Posts by Rob Stowell

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  • Speaker: Not even a statistic,

    Thank you Katarina. And Emma, Jackie – everyone who is opening the door on this national skeleton-in-the-closet.
    There are some nasty elements in our kiwi "blokiness". “Man up” people say. And “don’t be a blouse.” “Whadarrya!”
    There’s arrogance and entitlement. And there’s fear, too. Being singled out for group contempt -especially as a teen – can be terrifying. And fear is surely a big part of rape culture.
    We’ve got a long way to go. Big thanks for starting these conversations which are surely steps in the right direction.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles,

    Loving this discussion. All it needs is someone from APRA to chip in.
    I’ve filled in the forms and paid for video rights. And found APRA pretty good to deal with. But I’ve given it up in favour of pre-paid royalty “free” soundtrack and fx. It’s just simpler and probably a little cheaper.
    I’d love an APRA website that sold NZ music on this basis. Bands would need to opt in tracks and set prices and conditions and it’d probably take a while to pay off the setup costs. But it’d be another small income strand and get music heard.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Puzzles me too. But as the Snowden affair seemed to illustrate, Hong Kong has a lot of scope for denying extradition if they chose. Why they might chose not to extradite in KDC's case. Hard to see anything in it for HK. But China has some sensitivity around copyright infringement claims.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to BenWilson,

    The cost of building new large-scale generation is likely the biggest driver of solar in the home.

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  • Hard News: Going solar?, in reply to David Haywood,

    We've had a Thermocell system since 1998. Runs brilliantly. We did blow the controller but that might have been our dodgy power. And Nick gave us a new one.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Hope and Wire, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The Harris Bros one-ring circus in three and a half-acts acts is still a classic story. Not likely to ever be told somehow.

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  • Hard News: Hope and Wire,

    Margaret is right though. Even Chapman boasting said their march only had 115 people. There are about 400, 000 of us. Not even 1 in 3000 (at a guess) of our people would identify with these idiots. Yet they are given prominence - because it's a stereotypical Chch slur.
    No thoughts on the 2nd installment?

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  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    we, the public of New Zealand, and especially we the wealthier public, need to pay more into the pool of money that we want to be spent on education. But again no politician will suggest that

    Raising the top rate to 36% is, sadly, superficial. But a CGT will be a big change, and it will both broaden the ‘tax base’ and increase tax income overall.
    Noone really wants to predict how much it’ll raise- because everyone seem to agree it’ll take some time to kick in, and also because it’s likely to change behaviour (that’s part of the intent- drawing investment away from property- but it’s also likely to lead to other forms of avoiding tax coming into play) and that’s something it’s pretty hard to predict.
    But it's Labour and Green policy, and it will raise more in tax.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: World Cup of Evil, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    I only saw the last 15 minutes. I

    I only saw snatches of the first 20 - but after that, it felt like it'd be hard to watch any more. Brazilian fans in tears after 20 minutes.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    giving teachers a day a week in which to learn, mark work properly and give proper feedback may be of more benefit.

    Something more teacher numbers might also work towards?

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1437 posts Report Reply

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