Posts by Chris Waugh

  • Speaker: What I learned in Class: Should…,

    Um, I dunno...

    This is pretty good too

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  • OnPoint: Don't put words in our mouths, Rob, in reply to chris,

    That’s roughly when Chris Waugh and his family arrived too if I’m not mistaken.

    I've been struggling to keep up with the discussion, work is not conducive to that, but just for the sake of adding another anecdatum to the pile suggesting Labour should've looked at a wider time period and paid attention to seasonal variations, among other things (like actually checking residency status instead of using surnames as a proxy for "foreign"):

    Yes, we arrived back March 2. Our departure from China was timed entirely by Spring Festival/Chinese New Year, a combination of family considerations and choosing auspicious, or at least appropriate dates for travel. We'd already sorted our money the previous year (on both calendars, as it happens), but were well under the USD50k limit, so Phil Twyford and Rob Salmond and their apologists can relax, we're not part of the "Chinese money driving up Auckland house prices" thing. And we're in Wellington, anyway.

    About 3 weeks after we got back, so late March, or perhaps early April, we were standing on Jackson St, Petone, looking in the window of a bookshop directly opposite the Petone police station. Suddenly we heard somebody shouting out, "Fucking Chinese! Fuck off back to China! You think you can fucking come here and have your fucking babies!..." and more words to that effect. Just for those commenters who've been having trouble understanding that the hurt done is actually very real. This targetting of Chinese for blame for things happening in NZ only encourages this sort of behaviour.

    Somewhere hereabouts - whether in one of his posts or a comment, I can't remember and don't have time to find - Rob Salmond mentioned Labour's proud race relations record. Yes, I remember the Labour response to Shanghai Pengxin's purchase of the Crafar farms. Out Winston-ing Peters himself. Real proud. I could go on, but I need to get on my bike and off to work very soon...

    To borrow and then mangle a line from Forrest Gump: Racist is as racist does. There is so far no evidence that Labour attempted to figure out how much of the money flowing in to the Auckland property market actually is foreign, only how much is attached to Chinese-sounding surnames. Labour deliberately targeted Chinese people and used "Chinese" as a proxy for "foreign". Labour lost my vote, and will have to work extremely hard to win it back.

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  • Capture: Art On The Street, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Dominion Road

    Bending, under the noodles' weight.

    Wow.

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  • Capture: April Come She Will,

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    Cool ride.

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    ...and somebody's foot, too.

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    Art around Parliament.

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  • Capture: April Come She Will,

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    Very June.

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    June, alright.

    I never saw the Leith like that when I lived in Dunedin! I hope all of you down there are safe and dry.

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  • Capture: April Come She Will,

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    Yep.

    Two from a little wander around Wellington's south coast this morning.

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    The morning after the storm.

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