Some time ago I suggested to Andrew Geddis on PA that he might like to try cycling for this exact reason and his response was "no, not convenient".
Given that he lives way the hell out at Purakanui, from a purely practical view, it actually isn't for him.
I expect he sympathises a) with the gist of this column and, b) cycling in general, but it's "not convenient" for him because Purakanui is a good 30min drive to his work along very narrow, twisting countries roads for the first half, then a road with heavy trucks zipping along continuously on it for the second.
Also, he's an academic - bit hard to carry a couple of hundred assignments on a bike, eh ?
It's also on CD, too.
The great Nick Cave is 60 today, too. God, at one point it looked like he'd struggle to make it to 30.
I’ve left the largest of the looming deficits facing New Zealand until last: climate change and the environment.
A few close friends of mine are long-term DOC employees. One in particular is very high up in one of the conservancies.
They reckon that National's lack of interest in these issues is a) because it's not an economic, money-making industry, so who cares ? and, b) the people that are interested in these issues aren't generally National voters, so who cares ?
National's general ignorance on these issues is beyond the pale.
Optimistic - because if National win, it will be very unpopular very soon, and soon Peters will join Dunne in retirement and the left will win a landslide next time
Completely agree. Bill English - win or lose - has ran his last campaign as National Party leader.
If he wins, Nat will indeed become less popular and Judith Collins will stab him in the back, as per Bolger / Shipley. If becoming PM, even if briefly, means taking the Nats down with her, she'll settle for that.
If he loses, he'll retire to the backbenches, if not altogether, very quickly. He's been in Parliament for 27 years already and he has little stomach for three years in opposition these days, I imagine.
If Labour does lose this time, nothing is more certain than a) English being rolled and, b) Labour absolutely thrashing National in 2020.
If she becomes PM - or even if she doesn't, it'd be a total no-brainer for Laneway to have Jacinda Ardern reprise her DJ appearance from a few years' ago.
Even if she just did 30mins, it'd be great.
Hard-working New Zealanders are not an ATM for Saudi sheep farmers, Sky City or Orivida.
Labour’s new campaign slogan just got announced. It’s a lot better …
Also, the actual advert is very effective. The graphics are simple and uncluttered, the words succinct and to the point.
Turei's made the same mistake Andrew Little did when he talked about offering his resignation to senior Labour MPs after those bad polls: she thought out aloud when she shouldn't have.
Also, while her wanting to feed her child, etc, is understandable, when it comes to politics and this sort of thing, well, two words: Caesar's wife.
Very smart move to have Kelvin Davis as deputy, too.
This gives Labour a good city / provincial, male / female, Pakeha / Maori balance.
He'll give Labour a lot more appeal in the provinces and to the middle-class bloke demographic that, rightly or wrongly, has trended towards National in recent years.
I see that yesterday The Spin-off also looked at Grant Robertson and Stuart Nash as potential leaders. I reckon that in a future Labour-led govt, Robertson will obviously be finance minister and Nash will be a senior minister but also their designated "bovver boy" as Mallard was for Clark, Birch was for Bolger and Prebble was for Lange.