Posts by Andre

  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…,

    We're lucky that Fletchers didn't dream up a plan to plant 1500 homes on the volcano, or the government may have had to intervene on their behalf to help the destruction in the face of protests by local residents - like they did with Three Kings last week.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Change for the Better, in reply to Sacha,

    The BSA is New Zealand's most toothless organisation. They would probably just rule that Mike Hosking is expressing 'an opinion'. Remembering, of course, that he is not really a journalist.
    I rode bikes to work through the 80's and 90's while living in the CBD (Hobson, Albert, Emily, Anzac, Whittaker, Symonds, Pitt etc) and Ponsonby/Grey Lynn/Herne Bay. I worked all over too. The traffic was crazy but the worst offenders were the buses. You spend a huge amount of time looking behind in your mirrors and casting ahead to see if people are entering or exiting vehicles. It took me 17 minutes by bike to get to work from Whittaker Place to Great South Rd Greenlane in 1996. It took 27 minutes on a bus and 7 minutes on a motorbike cutting through queues on the motorway. The bicycle took only a few more minutes than a car back then.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: After Len,

    Our biggest problem is actually what to do with the sewage and waste we create and the reality of 10,000 year schedules for when she'll be right again. As modelled initially in 1976 or something.

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  • Hard News: Bringing an order Auckland…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'd love to see the rates graph compared to one showing house price increases. Rates are almost the only universal wealth tax levied in NZ, long may they soar.

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  • Hard News: Hug Reform,

    John Campbell may have become one of the first sports reporters to suffer whiplash from covering a game of rugby. Ali's a BIG unit.

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  • Legal Beagle: Update: Coroner's investigation,

    My father committed suicide and I felt it was a story worth repeating as it resulted from many issues that weren't often reported on by a media protecting the rugby, racing, beer and Roger-Douglas-was-visionary culture prevalent in the 90's.
    Suicides often have an uncomfortable background of causes that go back decades, but are often symptomatic of bad policies impacting on those worst able to respond to them.
    I feel by media not truthfully revealing the causes of suicide we are ignoring the parrot in the mine. Suicide can often be a protest that just doesn't involve immolation, but is as shattering for those close to the victim and is really a statement by the victim that they have no hope for improvement in their lives. We should report those reasons more.

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  • Polity: So who exactly placed conditions…,

    The debate beyond that around the red peak flag's inclusion has been fairly non-existent. People aren't engaged - a third of potential voters don't turn up to a general election for example. Those I know who don't vote just think it doesn't include them anyway - the wealthy elite will get whatever they want anyway. Even my friends who do engage politically dismiss a conversation about the topic in less than a minute, whereas a convo about today's Lochinvar Station sale refusal and the approval for the sale of 50% of Silver Fern Farms may take hours, especially with a group with a range of political views present. It is unfortunately a non-issue for many who will be expected to live under the design that is victorious.
    I'd like to see a change - my Irish ancestors aren't represented in the Union Jack and multiple other countries fly a Southern Cross. We should become a Republic first, and then, with that underlying cause for change and intent to do so, maybe the thinking behind the design and the involvement level of the public would be enhanced.

    New Zealand • Since May 2009 • 328 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: To have a home,

    Maybe we could take in the boat people being held in indefinite detention by the Australian government at Nauru and Manus Island instead. They were fleeing Iraq, Afghanistan etc and the problem (the words 'ongoing humanitarian disaster' spring to mind) is very local to us.
    After their ill treatment by Aussie governments of all political persuasions for the last decade it's like having a local Guantanomo housing people who haven't committed any crime other than trying to flee their war-torn homelands.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Songs of Ennui,

    RIP Graham Brazier. What a dude! One of the only kiwi celebs I saw in the late 80's who would walk down the main street engaging randomly with everyone who took his interest. There may have been great drugs involved, but he approached me at least five times like this - just reaching out to people, interested. One of a kind.

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  • Hard News: To have a home,

    We had 117,000 migrants arrive in the year to July. Many are in reality escaping totalitarian regimes but are wealthy enough to do so. Most seem to invest primarily in housing.
    Many then invite family to join them.
    No-one has ever asked if we want to ship in a million more residents each decade without thought to the infrastructure needed to accommodate them until their death, let alone the superannuation bill required.
    Imagine if we took 10,000 refugees and 107,000 migrants instead. The refugees would be more grateful - we wouldn't just be a stepping stone to Australia or a way to give their following elderly relatives free healthcare and super for example.
    The refugees arriving in Europe currently are the best equipped to get there. 800,000 have arrived in Europe in the last year, with another 40 million potential followers still stranded on the way according to reports this week. These first refugees are more highly qualified and had the money to escape. I think they would add skills to our economy and wouldn't push our house prices up on arrival in the same way traditional migrants would.

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