Posts by Sacha

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  • Island Life: Good on ya, Paula,

    Yes, the way Misa has included the Maori identity stuff seems debatable - hardly unusual for someone of Bennett's generation to only get into that later in life. I only included that sentence because it had her name in it.

    Misa's broader point stands - that Bennett has traded on a carefully crafted story about being a battler from humble beginnings when that's simply not true. Much like John Key whose wider family had wealthy origins (and the associated social capital) before the well-publicised state house phase of his own life which I don't doubt was tough.

    Those who have acclaimed Bennett for her courageous actions in publishing beneficiaries' incomes without consent to introduce "balance" into the debate about her cutting of the TIA can hardly complain when someone else does the same with public details about the Minister's life.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Food and drink,

    And barley-fed, for a taste bonus.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: There is no alternative,

    And kudos to those interviewers who remember the $35m windfall for needy private schools when Ministers "regret" not being able to afford lesser priorities like said special education funding.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Any Port in a Storm,

    I demand a lower-resolution image!

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Good on ya, Paula,

    The story does not mention anything about tennis balls.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Good on ya, Paula,

    I recommend Tapu Misa's column today about Bennett and the DPB.

    Bennett didn't connect with her Maori side till university. She was the rebellious but indulged only daughter of a comfortable "middle New Zealand" family (dad had owned his own business, mum was a librarian). She didn't lack self-belief; her family wasn't without resources. So being a single mum at 17 was never likely to derail her for long.

    But if she had help from her parents, she doesn't mention it. Yes, there were lucky breaks, supportive friends and flexible employers, and quite a bit of public money (how much is no one's business, apparently), including a handy little thing called the Training Incentive Allowance (TIA) which allowed her to back herself into a university degree. But basically, it was all down to individual pluckiness. Or so the story goes.

    So you can imagine how annoying it must have been to have a couple of DPB mothers complaining that their dreams of being just like Paula had been squashed by the cuts to the TIA.
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    It wasn't a fair fight. Bennett's so-called balancing information didn't give the full story, either.
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    Yes, anyone could have found out that the DPB payment for a parent with two or more children is $272.70, but the amount each parent gets on top of that varies according to her circumstances - and those circumstances can be hugely complicated as well as intensely private.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Any Port in a Storm,

    Seems to be a vegetarian, thankfully.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Food and drink,

    Fast food is when you're trying to catch the chicken.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Any Port in a Storm,

    I'm sure the private sector will step in immediately, freed from the shackles of state that previously inhibited them from providing that valued service.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Any Port in a Storm,

    Robert, I have no idea where you got your ideas about men and women, but I do hope you are not inflicting them on any people close to you.

    If the problem of men assaulting women and children was not still a current one in New Zealand, do you seriously think we would need ongoing interventions like the "It's Not OK" campaign and the Womens' Refuge fundraising appeal?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17606 posts Report Reply

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