Last year, when Jarrod debunked Anne Tolley's bogus statistics about gangs and crime – and got smeared on Kiwiblog for his trouble.
Man, the things that happened at the Windsor ...
can’t imagine the board who oversee the company and Wheldon, who probably signed off on all/most of the changes that have been implemented, in doing anything more than most business people do in these situations – double down on their decisions (bets)
Yes – the board's in deep on all this. The 100% owner, Oaktree, might be getting a bit antsy about destruction of value though.
because it’s not just about drugs, it’s about racism and inequality too.
I have a Matters of Substance story coming up based on interviews with Maori MPs about drug law. There is a quite a range of positions, but a broad recognition of the way the justice system hurts Maori.
But man, I think we need everyone to have a clear understanding of words like "decriminalisation", because that's not the case right now.
Orsman has a follow-up story today that is somewhat more accurate:
Auckland councillors are going behind closed doors today to propose rezoning thousands more houses in the city's leafy suburbs for multiple townhouses and apartments.
The eastern suburbs of Pakuranga and Howick; Glenfield, Birkenhead and Takapuna on the North Shore; Whangaparaoa Peninsula; and Mangere Bridge in South Auckland are among the areas councillors will consider for intensification. All up, tens of thousands of traditional house and garden properties are being rezoned for the council's latest position to put forward to the independent hearings panel considering the Unitary Plan. The panel will make final recommendations to the council next year.
Point Chev has gone :-)
And the "secret" thing has been dialled down:
Maps showing the proposed changes are expected to be made public next month, but homeowners will not be individually notified.
But remember what I wrote in the post about about Phil Goff needing to be careful about writing Unitary Plan cheques he can't cash?
Mayoral candidate and Labour MP Phil Goff said the issue needed to be handled with sensitivity. He said he supported intensification in the city and along arterial routes, but the council had to leave aside areas where there were strong objections to townhouses, studios and apartments of up to three storeys.
The council "has to" prevent the future building of townhouses and studios?
Careful not to dig yourself a hole, Phil.
Here’s Point Chev in the current Unitary Plan. Nearly all mixed housing suburban, a bit of mixed housing urban creep. The light-coloured properties at the bottom left are single housing – the subject of the Herald’s zoning-panic story today. Some of them might be rezoned to the same as nearly all the other houses in the suburb. That's about it.
haven’t seen the Pt Chev maps specifically (and I couldn’t tell you if I could because it was all in confidential) but two points
I was going on the notified plan from 2013. Is that the wrong one to be looking at?
That features an expansion of mixed housing urban and very little single house, but, away from the main road, nearly all mixed housing suburban.
Couple of comments on the Orsman scare-story.
Point Chevalier, where I live, is the first suburb named. But if it's solely a matter of some "single housing" being rezoned to "mixed housing suburban", it's going to make virtually no difference.
If you look at the map in the notified plan, you'll see there's relatively little zoned single housing anyway and what there is seems pretty arbitrary.
We're already mixed housing suburban like most of the neighbourhood. Should I be hyperventilating with fear?
FWIW I seldom heard a bad word about Jackie Blue when she was an MP.
I think she's pretty happy as a Human Rights Commissioner now though.
From the Herald:
Labour MP Phil Goff has announced he is standing as an independent candidate for the Auckland mayoralty, ending months of speculation about his political future.
Former Green Party member and council employee David Hay is also standing.
Other confirmed candidates are Orakei Local Board member Mark Thomas, right-wing candidate Stephen Berry and activist Penny Bright.
It remains to be seen whether a heavyweight candidate from the right can still be found following new ticket, Auckland Future, getting the backing of the National Party. Career businesswoman and Xero New Zealand managing director, Victoria Crone, has also said she is considering running.
Of the others confirmed as standing, Mark Thomas seems the most capable. Berry and Bright will make their usual noise from the margins. Has David Hay rejoined the Greens after his one-year expulsion?