Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Auckland, so much enormity to answer for

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  • lotech,

    Queens Wharf (originally labeled 'Party Central' and now seemingly only labeled as 'The Cloud') will never show the Warriors game (sorry).

    As much as it seems a nice idea its just not going to happen. It's mainly to do with contracts with major sponsors - if you were brand XXX and you had paid a small fortune to be the only brand in your market to be part of the RWC, you would be off the idea of competitor getting it for free via a coincidental win of a completely different sport.

    Who knows - maybe Super McCully will step in and offer Cooks Wharf as an option but I very much doubt it - one grand final doesn't equal the shear scale of the RWC.

    Lets move on and demand something in Aotea Square!

    AKNZ • Since Dec 2006 • 21 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Paul Williams,

    A cover option did get thrown around somewhere but cost, cost, money.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6261 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to lotech,

    Lets move on and demand something in Aotea Square!

    A big screen out the front of the Museum would be good, or even project it onto the museum.

    Whatever they do to allow 10s of thousands to have their wine and cheese at the Concert in the Park could be stretched to beer and hotdogs, surely?

    ETA: Or alternatively, this.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Philippa17,

    McCully personally chose the blue of the volunteers jackets. Not sure if he went so far as to specify the type of fabric...

    Wellington • Since May 2011 • 2 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6261 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to lotech,

    a coincidental win of a completely different sport.

    I suppose you could look at it like that, a lot of people might disagree tho.
    And I thought they were related ...somehow.....I dont do sport history.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1227 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Righto: this pretty much looks like a war.

    3 News has a “breaking” announcement from the Auckland Council of a main game Warriors screening on Captain Cook Wharf, and a separate event at Mt Smart, where the Vulcans and U20 finals will be shown too,

    And APNZ/Herald has unnamed government officials making the same announcement.

    But here’s the thing. The RWC Empowering Act really only gave the minister the power to seek consents before the council did, and thus push its spokesman to the front. It has no power whatsoever to mandate the use of Mt Smart Stadium, which is owned by the Auckland Council – least of all with respect to a sport which is not rugby union. This is fucking nuts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18957 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Electioneering government claims credit for Council's work, eagerly abetted by the Herald. Seems a familiar enough story.

    Had to do something popular to distract from the meltdown of their junior governing partner, I guess.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16741 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to LegBreak,

    How many Subs to change a lightbulb? Depending on how long the leash the Dom gives, it could be either one, or impossible.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8584 posts Report Reply

  • Glenn Pearce,

    Yet he hasn't figured out the only reason anyone gives him and his retinue of rings the time of day, is his large wallet.
    F*#kwit.

    Maaaate, the most valuable thing you can give someone is your Time and trust me the Butcher has given plenty of that over the years. For everytime you've seen him in front of the telly or heard him on the radio there are scores of events he has attended or facilitated over his life that you won't have heard about.

    You might not like his current coziness with JK and you might prefer your sausages from the Westmere butcher but it's just the way he operates, he's the ultimate networker, he makes shit happen.

    I'm off to the GF on Saturday, really looking forward to it, I think they can do it this time.

    What I want to know though is whether JK is going to knight Cleary and Capn. Mannering if they win ?

    Auckland • Since Feb 2007 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    What Glenn said, I think Leitch has a genuine commitment to League. He certain was around when I was playing, Union, in South Auckland in the '70s and was active at grassroots level. Sure, he's made a buck along the way, but this Labour man doesn't object to that per se.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2233 posts Report Reply

  • Islander, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    What I want to know though is whether JK is going to knight Cleary and Capn. Mannering if they win ?

    Who actually cares?

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

  • andin, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    I dont shop in Westmere, tho waterlogged meat doesnt do much for me.
    And if all you want to do is look for positives (as insignificant as they may be)I'm not the person you should be talking too.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1227 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Hobbes is a bloke whose All Black playing days mightn’t even be his best years such is (his) contribution to the game.

    Guess he’s philosophical about it, though…
    One of the great Number 7s – His understanding of humans as being matter and motion, obeying the same physical laws as other matter and motion, remains influential (and always useful at the breakdown); and his account of human nature as self-interested cooperation, and of political communities as being based upon a “social contract” remains one of the major topics of the game and political philosophy.
    (with help from Wikipedia)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    What I want to know though is whether JK is going to knight Cleary and Capn. Mannering if they win ?

