Posts by Andre

  • Hard News: How the years flew by ...,

    The Hanover collapse was openly talked about by business journalists and insiders for six months before it was mentioned in the press here. If anyone had done so they would have been sued for all they were worth.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 335 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How the years flew by ..., in reply to Luke Williamson,

    Maybe we could take another look at an immigration policy that seems to be driven by recent residents and citizens importing their (often elderly) extended family just in time for universal non-means-tested superannuation and free healthcare? The 50,000 extra immigrants are definitely exacerbating the problem and a small percentage get in because they are wealthy or have skills we need. How about banning non-resident foreigners from buying property? Completely. Not "just existing housing stock" but all of it.
    How about the government creating more state housing, rather than trying to sell that off to foreign landlords too? How about a requirement for local government to continue to provide social housing? I'm one of the Monte Cecilia Park residents recently given an eviction notice from the council so they can bowl our 30 homes to build a car park and grand entrance-way to the park. This isn't social housing - officially we pay market rates, but renting a similar home in the same area will cost about $200 a week more. Almost all of us have children. I have 4 kids at school. The rents are about $300 less than my income a week. There is no real political will in either central or local government to act differently around housing in case baby boomers' and their parents' votes are lost.

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  • Hard News: How the years flew by ...,

    I always enjoy the attacks I get from boomers when I mention inter-generational theft on PA. What else could you call the support by mainly older home owners for the immoral housing policy of John Key's government? It has been 8 years watching a slow fiscal train wreck occur. 8 years of listening to those benefiting financially saying "shit happens". There has been a breakdown in trust that may take a generation to mend.

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  • Polity: Geography and housing options,

    I reckon that if a market correction occurs, the clamour for financial government assistance will be greater even than that from drought-stricken farmers every few years and the government will cough up faster than you can say South Canterbury Finance. May be John Key will decide at that point that under the China FTA. all foreign home owners should also get a handout so they're not treated unfairly differently than kiwi home owners?

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    I was on a benefit over Xmas as an employer laid me off with no reason under the 90 day clause in our contract, explaining that he was saving money over a slow time of the year by doing so. I squeezed into the Job Seeker course and was amazed they never mentioned LinkedIn for example. The entire system seems to be dependent on the beneficiaries having a device and internet connection or an ability to visit a WINZ office to use theirs. I imagine many can't afford this.
    So a week before Xmas I managed to get an appointment at a WINZ office a few suburbs away that wasn’t booked out (just because I asked the woman on the phone to check all of the other offices, luckily, otherwise I would have waited another ten days with no support). They were very helpful and got us through a tough time, but on a subsistence level only, obviously. I’d hate to be stuck on the dole for any longer than a month though. The stand-down period is plain stupid. The refusal to tell you what you are fully entitled to is Machiavellian. The underlying psychology that it is your fault that you are out of work and that you are somehow avoiding gaining employment is demeaning. The fact that the employee giving the job course is probably less able than you are at finding work was as hilarious as it was to most of those on it. The request to apply for 20 jobs a week that you probably may not really want to do backed by threats to cut off your benefit is leading companies to receive hundreds of useless applications for jobs from completely unqualified applicants, costing millions of dollars in wasted time going through them by managers and HR people.
    I got a job in the end, but the system often seemed bizarre, demotivating and depressing.

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  • Hard News: About the King's Arms (updated),

    The tenants are already vacating the building housing the gym, adjacent to two large car parking areas equal to that at TKA. A good site for better land use.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Making the…,

    I think the On The Tracks gig at the Railway Station for New Years Eve 1988 (I think) was a great experience and Entrain in Golden Downs for New Years Eve 1995 was too. You felt that both gigs were ground-breaking - a new era dawning.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…,

    We're lucky that Fletchers didn't dream up a plan to plant 1500 homes on the volcano, or the government may have had to intervene on their behalf to help the destruction in the face of protests by local residents - like they did with Three Kings last week.

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  • Hard News: Change for the Better, in reply to Sacha,

    The BSA is New Zealand's most toothless organisation. They would probably just rule that Mike Hosking is expressing 'an opinion'. Remembering, of course, that he is not really a journalist.
    I rode bikes to work through the 80's and 90's while living in the CBD (Hobson, Albert, Emily, Anzac, Whittaker, Symonds, Pitt etc) and Ponsonby/Grey Lynn/Herne Bay. I worked all over too. The traffic was crazy but the worst offenders were the buses. You spend a huge amount of time looking behind in your mirrors and casting ahead to see if people are entering or exiting vehicles. It took me 17 minutes by bike to get to work from Whittaker Place to Great South Rd Greenlane in 1996. It took 27 minutes on a bus and 7 minutes on a motorbike cutting through queues on the motorway. The bicycle took only a few more minutes than a car back then.

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  • Hard News: After Len,

    Our biggest problem is actually what to do with the sewage and waste we create and the reality of 10,000 year schedules for when she'll be right again. As modelled initially in 1976 or something.

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