Posts by Gareth Ward

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  • Hard News: This time it's Syria, in reply to Don Christie,

    Where are the sanctions and other no violent options being discussed? Surely the NSA can grab all of Assad's assets?

    US Syrian sanctions have been in place for a while now, including the seizure of all property of the Syrian government and it's senior members.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fluency, ease of manner - and…,

    When Judith Collins takes over the National Party (plausibly after a Key-won election) I'm not sure I want her to have the power (alongside one of her appointees given recent form) to sign off our supposedly-international surveillance agency intercepting all mobile calls in the interest of poorly defined "cyber security"...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: U: It's about the combos,

    Out of interest, what are the advertising rate card implications? I'm presuming you don't pay any extra as an advertiser because there's a +1 showing, so are they just looking for higher eyeball numbers to then push rates up over time?

    So is there an immediate complete loss of whatever revenue U was generating?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The future: be careful what…,

    Dylan - Netflix or Hulu Plus? About to go that way myself - AD etc on Netflix suggests its better, does Hulu really get any worthy tv shows that Netflix don't?

    Also, amazing timing from Slingshot to announce a "global service" on their Internet plans on the same day - i.e. ISP provided VPN to let you watch US based geoblocked content without faffing about with VPN settings yourself

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A plea for sanity on the…,

    Could somebody discuss the intersections of this process with Auckland Transports and Watercare's planning? Have they already input, or do they take this Draft and submit on "infrastructure do-ability" with what's been outlined in it?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A plea for sanity on the…,

    Note you say Terraced Housing/Apartments is within 250m of the Town Centres. Based on the zoning map it looks like its within 250m of the LOCAL Centres and Town Centres. There are a number of "small local shop" areas designated as a Local Centre with Terraced Housing/Apartments zoned around them (e.g. Grey Lynn shops, Dominion Road shops, Hauraki shops etc). These are probably the people most effected as plenty of those areas are currently surround by single housing.
    Transport Blogs concepts around adding a third zone between a Mixed Housing and Terraced/Apartment seems worth considering in that light. Especially as they point out it would give weight to 3storey fee-simple terrace housing that is so clearly lacking in Auckland.

    But overall THANKYOU for this (along with ATB and voakl etc) - I had an awfully heated discussion with family who had attended a 2040 session and were up in arms about it. They were insistent that people could just build 10m apartments without height boundary and no consent following that meeting. The problem is the real changes that the city has to face up to are buried in all this noise

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Budget 2013: Bringing Down the…,

    Resumption of contribution to the NZ Super Fund has been delayed, again.

    Booo. And frustratingly that seems to have widespread political support...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: SpinCity,

    The provision that allows SkyCity to sue for compensation if gambling legislation changes in 35 YEARS time is the most outrageous. Doesn't bode well for this Government's TPPA stance does it?

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Competing for Auckland, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    He can't run for council or government as he isn't a citizen.

    Can't run for Mayor, can't be spied on by our (formerly) foreign intelligence agencies... the poor man is in purgatory

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: No longer…,

    TuneIn

    Love TuneIn - and it's not just mobile. The new stereo setup at my place doesn't have a tuner in it anymore, all radio off that interwebs thing even when it's local - I find I tend to start on the local stations then end up listening to some random French soul station or the like...

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1722 posts Report Reply

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