Posts by Julie Fairey

  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit,

    Perhaps someone should ask the councillors concerned about the significantly improved offices they are getting out of the shift? They weren't allotted proper ones the first time around, and mostly ended up in window less (or at least) tiny cupboards. They now have workable spaces with nice views. Also the ASB refit has been a model of de and reconstruction, with Fletchers going the extra mile to reuse what ASB left behind. Which included a rather luscious executive suite on the top floor I believe, which has NOT become the mayor's office. I think it's the first time something like this has been tried in a major Akl building so there will have been some mistakes, and it's great to see Council leading the way on deconstruction. Finally, I would love to see someone at the Herald actually look at attendance figures for some of these councillors, and not just to the big shows like Governing Body meetings but to joint meetings with Chairs like me, workshops on the Long Term plan and so on. There's a scandal there alright, and it's not about what type of door but about people who rarely seem to come through them to get the work done.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Show some decency,

    Someone I know a little bit, who I know is right of centre and is also reasonably politically savvy, started the conversation with me today about how awful "it" all is. I assumed she meant Dirty Politics, and made a sort of an "oh yes, it's not good is it" type response, didn't really want to talk about it tbh. She then said "that's what happens when Dotcom is involved." I just don't even. (And I don't hold a candle for KDC, but there is NO WAY you can rationally pin this stuff on him).

    I don't understand why people don't care. I don't understand why this isn't immediate toxic poison for Key, given that he only grudgingly distanced himself from this way of operating for the first time last night.

    But then I don't understand why people support Key in the first place. I guess this is how Tories felt from 1999 - 2007.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    No sorry, I don't seem to have retained that, I blame the Saxby's Ginger, Lime and Lemon.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Max Call,

    Yes, in Auckland these are called Facilities Partnerships (I was on the committee for the isthmus last term) and can apply to all sorts of things with schools, sports club, even churches. However sports fields, unless they are specifically built to a high standard for a particular code, seems to be too hard. And it's your common garden school sports field that is most threatened by the need to build more classrooms cheaply - just plonk on some pre fabs.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I might be able to dig up a not too old (like 2012) MOE presentation on the coming demographic changes they were looking at then. Please hold caller.

    ETA: Here you go then:
    http://www.springboardtrust.org.nz/images/articles/bruceadinsbtchallenges.pdf

    I have seen slightly different versions of this presentation twice - once to elected members at Auckland Council, and another time to retired teachers.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Max Call,

    My perception is that Auckland schools may end up more at one end or the other of deciles, ie less mid-decile schools, more 1,2,3 and 8,9, 10. Which, because lots of people think decile indicates the quality of teaching, will lead to more unnecessary angst and gloating.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Sacha,

    Well yes. And I did ask if that was being proposed for any schools where predominant zone was commercial, but got overtaken by events with councillors going for education zone across them all.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Sacha,

    Local Boards have been pushing hard (or at least some have) for social infrastructure planning and some bits and pieces are starting to get to a point of nearly being useable, but it seems to take FOREVER. And then the next step is actually securing forward planning, resourcing, political commitment that endures, to actually deal with what the audits show us.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Lindsey Rea,

    Thanks Lindsey, appreciate that. Do you have any insight on the MOE's plan to get all their sites given an underlying residential zone in the Unitary Plan process, but the councillors decided to go with an education specific zone instead. I did some OIAs around it and MOE and Council both said underlying residential, determined by what the surrounding area is, was the standard approach to zoning for school land across the country and Auckland was unusual for not already having it. Will be interesting to see what comes out of the Unitary Plan in the end. I was super suspicious that a change to the zoning to residential would make it much easier to sell school land (you wouldn't need a plan change), in particular to create opportunities for charters. But I'm paranoid like that.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Was there possibly an issue there about not thinking they would be able to get a consent because of other infrastructure (water, roading in particular)?

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 218 posts Report Reply

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