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  • Ian Dalziel,

    Philately will get you everywhere...
    sheesh - thanks for the kind words folks...
    @ Islander - I'm sure you have a good grasp on the difference between Entomolgy and Etymology - just so long as there are no pins or formaldehyde involved... let the ha ha harvesting begin ;-)
    @ Patricia (& others) cheers - but do let me know if I get tiresome and start chewing the scenery, too. And heck, what is the admission fee? I think I've been sneaking in - unless it is one's soul or sanity I don't have a good grasp on either of those...

    yrs
    Ian Candescent
    Flutterby Nettee

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Sanity, definitely. :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16280 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    'n for insects' is the old guide-

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I love those old guides...
    How Now Brown Owl

    In the old Press proofreading room my favourites were - "No sun in Sumner and no ham in Hanmer" and of course that old standby " E for envelopes" when choosing stationery or stationary, and lest we forget the rule for averting apostrophe catastrophe* "poss ess for possession" except when it's its property of course : )

    yrs
    Bedouin Pal
    DYB DYB DYB
    Beep repaired

    *then again if you were Michael Laws you would be possessed by an Apostate Cat Ass Trophy

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    No sun in Sumner and no ham in Hanmer

    Principally because it might irk Michael Laws, I'd like to see my hometown renamed Wheilding.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Def lepidoptery:

    Dark pictures, thrones, the stones that pilgrims kiss
    Poems that take a thousand years to die
    But ape the immortality of this
    Red label on a little butterfly.

    Vladimir Nabokov, A Discovery

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3328 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Mos def

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16280 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The microscopic blue genital giant...

    Red label on a little butterfly.

    obviously it's a Whiskey business this LOL-ita netting

    yrs
    Vivian Darkbloom
    but you can call me um... Bert!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Joshua Arbury,

    Joshua, have you seen the ARC's own submission to the Royal Commission? I heard it recommends one Council and 20 to 30 local boards, but I haven't gone and read it yet.

    I think the ARC called them "Community Councils" and they had a heck of a lot more power than the government's proposed "local boards".

    If the power of the local boards does end up being enshrined in law then we could end up with quite a similar outcome to what the ARC proposed. Which I would probably be pretty comfortable with as if there's any council I actually to trust in Auckland it would be the ARC.

    Auckland • Since May 2009 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I found Mike Lee's 2008 Bruce Jesson Lecture presentation interesting for historical context.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16280 posts Report Reply

  • stephen walker,

    thanks Sacha, i've just started reading it.

    tokyo • Since Nov 2006 • 628 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    meanwhile, it seems clear to me that the 3.6% Mussolini is out of control. Now he plans to drown local government in the bath.

    Amd once again, Rodney is showing that he believes that silly things like democracy and consultation are non-core activities that interfere with the orderly looting of the state for his big business buddies.

    It seems to me agenda of our preposterous little Mussolini is clear.

    1/ Gut local democracy and hand over power to an oligarchy of your mates.

    2/ Drown local government in the bath with faux populism (talking point de jour: My Fair Lady/David Beckham) and force it concentrate on ACT-defined "core activities".

    3/ Get your oligarchy elected in step one to privatise the lot at fire sale prices to a corrupt crony capitalist elite who will proceed to extract monopoly rents from the peasants for roads, water etc.

    4/ Complete the feudal transformation of New Zealand by giving Rodney plum jobs on the board and a knighthood for services to local government.


    PS, I just learnt how to post a link!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1743 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    I've blogged Rodney's folly here this morning.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18520 posts Report Reply

  • James Francis,

    As long time reader may I just say, that you Mr Dalzeil, are worth the price of admission every single day. Brilliant.

    Thanks

    Seconded with acclamation.

    By-the-by, I was listening to Kim Hill interviewing Jim Wilson from Phantom Billstickers on Saturday. He mentioned that the person that came up with the name was one Ian Dalzeil. I thought, I know that name...

    St John's, Newfoundland • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    Tom, I agree, and disagree. I see ACT ideology running barefoot and blissful here, but I don't see conspiracy or corruption. I do believe there is a high probability that brigands and charlatans in the Richwhite mould will be quick to see the opportunities, however.

