Posts by Sam F

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    bucolic Mangere Bridge is set to be the next Ponsonby…According to those stats there is a downturn in population in that area, strange to say the least.

    In other words, it’s already happening…

    Transportblog did a post on this last month based on Aaron Schiff’s work and I commented there also. I would have been one of those kids growing up in the inner west when you came back from London, Russell (I’d have been in my second year of school). It was pretty neat for kids in primary school years – you could blast around the neighborhood on bikes pretty safely, Coyle Park and the beach were there for general purpose adventuring, and town was a quick bus ride away.

    Sometime around 1995-2000 just about everybody seemed to be adding an extra storey to their house (probably when the kids, like me, were reaching their teens) – now I suspect lots of those houses are a bit emptier, while the cars on the street are getting a hell of a lot flasher and the place (at least the north half) is generally developing that affluent sleepiness I associate with Devonport or Herne Bay. Being beachside it’s still lively with families and young people in the summer which simply serves to highlight how drowsy it’s become the rest of the time.

    At the moment I’m represented by one of the modest number of 20-34 blue dots in the Kingsland/Morningside area, but that’s an accident of having found a good flat with a currently reasonable rent (in fact, until recently it was ridiculously cheap notwithstanding that the flat is effectively unimproved since the 1970s). At some point in the next couple of years I’m pretty sure that will give way though, since the push on prices in the area is so great that at some stage the landlord will reach a tipping point and turf us out for a renovation and a more lucrative tenant to follow.

    We’re getting to the point now where owning a property makes some sense, as we need more room and I’m personally getting tired of not knowing what the hell our landlords are going to do, but where we’ll find something that works I don’t know. I had hopes that there might be some nice smaller unit development happening on the south fringe of Pt Chev by Great North Road, which would put us within cooee of my old neighborhood, but the watering down of the Unitary Plan doesn’t give me much hope. Maybe Glen Eden - the latter would be a homecoming of sorts (my dad's birthplace is there, although I read that that property with its glasshouse and gardens and trees is due to be built over with 30 units) and might not be too far from town for a cycle & train combo commute. Who knows what prices there will get to by the time we're ready to buy, though...

    To be honest, a long-term rental with more certainty would probably be almost as good as owning for us, but I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for the current powers that be to create the kind of environment where that can happen.

    Most of the time it seems easier just not to think about it all.

    Could be worse though – am writing from Beijing where affordable housing is literally a lottery. A colleague is waiting to see if she’ll have a chance to put in an expression of interest on a fairly central apartment (just an hour and a half by train from the office!) – however she is number 43,000 in a queue for 1500 properties and there are a lot of people who will have to pass up first…

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to CJM,

    Never go full redtop.

    I like that this has now independently appeared twice on PAS, both times describing the Herald...

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  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal, in reply to mark taslov,

    It popped up within my edit window, I thought a post like that deserved some fanfare, in the interests of continuity. but no, I could only dream of producing copy like Natman’s, so I appreciate the deliberation. =)

    Wow, okay, how about that? Thought you were pre-trolling the thread to save someone else the bother - was enjoying it as an artform :)

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  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal, in reply to BenWilson,

    Well, given the crazy tone of your message I thought you were actually taking the piss out of the viewpoint you expressed. And I’m still not sure

    Erm. I can't have been the only one who saw this in mark taslov's post on the first page, right before Natman started posting, was I?

    Now ladies and gentleman without further ado, that troll we’ve all been waiting for. From the whakakaupapa hole, it is our proud privilege to present the mighty observations and arguments; Put your hands to together for the one and only wondrously amazing Natman!

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to simon g,

    Does he endorse, or is that the kiss of death?

    Andrew Little. Let's see where this goes...

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    The Dairy Board was also NZ distributor for the Lada vehicles they’d traded for agricultural produce.

    Was this still the case in the late 80s or early 90s, when TV's Country Calendar was officially brought to you "by the Lada Niva, Cossack and Tigre"? I would have been pretty young then and I still wonder if I somehow hallucinated it.

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Quickly piping in: I am working in China right now in a related area, and can try to ask colleagues after National Holiday when back in the office.

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government,

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  • Hard News: Time to Vote, in reply to krothville,

    It's here - a quote from Greenwald rather than the Grauniad's own description.

    It's strange attempting to follow the election via the Herald app plus PAS, but the quiet on here tells its own story, I guess.

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  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    (Deleted post due to over hueg image I can't edit via iPhone)

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