Watching the Hurricanes v Brumbies at the Cake Tin and there
are thousands and thousands of empty seats. Is it live TV? Is
it lack of interest in the Suoer 15? Is the product the
problem? It has to be a worry for all concerned with the
promotion of the national game.
Marky: As I see it Macandrew Bay has views, a beach, a
playground, cafe and dairy, and is on a route well used by
tourists. Do you really think this road would be so well
maintained if it was just being used by the very few
residents who live out that way? Would the cafe or dairy be
supported enough to remain open without tourists? I think
not. If you choose to live in such a place I'm afraid it
comes at a price, and that price is tourists. Enforce the
rules? Fair enough, but campers should be encouraged.
Ign........ you say: "No one is going to die from a lay
Alcohol poisoning can lead to obstructed airway, respiratory
arrest and cardiac arrest. It's not fun to watch. If you
survive that, there can be long term damage to the liver and
brain and other organs.
Perhaps its time to start charging for self-induced medical
events. Time to stop having nanny pick up the pieces.
Mikestk: I think we can forget the Otago Rugby Union ever
paying back one cent of the ratepayer funds they recieved. I
think had they had any intention to do so we would have heard
about it by now. If the stadium were to be closed the
Highlanders franchise would just move their operation to
Invercargill. I am just as upset as you are about the
terrible losses which have been incurred, but we have to find
ways of moving forward. The debt must be paid down, and in
order to do this assets must be liquidated. If this is not
done the consolidated city debt of $625 million will just
continue to escalate.
Buck: What's your address so they can be sent your way? Pull
your head out of the clouds. It's fine when it doesnt affect
you, your suburb or your children. I am all for visitors to
our city, but maybe if they want to come here they should do
as the rest do and put their money in their pocket and
acutally pay for these services in order to put income back
into the city as you suggest. [Abridged]
Hey, why not put all tourists in a central city underground
car park totaly out of our view! Come on please, how are
these visitors to our city supposed to enjoy it if residents
like this moan when they come here? I just dont get this.
It's a public place for all the people to use, not just the
immediate residents. For me it should still be allowed and
what's more encouraged for freedom campers to visit and stay
there, within laid down rules. Dont blame the tourists -
blame those enforcing the regulations. If you are so
concerned as residents then why not do something positive and
set up a community freedom campers watch?Get together with
the council and become official wardens. Hand out information
to the visitors explaing the rules, and make the council
enforce them. Do that rather than moanining and wanting them
pushed out of your view.
The Consumer article got alot of attention. What it didn't
address was the many options for reducing costs and the
consumer change that takes place once solar is installed.
10 years ago we installed solar thermal (hot water). We
turned off the electric switch to the cylinder. Admittedly,
in the Dunedin environment, with the "ocassional" cloudy
days, our coolest showers were often in late Autumn/eary
Spring when we didn't have the fire going and only the sun,
in shorter days. However, that reduced our power bill over a
Late last year we installed 2kW of PV panels through the
Blueskin scheme - that cost just under $6500. It's been a
crappy summer, but we've been generating, and have finally
turned the electric hotwater on again (ocassionally, i.e.
when the sun is out and we want to give it a boost). Not only
does it reduce costs significantly (our latest monthly bill
was $73), but it is stimulating the whole family to look for
further ways to boost our energy independence. 'Cause its
In the latest issue of the Blueskin News is another article
that reports on a year's worth of solar experience at the
household level, and the owner, a mathmetician, has
calculated that his solar system is providing a return of
14.6% on his investment. No one can stop people making silly
assertions, but we can all decide to live better lives if we
Its difficult enough educating people in how to bring up
children, let alone dogs. It's much easier to get rid
of the breeds that have the ability to do the most damage
when they do attack (for whatever reason they attack - lack
of training, defence or an aggressive tendency). Start with
pitbulls, and I have no problem seeing that go on to
rotweillers and bulldogs. There will still be a hundred other
breeds for people to choose from.
Interesting you mention guns - maybe thats why we have gun
laws and why guns are not readily available. And even
MacDonalds have succumbed to pressure and have healthy food
I'm an animal lover and think its terrible what some people
do to animals, but a dog defending itself is quite a
different thing to a pack of dogs attacking a little
girl. Calvin, you touch on another good reason to ban
certain breeds - there are those among us that train dogs
(commonly pitbulls, as you say) to fight. They choose
particular breeds because they know those breeds are the most
aggressive and the best at fighting.
Get rid of the breeds these horrible people favour and make
this weird sport more difficult and not so interesting.
Unfortunately no consequence in terms of fines or convictions
is going to change these people.