Posts by FletcherB

  • Speaker: A Slight Diversion from…, in reply to stephen walker,

    I was there only a few months back, and unless there are other bays with similar mansions (none that I know of?), I will concur with your conclusion that it's Mansion House Bay on Kawau Island.

    And thanks to Harold for a great story.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    If you concentrate when Gower has the PM attention , when others try to ask questions there is evidence of intelligent questions in the struggle to be heard but the PM ignores them. We think they are negligent but they are there. So it’s a matter of pressing the likes of Gower who gets preference, all you twitter types.

    Do you think Gower specifically gets the PM’s preferential treatment? Or perhaps, when offered three questions to answer, he chooses the least challenging one? I know I would….

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    Judith Collins confirms resignation letter a hoax..

    But of more interest...

    "Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn said she would be instituting an inquiry into allegations the SIS might have released official information to Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes."

    "The inquiry will consider whether:

    • the NZSIS acted properly and within the law (including its statutory obligation of political neutrality) when it considered and responded to an Official Information Act request from Mr Slater in July and August 2011;

    • the documents released to Mr Slater were properly declassified; and

    • other requests for similar information were treated in a manner consistent with the treatment of Mr Slater's request."

    She's instituted the enquiry herself, not from an outside request- Excellent.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why you should vote,

    The reason I always vote is because the one time I couldn't be bothered to, I felt like it was my fault when John Banks got in as Auckland Mayor (the first time).

    He got in again (after a break), so obviously, voting doesn't make you all-powerful, but at least I'd done my part...

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  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    It's getting funnier...

    Last week, Whyte said Susan Devoy should resign for butting into a political argument where she didn't belong, and now this week she should resign for not butting in quickly enough...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to Swan,

    The capital gains tax has been sold as a means of directing investment away from residential property. But the tax will apply to 100% of the commercial property market, 100% of industry, shares, agriculture etc, and only about a third of the residential property market. Go figure.

    How much of the residential property property market is people with spare cash looking to invest for profit, and how much is people who are simply paying for somewhere to live?

    If it's about that third you just mentioned... that seems perfectly reasonable to me.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Big Chill, in reply to Moz,

    Wouldn’t it be easier and possibly more secure to sign the material over to the people it came from? That way the PTB are left saying “person X told you, but you gave the records back to person X, so…. get them back and give them to us”, and you can just say “you wanna know, ask person X”.

    Ah, no.... the courts want KDC to request private info held by the interviewer* (of him) under the privacy act, so that they can force him to release it under "discovery"....

    * If the interviewer is a journalist, they are not expected to to comply, but this court proceeding has decided they are NOT a journalist in this instance.... (and we are discussing if this is correct or not)

    If the interviewer (journalist or not), has already given the information back to the interviewee (KDC).... then theres no need at all to decide if there is journalistic protection... you just force KDC to release the info that was given back to him.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Call it what you will,

    Its simple...

    anywhere in the world. "soccer" refers to only one game... even if it is not the preferred term for that game. The ball is always the same size and shape and the field and goal-posts are the same anywhere...

    "football" is local parlance for the most popular game involving feet and inflated bladders cased in leather (or modern equivalent), even if the foot-contact with the ball is only a minor part of the game, and the field of play, goal, and shape/size of ball all vary.

    Football (or footy) may well be Soccer, or Rugby (Union or League), or Australian Rules, or American Grid-Iron... probably others too? depending on where you are and who's talking...

    Insisting that the game you prefer is the only true or real "football" is a fools errand.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Snowden and New Zealand,

    So maybe the reason for all the US "Don't buy Huawei, it's got leaks to the Chinese government" talk....

    Is more about "Huawei doesn't have leaks to us, so we don't want you to install it" ??

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Mayor's marginal enemies, in reply to Jim Cathcart,

    And in terms of his achievements, Auckland has some of the most unaffordable residential property in the world; weak and expensive public transport (even thought it has improved to some degree); and gridlock. Shouldn’t these be the core issues that Brown and the council need to work on? Can anyone sincerely say the situation is getting better?

    So, the unaffordable housing and gridlock is a new thing? Didn’t exist under John Banks, or Hubbard, Or Banks again before him or Tizzard?

    These things have been happening slowly over time…

    Is the outcome better? Perhaps not… is he trying to fix it? Seems like he’s the first one in a long time to try…. lets see if he’s successful.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 791 posts Report Reply

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