Posts by Helga

  • 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.

    New Zealand • Since May 2012 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • 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.

    New Zealand • Since May 2012 • 14 posts Report Reply

  • 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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  • Hard News: Campbell Live: A Disturbance…,

    It takes a government to establish a new public service TV channel and if it's not already Labour policy I'll be surprised. Campbell Live redux on TV7 redux?

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    Delighted to see the tenor of this conversation! When I hear - or used to - that family group conferences are admired in other places, or that our relations Pakeha & Maori aren't perfect but even as such are felt to be impressive - in those ways I feel proud of my country - and conversely youth suicide and family violence and inequality make me want to change my country. Patriotic for its own sake - simplistic and competitive with others. Not our style.

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