Posts by Felix Marwick

  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Russell Brown,


    it wasn't so much a case of Woodhouse doing his own OIA but the Minister collating information on the Donghua Liu case because of questions being asked in the house.

    It's not uncommon for Ministers in such circumstances to request material on such matters so as to be prepared to provide answers at Question Time.

    What's interesting is the material he got covered Cunliffe's letter and also Chris Carter's letter, but not material involving former assoc' immigration minister Damien O'Connor. We haven't, as yet, got an explanation for why it wasn't covered (you can guess Cunliffe's opinion I think)

    With regard to OIA process there's a reasonably well established system that's in place (and I believe the Herald's David Fisher OIA'd it previously) for how the Beehive handles information requests, particularly those with political connotations. In essence they're flagged and Ministers are made aware of them. I'm informed the system currently in place is pretty much the same one the last Labour Government used.

    Does it lend itself to being politically manipulated? Probably.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What Hekia Parata actually said,

    The confusing nature of her answers have been responsible for a large proportion of Parata’s problems. It once took myself and two other reporters a whole week and four interviews to determine exactly what the story was about teaching creationism in charter schools. All because she couldn’t be succinct or precise.

    Last night’s effort on the Kohanga Reo inquiry was as equally frustrating. Listen and judge for yourself

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Cycle Frolic,

    I'm a cyclist. I bike to work more often than not and I really enjoy doing it. But, having said that, it's damn dangerous and I fully understand why many won't do it.

    Commonsense, and this bikecam footage, suggests that I should reconsider.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Gender quotas (and helping…, in reply to Peter Graham,

    I don’t know how we are supposed to judge the ‘merit’ of MPs, but the Green Party puts a lot of women in parliament. How do they do it?

    I believe the Greens operate a 60-40 rule. MPs of either gender will constitute no more than 60 percent of the caucus and no fewer than 40%

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: $420,259.33,

    From what I was told Labour sought clarification in mid-April, 2 weeks before its donations return was due. That was when they were told by the Electoral Commission that it counted as a donation and had to be declared as such.

    Why they didn't seek that advice sooner is unclear. Tim Barnett was emphatic in his view that it was an honest mistake and there was no intent to deceive.

    Below is the full statement that the Electoral Commission gave to me after I asked them about the matter:

    The Labour Party’s 2012 donations return disclosed a bequest received by the party in 2012 that should have been disclosed to the Commission within 10 working days of its receipt.

    Section 210C of the Electoral Act 1993 requires a party secretary to file a return with the Electoral Commission in respect of every donation, or series of donations from the same donor, in the preceding 12 months, that exceeds $30,000, within 10 working days of the donation being received by the party.

    A party secretary commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $40,000 who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with section 210C.

    The Commission has enquired into this breach of the Electoral Act.

    The Labour Party explained the donation was the first bequest received by the Labour Party for some years and the party secretary and his predecessor, under whose charge the bequest was received, were not aware until the party sought advice from the Commission on 19 April 2013 that a bequest is treated as a donation for the purposes of the Electoral Act.

    The party has advised it has since changed its financial processes to provide for the management of bequests and has filed a section 210C return for a party donation exceeding $30,000.

    The Commission does not intend to take any further action in this matter.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When "common sense" isn't,

    I think part of the angst/hostility on the part of cyclists is largely due to the fact that if there is an accident they either die or get seriously hurt. From personal experience I can say that having regular near misses on the commute does raise the blood pressure toa certain degree.

    If they were infrequent it wouldn’t be so bad. But if you commute by bike you quickly discover near misses are far more common than you’d expect, or like.

    The video below is just a sample of what I’ve experienced over the past 6 months.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When "common sense" isn't, in reply to Moz,

    I get it now. You're referring to your Australian experiences. I'm happy to say the police here (or at least the ones I've dealt with) have been very helpful.

    My score so far, since commuting with a camera for the past seven months, is one driver done for failing to give way (careless driving) and one for careless driving causing injury.

    Admitedly in the 2nd case I had 3 eyewitnesses that all but rendered the video evidence unnecessary.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When "common sense" isn't, in reply to Moz,

    camera footage will generally be regarded as irrelevant, even after your death. Definitely not evidence that could be used to prosecute, but commonly not even as a means to substantiate your complaint.

    I haven't found that to be the case at all. In fact I've used it twice successfully

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When "common sense" isn't, in reply to Kiwiiano,

    No worries the helmet was replaced. And as for neurosurgeons, well should they ever need to shave my head it won't require a lot of effort. Male baldness has sorted that one out for them in advance.

    FWIW I've had two heavy bike crashes over the years. The one where I wasn't wearing a helmet resulted in a hefty concussion and me losing complete track of about 2 hours of my life. The one where I was wearing a helmet I was able to get myself off the road and out of harms way, albeit with an arm that was slightly worse for wear. From my own personal experience I favour wearing a helmet.

    As for hi-vis gear I ride with it, though I'm unsure as to how effective it is. I can't say I've noticed it having an effect on the number of near misses I have (as a rule at least 2 a week). I ride with four lights, two front, two rear, a reflective sash on my bag, a flourescent flashed jacket, and I've even put additional reflective tape on my bikes for added security at nights.

    And shit like this still happens. (excuse the language)

    Hell, you can be lit up like a Xmas tree and visible to the astronauts on the international space station and someone will still come within a whisker of killing you.

    Having said that it's not all bad drivers. on the way to work today I saw a mtbiker going down the centreline overtaking traffic past the Wgtn Botanic Gardens. While there was oncoming traffic

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When "common sense" isn't, in reply to BlairMacca,

    Trust me Blair you'll appreciate wearing one if you hit the road. I had an off last December. At the time I didn't think my head hit the road that hard. However, when I checked the helmet 6 weeks later I got a hell of a a surprise to find a whacking great crack right through it.

    I shudder to think what might have happened if I hadn't been wearing my lid.

    Oh and I was wearing hi-vis when the above happened

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 194 posts Report Reply

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