Posts by Sofie Bribiesca

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  • Legal Beagle: Fact-checking Parliament:…,

    Another odd situation I noticed the other day when getting the rates bills. I got a flyer saying if I'm enrolled and paying rates in one district and have a property in another I can be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector in the other community or local board area. This is for the local authority Elections on October 8 2016. So I can now vote twice. I find that rather unfair.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to mark taslov,

    , but in order to do so, we may need to widen our scope beyond a couple of ministers and a department or two and address the wider cultural and societal issues.

    We gotta start somewhere. If we can find just one Minister ( it would be nice if it was the Prime) that wants change, that person could effect change. I'm kinda hoping Dunne is getting the epiphany he needs with regards Cannabis at the mo. He's one person who could make big strides in Government on this subject. I do agree the world is going to hell in a handbag and daily it coughs up more unbelievable shite, and most on a benefit are at the bottom of the pile although your genitals photographic display must be there too, I agree it's uphill but surely we gotta get to the first few to climb out of the stinkin' pile.
    What you mention your wife goes through reminds me of what so many others experience daily , and that's just for being the wrong type of human. The world is turning most into the 99% and it's only the top 1% that are on easy street.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The place where things happen…,

    They weren’t “his synthetics” though.

    Ok, edit it to...


    ....Campbell live one night where Dunne went to see first hand the effect synthetics had had on people.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    All happening in the Far North

    The new fish and chip shop (and wet fish too) is the same guy who had the Coopers beach one so that should be good quality. Other than that, the Sushi bar is all good too. I'm glad you like it Rosemary. I try to support the coast as it's closer. Anyway you look at it, for me, it's superior to Auckland. NO traffic problems, no traffic lights ,no parking fees. Pristine beaches etc etc etc. Ooops! off topic, .....

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    BusaboutKaitaia Timetable for Town, Pukenui and Ahipara routes.

    Reasonable fares, and as an added bonus the buses run on 50% bio diesel made from refined cooking oil. Smell really yummy!

    So I see the 7 .11am to Kaitaia returns at 5.50pm and I guess the extra on Tuesday helps but I see (and have picked up until someone stole music recently from the car) people hitching to and from W & I because they have to attend seminars. Taipa is a 15 minute drive in a vehicle at around 100km/h from our house. I’d need a car to get to the stop as the bus routes don’t do our area at all. I am lucky I don’t need one. Here’s a wee example of car trouble, (slightly off topic )
    A friend lends his car to someone to get into town (some say, nice friend), later that night the person is stood over by someone else wanting to borrow it,( and that person is of interest to the Police). Car gone. Next thing, car shows up at the police station. Police have it for weeks (a forensic thing ) and when they finally realise the car is the wrong one ,they send it to a storage facility. Car costs $360 to get back. Police don’t pay ,my mate on ACC has to borrow money to get his car back. No body has that extra money up here. The car would have gone to Auction 3 days later if he didn’t borrow it. Jus’ sayin’
    So yeah, thanks for that , nice to know there is more than one bus through Taipa ;)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    It also strike me that whenever I read threads like this the people working at the desk at the support organisations really want to help, but it is a management structure and policy dictated from the minister down that the system either work well or do harm. It’s not the actual system or the people in it that are the problem but rather the way the system is administered.

    One of my new heroes at The Northern Advocate always brings to our attention some of the "usual" at W &I up here.Yes, the system is boxes to tick, but honestly ,why have we lost compassion now?

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    (Might have to vote for Winston to ensure it is still there then, though)

    At the moment he's trying for equality on Northland Superannuitants getting Bay of Islands ferry rides out of their gold card. Let's face it, we don't got buses unless you count the 7am bus doing SH1 from AK to Kaitaia. Gotta mention too, the Geotech guys are on our one way bridge at Taipa. Looks like we are getting the 2 lanes he is holding National (with all their NZTA promises) to. Wonder if we get the other 9? I'd like a tarsealed road please. I must add Hilary, My vote for Winston in our By Election was strategic to berid National as many up here did. It worked.

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  • Polity: Geography and housing options, in reply to Rob S,

    these ex-Aucklanders are trying to turn their new homes into mini-Aucklands.

    ?

    Why that is where the term JAFA came about to be sur'. TBH we could do with a bit better customer service in K Town. I mean Kaitaia closes down on Saturday at noon. C'mon, that's too early for this ex JAFA. The money go 'round is vital for small town survival.

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  • Hard News: The place where things happen…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I cried, and I’m still feeling quite emotional about it. In a week of bullshit, it felt very direct, and the applause from the gallery was sustained.

    Wouldn't it be nice if Dunne heard that. I remember watching a Campbell live one night where Dunne went to see first hand the effect his synthetics had had on people. The look on his face was one of horror. He looked almost scared . That's when I thought he might just come around to some common sense.
    "Oh, the Irony of it All" and... because it's Friday, I give you The Streets.

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  • Hard News: Labour's medical cannabis…, in reply to nzlemming,

    I remember him. He was a tad rabid, yes.

    Medical Marijuana may have been just the key for Shulgin. I thought at the time a joint could have done him wonders.

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