Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: The standing-still sweep

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  • Steve Barnes,

    David Haywood

    Love the poem, dude! You should send it to Landfall.

    Poem? oh I see, that's cool all we have to do these days to write poetry is to cut and paste from Notepad and the formatting takes care of the rest.
    Landfall? was that a typo for landfill? :-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4453 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Fitzgerald,

    Banks will back the World Cup - he'll f*k it up - but he'll back it.
    From CHCH its a shame about no 2nd aprt in AKL - you need one.
    And it doesn't need to be massive Int just an Alt and small domestic for new business dev in Nth AKL or a way of crossing the harbour when the bridge falls into the harbour.

    Since May 2007 • 631 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    For 2005/6 Transit NZ was to spend $330 million state highway improvements and $62 million on state high maintenance in Auckland, out of the general taxpayer fund.

    $392 million out of $968 million nationwide - over 40% of the funds.

    And yet according to the 2001 census Auckland only has about 28% of the population.

    In light of John Banks' comments over the weekend over not paying for the stadium, I vote we reclaim the additional 12%, about $120 million, and whatever amount for this year etc, and use it to pay for the caketin or AMI stadium to be upgraded.

    And push the costs for the Minister for Auckland onto Auckland as well.

    You gets what you votes for!

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    In Waitakere City Bob Harvey beat "JT" (as he's been styling himself) by a fairly comfortable 4500 votes.

    An probably most of the people who voted for "JT" thought they were voting for Justin Timberlake to play at the Trusts Stadium.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    __but couldn't think of an appropriate rhyme for Banks...__

    ... 'thanks' ???

    Phalanx.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17969 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Interesting fact:

    Quite a few of the people who were voted in had large non-political public profiles ie. Dancing With the Stars, talkback radio etc.

    What does this say?

    It says in John Banks' case that he has a guaranteed audience of 100,000 plus radio listeners/voters.
    It also says the majority of those listeners are the voters - the whinging, bigoted types who have nothing better to do that prattlle on about their rates and getting rid of 'politcally correctness' etc.
    They also tend to be the elderey.
    Mr Banks targeted rest homes in his campaigning - I bet most of those people ended up voting for him.

    So the petrol head now supports public transport eh?
    I guesss he doesn't need to ride his gas guzzling Harleys or take his Bently out anymore then?

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway,

    Thick as two short planks!

    If there's trouble in the ranks

    You could bring out the tanks

    Or sell it to the Yanks

    Either way, you'll end up travelling by Shanks

    And wishing you were Manx.

    Since Jul 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Off-topic but just in -- looks like there's something up in Tuhoe territory:

    Maori and environmental activists are believed to have been targeted in a series of early morning anti-terrorist raids across the North Island today in which firearms were seized and arrests made.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 17969 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    What the hell is Tame Iti up to now then?
    lol

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    As an Auckland ratepayer I have no problem with the RWC final being staged elsewhere. I wouldn't be surprised either if the government did announce a $500m upgrade ("It's what we offered Auckland for a Waterfront Stadium, but they rejected it") of Welli's Cake Tin, making it the new 65,000 seat National Stadium.

    Labour would announce this after Banks' has painted himself into a corner, and the rest of the country are thoroughly sick of Auckland (already are, actually -- and wrongly), and it should lift their poll ratings in time for the Election.

    NB - any idea that Auckland is getting more than its fair share of Transit funding should be squashed immediately. It's merely catch up - Auckland has been underfunded for years.

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Question - will Banks continue to do his radio show?

    How do other politicians who are paid by the tax payer manage to do their 'full time jobs' and do radio shows, TV shows, write books at the same time.
    Rodney Hide, Michael Laws etc....


    Banks.....


    Are they just great time managers or are they pissing about on our time?

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd,

    The return of the prodigal Banks
    Had us pulling our hair out in hanks
    His commitment to cars-es
    And startling faux pas-es
    Were electoral candy to cranks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2906 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    but couldn't think of an appropriate rhyme for Banks...

    On transport we will have "the pony of Shanks"
    On development we'll have "the Farm of Tanks"
    On infrastructure we'll have "profiteering pranks"
    On security we'll have "The City of Angst"
    On new ideas we'll have "expressions of blanks"
    On social development we'll have "Right wing cranks"
    On the relationship with the ARC we'll have "dissent in the ranks"
    On sexual freedom we'll have "the City that wanks"

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4453 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Damn it, Daleaway beat me to most of those while I was writing. Liked the Yanks link though, didn't think of that one. :-(

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4453 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Banks says he has toned down his manner by 10%.

    Wow.
    Thanks.
    Mate.

    Once a c*ck, always a c*ck.

    Do you think he reads 'teh internets'?

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    InternationalObserver, Daleaway, Russell Brown, and particulrly Stephen Judd & Steve Barnes:

    I humbly worship at the feet of your literary prowess(es). Truly we have giants among us.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    Everything he knows about the interwebs he learned from the front page of the Sunday News.

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 825 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Or maybe the Truth.

    let me see - 10% less 'Banks'... that means he is still 90% twat.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Fitzgerald,

    Kyle Chapman - Convicted Terrorist - Fire Bombing Marae - National Front etc now has his own "Camping Club"
    http://www.surviveclub.org.nz/

    600 votes for mayor + 1400 votes for his community board

    Tuhoe do consider rifles a traditional weapon & Tama Itis charges were a total load of bollocks.
    Wait & see - but the radar has been out there for something like this ever scince Helens rascist refusal for Maori to test claims in court.

    Since May 2007 • 631 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    NB - any idea that Auckland is getting more than its fair share of Transit funding should be squashed immediately. It's merely catch up - Auckland has been underfunded for years.

    I don't mind the additional funding at all. I grew up in Auckland, I know the system up there is rooted, and money is going to be needed to fix it.

    I mind that the first thing out of the new Auckland City Council/Mayor is "we're not going to pay a cent for something in our front yard which will bring heaps of benefit to us as a city. The rest of the city/country should pay for it for us." It's statements like that that give the rest of the country ammunition for pointing out how crappy Auckland/Aucklanders are. As if electing the prick _twice_ wasn't enough.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    InternationalObserver, Daleaway, Russell Brown, and particulrly Stephen Judd & Steve Barnes:

    I humbly worship at the feet of your literary prowess(es). Truly we have giants among us.

    Sorry David, but given that you mistook a normal posting mangled through notebook pasting for poetry, I'm not sure if you should be handing out Nobel literature prizes anytime soon.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6145 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    It looks a bit like a test case for STV. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that Banks wouldn't have won under a preferential voting system. But he did win, by standing still, under the system we've got...

    ...against Hubbard.

    Hubbard lost this. Auckland was run by Bruce Hucker for 2 years and he was rolled in the third, then Auckland was apparently run by no one. Hubbard was insubstantial, a mere figurehead. If Labour/City Vision had disowned this failure of a mayor and backed another, Banks would not have won.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Maybe try sending those poems into the School Journal or Wizzer and Chips.

    You may have better luck there.

    CK Stead it is not.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Tomorrowpeople,

    Those nutters up in the bush have been smoking too much 'Tuhoi Thunder' and hunting and eating local mind-altering venison again.

    The Craps tables at the B… • Since Nov 2006 • 188 posts Report Reply

  • Don Christie,

    To help with the poetry competition:

    From Wellington, thanks.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1612 posts Report Reply

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