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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Awesome. That’s a greater Auckland city vision by far than the names now on the map. (& what most non-JAFAs have always thought about it!)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…, in reply to nzlemming,

    snark, which appears to have put on weight.

    Which would make it a boojum.
    (Conservation of total mass of system => something else has vanished.)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: He Panui: Media Take, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We’ve always made a point of talking to media creators and decision-makers.

    I note that Hiwi & Pat Tauroa’s guide to marae protocol puts the word in a highly relevant context:

    The taki , the representative of Tane Mahuta, is placed before you, to invite you to come in peace, while recognising that you may have a take (a reason) for which harsh words may need to be spoken.

    –Hiwi & Pat Tauroa (1986) Te Marae, a guide to customs & protocol. Auckland: Reed Methuen. Pp. 33-34.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: He Panui: Media Take, in reply to BenWilson,

    Yeah, RB mentioned that when it was first announced the media show was moving to Māori.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: He Panui: Media Take,

    Given the bilingual intent, in practice, how will you say the title? the two co-hosts simultaneously using different pronunciations of “take”? or only use the te reo pronunciation?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I hope this does burn Labour down to the ground, and flashes back to char-grill National in the process.

    Be careful what you wish for. The more likely outcome (comparing and contrasting the media treatments just posted by Rob) is that Labour gets burned, and National carries on doing worse with impunity … ignoring any rise in temperature because that would imply they’d have to openly acknowledge and possibly even do something about global warming.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    Politics is a bloodsport, and everyone wants to be in on the kill

    Hence your own initial reaction to the letter surfacing (“Cunliffe is toast”)?
    I think it’s too strong to label this even as an example of Cunliffe being vague or careless. Gods only know there are more than enough examples of that when he has to explain his policy positions – but this is not one of those cases.. It’s – as you say – an “innocent” letter, sent as part of routine electorate office business, 11 years ago. Meanwhile, Key gets a free media pass every time he can’t remember what he knew about actual deals mere weeks later…

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    I offer two alternative options as more likely:
    (iii) the minister or his electorate office received a written request from Liu; and/or
    (iv) the letter was written by an electorate office staffer (e.g. the guy who still has the computer file!), and then signed by Cunliffe.

    Really, the only "tricky" behaviour here is releasing this non-story and spinning it as some kind of smoking gun. Look more closely: it's a banana, and it went off 11 years ago.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    cuisine list eliminates about half of the metro list

    Or the Tripadvisor list. Which just means, it’s more exclusive (a smaller number than any “top 50”), which also supports Craig’s point above about their “demographic filter”. Doesn’t entail a better experience for the average punter.
    Though, to be honest, I’d generally seek out the cheap and cheerful over the expensive and pretentious,* so I’m really not in the Cuisine target market.

    * Yeah, yeah, I know, false dichotomy. Probably. Maybe should re-state as: I would prefer to have low expectations exceeded than high expectations not met.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants,

    My immediate conclusion from the Venn diagram was that the Cuisine list seems largely a waste of time (as almost all of its names are already included by the other lists). Though, of course, that's an after-the-fact assessment: it’s not clear if there was any directionality involved, if for example reviewers for Tripadvisor picked names from the Cuisine list (amongst other sources).

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 854 posts Report Reply

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