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PM called out for not visiting Sandringham

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PM called out for not visiting Sandringham

It’s the end of another busy week. I’m Stewart Sowman-Lund and welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates for November 25. Reach me on stewart@thespinoff.co.nz. Thanks to our members for making this possible.

Top stories

  • PM should be in Sandringham, not the Chathams – Act
  • The Panthers, 1News dominate at TV Awards
  • Simon Bridges reportedly being considered for major role with new broadcasting entity
  • Test your knowledge in our weekly quiz here
Nov 25 2022

What to watch this weekend: Knives Out 2, Rogue Heroes and Stath Lets Flats

Daniel Craig in the apparently very good Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion. Photo: Supplied

One week. That’s how long fans of Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig’s surprise 2019 theatrical hit Knives Out have to see the sequel on the big screen. Purchased by Netflix, Glass Onion is getting just seven days in theatres to prove its worth and build up hype before receiving a full streaming release on December 23. You have until Thursday so don’t delay.

Is it any good? Apparently, yes – possibly better than the first. “Whip-smart, joyful, and more than a little bit mischievous,” wrote The AV Club. (Watch the trailer here.)

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Daniel Craig in the apparently very good Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion. Photo: Supplied

Also in cinemas this week is Guillermo Del Toro’s Pinnochio, which apparently makes up for the shockingly creepy Robert Zemeckis remake from earlier this year, the animated Disney film Strange World (“Has the makings of a fun, pulpy adventure story,” says Indiewire), and the horrifying chef showcase The Menu (“Maliciously entertaining,” says The Guardian).

Meanwhile, there’s no shortage of bingeable TV coming to streaming services this weekend, with season six of Animal Kingdom and the Lizzo documentary Love Lizzo landing on Neon, the Addams Family spinoff Wednesday and the documentary about Jeffrey Epstein’s accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell: Filthy Rich coming to Netflix, and the apparently excellent Claire Danes and Jesse Eisenberg marital drama Fleishman is in Trouble hitting Disney TV+.

Don’t forget the finale of Andor aired on Disney TV+ this week, so if you haven’t seen the best Star Wars TV show yet, now’s your chance to watch it in its entirety. I’m hearing very good things about Rogue Heroes on TVNZ+, which follows the creation of the SAS. And, speaking of TVNZ+, full credit for a local streaming service finally bringing the brilliance of Stath Lets Flats to New Zealand for the first time. All three seasons are up now, but be warned: it’s as awkward as The Office and one episode a night might be all you can handle.

Ardern rejects criticism of Chathams trip, says she will visit Sandringham ‘soon’

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Jacinda Ardern says she will visit the grieving Auckland community of Sandringham, and has rejected criticism levelled by Act that she should already be there.

The prime minister has spent the day in the Chatham Islands – her first visit and the first trip by a sitting PM since John Key in 2012.

But Act’s David Seymour said Ardern should have instead visited Sandringham, two days after a dairy worker in the suburb was stabbed to death.

Speaking to media, Ardern said she will visit soon. “It is my local community so I will be looking to be present there as soon as I’m able to, but I’m also very aware there’s a family grieving and there is an active police investigation into a homicide and I do need to delicately balance being in the right place in the right time,” she said.

“We will continually have to do as much as we can to support our police, which we have – they are the best resources they have ever been.”

Ardern said she had reached out to community leaders to offer support.

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The Panthers, 1News dominate at TV Awards

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TVNZ’s The Panthers took out top honours at the TV Awards last night, winning eight awards including best drama. It also scooped awards in categories including costume design, soundtrack and editing.

Another TVNZ programme, The Pact, scored for its script and swept the performance categories, while Raised by Refugees and Wellington Paranormal dominated for comedy.

It was a fairly rough night for Three and Newshub. While the network took out best news coverage for the fourth year in a row – for its outstanding coverage of the war in Ukraine – it was beaten by TVNZ for reporter of the year (Barbara Dreaver) and presenter (Jack Tame). Newsroom scored for best current affairs programme.

The Spinoff’s sports documentary series, Scratched: Aotearoa’s Lost Sporting Legends, was nominated for the third consecutive year in the best sports programme category, but lost to Sky’s 1-39: The Highlanders Story.

PM should be in Sandringham, not the Chathams – Act

Act’s David Seymour (Image: Getty Images, additional design Tina Tiller)

Jacinda Ardern has headed out to the Chatham Islands today – the first visit by a prime minister in 10 years.

It’ll be Ardern’s first time in the Chathams and comes as the Islands face continued disruption in the aftermath of Covid-19.

But with a major act of violence having been committed in the PM’s own electorate this week, one political party has said Ardern should have put off her visit to the Chathams.

Act’s David Seymour said Ardern should be in Sandringham today, following the violent killing of a dairy worker this week. “This should be a turning point where the government finally takes retail crime as seriously as it deserves,” said Seymour. “That it happened in the prime minister’s electorate should be the final straw that makes the government respond decisively.”

He added: “Jacinda Ardern should be in Mt Albert today and nothing should have got in the way of that.”

The prime minister has condemned the attack and said her government had been taking action to curb violent crime. In a post to her Instagram, criticised by some of her followers as being tone deaf, Ardern said: “Our job as government is to make sure those who commit such crimes are brought to justice, and to try and prevent them occurring at all. On both counts, we will keep doing all we can.”

When the Facts Change: How to share your capital gains

While billionaires build their bunkers in Queenstown, Julie Scott, CEO of the Community Housing Trust, is building affordable homes with profits made by new suburb developers. In the latest episode of When the Facts Change, she tells Bernard Hickey all about how inclusionary rezoning can be used to make the rapidly expanding region affordable for locals again.

Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts

The Bulletin: Three Waters through by Christmas

As Newsroom’s Jo Moir writes, any speculation that the government might back away from Three Waters has been quashed by the leader of the house, Chris Hipkins.

Hipkins has confirmed he is confident all stages of the bill will pass before Christmas. The third and final reading of the Water Services Bill is not happening under this week’s urgency sitting but will happen in December before parliament wraps up for the year. The last sitting day this year is December 15. Moir notes the government is using the “ripping-off the band aid approach”, likening it to John Key pushing ahead with the selling off of parts of State Owned Enterprises in 2013, despite a public poll showing deep opposition.

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Simon Bridges reportedly being considered for major role with new broadcasting entity

Simon Bridges in 2020 (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images; additional design by Archi Banal)

Former National Party leader Simon Bridges is reportedly being considered for a major new role as chair of the new merged broadcasting entity.

Since leaving politics earlier this year, Bridges has quickly rebranded himself as a podcast host for Stuff, alongside his role as head of the Auckland Business Chamber.

According to Politik’s Richard Harman, Bridges’ name has come up during discussions for who could chair the new media outlet. The MP did not respond to requests for comment.

Whether or not the new outlet actually gets off the ground is another issue. The Aotearoa Public Media Bill is still working its way through the select committee process, but has faced heavy scrutiny from the opposition.

However, as noted by Harman, appointing a former opposition MP to such a senior role with the outlet could go some way to allaying the concerns held by National.

Simon Bridges in 2020 (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images; additional design by Archi Banal)