The Herald reports:
For Max Coyle, increases to his student loan repayments and KiwiSaver contributions have hurt his pay packet the most.
The 29-year-old media sales and marketing consultant, who rents a three-bedroom central Hamilton home with one other, said the increases wiped about $60 off his fortnightly pay.
Max Coyle. That name rings a bell. Surely not the same Max Coyle who also had the Waikato Times do a sob story on the exact same issue in 2011, but with his partner. They didn’t disclose to the Waikato Times that Max was a Green Party candidate.
He says the increase in tobacco prices means an occasional cigarette was a luxury so he’s switched to smoking a pipe “as it works out cheaper in the long run”.
Such crushing poverty – being forced to smoke a pipe instead of cigarettes.
In the earlier non-disclosure case, it was Coyle and his partner who didn’t disclose he was a Green Party candidate to the Waikato Times. But who is at fault this time? Did the NZ Herald know he was a Green Party candidate and activist and simply just decide not to tell us?
Well as Whale discloses, he is actually employed by APN. So surely they were aware he was a Green Party candidate.
So in summary the Herald interviewed one of their own staff members, so he could complain about his poor pay and conditions, yet blame it on the Government without disclosing his political affiliations.
I hope the Herald will correct their non-disclosure, as the Waikato Times did.