Posts by Rich of Observationz

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Big Day Out, Out,

    Some numbers:
    Glastonbury: 135,000 attend in a country of 60mln => 0.2%
    Lollapalooza: 160,000 in 300mln => 0.05%
    BDO: 40,000 in 4mln => 1%

    Which means they need a big chunk of the potential market to turn up, leading to a situation where it's always going to be hard to make money and unlike say Glastonbury, which attracts a good percentage of reasonably on to it music fans, BDO has to rely on attracting a large munter contingent to make up the numbers.

    Which means for non-munters without a VIP pass, it's going to be a very average experience and one that many have given a miss to after one or two years.

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  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to steven crawford,

    And also, consider this: they are allegedly going to buy 60 new hybrid buses, which will be a good half a mil each, that's $30 million. The trolley wiring has been half replaced already - they're scrapping all of that at a cost of maybe $30mil. A lot of the infrastructure is the electricity lines companies, and they pay for that (out of the cost of the power, which is way less than the cost of diesel).

    Basically, any saving is going to be very marginal indeed.

    I wonder whether WCC could take back the public transport in the city from the regional council and maintain the trolley buses, possibly paid for by a congestion charge on suburban car commuters.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Moz,

    If rather than registering in advance you flew in on election day and headed for a polling booth, would you be able to get a special vote?

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    NZers get to vote from overseas if they've been here at any point in the last three years (even transiting the airport counts, I guess). Permanent residents, it has to be in the last year.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Well, and you've got the way so many voices (outside the newspaper's direct staff) either freelance for APN/Fairfax or aspire to do so. So they'll always be giving them a huge benefit of the doubt.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Well, the MA60 has had 9 accidents out of 80 delivered and hasn't been certified by anywhere in the developed world apart from China.

    It may a perfectly fine aircraft, but the makers can't be bothered with the paperwork to certify it and the recipients of free airliners tend not to be able to afford to train their pilots very well.

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    It could be an English language thing. A rowing club being a club for having rows and arguments?

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    I believe the qualified privilege would apply to the Herald reporting Key's public statements, but not to originating the story itself.

    Dragging Key and the Herald through the courts during the next National government would have certain advantages in tainting his brand. The ideal situation would involve him managing to Archer himself in the process.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Ana Simkiss,

    Why? It's quite possibly libel.

    It isn't like Lange v Atkinson, which was about a vague allegation of being a "lazy prime minister", it's more like Lange v ABC which was about a specific allegation of buying influence. Lange won the latter case (in Australia).

    Apart from anyone else, a libel case against John Key might discover who whispers in his ear and how much coordination of attack lines he and the NZ Herald engage in.

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    If the Labour leadership were to sue John Key for libel over the $100k bottle allegation, he wouldn't be able to protect his source, not being a journalist.

    (And it's a specific allegation, not general political debate like calling someone a bigot, and its against a small, identifiable group of people).

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