If NZ capped public sector salaries, I’d suspect that those who want to make money would go and work in something more entrepeneurial, and we’d have no difficulty finding able people to promote who actually want to serve the public.
Hear, hear. I don't think the PS should be paid peanuts, but let's not pretend their "business" entails the same financial risks as private enterprise.
Even the Americans have a decent attitude to executive PS salaries, despite the gobsmacking inequalities in the private sector. (They should pay non-exec staff much more - teacher pay is appalling.)
Wonderful study of a career, and how nice to know more about this iconic artist.
That's nice that iPredict did better than polls in 2011. And what were all the margins it predicted, then and in the last election? What were the actual results in comparison? Not that a sample size of 2 seems overly meaningful (although I am absolutely not a statistician).
Similar experience with feeling how lush Auckland and most of the country is compared to Oz. If I visit during spring/summer, it seems exactly how it was when I first visited Malaysia in terms of climate (although of course not nearly as warm). But it's very familiar. Places like Hawaii feel very "homelike" to me, for the same reason. And the cultural mix.
It's funny how a word can elicit so many mixed feelings. We averaged one house per year when I was a kid, mainly due to my feckless stepfather and his inability to hold onto work in the 70s. Then divorce and remarriage.
All within Auckland, so the actual moves weren't that much upheaval, but the new neighborhoods, new schools - 9 of them - and different class profile of the various locations made for mini culture shocks. Going from Epsom, where we were the poor beneficiaries, to GI, where we were relatively ok due to mum having an under-the-table job, was a big one.
I know some people who loved moving as kids - military families who went all over the place. Not me - introversion is not great for those circumstances.
As an adult, I've managed to average a move once every 2-3 years now - I detest it, but circumstances demand, sometimes.
I agree that home is where your people are. While I'm near my partner, most of my people are in NZ. Fortunately I'll be home to see them for a few days at the end of the month. It's like waiting to breathe.
Unbelievable. We are not permitted to install a poxy $4000 server without a battery backup, where I work. Yes, down to the server that hosts the library catalogue. Nothing critical to life (quality).
I'm amazed that in-home medical equipment actually comes without a battery backup - even if only half an hour's duration. I'm even more amazed that the health authority has no guidelines or provision for recommending/providing additional backup equipment for precisely this scenario.
At least this discussion of FGS' stance - apparently she's NZ's own MZB, but with professional clout - has helped put paid to the "fact" that all women are intrinsically more protective.
Perhaps there are fewer female perpetrators of child sexual abuse, but CP demonstrates there still are some, and plenty more who are enablers. We all know of women who are utterly in thrall to their appalling partners (it's not gender-exclusive, of course), and they can engage in aiding, minimising, normalizing, participating in and covering up vile acts.
Regarding publication of the work itself, while I heartily dislike "misery porn", I think a thorough and journalistic look at the circumstances that led to this abuse taking place, how it was perpetrated, and dealt with, including the voices of victims and perpetrators, would be a useful thing.
Focussing on the main perpetrator's "origin story" would be looking from the wrong POV, on this occasion. Most of the victims are still alive, for one, and deserve to be heard, if they wish to speak.
Woo, spinning some classics at Splore! Nice gig, RB!
I had no idea sex slavery was legal in Canada until recently.
Thanks for the laugh. Yes, all those Bad Things are not legal in Canada, I understand, so the actual purpose of the bill was unclear, to say the least. (Well, it was clear, in another way...)
As for Emma's observations, I'm sure we've had at least one person opine or imply in this comment forum that gender equity concerns are not "core Labour". I'm not up on the "core Labour" view on Native (in the Canadian sense) rights, alas. Obviously, with such woolly concerns, they can hardly call themselves True Left.
I know a little of someone's story who was at Centrepoint in its later years. Not twelve, but not very much older.
I hope their stories will be told, and thank you to you and Anke, for trying to make them heard.