Posts by FletcherB

  • Hard News: Paying for the storms to come,

    Also, the predominant wind direction of the recent storm was not the more usual (for Auckland) nor-easterly, but a slightly northish westerly.. Putting stress on trees and stuff from non-usual directions seems to have brought down more trees and branches than usual for a storm of not-that-out-of-the-ordinary strength?

    Also, despite updates and improvements Vector's website and APP are still not giving me the info I want… I have never lost power, but have no hot-water… it’s not the end of the world and far less bothersome than what others are dealing with… I completely understand (and agree with) Vector’s placing this at a lower priority than loss of power…

    But a list of suburbs that have already had their hot water restored does not tell me that they know they have to fix mine… How about a list of ones not doen yet? No, that’s a secret.

    I have twice reported the lack of hot-water on the App… once it acknowledged me with a dot on the map, but that dot has disappeared now, and did not show up a second time… So do they know parts of GreenBay have no hot water or not? I can't figure it out from their publicly shared info?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

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

    ...but I’m a little confused about why Carol Hirschfeld lost her job.

    She repeatedly misled her board superiors by stating to them that a requested in advance and diarised meeting, just happened as a chance event?

    Now why she felt the need to do this in the first place is a completely different issue?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Unitec project: Something…, in reply to Sam F,

    I do hope there are plans in the works to make the main Unitec backroad more cycle-friendly as part of the Wairaka Precinct plan.

    More cycle & pedestrian friendly would be nice... and seems almost certain judging by the way such developments happen these days...

    But just re-surfacing the existing roads would be a bloody good start... that has to be the worst hodge-podge of patchwork and poorly repaired pot-holes.... I've seen and used in a long time... A real 3D mosaic artwork collection, masquerading as a road surface... I expect that as an underfunded educational facility, Unitec were spending the very bare minimum on it's upkeep? I'm guessing that while the 30km speed limit was intended for student/faculty safety.. it's probably paid dividends in reducing the rate at which the patchwork wears out and needs more patches?

    I genuinely cant imagine it wouldn't get improved in the long run, because +2500 dwellings worth of trucks, diggers, cranes and other heavy equipment is going to make it much worse very quickly...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Isla T,

    Cheers Isla, that's great!

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    One of the (many) things that shits me about both Stuff and NZ herald is the "Australianisation" of what constitutes "local" news...

    A lot of the "small" stories about some cat up a tree or a shop assistant that was insulted are in Sydney or Melbourne. FFS. No-one in NZ cares.

    "Big stories" like an ex NZer accused of murder in Aus- fair enough... Aussie politician sex scandal- not personally interested, but maybe others are?.... but stories that are the like of which we expect to see in the Western Leader or Marlborough Mail about some school-kid doing good, or some other similar drivel... its only maybe interesting to people within 100km of where it happened... probably not the next state and certainly not another country... we have our own local "human interest" stories, thanks.

    But you don't get to find out it's not a local interest story until you've clicked on it and got to the third paragraph... so the clicks get counted and more of the same shit gets served up again...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Sweetest Sound, in reply to Russell Brown,

    My article about the King’s Arms has just been published on Audioculture.

    And a great article it is... cheers!

    I can't boast that I frequented the place... But I did see the mentioned Lloyd Cole concert there... Considering his style of music, I was somewhat surprised to see Chris Knox in the audience....

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Sweetest Sound,

    I was keen to see Heed The Call live at the Hollywood Cinema…. been loving the bits I hear on BFM... but it’s out of the question…

    I’m unsure if they are being overly ambitious, or if I’m simply out of touch with current “market prices” but $70 a ticket is too much for this suburban wage-slave and his wife….

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  • Legal Beagle: A Small Official…, in reply to Sacha,

    They are skilled at thinking up reasons

    Indeed… and it also occurs to me that if “the law” does not explicitly state “this information is public information that should be freely available” then it’s possibly secret by default?

    Who’s going to “risk” sharing information they cant find a specific rule telling them to, if it could also risk their current or future employment?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A Small Official…,

    Call me a dreamer... I would have thought if you made an OIA request to some government department or other...

    If the answer came back starting...

    You know, actually, this department isn't subject to OIA requirements...

    It could also include...

    But seeing as this seems like information that should be available, and we don't actually have a valid reason to hide it... here it is anyway...

    ??? Yep- dreamer.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Trump 2018,

    The man has no class at all...

    Trump "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

    Perhaps, Mr Trump, it's because they are the only people who find living in the USA under Trump a better prospect that staying where they are?

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 878 posts Report Reply

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