Posts by Mark Graham

  • Speaker: The problem is Serco,

    As someone I read recently put it, Serco are incentivised to reduce costs. If we really wanted private enterprise to do things well, incentivise them around the recidivism rate and see what happens...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody has one,

    Happening all over. Tuned into Story for the first time last night only to find a plug for the hideousness that is The Edge (both in terms of music and personality) being given a plug (during radio ratings week, of course), for it's supremely awful marriage before you meet promotion.

    We're fucked.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Creating a "New Scoop": Our…,

    Being a publisher is a bugger. FB and Google are parasitical in their approach - they rely on publishers (Google more than FB but that's changing) to supply content but siphon off badly needed revenue. That model ultimately ends up with the parasite killing its 'host'.

    I wonder what the digi-generation will read and PR agencies will use to try to promote their clients once publishers have disappeared.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 193 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 193 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 • 193 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 • 193 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 • 193 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 • 193 posts Report Reply

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

    thanks Russ

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 193 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 • 193 posts Report Reply

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