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Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales

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  • Greg Dawson, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    When people complain about Television New Zealand being Television Auckland, I’d say they really mean Television Epsom.

    That one electorate has a hell of a lot to answer for.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 294 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    That one electorate has a hell of a lot to answer for.

    When it comes to Epsom, David Parker has the right idea.

    In a light hearted dig at Dr Whyte, Mr Parker said "we've promised Epsom that if we're elected and they elect Act we'd like an RMA-free zone for Epsom and see how long it is before they want the RMA back".

    "A few more prisons, nice five-storey buildings blocking everyone's view, all permitted without the RMA", he said, drawing laughter from the audience.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1315 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Alfie,

    "A few more prisons, nice five-storey buildings blocking everyone's view, all permitted without the RMA", he said,

    I don't think 5 storeys would be the limit, land in Epsom is worth too much. It'd probably be better (viz, more profitable) to buy a gully, dig it out, fill it with something like PCBs or asbestos, then build a couple of storeys of parking with 20 storeys of apartments on top. If only NZ wasn't nuclear-free as a country someone could really pull in the profit by putting a layer of nuclear waste at the bottom.

    If you could suspend a few other pesky layers of government interference the apartments would be worth dramatically more. Exclude Epsom from ICC jurisdiction, suspend the various silly treaties that impose foreign laws on NZ and you'd be able to fill them with very rich former dictators and war criminals.

    Does ACT consider the Dictatorship of Christchurch to be an example of market failure, or do they blame Gerry for imposing the heavy hand of government regulation and preventing business from rebuilding? Or is that a question that hasn't occurred to anyone to ask, or them to have a policy on?

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1014 posts Report Reply

  • Moz,

    Interesting. googling the ACT site says there's not a lot going on. Prebble said it would be expensive and that appears to be their primary interest in the quake. Every non-emergency response to the quake seems to link it to National Party deficits. Like this:

    Someone needs to spell out that on the day of the earthquake the Government spent $48,857,142 more than it earned. Not that the 21st day of February was, in that respect, an unusual day - the National Government has been borrowing $300 million a week all year and plans to continue to borrow until 2014.

    If only they were still making that point and the media were picking up on it.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1014 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Moz,

    If only they were still making that point and the media were picking up on it.

    Just shared it on FB ;-)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2784 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    When Gerard wrote this, it is now beyond doubt that he was directing a series on the ChCh rebuild which is about to screen on TV1.

    A fact that completely undermines his complaint.

    How about telling the truth next time, the whole truth?

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    It doesn't undermine his comments at all. But I'm sure you get a vast sense of satisfaction saying it does.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 280 posts Report Reply

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