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  • Farmer Green, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    3

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    I never use woofers as a matter of principle. There are people who want to commit, and that is worth paying well for.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Harrison, in reply to Farmer Green,

    F.G- we want policy from you. Don’t tease us with wealths. Primary, a big deal. Sleep well.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    So is it just you that knows about this miraculous technology

    No it's all freely available on line. Coal flue gas recovery for fertilizer.

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Lucy (and Ben and others interested) here are some long term numbers for enrolled electors and turnout

    http://www.elections.org.nz/events/past-events/general-elections-1853-2011-dates-and-turnout

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Farmer Green, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    :-)


    zzzzzzz

    Lower North Island • Since Nov 2012 • 776 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Homer, in reply to mark taslov,

    it was my family home, I moved into a rest home, there are is CGT on family homes, so if I sell my family home before I die the family member can inherit the cash and pay no CGT, but if I die before selling the home, then the CGT must be paid when my family sells the (2nd) home? So it’s a tax on me dying before converting the asset?

    I don't know what the precise definition of "family home" was intended to be, and I suspect it was a detail to be hammered out later.

    The exception is bad policy, really. So if your point is that CGT should be uniformly applied to all assets - yes, probably. It's fairly obvious why it wasn't, though.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Michael Homer,

    Yes, my issue there is purely the CGT’s lack of oversight with regards to liquid assets, the various workarounds that might enable, and the enhanced access the wealthy have to financial manipulation. Sorry I was doing a fair bit of editing as I was writing so things mightn’t have quite landed when you read them. And sorry I missed your first response earlier, I’m high on meth. Thank you for your assistance Michael. Thanks Ben.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to David Hood,

    Ta. Does turnout only count registered electors. Is any account taken in the figure of people who don't even bother to register?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    I was just thinking how Kelvin Davis, under the Labour brand. It reminds me of a corporate franchise such as Starbucks.

    He said: " We found a vulnerability, so we exploited it" What a fucking hero.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to mark taslov,

    I have friends who are dedicated to finding out what’s going on and in no way does the future look bright.

    My strategy is to hope to disappear in to the crowd :-). Luckily I haven't used my social security number since I was 21 and I won't be renewing my US passport.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Incredible chart. Non-voters numbers are incredible, not all are passive voters, many are just so dis-engaged from the process, that it means nothing to them.

    And the main thrust of the whole of the IMP campaign was to try and capture that "missing million". We should all thank them for that and collaborate with them on whether they think they found some of them, and if so, whether they know if they did/didn't translate into votes.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Yeah it’s not bad for disappearing in, outside the centres, off the strip, life hasn’t changed much in my lifetime. Sure people have got poorer, but in many ways it’s relative and more importantly in terms of the head space you get, well that remains quite a desirable attribute of New Zealand for me. Beyond the prospect of accumulating millions of dollars I never really got the whole urban migration thing, move to paradise and become an accountant or whatever in a city run by caucasian stiffs with a predilection for everything our ancestors left behind. Just give me a menial job, a vege garden, some fruit trees, a community to volunteer in and I’ll potter away to my hearts content. And believe it or not I feel much better about the place knowing that their spying than just suspecting it.

    When I lived there, I felt a lot of negativity, people looking down on me for my haircut or my accent, the way I walk, my typos or my confounded +crocs+. That’s a race no one wins, but having been out of that conditioning for years I no longer give a fuck, and I feel I can see quite clearly the benefits from the bullshit. New Zealand; great place if you know how to get there.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to mark taslov,

    New Zealand, great place if you know how to find it.

    Haha, indeed. But of course for most when raising a family, the rat race is almost a necessity if you want to take the kids overseas and such like. Once we got rid of the kids and the mortgage, we did the move to the provinces and bought 36ha. I soon learned I was not a country girl - not that we weren't close to a city (we were), but we got the requisite animals and every time they 'sneezed' (well, okay most times they were sicker than that) but I had to call the vet. I was no good at holding anything with horns still whilst hubby administered the medicine/procedure etc. And I was worried he'd hurt them anyway :-). And then there was the constant upkeep on the property/infrastructure when it wasn't the animals. And then there was burying the animals that did die. And so on and so forth.

