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  • Hard News: Postcard from Christchurch,

    It feels like National is just removing local government from Auckland and hopes that no-one interferes with their asset-grab.
    Auckland's waste water issues are huge http://www.nzherald.co.nz/water/news/article.cfm?c_id=362&objectid=10444425
    The current council just deferred the plan to stop sewerage running into the harbour every time it rained - there were much more important things to do
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10540049
    In December 1995 we ran a story in NZ Local Government magazine explaining how 20,000 tonnes of raw sewerage pours into the Waitemata Harbour every week - 2 million kilos of poos a week! It all stems back to 1911 when the system was designed with projections to 1940. In 1992 the council's plan was to remove the problem by 2027. Hubbard pushed it out to 2033. Banks will still have us swimming in faeces in 2043...

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  • Hard News: Postcard from Christchurch,

    Herne Bay is on the link bus route... and 'tards are still drink-driving.
    "If Auckland is to go ahead as an international city it needs that retrofitting of urban mass transit" Mike Lee
    BTW the Link bus is the best public transport initiatives for years - and it works. Why can't they just design more routes like it that run in continuous concentric rings around the city? Britomart and the Link bus have proven that when it comes to public transport if you build it they will come...
    www.aucklandtrains.com is also good for commentary on Auckland's public transport woes.
    I think it stinks that the government is trying to remove any local control Aucklanders have over transport etc in their obvious plan to strip us of any local assets they can sell...

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  • Hard News: Postcard from Christchurch,

    Wellington City Council has 179,000 people but Greater Wellington (including Hutt Valley & Porirua etc) has 460,000 versus Christchurch's 369,000.

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  • Hard News: The new wave,

    It is the first time that anoyone has ever posited the idea that an incease in temperature affects the earth's crust. We've known for years that volcanic eruptions cause global cooling a la nuclear wnter but not the reverse.
    http://feww.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/climate-change-for-what-youre-about-to-receive/
    It may take a while to happen - but is cause for concern. It does mean it is more likely that earth changes can happen catastrophically rather than gradually for example.

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  • Hard News: The new wave,

    @ Lucy et al. I was referring to this (as posted earlier in this thread)
    How about the fact that warming of the sea and atmosphere results in increased volcanic activity and causes other changes in the earth's crust: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327273.800
    This is the biggest news for months. "Even slight changes in weather and climate can rip the planet's crust apart, unleashing the furious might of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides."
    So if the temperature rises, the crust weakens and we get more earthquakes and volcanoes - and landslides. And those landslides might occur on the coast, causing tsunamis etc as well.
    These reports are the first on climate change from the international organisations representing geologists. Up until now we've only heard from meteorologists. It's not a great time to live in a volcanic field...

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  • Hard News: The new wave,

    The existing ones won't re-erupt but a new volcano will appear somewhere else in the zone. Rangitoto happened 600 years ago and contained 59% of all the volcanic material in Auckland - ten times bigger than any other Auckland volcano. The scientists conclude that the next one is overdue and may be as big or bigger. The fact that climate change is also affecting the whole scenario makes volcanoes even more of an issue... and other than the Auckland Museum's marvellous exhibit we seem to be ignoring the elephant in the room.

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  • Hard News: The new wave,

    And It Burns, Burns, Burns
    The (Pacific) Ring Of Fire

    How about the fact that warming of the sea and atmosphere results in increased volcanic activity and causes other changes in the earth's crust: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327273.800

    Auckland has a plume below it that seems like it will react faster to changes in the crust than tectonic-plate volcanoes like Ruapehu. 100km down the magma is super-heated and when it can it breaks out to the surface forming a new volcano. So it's unlikely that one of the existing 49 will go up. Just a new one somewhere in-between them all. What great news! http://www.gns.cri.nz/what/earthact/volcanoes/nzvolcanoes/aucklandprint.htm

    I preferred parts of Omaha in 1978 - they hadn't destroyed the other half of it at that point. I'm astounded that the council let them build the houses on the hill at the end overlooking the beach. It used to at least have a quiet end where you could "get away from it all". Now you've got to walk to Pink Beach (or just not bother). The best part about Omaha is still the great cockle bed on the estuary side of the peninsula - and the fact that Warkworth doesn't get volcanoes or many earthquakes - hence the satellite station was built there.

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  • Hard News: The new wave,

    I think that TVNZ (& TV3) let us down yesterday morning. They should have continued broadcasting news at least until the warning was withdrawn - it was a national emergency and TVNZ are a public broadcaster.

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  • Hard News: Bill's Troubles,

    We are one of the least corrupt nations on earth http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corruption_Perceptions_Index
    That is why we despise what Bill English has done. If he was a backbencher on the bones with his large family to look after and if his wife wasn't working then we would probably give him some slack.
    He definitely lost me when he announced that he lives in the large family home on English Rd when he's not enjoying the expensive Wellington home owned by his family trust. It's a bit like sponsoring Bob Jones or somethng at that point in relation to how the average Kiwi lives. And from my point of view his behaviour has been corrupt. His obfuscations are not what we expect from our elected representatives - especially the finance minister.

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  • Random Play: Tragedy in our playground,

    My partner is half-Samoan and has dozens of relatives there, many of whom have been affected by the tsunami. We found it difficult contacting them directly and had to rely on NZ media to find out what had happened. It started with Deborah Hill Cone and others on facebook questioning why TVNZ didn't cancel Good Morning and continue with the news - it was a national emergency. TV3 could have cancelled Rachel Ray as well for example. But no - our public broadcaster let us down. The only news coverage on TV until later in the day was really Skytv news on Channel 90 and that was piecemeal. The fact that the Civil Defence staff member interviewed on TV1 Breakfast seemed to know less than Paul Henry about what was happening was farcical and reinforced the need for them to stay on air.
    National Radio was the best source of news (other than the internet) in the morning and Danny Watson on Newstalk ZB did a great job in the afternoon.
    It was a difficult day anyway but TVNZ could have responded better. Thank you to publicaddress and other websites that helped communicate information throughout the day to many worried kiwis.

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