Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Excited for Auckland!

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  • Nat Curnow,

    Chloe Swarbrick is a shining star. Watch this space.

    Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    would I want her involved in steering Auckland? Oh, hell yes.

    Same. So impressed.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19686 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Kemp,

    Once again this IRL format is the winner on the day. Picking the less obvious "suspects" for the debate was an inspired choice.

    Based on what I have seen in the video Chloe needs to be part of the new council. Her idea that the Mayor needs to be a visionary makes a great deal of sense.

    At least one of the other candidates seems to think they are running for the CEO role and it looks to me like that is an insincere attempt at profile raising for national politics.

    I enjoyed Ralston's input too. I hope you get loads of viewers because this is what media is made for.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 364 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    a place for greying white men.

    Is that shorthand for something?
    The colour of their hair and sex isnt the issue, its the philosophies and policies they back which need not questioning but ditching IMHO. Is that the case? I dont have a dog in this race I've abandoned Auckland, hope i dont have to return.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1881 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    It's FPP though. You have a choice between Phil Goff and whoever is the front-running righty. If you vote for Chloe, it's a vote for said righty, sadly.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    It’s FPP though. You have a choice between Phil Goff and whoever is the front-running righty. If you vote for Chloe, it’s a vote for said righty, sadly.

    Theres a bit more leeway this time. Goff is so far ahead. Chloe could yet come second.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to andin,

    a place for greying white men.

    Is that shorthand for something?

    I thought it was quite a clever form of words and that I was being playful with the concept of diversity. But never mind.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • JessicaRose,

    Chloe Swarbrick continued her roll last night: keen to take every question, confident, articulate and informed when she did so

    She really was fantastic. I have to admit the water balloon above our heads kept me on the edge of my seat. But also the content and panellists were really engaging.

    Election services will be keeping a tally on the % of votes received daily so you can track if engagement was any higher this year than usual. Reposted from Cathy Casey "At first count, 2.16 per cent of votes have been returned in the six days since voting opened, up from the 1.2 per cent for the same period in 2013." So it's looking good so far.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2011 • 56 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Chloe grabbed her 80 best seconds from last night –– comparing and differentiating herself from Goff – and posted it on Facebook.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • steve black,

    Ralston wouldn’t be terrible if he was elected and had to own decisions rather than idly mock them.

    Perhaps, but the first thing which sprang to mind following your comment was Tony Abbott.

    sunny mt albert • Since Jan 2007 • 116 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    A great debate. Obviously I have no say in what should happen in Auckland but there is a ripple effect in what happens there. I wonder, for instance, at the wisdom behind the billions being spent on the Waikato Expressway, which will really only enable us to encounter the Auckland congestion five minutes earlier. We need daily rail services between Hamilton and Auckland Central but our two do-nothing local Nat MPs have steadfastly opposed any talk of it.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    We need daily rail services between Hamilton and Auckland Central but our two do-nothing local Nat MPs have steadfastly opposed any talk of it.

    Seriously? That's daft. A more functional rail service to and from Auckland could only be good, surely?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Johnson,

    What would the real housewives vote? Surely the must have a vision. Our real commentators.

    hamilton • Since Mar 2016 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Seriously? That's daft. A more functional rail service to and from Auckland could only be good, surely?

    They don't necessarily oppose rail, they just oppose talking about it because the word has gone out from Steven Joyce that National only supports roads (that said, I have no idea who Geoff's MPs are but they can't be worse than mine - Nuthin' Guy)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    David Bennett (Ham East) and Tim Mcindoe (Ham West). You probably have never heard of them.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We need daily rail services between Hamilton and Auckland Central but our two do-nothing local Nat MPs have steadfastly opposed any talk of it.

    Seriously? That’s daft. A more functional rail service to and from Auckland could only be good, surely?

    I wonder whether the problem is that if you allow a passenger rail service from Hamilton to Auckland, with a stop in Huntly, then folks will use it ... A LOT.

    That will create pressure to improve the service - make it faster, smoother, better carriages etc. And I'm not sure the actual rail infrastructure can be improved substantially without a complete overhaul which would be a huge investment in the future.

    A really really good investment but as we know this government is does not care about the future beyond the next election.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4451 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Cripes, I heard that Michelle Boag sock puppet Vic Crone on Natrad this morning. Dreadful woman.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2213 posts Report Reply

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