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  • Brendon Mills,

    Sacha,

    I think that everyone should now be clicking that this whole Hobbit thing was fired up as a disctration while the government sneaked out plans to reform state housing - which will impact on everyone who rents accomodation - because pushing several thousand people out into the private rental market isnt exactly going to make rents go DOWN is it? Especially with the Rugby World Cup coming up next year.

    New Plymouth • Since Oct 2010 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    I'm struggling to understand how, amongst other things, he can be a proud and loyal member of SAG at the same time as undermining them and both NZ Equity and MEAA.

    Well I'm not Peter Jackson, and have no inside knowledge, but would guess, for him, a chain like:
    1) PJ really wants to make the Hobbit in NZ.
    2) PJ observes SAG contracts for those covered by them.
    3) MEAA demands something impossible under NZ Law. Lets be quite clear about this, the in writing public initial demands were not a freeform discussion about how conditions might be improved, they were for all people working on the movie to be covered by a collective MEAA contract.
    4) PJ feels he is being held to ransom over something he can't grant.
    5) PJ gets upset with the MEAA(NZ)

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    John Key. "No question, the unions....."

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sue,

    the state housing thing
    i always assumed if kids had grown up & were working then you had to advise of the change in income to the house and then you get moved to a smaller house/unit.

    maybe that's council housing?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 527 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Dear Brendon

    I suggest you bugger off back to the Standard, where cant is accepted as currency. It cuts no ice here and attracts the derision it deserves.

    Luv and kisses

    Mark

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    this whole Hobbit thing was fired up as a disctration while the government sneaked out plans to reform state housing

    And you wonder why the trad left have such a bad reputation at the moment?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • SHG,

    They didn't THREATEN a boycott, they IMPOSED a boycott.

    nup • Since Oct 2010 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    most PDF reader software just has a text selecting tool that lets you copy and paste

    If there's any text. Sounds to me like Graham has a PDF of scanned images of the original (or a photocopy thereof), in which case there is nothing textual to be copied.

    Graham, if you email it to me (link to the left, there), I can do OCR magic on it and pop it online for you.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Or, of course there's OCROnline.com which will do that for you. Very simple and reasonably accurate.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    They didn't THREATEN a boycott, they IMPOSED a boycott.

    Well spotted. I sit corrected.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Jaymax,

    Graham, you could also upload it to a site like
    http://www.pdf-archive.com/

    This will give you a public link to share it.

    (Without going through any OCR)

    Auckland • Since Oct 2010 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Don't blame the left, Sacha. I'm pretty sure that's only Brendon's fevered imagination.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Don't blame the left,

    Yes, that really bothered me this morn when I read that twerp Paul Holmes' crap. "Left filth... " iirc.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Brendon Mills,

    Really you guys remind me of the Tea Party protesters in the states last year.

    While they protested because god forbid the US government wanted to ensure healthcare was avalible to everyone, not just those who were lucky to get paid out by their insurance company, while the people here, on Labour Day, of all days march in support of an industry that relies on low wages and job insecurity and against those who wish to challenge them. (mind you we marched for the right of parents to belt their children with jug cords and wooden planks, and the the right of wealthy interests to effectively buy elections, what the hell?)

    New Plymouth • Since Oct 2010 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    maybe that's council housing?

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think any local government agencies have ever been providers of housing for families with kids, that's always been the province of Housing NZ in its various incarnations.

    Whether or not Shipley's 'market rentals' were designed to benefit the real estate industry, they certainly had that effect. Many small enclaves of state housing in higher income areas no longer exist today after the tenants who couldn't afford the inflated rents were driven out. 'State units', with two flats in a building and substantial garden areas, were usually demolished to make way for development. Council housing provided something of a safety net for the often elderly tenants.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Jonathan King,

    people here, on Labour Day, of all days march in support of an industry that relies on low wages and job insecurity and against those who wish to challenge them.

    Brendon, you clearly know nothing about the film business (if I hear you say 'queuing up at Jackson's backlot for work' one more time ...) so why don't you sit this conversation out?

    Since Sep 2010 • 185 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Brendon, thank goodness you and your deluded buddies are not running much of anything but you really need to get out of the way for those who do know what they're doing.

    Lprent at the Standard feels the same about Paul Holmes in the course of considering sea change on the left.

    Lynn'll probably be condemned as a class traitor as well.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Please correct me if I'm wrong,

    That sounds right Joe but, Housing NZ is the pensioner housing for the elderly in Auckland. I vaguely remember john Banks screwing that around last time he was our mayor, which annoyed me then and now. The state houses were offered at market value to those in one but all of a sudden $750,000 in Ponsonby became impossible for tenants to remain there although my sis did, but her rent tripled.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Brendon Mills,

    Jonathan,

    Clearly, you know nothing about the need to foster industry that provides high wage, high skill, jobs, and its the only way that this country is going to catch up with australia or win OECD pissing contests:

    Industries with high wage jobs

    1) Oil and gas
    2) Construction
    3) Primary Processing
    4) High end manufacturing
    5) Mining (but not in our National Parks or DOC land
    6) Industries that depend on 1) to 6)

    Industries with low wage jobs

    1) Film
    2) Hospitality
    3) Tourism.

    New Plymouth • Since Oct 2010 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    when I read that twerp Paul Holmes' crap.

    Have you seen a doctor about that aberrant behaviour pattern of yours, Sofie?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2935 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    (mind you we marched for the right of parents to belt their children with jug cords and wooden planks, and the the right of wealthy interests to effectively buy elections, what the hell?)

    You manufacture and sell long bows, then? I wish you well.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    (mind you we marched for the right of parents to belt their children with jug cords and wooden planks, and the the right of wealthy interests to effectively buy elections, what the hell?)

    Who is the 'we' of which you speak, Millsy? Not anyone around here.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1447 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Brendon Mills - you could add quite a few other "industries with low wage jobs" among which agricultural workers stand out for me.

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report Reply

  • Brendon Mills,

    Sorry Deb,

    I meant 'we' as a nation?

    New Plymouth • Since Oct 2010 • 33 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Have you seen a doctor about that aberrant behaviour pattern of yours, Sofie?

    I'm hoping you mean the fact that I actually read it, but it was needed later to prove a point. I'll leave mention of him from now on.
    Here's hoping anyway. :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

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