Forced local body amalgamations – now there is a sleeper election issue. Decisions have already been made in regions like Wellington but are not going to be announced until after the election. Unlikely to be any meaningful consultation, or any opportunity to challenge and you can bet that no disabled people’s organisations have had any input.
Wellington locals succeeded in putting the brakes on the ill-conceived Basin Reserve Flyover, and I just hope that act of resistance doesn't mean a forced Wellington regional government merger gets bulldozed through.
“Defence lawyer Steven Zindel argued there was little or no impact on the 4 year old victim and there was no coercion.
“There’s not the coercion, I know that is because she is young. There is also no immediate effect on her.”
WTF! I thought Rosemary was a little hard on the legal profession, but no, she’s right.
Yeh, I get the general feeling that the Big Reveal is going to be double or quits for InterMana.
Double is the unlikely possibility that InterMana will manage to pull a Beppe Grillo, or more realistically at least keep its head above water. Quits is the big embarrassment you mention.
I was faintly embarrassed traveling through Europe a couple of years back and finding most people just found it easier to conduct a fairly simple English conversation than try and make something out of my very basic German, and basically non-existent phrasebook Dutch, Danish and Swedish.
Everyone remembers the cuss words, though. ;)
Meanwhile, inside a nondescript building situated somewhere in the Waihopai Valley, the atmosphere suddenly turned tense.
"Blast!" yelled a voice. "We've just lost our primary trail! That's what happens when you overlook even the smallest details!"
"Hey, don't look at me like that!" yelled another voice. "How else could the transmitter have fit into the surroundings? It's not like loosening a wall outlet, you know."
"You know exactly how this Nigal character operated. He had a tendency to check things twice over before proceeding. Fort Meade and Pine Gap aren't going to be happy about this at all! Get Agent Lampjaw on the line before this gets out of control!"
It was possibly in the episode with the Donghua Liu bias controversy, or the 1 or 2 after.
Actually, the Herald’s owners have got to be worried about the possibility of the Guardian Australia reaching across the Tasman and setting up a local bureau.
There was a brief discussion about just that in a recent RNZ Media Watch podcast. Get it while it's still online.
In the meantime, Frank Macskasy has taken the Granny to the Press Council over its coverage of the Donghua Liu affair.
The perk-buster turned perk-feeder doesn't seem to realise that parliamentary privilege might not actually trump contempt of court.
All the same, it wasn’t all that long ago that Martin Devlin was in court for various misdemeanours. Before his name was revealed, John Campbell, Simon Dallow, and Mike McRoberts were all rumoured to be the “46-year-old in court”.
Google pretty much does all the explaining in this case. There seems to be a pattern with these 'prominent public figures' - that they can effectively buy their name suppression with a fat chequebook.
When the super city was first created I think some politicians freaked out realizing they were effectively creating a city state with comparable power to central govt.
Maybe that is why central govt is trying hard to limit and control the sovereignty of Auck.
I've always suspected there was a whiff of sour grapes after the now-disgraced John Banks didn't take the Supercity. Still, I doubt that things would become as acrimonious as Thatcher vs Livingstone.