Posts by Scott A

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    Or not telling Work and Income you've found work until you get paid, because otherwise they cut your benefit off immediately leaving you with no money to eat/ pay rent / get to your new job until the first payday occurs.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Just get the App, already,

    Thank you for this, Graeme. Quite interesting, from my legal geek perspective. Seems like there's a legislative fix or two required!

    Which will probably end up being done by private members bills entered into the ballot by backbench government MPs!

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Helen Kelly's letter, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What puzzles me is why there such a profound opposition to medicial marijuana from the Beehive? Is it really that much of a vote losing issue?

    I guess Curia would know...

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Edgelered is worth a nod, too!

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese, in reply to Seriatim,

    By making the headlines about buyers with Chinese surnames, instead of the broader issue of non-residents buying property, Labour now his the risible Nick Smith leading the news bulletin, accusing them of playing the race card.

    It was Labour who chose this lede. Not Smith. Not the media. Labour.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: House-buying patterns in Auckland,

    ...and, oh look, Nick Smith's calling out Labour for "playing the race card". Right or wrong, what other way was focusing on race by choosing to focus on Chinese supposed to play out?

    This really is spectacularly stupid politics from Labour.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: House-buying patterns in Auckland, in reply to Sacha,

    Exactly, Sacha. I know Rob's a smart man, and I like to think many in Labour are... so why make this specifically about Chinese, why make it about race when the big issue didn't need to be?

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    If the debate about "is this or is this not racist" is distracting from the important issue of non-residents buying Auckland housing, then that's because Phil Twyford and Labour chose to make the headlines of this story about race. When it didn't need to be, at all.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: My last name sounds Chinese,

    Superb rebuttal of Twyford's racist dog whistle, Keith. Thank you.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: Real Fans, in reply to Dominic Kelly,

    To echo Dom - I also was a long-time season pass holder for the Hurricanes and Wellington Lions, both through Athletic Park then Westpac Stadium. But then, around 2010, it all just got too much.

    While seeing our teams playing poorly wasn't particularly new, having to do so at great cost in a bitterly cold concrete stadium with ridiculously poor choices for food and drink, attempts at half-time entertainment that at best were half-hearted (but more accurately, simply piss-poor) and security who embodied all the worst aspects of trumped up little pricks in uniform.

    We started to leave at half-time to watch the rest of the game in comfort at a nearby bar; with good food and drink to hand.

    Then we just stopped going along at all.

    The wilds of Kingston, We… • Since May 2009 • 131 posts Report Reply

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