Posts by Sacha

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  • Speaker: How StuffMe looked from the regions, in reply to Hebe,

    Fairfax news controllers in Wellington turn them down

    3rd-and falling.
    #irrelevance
    #envy

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19269 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: How StuffMe looked from the regions, in reply to Hebe,

    This city hums with wonderful and/or nationally-significant stories.

    verily.
    2nd-largest city and all that

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19269 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    agri-academic utopia in NZ where our best agrichemists and botanists were developing new strains of weed that targeted all kinds specific medical uses - instead of trying to develop GM grasses that reduce methane gas output from cows.

    For sure. There's an obvious high-value industry waiting to take advantage of great growing conditions and knowledge plus sci-tech institutions. Imagine what growers and scientists in regions like Northland and East Cape could export with the right govt support?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19269 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…, in reply to EE,

    Not enough character to admit what he has espoused - what a surprise.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    This isn't an accident, it's a deliberate policy setting to support businesses that would (and should) fail under a living wage.

    If you can't run a restaurant and pay a living wage then the question is "should you be running a restaurant?", not "how can we get cheaper labour?".

    Verily. Those who can afford to dine out can bloody well pay the price, rather than it landing on the shoulders of low-paid workers.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19269 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: How StuffMe looked from the regions, in reply to Nick Russell,

    The media coverage beyond the Bombays is dire, true. However Simon Wilson's central case is sound:

    Auckland needs a sustained, focused, concerted plan. Because let’s call it straight: this city is on the edge of crisis.

    We all know this. In transport, housing, health, education, crime, the drains when it rains – wherever you look – supply of services has been outstripped by demand, costs have risen beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and existing systems are failing to cope with their workloads. It’s as true for stormwater as it is for school counselling; congestion on the roads mirrors congestion in the health services dealing with diabetes.

    A city in crisis is a city that can’t deliver to its potential – for its own citizens or for the country.

    When he says champions, he's not talking media but politicians who need to recognise the different scale of both problems and opportunities in NZ's only large city. That does not mean ignoring the regions but it also does not mean letting a hick from Nelson dictate NZ's urban planning rules.

    I agree with others that stronger regional media is perversely likely ro result from the hyper-commercial consolidation in urban markets.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Doesn't this tend to support the prime minister's comments that unemployed kiwis are all lazy or on drugs?

    Alcohol abuse here is common, yes, but broader than the unemployed.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…,

    Tis me, the deleter. Note that "AOD" is short for Alcohol and Other Drugs. If either alcohol or nicotine were presented for approval under current frameworks, they'd be met with laughter and disdain. Unlike a substance with therapeutic benefits and no lethal dose ..

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  • Access: What Your Child Needs To Know…,

    I welcome children asking about how we do stuff rather than what's wrong with us, but I guess my differences are less obvious than some others. And there are some areas I'm not going into, no. Sorry, inquisitive child at the mall.

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  • Access: What Your Child Needs To Know…, in reply to Moz,

    * you're wearing a dress
    * you're a boy
    * boys don't wear dresses

    Loved watching a toddler on the summer grass in seaside Devonport many years ago trying to make sense of the brief back-and-forth scene (at about 9m) in a live performance of this beautiful dance (nsfw) by Douglas Wright and Debra McCulloch. Her parents had no words. #bodylanguage

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