ETA: This probably needs a trigger alert, sorry. Young woman brutally assaulted after accepting a ride home late at night. Cue the victim blaming. And the racism, too, probably. Still a lot of work to be done.
For many it is still more convenient to carry cash. So arriving in Auckland with cash and needing local currency and walking up to one of those money changers at the airport is not a good look for Auckland or NZ.
We're still figuring out our particular financial situation, but yes, we should be able to just use an ATM. A former colleague used his Chinese card in small town Egypt. It should be just a simple matter of seeing a Union Pay sticker on the ATM and knowing we can get our money. Still a good idea to have a wad of cash just in case.
People coming to China need to know that not all ATMs will take international cards, even if they have apparently international symbols like Visa on them, so having a wad of cash ready is a really good idea.
Shanghai Pudong or Hongqiao? One is newer than the other. Never been to either, or Shanghai, but if it's anything like Beijing, I can imagine there being very different levels of service between the two. At Beijing Capital, T3 looks like it belongs in Hong Kong or Singapore, T2 looks really provincial, T1 I've never seen, but from what I hear I don't think I want to.
If you're going to complain about Auckland airport, then surely it should be the money changers at international arrivals and their exorbitant fees that you target? And the smarmy, arrogant looks on their faces as you enquire as to their rates and they inform you as to how much they intend to rip you off? We were fortunate last time in that my parents picked us up at the airport, so we could go to a proper bank. The National Bank branch in Newmarket was superb, and the teller told me they often have people commenting about how much better they are than the awful money changers at the airport.
Or that he’s foreign. And fat.
And German. Everybody keeps mentioning his nationality for some reason.
Actually, bob, I think the Chinese totally would cooperate with the US over IP and copyright issues. Also, remember Hong Kong is an entirely separate and mostly independent jurisdiction.
Would the Chinese conduct electronic surveillance on behalf of the US and share the results the way we did? Would the US allow the Chinese access to NSA tools, the way it did the GCSB?
Fair enough. But, Hong Kong, not the Mainland. Different jurisdiction. And I'm sure both sides would've been very wary about just how much they shared with each other, I'm just as sure cooperation with Hong Kong on getting Dotcom could easily have been pitched in such a way that Hong Kong, the Mainland and the US could all see the mutual benefit, and run so as to limit exposure to each other. So yes, getting Dotcom in NZ was certainly easier, but "oh, look, he's got lots of money and a big, successful business" remains the simpler explanation for why he was awarded residency, and NZ does seem to have a record of governments overriding both common sense and the advice of their officials to give people residency on those grounds.
ETA: It's my impression that USA and Mainland China do cooperate in law enforcement and that that cooperation is only going to increase, especially as the crackdown on corruption gathers steam (and that is getting mad, really mad). I still think Dotcom could've been easily got in Hong Kong, albeit slightly less easily, and getting Dotcom could've easily been pitched as win, win, win for the Mainland, Hong Kong and the USA.
as the Snowden affair seemed to illustrate
Totally, totally different. Also, Hong Kong and Mainland China both have sizeable film and music industries who don't appreciate their IPR being stolen. Dotcom would've made a nice, big, fat, juicy rooster to kill to frighten other pirate monkeys. Him being German, and therefore not Chinese, makes him an even juicier target for Beijing. Next time Hollywood starts whingeing about Chinese pirates they could turn around and point at Dotcom and say, "Look! We're doing what we can to help!" I can't think of any reason why Hong Kong would've quietly suggested he make himself scarce before papers were filed, or why Beijing would've encouraged Hong Kong to let him slip out of the territory like Snowden did. Snowden, on the other hand, well, I can think of plenty of reasons why the paper work took just that little bit longer to file than it did for Snowden to board a flight to Moscow.
So I, too, am struggling to see any sense in a supposed conspiracy to lure him Dotcom off to somewhere the FBI would be able to extradite him more easily from.
It was thirty years ago today,
David Lange sent Piggy away.
(where's Ian Dalziel when you need him?)
I'm the same age as Ana. My memories of a political nature all start with David Lange and the 4th Labour Government. I suppose I have that to thank Lange for.