Firstly, an error in my earlier post: I meant to say, "I've
never encountered a bigger bunch of 'glass half empty' types
as represented by the Stadium naysayers".
But, in honesty, I'm now leaning toward a 'glass completely
empty' point of view.
I would hazard to say that we [rugby types] are paying our
way, otherwise how can the Highlanders record a profit?
Yes, that's right, I'm referring to revenue from tickets.
Game after game, a portion of our hard earned wage is set
aside for the big day. Anywhere from $25 for a single adult,
or more with family in tow.
Mind you, I'm happy for ratepayers to pick up the cost of my
expenses at the gate if you're offering!
Then I'll graciously tolerate your grumblings with a happy
heart and an open mind.
Cautos scientia may be interested to
learn that Gardens New World's only window onto the
street shows nothing but their liquor section. Over the
road is a shop whose frontage is mainly windows. It is
a dedicated liquor shop. Preventing children being
"normalised" to the sight of alcohol containers isn't
likely. However without the taste and smell of the
contents there is little in a sealed container to tempt those
who have not already become aware of the idea that alcoholic
beverages are desirable. Their heroes of sport and the
less elevated older people in their lives are the source of
that, not silent sealed containers on shop shelves.
So pleased to hear this will go ahead. Good luck to them.
Its not unlike the 'Body Corp' idea that already exists all
over NZ with high rise units & communal rules to
keep things running smoothly. The difference is that
this way they get to plan ecological buildings of their own
What, exactly, do they think underwrites those future dollars
- the ones that will 'pay for future flights?
What we are seeing is an EROEI (Energy Retrun on Energy
Invested) decline as we wend our way to the dregs, having
cherry-picked the best. Fracking is a classic, and you don't
run our society on tar-sands; the EROEI is too low.
So now we have a boom-bust saw-tooth, under an ever-lowering
real energy supply. Price drops, demand soars, supply can't
More pertinently, the 'business case' for new (ever-dreggier)
oil can increasingly not be made. BAU, globally, has a bottom
EROEI threshold; perhaps 8:1. Thereafter, growth-based
finance collapses.Why can so many not see this, even as it is
Who woud be involved with a discretionary activity - like
flying - in that continuing scenario?
Maybe there needs to be some creative solutions to ths
problem of a shortage of workers. I'm not sure if this
is an option for the government agencies concerned but how
about a policy of no unemployment benefits being paid out to
able bodied unemployed beneficiaries during the
period of six weeks mentioned in the article? Then again,
there is the unemployed and then there is
Another option could be to make the six
week season PAYE free so that those that want to do
a short stint during their usual holiday from their day
job can do so without having to pay more tax. It
would keep the paperwork and compliance costs down for the
Total population aged 15 years and over
The unemployment rate in Otago Region is
5.6 percent for people aged 15 years and over, compared
with 7.1 percent for all of New Zealand. Source
Pretty awful, sterile design from an 'award winning
architect.' This looks like classic overdevelopment but,
let's face it, Queenstown is already ruined by this. It has
grown like topsy with little consideration for interesting
urban design. It is just a money reeking hub without a
soul...though its setting with the lake and the Remarkables
What about telly in situ? Our workplace had a monitor to keep
abreast of The News. It also kept abreast of 'I Clavdivs',
and the late movie, which was always 'Ben Hur'. At home, tv
watchers could claim to be doing research. The democratising
nature of the medium caused the class conscious to aver they
only had tv for the documentaries, or Preston Sturges Season,
or De Maupassant Theatre. A long time ago, but they were
prime time viewing.
The author should move to a third world country so he can at
least have some credibility, when he makes such big
statements on history and the world. He is so critical of the
Western world yet enjoys the benefits. It would perhaps also
give him a real perspective on world affairs, as oppossed to
simply academic and utopian.