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Hard News: The Minister's Brain Has Exploded

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  • BenWilson,

    Off topic, but OMFG go Samoa!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8590 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yeah what he said:

    If I might be so bold:
    http://www.splovers.com/

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1199 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Lilith __,

    Pun intended?

    Always! Especially when replying to Ian.

    Samoa

    I'm up to half time, so I won't provide spoilers. Although see the title of Hadyn's blog? That.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    For the keen, you can download the reports presented to today's extraordinary RWC review meeting of Auckland Council's Accountability and Performance committee, including by Auckland Transport and ATEED.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to recordari,

    I'm up to half time

    No live tv coverage (beyond Sky I presume)? boo

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to recordari,

    My interpretation obviously shaky.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3468 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Sacha,

    reckon...I thought Maori TV had it all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8590 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Lilith __,

    My interpretation obviously shaky.

    It's not your fault. ;-)

    Maori TV

    The advertising gave that impression, but seems only 'the big games'.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to recordari,

    Yeah, and if I have to listen to Mexted commenting again, I'll switch to Sky Sport for the duration.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8590 posts Report Reply

  • John Holley, in reply to Sacha,

    I must admit I am scratching my head and wondering if ATEEDs claim the 50,000 people normally come into the CBD on a Friday night is correct?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 120 posts Report Reply

  • martinb, in reply to Russell Brown,

    seemed the ultimate in horse race journalism, at a time when there were so many other angles to go with.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Sacha,

    Wow, I wonder if the media are going to fully report those incident logs - or would they mess with the "rail fail shame" narrative too much? I think there's more than a few people at Veolia who would welcome public apologies from certain politicians (yes, including Len Brown and the Prime Minister) for knee-jerk attacks over the weekend. They shouldn't hold their breath waiting, though.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • martinb,

    Well I think what Veolia has to apologise for- and this for regular train commuters may well be familiar- it is to me anyway- is a lack of information and explanation being given to commuters on trains. How their staff are trained to deal with system failure from a customer service and customer safety point of view. How they communicate with trains and public about delays.

    The estimate of 15K is clearly low and it will be interesting how they got it.

    But overall most people I know had a ball and were amazed. I think it was great the number of Aucklanders that got out to downtown, a real festival atmosphere, though I did leave fairly early on and had no problems using public transport to get around.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 159 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I find myself wondering why there (presumably) weren't any Police on the trains.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    200,000 people downtown watching the final. Assume NZ is in it. What would happen if we lost................? Holds breath for 6 weeks starting......now.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1497 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to John Holley,

    Page 6 in ATEED's report says that the number of assaults and hospitalisations were reported as no more than a standard Friday night. Have I missed a statement about usual pedestrian numbers?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Deborah,

    Surely you mean meerkats

    I think he does. Lemmings would never behave in such a fashion ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2159 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Good point recordari - The actual game of rugby is certainly taking a back seat to the - rah rah hoopla economic miracle global media madness Adidas Heineken et al promotional machine - with wobbly wheels

    As it has for a few years now.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2159 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Forecasting of waterfront crowd numbers seems to have been incompetent from what's been reported of today's committee meeting.

    ATEED's report also confirms that television marketing considerations and the perceived importance of 'Party Central' drove placement and overruled options like opening more dispersed fanzones or extending provision inland. Downplaying the success of their own pre-event marketing must have been hard to swallow.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sacha,

    I guess he may mean the ceo of MED? Or MFAT

    MED administers the Act. But there is mention in the Act of the establishement of a Rugby World Cup Authority so who knows who he means. It'll be someone who won't be permited to answer the Minister back, you can be sure of that.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2159 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Did anyone notice that on Friday it actually was some sort of *private* party central anyway ?

    I said earlier that I suspected the Pacific Leaders Forum had a bit of a do down on Captain Cook Wharf.
    According to TV3 it was a private function for Ports of Auckland. (not on line)

    On the subject of who was to blame for the transport chaos. Auckland Transport is responsible for the running of the Rail Stations these are run unmanned, It appears that was so on Friday night, there was no management of patron numbers attempting to use the system, apart from closing the doors at Britomart Station.
    Slack.
    Veolia says

    * we had an agreement with Auckland Transport to carry 15,000 fans to Eden Park for the game (from Newmarket and Britomart and presumably stations along the way)
    * the stations are basically "unmanned"
    * we had people climbing on the trains
    * the rail system was basically overwhelmed

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4875 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I doubt you can call the funder commissioning another independent report by a lawyer or demanding to station their own staff in Veolia's control room a vote of confidence.

    The first page of Auckland Transport's report to the Council committee notes:

    Assurances were given by Veolia that measures would be put in place to address customer concerns following the Bledisloe Cup match in August 2011. Despite these assurances, it is clear these measures were not implemented.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to nzlemming,

    I think he does. Lemmings would never behave in such a fashion ;-)

    I did. There were lemming there, though. Shuffling along behind one another, as they do. I heard some fell into the water on the TV news, but have not heard any confirmation from other sources.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8590 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to nzlemming,

    Key on Radio NZ named one of MED's Deputy Secretaries as the person in question. Presumably the one dedicated to the Cloud/RWC project.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Stories from today's RadioNZ Checkpoint show:

    About the govt's behaviour yesterday, from parliamentary question time (3 mins, listening options).

    From today's committee meeting, including about crowd number forecasts (3 mins, listening options).

    Committee chair Richard Northey, including about compensation (6 mins, listening options).

    Independent inquiry launched (5 mins, listening options) - letter with terms of reference is appended to Auckland Transport's report to the Council committee.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16756 posts Report Reply

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