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OnPoint: Taskforce 2025: A Space Odyssey

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  • George Darroch,

    Suffice to say that $10k pa would represent a significact cut in most (all?) cases.

    Some DPB payments are under $200 a week. All unemployment benefits would increase, by between $73 and $9 dollars - the unemployment benefit is calculated on an age discriminatory basis, because being 24 is clearly less costly than being 25.

    Also, 3410, I love your avatar.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    Some DPB payments are under $200 a week.

    Okay, but how many would not also receive an accomodation benefit. You really have to include that in the calculation.

    (and ta!)

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • Sam F,

    lets divide the country up and have a communist block, probably the south island, because the cars wont rust out like they do in the north. And the south would make a better back drop for producing bleak, low budget film dramas.

    Tear down this... strait?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1609 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Whoops, wrong thread.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    genius.

    *blush*

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Can we cut the cable too?

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Littlewood,

    More Oram on Nine to Noon: the report is "absolutely devoid of any analysis of what's gone on in the New Zealand economy or the world economy in the last 20 years."

    This thing really is shaping up as a waste of public money.

    I can't have been the only to read all the 35 points with an increasing sense of open-mouth horror only to get to the last one...

    35. Zespri’s monopoly on the export of kiwifruit to markets outside Australia should be removed.

    ...and decide that it actually was some sort of bizarre joke.

    The punchline could have been better, though.

    Today, Tomorrow, Timaru • Since Jan 2007 • 449 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Thats the wittiest Gravitar on PAS, genius.

    Damn straight. Er ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Dykes,

    The best things in life are free. But report writers want money. That's what they want.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • ScottY,

    a report yesterday by the Don Brash-led 2025 Taskforce said we have smaller houses, die sooner, have fewer cars and televisions and drink less fruit juice than our Aussie counterparts.

    OMG we need to close the fruit juice gap too!

    I'm getting really angry about those Australians having more stuff than us. Lets build a nuclear bomb...

    But they have all the uranium. Bastards!

    West • Since Feb 2009 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    OMG we need to close the fruit juice gap too!

    Yeah, but there is a significant beer gap, bread gap, chocolate gap, icecream gap, in fact just about every type of everyday food that I can think of, New Zealand does as well or better. They do have better Italian, Lebanese and Greek food, but that's because they have more Italians, Lebanese, and Greeks.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Smaller houses. But still truckloads bigger than the Europeans. Almost three times the size of a British house. Take that, Notherners!

    Also, Australian houses are a huge pain to heat and cool, one of the reasons with coal-fired electricity they have the highest emissions of any developed country.

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    What can we beat the world at? Being greener than everyone else?

    Oh, wait...

    WLG • Since Nov 2006 • 2264 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Dykes,

    Well, we won't ever win the "bigger than" contest. We can be cooler tho.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    What can we beat the world at?

    Being apologetic.

    "New Zealand: We're really sorry about that."

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Some of my family have spent a *lot* of time in Oz. My sisters there noted that when ANZers go into a shop/hotel/whatever to justifiably complain about something, we start by saying "I'm sorry but"...te mea te mea te mea.
    Ozzies go in and start by saying "mate, this thing is fuckin' rooted" etc.

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

  • Jason Dykes,

    I like the NZ approach - we're better than them.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 76 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Being apologetic.

    "New Zealand: We're really sorry about that."

    Anything boutique has the ability to earn respect and
    with that reputation. It does depend on your marketing or in a casual way is a nice lifestyle. Quality every time in a healthy way will create value to product and not in an expensive way.Stay small and valuable. Think green, already clean green, has a market.

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

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Ozzies go in and start by saying "mate, this thing is fuckin' rooted" etc.

    That is probably what made leave. I felt always slightly crude for listening to an, ingrained ignorance/disrespect, for others.I think if there is a problem, it should be sorted immediately but how about less of the "wog" attitude excuses.? While you are at it ,Keep your friggin Uranium.

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

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    I mean,Mt Aspiring? I feel insulted.

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

  • Sacha,

    Trans-tasman
    I'm sorry but this thing is fuckin' rooted

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • Islander,

    Sacha - heh!

    (One of my brothers, based in Oz, actually *said *this! O, with the addendum - "I'm sorry mate, but this thing" (etc.)

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

  • Sacha,

    Thanks, Craig. Point taken.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • dc_red,

    @George

    Also, Australian houses are a huge pain to heat and cool, one of the reasons with coal-fired electricity they have the highest emissions of any developed country.

    I believe Canada now takes the prize of highest emissions per capita. Thanks to plenty of coal-fired electricity, gas-heated homes, and ... the piece-de-resistance ... the Alberta oil sands.

    Oil Patch, Alberta • Since Nov 2006 • 706 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Am I the only person wondering how and why both countries survey fruit juice consumption?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

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