Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Speaker: The overconfidence man,

    There is also the issue of a very compliant media. Ministers refuse to talk to the media if there is any chance of a tough interview and they get away with it. I remember a time when there were regular debates between government and opposition spokespeople, and if one didn't show the other got a free go. Now interviewers seem grateful if a minister gives them a couple of minutes to answer some soft prearranged questions.

    The UK election also showed how easy it is to manipulate public opinion in very elaborate and subtle ways to get the result required. Costs money but right wing parties don't seem to have a problem getting big donations.

    Meanwhile those who are really struggling spend all their focus surviving day to day so aren't engaged in voting.

    We really need to use our democracy better.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2412 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    Don't know but can imagine.

    I hear there were also questions in parliament today. Slowly knowledge and then outrage is spreading.

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  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    From yesterday’s Northern Advocate, a cleverly worded apology

    On Thursday June 18 a story was published in the Northern Advocate, entitled “Call for Halt on Swamp Kauri Exports”.

    This story mentioned that Kauri Ruakaka Limited, formerly known as Oravida, has a stockpile of swamp kauri at Ruakaka.

    The story referred to Kauri Ruakaka Limited by its former name and described it as a Chinese company, when in fact Kauri Ruakaka Limited is and always has been a New Zealand registered company.

    We wish to clarify that the article was not intended to give the impression that Kauri Ruakaka Limited (Oravida), Judith Collins MP and her husband have engaged in any illegal or improper conduct in respect of the collection or export of swamp kauri.

    The Northern Advocate apologises if any of our readers formed an inaccurate view of the activities of Kauri Ruakaka Limited as a result of this story.

    - Northern Advocate

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  • Access: Zero,

    A smoother means a nail file in this house.

    By the way it is the last day for comments on the 2018 Census today, eg what disability data should be collected. Stats NZ are doing an innovative on-line discussion via user-friendly Loomio. https://2018census.loomio.org/

    That and this Access blog are mentioned in the latest issue of the
    IHC Hot Issues

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  • Access: Zero,

    The wonderful transalpine trip. The day I did it - years ago - it looked just like that.

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  • Access: Zero, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Love that logic. I should have written down the list of terms we have learned over the years. Most now forgotten.

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  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Whoops,

    That is an impressive taonga about to be lost to us.

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  • Access: Zero,

    I particularly like this post for its portrayal of the useful role of technology.

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  • Hard News: Campbell interviewed,

    John Campbell is going to commentate the All Blacks v Samoa game in Apia next month for Sky Sport.

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  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem,

    A blog post from the writer of the Productivity Commission's social services report Appendix D: Services for people with disabilities, mainly about client-directed budgets such as Individualised Funding.

    http://www.productivity.govt.nz/blog/blog-the-freedom-to-choose-the-advantages-of-client-directed-budgets

    Submissions are due on the draft report this week.

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