Posts by John Holley

  • Hard News: Political palatability and…,

    The sad thing is we have always had the ability for communities with special interests/character to set up schools and have state funding. They are called integrated schools.

    The difference between integrated and charter schools? Integrated school proprietors have skin in the game as they have to fund property and, effectively, carry some fiscal risk so they can achieve their "special character".

    No such risk is carried by charter school proprietors. It is a license to transfer tax payer funding into private pockets with nil financial risk.

    Privatise the profits, socialise the losses.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The disabled soldier “problem”,

    We all need to remember that this is still a contemporaneous issue. We have had 1000s of NZers on operations in war zones in the last decade – Timor Leste, Afghanistan etc. While we have had some with physical injuries, which are often highly visible, on the other hand, PTSD is also there – say between 5-15% rate depending on the mission (some are obviously worse than others). So there are a significant numbers of “vets”, some in their early 20s, who are psychologically disabled.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II,

    Well, I was one of the lucky ones at ANZAC Cove this year. Here are some of my reflections:

    Reflections on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli
    Slow time through Gallipoli, 26th April

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: We don’t make the rules, we're…,

    It's not difficult, to access US content,. No VPN/software needed, just a change in A DNS settings.

    Spark/telecom/gen-i has a history of being a late follower. They have based business cases on things like Lightbox and NZ Datacentres on some pretty flawed assumptions around the disruption UFB and offshore cloud SAAS/IAAS/PAAS.

    Flawed investments are not the responsibility of the consumer to cover.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war,

    If folk want to read what it is like to train troops in Iraq get this book:

    The Snake Eaters

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    I was lucky, as the son of a soldier, my primary school days had meant my classes had a mix of brown and white faces, but that changed at secondary school :(

    What I am eternally grateful is being part of an organisation, Ngati Tumataenga (The NZ Army), that embraces and supports te reo Māori and tikanga Māori. We are not perfect, but I do know that it stands us apart from our allies whom we work with. It is something we all treasure and are immensely proud of.

    Some background if you are not familiar with the journey the NZ Army has undergone - it doesn't happen over night - it takes decades

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city,

    Is it 3 down to pedestrian crossing (Pt Chev) and 2 lights controlled crossings (city side and MOTAT side)? The graphic isn't explicit.

    This is our route (including Miss 6) to Western Springs from Kingsland so some clarity would be great.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Schools: can we get a plan up…,

    The MoE does seem to be supporting 2 story class block now, as was done recently at Reremoana School. The trouble is that the MoE is always starting the building after the spare capacity at a school is gone. This normally means libraries/resource rooms/halls/meeting rooms being taken up for temporary classes - so we have children learning in sub-optimal environments. The MoE then throws in pre-fabs (with significant cost for all the services) for 2-3 terms and then rips them out when the new blocks are built.

    If someone did some cost analysis of this "crisis" build model I am sure the numbers would look terrible. Of course the challenge is that the MoE is having to balance a budget while building new classes *and* repairing the leaky classrooms across the region and the country.

    No easy answers here but the short term planning from the MoE is exacerbating the problems schools face.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Crowdfunding Time,

    Hell, I pay for an NBR sub so I can sure as hell pay you some money :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Karen, and being kind,

    Thanks Russell for sharing with us - over the years we have, become, I think, a bit of an extended whanau, because of you honesty and openess. - and this exemplifies why you have our support and loyalty.

    Kia Kaha

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

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