    You really want to know, can't wait? Get networking. Get on the blower, facilitate. Did the Butcher get where he is today by sitting around waiting with his legs crossed? Hell no. A legendary life lived as one big maaaating season.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3552 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Glenn Pearce,

    I do respect Peter Leitch, and as you say, he has given his time to a great many people over the years. I try and avoid buying his meat, though. It tends not to be of particularly good quality, and it's not necessarily cheaper than Westmere either.

    Happily, the Point Chev Mad Butcher store currently has litre packs of Italian pomodoro passata for only $2.50. I can get behind that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18957 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    However a kindly driver took pity on us and gave us a lift in his drivers cubicle – so we saw what train drivers see as they errr, drive along.

    Definitely in the "only in NZ" department. Anywhere else in the English speaking world machine-gun toting cops would have surrounded the cab in a potential terrorism alert.

    The hotel/motel trade, who set out to gouge the hell out of anyone from out of town on game nights, looks to have suffered a serious case of self-inflicted burn. And it serves the greedy bastards right. Price gouging of the order described in the Herald (1577%) simply stimulates people to be more energetic and inventive in finding alternatives. I know people who have met tourists in bars and offered them room on the floor of their houses to help them get around paying the money demanded by hotels and motels. Hopefully a few lessons have been learnt.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1810 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Christopher Dempsey,

    A highlight was coming back into the city – we just wanted to do the Fan Trail – I discovered that one couldn’t come back on the trains as I had thought one would. However a kindly driver took pity on us and gave us a lift in his drivers cubicle – so we saw what train drivers see as they errr, drive along. Very amazing. Many thanks to Mr Train Driver

    Mr. Train Driver should actually be getting no thanks, and a pink slip. There’s actually a blindingly obvious safety reason why you don't carry passengers in the driver's van.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12031 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Yes, public service are often brilliant, make no mistake about that. I suspect that if Sir Mad or Michael Lock’s partner had called DIA this morning (wonder if the Locks still had to register the birth?), they would have been helped.

    I think the problem is that the baby was only born a few days ago, and they haven't yet recieved a birth certificate, which they then need to send off to get a passport.

    I have no problem with a staff member from the PM's office contacting DIA to get someone to do this. It's not like it wasn't going to happen anyway, just quicker.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6201 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    For the record it should be noted that the only game where the Warriors finished the first half ahead on the scoreboard was last Saturday’s game.

    Finishing 6th in the top 8 and then making it to the final is an achievement, particularly when for the entire season the penalty count against the warriors has been enormous – they have often finished the first half with over 7 penalties awarded against them.

    Playing under the pressure and having to always coming from behind to win is going to make them more adapt at dealing with the pressure they will get in the final.

    They are deserved of a win and are tight enough to pull it off.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1199 posts Report Reply

  • Bevan Shortridge,

    In this morning Herlad:

    Luck said reports suggesting that Prime Minister John Key had had a hand in helping to fast-track a passport for their newborn son were incorrect.

    "It's not right," he said. "We've got the passport and we did the passport ourselves."

    NRL: Baby better than league - Luck

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 116 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Re pulsing gristle...

    I try and avoid buying his meat

    I believe it is all Mike Morton's mad meat these days, PC Leitch, QSM is now just the branding (the Colonel of unfried meat, if you will) and the chairman of the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust...

    and of course Meat = Mate! and Team!
    er, and Tame, something Peter Leitch
    can never be accused of...

    ...he's always convincing people... about something!

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5046 posts Report Reply

  • bob daktari,

    I'd eat some of the mad meat for a chance at a trip in a train cab (trains rock)

    awesome story, cheers

    auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 340 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    and Tame, something Peter Leitch
    can never be accused of...

    Like a lovable but cantankerous puss you keep around when you need something to entertain people with. Still, he hasnt come to terms with his mortality, that fear of death, shadows his every step.... as it does us all. And not in a nice way. Still I bet his funeral will have more flowers and hot air than mine. You may consider me jealous if you wish..... just dont insult any more organic butchers, by linking yours truly to them.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1227 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to andin,

    Still, he hasnt come to terms with his mortality, that fear of death, shadows his every step.... as it does us all. And not in a nice way. Still I bet his funeral will have more flowers and hot air than mine.

    "My will contains directions for my funeral, which will be followed not by mourning coaches, but by oxen, sheep, flocks of poultry, and a small traveling aquarium of live fish, all wearing white scarfs in honor of the man who perished rather than eat his fellow creatures." ~ George Bernard Shaw

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3552 posts Report Reply

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