No particular knowledge, but we stood Jan Logie in the Mana by-election back in 2010, so I’d expect the Greens to stand someone in Christchurch East.
My money would be on Mojo Mathers standing, purely because she stood there in the 2011 election (not that this grants her a right to the seat or anything, the local electorate still get to decide who will represent them).
I don’t think there will be an expectation that the Greens would win the seat, but it is an excellent opportunity to put forward the Green kaupapapa.
One interesting note about Cosgrove – he got ~16k electorate votes in 2011, but Labour only got around half that, and it appears ~4k voters were National supporters who preferred him to their own candidate (Kate Wilkson). Is someone who appears to have popularity with National voters really a potential candidate for Christchurch East ?
Excellent, welcome aboard !
Excellent work, Keith.
I think the is easy/isn't easy debate is unnecessary. I agree with Craig and Deborah - it would not have been easy for them to get the data. You'd need to have understanding of the directory structures that are shown to you, and be able to guess which ones had the data you were interested in. That's a world a way from Clippy chiming in with "You look like you are downloading secret documents, would you like some help with that ?"
This doesn't make John Key's statements true, however. It would have been easy for someone interested in accessing the private data.
I'm an IT professional and I'm appalled at this lack of security, especially since the issue was raise on a number of occasions. I would like to see some accountability, starting with Bennett's resignation, but I don't expect Key do more than blame the IT contractors who installed the kiosks.
My advice to the BoTs would be to either a) photocopy as poorly as they can the relevant sections from the return to BoT and snail mail to Fairfax on the the 19th day and advise said Mr H that the info is in the mail.
And my advice would be to get the school's students to transcribe the data by hand. And assume it is transcribed correctly and then send it as is.
Also, I wonder how all the bilingual schools are getting on, Ministry didn't provide national standards for bilingual education, and they had to make them up.
You have misunderstood it.
Thanks for clearing that up, I/S.
The Maori Party don’t make any serious effort to seek list votes. While this is their right (and I don’t think Pakeha and others have any standing to interfere with the disposition of the Maori seats) it does have a (slight) distorting effect.
IMO they were actually campaigning pretty hard to get party votes, and I stood against Dr Sharples in Tamaki Makaurau. Sure, they didn’t get traction (during the campaign, I pointed out, repeatedly, that the Maori Party have never received an extra seat from their party votes), but that was not because of lack of trying.
then the overhang rule should be changed so that parties that earn less than the party vote threshold (whatever that is) don’t cause overhang.
Have I misunderstood this change, or does this mean that the Maori Party, who have never received a single seat from list votes, will lose any electorate seats that are in excess of their party vote ?
Go Julie Anne ! In the first video she holds Brownlee to task over what is clearly an ideological road-building programme. My take on the RONS is that they are there to improve property values and lifestyle options for those that have the money to invest in lifestyle blocks.
In the second video, she extends her herself into the territory of being a high-performing "Shadow Minister". This is exactly what the Greens need to prove we are ready to govern. I'm keen to see what else Julie Anne is going to deliver.
Maybe so, but the Crafar Farms sale to a large international company is more to do with developing a trading relationship based on mutual trust. Sorry if that doesn’t fit with your narrative.
How about we develop a trading relationship based on mutual benefit instead of this one-sided arrangement ? Why should we allow foreign investments that are not beneficial to our economy ?
I’m guessing there is some kind of perfect storm there with the targeted audience also being the one most likely to have the knowledge and skills to download it.
It also happens to have excellent talent, high production values and cracking plot-lines.
I watch it on Soho via MySky, it's just easier that way. I'm assuming there will be other good shows on Soho (e.g. Strikeback), so I'm happy to pay the fee. Sure, I'd like more competition in this area to drive down prices, but I'm glad that I'm financially supporting this very fine TV series.