jon Gadsby memorial service, laments ‘diabolical’ traffic congestion to the Riccarton mall, Christchurch pensioners lose their free transport in a Scrooge-like decision, the sad news that the death of a young man in crash raises the country’s death toll to 309, the darling son who violently bashed his pensioner mum, and after a year of detours Pages Rd will re-open.
Radio NZ is one of the few sites to tackle the illegal police search of journalist Nicky Hager’s home – a ‘classic fishing expedition’, another coach destined for foreign shores, the Maori gambling problem could grow, a call for a minimum price for a standard drink, help for depression sufferers during the holidays, and another Kiwi detainee in Australia facing deportation is trying to get a visit from a psychiatrist.
In the blogsphere…
the Standard goes where the NZ MSM fear to tread and asks “What was National’s role in the police raid on Nicky Hager?”, helps to expose New Zealand’s emission scams, and asks what’s next now that child poverty has been monitored?
The Daily Blog also leads with the illegal police raid of a Nicky Hager’s home – saying this a war on journalism: “Hager wasn’t a suspect, he was a journalist with legal protections that the Police simply overrode without a second thought because his work had humiliated and embarrassed the Government…” it puts the spotlight on wealth inequality in NZ and says Neoliberalism, not drug adddiction is the social ill causing child poverty in New Zealand.
No Right Turn also gives the illegal police raid of the journalist’s home top billing – saying that the judge found the search was illegal and police with-held information from the judge who issued the warrant, it too looks at New Zealand’s emission’s fraud asking how bad is it? and says John Key is losing his “war on P” – the much vaunted Methampetamine Action Plan has achieved “absolutely nothing“.