    I personally doubt that the policy and the ideology is in the best interests of the wider community but all the same, I still prefer the politics of Hide, who will argue his ideological corner, to the principle-free/policy-free approach of Key I wrote about the other day.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    It seems to me agenda of our preposterous little Mussolini is clear.

    Thanks, Tom. Now, why should I take you any more seriously than the "Stalinist dykeocracy" idiots on the right wing of this particular turkey?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11786 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    I'm no fan of John Banks, but unless you're willing to prove massive electoral fraud I really think its time to get the hell over it.

    I'll happily admit he was democratically elected. He's still a dick though, which I'll repeat as long as he keeps popping up on my TV.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6151 posts Report Reply

  • Gareth Ward,

    I think the ARC called them "Community Councils" and they had a heck of a lot more power than the government's proposed "local boards".

    What do you mean? These boards will be super powerful! They'll have to meet on a park bench of course, but still...

    Yup, Rodney told Morning Report the local boards "won’t necessarily need to have premises" and could just meet in the library or something. Good. Lord.

    Auckland, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 1720 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I'll happily admit he was democratically elected. He's still a dick though, which I'll repeat as long as he keeps popping up on my TV.

    Go to, but some folks might want to try doing it without sneering at people who don't vote the way they like or calling people they don't like fascists.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11786 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    Yup, Rodney told Morning Report the local boards "won’t necessarily need to have premises" and could just meet in the library or something.

    That says everything about where he views their place in the spectrum. Marginally higher than the rubbish collectors. You only suggest that a local body could reasonably meet in a public space in a public building when you will have them discussing absolutely nothing of any significance or sensitivity.

    I'm a big fan of open, transparent governance, but there are some things and some documents that need to be discussed in private. At least we know how Rodders views these new boards. It's a shame we can't do a damned thing about changing it :/

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3889 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    calling people they don't like fascists

    It's a bit beyond that Craig, and you know it. Rodney's actively trying to reduce citizen involvement in Auckland's local politics, and with this latest flight of fancy he's seeking to extend these ideas to the rest of the country. Getting DIA to review the LGA but not allowing submissions from the general public until there's legislation before a select committee is decidedly undemocratic.
    Plus, quite why anyone would believe that we'll get a chance to discuss any such legislation, given National's love of urgency, is beyond me.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3889 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    if I wanted to call Hide a fascist, I would do so. Calling this frankly ludicrous man the 3.6% Mussolini hopefully both reminds people he has no mandate and envokes a Mel Brookes view of this buffoon.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1743 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    No, Tom, you just expose yourself as someone for whom history is just a lumber room for imbecile name-calling. Though, to be fair, your timing -- days after the anniversary of the D-Day landings when quite a few people were killed by actual fascists who were anything but figures of fun -- is typically exquisite. I believe there are also a good number of Italians who found Mussolini's reign far from amusing.

    Meanwhile, feel free to chunter on.

    It's a bit beyond that Craig, and you know it. Rodney's actively trying to reduce citizen involvement in Auckland's local politics

    Matthew: What I do know is that anyone who thinks New Zealand bears any serious comparison to actual fascist regimes is someone I don't intend to take seriously in this or any other lifetime. Sorry if you find this comparison offensive, but if you don't like being compared to the Whaleoily Kiwibog residents for whom Clark was Stalin in drag or some love child of Michael Jackson and Robert Mugabe, you shouldn't make it so easy. I didn't find their convoluted and insulting rationales convincing, and your apologetics for a particularly dishonest rhetorical f-bomb isn't flying either.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11786 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Or even better, you might want to get on line and peruse the volumes of the Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War covering the Invasion of Italy -- which I think you'd only find funny if you were of a particularly twisted disposition.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11786 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    if I wanted to call Hide a fascist, I would do so. Calling this frankly ludicrous man the 3.6% Mussolini hopefully both reminds people he has no mandate and envokes a Mel Brookes view of this buffoon.

    Or maybe this?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3328 posts Report Reply

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