Posts by Richard Grevers

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Slater (ok, it's a name, but also a word quite descriptive of him - a woodlouse, hiding under rotting logs eating detritus :-)

    Internet Party

    Five Eyes

    Surveillance

    Intelligence (an oxymoron in most uses).

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    It is bizarrely ironic that at the same time Little was being announced as leader, 40 EPMU members in his home town were being laid off

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    It was never going to be anything but close - had there been a universally popular candidate, Cunliffe would have been rolled six months ago.

    Little was branded as an outsider in New Plymouth six years ago, and has been fighting that ever since. Over the past three years I've encountered (and tried to avoid eye contact with) Jonathan Young a couple of dozen times around town, and seen Andrew Little once - it is said that Young will turn up to the opening of a jam jar. And yes, we are oil town and milk town - both pretty blue-thinking workforces.

    It's a sad indictment of the self-interest of New Zealanders that a party has to consider dropping policies that would clearly be in the best interests of the country and the majority of people because they are "vote losers". But being in opposition, Labour doesn't have the luxury National had of not actually having to announce any policy.

    Let's give it time. And lets hope that the Labour caucus shows a bit of loyalty and discipline - we don't need another "Cunliffe Holiday" farce.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    While searching for loopholes in the building laws, I came across a published submission to the Tasman District Council from people at the Tui community. It proposed a category of owner-built houses:
    - Rural or semi-rural areas
    - One meeting with Council to establish nature of house and which set of practises you will be following, with no further inspections - and fee reflective of that.
    - Owner-build consent would waive Council of all responsibility re performance and safety of the house. Status would be recorded on LIM
    - As you wouldn't be able to get insurance, a moptgage would probably be out of the question.
    I doubt if it got anywhere, but the ability to build your own house for $30 - 50K would be appealing.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    The shoe thing: Do they apply geographical correction to the data? Without it, it’s useless: Living in Christchurch, it was very rare to see people barefoot about 10 months of the year – it’s either too bloody cold underfoot or tar-melting hot. Here in the balmy ’naki I see barefoot kids going to decile 10 schools – in winter. Yes, those kids will own shoes, but if they aren’t wearing them constantly they won’t wear out.

    ...and at NPGHS it seems to be a badge of honour that you don't wear a raincoat, just walk to school in the wet in your woolly jersey. The classrooms must smell interesting on a wet day.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    (coming to this thread late, as usual :-)
    I think it's not so much lack of houses as lack of houses in the right place (where the jobs are). Or, perhaps more tellingly - lack of jobs where the houses are. I have joked that my solution to the Auckland housing problem is: 10,000 in Invercargill, 1000 in Gore... etc. etc. - and while moving more people to the provinces would create more jobs there, not enough unless you can also move industry (remember that?) there.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    None of ous had - ok, a 1981 Chrysler Avenger is hardly a high-spec vehicle :-)
    But our '97 Camy doesn't either. That's a car which is keeping on keeping on - 360,000 ks and did 35K last year. Just having bits of the exhaust fail one by one.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Sam F,

    When his trusty 1968 Morris Oxford wagon finally died (early 90s?), Dad bought a Lada wagon - one of the Fiat 125-clone ones. Biggest tool kit I've ever seen provided with a car - gotta fix it yourself in Siberia I guess. Interesting features like headlight wipers and a knob to lower the headlight angle (e.g. when riding tail-heavy). Uncomfortable seats and spartan, plastic linings. Heavy car with no power steering, drove like an underpowered tank (mind you, the Morrie had been much the same).

    I remember the White Fiat 125 adorned with "Not a bloody communist Lada" driving around Christchurch.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    “don’t let this millionaire criminal hijack our election”

    But the election WAS hijacked by a millionaire criminal - if you accept that back in the day JK particiapated in the biggest ever currency raid on the New Zealand Dollar (wiping the odd $billion of the value of NZ companies), that stands as at least morally criminal, even if the law is bent out of shape enough to allow it.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The humanity, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Back in the ‘60s, when the A&P Show was in Addington,if ya got up early one could bike from Sydenham and get a billy filled with fresh milk direct from source,I don’t think I’ve ever tasted ’milk’ quite like that again…

    We drink that every day - collected weekly from the organic farm down the road - and considerably cheaper than supermarket.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 140 posts Report Reply

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