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I would nor­mally use this editorial space to talk about a sub­ject which is im­por­tant. But af­ter a short break from work, I feel com­pelled to talk about the poor state of broad­cast­ing on public tele­vi­sion. Dur­ing my break I was sub­jected to hours of mind­less re­al­ity tele­vi­sion. At the top of the list was The Bach­e­lor New Zealand, which just con­cluded its third sea­son. I can’t be­lieve it moved past the first sea­son be­cause the third of­fer­ing seemed to pro­vide noth­ing new; the same for­mat, same ques­tions, same an­swers, same pre­dictable be­hav­iour from con­tes­tants and hosts. How did it add to the over­all land­scape of broad­cast­ing? It didn’t. I’ve had more in­tel­li­gent con­ver­sa­tions with my five-year old daugh­ter. It all led me to the con­clu­sion that New Zealand tele­vi­sion is now at its low­est point, ever. My fa­ther use to com­plain about ‘‘all this Amer­i­can rub­bish’’ on tele­vi­sion in the 1980s. Seems we’ve just cloned it and made it our own rub­bish.

Lawrence Gullery Make a Pet T-Rex to take home fromWaikato Mu­seum, 1 Gran­tham St, Hamil­ton, on Mon­day, June 5, 10am – 5pm.

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