Posts by Steve Curtis

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    Last finance minister to have had a specific qualification and actual experience in accounting was Roger Douglas and look how that turned out.

    It gets better.... or umm something, Don Brash was for a while opposition spokesman on Finance. he had a PhD ( Economics) AND was governor of the Reserve Bank previously.
    Goes to show, he knew everything and knew nothing.

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  • Legal Beagle: Gerry Brownlee is…,

    "..has not released its report into the breach. I would quite like to see it, so have requested it under the Official Information Act.'

    Good luck with getting that any time before the next election. The reason is three little words.
    John Archibald Banks.
    The police report was finally used in the private prosecution.

    The paper boarding pass seems to have joined the old paper ticket as an artifact of history, so Brownlee unless he was charged with a security breach, a real offence, then he cant really be guilty of a an infringement for being in ....the departure lounge area along with every other intending passenger

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  • Legal Beagle: Gerry Brownlee is…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    So being booked on a flight is regarded as equivalent to having a boarding pass? In that case, then Brownlee had one?

    Well no. If you have the booking app, you can check in 'on the day of travel' and THEN you get a boarding pass. As Brownlee was picking them up he wasnt using electronic means.

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  • Legal Beagle: Gerry Brownlee is…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    So are all AirNZ’s customers who don’t check in at the machines in Departures risking a fine?

    Well, as the individual electronic means are counted as a boarding pass, that would be a no. Even without bags they have to go through 'security' first, which is of course what Brownlee deliberately evaded.

    What should have happened is that the boarding passes would be collected in the terminal as arranged and ministerial privilege could have applied at this point, and then normal processes occurred as the gate would be held open as they knew they were a few passengers short.

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  • Legal Beagle: Gerry Brownlee is…,

    The radio interview makes it clear that the airport employee 'didnt give permission to pass' as they are saying she immediately called a supervisor over the two way radio to advise of security breach.

    The real issue is that Brownlee intentionally evaded security, it wasnt that he was lost or knocked on a door just to see and it was opened. He wanted to evade the security checkpoint and as far as I know, deliberate intent counts a lot for determining guilt.

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  • Hard News: The Boom Crash, in reply to BenWilson,

    As with cars, renovations are seldom worth the money paid for them,

    Its not a real valuation, done by a site inspection and measurements by an experienced valuer. Its a computer model which is then used to divide up the 'value' into a theoretical empty section and improvements.
    For rates purposes its good enough but dont be fooled by its relationship to what an actual sale will be. In those circumstances improvements will allways get a higher price than an unrenovated place of the same floor area.
    Then there is the valuation for insurance when a total rebuild is required.

    As you see the different numbers are unconnected, so its best to ignore the councils unnecessary division into land and improvements which never makes any sense

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  • Busytown: Beware of the Leopard,

    If indeed the objectors are listed under modification to stormwater consent instead of the plan change than thats the horse to back.
    I remember a few years back Woolworths got a new supermarket from PakNsave stopped in its tracks a few months before opening.
    The method they used was an obscure consent relating to a green turning arrow at a set of traffic lights.
    Apart from that, the hearing result is only a recommendation going to Council, so would be wise to make sure the decision makers further up are aware of strong community concern and reject the plan modification.

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  • Hard News: The uncooling of the inner West,

    In the late 70s, I lived in an old nunnery in the CBD. Having startup bands practice in the old chapel would bring out the noise control pretty quick if it was done these days

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  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out,

    The US fully funded propaganda arms, Voice of America, WorldNet Television etc is funded to the tune of about $US 700 million.

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  • Speaker: “Foreign forces”, hope and Hong…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The Chinese government doesn’t run New Zealand let alone tear-gas Aucklanders in the street,

    The Chinese government isnt tear gassing anyone. The Hong Kong SAR has its own police force. If you remember the Occupy Auckland protest was broken up by the police. Some would say, its what they do.

    Regarding the language, the Yue Chinese and related dialects are spoken throughout the Pearl River delta and areas down to Vietnam, they arent "disappearing". The introduction of forms of manadrin has occured throughout China and is not unique to Hong Kong.

    Its hard to see how in a few areas the introduction of signage and shop assistants who understand the language of the customers is any different from many parts of Auckland. Its not a concern here and seems bizarre that it would be seen as a problem in Hong Kong. I bet English had a similar impact on 'shop signs' when mass air travel made Hong Kong a tourist destination. Hong Kong residents have long looked down their noses at the uncouth and provincial 'mainlanders' The local media have many stories of 'incidents' of mainland tourists behavior that would likely seen here as quite racist.

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