A bit misleading

May 7th, 2014 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

NZ First MP was paid more than $70,000 as a local council board member – on top of her almost $150,000-a-year MP’s salary.

That’s a rather misleading sentence. The $70,000 is her board salary over two years. The way this is written makes it look like Martin is getting $70,000 a year on top of $150,000.

Down the bottom they say:

A council spokesman confirmed Martin was paid between 2011 and 2013. The annual salary was between $34,000 and $35,000.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think Martin should have retired from the board once she became an MP, but she retired in 2013 from it, so this is all historic anyway.

My point is just that the way the story was written (and this may be due to sub-editing) is rather misleading. A better sentence would have been:

NZ First MP Tracey Martin was paid more an extra $35,000 a year as a local council board member from 2011 to 2013 - on top of her almost $150,000-a-year MP’s salary.

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12 Responses to “A bit misleading”

  1. Redbaiter (8,022 comments) says:

    All the same, looks like NZF & the Conservatives are going to score quite a large number of votes off National.

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  2. dime (9,664 comments) says:

    to be fair, shes earned every cent. tireless worker! shes done so much for us all

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  3. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    How many hours’ work a week would be involved in being on a council local board?

    HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEE, Piggy, piggy, piggy! Come to the trough….

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  4. Komata (1,142 comments) says:

    Re: ‘…The story was written (and this may be due to sub-editing) is rather misleading’.

    Sir, you are too generous, and no, it isn’t not a ‘sub’s mistake. Not misleading – deliberate; anything to contribute to the great Labour / Socialist success which the MSM is doing its best to achieve. NZF is a ‘right wing’ party (although at times one would doubt that), so, it’s fair game. As I said, deliberate and part of the ‘anything at all is possible’, mantra of the ‘courageous’ and ‘impartial’ New Zealand media. So long at it somehow besmirches the ‘right’ (the enemy), write what you will, you’ll never be challenged about it….

    As it is from Stuff, we should not be surprised…

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  5. prosper (140 comments) says:

    In Tracy’s case she spent a lot of time on council work. Probably more than the councillor for the district. Certainly no tougher. I also believe she resigned from the board several months after becoming an MP realising she couldn’t give the board work her full attention. I don’t agree with her politics but she is a well balanced person able to listen to both sides of the story. Quite a rare commodity these days.

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  6. virtualmark (1,514 comments) says:

    David, David, David …

    You’re re-writing this as though the purpose of the article was to be informative and accurate. You should know by now that the purpose of the article is to be sensationalist and hyperbolic.

    You’re obviously confusing click-bait as being an attempt at journalism.

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  7. Alan (1,082 comments) says:

    Another crappy beatup from the so called taxpayers union, which is just a right wing ginger group.

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,330 comments) says:

    So excuses for troughing by National’s (and, it seems, Labour’s) preferred coalition partner now come down to parsing sentences to try to differentiate whether she pocketed $70,000 a year on top of an already ridiculous $150,000 a year, or a mere $35,000 a year.

    So when someone picks my pocket, he’s deserving of special consideration if he takes only half the money in my wallet?

    The double standard applied to “criminal scum” of the waged / beneficiary class and the privileged, political elite class never ceases to amaze me.

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  9. martinh (1,164 comments) says:

    Troughing wahine.
    Maybe she can take a case to the BSa if she gives a shit, shes probably too busy findng out other ways to abuse the public purse

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  10. Radman (139 comments) says:

    I don’t agree with her politics but she is a well balanced person able to listen to both sides of the story.

    Stevie Wonder could see both sides of an issue better than Tracey Martin ever could. She’s a raving fruitcake and I’d go as far to say a closet communist.

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  11. Shazzadude (522 comments) says:

    I don’t see why it’s troughing, by all accounts she did the work at both jobs.

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  12. itstricky (1,696 comments) says:

    Another crappy beatup from the so called taxpayers union, which is just a right wing ginger group.

    Yep, they are well known now for picking out piddly sums of money, just so long as they’re pointing fingers at the “correct” people. Whilst avoiding the big overspends by other groups. Sort them out DPF. Get someone on the board/panel/whateveryou’dcallit that isn’t right focused.

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