Posts by Ross Mason

  • Hard News: Media Take: The Panama Papers,

    So this money comes into the country. Sits in a trust. No income is made in NZ therefore no tax is paid. So....other than somewhere to put the money away from home....but pardon my ignorance, remind me where the fudge is the benefit to NZ? Oh...wait a minute....are we subsidising lawyers and money-go-rounders again?

    Or are we just somewhere "safe" to move the money from here to another bolt hole, do some wheeling dealing, send it back to NZ and voila! Next time I bring it all back home...I haven't made any money in NZ, I haven't made any money back home... and I spend the excess and start again. Shit...why didn't I think of that?

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    Is it the most votes wins or the % of votes cast?

    If informal votes are counted as part of total votes cast then I would vote informal. That makes it a 3 way vote. If >50% is informal that says stick it up ya jacksy.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Yeah nah, but what *do* we…,

    Link to SA Flag design and "selection"

    I like the idea of a 5 year moratorium on whatever flag "wins" and then decide if you like it. Should also include the result of the current flag "winning" this time round.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cheers,

    At least it feels like summer is nearly here . Across the straits fire is brewing. But here in the Pine Valley the grass is still growing. Looking forward to New Year at Castle Point. A merry Xmas and a substantial new year to you Russell.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak,

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    THE FLAG VOTE IS OUT. THE FLAG VOTE IS OUT.
    THE FLAG VOTE IS OUT. THE FLAG VOTE IS OUT.

    It’s……
    Something unexpected….

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/the-flag-debate/75026794/live-new-zealand-flag-referendum-result

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    "As a victim of sexual violence......"

    "Leave the chamber"

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Feast, in reply to stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    And the ritual stirring in of thruppences. Then my uncle (younger than me BTW) and me would spend the after dinner match to get the most loot out of the pudding.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Tantalizing

    Coq

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stories: Home, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Alas, all I remember is the concrete playing "fields" and the high windows. Mum and Aunt did Dux things at South Int as well!

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stories: Home,

    Stories of Home. I have been on the same piece of property now since February 1978. It had a cottage on the flat back part of the section that we rented off the bloke up the back who built his own house up there. Foolishly – or otherwise – we built the house that we are still in. Everything. Window joinery the lot. The hole was dug for the foundation the day before Xmas 1982 three months after coming back from a year in Antarctica. Our kids were born here and have now left here. We are left with the original (Fiona Christeller designed) home plus an extension that we deemed useful for the kids. We are thinking of downsizing. We have a renovated bathroom and are looking at a new kitchen. Given that is coming close to 34 years it makes a fascinating comparison to my first 34 years.
    I was born in ChCh, Islington, Mortlake St. The old man worked as a solo slaughterman at the works. When I was five we moved to Little River (Cooptown actually) where he was the Farmers Coop stock agent for the Peninsula. Our phone number was “Number 1 Little River”. I kid you not. we moved to Maramarua in 1960 but in between I spent 2 weeks at Sydenham School with my uncle who was 6 months younger than me. This was the school my Mum and Aunt were Dux of a few years earlier. After 18 months at Maramarua we moved to Buckland. The school at the end of the Pukekohe Racetrack Back Straight. 18 months later a move to Puni school for the last 6 months of primary school. Merv Wellington came out to sort out my High School courses. He looked at the Buckland school report of 6 months prior which pointed me to Agriculture/General. He looked at Puni School report of 1 week prior which suggested an Academic (French/Latin) stream. He was very perplexed. We compromised and I took French and “Modern”.
    In there you will find six primary schools and six houses. All before secondary school. My writing is atrocious. Printing, cursive, italics, printing and back again over those schools, Fountain pen, biro, pencil.

    I am quite pleased my kids had one Home – and one primary school.

    I have to say that Little River still has fond memories. Tumbledown Bay for the fishing, the local park for the cricket and Apex Icecream from Mr Vaughn’s corner dairy, and being thrashed by Mr Harley for busting branches off the trees for sword play at the two room school. I was the last one to break one off and paid the price. The pedal dental drill that tortured us when the power regularly went off. For Guy Fawkes the local kids would cut some manuka from the nearby bush for the community bonfire (bush all gone now) and we would slide down the hills in cardboard boxes. Then came Auckland Uni for one year before getting the job at DSIR in Lower Hutt. Flat shifting and marrying the flatmate’s sister. Moving through another 3 flats until heading for Canada for a year on a scholarship. Living in a pup tent for 3 months as we cycled across Canada. Moving into a friends house for 3 months, finding another flat for 3 months then finally arriving at the cottage.

    I’m glad my kids have One Home.

    They are now moving around the world and sorting out their lives. It is great watching it happen.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1562 posts Report Reply

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