Good post and great article, Russell.
I thought you had reservations about the incumbent based on past form?
I hope Julie-Anne is able to have some influence here. She is capable, intelligent and can mount a good argument.
Nice photos, Russell. Next time I ride to Pak N Save (I live in Morningside), I'll go via the Waterview Track :)
About 18 months ago I was considering a contract in Otahutuu so, as a committed cycle commuter, I investigated potential routes. And there really aren't any safe ways to get to Otahuhu and my plan was basically ride to Ellerslie and catch the train. Cycling along Gt South Road just seemed too risky. I ended up working in the CDB which is closer, and as you note, far, far more cycle-friendly
One thing I did notice was that much of the railway line through Otahuhu had a small service road running next to it. Based on my observations from Google maps (satellite mode) it seems reasonably straight forward to get a cycleway that goes from around Kaka St in Otahuhu and links up to the walkway/cycleway that meanders along the Onehunga coastline south of Neilson St.
Putting a cycleway heading north along the Southern Line might well be feasible, but would likely require engineering. I'd like to see a feasibility study done on using the margins of the rail lines as potential cycleways.
It's basically a portal to Access Granted.
I tried listening to the podcast, but it was recorded in a noisy bar and far too unstructured for me. A pity because I like the subject area.
IIRC, the "questioning" was along the lines of:
One issue facing our city is [insert topic]. Would you prefer to see a mayor like Len Brown who can [insert awesome credentials/vision] or a mayor like John Banks who [insert negative credentials/vision] ? So I think it qualifies as push-polling, but happy to be corrected if I misunderstand your definition.
The questioning seemed to be a vehicle for the various assertions around the two main candidates rather than seeking enlightenment. I can't imagine it having been very effective (that is, I don't think it had an impact on voting patterns, Len still got my vote on base principles, if nothing else).
I was push-polled once, when Len Brown was campaigning against John Banks.It was amateurish and abundantly clear they were trying to sway my opinion.
Nandor still has a clarity of thought & expression that no amount of getting high has defeated
Got a citation for this ? Why are you painting him as a stoner ? What evidence do you have beyond that he espouses Rastifarianism - many who use marijuana in a way that is comparable to how red wine is used in a Catholic sacrament ?
This kind of stereotyping always annoyed me when Nandoor was an MP, and it still rankles.
Yet we have a PM who has demonstrated he is completely comfortable with ripping off the taxpayer if it can be squeezed past a lawyer and happy to have the taxpayer continue the salary of an MP who recorded private conversations (possibly between aforesaid PM and a staff member).
This. What we are seeing is our culture of beneficiary-bashing in full swing. It is simply a socially acceptable form of bullying. It sucks that members of our media are cheerleading this kind of ignominy.
I really hope Metiria has done enough to change the government. That will provide some solace at least for the loss of such a talented and hard-working MP.
I really hope that's the case.
I would be most obliged if you could, in your capacity as an electorate constituent, raise this very possibility the next time you see Jacinda.
In any government, there is usually a limited supply of intelligent, articulate and principled potential ministers. Metiria meets that criteria, and actually shares many/all of the key principles to which Jacinda espouses. Win/win.
The great virtue of Metiria’s opening up was that she told the truth about herself to open an important issue. That starts to break down when it turns out to not be the whole truth.
Totally different things. I can't remember if kept my electoral roll address up to date with my various flats.Not that it really mattered because I was enrolled in Northern Maori and probably never outside its boundary (probably, who knows? never checked).
What we have here is a) a young mother in a desperate situation trying to feed her baby and get herself out of benefit/poverty trap(and by the way, her mother really did have the status of flatmate, I saw it for myself) and b) a young person making a stupid yet meaningless decision around which safe Labour seat they would vote in.
FFS, none of this shit is anything like the knowing bullshit that Bill English pulled to contort that his family lived in Dipton whilst somehow spending all their time in Wellington.
I get that Jacinda had to get into damage control mode around this, fair enough. If she can do that, then she can (after a reasonable amount of time in government), declare that Metiria has done enough time in back-benching penance and allow her into Cabinet in the same way that disgraced Ministers Nick Smith and Judith Collins have been.
Are you sure you’d not be jumping to conclusions?
Totally jumping to conclusions. I've know Metiria since 1992 (correction from my previous post - I recalled some flat/event interpolations) and she's not the type to put up with that shit.
That’s a crying shame, because she has so much to offer politically and personally.
I totally agree, of all the Green MPs Metiria would make the best minister IMO.
I've known Metiria since 1993 and before she had her baby and have the utmost respect for her and her political prowess. She took a bold and risky political decision to put herself in harm's way in order to reposition the (lack of) debate around the plight of some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Was it worth the risk ? I depends how things turn out. One way of looking at the situation is that the Green's boost to 15% in recent polling partially came at the expense of Labour, and therefore contributed to Little's resignation and the nascent Jacindamania.
If Labour and the Greens can build on the current momentum to realise a Labour/Green government then I would posit it could not have happened without Metiria's bold move (and, subsequently, Jacinda's good performance as a new leader).
At which point I would like Jacinda to recognise Metiria's commitment and talent and give her a second chance by selecting her as Minister of Social Development.