I was also lucky enough to attend on Saturday and Sunday. There was definitely a mood for change, and I think this motivated the voting more than a desire to make Cunliffe leader. Delegates wanted to send a message to caucus that caucus exist to serve the wishes of the party, not the other way around.
The voting on Saturday was messy and at times confused, and often boisterous. It was also glorious to be a part of (as an observer: I was a non-voting delegate); and whatever short term mess the party may now find itself in as a result, it will be stronger for the changes in the longer term.
But getting a meaningful remedy out of MSD's breach of the Privacy Act may be another matter...
I can find no actual legal requirement for in this instance WINZ or DSW having to protect your private information if you have been required to provide it.
If there is no legal requirement for Govt. to adequately protect citizens private information, then why bother?
There is a requirement. Privacy Act 1993, section 6:
Storage and security of personal information
An agency that holds personal information shall ensure—
(a) that the information is protected, by such security safeguards as it is reasonable in the circumstances to take, against—
(i) loss; and
(ii) access, use, modification, or disclosure, except with the authority of the agency that holds the information; and
(iii) other misuse; and
(b) that if it is necessary for the information to be given to a person in connection with the provision of a service to the agency, everything reasonably within the power of the agency is done to prevent unauthorised use or unauthorised disclosure of the information.
There are lots of exceptions to the privacy principles, but I can't think of any that excuse this degree of negligence.
I'd be pleasantly surprised if any genuinely good local satire turned up on the telly. Public broadcasting seems all but dead in this country, with the exception of Radio NZ, and most decisions seem to be ratings-driven. The most we can hope for are shows like 7 Days, which while occasionally funny don't really count as hard-hitting satire.
If I wanted to make a satirical show show I'd be borrowing a mate's camera and doing it myself, then posting it on YouTube. It may not get the audience of something on TV1, but if it's good enough and funny enough people will find it.
We need a goddamn constitution.
Good news! We already have one.
Great to see everyone, sorry about that abandoned beer, Scott, and I hope the new biz goes great.
Oh, don't worry, I found a home for that beer.
That is truly awesome news. Congratulations
As a prog rock tragic I quite like some of Genesis' early work.
But what Phil Collins has done since leaving the band should have him up for crimes against humanity.
I listened to Hughes on Radio NZ and had no idea what he actually wanted the govt to do.
What exactly is the govt meant to do? In matters such as these we actually have no choice but to rely on their assurances that they have it covered. They're hardly going to engage in public discussions about an intelligence matter, are they?
A large conference venue would be good for the local economy. That said, I'm not comfortable with the deal being done between the Govt and Sky City. Gambling has a massive social cost.
If my experience of large conferences is anything to go by, the Govt will also need to amend the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act, to allow for the making of that much conference coffee.