Posts by Heather W.

  • Southerly: Tower Insurance Have Some Bad…,

    Meanwhile the insurers are in court to argue over whether AMI can trademark MY INSURANCE . From Stuff

    The main insurance firms have united in opposing the application and have appealed against the decision to the High Court in Wellington.

    Brendan Brown, QC, representing AA Insurance, IAG New Zealand, Tower Insurance and Vero Insurance, told the court yesterday that the "my" trademarks being sought by AMI were plain English terms in common use by the industry and its customers.

    And if the services are to be dug up, how do the green areas within red zones continue? Eg Landy Street, Dallington - numbers 16 to 41 are in the green zone and all other houses in the same street are red zoned.

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  • Hard News: Moving targets, in reply to Sam F,

    I had assumed Chris had done that deliberately. (If you click on the little red dot it connects to the resignation announcement today from Botany MP Pansy Wong). And further accusations from Labour about dodgy dealings.

    Or if you would prefer to see the link – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4455775/MP-Pansy-Wong-quits-Parliament.

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  • Hard News: The Wellington Cables, in reply to Public Servant on a tea-break.,

    might be incompetence rather than conspiracy ….

    Undoubtedly, but it is unfortunate I couldn’t link to the piece online to back my statement up.

    Assume you meant the piece by Jonathan Marshall headlined Local media identities tracked. Was online, just not listed in the news headlines. Sometimes items on the Sunday Times website (sstlive.co.nz) have slightly different support links than the exact same item on the Stuff.co.nz website.

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  • Hard News: What about that Welfare…,

    From the Department of Labour summary of the latest Household Labour Force Survey:

    Labour market conditions improve strongly
    The latest HLFS showed that the labour market continued to recover over the September 2010 quarter. Employment rose by 1.0% and the unemployment rate declined from 6.9% to 6.4%. Despite the significant volatility seen in the HLFS data over the first three quarters of 2010, the September 2010 quarter results confirm that the unemployment rate has reached its peak and the labour market is improving.

    Sounds good. But if you look further, much of the increase is from a rise in the number of part-time jobs. The male unemployment numbers did drop but the female numbers rose.

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  • Hard News: Where nature may win,

    Just in:

    9.34am: The bore hole being drilled at Pike River has broken through into the mine.

    In its report, Newstalk ZB said a rush of hot gas came through when the final layer of rock was broken.

    And the restarted Army Robot got another 500 metres into the mine before running out of power.

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  • Southerly: When Otters Get Famous,

    From the Sunday Star Times (21/11/2010) - Sunday magazine -
    Steve Braunias column:

    Best children's book:

    The Hidden Talent of Albert Otter by David Haywood and Peter Adamson (Public Address Books, $19.95).

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  • Hard News: The Engagement, in reply to Jacqui Dunn,

    Jacqui,

    Jim Mora did the narration for Wonder Dogs. Currently showing as repeats in the evenings (TVNZ Heartland - SkyTV 17) with Mark Leishman and Dexter the dog as hosts.

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  • Hard News: The Engagement, in reply to Ben Gracewood,

    Pressing question: in the spirit of Brangelina, are they Kills or Wait?

    Brad/Angelina so Wills/Kate ends up closer to Wilk or Wikat.

    Ben with Jennifer made Bennifer. Which in this case would equate to Wate. Though less likely because Kate was previously nicknamed Wait(y) Kate(y).

    Kills and Wilt don't quite fit the pattern - male name first and initial letters from each name. But +1 for Wilt anyway.

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  • Speaker: My People, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    Just for the record, there is a baby boom on now and more than just in South Auckland. There will be around 10000 more babies born in New Zealand this year than there was in 2001. http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/births/BirthsAndDeaths_HOTPJun10qtr.aspx

    Since 2007 there have been more than 60000 births each year in New Zealand. Other than brief baby bulges around 1971 and 1991, we are now at totals not seen since 1959-1962. Birth rate has now risen to 2.2.

    The baby boomers have almost finished having their babies or it will be grandchildren (and great+) arriving now. Numbers may well drop again with the echo of the lower number of arrivals in the 70s and 80s.

    I apologise for not doing all the references but this white background gives me a headache.

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  • Hard News: A few (more) words on The Hobbit,

    @Jonathan King

    Thanks for your return comments, search party now stood down. I was wondering if the "Thread of Doooooom" might appear to have been slightly oversold in terror factor. You had to be there at the time to get the whole vibe of the thing. Plus the worst of the posts were deleted so how some of the people here remember it happening is not the same as how it would seem events unfolded to someone viewing it now.

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