Wednesday, September 12, 2012

When does a fridge look like a pagoda?

The answer to the above question, in the facetious view of cartoonist Al Nisbet, is when it is made in China. The cartoon, which appeared in the Manawatu Standard yesterday, was inspired by the report that Fisher & Paykel Appliance's Chinese shareholder, Haier, was considering a full takeover of the New Zealand manufacturer. I can't help thinking, though, that such cartoons belong in the late 19th century — when China was a newcomer to world of industry. Some would argue that they are slightly racist.

Obama: Rhetoric and reality

Manawatu Standard, September 11, 2012.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Putin puts Key on the spot

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 10, 2012.

Kiwi dollar heading for record high

New Zealand currency trader Nick McDonald yesterday predicted the kiwi dollar will reach US90c in the next 12 to 18 months, and could reach parity with the US dollar in the next four to five years.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Free trade deal not the most pressing issue

Al Nisbet's cartoons in the Sunday Star Times are a little too crude and amateurish for my liking. But this one, about Prime Minister John Key's meeting with Vladimir Putin at the Apec summit in Vladivostok, is mildly interesting, in view of the controversy over Maori water rights, which has delayed the partial sale of Mighty River Power.

A "hui" is a meeting or conference. Strictly speaking, it should not be pluralized.

Still happy in New Zealand?

The letter below is from today's Sunday Star Times.

The impression I get, living in the Palmerston North suburb of Highbury/Takaro, is that many New Zealanders have simply given up — that, as economic conditions have worsened, they have become increasingly demoralized.

When we arrived, in 1972, the middle-income area was neat and tidy. Most of the houses were occupied by their owners, who seemed to spend much of the weekend tending their gardens. On Saturday mornings, weather permitting, lawn mowers started up en masse, and a woman across the road would put on a record of martial music as she got stuck into the housework.

How the times have changed! Today, many of the houses are rental properties, gardens are overgrown with weeds and rank grass, and graffiti defaces almost all public structures, including lamp posts.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Maori rights issue delays state asset sale

The partial sale of Mighty River Power, under the Government's asset sales program, has been delayed until next year while Maori rights over water are clarified. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of September 7, 2012.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Shortage of foot soldiers for industry?

"Bosses concerned at falling birth rate." A somewhat sexist cartoon, in which the solicitous woman is probably past childbearing age, from the Manawatu Standard of July 27, 2012.

Lean pickings for the postie

Yes, few things are more pleasing than going to the letterbox and finding a genuine letter there — a few pages in which someone has expressed himself/herself properly, instead of in internet shorthand. The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of July 9, 2012.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Telecom boss gets $1.75m farewell gift

And on top of that, Telecom agreed to help the poor man with the costs of his relocation to the UK. The cartoon is from The Dominion Post of July 3, 2012.

'Beneficiaries are unemployable'

Overheard in the PM's office. . . The cartoon is from the Manawatu Standard of July 3, 2012.