Posts by Christopher Dempsey

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  • Hard News: Some Week,

    Telecom's XT Network launch was, in the end, just the usual room full of people drinking free booze, but the road there was fun. CEO Paul Reynolds has presentational skills his predecessors lacked (it's simply not possible to imagine Rod Deane getting up and enthusing the way Reynolds did), and the showpiece light installation created by Michael Mizrahi and his team is an extraordinary feat. Both inside and outside the Auckland Town Hall, the projections were perfectly mapped onto the building's physical features. How did they do that?

    If you're in town for the next two evenings, do go down and have a look at the Town Hall's transformation.

    I saw the projection last night - very impressive.

    I did think however, if Telecom were genuinely a more Kiwi switched on hip with the current cultural gesalt company then I thought what better than to have te reo words projected onto the building as well as the English ones?

    They had gone the hog - liquorce allsorts anyone? Paua shells, bush, etc, so they might was well have gone the whole hog.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Economics of the Waterview Tunnel,

    Wearing my community board beanie...

    As I've pointed out in a press release, Enron style accounting is expected of failed finance companies and shady firms, but not governments. It is disappointing to see the government hold itself to this standard in this issue.

    Whipping said beanie off...

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Economics of the Waterview Tunnel,

    I missed that one, but heard the sequel with the chair of the community board and a resident (8.15 ish). Sean's line was (paraphrase) "it must make sense, why else would the government be doing it?"

    Sticking my Chair of Community Board felt lind and merino wool beanie on -

    Just to clarify, I was not interviewed by Sean Plunket this morning. It would have been the Deputy Chair, Phil Chase.

    Reluctanly removing said beanie....

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Effective Immediately,

    The Goldstein ads are somewhat sensitive - I should know cause I wrote a somewhat outraged letter to the then head of marketing at ASB, protesting one of the first Goldstein ads (around 1999) that contained the statement "Econo-MISER", alluding to the 'miserly' nature of Jews, promoting one of their products.

    (A pasty letter was sent back containing no apology. Amazing.)

    That ad certainly got the Jewish community in an uproar, and since then the Goldstein ads have steered clear of such behaviour.

    I'm not aware that any ads are run past the Jewish community - certainly I don't think it happens for the fags, dem brown folk, or differently abled, so it's not likely to happen for the Jewish community.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Economics of the Waterview Tunnel,

    THE FOLLOWING IS MY PERSONAL OPINION..

    I am angry and upset, more so than I thought I would be. I’m very angry – I want to throw something, hit something.

    I wondered why I was angry; I am angry that the (little) effort I spent on a couple of Saturday mornings planting alongside Oakley Creek Te Auaunga is wasted. I’m angry that yet again, poor residents of Auckland city get stuck with shit, because you know, they don’t count . I’m angry at the loss of parkland which is vitally needed for the health and well being of residents in the area. I’m angry that a man could be so stupid as to let money be the one and only deciding criteria. I’m angry that we live in such a society that permits this to happen. I’m angry that big media is stupid beyond belief.

    I am very angry.

    But I have to do something with that anger. It is no use me being angry, I have to do something about that anger, use it to feed my actions against this monstrous decision. And I will.

    THAT ENDS MY PERSONAL VIEW.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Plague, Famine, By-Election,

    Not true.

    What is true is the rail line designation - that's been in place for decades. The designation does not require hundreds of houses to be demolished. It requires exactly zero houses to be demolished.

    What is also true is the possible loss of houses with a cheap* surface motorway, and this has been a possibility for the last 6-7 years or so.

    So, unless a decade has been shrunk to 6 or so years, not true.

    *Before anyone starts hyperventilating, cheap in this sense is relative to the cost of building a motorway and the environmental/social/health costs.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Plague, Famine, By-Election,

    An idea that floated around the campaign launch today was to cost public transport options to see what kind of public transport alternative Waterview could buy instead. Would be great to see how they stack up…

    Joshua Arbury has already had a look at this issue on his excellent Auckland Transport Blog (hit me if he doesn't become Auckland's Transport Czar in 20 years time).

    Basically, it's 2.2b for a surface and exactly the same, give or take a couple of million, for a fabulous rail option with links north and south, and four stations.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Social Retail,

    I'm glad to hear that the wheels are finallystarting to turn for Auckland to get a farmers' market of its own. It's really taken long enough for a city of that size, and in a location that is surrounded by producers galore.

    Oh it's got a few already - Parnell, Britomart, La Cigale, Alexandra Racecourse, so the wheels are turning to get them into other suburbs where one would be much appreciated, like Point Chevalier.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Discussion: Regarding Auckland,

    Yes, Simon. I object to the thought of sharing a city with a patronising slab of cock cheese like Joseph Barratt too. Could we force Parnell to become sort of like the Vatican City?

    I'm mystified by this comment. The point is...?

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Madness in Mt Albert,

    sticking my merino wool Chair of Eden Albert Community Board beanine on...

    There will be a

    By-election Candidates Q&A session on Transport

    Wednesday 13 May, 7.30pm,

    at the Faumuina Gold Theatre, Building 180 (Main Student Building containing ‘The HUB’/quad), entrance GATE 4, use 2nd public carpark, building is 100m from there or so.

    Thanks.

    whipping beanie off....

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 635 posts Report Reply

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