Posts by Tim Michie

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  • Island Life: A week in the life of that…,

    I'm noticing a theme through the latest personnel problems from the government - it is as if when considering someone for a position only one side of the ledger is given any weight. And inexperience isn't treated as much of a downside at all. John Key, having been accused of this himself, may be measuring others by his quick rise to leader and Prime Minister.
    Paula Bennett - With no great changes in the department, someone who been there herself must've looked good with inexperience not treated as a downside, and she approves...
    Christine Rankin - On paper she may've looked like someone to speak for families but many years of negatives were passed over as if nowt.
    Melissa Lee - Youth, energy and ethnicity but again inexperience and a conflating media company work with the mettle to manage the hustings.
    I'd also add Mark Ford, Chair of the Auckland Transition Agency - they did erconsider this as the heat from those above was so fresh, but went with him anyway. With the role of the private sector in local government still to be decided he and Associate Local Government Minister John Carter Chairing the Select Committee will need watching. At least (I hope) the bills won't passed under urgency.
    And now Rchard Worth who, as I've discussed before around elections as I'm in the Epsom electorate, has never shone in Parliament, making him a Minister seems to have required a serious disregards for his past mis-steps.

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  • OnPoint: Budget 2009: “Aww, shit.”…,

    Thanks for the reassurance Scott.

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  • OnPoint: Budget 2009: “Aww, shit.”…,

    If it's okay to borrow for long term infrastructure investments why isn't okay to borrow for research and development?

    I looked long at hard at National election criticism of Labour for not increasing New Zealand productivity versus their lack of any policies to change that. I guess neutering the RMA may count towards efficiency in the construction sector but holding fast to current research funding when the private sector hasn't willing participated without encouragement seems frustrating anti-intellectual.

    To me at least.

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  • Talk: Budget 09,

    Parliament TV - commentators come after, not before or interrupting the main thingy...

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  • Talk: Budget 09,

    Couldn't we lock the clowns in..?

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  • Field Theory: An odd morning,

    Oh, the Barcelona followers who talked down their pespects from players out will be stoked. Game time was too close to work start but otherwise I'd've been there enjoying the enthusiasm.

    What with how they said above, I'd thought it was to be Man. U. and so commiserations Neil...

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  • Cracker: The Happy Hikoi,

    If they were only used for ceremonial pirposes? Maybe yes. But I think an iwi's relationship to a taiaha may be different then a tribe's relationship to an AK47 so they aren't interchangable.

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  • Cracker: The Happy Hikoi,

    Oh, and it seemes more than 7000 but it was harder than usual to tell as, with Aotea Square under repair, it ended at the intersection in front of the Town Hall with the crowd spead out and down the streets...

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  • Cracker: The Happy Hikoi,

    See ing the Iwi merge together at the Downtown insterection sorta summed up the feeling of that final sretch up Queen Street.

    Outside the sushi shop where the geisha dressed saleswoman had her friends take photos of her hugging a couple of Hikoi marchers. Intimidated? I don't think so.

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  • Hard News: Two very different topics,

    By which I mean the upper lower middle class of course...

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