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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.