Maurice Williamson was in with TUANZ. And Ernie Newman officially represented users but many/most of TUANZ's members were staff of ISP's or telecom companies. We sold their ads for a while in the 90's. I wasn't involved in their discussions but from a distance it wasn't a shouting match. The most supplicant organisation on the planet...
John Key is at the end of the boomer years but well entrenched and rewarded within the baby boomer hierachy. But he may listen to those about to have heaped upon them the responsibitily to support themselves and their families until a very old age.
Let's face it... once they have paid themselves out anyone who is 20 today will be retiring at 80 with no money unless they save it for themselves. My baby boy is likely to live until 100 - apparently it's going to be the average age of death when he dies. By then he'll be retiring at 92 or something.
I expect Key to sell off assets to pay for the boomers' retirement leaving us nothing.
Legalising marijuana will generate millions in tax revenue, get rid of our gang problem, alienate P dealers from their clients and halve the prison population. No-one can do it though...
We should remove all tax benefits enjoyed by religious organisations.
The untaxed property market is robbing the younger generation of the chance to buy a house and is starving business credit. A Retrospective Capital Gains Tax is needed - but one only related to property.
We shouldn't be paying $6 billion for the leaky home crisis. Those involved should be.
We should still be paying into the Super Fund each year.
Whoever gave Labtests that contract should be fired. Everyone involved. I've admittedly no idea about the health system other than through friends that work in it but vision seems lacking.
I like our schools but think that they over-police teachers and remove a lot of opportunity for teachers to break out of the curriculum by giving them too much "policing" work. And we give money needlessly to wealthy private and religious schools.
We should remove the right for pub owners and their mates to decide where lottery money is distributed. Make the applicants public using DM and each community can vote. It'll certainly keep those small-town tyrants on their toes.
A friend gave me the IT Crowd for my birthday and I still haven't watched it. My bad. thanks for the head-up I'll chuck it on...
In business magazine publishing it became accepted that readers prefer covers that feature real people that they can then read more about. But business people. No matter how pretty they are (officially). This was a change in perception that happened in the 90's along with the thought that you could sell more copies if that person was good looking.
Business publishers started to use consumer publishing ideas. How many times have Sharon Hunter and Mark Ellis appeared on business magazine covers?
I imagine the budget for state-sponsored time for kids to be taught WASP religion will be okay though.
My friend home-schools his kids. It may be a way forward for many kiwis if Tolley stays in too long.
I thought Media 7's tsunami piece was interesting. Adrian Stevanon telling Lisa Glass that "she should interview that guy over there because he has many interesting stories" because Adrian was unable to interview him without offending him because as a Samoan Adrian knew to do so at the time would be disrespectful. But that palagi journalist - that's different. It sounded like a hard assignment on many levels.
It's nice to see Russell et al at Media7 are responsible for looking after the critical journalism for Paul Henry on Breakfast. Paul can do whatever he wants because if you want to see CREDIBLE journalism you can - on TVNZ7... http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10603462&pnum=3
Was this part of your brief BTW? Is Paul Henry going to be nominated for the Media Awards this year? Under which category?
@81st Those TVNZ staffers are psychic doncha know... maybe one of the stars from Praise Be could offer guidance as well (sarcasm). It would be a lot nicer if in 6 months time they could have Jim Mora pop around with a new garden for Aisling's parents though...
I'd never heard of ARC before so thanks for the heads-up! Now I'm all signed up to his news feed I'm thinking maybe Sky should just hire Jed...
I've been to many of the health specialists mentioned here and think the best were manipulative physiotherapists.
I haven't had acupuncture before. Call it an aversion to needles perhaps. I went to a hypnortherapist and gave up smoking (and it worked). I had a lifestyle change, shifted cities, stopped dancing almost every night of the week, settled down, went to lots of nice restaurants and put on 38kg. The hypnotherapy didn't work for weight loss - but 3 months of Jenny Craig and 4 years of hard exercise did. I took up soccer, circket and karate and became a volunteer fireman, so I had lots of injuries. The osteopaths were completely different in their treatment approaches. the first one I saw massaged my back for an hour before doing exactly what the chiropractor had done. The next time I saw an osteopath was after falling 5 metres of a roof and waking up in hospital. He was great. He firstly just put his hands over where I was sore and talked me into relaxing. I'd been stressed for months and it was the first time in ages I'd been truly relaxed. The pain left and I walked out feeling much better - skipping down the street better. How much of that was about the physical treatment - who knows. Did it work and was it worth $50? Short-term yes, long term who knows.
If I was really hurt, which I was quite often (2 broken ribs, badly mangled knee, broken hand and about ten twisted ankles, knees etc) I'd go to a physio and it worked. I healed much faster than I would have without going. The manipulative physio seemed from my point of view to offer many of the same services of an osteopath or chiropractor as well as all physio servces at a quarter the cost.
Hypnotherapy would have been an easier way to lose weight though! :-)