Dr Coleman Saves NZ from Totalitarian TV!

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New Zealand’s chances of turning into North Körea got a little bit slimmer thanks to the current Government’s plan to cancel the TVNZ charter. In 2003 when the then Labour government introduced the TVNZ Charter aimed at bolstering our national identity I thought yippee.  National identity bolstering is good stuff.  It’s supporting the Black Caps and the All Blacks.  Some flasher frogs also like to go to the NZ Ballet or maybe the Opera.  All good I thought.Then I read this quote from current Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman when he was National’s Broadcasting spokesperson in 2007.

When the Minister says that the Government is committed to the core objective of building national identity and will do so through television, does he not realise that New Zealanders do not want to be told by the Government what their identity is, and that using a State-owned broadcaster to try to shape national identity is actually a feature of totalitarian regimes, not Western democracies; or does he secretly fancy himself as the “MP for Palmerston North Korea”?

Not so good.  I was living in Stasi era East Germany kind of like that movie ‘The Lives of Others’ and all because of the TVNZ Charter.  Better change the thing.  Which is exactly what was planned in 2008.

A select committee looked at the charter.  The committee was made up of Labour and National MPs who agreed that  – yep the charter needed a bit of work but tweaking it would be enough.  Sweet as – maybe I was now living in a freer society.

Luckily the Prime Minister and Mr Coleman were taking no chances and got rid of the whole shebang.  Sure their fellow MPs had agreed to update the charter and despite assertions to the contrary the wholesale abolishment of the Charter wasn’t explicitly spelled out in National’s broadcasting policy.  When faced with New Zealand turning into a totalitarian state though it’s probably better not to risk it aye!

16 thoughts on “Dr Coleman Saves NZ from Totalitarian TV!

  1. Frog

    Absolutely

    Being brainwashed by a broadcaster that I pay for isn’t a good way to indoctrinate me into a particular form of conformity at all.

    Let’s put the onus on that wonderful institution of modern man – the education system. IN the same way that Americans pledge allegiance to the flag and country every day at school, thus instilling the concept of America in their psychie for ever, let’s do a little something that achieves a “proud to be a real Kiwi” attitude in our young people and let it tsunami through the population in a generation or so.

    One of the the things you NEVER hear an American ask an immigrant to the USA is “why did you come here?” They ALL know it’s the best place on earth to be, even if it isn’t! The MOST COMMON question an immigrant to New Zealand is asked is “why did you come here?” Just think about it!

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  2. So you are AGAINST NZ turning into a totalitarain State…!!!?? How does this compute with Green doctrine and your Tele-BAN like ways….?

    I would bet money that if the Greens were in office and controled the strings of TVNZ that it would be used for “social change” on a scale that would make the current set up look like Libertarian heaven…

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  3. James

    Just for the record, I am not the “strings of TVNZ” referred to above!

    PMSL

    -_-

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  4. >>cancel the TVNZ charter

    Unworkable piece of stasi feel-good nonsense.

    In any case, who watches TVNZ anyway?

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  5. # Strings Says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 9:45 am

    > One of the the things you NEVER hear an American ask an immigrant to the USA is “why did you come here?” They ALL know it’s the best place on earth to be, even if it isn’t! The MOST COMMON question an immigrant to New Zealand is asked is “why did you come here?” Just think about it!

    I have thought about it, and I’m not convinced that it is a good thing for the citizens of any country to take it for granted that their country is the best on earth.

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  6. I have thought about it, and I’m not convinced that it is a good thing for the citizens of any country to take it for granted that their country is the best on earth.

    Agree. My guess is that would lead towards a tendency to over-react when confronted by people who think their country is fallible.

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  7. > One of the the things you NEVER hear an American ask an immigrant to the USA is “why did you come here?” They ALL know it’s the best place on earth to be, even if it isn’t! The MOST COMMON question an immigrant to New Zealand is asked is “why did you come here?” Just think about it!

    people come so they can live by the ocean etc at prices they couldn’t afford at home. Our real estate industry ensures they know about it and that the skids are greased along the way.

