Posts by Paul Brislen

  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Oh we should collect such terms. For instance, in Welsh there is "hiraeth". From the wiki:

    "homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire[ for the Wales of the past.

    Oxford and Merriam Webster define Hiraeth as: (noun) "a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was".

    And now I must go look at pictures of rain swept hills for a bit.

    Keep up the good work, David.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: I Fell Down,

    Lovely to have you back David. Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans, I've discovered.

    Write a little each day and you'll be amazed where you get to. I have written almost one hundred thousand tweets and all I've got to show for it is a chip on my shoulder. You will do better I'm sure.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: If the fish stinks ...,

    Let me tell you about the 20 year struggle to get access to the report that defines our snapper fishing industry.

    Oh wait, I can't because after asking for nearly 20 years (yes, twenty years) the report is lost and cannot be produced. Yet our policy relies on it.

    MPI needs to be fully reviewed and quickly before it's too late.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: If the fish stinks ...,

    Well said, Tim, and I couldn't agree more.

    LegaSea is the recreational fishing lobby group and we've called for a Commission of Inquiry into MPI and its handling of all these matters.

    A Commission of Inquiry is defined like this:

    A Commission of Inquiry (Commission of Inquiries Act 1908)

    An inquiry under the Commissions of Inquiry Act 1908 should be considered when the situation is so unusual that no other approach will do, such as:

    there is considerable public anxiety about the matter

    a major lapse in Government performance appears to be involved

    circumstances giving rise to the inquiry are unique with few or no precedents

    the issue cannot be dealt with through the normal machinery of Government or through the criminal or civil courts

    the issue is in an area too new, complex or controversial for mature policy decisions to be taken.

    The type of inquiry is decided upon after discussions between Ministers and officials, with advice from Crown Law Office and State Services Commission as required.

    We believe MPI's obvious capture by the industry needs to be reviewed at this level, not via an internal process which has no end date given and whose terms of reference are to look purely at the reports we know have been made public, not at the systemic issues inherent.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Is being a tax haven worth it?,

    I find it hard to believe the government, senior ministers and all, are spending so much time defending a position based on its value to us of $24 million a year.

    There has to be more to it than that and that, frankly, worries me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Father of the Bride,

    Perhaps the best outcome of having a cancer diagnosis was the realisation that I'm on borrowed time, that we all are, and that frankly I'm not going to not be there for my family unless there's a damned good reason.

    Being at the office is not that reason.

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    (Takes deep breath) I have to disagree with you on one point, Graeme, regarding the process.

    There have been complaints about the flag consideration and referendum process. There are other ways we could have done it (I supported one at the select committee) but this is fair way of doing it.

    In this day and age a flag is something of an anachronism. We no longer need a rallying point around a piece of fabric to differentiate our side from the others. The fog of war doesn't descend in quite the same way, so the need for a banner is pretty much gone.

    A modern flag is a representation of what a nation stands for. It's a way of saying who we are as a people and the one thing this whole process lacked was any discussion around this point at all.

    Legend has it (that is, I read it somewhere on the internet so it must be true) that when Apple first approached Belkin to make accessories for its new device Belkin wasn't allowed to know what the device (the iPod) did. Instead they were shown a set of connectors so they could work on devices that would connect via the correct port. Belkin is supposed to have pointed out that they won't know what accessories to make until they know the device's purpose and that caused much consternation in the Apple camp.

    I don't know, it's probably rubbish but I like the story and can't help but see the parallels with our flag process. We're being asked to define how we represent ourselves without first deciding what "we" are.

    I guess it's not the process itself which I have a problem with, it's the lack of a wider context. Maybe you were right all along, Graeme.

    I'll be voting to keep the current flag on the basis that if we vote for the new one that's it, our one chance to chose a flag is done for at least a generation. Can you imagine the fun that would be had if we decide to revisit our new flag choice in 20 years time? No, this is it for a long time to come, possibly for ever because the need for a flag is pretty much nonexistent.

    Voting for no change now means we can have another go when we decide to discuss who we are and what it means to be a New Zealander and that's a debate worth having.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Yeah nah, but what *do* we…,

    The flag is supposed to be a symbol of the nation it represents but ours became a logo. We had no discussion about New Zealand, but plenty of chatter about the design of the flag itself.

    To echo Keith's point, we are doing this the wrong way round.

    I'll be voting for the current flag even though I despise it because conversely, once we've changed our flag we rule out the possibility of a second change for a generation at least.

    If we keep the current flag we can revisit this whole issue again and hopefully in the timeframe discussed here.

    Sadly I suspect we'll have a debate about becoming a republic when the Queen dies and I fully expect sentiment to rule the day and we'll press on being the last outpost of the empire, but that's another fight for another day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: The Whaledump Saga: Scooby-Doo Edition, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    David Fisher has a good piece on the police's response: "Handling of Slater grip stunned cop" however the Herald site is refusing to serve the story up at the moment.

    Amusingly it gives me an error message with an APN logo.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The good guys,

    One of the TV commentators (I forget who) talked a lot about Keven Mealamu as one of the old guard, whose role off the field in creating the culture has been as important if not more so than his role on the field.

    He said something about new players having to step up to the Mealamu standard - I thought that spoke volumes.

    A tremendous game and a tremendous team. I wonder if we'll see their like again.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 197 posts Report Reply

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