Posts by Helga

  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom,

    That attitude - I PAID for my privilege- was also expressed at a pre-Unitary Plan I went to in Mt Eden. When a very intelligent-sounding (no mental health problems!) young man dared to say he’d love to buy an apartment near his work in Mt Eden - a woman got up and unselfconsciously told him he shouldn’t expect to be admitted. Sickening.

    I’m opposite one of the former Council blocks taken over by HNZ in the Banks era, and my experience is similar. The occasional person with mental health problems, but generally speaking it’s perfectly fine. The residents are simply neighbours.

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  • Hard News: Bikelash, paralysis – and progress, in reply to andin,

    We’d kill a few fewer pedestrians, maybe?

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  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    I was standing exhaustedly ironing one day when I was on the DPB and on the radio was Parliament, and there was my PM Rob Muldoon declaring that women on the DPB who took money under the table were worse than tax evaders.
    These were the days when my neighbours were encouraged to snitch if men stayed too many nights with me, and when mortgage interest rates were capped, but not mine because I'd owned a house with my husband and couldn't get an institutional loan - mine was 19%.
    I didn't take Muldoon's assessment of me and my kind - I knew I wasn't trash as he implied - but it was mighty memorable.

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  • Hard News: Mt Albert: Cooperating,…, in reply to EE,

    I think the latter. Melissa Lee making a showing anything like the one she made last time; straight after Parmjeet P's dreadful fist if Mt Roskill, was more than they could bear the prospect of.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Truthiness is my favourite, though the much-suggested post-truth has greater currency. Something with truthiness sounds juicy and appealing and I notice that the spell-check on here knows it!

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  • Hard News: On seclusion rooms, in reply to Vivid,

    The words 'locked' and 'fire' in close conjunction are terrifying....

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  • Speaker: Colouring Girl,

    Wonderful story! Can you give us a link to the Loading Docs film festival?

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  • Hard News: The Hep C Buyers Club,

    Great post Russell - I probably won't watch the programme, but it's great to have discussion on the topic - not only not pushed by the drug companies, but not pushed by those who would wish to mess with Pharmac's decision-making. Or perhaps those two are the same thing?
    It must be very hard to know that there's an expensive drug that would help you to live longer, and not be able to get it. There will come a point in life/age though, where I hope that I would be able to say that I didn't want such money spent on me, and that it should be spent instead on younger people.

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  • Hard News: The unstable Supercity,

    Thankyou thankyou I'm so pleased to see a sensible response that knows what it's talking about. The cries of woe and 'Auckland Council is out of control' are just so unhelpful,
    On another note - as a local board member I have been trying to find out about Council IT ever since AC began, but Boards are deemed never to need to know a thing about it. No, we cannot develop anything, no, we cannot know anything.... Every other piece of arcane infrastructure yes, but IT? nothing.

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  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…,

    The one piece of cheer in that article is 0/10 for Banks

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