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Welcome returns

Written By: - Date published: 6:42 am, September 25th, 2015 - 7 comments
Categories: journalism - Tags: , ,

It is great to see Dita de Boni back online, now writing for TVNZ:

Good stuff:

We can splash the cash on pandas but we can’t keep NZ scientists in jobs

This week, despite the fact the Government pooh-poohed it every time someone raised concerns, AgResearch went through with what it had foreshadowed for months and laid off 90 people – about a fifth of its research staff.

While AgResearch itself hasn’t said a lot about it, it appears the organisation lost an increasing amount of Government funding for its work – work that aims to enhance the value of the entire agricultural sector to the country.

One thing I have realised about life is that when a company, or a government, really wants to spend money on something, it can always be found. Sadly, our scientists are seen as expendable, especially when the short term demands of the market deem it so.

One of the few writers telling it like it is – Kudos to TVNZ for recognising de Boni’s talents. The second welcome return to the fray is John Campbell:

More good stuff:

‘Pay day is broke day’

First Person is a weekly Radio New Zealand podcast series by John Campbell

Nicole is a mother of five. Last week she worked 76 hours, many of them while her children slept. “I’ve got to do it” she says.

She dreams of buying a house and is determined to inspire her children by working her way up. “Every day it’s a struggle to get up. Every day it’s physically draining. But I have to. I have to.”

Telling our real stories – no one does it like Campbell.


Update: Hmmmm – ONE NEWS seems to be strengthening their political coverage:

7 comments on “Welcome returns”

  1. save NZ 1

    Great news!

  2. Sabine 2

    yep, nice read and good listening to the podcast.

  3. Mrs Brillo 3

    It is indeed good to be able to read Dita again.
    But what a horrible website – invisible pale grey lettering and an ugly font with especially ugly letter “a”s.
    And you can’t even comment on stories.

    I won’t be visiting that too often.

    Looking forward to hearing more from John C too.

  4. Saarbo 4

    Excellent: I feel that RNZ has lifted its game lately. Love listening to Dita on The panel and Jesse Mulligan is good to listen to in the afternoons.

  5. Smilin 5

    This Panda pandering is really treason for the country.What are we up to now in the last few weeks, how many 100s of millions for Keys ego
    The Flag, The All Blacks +, Pandas and the destruction of Agresearch to fire sale prices for the corporate privatisation

    • tc 5.1

      If you extrapolate the lost dividend stream from power asset sales, various corporate welfare handouts over time , SCF etc it’s actually billions not 100’s of millions.

      Gotta hand it to shonky and blinglish they don’t faff about ….wait till the dust on state housing flog offs settles.

      • Treetop 5.1.1

        +1 What the government think is important to do with state housing assets and then following the progress is telling. It is always about generating money and not CONSIDERING the long term loss.

        The housing charity in Northland are clever compared to our clueless government when it comes to housing the needy. Bennett phoned the charity and asked them to be patient.

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