Kapi-Mana News : November 22nd 2011
20 KAPI-MANA NEWS, NOVEMBER 22, 2011 OPINION CHANGES TO PORIRUA CITY COUNCIL RUBBISH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS If you have any questions please call: Porirua City Council ph: 237 5089 In Papakowhai & Paremata Beginning Wednesday 30 November 2011, Council rubbish bags and kerbside recycling collections in the above areas will change from Thursday to Wednesday collections. This change will affect all residents in the streets listed below. Council refuse bags and recycling in bins or plastic bags should be placed on the kerbside before 8am each Wednesday. 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Visit our Award Winning Showhome: 67 AOTEA DRIVE AOTEA, PORIRUA l Open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm l l Sunday 1-4pm l • Design & Build Specialists • House & Land Packages available www.estilohomes.co.nz Phone Simon Redshaw Ph 238 1003 -- Mb 027-4400 793 Talk to our construction finance specialists today 3646368AB 3642909AA Bribes an accepted part of the job Model behaviour: These freakily tall and thin models took themselves so seriously at one event I attended, I had to stop myself laughing. SHANGHAI SCROLLS ANDREA O'NEIL . . . bribery is an everyday occurrence in China. Journalists are as badly paid here as they are in New Zealand, and many rely on bribes to top up their salaries. In three days I collected RMB1000, or NZ$200, in a city where a journalist s monthly salary can be as low as RMB2000. I whinged in my last column about the amount of public relations fluff in the Shanghai Daily, the newspaper I m working at for two months. My editors have sent me to many blatant PR events, usually organised by a luxury hotel chain. I would be assigned to write profiles of whatever Western art- ist the hotel had sponsored, rather than promoting the hotel itself, but the press conferences were still painful to sit through. However, I was treated to some pretty amazing experiences by the PR reps. Hotel chains and corporates desperate to impress the media often treat journalists to lavish banquets, where the awkward chit-chat is more than made up for by superb food and stunning surroundings. A few weeks ago I was eating lobster salad and caviare soup at the top of the world s fourth- tallest building, with Shanghai s nightlights sparkling below me. The banquets go some way to explaining why Chinese journ- alists are happy to put up with hyperactive PR representatives making a blatant sell, but I ve dis- covered another reason -- bribery. Not lobster and caviare bribery, but envelopes full of cash. I dis- covered my first bribe tucked into a folder full of press releases after an event, and it seriously dis- turbed me. I lay awake most of the night in righteous indignation. Do they think I m stupid? A sellout? A mindless greedy slave? In fact, bribery is an everyday occurrence in China. Journalists are as badly paid here as they are in New Zealand, and many rely on bribes to top up their salaries. In three days I collected RMB1000, or NZ$200, in a city where a journalist s monthly salary can be as low as RMB2000. The bribes go much higher, however -- I ve heard that Chinese fashion magazines expect RMB30,000 (NZ$6000) to attend a fashion show. Additionally, giving cash as a gift does not have negative conno- tations like it does in the West -- think about our phrase cold hard cash . Cash in lucky red envelopes is given at birthdays, weddings and Chinese New Year here, and is received more happily than an unwanted gift would be. You might be wondering why I didn t give the envelopes back. An Australian former intern at the Shanghai Daily told me he refused them, but admits this caused the PR representatives to lose face . Rightly or wrongly, I ve decided to take a different tack, and donate the money to charity. In my mind returning the cash would mean it will just get recycled as some- body else s bribe, and I d rather ensure it is spent on somebody who really needs it. The Daily Telegraph's China correspondents pool bribe money to fund their investigative journalism work, which I think is a great idea. Did the bribes affect the stories I wrote? I don t think so. Sure, I mentioned the hotels names in the text, but there was no other way of explaining why the designer or artist was visiting Shanghai. I guess I was impressed by the amount of cash these hotels can devote to wooing the press, but that hasn t stopped me writing this column about their dirty tactics, has it? Kapi-Mana News reporter Andrea O Neil is in China on an Asia Foundation scholarship, working for the Shanghai Daily. Follow her blog at: theladyfrom wellington.blogspot.com.
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