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Hard News: Some reprehensible bullshit

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  • Richard Wain,

    $10K doesn't get you much for a bathroom? We renovated our apartment's bathroom for $4,500, took out the old crappy corner shower and put in a shower/bath, it looks sweet as!

    With tiled walls too.

    Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Ross,

    Meanwhile over at the Sunday Star Times on page 3..... [We have Judith]

    Auckland • Since Jan 2014 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Daphne Lawless,

    "Is this what you people got into journalism for?"

    Money and attention? Yes, of course.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2013 • 7 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Richard Wain,

    $10K doesn't get you much for a bathroom?

    I was hoping someone would say that. New Zealanders and their renovations - this could be the most contributed to thread in the history of PAS.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Councillor Brewer should relax – if his friend John Banks gets in next time the blackout curtains and wardrobe will be handy for hiding cheques he doesn’t want to see and dressing for helicopter rides which he won’t remember.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    Anyone who has renovated their own home will know what a $10,000 bathroom looks like, and it don’t look like much.

    You go with some jumped up Grey Lynn tiling procedure, you wear the results.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • JC Carter, in reply to Richard Wain,

    By the comment "we renovated" I assume you did not pay commercial rates for builders (and joiners) and the ever lovely plumbers at 30-50$ per hour. Or did you do the kiwi DIY? 20 years ago I used to price retrofit wet accessible bathrooms for 8-15K - a reasonable proportion of this was<25$ labour.

    Space • Since Sep 2014 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Wain, in reply to JC Carter,

    Yep commercial rates for everyone. We didn't do the whole bathroom - like I said, the shower/bath

    Since Nov 2006 • 155 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to JC Carter,

    By the comment “we renovated” I assume you did not pay commercial rates for builders (and joiners) and the ever lovely plumbers at 30-50$ per hour.

    This comment sounds so many shades of wrong.
    FFS. Pick your budget. Go with that. Shop around. Not everyone needs to watch the Bloody Block. Unless of course the human population is bereft of ideas with a need for just one more season.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    this could be the most contributed to thread in the history of PAS.

    Thanks for that ;) Maybe Len Brown will join in.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Dirty Politics trainspotters will of course be aware that Brewer is a business partner of Carrick Graham, but may not be aware that Sharon Stewart is also mates with Slater.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, and also: the reporter Cheryl Howie pursued Bevan Chuang for comment on the story. What did they expect she’d say?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Oh, and also: the reporter Cheryl Howie ursued Bevan Chuang for comment on the story. What did they expect she’d say?

    Is there a Mayoral Election any time soon? I noticed Banks getting Kudos in the Herald over the last couple of weeks. That would explain this smear of Len. The guns have been hired?
    I suppose then , a bit of balance in the wings then.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Nat Curnow,

    Anyone who has renovated their own home will know what a $10,000 bathroom looks like, and it don’t look like much.

    If you are building a new bathroom in a converted space, with waterproof membranes, redirected plumbing, electrical, tiles, bog, basin etc, and finished to a high standard ( it is a mayoral office )I can tell you now, that 10k is a good price.

    Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    Len Brown might think he's cool but he's not. There are two secret hidden sex doors in the Oval Office, both of which lead to secret hidden sex dungeons where various American presidents have engaged in secret hidden sex, sometimes with each other. Auckland is strictly in the minor league.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Richard Wain,

    $10K doesn’t get you much for a bathroom? We renovated our apartment’s bathroom for $4,500, took out the old crappy corner shower and put in a shower/bath, it looks sweet as!

    No, it really doesn’t if you’re hiring professionals who will go to some effort to make sure the work in fully compliant with all relevant building codes. Now if Auckland City was getting dodgy cowboys to do illegal (and potentially dangerous) work on the cheap and downlow that would be a real scandal, don’t you think?

    You know, if I was building myself a “play space”, I think I’d do better than a two-seater couch and a dressing mirror.

    Of course you would, Russell. You’d do your homework and quickly grasp the only place for mirrors in a respectable fuck dungeon are on the ceiling, carefully positioned for optimal sightlines from the sling and rack combo (New Zealand made from sustainable materials of course!) You’d even work out some contra deal for all the… bits and pieces, I’d bet.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Geddis, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    I was hoping someone would say that. New Zealanders and their renovations - this could be the most contributed to thread in the history of PAS.

    Auckland local body politics + outrage at the Herald + home renovations? I'd say Russell has hit the trifecta here ... .

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F, in reply to Andrew Geddis,

    If only they'd plumbed in a coffee machine this one might have lasted till Easter :)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • Dylan Reeve, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    There are two secret hidden sex doors in the Oval Office, both of which lead to secret hidden sex dungeons where various American presidents have engaged in secret hidden sex, sometimes with each other.

    I bet Obama hides his gay lovers in there.

    Len probably doesn't even have any gay lovers. Amateur.

    Auckland • Since Aug 2008 • 311 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    portal loo...

    ...secret hidden sex doors

    Not just doors then,
    but 'sexits', surely?

    ensuite as....

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7889 posts Report Reply

  • Andrew Geddis, in reply to Sam F,

    If only they’d plumbed in a coffee machine this one might have lasted till Easter :)

    How about if Len gets advice on how to prepare a leg of lamb for Korean bbq in his hidden $10,000 bathroom? Does that get us past New Year?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2007 • 200 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    You forgot cycling. We need to cycle the leg of lamb to the hidden renovated bathroom, have a quick short black, and get back to hating on the Herald.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso, in reply to Danielle,

    and get back to hating on the Herald.

    Hating on The Listener is so 2008.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    The mayor’s office will not have blinds like any other office, but “blackout blinds”

    And take away the sleazy, nudge-nudge, wink-wink scare quotes any decent home furnishing store should have a wide range of blackout drapery readily available. They're not only great for blocking out light and noise, but the insulation qualities don't do any harm if you're one of those people who has a small panic attack every time the power bill arrives.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • simon g,

    The headline does provide a useful public service, though. It immediately tells you not to bother with the execrable Herald, thereby adding valuable minutes to your summer Sunday. Thanks guys!

    Next week's issue: "Mayor's Rubber Revelation!" (a condom machine has been installed in a pub, somewhere on Queen St, a short walk from Brown's office).

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1321 posts Report Reply

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