Suspect you might be talking about Chorus. Different company. They are largely responsible for rolling out fibre (along with some smaller rollouts including Northpower and Enable), and they are the only monopoly aspect of the NZ telecommunications sector now.
again, you may well be right, but when I said senior officials, I also meant officials from Auckland Council, not just central Government
You may be right, but I have heard senior officials say that government is supportive of the CRL, at the least. There is a lot more common ground between Brown and Government than most people realise.
Nick I didn't get a photo but stood next to him during the Cuban Brothers, and the costume was outstanding
Airports have to strike the right balance between allowing media to do their jobs, ensuring safety of travellers (and meeters and greeters), and keeping the flow of people moving.
By and large they do a great job of this, considering there is 14 million plus trips through Auckland each year, many thousands of whom could be described as 'famous', and many hundreds who could be described as 'very very famous'.
Principles of safety and keeping the airport moving aside, it is sometimes a matter of preference for the arriving VIP or their 'team' - many want to give fans (and media) the opportunity to see them (and vice versa). Many just want to get through the airport and to their hotel room as soon as they can, or are running to a tight schedule.
By and large media respect all of this and work with all the agencies in the right way because everyone has a job to do and there will always be another VIP of significant public interest.
That only matters if they're in Epsom.
True dat, how many are from Epsom is the question.
I'd be surprised if ACT don't get Epsom again, though. They could put a bald dancing monkey in there and Epsom would vote for it.
Will be an interesting aspect of the election, I'm not so sure, I'm aware of a lot of Auckland based conservative voters who hate the tactical voting aspect of Epsom, and dont like voting for a party other than the one they support.
More of note than what JK is saying is the way he's framing it: Green as radical left, Labour as Left, National as centre.
It may not be a popular view here, but a lot of people in NZ share this perception, and to a huge number of the business community, the proposed Kiwi Power policy was proof.
Thats a perception that Labour and Greens genuinely need to be aware of.
Issues with queueing have been well covered here by others (and the slightly confusing inability on the part of organisers to easily part me from my cash), but I do want to put in a bouquet for the Chowtown concept - best food I've ever eaten at a festival. the Salmon Tatahi from Masu, hmmm mmm.
And, it was a welcome novelty to be able to walk home, surprisingly sober, from a BDO. Although judging from the state of some of the vomiting punters near the stage during Snoop, not everyone had so many problems accessing alcohol.
The Western Springs site - teething problems aside - will hopefully become a regular feature, lots of space, easy to get around, and easy to get to and from.
Most importantly, some great music, Tame Impala, Portugal the Man, Toro Y Moi, and (most unexpectedly to me) Snoop, all did it for me.
Arcade Fire are a great band, and I love the Reflector album, but their set seemed the most impacted by the wind, and while I enjoyed Liam Gallaghers take on Gimmer Shelter, it mainly felt a bit pub band to me. Also enjoyed some SJD at the Lakeside before the access got a bit chocka.
Sorry Russell, didnt get into the Metro Cube at all (poked my head in once and it was standing room only), other than to briefly chat to the charming Mr Grieve outside. Hope the concept worked.
I did miss the Lilypad area (somewhere nice to relax and have a drink and listen to music), and also missed the Boiler Room for the indoor dance vibe.
Kia kaha to you and your mum Russell - we lost our sister Sue to the same disease nearly 6 years ago now. Mum will never really recover from it, but we do learn to live with the grief and we do always get little reminders of the myriad of ways we miss her - and what Sue has missed in terms of the lives of her family and friends - particularly at times like these. Hold onto the best of those we love.