Posts by Luke Williamson

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  • Hard News: And so it begins, in reply to Adrian Humm,

    Also being in a smallish town, I agree with you about the school reflecting the community. If/when league tables appear, I think the school needs to be proactive and use the local press and whatever other means available to point parents towards the comprehensive info available at ERO. Use the media to their advantage and don't give up after only one or two outings. Our high school publishes their monthly newsletter (brag sheet) in the local newspaper and it gets read by a large proportion of the community.
    The information for league tables will be used no matter what so its about coming up with suitable strategies for countering their influence.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3 starts next week,

    Congrats Russel. You deserve a good and settled home.
    If you're doing Olympic coverage, can we start now? I'm just about tearing my hair out (what little there is) over the poor quality and disingenuous attitude from all but a few of our interviewers at the Olympics. The standard line appears to be, 'So you didn't win - what went wrong out there?' Epitomised by the women's pair in rowing who WON A BRONZE, and the first thing the interviewer said was, 'Gosh, pipped at the line by the Aussies eh?'. They all need a good punch in the face straight after their first stupid and small-minded question. Have we sent all the trainee TV journos up there for experience or something?
    And just because I don't like to be all negative, the chap on the Prime highlights programme with beard and glasses is great fun.
    I guess it serves me right for not splashing out on full Sky package for the Olympics.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drunk Town,

    Presumably, kids pre-load cos the drinks in bars are too expensive for them and, therefore, they drink less once inside. If alcohol was more expensive outside of bars, reflecting the potential damage it causes, then perhaps there would be less pre-loading as well. (It was amazing this weekend to see one of our local bar owners buying up 20 cases of Corona from the supermarket cos it is much cheaper than he can buy it wholesale.)
    I only get into the city every couple of months for an evening out and I can handle seeing some drunk, raucous people (used to be one) but I don't want to be threatened and have my evening spoiled. Lots of people having a good time is great but aggresive assholes soon ruin a night out.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Press Play > Budget, in reply to Andrew C,

    This all makes good sense. However, I guess the "intent" of a CGT is to stop the obsession with second, third, fourth investment properties and to direct that money into other areas of investment. In doing that, the presumption is that the artificial heat goes out of the property market and capital gains on property diminish to a point where it doesn't matter if the family home is exempt. Maybe?

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Press Play > Budget,

    Yeah, what Deborah said.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Press Play > Budget, in reply to Andrew C,

    Because it feels good? I don't have a good economic argument. I read Gareth Morgan's Big Kahuna and liked the theory of his capital tax but it would be a pretty big leap for people to launch into that scenario. I think the government has just delivered a budget that sums them up pretty well - not much of anything and no clear direction, uninspired, etc. Probably sums up my attempts at the budget also.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Press Play > Budget, in reply to Deborah,

    Agreed. If personal rate goes up, then everyone becomes a company, and if company rate goes up, then the company moves offshore. Not easy. My big longterm sell would be continuing to create the sort of NZ that everyone wants to live in no matter what tax rate there is. We already have this to some degree with all the 20-30-year-old brain drainers returning home as soon as they have children because they want to raise a family here. So let's add into the mix, cleaner and greener, world-leading conversion to renewable energy, superior social services, maintaining our excellent teaching standards (while picking up the tail of non-achievers), leading edge film production and music, more walking and biking options, getting to grips with our multi-cultural makeup and embracing that, more and better wine, world's best fresh food, etc. etc. It requires a leader who isn't a glorified accountant with a history of strip-mining foreign currencies.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Press Play > Budget,

    I am in basic agreement with the idea of keeping the books balanced but agree that the previous tax cuts pushed the cost of that disproportionately on to the middle class and poor. I still have memories of my dad listening to a Muldoon budget that raised the top tax rate to 65c/dollar (I think). There appears to be no sound case for asset sales and I wish that Labour would come out and say that they will re-nationalise anything that gets privatised this term, thus all shares will be worthless. That would be music to my ears. Have some nuts and add capital tax on anything other than own home, raise superann to 67 and put top tax rate back up to 39c. OK, so I am raging lefty but that would just be a start. More teachers, better paid nurses, Hone's financial transaction tax, etc. etc. As a struggling middle classer, it would probably make little difference to me and a big difference to those at either extreme - rich pay more, poor get a hand up.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A storm in any port, in reply to merc,

    The halcyon days of the Omaha bar - 1973-76 approx - were the result of dredging in the nearby channel in the mid- to late-60s, i.e. man made. The groyne just hastened the return to slightly more "normal" contours of the beach post-dredging. I can flick you the whole story if you want.
    Would love to see a train line to Warkworth/Matakana (and on to the Sawmill for concerts!). Not sure if it would survive economically, however.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A storm in any port,

    I think the wharfies are screwed. I don't want it to be so but I suspect it will be.
    I don't think anyone really cares anymore (outside of Public Address and a few sundry others) and what would have happened in the good old days - every port in NZ shutting down in support - is now seen as a golden business opportunity by the others, e.g. Tauranga nicking as much business as possible from Aucks while the strikes were on. Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps the Public Service workers will rise up as they get slashed again, along with fire fighters and others, but, as pointed out previously, where are the other big unions?

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 234 posts Report Reply

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