Two or three electorate seats is worthless for Mana except to avoid the ACT "problem" of relying on an electorate seat for your political survival. Parties need alternatives. Except for that reason, Mana should, if they are smart, focus on as many party votes as possible. That signifies success with a sole electorate seat, not another electorate seat (or 2).
I read an article in some newspaper when Dunne announced this that quoted a guy who actually manufactures (or imports) these "legal highs" and he basically said he would just get the "chemists" to make other legal highs if Dunne banned cannabinomimetics.
It's such bad policy that it really doesn't deserve a mention, or debate, just ridicule.
Nah, I won't. Not even at 11:26pm when I'm barely functional.
...coming into the Lions Den I know....just how I like it.
Are you the ex ACT Nick Kearney?
Yes, which is why I commented (sarcastically) on the absurd suggestion David paid for his list position.
And one who can also now use the highlight text/quote function, and the reply function all at once.
Oops, you need an edit function. That was in reply to this by Christopher Dempsey;
I understand he paid for that spot. In six figures apparently.
Seven. He plucked it all off a tree growing out the back of Garth McVicar's farm.
The only real reason to continue to buy the SST is Rod Oram’s business column.
That would be my reason for cancelling my subscription.
Sure George. I find riding an expensive Cervelo P2 road bike a very pleasurable experience. But they cost about $6K - $7K.
I'll give you my address, you can post me a cheque. This is worth paying for.
If you don't want to pay yourself, I'm sure fellow PA readers will contribute, because, as you say, the pleasure of the population is a benefit, and one worth paying (publicly) for.
Ana, under the prior "system" my understanding is that each council had its own system. Some had partnership agreements with private operators (Waitakere), while others ran them themselves (North Shore).
Another point I make concerns the dreaded "E" word - education.
I make my daughter watch Piha Surf Rescue on Monday nights (she is morbidly attracted to it anyway, which is concerning), but she is now well aware of the dangers of the sea, and of water generally. I think that'll help in future years.
The thing with water is not so much swimming, its confidence. Just getting kids introduced to water and to respect it and treat it (particularly the ocean) as the master is a big factor. That doesn't need free access to pools.