Posts by Mark Graham

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  • Hard News: Dotcom: Further news of the unlikely,

    Sad to say but I suspect the wider electorate will still not care a whim. Do they have a job, is the economy 'booming' (perceptually, at least), is NZ 'on the right track'? they will see Kim Dotcom as a buffoon and Collins/McCully/Williamson's misdemeanours notwithstanding, Key's prevarication, Ryall/Bridges/Brownlee's incompetence - none of these have any impact so long as things seem to be heading right. As Clinton said, "It's the economy, stupid."

    Unless they can catch Key out with a direct lie. And he's too smart for that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why a renter died from turning…,

    There are greater issues around building and building maintenance here than just those of being a landlord. The govt has made significant changes to the Building Act which moves responsibilities away from councils and to homeowners and builders. Builders should know these but there has been limited education campaigns to the trade. And none to consumers. There is confusion around electrical work. There should have been none around gas - this guy doing his own work shows what a moron he is and it seems the punishment is on the light side.

    The fact is, renting or buying a house carries significant risk for your health: asbestos, meth labs, dodgy DIY work, limited insulation, leaky homes. The state of our built environment is often appalling. But there's no political commitment to sorting it out because not enough people make enough noise and when we build, we're happy, for the most part, to abdicate responsibilities to our building professionals, who are often not.

    I publish education guides for homeowners who are building and I remain frustrated at the number of people who willingly choose ignorance when it comes to spending half a million dollars on building themselves a house. Shortsighted and stupid.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    My mistake

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    And Banks is guilty. Yippee!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    PS - I notice in the new plan they've changed the city-bound Great North Rd lane from a through-lane (no lights), to one that has to go through the lights. Also, looking at the lane plan over the bridge, I see one lane turning West (right) onto the motorway, one straight ahead into St Luke's Rd and one shared, which will, naturally, end up getting blocked by right turning traffic. It makes you wonder if anyone studies the traffic flow. The two holdups I can see are in the straight through to St Luke's Rd, so why not make it both lanes, and turning left into Gt North Rd from St Luke's Rd/the bridge, where right-turning Western Springs and Grey Lynn traffic holds up those us wanting to head to the Chev, which then holds up traffic further behind who can't fit on the bridge.. Seems stupid to me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    You still get Mamata bagels? Surely not...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    National do not like challenging questioning, with the exception, I found, of Bill English. The PM came on my show once, I suspect expecting a social chat for 20 minutes and ended up being called to account for a number of things over 45 minutes.

    He never returned and his press secretary ended up ignoring my requests for him to come back. Key, and other Ministers, avoided Morning Report for years.

    And so, it would seem, it is with Collins. If you are questioned then it's an attack and therefore to be avoided or aggressively shouted down. These approaches are not what one would hope for in a participatory democracy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Guilt By Association Copy,

    Like.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The New New News,

    Content rules! But try convincing ad agencies of that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing: the Feudal Model, in reply to Steve Withers,

    The recent Unit Titles Act is a mess. Another fuck up by the current Govt.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 183 posts Report Reply

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