Posts by Mark Graham

  • Speaker: The CERA transition that no one…,

    I concur: We are not past hearing about Christchurch but many of us who don't live there feel powerless to do anything. (I imagine many who live there feel the same way - in a rather more visceral way). The question is: what can we do to help?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: House-buying patterns in Auckland,

    Data from hougarden.com traffic indicates an enormous interest from NZ domiciled Chinese. Stats from BNZ indicate numbers of overseas buyers relatively small and Chinese overseas buyers only portion of that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    Exactly. Our evidence is overwhelming number of Chinese buying here live here, and most of those from overseas buying here, WANT to live here. I like Phil a lot and he's taken National to take over crap housing policy but this is BS and an own goal.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Talking to the United Nations…,

    Let's face it, we will eventually see the end of prohibition on drugs. Perhaps not in our lifetime, but eventually. The key is in ensuring drug use is safe. Couldn't we all just follow Portugal's lead? Once upon a time, New Zealand would have been at the forefront of this kind of societal change. Goodness me, how things are different now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 26…,

    While the satirical nature of this post is noted, there is a similarly themed initiative coming out of the socially forward thinking Scandinavian realm...(nsfw) www.fuckforforest.com that is perfectly serious. One has to wonder about splinters.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can make things better here, in reply to Russell Brown,

    thanks Russ

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can make things better here,

    Another date for you - 6pm Tuesday 20 January (tomorrow evening). There's a public liaison meeting from the contractors representing AT and NZTA at the Western Springs Community Centre opposite the park. The Pohutukawa Savers group will be there to voice concerns over losing the six trees opposite MoTaT. We're hoping for lots of people to come along to show support.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We're in this together,

    Good work Russ. I've always been in awe of your ability to write stuff that makes sense out of the noise and do it so consistently. The world is a better place for your efforts (or at least, better informed). Merry Xmas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Everybody Loves…,

    Ayer's Sale St gig was magnificent. Great tunes, great vibe and the venue worked. Awesome night out.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Peter Haynes,

    Thanks for engaging, Peter, and giving out a bit more information.

    Just a point on the trees on Gt North Rd - are we still really losing these? In spite of the public outcry?

    I thought it was possible to retain them with a small tweak to the design. If so, why are they going to be removed and how can we stop it?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 190 posts Report Reply

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