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  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    I agrrrrrree in hindsight Paul.
    Ok not Auschwitz. Maybe more like an animal Aramoana then. It just sucks that Wellsford has gone feral. I'm almost waiting for one of them to say "squeal like a pig boy" on 3 News tonight. They just seem very backwards. The thought of the dogs running around trapped and screaming in anguish for a very long period of time makes me ill.
    It used to be a bit rough around the edges in Wellsford. The local gang were the Boot Boys and their leader was Gumboot - he drowned at Te Arai in the end. Apparently there are now 3 gangs in Wellsford. And the wierd thing is that the place also has lots of life-styling Aucklanders living there. And we want to put a 2 billion dollar road through? Bizarre. Why don't we spend the money on running a train line to Omaha Beach via Takapuna, Orewa and Warkworth instead?

    And Ben I agree that using a paper and pen can be liberating - especially in meetings. I find that not using a computer or disconnecting my internet connection when making phone calls allows me to make many more calls because there are no distractions as well.

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  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    Sorry to interrupt etc... but as a dog owner it's a bit like watching Auschwich with dogs screaming and I was truly appalled. And saddened.

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  • Hard News: Do Want?,

    Meteria Turei (I hope I spelt it wrongly), the heart-rending scenes from Wellsford, who gives a toss - the ipad is much the same apparently (according to the herald)... (normally I'd insert a smirk but as an ex-pupil of Wellsford Primary my heart sinks too low...

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  • Hard News: We still died at each other's…,

    "FFS, Andre -- you didn't watch the television news last night, did you?"

    I caught the news on 3 and thought it would have been a dozen times more rabid 7 years ago (pardon the pun)...

    I'm surprised by the amount of violence that happens daily in the Hawkes Bay. The crime per capita rates down there must have been crazed last year.

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  • Hard News: We still died at each other's…,

    Remember way back when the National opposition branded the media as a bunch of left-wing liberals? Where did those bleeding heart journos all go?
    Probably overseas for twice the pay...
    Where are the headlines asking to ban all pitbulls including all cross-bred ones this summer? The press maybe aren't scrambling for legal changes now only because all dog owners are basically persecuted under the current laws anyway.

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  • Speaker: The Architecture of Elsewhere,

    The Supreme Court looks awful outside but okay inside.

    I thought the Master Builders Federation House Of the Year Awards were a good idea so we launched the magazine for them and raised their initial sponsorship -Sacha designed it. The basis was that architects were getting credit when at times workmanship was ignored.

    If you have fellow builders judging your work and they say it's good ,then that is what counts. GJ Gardner were a small firm advertising in the first issue back in 1993. Early adopters - good on them!

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

    Also I find it difficult to believe that I am given no benefit from joining forces with my partner and forging a life together. She earned a benefit for being a widow with two kids and we forgo that benefit to live together with my 2 step-sons and their 9 month old brother. The government offers me Nothing. It costs me more than the average wage a week extra to what I was paid - before we met and I became a step-dad. I own my own firm and therefore receive no help. It seems unfair. I've saved everyone $30k last year and I'm in media and it wasn't a great year.
    Changes need to be made to our laws to reflect the fact that we no longer live in the 1920's.
    My partner previously lived in Australia where everything was paid for by the government (no matter what etc) if you had small children. I think it is all a bit heartless and I don't think the government policy reflects how New Zealanders would prefer it to be.

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

    I think the point is that rich buggers can suffer taxation better than poor buggers and the governmnt are surfing around this as theory while speculating in a Ruth Richardson or Marie Antoinette manner how much the poor can stand.
    All of the current changes in place seek to redress Labours "wrongs"...
    Changing infringement penalties would be more of a bonus to small business than anything from my point if view.

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  • Hard News: The Whankernui Factor,

    "It can't be true. If it was, the Herald would have banner headlines of "DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK".

    Well they did publish McCarten... so they're covered (wink wink)

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  • Hard News: The Whankernui Factor,

    Rodney King... enough to spark an LA riot
    King Rodney... Epsom dwellers don't do riots unfortunately.
    I can't believe that anyone New Zealander would be so backwards as to disenfranchise the poor. I wonder if they are building more prisons and discussing double-bunking in anticipation of a backlash. Why is Matt McCarten the only voice here? Do some of the Labour political hierachy agree with Hide?

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