Posts by Mikaere Curtis

  • Hard News: This is bad – very bad, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It would, although we’re long past the point of these drugs really being used as a cannabis substitute. They’re much stronger and weirder than that.

    I'm not so sure, do we have any research around this ? Getting wasted when your life is pretty tough is a time-honoured response to unmitigatably adversity. My sense of Occam's Razor is that people use what they can get, and if it's some green vegetable matter sprayed with God-knows-what, then that's what they'll get wasted on.

    IMO, we could drastically reduce substance abuse issues overnight by a) legalising marijuana and b) legalising MDMA.

    Alcohol-related violence, synthetic cannabis toxic overdoses and P-related violence would (over time, once the existing addicts have treated) would evaporate until only the minuscule hard core users remain.

    I have young-adult aged kids, and the prospect of them making an ill informed choice around something like synthetic cannabis with potentially fatal results is basically fucking terrifying !

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I totally agree, this is the logical result of neoliberal policies - privatising the profits whilst socialising risks - in this case the risks have resulted in the deaths of potentially scores of innocents.

    I note that fire-resistant cladding could have been used instead for only an extra 5000 pounds for the entire building, and that the cladding is banned in the US.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    There was no need for a new lane for traffic turning towards Pt Chev from St Lukes,

    Yes there was. It enabled two right turning lanes from the offramp. During rush hour the offramp would be massively backed up, sometimes back to the motorway.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…,

    It’s been earmarked as a potential car park for ages, so let it be a carpark. And let it not be free to use, at least at peak times. If you can afford that luxury SUV, you can afford five bucks for a couple of hours’ unsubsidised parking.

    My son attends Waiorea, the Maori unit at Western Springs College and every year (unless there is fruitfly outbreak or the school is being rebuilt), we run the carparking for the Pasifika Festival. We use the fields around the college, and at the same time MOTAT are doing the same with that field.

    So it already is used as a carpark, and I wonder if what needs to happen is that MOTAT need to think of it as a potential income stream on Saturday mornings.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Local journeys on the cusp of…,

    But the engineers made the fatal assumption that they could make their plan work by converting the free left turn at the top of the St Lukes off-ramp to a Give Way and getting rid of the slip-lane that was there. They couldn’t. Without the slip-lane, the intersection was a disaster and traffic backed up onto the motorway every evening..

    And was these same geniuses that declared that their models were so awesome that we absolutely had to cut down the Pohutukawa 6, but couldn't see the obvious issue resulting from putting in a Give Way in place of a Free Turn.

    I really hope there was some proper accountability for that empty lane/offramp debacle. You're right, though, it does make life easier as a cyclist :)

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

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

    True, but National are such wankers about it. Simon Bridges is on record saying this Auckland's housing affordability issues are only in the "top tier". And John Key's housing crisis of 2007 evaporated as soon as he took the reigns.

    I truly hope that Labour's time in the wilderness has sharpened their appetite to actually fix these issues; somebody has to do it and it may as well be Labour and the Greens who bite the bullet.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

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

    I’m not sure that that would be easy, and it might make housing affordable again

    FTFY

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

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

    The first step would be to stem the record numbers of people arriving, full stop. The floodgates have been open too long, Auckland has been full for more than 20 years IMO. I agree that simply moving the record numbers of immigrants to the regions is a non-starter.

    One way would be to change the point system so that hardly anybody can get in, and then get the regions to bid for the numbers they want; this way immigration applicants get points for moving (and staying) in the region. Moving to Auckland (or other designated over-populated locations such as Queenstown) will reduce your ability to become a permanent resident/citizen.

    This approach will give the likes of Auckland some breathing room and we can start doing stuff like replacing non-character buildings with higher-density dwellings (apartments, terraces etc).

    This approach is a quick win, and if it turns out you got the settings wrong (i.e. start detecting unintended consequences), then it's also quick to adjust the policy settings.

    Of course, immigration is a major driver of GDP growth when you have a government of incompetent group-thinkers. National loves the "free" GDP growth plus IIRC each National MP owns 2.3 houses so they quite like the current settings because of the tax-free capital gains. And it's not their friends and whanau who are living in overcrowded houses, garages etc.Win/win for them, methinks.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

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

    It’s a huge and complicated problem.

    True, but it there are some pretty easily picked low hanging fruit:

    * Change our immigration policy settings to massively reduce the number of people moving to Auckland.
    * Disallow non-residents from purchasing real estate
    * Implement a capital gains tax (except on the whanau whare)
    * Redirect investment from un-needed motorways (such as this expensive rort) into a proper 21st century transport model (like CFN 2)).

    I don't think National want to lose this election. They can only follow their kaupapa of directing wealth to the wealthy if they are in power. The real driver is that they just don't care and they have no shame.

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A tale of two festivals, in reply to David Pentecost,

    Interesting how Stuff have just posted an article on George in the Park.

    Maybe they think that dude covered in mud is a Person Of Colour...

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 511 posts Report Reply

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