Posts by Deborah

  • Capture: Steal Magnolia, in reply to steven crawford,

    iPhone, actually, but I guess the same issues apply. Alternatively, I'd go with photographer incompetence as a plausible explanation. :-)

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  • Capture: Steal Magnolia,

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    Because of reasons, I spent days tramping around the streets of Taumarunui around about this time last year. The magnolias were magnificent.

    Apparently they were also growing sideways. I have no idea how to fix that, I'm sorry.

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Sacha,

    It was from July this year. I saw it on a Green friend's FB page. I've googled the quote, and it comes from a July 2015 press release.

    Labour and National too afraid to do what’s needed to stop rising house prices

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Sacha,

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    If Labour do not demonstrate for voters right now that they can work constructively with progressive allies, we will get another term of the incumbents.

    That's a two way street, not helped by this sort of thing.

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  • Speaker: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…,

    Today's Parliamentary Question #5:

    Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Foreign Affairs: When the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade stated on 19 April 2012 that they were "finding an appropriate mechanism to meet Al Khalaf's concern for 'compensation' (possibly through the joint venture)", did 'compensation' mean compensation or have some other meaning like "not compensation"?

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  • Hard News: Deep Dream: Looking at clouds,

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    All those eyes are creeping me out, but before I decided that I just couldn’t manage any more, I found this fascinating transformation.

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  • Speaker: A week on from the housing controversy,

    While I was searching for links to answer Rosemary's information request above, I came across this from 2013.

    Cracker: Johnny Foreigner and the Auckland Property Market

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  • Speaker: A week on from the housing controversy,

    There's some worries about the Korean FTA and non-residents purchasing housing in NZ.

    NZ hands tied on foreign home buyers under Korea FTA "bungle"

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  • Speaker: A week on from the housing controversy, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Regarding whether the FTA with China might preclude restrictions on people from mainland China buying houses here if they are not NZ residents:

    From politik.co.nz (Richard Harman)

    CONTROLS ON LAND SALES TO FOREIGNERS

    Another big issue for Labour which has emerged into the public glare this week is the possibility of limitations on the ability of a Government to impose controls on land sales.

    Mr Parker says that has happened in the Korea Free Trade Agreement where the only controls that are permitted are those that were in place when the Agreement was signed.

    WHY PARKER SAYS STEPHEN FRANKS IS WRONG

    But he says the China Free Trade Agreement is different and does permit New Zealand to impose controls on land sales to foreigners.

    This is contrast to a reading of the Agreement yesterday by Wellington lawyer Stephen Franks which was quoted on POLITIK yesterday.

    Mr Franks argued that Chinese citizens could not be treated any differently to Australians over land sales and Labour would exclude them from its policy to band urban property sales of existing houses to foreigners.

    “I was in Cabinet when we checked this before we signed the Agreement,” he said.

    “I remember it because I was the one who raised it.

    “We delayed Cabinet Policy Committee approval for the agreement to go to Cabinet before we had confirmation on that very point.”

    And Article 139 of the Agreement provides that existing trade agreements stand and are not affected by the FTA nor do they affect it.

    “Earlier agreements – like CER with Australia – are not affected and do not flow into the China FTA,” he said.

    “If NZ wants to further restrict the sale of farmland or residential land to Chinese investors, we can.”

    China has imposed further restriction on land sales which apply to New Zealanders since the FTA was signed.

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  • Speaker: Identification strategy: Now…,

    Raybon Kan in the NZ Herald: If Chinese buy houses and pay you too much - you don't like it

    Being Chinese in New Zealand always puts you on the back foot. We don't play the race card: we show up with it stuck to our face. So, when mainland Chinese house-buyers are accused of being the nation's problem, I can't help but feel attacked as well. Because I don't entirely buy it when you say it's not about being Chinese in the face. We know what you mean when you say foreign ownership. You don't mean state houses being sold to Australia. You don't mean Canadian pension funds. You don't mind the white: you don't see the white. White is how things should be.

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