Posts by Katita

  • Hard News: A painful reflection,

    As someone whose grandparents always lived in State Housing (and other extended family too) I've found the shift from an agency for social good to a government revenue stream (by way of dividend) completely unfathomable. And just like the private sector, you get the behaviours you incentivise. Suddenly we found ourselves in a position where beneficiary-bashing isn't just the norm. Removing due process and criminalisation of a whole underclass suddenly becomes acceptable too.
    Thank you to all those in government, housing activism, science and journalism who not only saw something wrong but would not let this scandal lie.
    BTW I heard Judith Collins interviewed this morning saying these 'criminals' should not get any form of compensation. Given the harm this saga has done to our most vulnerable families, I can only say there's a special place reserved for people like Judith and it aint with the angels.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A painful reflection, in reply to bob daktari,

    +1

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  • Hard News: Jacindamania: Word famous in…,

    I love you Public Address - Merry Christmas to my beacon of twinkly lights in an otherwise right-of-centre mediocrity.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…, in reply to Neil Heslop,

    I love omnishambles and use it often ;-)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Internet…,

    Met someone I was completely infatuated with on Lavalife when I lived in Canada, unfortunately his quirky Quebecois didn't translate downunder.
    Undeterred I finally met my now husband on a NZ site. Just celebrated our 9th anniversary.
    When I was first using these sites there was still a bit of stigma involved. To be honest, when I was overseas no one knew me so it didn't matter as much.
    For me the key was being clear on what I was looking for in a relationship - and what I wasn't. But even with judicious filtering I still got sent unsolicited dick pics, stood up, lied to, taken out to dinner to be dumped (annoying because I could have both of us the effort, dumped him by phone and stayed home to watch TV), told on my first F2F date that he had incurable cancer (which was true, no hair or eyebrows - after weeks of online chatting and phone calls), made to pay 'my share' of a $12.50 bill, cyber-stalked. I also went out with a stand-up comic who was so painfully shy he couldn't make eye contact with me - only then to be told I wasn't as funny in person as I was online etc.
    But hey - makes for some interesting stories.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    or ... The Donald

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    I just came across 'gas lighting' in relation to the post-truth world of Trump. Here - I know Teenage Vogue - right?!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    I like Brexiteer .... sounds rakeish, devil may care

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Medical cannabis: a polling experiment,

    I listened to this interview, Otamatea Grey Power chapter wants marijuana legalised

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: I Swear, It's True,

    For reasons hardly remembered (something to do with a daggy pair of red tracksuit bottoms) my dear Mum is known as The Whore in Sheep's Trousers. Particularly useful when addressing birthday cards to her from overseas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 58 posts Report Reply

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