Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to barnaclebarnes,

    Excellent story.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22421 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Night Outage,

    From Albert-Eden local board chair Peter Haynes on Facebook:

    Was going to comment on the blog, but can’t get my password. Anyway, to be fair to John Dragicevich, since he took over Civil Defence things are looking much better. He spoke to the Local Board about a month ago, and with considerable prescience pointed out that the threat in our area is a mega storm. This week is really just a taster and timely wake-up call. Under his direction, Emergency Management (as it’s now called) is turning around towards the community and seeking to engage with the community–hence his visit to talk to us. Just yesterday we discussed the community-strengthening programmes we have as a Local Board–our Neighbours Day grants and Eco-Neighbourhoods were Albert-Eden Local Board initiatives that are now being copied elsewhere–and how we can extend supplement these to increase community resilience. We have always been conscious of the need to strengthen community linkages, as you know, and resilience has been a factor there. But I’ll admit that civil defence hasn’t been as high a priority as it might have been, as we’ve all tended to think about earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis (you’re safe in Pt Chevalier BTW). At least it should be easier to engage people now to the dangers from a much more likely mega-storm.

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to Scungo,

    And trying not to think about what is going on in the fridge!

    I avoided opening the fridge and freezer until last night, for obvious reasons. We seem to have got through okay there, which is a relief – it's a full freezer.

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage,

    The Vector update posted at 11.30am says there are still 41,000 homes to be restored.

    I wish the Herald would stop reporting these figures as 41,000 (or whatever) individuals. It's homes and businesses: the number of individuals affected will be two or three times that.

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to Scungo,

    Meanwhile in Morningside, no power, no appearance on the outage map, no ability to register the outage and no clue as to likely resolution time. The infrequent utterances from Vector ask for patience and indicate incoming weather this afternoon may slow things down. The comms and social media team at Vector need to do better.

    I have seen them acknowledge the outage to someone else in your neighbourhood on Twitter. But yeah, they should be able to do better than that.

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  • Hard News: Big Night Outage, in reply to Deborah,

    I'm wondering a bit about the resiliency of the power network. If we are going to face more and more weird weather, we might need to be thinking about how to build a stronger network.

    I think that's where the undergrounding comes in.

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  • Hard News: We should stop being…, in reply to andin,

    who?

    Ruban.

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  • Hard News: We should stop being…,

    Attachment

    And about those comments. Stuff’s homepage editor tweeted this last night.

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  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    If Curran had any brains she should work out she might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb and issue a press release citing an irreversible break down in her trust and relationship with the RNZ board and her loss of confidence in the RNZ board & chairman. If that doesn’t get the desired result then just peremptorily fire the lot.

    Holy shit. I can only imagine your response if a National government did anything of the kind. Try reading Nicky's essay again and see if that gets through.

    Never mind that if, as reported, the board and CEO are unwilling to embrace the full-on TV channel Curran favours – that is, they don't to add an underfunded linear TV channel to their underfunded radio stations – they're quite probably right.

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  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…,

    The cutting of critical journalism at Māori Television (in particular the outstanding Native Affairs programme) appeared to be directly the outcome of government influence.

    It was a bit more complicated than that. National’s appointment of one of its own, Georgina Te Heuheu, as chair of the Māori Television board may have been motivated by a desire to see a less aggressive news operation, but what happened to Native Affairs was about a different kind of politics.

    The Native Affairs investigation into alleged fraud at the Kohanga Reo National Trust manifested a kind of background culture war in the Māori world. One side regarded the investigation as an affront to the mana of Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi and her family – and the Māori Party was quite clearly on that side.

    At the same time, Jim Mather, who as CEO had been a good protector of his news and current affairs team, was departing. His replacement, Paora Maxwell, was appointed by the board in the face of the near-universal opposition of existing staff. They even refused a confidential briefing from Maxwell’s former employer, TVNZ. The very strong appearance is that he was hired at least in part to deal to senior members of the news and current affairs team.

    Julian Wilcox was forced out and many others, Mihi Forbes and Carol Hirschfeld among them, ran for the exits. It was absolutely a purge on news and current affairs, but it was basically conducted by Māori against Māori.

    Things have changed quite a lot since then, though. The culture of the board has shifted (and John Tamihere can take considerable credit there), Maxwell is gone and the background politics, as expressed in last year’s general election, have changed a lot. I think it is indeed a new dawn.

    Basically, there is more to politics than the party that controls Parliament.

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