Posts by Katharine Moody

  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…,

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  • Hard News: A handful of deeply precious…,

    Wow - fantastic. How lucky your friend was to have you, and now how lucky scores of others in NZ are to have you telling his story and yours. Really, really, really hope these SC members get it right.

    The present situation is madness. Thanks, Russell. I think you nailed it.

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  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    There is a fascinating series on the 1970s on Prime TV at the moment.

    Was that the series on the Vietnam War?

    It was excellent. Plenty of TV clips of various POTUS' telling bare-faced lies straight down the camera. That office has made an occupation of how to be a lying toad.

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  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    You mean, no actual evidence apart from women's sworn statements, the original NDA – and whatever the FBI and the US Attorney in New York have obtained from months of surveillance of Cohen and the recent seizure of all his files?

    But, I keep thinking, what does all this who-slept-with-who have to do with his ability to run the country and effect much needed change?

    If his ongoing presidency is based on obtaining proof as to whether he is or is not a liar and a cheat of a husband ... well, JFK comes to mind.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Oops, meant to link to the PCE document I quoted from;

    http://www.pce.parliament.nz/media/1390/preparing-nz-for-rising-seas-web-small.pdf

    p.77.

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  • Hard News: The climate changed, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    I participated in review of both the first and second drafts of that document – an exercise bound by a confidentiality agreement with the Ministry at the time of its preparation. Hence I can’t say anything specific about my feedback but suffice it to say that were I the government of the day, I wouldn’t have released it either (although that said, I have not read the document that has been publicly released – so am unsure what changes were made arising from the feedback given). In general, suffice it to say that the draft documents failed to provide guidance in accordance with what is prescribed by the NZCPS in terms of the assessment of hazard risk.

    The NZCPS and the AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk management – Principles and guidelines (the current standard referenced by the NZCPS) both distinguish between risk assessment and risk management but it seems in many of the cases I’ve come across in NZ, this distinction is misunderstood by both the scientific community and the regulators. The two drafts I read would have hindered, as opposed to helped, this distinction.

    The drafts also failed to accept/implement the most important of the PCE’s recommendations with respect to update of the guidance manual – that being:

    "In revising central government direction and guidance on sea level rise, specify that ‘best estimates’ with uncertainty ranges for all parameters be used in technical assessments of coastal hazards."

    And as she also pointed out:

    The standard results of running a coastal hazard model should instead [i.e.,instead of what we’ve been getting to date from the scientific assessments] be probability distributions with most likely values and ranges of potential values expressed with a level of confidence.

    Drafts 1 and 2 failed to provide those probability distributions. But again, it may be that in the released document they did specify these uncertainty ranges/probability distributions – I simply don’t know as I haven’t read it yet.

    Point is, that without knowing those uncertainty ranges as part of the risk assessment, it becomes very difficult for regulators to appropriately manage (i.e., make the right decisions about) the most appropriate way to manage the risks.

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  • Hard News: The new medical cannabis law…,

    A scathing review of it;

    http://vjmpublishing.nz/?p=6041

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    For a rainy summer day (if we ever get one!), Te Papa's Lego exhibition is a must see.

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  • Hard News: The new medical cannabis law…, in reply to Alfie,

    Agree, it's practically useless as is. And just what is NZ First's objection - surely their older persons membership would be supportive of prescription natural pain relief that actually works where opioids often don't? There are a virtual flood of diseased hip joints out there in patients too old to perform yet another surgery on.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Wadeable

    Never heard before as a measure of water quality - so in that regard it is unique to NZ - and could only have come from a previous winner, that being 'Planet Key'.

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