Posts by Pete Sime

  • Hard News: Earning Confidence, in reply to Timmy H,

    Don't know about geoblocking, you might have to use Hola but the One News twitter account said it would stream from

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 144 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Earning Confidence,

    There's a new poll(pdf) from Horizon looking specifically at Dirty Politics and it says in the executive summary:

    While voting intention shifts from poll to poll, National’s level of retention this year of those who said they intended to cast their party vote for the National Party at the next election had been particularly strong in polls conducted by Horizon up to the July/August survey (before the Hager book’s release), at around 92%. In this survey, conducted after the release of the “Dirty Politics” book, National retains only 82% of those who said in July/August they would give their party vote to the National Party.

    Note that around 8% of those who said in the July/August poll they would vote for National are now undecided about which party they will give their party vote to.

    As we saw last night some of those undecideds are going to NZ First and the Conservatives, but it's likely some are truly floating voters and will cross the left/right barrier.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 144 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    It's not about being kind to Cameron Slater, it's about respecting the privacy of the people discussed. This demonstrates how important Nicky Hager's approach was in only revealing material in the public interest.

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  • Hard News: Oh, Auckland,


    The Dunedin Fringe Festival was finishing up. I managed to see two plays this weekend – Velcro City and Cherie Jacobson: the Diary of a Young Cynic. The highlight of the festival as a whole for me was a one-person play called The Bookbinder, which made a great use of light and shadow and is touring the country later this year. It’s really worth seeing.

    On Saturday afternoon I strolled through the Botanic Gardens, enjoying the autumn colours and the crunch of leaves underfoot. I returned there again on Sunday (I live nearby) and came across a brass band playing in the bandstand. It all felt very Edwardian. This is my favourite time of year, just before the weather turns really cold and the first frosts arrive.

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  • Hard News: How do you sleep?,

    I sometimes listen to guided relaxation podcasts and they seem to send me off tickety-boo. But on more than one occasion I've woken in the middle of the night to untangle myself from the lead for my earbuds.

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  • Hard News: Friday: A happier place,

    The video for Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros always makes me smile.

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Graeme Edgeler,

    However, they do need sufficient admissible evidence of offending before they lay changes. Depending on the charge, the type of evidence needed to meet the standard will differ. If they have video of someone having sex with someone who is obviously a child, then I would be very surprised if they did not lay charges, even if the child refuses to make a statement, or is unknown.

    But surely there's enough evidence available to seek a search warrant against the parties invovled - seizing their cellphones, computers and other devices for analysis and building a case against them.

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  • Hard News: It's worse than you think, in reply to DeepRed,

    There are signs that the GCSB issue is breaking out of the Beltway and into public discourse

    I had a look at Google Trends - GCSB is certainly gaining as a search term on Google, and is slightly ahead of the April peak for the search term "Marriage equality", but is quite far behind the search term "Gay marriage". It doesn't appear to be the political story of the year, but interest is growing.

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  • Hard News: The Treasure at the End of…,

    I really enjoyed having my iPad in hand following Twitter while watching the events unfold on Parliament TV. It's a really great way of fostering political engagement - people not only speaking up while watching on from the peanut gallery, but engaging in conversation. And the character limit prevents screeds of diatribes from being posted.

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  • Capture: Someone, Somewhere, In Summertime,

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    I had a wonderful daytrip down to the Catlins today. Here's some pictures from Curio Bay and the petrified forest.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 144 posts Report Reply

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