Posts by Steve Curtis

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Oxford dictionaries WoY was "vape"

    Collins came up with Photobomb

    As for twerk, it is far far better as
    image of the year

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 251 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why churches should marry…,

    Isnt the idea of a church wedding because we are confused about who is really deciding who can be married , or not.
    In the end for NZ its the State, but they license approved church officials to do it for them. of course you can get a ‘registry office marriage’ alone it you dont go for all that palava. or indeed a non denominational marriage celebrant.
    In some countries a marriage is not official until the state official has performed it, a church wedding is an additional ‘cultural occasion’ if you like that palava. Napoleon spread this custom throughout Europe.

    Perhaps its time we moved away from having religious officials approved for legal weddings.
    Its not only same sex couples, but churches can have various restrictions on who they marry, divorced people in the catholic church being an example.

    After all hardly anyone worries about their church approving their divorce, it's a problem for some, they just get a civil divorce and are done.

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  • Legal Beagle: Wellington Super City? Not…,

    As for the changes to the way the referendums were taken so that instead of a majority in each area, it only requires an majority overall.

    Could that be related to this in 2012:

    The bid to amalgamate the Nelson and Tasman councils has failed, based on a progress result issued at 1pm today, despite a strong level of support from Nelson city. More were against the idea in Tasman.

    Its not who votes that count, its who counts the vote- Stalin

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  • Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    They're not only great for blocking out light and noise,

    I would have thought blackout blinds are useful for doing TV interviews in the office, when they want to control the lighting.

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    A tragedy of settler society was that it held out a promise that everyone could be a “laird” and take exclusive possession over their domain. Of course, this couldn’t work and you wound up with a tiny minority controlling much of the land.

    You have forgotten that until the inclosure of the commons in England there was more open access including use for agriculture. The lesson there was unless you have title someone with more clout will take if off you.

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    A pool, Parnell style but heated for year round use, would be fantastic though.

    Mt Albert has its pool, yes heated for year round use.

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  • Hard News: Park Life, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Agreed that it is a scandal that public land has a private club on it

    Not really, as the story says their lease expired. Wasnt really a private club either, as they operated as a open to public walk up golf course.

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  • Hard News: Park Life,

    Playing fields are notorious dead zones apart from Saturday.
    Not really going to be much public access for the largest component on the map, a golf driving range ( privately operated of course).
    Then there is the site marked recreation centre, another privately operated facility, of which there are many in the area. No shortage of that for some reason.
    Dont forget there still will be a 9 hole golf course, privately operated and restricted access.
    Open public acess seems to be only around the fringes. So much for using that for an excuse.
    Or maybe the existing golf course is closed at 4:30 and public allowed to use . At least it would be full open access space rather than this bantustan proposal we have shown.

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  • Hard News: Park Life,

    Seems like a very very large carpark over in the corner by the sports fields. Could that be a coincidence its near the Western Springs stadium an area losing trees (and carparking).
    While the area is almost entirely open space now with a small golf buildings and car park , it will be less open space under these proposals plus major earthworks and loss of significant trees ( again)

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to Ron Davis,

    Hey. Easy on, Fair’s fair. Where’s the evidence he’s a thief?

    "Six banks have been collectively fined £2.6bn by UK and US regulators over their traders' attempted manipulation of foreign exchange rates.

    HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Swiss bank UBS and US banks JP Morgan Chase, Citibank and Bank of America have all been fined."
    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30016007

    Bank of America bought Merrill Lynch to save it from bankruptcy. Key was the head of Foreign exchange for ML in New York- London. Along with the Libor manipulation, the exchange rate manipulation was to benfits the banks position at the expense of counterparties.

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