For the last three years, I’ve attended the ANZAC Day dawn service at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Here are a few photos I took.
A reported 25,000 New Zealanders rallied together all over the country and marched against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on Saturday 15 August 2015. A 100,000 signature petition was also delivered to parliament.
What is the TPPA?
A secret trade deal between twelve countries where over 600 multi-national corporate lobbyists have been involved in helping to shape it yet our own opposition MPs haven’t.
It opens the door for:
- Foreign corporations to be able to sue future NZ governments
- Higher medicine costs
- Easier asset sales to non-residents
- Internet restrictions and harsher copyright enforcement
- Plus so much more.
Wikileaks on TPPA
Here is the big picture on what the TPPA and USA are trying to achieve.
What you are about to read is an example of Newstalk ZB publishing a news story criticising John Key then hours later re-editing it to show him in a more favourable light.
I’m guessing the editor in charge shat himself when he discovered the original news story and the response it was getting, then went into damage control.
Business leaders say time for Key to go
On 13 August at 11:37am, Alicia Burrow of Newstalk ZB published the following news story. It started with:
The ‘Key’ brand is over.
The business community has spoken and say it’s time for the National party to groom a replacement.
NZME’s fourteenth annual Mood of the Boardroom survey has shown three quarters of business leaders want a new John Key.
There’s a reference to ‘pony-gate saga’ and ‘failed Northland by-election’.
The news story drew 33 comments before it got pulled, all of them agreeing that Key needed to go.
Several hours later at 1:52pm, the original version had been deleted and there was a new version with a different headline and a completely re-edited introduction by the far less identifiable ‘Newstalk ZB Staff’.
Survey urges National to groom Key successor
This version started with:
John Key remains popular in the nation’s boardroom – with nearly 80% of those surveyed by the Herald believing the Prime Minister is still in touch with ordinary New Zealanders.
However they’re sending a message saying it’s time for National to groom a successor.
The ‘Pony-gate saga’ and ‘failed Northland by-election’ references have now become ‘pony-tail saga’ and ‘miscalculation at the Northland by-election’.
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News media is meant to be impartial in their reporting. This clearly shows how the original news story by Alicia Burrow was then manipulated by someone else at Newstalk ZB to change the framing of it.
Shaping people’s perception is critical to the Key government, perception is power.
They can’t allow a reporter to publish a story telling how the tide has drastically shifted, especially from the business community who originally supported Key, validated by commentary from everyday people.
What do you think? Post your thoughts below.
Dirty tactics are being used to deceive you, they were originally outlined in a playbook leaked by Edward Snowden titled ‘The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.’
Deny / Disrupt / Degrade / Deceive
Let’s illustrate how the 4 D’s work with a real-world example.
Example – Overseas property investors
News stories broke recently about the impact of overseas property investors on NZ’s overheated house prices.
Real-estate figures leaked to the Labour Party, which cover almost 4,000 house sales by one unidentified firm from February to April, indicate that people of Chinese descent accounted for 39.5 per cent of the transactions in the city in that period.
Yet Census 2013 data shows ethnic Chinese who are New Zealand residents or citizens account for just 9 per cent of Auckland’s population.
And the response?
- DENY – There is no issue with overseas buyers
- DISRUPT – The data is not reliable
- DEGRADE – The claim is racist against Chinese
- DECEIVE – The housing issue is about supply
Even if Labour’s findings were the truth, these responses are designed to raise doubt, ultimately leading to inaction which is the intended outcome.
Your things can be taken from you under ‘suspicion of involvement’ in illegal activity, you don’t even have to be charged.
It’s called Civil Forfeiture where there is a dispute between law enforcement and property suspected of being involved in a crime. The property, not the person, is in question.
That property can be seized and the onus is then on the owner to prove it wasn’t involved in criminal activity.
Civil Forfeiture explained by John Oliver. This is what they used to steal all my 'global' assets without a trial. http://t.co/8dgPsdc8lz
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) July 9, 2015
Back in early February, a Bring Back The Axe Attack Facebook page appeared from out of nowhere indicating something wasn’t right with New Zealand’s longest running metal radio show broadcasting on The Rock FM.
I’ve personally known The Axe Attack host Paul ‘The Axeman’ Martin for some time now and he’s always been incredibly supportive of the local metal music scene.
It’s one of the things that has built him a supportive following over the years. It’s also the fact that he genuinely cares about metal music in this country and why he’s dedicated himself to running The Axe Attack since 1987!
The media excuse that failed
stuff.co.nz reported that The Axe Attack was off the air for ‘technical reasons’ according to MediaWorks, who owns The Rock FM.
Didn’t take a genius to work out that media spin wasn’t going to fly with Axe Attack supporters given that other radio shows by The Rock FM were still on air.
My rock band Static Era released its debut album Fit To Fight on 17 April 2015. I’m proud to say it later broke into the Official NZ Music Charts at:
This was achieved with no funding or record label support whatsoever. Just fan support and determination from an independent and self-funded band.
I will say there was a fair bit of work that took place behind the scenes to make this happen, I may save explaining that however for another time.
Below is the Static Era music video for Sleeping Dogs, the single released along with the Fit To Fight album. Ruth and Jimby Media did a great job bringing the quirky story concept to life.
Fit To Fight is available through all the usual digital music retailers and you can get it directly online through the Static Era Bandcamp store.
The ANZAC Day dawn parade on 25 April 2015 served to commemorate the centenary of New Zealand’s involvement in first World War and the great sacrifices made.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.