Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money",

    So why not use GV, or is GV the product of the sales numbers?.
    Is it like counting your chickens in the basket you shouldn't have put all the eggs in?

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money", in reply to David Hood,

    If a house has never been sold in the period it is impossible for it to be part of the growth, if a house has been sold 15 times in 15 years, that one house will have contributed strongly to the growth in prices.

    I can't see this. Surely, if the value of a house has increased by(x)% over (y) Years what difference does the number of times it has been bought or sold mean?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House prices and the "Magic Money",

    So how does this work?.
    As with affordability of pensions, with an aging population. Surely we are looking at those people who have, over the years, paid off their mortgages at the same time as their property values going through the roof, as it were.
    With the House prices in Auckland rising as the rest of the country virtually stagnates, these people could well be cashing up and "Retiring to the Country", cash rich, one less mortgage on the books?.
    It needn't be offshore money, it could just be that the "Magic Money" is coming from those that made the "Big Bucks" since the 80's on spiraling house price inflation, trading down to the cheap rural properties and buying an "apartment in town" for the kids, who will never be able to get on that mythical "Property Ladder".

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Photoing on Car

    Coming to a driveway near you soon.
    Too soon?.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Protesting private prisons,

    How about tendering out the public duties of the Police?
    These guys seem to fit the bill...

    Protective' of community
    Marua Rd resident Jane Estrada said [redacted for commercial sensitivity] were often protective of the local community.

    Once during a power outage, the men knocked on every door down the street to make sure everyone was ok and see if help was needed, she said.

    She goes on with her praise...

    "They seem peaceful there all the time. They're very caring.

    "I think they're protecting the community but we just have no idea what goes on inside. It's something different then I expected when it's a community with [redacted for commercial sensitivity] "

    She said she had not heard of any burglaries in the street. "It's a good thing they're around. No one would dare," she said.

    Sounds ideal eh?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Protesting private prisons, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    There is no way any Government should be allowed to sell the care of its citizens into the hands of profit-driven corporations.

    The most unseemly corporations at that...
    School meals by Rentokil?
    Now, that don't seem right.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    Was there ever a better song about cars and girls?


    As for the King of Rock and Rill...

    More Middle Class, weekend Hippy than Bogon but doncha just love the eighties production values?.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    The problem with all these Bogons and Westies with those V8 cars is that they are all Torque.
    Boom Boom....

    /coat.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…, in reply to Alan P,

    We were, and still are, westies. Never Bogan.

    Very true, Westies, every country with a west coast has them. I think its a Sunrise/Sunset thing. Whereas Bogon, in my humble opinion, is a Culture/Class thing.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5127 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    V8 Supercars, Bathurst...
    Who remembers "Godzilla", banned from racing because it was just too good compared to other "supercars".

    The racing GT-Rs not only ended the reign of the previously all-conquering Ford Sierra Cosworths in Australian touring car racing, but their incredible success ironically led to their demise. For 1993, the ATCC rules were changed to exclude four-wheel drive turbocharged cars, ushering in today’s two-make V8 Supercar series and closing a spectacular chapter in Australian motor sport history.

    But the Nassan could well be coming back after its win at the Bathurst 12 Hour race win.

    Not since Jim Richards called the crowd a “pack of arseholes” in 1992 have Nissan drivers stood on the top step of the Bathurst podium, and the GT-R made its move with only minutes remaining in the race.

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