    We made a very nice, untaxed capital gain after 'doing it' for three years. Better than the gains in the city, for sure.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Telfar Barnard, in reply to BenWilson,

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    Oh, and pretty please! This is good stuff…but pie charts are really quite poor at conveying the desired information. Their usefulness probably ends in primary school when teaching simple fractions.

    Generally, I agree. Pie charts can have their place though – the main thing it’s good for in this case is the comparative size of the non-voters. But for other differences between the two years, I agree entirely: see above.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 585 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Just thinking back to 2002 for a minute, I can't honestly remember any phase of soul-searching by the right after being faced with the colossal loss under English. Not in the sense of looking for their values anyway. I was on Kiwiblog a lot because PAS didn't even exist. The whole thing was just to go harder, stay on message more, sell more sausages at party sizzles, raise more funds etc. All very businesslike, if you count ranting at socialists a form of business. If we're going to draw lessons, that's one I can pretty clearly remember.

    They didn't search for their souls because that would be futile. Not because they've got no souls (undecided on that), but because even if they do, the search is futile. It's not their souls they want to find, it's the levers of power.

    I'm not sure I think this is something to learn from. But take it how you will.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Beautiful. Can visually see that we really should be counting not-enrolled when doing our non-participation stats, since that's the fourth biggest party after Labour and ahead of the Greens.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10650 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Farmer Green,

    Reform the RMA . . . some vague noises in that direction.
    Can't think of anything else.

    Reform of the RMA starts in Epsom.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Marianne Elliott,

    a massive, unified movement of progressive citizens taking smart, effective action to hold the government to account.

    Britain also has the Black Triangle Project for the rights of those who are downtrodden through no fault of their own. Sarah Wilson (aka Writehandedgirl on Twitter) and Natasha Fuller could make perfect founder members given what they've been through.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    We hope. What, exactly, can the Privileges Committee do to MPs who misbehaved in a previous term? Particularly when the PC is going to be heavy with caucus colleagues of the MPs who are before it, and the Speaker is likely to also be from that Party.

    If David Parker successfully gets Collins, Slater, Graham & Odgers all nabbed for perversion of justice, it'd be a catalyst. But if a Royal Commission won't happen, what other avenues are there? The Supreme Court? If it's anything to go by, Sir Joh, the self-appointed Emperor of Queensland, seemed unstoppable - until he was brought down by good old-fashioned investigative journalism, which led to the Fitzgerald Inquiry on QLD police corruption.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Farmer Green,

    That's true. Labour's policies were in no way attractive to me, but I obviously wasn't alone in that. And national's policies leave plenty to be desired.

    So that makes you a Winstonite, then?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    And the 2014 voter distribution:
    http://imgur.com/BKvIGZU

    It only reinforces this article by The Political Scientist that it's less a case of the Nats winning than Labour losing. On the surface of it, the Nats' actual number of votes hasn't changed much since 2008, which means their voters are simply much less fickle than Labour's voters.

    If Labour hasn't lost votes to the Nats, then they've lost them to the common nouns of cynicism, disillusionment, and apathy. Now who was it who said that common nouns are harder to fight than proper nouns?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Yes, lower vote turnout is not good for a democratic society, a society which gives us a strength to change. A million missing people who don't engage.

    Sadly too true. Why bother sending out tanks and soldiers to suppress voters, when fomenting voter cynicism does the same thing at a fraction of the cost? In any case it's a slippery slope towards illiberal democracy/inverted totalitarianism.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to mark taslov,

    I am now comfortably dead. That was my family home you’re talking about, I moved into a rest home, there is no CGT on family homes, so I sold my family home before I died so the family member could inherit pure untaxed cash,

    but if I had died before selling the home, then the CGT would have had to have been paid when my family sold my (their 2nd) home? So it’s a tax on me inopportunely dying before having liquidated the asset?

    They hadn’t determined the exact time frame, but there was always going to be a window to sell such an inherited asset CGT free, to avoid this very problem.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    What are the demographics of the non-voters?

    Students and other young people, migrants, the unemployed, and those with no fixed address make up a sizeable chunk.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

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