I think there is a need for a large convention centre. I went to a conference recently , 400 people from NZ , Sky City was the only conference center in NZ they could get that could deal with that number. Trouble is because they are the only ones the conference organizers had to accept their price , no competition.
Trams can be injurious to your health
In 1903 a runway tram killed 3 people in Auck .
No more double decked trams after that.
For some reason Govts are afraid of a powerful united Auckland
They are afraid of Auckland becoming a City State like those who ruled Europe for centuries.
We sang that verse in Wellington Cathedral.
Good on ya Celia , that's good to know .
This article from the VUW Student Magazine Salient had a pretty big effect on me when I first read it.
Had a big effect on me reading it today Graeme!. It’s bloody shocking.
Baxter’s resilience and total commitment to his ideals is breathtaking, doubt I could have done it.
And on Jim Mora's radio show this avo . Shirley Murray a NZ hymn writer on her Anzac hymn . The controversial third verse is being omitted by many.
Honour the brave whose conscience was their call,
answered no bugle, went against the wall,
suffered in prisons of contempt and shame,
branded as cowards, in our country's name.
The conscientious objectors , like James K's father Archibald Baxter who were seen as cowards .
Not a cool thing to note I know, in the midst of honoring the brave, but when I look at damage that 6 years of being a solder did to my father. I cannot help but reflect on the inhuman result of war.
Not all wars were noble ones .
And yes those poor bastards who went to fight for ideals and to protect those at home , they too have my deep respect and my grieving.
Interesting to see the vote list and who changed from first to third reading ( not many)
It was a great day and I am very happy for my gay friends and for the fact New Zealand has evolved in some way through this.
But more than that it was so refreshing to see parliament engaged in an actual civilized debate, a real dialogue with lots of obvious respect being shown from both sides. That gave me some hope.
Winston Peters lost what tiny shred of respect I had for him , such a political stance, voted against but fudged it by saying a referendum was needed and the fact he instructed his whole party to vote as a block - it was meant to be a personal vote. Loved Tau Henare's response though, calling Winston a shyster.
And what the hell was Chester Borrows banging on about ?
I didn't get the endless assurances to marriage celebrants that they would not be forced to marry gay couples. I am a part time marriage celebrant - man I am going to be busy now! - and I as far as I know their has never been a legal requirement on celebrants to officiate if they don't want to. Its a non issue.
On a side note the music Parliament TV played during the vote was just dreadful , elevator music. They could do better.
An interesting RFP just out on the GETS tender list . The Prime Ministers Dept "Security Sector Professional Development Programme " . A tender looking for " an innovative supplier to provide a professional development programme for executives and senior officials within the security sector. The focus of the programme is to equip officials with the knowledge and skills required to deal with the myriad of security challenges that threaten New Zealand’s wellbeing and prosperity."
Looks like they are trying to up-skill a lot more senior officials around National Security.
Whats going on here then ?
that piece of Danish womanshit
Love it Islander +1