I was gratified to see that he, like the Tree Council representative and Patricia, was warmly thanked for his contribution and for his patience.
It is gratifying, but it still kind of pisses me off because we shouldn't have to break out the oven fresh cookie jar for civil servants showing baseline civility to their employers. Especially when so many of them turn around and plaint about low participation. Well, lobbyists at least have the satisfaction of getting paid for being treated like something nasty on the bottom of a shoe but nobody else does.
What she wrote on her Tumblr was all about this, the video for ‘Yellow Flickr Beat’ (”i wasn’t thinking too hard about story or a specific narrative, more a mood; a harsh, crackling heat”)
Oh, stop being so bloody smart youngling. :) Seriously, you can do a lot of really interesting things with the form if you're a bit more lateral when thinking about the images you attach to the music.
Here's Uncle Len (not that one) to show you kids how it's done -
Norman McLaren's 'Spheres' (that's Glenn Gould humming away in the background):
Roger Mainwood's delightfully trippy video for Kraftwerk's 'Autobahn'
And the shorter, sharper, really minimalist one for The Replacements' 'Bastards of Young' --
I agree with intensification. Simply no other way to accommodate growth, avoid economic cost of sprawl, as well as get a bit more big-city vibrancy.
I think it’s also a response to the tiresome demographic realities. As I said upthread, David is retiring next year and we’re looking very seriously at quitting Auckland entirely. But wherever we go, a very serious question is going to be reasonable access to health and social services, and with a serious drop in income (and the fact I can’t drive at night) being close in or close to reliable public transport matters.
Not everyone requires or desires some suburban McMansion with a giant lawn, no matter how much the usual (and far from disinterested) suspects would like you to believe otherwise.
Oh, so housing as a speculative asset didn’t exist under a Labor government?
And Labour doesn't believe home ownership was, is and ever shall be a social good? I'm sure the current candidates for the Labour leadership would be very surprised to hear that.
Every time I think property prices in Wellington are out of whack, I can always cheer myself up by thinking about Auckland.
Why? My partner's retiring next year, and we're seriously mulling over moving back to Wellington after almost thirteen years away. Even with what we've got reasonably good odds of realizing for this place (unless the market pancakes dramatically), not a hope in hell of moving back to Newtown or the Park-end of Karori. But I guess it's the reality check of what you'd like against what you really need that keeps things interesting.
I’m lamenting a potential loss of diversity and hoping for policies that will bring in more young adults to live in my neighbourhood. Clearly, just like UKIP.
And if you want to go there, I don't think you need to be a raving UKIPper to note London has some housing affordability issues that would strain even The Herald's capability for hyperbolic hysteria.
Back to my original point, is there any govt that anyone can think of that doesn’t control a TV network and/or a radio network? Even the US has the PBS.
Sorry for being that guy, Tracy, but PBS and NPR are not owned or controlled by the US Government. (NPR in particularly has to spend way too much time trying, and pretty much failing, to refute the right-wing public tit-sucker myth.)
I totally get your point that OIAs are an important tool for making governments more transparent. It just wasn’t a lot of fun to be on the receiving end of, as a parent volunteer.
No it's not -- but I'm on the committee of a body that receives a fair amount of financial support from the ASB Community Trust and the Auckland City Council. They (quite properly) have pretty detailed audit requirements that are only fun for masochists with a paperwork fetish but that's the pro quo for the quids.
One more thing worth noting from Fish’s speech: the malign effect of the “no surprises” policy, which sees nearly every released funnelled through a ministerial office and, effectively, be subject to ministerial sign-off.
The other side of the equation, and one that shouldn't be neglected, is local government and district health boards. You think the Press Gallery has some awful OIA stories try talking to the poor suckers on the council and health rounds.
Sadly, the Auditor-General doesn’t see it as part of their role to police whether agencies are living up to their legislative requirements.
The Auditor-General's mandate and responsibilities are determined by the Public Audit Act 2001. I'm sure someone will promptly correct me if I'm wrong, but that doesn't include OIA/LGOIMA compliance.