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  • Hard News: Hope and Wire,

    Len is Murray Horton, isn’t he?
    I’ve met Monee many times, sometimes a she is a homeless man in a crumpled suit liberated from a now demolished Hotel. And it was good to see the strength of the elderly displayed which was so very true. It misses the overwhelming compassion and genuine love simply everyone had for their fellow man for the best part of a year.
    The cardboard cutout skinhead is too contrived, but still holds a truth in that only the dozen or so total scum still in the city took such liberties, rather than liberating beer it should have been those emergency generators. Christchurch’s crime rate in the wake of the quakes was pretty close to zero.
    I was witness to a high court case being concluded at a bus stop next to a rubbish bin, about July 11. Everyone knew the score at that stage and a quick decision was a good decision.
    Not comparable to when a City falls, and it isn’t long enough to show how time impacts on us all..
    I did find it an emotional experience all the same and glad it was made.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Climate, money and risk, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    So we can marine farm on our own land in the sea?
    What happens to land titles if the sea level rises, do we all get blue water title and riparian rights over the old home section?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Two Tales of a City,

    The Sir Dougy Graham award goes to - Sideshow Bob.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9565051/Bob-Parker-knighted

    As for John Hamilton & Civil Defence. Johnny is as Deserving as Sideshow. Civil Defence must be disestablished and roll its functions into the NZDF Reserves. This will free up another night on the Probus calendar.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Two Tales of a City,

    On my way to a mates place last night I saw the Loo Roll Cathedral full to overflowing with parishioners. On the way home at 11pm the homeless gather like moths to the flame around the Sallys Coffee van in Latimer Square.
    I thought I might have picked up a cab on the way but the CBD is a place even the homeless don't go after dark these days.
    On the plus side I got to walk across Victoria Square for the first time since the quakes. It's now a secret garden no-ones sees anymore.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    I applaud the sentence of Home D. here

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9533213/Victim-disgusted-Meyer-avoids-jail

    Named, shamed and restrained, by the conditions of his sentence. I just wished the Justices would have as fairer view of the normal suspects before them.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    There were always stories about various Cop Shops in Christchurch.At their most benign it was the cops signing the ceiling of the cafeteria when they leave/visit the South Cop Shop.
    This is the graffiti of public property you & I paid for. In other towns kids have been stabbed to death or sentenced to prison for such acts.
    The other stories are consistent with Meyers actions but not limited to him.
    This report should read as the rough draft for another Underbelly series.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    Promotions are at risk, the truth must not come out.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9488407/Corrupt-cop-report-delayed

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: Stoned in Charge,

    Passed the surprize work place drug & alcohol test last Friday morning.

    I had a couple of Twisted Hop Pilsners the night before, alas two co-workers had a joint on the previous weekend .

    These guys passed surprize drug tests about 6 months ago and work well.

    I don't want to work where guys are under the influence and testing a corpse is too late, but firing guys for what happened last weekend is just wrong (accepting that heavy users are a problem).

    Any suggestions on what a safe drug use testing regime would look like?

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    A bit of spin from those in the force who think they're in the running to be the next Top Cop spot.

    Sources have told The Press that Gordon Stanley Meyer's supervisors at Christchurch South police station were not told about the 2007 complaint until after his 2011 offending came to light.

    Police National Headquarters said last night there were no "lawful grounds" to tell them about it.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/9418880/Police-bosses-in-dark-over-sex-claim

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Two Tales of a City,

    Cart (carriage) before horse:
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/city-centre/9422490/Trams-back-on-track

    This will slow the rebuild, add expense and danger to it.
    Now we have to deal with live overhead wires and the restriction of working close to rail lines in a city that is still years away from recovery of horizontal infrastructure and general construction.

    On the plus side we have a tram that goes nowhere & you'll see not much.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1150 posts Report Reply

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