Posts by Craig Ranapia

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  • Polity: Global behemoths and tax,

    I reckon Facebook and Apple are two good cases to make an example of. You don’t necessarily need a law change – more aggressive enforcement of existing laws, including testing grey areas in court, could get us on a good path.

    Which is all very nice, and I don't disagree, as far as it goes. But you actually need to properly resource "more aggressive enforcement" and if you don't, corporations that make hundreds of billions every years from aggressive global tax avoidance will sure as hell pay for a downright feral defence.

    I wonder if the fact that IRD etc do nothing about it has anything to do with politicians holding shares? or am I being too synical

    I think you're being way too cynical, or cynical in the wrong direction. Because I don't see any government going into an election year trying to make the political case for a sharp increase in Vote IRD.

    I'd also note that we're talking about tax avoidance here NOT tax evasion. It's pretty rich blaming civil servants for lax enforcement of a tax code that was all to often deliberately designed to be riddled with "grey areas" from the start.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs,

    I admit I still struggle to call it "marriage equality" rather than "same-sex marriage", just on factual grounds.

    Well, up to a point. I think we might want to be very careful to nuance that where the "T" in LGBT is concerned. ALL trans people deserve equal access to marriage (and civil unions), full stop and period.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Marc C,

    but I did not see or hear anyone shouting her down

    Uh, on reflection I think we might me talking past each other. I'm pretty sure I've never said anyone got "shouted down" but I'm not proud to admit you can do an awful lot of unpleasant sledging without getting picked up by microphones sitting directly in front of people. Again, Marc, I'm going on people I've talked to I trust -- and aren't prone to drama queening.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Marc C,

    I went also for a walk through the Viaduct Harbour development, seeing all these nice developments for the filthy rich, who park their luxury yachts in the harbour outside. That is the “affordable housing” for those earning enough, at the upper end of course

    Another reality check, Marc -- find me any city on the planet where waterfront residential property is cheap. Look, I don't think you're going to find anyone around here perverse enough to argue property bubbles are good things or easily deflated. But you really think yesterday's shenanigans are going to do shit about that? If anything (and I'm wide open to be proved wrong)the contrary appears to be the case. I'm not pretending the Unitary Plan was, is or ever will be perfect. Nobody is. But it was a series of meaningful steps in a much better direction that hoping unconstrained sprawl will magically create a liveable city for anyone other than those rich pricks you despise so much.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Marc C,

    Somehow we are on the wrong track in this country, where the rich have gotten even more rich, own their nice patches and more, and where most struggle to afford their homes, which ever more of them can only rent. This country is stuffed, and neither central government nor Council seem to have the answers.

    And that’s going to be fixed by the Quaxian fantasy of endless sprawl until Hamilton and Whangarei get absorbed into Mega-Auckland One? Be really careful what you wish for, Marc, because there’s plenty on the current Council who would be quite happy to see all those icky poor and brown people as far out of sight as possible. Take another look at the social geography of Sydney some time. And then take a look at the history of “intensification” in Hong Kong, because I suspect the people using that city as some kind of urban planning bogeyman wouldn’t have cared about the people who were dying in low-rise slums there either. Hong Kong’s public housing projects may not be pretty or large enough for villa fetishists but they actually saved lives.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Marc C,

    P.S.: And re those claims that young representatives were “shouted down”, that is not true either.

    Just for the record, Youth Advisory Panel deputy Chair Alex Johnson's account of that meeting is here.

    When Flora, justifiably nervous with the responsibility and the tense atmosphere in the room, pointed out that we were the youngest people present by a lot, and that she felt the “weight of our generation” on her shoulders, she was met with heckles of “poor thing” and “aww” from the crowd. I would like to believe that some of that was genuine sympathy and not sarcasm or condescension. However the vociferous response we got through the rest of our presentation – when mentioning the struggles young people face with housing and conveying the impression that property owners are pulling the ladder up behind them – would suggest otherwise.

    I don't think Alex is lying, Marc. And from what I've been told by other people in the room -- all of whom I trust and none of whom have axes to grind -- he was positively restrained. What they told me was worse than "some disapproving comments" and in the time I've covered local government I've seen exclusion motions passed for less. When it comes to arrogance, condescension and closed-minded dishonesty, Generation Zero has nothing to teach the likes of Richard Burton and Bernard Orsman.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Seriously did Len Brown steal Bernard Orsman’s lunch when he was a kid?

    No idea, but I think we've have to raise Zombie Freud to run intensive group therapy to get to the bottom of The Herald's obsession with slut-shaming Len Brown's penis out of office.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to 81stcolumn,

    Okay hands up who knows where the most recent piece of urban intensification is in Takapuna?

    That’ll be The Poynton all five storeys of it.

    The delicious irony is that it’s actually a pretty good case study in why “intensification” can be a damn good idea. (And yes, it’s ugly as all fuck off but even my genius for hyperbole wouldn’t go so far as to call it a geriatric slum.)

    It’s a retirement village that literally has the North Shore Hospital over the back fence, has a major public transport hub across the road, is well served by amenities that are easily accessible. As I understand it, a lot of residents either can’t drive or choose not to keep cars (it’s a pretty serious expense if you’re on a fixed income) and they don’t have to.

    The Quarter Acre Pavolva Paradise is more like a nightmare for many people, and it’s about time the rentier media-political-industrial complex got a reality check to that effect. And in a local body election year, I don’t think Auckland is going to get a better chance.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Just like to mention we got intensification on the end of our street a decade ago (55ish apartments)

    Just as Councillors Chris Darby and George Wood’s problems with “intensification” don’t seem to apply to retirement home developments. I guess big ugly blocks of over-priced ticky tacky aren’t so bad when they’re being filled by affluent elderly registered voters.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So what now?, in reply to John Palethorpe,

    Given Nick Smith’s comments that the Auckland submissions are now ‘nonsense’ due to the withdrawl of justifiable zoning planning, I’d say we’re headed to the Independent Hearing Panel without a strong voice for Auckland.

    And whatever you think of Nick Smith (he’s not popular around here, to put it mildly) Auckland’s feckless council has lovingly handcrafted this rod for its own back. That said, and at the risk of speaking well above my competence, as I understand the law being spineless cock Wombles isn’t sufficient grounds to appoint commissioners.

    My sympathy is in rather short supply, to put it mildly.

    At the very least, those who advocate intensification need to carry the existing residents of the areas planned for intensification.

    That superficially sounds delightfully egalitarian, Matthew, but let’s cash the reality check for a moment. These massively entited rentiers who heckled the chair and deputy of the Youth Advisory Panel yesterday will take nothing but complete and abject surrender. Richard Burton’s performance on Morning Report today made that perfectly clear. I do you the courtesy of assuming you’re neither foolish or disingenuous enough not to see that.

    I’d like to make something perfectly clear: I don’t think every opponent of “intensification” is a drooling bigot who just doesn’t want icky ethnics, beneficiaries and mental patients stinking up their pristine, over-leveraged streets. But far too many are, and don’t even try that hard to fig-leaf it. They’ve also been aided and abetted by media that range from merely lazy and/or under-resourced to properly cover complex local government issues to the outright deceptive. The Herald has been running a typical disinformation campaign against the Unitary Plan for reasons I can’t figure out.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12316 posts Report Reply

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