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Hard News: It was a munted year

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  • Lucy Stewart, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Oh and that argument about having to pay more the get good leaders – bullshit pure and utter. The really good leaders take a fair salary, by no means small but also they are aware of what is excessive, that’s why they are good.

    I believe that, in the business world at least, they've also done studies which show that bringing in someone from outside and paying them a massive salary to come in and "fix things" just doesn't work - even if the person genuinely did do good things at their first place, they're too removed from the culture and inner workings of the next to do anything useful. The idea that you have to pay someone big bucks to come and save you doesn't work.

    And the idea that you have to pay someone big bucks to stay - salary is hardly the only thing that makes people like their jobs, and if everything else (job satisfaction, relationships with colleagues, etc) is good people will rarely be tempted away by pay increases, unless they're entirely mercenary, in which case they'll go eventually anyway. (I was going to say "or the salary increase is just that big", because everyone does have their price, but at CEO salaries it's all a bit meaningless anyway in terms of day-to-day living.)

    Amherst, MA • Since Nov 2006 • 2093 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    That's where performance pay comes in. Oh wait, it only applies to teachers, not executives...

    And if Brownlee does carry out his threat to sack the CCC, there's little to stop the Govt from going GLC on Auckland.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4351 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Being there, the Chinese whispers dept...

    He actually seems to have been reported to
    have said “trunk”, “trunks” and “truck”.
    Clearly, Bob’s diction has slipped since his TV days.

    In the same vein, I loved this post from Over the net about mishearing the late Don Driver.

    Finally, when we were pushing hard about the materials he was using, Don looked up and said, “Sacramental.” Sacramental. That'll do. We figured we could write a whole Don Driver book around sacramental. “In what way sacramental?” we asked him. Don gave one of his classic shrugs. “What I said was sack and metal”. Ok.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Auckland Council Bailout Govt
    Steven Joyce, again?. :(

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6265 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    My new postcard line...
    apologies to van Gogh...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    My new postcard line…
    apologies to van Gogh…

    Excellent dude, I doubt that Vincent would mind.
    In that spirit of muntedness, one from Ms Goodie G: Brighton, immediately after the June 6.1 event. Not a situation that Marryatt, Brownlee and Parker would have a clue about.

    (BTW they're not waiting for a bus. They're just scared.)

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3555 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    meanwhile in town the Queen's dogs
    were protected by a Dalek...
    (between Sept and February)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    and here's the down low...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    meanwhile in town the Queen’s dogs
    were protected by a Dalek…

    Queen’s dogs targeted by guerilla knitters! Is this some form of bark-cloth?

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3466 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Lilith __,

    Heh! Giggled over this-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    meanwhile in town the Queen's dogs
    were protected by a Dalek...

    You so need to put a plunger on that bin.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2153 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed,

    First there are payment delays, then there's nepotism, and now drug smuggling.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4351 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to DeepRed,

    , and now drug smuggling.

    Jeez, so the bastards are cutting off your Coke supply as well as messin' with yer wherewithal?.
    Outrageous.
    Bloody Government.
    If I had my way...

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4869 posts Report Reply

  • Dean Papa,

    "munted " is an ugly sounding word. I wouldn't use it.

    But what happened to "naturally I completed my set"? or is that too many words to qualify for the list? Rest of that list is pretty uninspiring, NZ is not really an especially creative place as far as language goes. Just my opinion, of course.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 31 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    Saw First Citizen John Key on the TV News last night, in answer question of 1,000 NZers exiting to Oz per week, spouting on about bridging the wage gap between NZ and Oz.

    I think he said something about "we" have to do something - who were the "we" and what was the "something" they had to do?

    Just a bit of joke - the reckless abandonment that presently passes for economic policy.

    Now there stands a munter.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1199 posts Report Reply

  • Hebe, in reply to DeepRed,

    How else do you think EQC met their all-inspected-by-Christmas target? It all adds up: speed, lack of attention to detail (we have received no EQC documents for the September 2010 or February 2011 damage claims), and the asessors' glazed eyes.

    Christchurch • Since May 2011 • 2608 posts Report Reply

  • Gavin Brown, in reply to Stephen Hill,

    Yes. I know its origin.

    It evolved from a slang insult "munter", which was first coined in Northcote College in around 1985-86 by bored members of a German class. "Munter" means "gay" in German - in the sense of "bright, joyous". The students were looking for another slur to add to their already extensive and complex homophobic vocabulary. This was a rare opportunity to put their English-German dictionary to use.

    The word "munter" spread through North Shore schools, becoming a common insult, and was soon transformed into a verb, "to munt" - initially used to imply the occurrence of unwanted anal sex but later evolving to describe any form of serious misfortune or hardship - e.g. being tackled after receiving a hospital pass, experiencing a devastating earthquake, etc.

    The use of munted as an adjective evolved from there.

    Spain • Since Mar 2014 • 1 posts Report Reply

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