Posts by Neil

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    The tragic case of Vivienne Wright highlights amongst other issues the problem with Body Corp management.

    Nikki Kaye has been one of the few MPs to recognise the significance and scale of this issue and try and push through legislative changes.

    Perhaps now Twyford might pay some attention.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come, in reply to Sacha,

    It’s the problem with hindsight- every system is at the mercy of innumerable risks, trying to protect from them all would make the service prohibitively expensive.

    People have to make choices and sometimes they’ll get it wrong because the future is complex.

    But the desire to blame individuals is strong – otherwise we’d have to acknowledge we have less control than we like to believe.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    The majority of votes Labour has shed has gone to NZF not the Greens. I’m not sure how progressive Labour supporters would interpret that.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    Lots of people had various reasons to
    not want to know:

    A health board boss says problems at Middlemore Hospital were "spelt out succinctly" in papers handed to the Health Minister [David Clark] before he claimed not to know about them.

    I think a general denial of the full extent of the problem. Leaky buildings were just a thing of the past.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    With Labour all too willing to plough billions into the construction industry without getting on top of the problems there, and not pay teachers and nurses adequately, it’s a bit disheartening.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…, in reply to John Farrell,

    One can trace things back to the Bolger govt’s deregulating but that doesn’t explain why so many involved in the construction industry and in councils acted deceitfully and incompetently.

    We prided our selves on our ingenuity, number 8 wire etc, but that’s proved to be a thing of the past. I’m astonished that that has happened and can’t quite work out why.

    Maybe it’s just a myth we had about ourselves like the myth the Ozzie’s had about being good sports.

    But we have deal with now and I’m not convinced that’s going to happen.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

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

    In-coming governments must get given by the Manderins some ancient dogeared tome of wisdom with the first three commandments being:

    1. Don’t sack hopeless ministers no matter how much damage they cause

    2. Equivocate over the meanings of “tax” and “new”

    3. Blame everything on the previous government.

    We never get to see 4, 5, 6 etc which could explain why on the surface this seems bad advice.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…,

    The delay in remediation of the Middlemore buildings may turn out to be somewhat of a blessing in disguise.

    What south Auckland needs is a completely new hospital to meet demand and remediation carries large risk.

    Remediation always winds up costing far more than planned and it doesn’t always achieve the desired result. Anticipated costs are often kept artificially low and usually once a building is opened up new problems come to light. Some apartment buildings have gone through a number of remediation cycles because of the failure of previous attempts.

    It may turn out to be better to spend the minimum necessary to keep the buildings safely limping along and put the remediation budget into a new fascility.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m not blaming Twyford for the situation at Middlemore, I’m arguing that there was information available that should have raised alarm bells on the broader problem building issue.

    As I’ve said, that was also largely ignored by the National govt.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’ll email you.

    Since Nov 2016 • 177 posts Report Reply

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