Posts by Gregor Ronald

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    Rough chip surface? A solitary pothole? Luxury...

    Come cycling in Christchurch for some real adventures!

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Fine Line, in reply to bob daktari,

    I heard somewhere recently that immigrants tend to settle and remain in an area after 4 years; they've settled in to work, made friends, kids are in school, other relatives have settled near by. So why not allow immigrants to settle in the regions and bond them to stay there for 5 years? Very few would then migrate to Auckland from the regional towns - but we'll need to have jobs waiting for them of course.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Sacha,

    The flooding isn't in Gerry's electorate. Most people on his side of town haven't visited the east side for a year or two, so they think it's all fine and dandy - they just want some nice fashion and interior decorating shops to appear in the CBD.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Facing the floods, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Russell, you're spot on. Key's photo ops and Brownlee's bullying are not helping, and Lianne has been left to handle the mess while these goons play their power games.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Just Like Unicorns,

    I was reminded of Bill Clinton's "I did not have sex with that woman" bullshit. If it involves your sexual organs and makes you feel sexy, it's sex all right.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The secret Christchurch…,

    We had next-door neighbours in the red zone who left for Nelson - a professional couple with two primary-age boys. They needed to get the kids into a secure school setting, and luckily their employment worked out well. Now they enjoy a great lifestyle in the sunshine, while Christchurch gets crappier by the day.

    We're in our 60s and we know we'll never see a viable city centre - life has shrunk to a series of suburban malls with occasional bars and restaurants dotted about, and city administration has become a struggle between quangos and the CCC.

    I still have sympathy for the Council, but their performance is far from adequate, especially with issuing building consents. Having Key and Brownlee blame the CCC for flooding that's a direct result of the quakes is not helping, but I still hope the flood victims can be helped by somebody.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Muse: Guilt By Association Copy,

    It sounds like an extension of Godwin's Law to me. (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=godwin%27s%20law)

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs, development and reality,

    If you make selling the village's opium crop attractive enough (i.e. a Hilux ute and satellite TV for the headman, and cellphone access for everyone in a village) then anyone who breaks ranks and risks cancelling the deal will be a pariah. Once you have farmers that you can talk to, with a regular income, you can start on substitution programmes.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're back!,

    Great news - another step towards Maori TV becoming our de facto national channel.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Not burglary?,

    I used to live in a holiday town in Otago, and these holiday-home break-ins by local kids came in cycles. (I know this lot didn't go inside, but anyway...) Usually they got caught by the cops, the school became involved, and the kids were publicly shamed at a school assembly. (With the approval of their parents.) All the kids in the school got the message and the problem went away, until 4 or 5 years had passed and a new crop of Year 9-13 kids grew up. Then the cycle was repeated.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 68 posts Report Reply

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