Posts by Steve Curtis

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  • Speaker: KICK IT! The Highest Mountain,…,

    I thought the Iliad was the Desperate Housewives of its day-

    Patroclus can stand to watch no longer, and begs Achilles to be allowed to defend the ships. Achilles relents, and lends Patroclus his armor, but sends him off with a stern admonition to not pursue the Trojans, lest he take Achilles's glory. Patroclus leads the Myrmidons to battle and arrives as the Trojans set fire to the first ships. The Trojans are routed by the sudden onslaught. Patroclus, ignoring Achilles's command, pursues and reaches the gates of Troy, where Apollo himself stops him. Patroclus is set upon by Apollo and Euphorbos, and is finally killed by Hector

    To be continued....
    Wikipedia
    The plot summary leaves out the Dactylic hexameters..

    I myself prefer the Broadway musical version The Golden Apple

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Because it is a big deal,

    Well the Auditor general has all lready looked at the 'unauthorised expenditure' angle - and doesnt see an issue

    s95) For Vote Ministerial Services, we note that the expenditure by Ministers on the accommodation and meal costs of spouses or partners will be unappropriated if it is outside the rules. We will work with Ministerial Services during the remaining parts of our inquiry to determine whether there is a widespread problem resulting from the way the particular rule is written, and its application in practice, before considering what remedial action may be needed.
    http://www.oag.govt.nz/2010/vote-ministerial-services/findings-and-conclusions.htm

    AS the A-G says as well they going to 'fix' the problem of unauthorised expenditure for childrens travel for ordinary MPs

    "Parliamentary Service had already identified that the incorrect way it has been administering travel entitlements for children under five years will have resulted in unappropriated expenditure."

    The web of unauthorised spending will have caught a lot of MPs.

    Dont expect any prosecutions.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Ready for the Big One?,

    For the HB earthquake , even in 1931, there was a constant stream of cars heading into and out of HB by the evening of the quake.
    My worry is the electricity network through the north island is vulnerable to volcanic eruption/quake as there is a concentration at Whakamaru, which has Auckland's lines concentrated for about 1 km wide.

    Replacement could take months

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: So, what do you think of…,

    Just what we need , another piece of infrastructure unused for 9 months of the year.
    Unlike the airport.
    My guess is that the pictures are not of the Princes Wharf cruise ship terminal but the temp one when more than one ship arrives at once.
    Gee I have seen Napier with 3 ships in at once. Would they spend even $2 mill for some fancy steps ?

    We have stadiums galore, mostly empty , dont add to the the waste.

    Considering that Ports of Auckland isnt adding one cent to the cost of this proposed feature its about time some one said NO.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Auckland: where only one man votes,

    Sarah Horth asks about lower water bills in Waitakere

    The reason Auckland City water bills are higher is they include the cost of the waste water disposal while Waitakere doesnt. But they do add a charge on to the rates.
    You will find Auckland City rates bills are way lower.

    I would say the new system is likey tol charge everybody for fresh water and waste water based on their consumption.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Of rights, choice, money ...…,

    AS I see it the ACC system was no fault because the law previously said find whos at fault and sue them ( or their insurance company).

    Which of course would lead to strange situations if you fell off your own ladder while painting your own house, that is sue the ladder maker!

    For cars , the provision of insurance was semi compulsory so if you ran off the road while driving your own car, you had a payer ready to meet their obligations ( or not?).

    So the car drivers scheme ( covered by insurance) was mixed up with the employers scheme( covered by insurance) and included individuals outside of the above ( covered by deductions from wages by IRD) to give essentially the ACC funded payments system we have. The government paying the premium of those who dont have an income .
    The connection being that ACC does pay resident family members for the care they provide.

    Im a bit lost by Phillip refeering to a situation when you are hit by a bus and who will or wont be paid to care for you.
    Its obviously an accident so is covered by ACC.
    Is it just me or is he being deliberately misleading.

    More to the point 300,000 qualify for disability support

    It seems due to some previous errors some of the plaintiffs did receive funding for family carers.

    I think its quite justified the Government appeal this case, as the Tribunal has ruled on complicated legal questions that are best decided by the Judges

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Table 6.2: 'Rich pricks' & Others,

    Would that small ideologically -blinded group include the nice Dr Brash ?
    The use of Trusts at the higher levels would distort the figures as one income becomes one person AND a trust

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: The future's so different…,

    The upgrades required for a cinema are to the screen and a digital projector, around $100,000 plus.
    So I dont think the cinema in Hokitika is really showing it in 3D.
    The posters may claim otherwise.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Honours,

    Didnt the Myers family give a few million to Auckland University new School of Dance , which opened in the old 1YA/AKTV2 building in Shortland St, getting their name over the door.

    Oh that would be the' Kenneth' Myers Centre

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: The NPC Manifesto,

    Answer is easy .
    Have a reverse pyramid for funding by the NZRU.
    Those like Auckland & Canterbury get nothing , those at the bottom get the most.
    Problem solved.
    But it does seem like Steve Tew couldnt run a barbeque at the local rugby club

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

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