Posts by Keir Leslie

  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…,

    There's a governance review for CCC this year (well, this year coming.) Hopefully some of these issues can be dealt with then.

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…,

    Banks Peninsula has two community boards, no? Lyttelton/Mt Herbert and Akaroa-Wairewa.

    Oh well: Christchurch should have twice as many councillors as it currently does, and probably half as many community board members, given the unwillingness to give them any real power.

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Looks like garden variety racism to me, tbh.

    Also: NZ needs strong regional governance structures and it needs small responsive local structures. It's struggled to find a balance to date and the poverty of the official debate on the issue makes me doubt it will ever get there.

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…,

    God that might have been the worse decision ever made in the CCC area - imagine if no amalgamation, no Bob Parker, no underfunded rural area to maintain, no Tony Maryatt! If only if only.

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  • Hard News: Park Life,

    If the Old Course - literally the most iconic course in the world & next to the most exclusive golf club in the world - can get by without fences and with a public right of way lying across, I reckon Chamberlain Park can.

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  • Hard News: Park Life,

    You can walk across the Old Course at St Andrews if you want to get to the beach...

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to nzlemming,

    It's so cheeky it's not funny. Also poses real questions about how other people are meant to know what you are at any given time: Ministerial staff can presumably talk to civil servants and ask them to do things, but Leader's Office staff presumably can't, any more than Labour Leader's Office staff can. (If you're going to engage in the kind of hairsplitting sophistry going on here.)

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    In fact paras 130-150 cover the Ministerial/Parl Serv issue. In brief: they worked for both, and moved between the two depending on their specific role at the particular time they acted.

    I think this is (a) dodgy as hell in terms of evading retrospective accountability (i.e I don't think you can just put your PS hat on to dodge the law) and also (b) really bad practice that should be stopped in future.

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to nzlemming,

    I don't think that's right - Key and National will have staff who are employed by Parliamentary Services - the National Party Research Unit, for instance, is Parliamentary Services. Only staff who are employed by Ministers as Ministers are part of the Executive, and the claim is that Ede was employed to do parliamentary work not executive work.

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading,

    Strictly speaking, the Leader's Office isn't private, it's legislative. If Ede works for Parliamentary Services, he's employed by Parliament not by the National Party.

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