Posts by Mark Graham

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  • Speaker: Why a renter died from turning…,

    There are greater issues around building and building maintenance here than just those of being a landlord. The govt has made significant changes to the Building Act which moves responsibilities away from councils and to homeowners and builders. Builders should know these but there has been limited education campaigns to the trade. And none to consumers. There is confusion around electrical work. There should have been none around gas - this guy doing his own work shows what a moron he is and it seems the punishment is on the light side.

    The fact is, renting or buying a house carries significant risk for your health: asbestos, meth labs, dodgy DIY work, limited insulation, leaky homes. The state of our built environment is often appalling. But there's no political commitment to sorting it out because not enough people make enough noise and when we build, we're happy, for the most part, to abdicate responsibilities to our building professionals, who are often not.

    I publish education guides for homeowners who are building and I remain frustrated at the number of people who willingly choose ignorance when it comes to spending half a million dollars on building themselves a house. Shortsighted and stupid.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    My mistake

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  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    And Banks is guilty. Yippee!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    PS - I notice in the new plan they've changed the city-bound Great North Rd lane from a through-lane (no lights), to one that has to go through the lights. Also, looking at the lane plan over the bridge, I see one lane turning West (right) onto the motorway, one straight ahead into St Luke's Rd and one shared, which will, naturally, end up getting blocked by right turning traffic. It makes you wonder if anyone studies the traffic flow. The two holdups I can see are in the straight through to St Luke's Rd, so why not make it both lanes, and turning left into Gt North Rd from St Luke's Rd/the bridge, where right-turning Western Springs and Grey Lynn traffic holds up those us wanting to head to the Chev, which then holds up traffic further behind who can't fit on the bridge.. Seems stupid to me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    You still get Mamata bagels? Surely not...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    National do not like challenging questioning, with the exception, I found, of Bill English. The PM came on my show once, I suspect expecting a social chat for 20 minutes and ended up being called to account for a number of things over 45 minutes.

    He never returned and his press secretary ended up ignoring my requests for him to come back. Key, and other Ministers, avoided Morning Report for years.

    And so, it would seem, it is with Collins. If you are questioned then it's an attack and therefore to be avoided or aggressively shouted down. These approaches are not what one would hope for in a participatory democracy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Guilt By Association Copy,

    Like.

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  • Hard News: The New New News,

    Content rules! But try convincing ad agencies of that.

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  • Hard News: Housing: the Feudal Model, in reply to Steve Withers,

    The recent Unit Titles Act is a mess. Another fuck up by the current Govt.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing: the Feudal Model,

    This whole thing is so complicated. As they say, 'for every complex problem, there's a simple solution. And it's probably wrong."

    I'd say many Aucklanders want medium density housing and you can see the odd one here or there but we're talking a makeover of large swathes of Auckland. It's not going to be easy and I suspect the Vancouver approach to allow specific intensification development on existing central urban sites - their 'Laneways' approach - may be an effective approach and may make for affordable options out there, too.

    The unitary plan had a lot of good thinking in it but the way it was presented on MSM was somewhat misleading, with great grey blocks of high-rise office/apartment blocks, no greenery or urban design features presented. No wonder the nimbys freaked. The main Nimby got shut down swiftly and pointedly by Toderian at his presentation a few weeks ago.

    Of major concern to me is the building sector charged with making all this happen. There are law changes removing council accountability, transference of responsibility to builders through a less-than-robust LBP scheme (http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2576720) - and all this on the cusp of another building boom. Leaky Homes anyone?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 192 posts Report Reply

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