Posts by John Holley

  • 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 • 118 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 • 118 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 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The future: be careful what…, in reply to ceebeew,

    If you want to do IPTV etc., a unlimited data plan is good. Orcon is $100/month and that includes phone and unlimited NZ phone calls.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Quickfisk: Youth Unemployment,

    It was on National Radio this morning.

    He was claiming (while attacking Helen Kelly) that the 90 day trial law had significantly cut the youth unemployment rate.

    Based on the ratios etc., I guess it shows that the 90 day trial law has increased unemployment among adults as employers seem to prefer cheaper labour (go figure).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Another Brick in the Wall,

    Emma - your post cut me to the core. These continual attacks on our most vulnerable members of society are a terrible indictment on us all,

    The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
    ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German Pastor and Nazi opponent who died in a concentration camp)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Key Questions,

    Sadly I think that Brian Edwards is fast becoming a GOB (Grumpy old bastard). I use to really respect his perspective on media matters but I am losing it pretty quickly - his disdain for Cameron Slater on Media3 being a case in point. (and I thought Cameron was much more reasonable)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media3: Bad News for the Force, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    I have to challenge you there Matthew. Boozy parties? The long service awards are for just that, long service to the community, often putting your life on the line etc.

    I have never seen a boozy medal ceremony - they are normally serious affairs and normally include acknowledgements to the person's family for the sacrifices they have also made.

    If you were being sarcastic, I missed it, otherwise you have done a lot of people a significant disservice.

    Disclosure: I have some of those awards for 30 years in the NZ Army and operational service overseas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Wogistan form book, in reply to izogi,

    I think it shows the success of MMP. Much as most of the country despise Prosser's comments there will be some in total agreement with him.

    MMP means more diverse representation - and not just from the segments of society in the "middle ground." A measure of the success of MMP must surely be views being espoused from the political extremes, both left and right, rather than the shades of grey we got with the old centre-left/centre-right governments we use to get.

    His statements upset most NZers, but surely the fact that he is in a position to make such statements, highlight what a diverse democracy we have?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The hopeful disallowance…,

    I was involved, due to some forensic investigations I conducted, some years ago with a case.

    I only found out well after the fact that the person had lied on to the Teachers Council when appearing in front of them. This allowed the person to get off without any penalty. I could never understand why I was not called to testify.

    Some degree of openness is needed.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 118 posts Report Reply

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