This reminded me of John Key's tactic of talking about how great things are outside the measurement period. I guess the hope is that people will hear "overseas research" and agree with Stratford that Sir Peter Gluckman got it wrong somehow.
My overall impression was of a shady operator who is desperately trying to dissemble now that he's in the glare of public scrutiny.
I hope his business goes under.
Good work, Russell, this is an important issue that really needed an injection of objectivity.
What are the chances the media will be able to report accurate, science-based information during the run up to (next year's?) cannabis referendum ?
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.