Posts by Mark Graham

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  • Hard News: The CRL and the nature of change,

    Typical response from centre right candidate:
    "Leadership...Rates...Make it happen...".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The beginning of the end of the…,

    Brilliant. Love to help.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: An Orwellian Alice in Wonderland,

    You say this, but there are plenty of people out there who thinks what he's doing is okay, fed by a stream of vituperative supporting babble from the likes of Paul Henry, Leighton Smith, et el.

    I fear we're moving increasingly into the partisan divide we're seeing in the US.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Yep. What you just said. Cynicism rules supreme.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len,

    Did anyone hear Bill Ralston on RNZ this morning? "Debt out of control"..."some one needs to step in..."..."rates, rates, rates." What utter bullshit. But if he keeps repeating it, he'll likely win because even though Auckland's rates are amongst the lowest in the country, who wants to pay more? Even if we have woefully underinvested in the city for decades (thanks to our friends, the CitRats).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The good guys,

    Great insight Russ. A will to win but not at the expense of dignity and decency. I like it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The government's Rules…,

    But there are resources available for consumers - Building Guide, for one. But people have to choose to seek them out...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The government's Rules…,

    I publish www.buildingguide.co.nz. I read Steve's posts with interest. He clearly believes himself to be a good builder (and he may well be) but he highlights the interesting thing around Master Builders which is that you don't have to be a builder to join. The Licensed Builder scheme on the other hand requires a minimum of skill levels to qualify, but there are poor builders who qualify and then it will take years to weed them out. And that's after the whole thing was dumbed down.

    In the meantime we have a resurgent sector that saw a mass departure of skilled workers following the GFC, so we have less skilled workers, many of whom don't really care about quality workmanship, building too many houses and with many more yet to come on stream as the SHAs develop.

    There's a lot more, but it's a bloody mess and the deregulation/laissez faire approach by National is now seeing a repeat situation of the structures that led to the Leaky Homes fiasco. Which, by the way, is far from being resolved and which we are still building. And John Gray does a shitload of amazingly good work trying to help desperate people through really really shitty situations they find themselves in because of poor rules, poor oversight by councils, poor design and, yes, bad bloody builders.

    And why on earth would we trust Paula Bennett to know anything about building. At all?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: NZME and you,

    Micro payments. Micro Payments. Micro payments.

    When the fuck will the big publishers start sorting out micropayments so the little guys can tag along?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A cog in the Mediaworks machine,

    Well at least we know what some of her TV3 colleagues feel… http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/72030240/mediaworks-staff-turn-on-scout-rachel-glucinas-new-gossip-site

    lovely….

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 214 posts Report Reply

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