Posts by Don Christie

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  • Busytown: School bully,

    Education policies come and go. The one thing they all have in common is that they are always contentious. The one thing successive governments have failed to do is spend enough money on the sector. By a long way.

    I wrote about this, twice.

    Big Education, not Big Government

    Big Education, the reprise

    tl;dr "If we want a better education system (and we know this creates better economic and societal outcomes) we need to be prepared to spend a tonne more money on it, everything else is a side show."

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Web, in reply to Peter Darlington,

    then moved fairly quickly to Planet Nelson run by the anarchic and lovely Chris O'Donoghue.

    This was just worth repeating.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: TPP: Error Correction, in reply to Stephen R,

    The key thing that will cripple Pharmac is patent related extensions. Also allowing new patents if an existing drug has a new application.

    That would severely reduce the availability of generic drugs to NZers and drive the cost of drugs up to the sky.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Laneway 2014 + Lorde,

    Thanks for the pointer to Savages. I like them.

    And here's some Siouxsie And The Banshees. :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're back!, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Paul

    http://www.maoritelevision.com/ is extraordinarily comprehensive. Russell will be in good company.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're back!,

    That's great news Russell. Public broadcasting FTW. And MTS has a great web site for delivering your online content :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Levelling the Playing Field,

    A big one.

    and one many of us face, whether it's in software, journalism, the arts or music.

    I believe there is a role here for much more solid public financing of NZ content. I'm not much of a TV watcher but my view is the Māori TV is demonstrating just how well that model works.

    I have bought two "albums" recently. My first in e-format. Lorde and the truly excellent Pipi Pickers. http://pipipickers.bandcamp.com/ I can get all the music from both bands for free - at their instigation.

    Lorde is probably already doing reasonably well out of sales*, the Pickers...ask Nat.

    My rambling point is free availability to a mass market doesn't close off the opportunity to make money even though many of us (me) tend to oversimplify that opportunity.

    *I'm sure folks from the music industry will correct me on this assumption. But I bet *someone* is making plenty $s from Lorde's music.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Levelling the Playing Field,

    This is an interesting and insightful article. Thanks.

    If I understand correctly, technology has meant that the costs of production have dropped massively. This has created opportunity for new entrants (which surely the cam-corder did a couple of decades ago) but the real kicker is that the distribution opportunities have expanded massively.

    That expansion can lead to large markets for niche products.

    Sounds like a dream for Kiwi creative businesses.

    But, there's a monetisation problem.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    Botulism

    1984

    Amandla

    I prefer the last, it's the most positive.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    Thinking more about the approach taken by the CEO of the Waipareira Trust to this topic. Is it *really* appropriate? What kind of role model does he think he is?

    Here's their strategic plan:

    http://www.waipareira.com/strategic_plan

    Link to the PDF on the RHS.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1620 posts Report Reply

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