Posts by Ian Dalziel

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  • Capture: Roamin' Holiday, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    hang on a minute...

    Now found two and they are tiny

    you could say that's my newt...
    er, they're my newts...
    er...
    <hops off>

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Roamin' Holiday, in reply to Lilith __,

    wool meet again...

    Wondering stock ...
    but an actual person piques their interest

    Just don't mention the wether....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Roamin' Holiday, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Put one aside for a Ranidae...

    No one gave the five tadpoles I added to the pond several weeks ago much chance of survival with over 30 hungry fish, but one at least managed to metamorphise. Such is the stuff of life.

    Congratulations to the little Polliwog that could...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mega Conspiracy, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    bought to justice?

    I wonder how many of the illiterati will be
    rushing off to jail to buy black clothing?

    a Gap in the prison wall?
    I hear the manchester dept does good knotted sheets, too...

    Dissed lodgers...

    Apparently we have porous “boarders”. Who knew?

    Sponging off the State...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Nobody wanted #EQNZ for Christmas, in reply to Lilith __,

    hand jive...

    the Liquefactionist Jig

    credit must go to Mr Burroughs
    (Bill, not Edgar Rice...)


    What happens in Hamilton, stays in Hamilton...
    or so it seems....

    What an interesting talk we had about the stadium and the V8 races and the organisation thereof.

    I've been trying to interest The Press in this story from 1999 Hamilton
    In which Marryatt makes an example of a senior city manager for one small alleged infraction of the council vehicle rules
    Quotes include:

    Mike Martin, who managed the city's many community services, resigned on Friday after 20 years with the council in senior roles.
    The council's chief executive, Tony Marryatt, alleged Mr Martin had breached the council's light vehicle policy by taking a car home without the authority to do so. The breach could lead to dismissal.
    "It was serious misconduct," Mr Marryatt said.
    ...
    Some at the council were unaware of the resignation yesterday.
    Mr Marryatt said a stern warning had been issued to staff two years ago after a spate of problems with council workers breaching the car policy. Mr Martin's seniority meant he should have been setting an example.
    "That's part of the message - the rules were broken and it doesn't matter who broke them," Mr Marryatt said.

    the article goes on to mention

    Mr Marryatt has also been controversial. In May last year the council was forced to pay compensation to high-ranking manager Hugh Kettlewell, who was sacked after a clash with Mr Marryatt.

    a follow up article points out that Marryatt's handling of the matter cost the council at least $30,000 - and the services of an excellent employee.

    A senior Hamilton City Council manager who quit amid claims he abused car privileges is denying the charges and has been offered $30,000 compensation by the council.
    Mike Martin, who managed Hamilton City Council's many community services, resigned on Friday after chief executive Tony Marryatt claimed he had broken rules by taking a council car home.
    But Mr Martin denied yesterday "any impropriety regarding the unauthorised use of a council vehicle" and said he would take his case to the Employment Tribunal.
    Mr Marryatt said he had agreed with Mr Martin that $30,000 compensation would be paid once he lodged a grievance claim.
    The money was for the hurt and humiliation caused by media speculation about his quitting. It was now irrelevant whether Mr Martin had broken the car rules because he had resigned.
    ...
    The resignation threatened to grow into a public spat yesterday. Mr Martin said he was extremely disappointed with comments Mr Marryatt had made to the media about his quitting.
    "The comments were made after confidential discussions," he said. It was unclear whether he would seek more than the agreed $30,000 when he went to the tribunal.
    Mr Marryatt had earlier alleged that use of the car was serious misconduct and he had been thinking of sacking Mr Martin. Yesterday he repeated those comments.
    "At the end of the day he resigned because I was considering dismissal," he said.
    Mr Martin was one of four council managers who had power second only to the chief executive. His salary of $125,000 to $130,000 included $12,000 for using his own car, rather than those supplied by the council.

    I think it is arguable that Marryatt has transgressed some of the Chchch City Council's own guidelines, (not to mention 'leaking' confidential discussion details) and should hold himself to his own intractable high civic standards and also resign...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mega Conspiracy, in reply to Sacha,

    word up...

    ...if you use them, they’re gone. Digital media, not so.

    I thought I had heard that some digital books (or whatever the current term is) 'purchased' on line, will just disappear after 3 months (or thereabouts) - 'ownership' is becoming more of an intangible and ephemeral thing, it seems...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mega Conspiracy, in reply to nzlemming,

    well I'll be dipped in dog deposits...

    If the person accused of committing crime is
    the one who owns the bank, quite possibly.

    and don't they say the best way to rob a bank is to own one...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Nobody wanted #EQNZ for Christmas, in reply to DeepRed,

    No such thing as a free Naked Lunch...

    ...and turn their names to mud.

    Wood would burn & Stein frankly incense, and in this case the pressure from below would most likely turn their names to fine silt, to be blown away with the next wind - as we link arms and dance the Liquefactionist Jig...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mega Conspiracy, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Pope on a rope...

    BCCI

    Which reminds me of Italy's Banco Ambrosiano which collapsed and, well, left things hanging....
    But eventually many high level people were prosecuted.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Roamin' Holiday,

    off the grid...
    and now for some seriously light entertainment...
    a truly excellent comic piece from Chad Taylor and Jonathan King
    City Lights at Mr King's Brighter Future site...
    may there be much more to come.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5074 posts Report Reply

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