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The Standard’s ten most popular posts of 2018

Written By: - Date published: 8:37 am, December 31st, 2018 - 14 comments
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The ten most read on the Standard have now been decided.

Interestingly only four of these posts were also on the ten most commented on posts.

Tenth was Weka’s post unpicking the Labour Youth camp sexual assault controversy.  In it she urged everyone not to rush to judgment and to take time to look at how sexual assault and race culture gets talked about.

Talking about sexual assault

Ninth was this post where TRP highlighted Louisa Wall’s statement in support of the trans community and opposed Rachel Stewart’s opposition to extended rights.


Eighth was Simon Louisson’s post on Fonterra, its failure to perform and what should be done to change this.

Fonterra a failure in concept and in practice

Seventh was Weka’s post on rape culture and how the trivialisation of a sexual assault on a young woman at a music festival was a classic example of this.  Come back Weka!

News stories and NZ rape culture

Sixth was this post where public comment on Clarke Gayford based on unmentioned rumours was analysed.

Bottom feeding fish

Fifth was this post on how the media treatment of Clare Curran’s problems compared to the story concerning the leaking of raw sewerage into the walls of a Middlemore Hospital building and the award of damages to Kim Dotcom against the New Zealand Government suggested that the media were involved unwittingly or otherwise in the manufacturing of an anti Government narrative.

The manufacturing of a narrative

Fourth was this post where National’s everything is awesome narrative was questioned.

Everything is awesome

Third was this post digging into the background of  who may have  leaked JLR’s travel information.

Which National MP leaked Bridges’ expense details?

Second was this post on the police declaring publicly that Clarke Gayford was not actually being prosecuted for anything despite widespread rumours to the contrary.  It neatly completed the Bottom feeding fish post.

Police scotches dirty politics rumours about Clarke Gayford

And the winner was … the continuing saga of the Jami Lee Ross scandal.

Jami-Lee Ross: But Wait, There’s More!




14 comments on “The Standard’s ten most popular posts of 2018 ”

  1. bwaghorn 1

    Where is weka . I haven’t asked earlier because I assumed personal reasons took weka away .
    Was it a inhouse scrap at the standard??

    • Quite a few authors have come and gone. Few have ever said why and weka is one of those. There was no dispute that I’m aware of and it’s far more likely that life demanded more attention than the blog.

      The author turnover is also why I asked the other day for regulars to try writing guest posts. At the moment, most posts, by far, come from Micky Savage. Ad, LP, Mike Smith and I do what we can, when we can.

      Bill and r0b are both on sabbaticals, as I understand, so maybe they’ll be back in 2019. Here’s hoping.

    • The Chairman 1.2

      Not sure if this is correct but I read on here somewhere (or perhaps it was elsewhere) that weka landed a job with the Greens.

  2. lprent 2

    No links?

    [lprent: moved this thread to the end of the day to get it out of the comment post top. ]

    • dV 2.1

      The heading links.

    • lprent 2.2

      I was looking at mobile. The links to posts didn’t show first time around. They have now – and very elegantly as well. Looks like the blocks system from wordpress 5.0 is active on links.

      • Sacha 2.2.1

        May have to tweak styles so clickable links are more visibly obvious?

        • lprent

          It was just the lag while the link blocks were loading. I noticed the links actually being missing, but it appears that it was in the interval between when it was loading and displaying the blocks actually displaying the posts. Which is a new feature of wordpress 5.0 from Gutenberg.

          I’m a bit sensitive about display changes after I install new updates.

          • Sacha

            I’m still seeing unadorned black text for the clickable block headings. Cannot tell they are a link unless you hover.

            • lprent

              Ok. That is odd – not seeing it. It sounds like a CSS issue.

              I just changed the media string to purge the CDN, and flushed the cache. Try that. If it that doesn’t work, try do the local flush for the page (Shift F5?, Shift Refresh).

              Otherwise tell me what browser and OS you are using.

              • Sacha

                Ta. FF 63.0.3 on OSX 10.14.2

                screen.css lines 120 and 121 seem to be controlling the link text format that I see.

                • lprent

                  ok… Still in holiday mode. But I will attempt to borrow my partner old macbook. Otherwise that will have to wait until I pop into work to use my development mac mini.

                  I did fix the re-edit earlier. Just a caching issue.

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