Posts by Andre

  • Legal Beagle: What next for Winston?,

    Winston is a proto-Muldoonist – this was not a win for the left wing. The fact that in some quarters it is seen as such is a sign of how far right Roger Douglas and 30 years of governments chipping away at workers’ rights have taken us while eroding recognition of the changes a true left-wing government would bring.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: After Kiwi,

    The Warners were the ringmasters of New Zealand's most competitive mosh pit. I met these guys who lived at a doss house in Pt Chev while holidaying in Mangawhai over New Years 1985. They'd pub crawled from Auckland, arriving noisily late but were up and drinking over an open fire at 8am. It was the first time I'd seen a skulling funnel and tube in action. I was impressed so caught up with them when I shifted to Auckland a month later and luckily they invited me to the Windsor Castle and various other venues to see The Warners. They were incredible. Allan Stephenson was pure energy. The crowd was electric - and amazingly friendly as we smashed into each other gleefully. No one got too badly injured. I always felt things may have been a lot different if I wasn't so young and with the right people though.

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  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…,

    The dairy farmers and manufacturers have a monopoly that extends to retail, FMCG etc. Now cattle and sheep farmers want a monopoly too. The fact that self-regulation wasn't enough to get dairy farmers to cut discharges of effluent and chemicals into our rivers and streams shows how environmental needs get addressed without a law change. Climate change will happen. The new south-western motorway tunnel will become a favoured spot for divers. Sand-bagging the north-western (in Auckland btw) is a monument to the thinking of climate-denying local government planners. Legislate everyone to accept a 20 metre sea rise in the next 50 years, I reckon.

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  • Hard News: Review: Citizenfour,

    Our thanks must go to Edward Snowden for protecting our human rights through his actions. A true hero. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/06/gchq-mass-internet-surveillance-unlawful-court-nsa

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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  • Capture: Peak Pohutukawa,

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    Onehunga looking across to Mangere Mountain. Superb!

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  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Let's build it at just above the High Tide mark, like the new motorway tunnels at Waterview. Make the grandkids pay, that's the Keynglishjoyce way. I wonder if they intend to borrow another $50 billion, and what they'll spend it on.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…,

    One of my closest lifelong friends is a schizophrenic. He was hospitalised 18 years ago for six months and still sees a doctor fortnightly for medication. We're each our oldest close friends and see each other at least weekly. I distanced myself from him before he was diagnosed (because it was impossible to understand his actions at the time) and then saw him a couple of times before shifting cities then only a few times while living away for eight years. His parents are wealthy and he doesn't suffer financially from being unable to work. This makes a huge difference and will continue to increase in importance under our current economy. He gets multiple visitors a day, isn't perfect but dates and has long-term relationships with women, is still extremely intelligent and has fun often. He has his quirks but that's just him. I think BITD he would have now been incarcerated for 18 years. Just imagine. Every proponent of re-institutionalisation should be made to read One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand's…,

    Many baked beans fans may of course rejoice in his choice of Xmas fare and just hope he upped the ante and splashed out on Watties with a sprinkling of grated cheese on toast. I'd probably steer towards sweet corn myself.
    Many traits exhibited by single men without family connections at Christmas are probably similar, especially aetheists on an extreme budget or if they enjoyed a drink.
    I used to live along the main route walked by the residents of a halfway house down the way and interacted around their their constant requests for cigarettes and cash. They seemed to be better off than living at somewhere like Kingseat as far as they got to make choices in their lives but there didn't seem to be much other interaction even if you sought it. Even after 3 or 4 years they didn't seem to remember me other than a source of fags or cash. But at least you knew they were deserving of your help. I did however think they would have missed the interaction if living in the country. I hope those farmers are smokers if they do relocate them however.

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  • Hard News: Word of the Year 2014: The Vote,

    Who wins if (or should I say when) #dirtypolitics is the winner? Is it Giovanni for mentioning the term first (out of the many PA'ers who posted it) or Sacha for knocking a hashtag on the front and making it one word? That is the question...

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