July 27, 2018
Kiwiblog marks 15 years of David Farrar’s fomenting happy mischief * today.
To maintain both the quantity and quality of posts every day for so long is no small achievement.
David has a readership that would be the envy of many professional pundits and media outlets.
His blog is one of relatively few that is consistently well reasoned and reasonable.
He is partisan but will give credit and criticism where it’s due regardless of political hue.
His was the first blog I ever read, it’s one I read every day and I look forward to the next 15 years and beyond of essential reading.
* Fomenting happy mischief was adopted by David as a slogan after a letter to the NZ Herald by Peter Davis, husband of then-PM Helen Clark, accused the paper of doing that.
June 7, 2018
Point of Order is a welcome addition to the blogosphere.
In their words:
Point of Order is a blog focused on politics and the economy produced by a small team veteran newspaper reporters who were responsible for much of the content of the authoritative weekly newsletter, TransTasman, before its change of ownership early this year.
Team members include – Bob Edlin, Brian Lockstone and Ian Templeton.
All are experienced, well connected with and informed about New Zealand politics.
The first posts indicate their work will be essential reading.
June 16, 2015
The blogosphere has a newcomer – New Zealand’s Got Talent – The Media Edition.
It’s the work of Shayne McLean who describes himself as old, grumpy and not going to take it anymore.
In his first post he writes:
It has come to my attention that the New Zealand media have a habit of taking themselves far too seriously. They even think the public may just keep in their heads those potential Pulitzer prize winning pieces more than thirty seconds.
The recent Canon Awards were a pivotal example of the mediocrity and banal existence of the very few who feel they should have the power to inform the public. John Campbell and the faux tears another example. He came and went and well, life goes on. We still have Mike Hosking and if he dies from overexposure to hair dye – Jeremy Wells.
New Zealand media have so much become the news and in doing so forgotten their only role which is to report on it. . .
He launched the blog last week and has already lived up to his aim to shine a light on some of the finer works of well-known New Zealand columnists, bloggers and journalists that perhaps did not make the final cut of their Canon entries.
This is a welcome addition to the satirical corner of the blogosphere.
May 12, 2015
Discussion on Critical Mass with Simon Mercep today was sparked by:
* 8 non-traditional and wonderfully empathetic cards. I came across them at Upworthy which links to the site of their creator Emily McDowell.
* Days of the Year which celebrates serious and strange celebrations. Today is both Nurses Day and Limerick Day
* Poetry through the ages gives us the history of limericks and some examples of them.
And via Mums on Top I found 50 things to do with a cardboard box at Kids’ Activities Blog.
April 21, 2015
Discussion on Critical Mass with Noelle McCarthy today was sparked by:
* Owner’s Manual for a Child by Donna Bryant Goertz (hat tip to Not PC).
* Finding Your Voice at the Kitchensgarden (hat tip to Valerie Davies).
* 25 live changing style charts every guy needs in his life by Julie Gerstein.
May 10, 2014
Cameron Slater won the Best Blog at the Canon Media Awards last night.
The award recognises the impact he makes with Whaleoil.
It doesn’t condone all, or in fact any, of his posts.
I find some offensive and don’t bother going past the headline on many.
But some are well researched and break news and make an impact in a way no other blog in New Zealand does.
Congratulations, Cameron, that’s why you got the award and you deserved it.