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  8. kahikatea

    Maybe that’s part of our collective problem here in New Zealand. Being the best does not mean perfect or Utopian, it means, simply, THE BEST. I,and I am sure tens of thousands of others who have chosen to live and naturalise in New Zealand, believe we live in THE BEST COUNTRY THERE IS. IN my view, EVERYONE who thinks differently should go to the place they think best!

    I will never stop making a contribution to improving our wonderful country, and I will NEVER stop criticising those who constantly criticise it. As my Face-book page shows, I’ve been to a few counties and have a basis for an opinion, which is why I chose to live here. You, and your ilk, should stand back and realise how lucky you are and how truly comfortable your lives are!

    StephenR
    This country, like all others, has many fallibilities. That does not stop it from being THE BEST!

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  9. There are many places I can buy cheaper Ocean Front property than in New Zealand. South America – no problem. Many parts of British Columbia, easy. The coasts of Nova Scotia and points north, make an offer. Some (many) Pacific Islands – show us the money.

    JH – get a life -_-

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  10. This country, like all others, has many fallibilities. That does not stop it from being THE BEST!

    yay!

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  11. # Strings Says:
    March 27th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    There are many places I can buy cheaper Ocean Front property than in New Zealand. South America – no problem. Many parts of British Columbia, easy. The coasts of Nova Scotia and points north, make an offer. Some (many) Pacific Islands – show us the money.

    ————
    I would call it lifestyle osmosis (with a marketing catylist), and I don’t blame migrants but the costs benefits aren’t spread across the community:

    ” New Zealand is the new Eden, its clean and green image the beneficiary of a public-relations windfall direct from Middle-earth. Americans are not just visiting the country in numbers unimaginable only five years ago—they’re immigrating, drawn by an arcadian ideal (never underestimate the pacifying effect of several billion sheep), breathtakingly cheap waterfront real estate, see-through fish-tank architecture, and an investment climate that, as one Las Vegas resort owner–cum–South Island winemaker puts it, makes New Zealand “the Switzerland of the South Seas.”

    One of the most powerful forces in the shilling of the nation is Helen Clark, familiar to all Kiwis as Madame Prime Minister. In her book, there are no bad tourists, only ones with shallow pockets. And in a recent campaign that will go down in history, Clark aggressively packaged and promoted New Zealand as a place where Californians in particular, because of their relative proximity and the kinship in lifestyles, might consider putting down roots. “Active recruitment,” she called it, and some of the state’s richest residents signed up. Vive le marketing. ”
    ===========

    “Almost 95,000 Brits have arrived in the past decade.

    Real estate agents have profited, with Bayleys selling more than $300m property to British buyers through UK-based marketing.

    The developers behind Pegasus are also targeting disaffected Brits with a marketing exhibition at New Zealand House in London next month.”

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/1/story.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10499626&pnum=0

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  12. There is only so much New Zealand and it is all accounted for one way or another. It used to be that to live in the nicest places in a city you competed with the surgeon, airline pilot, company director etc but now you have the whole world. Go further afield and if it is nice you will find that is marketed also. Access to affordable nice environments (somewhere – not sprawl) was a freebee for Joe Blogs. The real estate entrepreneur doesn’t do it out of the goodness of his heart (of course) it is commission and capital gains which is the driver a compliant government is necessary for the lifestyle liquidation process.

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  13. You know… with technology the way it is…

    I wonder if we couldn’t organize a “by-New Zealanders for-New Zealanders” channel on YouTube or something.

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  14. When taxpayers’ money is confiscated to subsidise television stations it immediately makes everything they do political. I have no problem with media companies paying enormous salaries to their newsreaders etc, except when that money has been forcibly extracted from my pocket.

    The answer, obviously, is simply to remove any state interference in broadcasting. No censorship, no handouts.

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  15. “When taxpayers’ money is confiscated to subsidise television stations it immediately makes everything they do political.”

    I can agree with that. However, no taxpayers’ money goes to subsidise TVNZ, it is required to provide income, in the form of dividend, to its woner – the NZ Government. There’s been a lot of stink about that recently with many people suggesting it should forgo profit in ordfer to preserve jobs – which wouldmean a subsidy was being paid – but that’s another subject.

    The big question here should be – does Government belong in the business of owning companies which compete with those in the private sector?

    Fancy taking that somewhere?

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