Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Don Christie,

    Glad to hear that, Don! Thanks for noting it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19332 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I suspect it’s two fold. First they don’t feel that the close relationship with The Greens has helped them win votes for themselves and it certainly hasn’t been the magic bullet to kill NACT. Second with the loss of Russel Norman it’s more difficult to find someone reasonable/respectable/serious enough – seriously Steffan Browning?!?!?!

    I can see the reasoning on the latter part. Shearer does have the background for the role, more so than anyone in the Green caucus. But it does breach an informal (albeit fairly recent) convention, so failing to tell the Greens is either provocative or stupidly clumsy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19332 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stella and the Fun Palaces,

    Stella speaking at the recent #ChangeHow event. Contains swears.

    Accompanying blog post.

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  • Speaker: Women, science and superheroes, in reply to Amy Gale,

    On the other hand, industries like publishing seem to have unpaid intern labor built into their business model, which is clearly despicable.

    It has only recently started to become more common in New Zealand. But this news came through yesterday: the British branch of the US newspaper company Gannett wants to charge journalism students to get bylines in its papers. News is becoming a desperate business.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I think one of the fears of this kind of fast track is that a small panel could be corrupt. But equally a small panel can often achieve goals impossible for a larger group in a longer more drawn out bureaucracy.

    Yes, I think that sums it up.

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…, in reply to David Haywood,

    A fascinating piece by both you and Prof Easther! [In my experience a Prof is several degrees scarier than a mere Dr

    Eek! Just as well I have godlike editing privileges ...

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  • Hard News: When the fast track seems a…,

    I might also add that a comparison between Waterview and the shambles of a process around the St Luke’s Road interchange and its threatened pohutukawa is interesting.

    I would love to see Professor Richard Easther’s bracing analysis of the modelling assumptions around that interchange get a proper airing.

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  • Speaker: Public art is no place for committees, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    What’s wrong with having art in an alleyway – and a busy pedestrian thoroughfare at that? It seems a lot more pleasant than having nothing.

    It actually works well in that space – transforming the thoroughfare into something different. The buildings provide the frame.

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  • Hard News: Masters of Reality, in reply to Sacha,

    They are apparently nasty local miscreants rather like Slater. Take anything they say with a sack of salt. Note that they may also be breaching suppression, which could put Russell at risk here.

    Yeah, sorry, I deleted the the links to LF (which potentially put me in breach of a suppression order) and the hate site (because it was just horrible, and really off-topic).

    The suppression order is wildly over-reaching, but I prefer to stay the right side of these things.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19332 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Masters of Reality,

    Still relevant: Matt Nippert's 2013 story A licence to print money:

    How good was SkyCity's winnings from that deal? An Australian casino consultant believes the Government significantly undervalued the gambling concessions it finally granted to SkyCity.

    The Government's own officials consistently raised concerns as far back as 2010 that the nub of the deal - the 27-year extension of SkyCity's exclusive Auckland casino licence - was being similarly undervalued. Across the ditch, casino licences have sold for hundreds of millions of dollars.

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