I can think of three communities that Michael Stedman is
Dunedin's wider community, that has not been consulted at all
but will contribute through their rates,
The Mosgiel community, which was not consulted either, which
will also contribute twice by donations and rates,.
And the third community of schools, swimming and sports clubs
and others we have not been told about who were approached,
and probably will not pay anything at all but will benefit
I recall some years ago seeing TV footage of a skeet shooting
catapult mishap. A calibrating weight made of iron was
accidentaly fired from it. This easily penetrated the side
window of a parked car and emerged through another, to
disappear from the camera view.
Adding this demonstrated energy to the combined velocity of
two approaching vehicles, as the calculated ballistics appear
to confirm, a reasonably plausable cause emerges.
This is worthy of further investigation as these devices are
not all that common. Local knowledge would be invaluable.
Let's see: "although the community is willing to put in $7.5
million, or 50%...." Is there a teeny weeny smidgen of
I mean this bit: "The next step was getting the community to
respond during the submission process. 'Nothing will
happen unless the community take a small amount of time and
engage. It's as simple as that.' ''
The community isn't already "engaged" already? So what
community is it that "is willing to put in $7.5 million"?
How many separate communities is Mr Stedman talking about?
We've entered a new age of robber barons. We've got a bunch
of people enriching themselves without adding anything to the
As for CEO's of government departments, the status quo has
come about since Rogernomics started to usher in political
appointments to senior positions. Before that, department
heads worked their way up through their departments and on
the way received a firm appreciation of their systems. Not a
single one of them received the kind of stratospheric
salaries achieved by the current crop.
Political appoints do no one any good except the government
of the day, and it seems that if they fail to toe the party
line they get ditched along the way, taking with them a
weighty severance package. It seems the public loses both
Clare Curran should be trumpeting a return to the status
Because the statistics show that this spate of MVA and
fatalities is caused by overseas drivers. Because a
5-year-old child should not be a statistic. Maybe those are
good reasons to concentrate on unsafe tourist drivers.
Yesterday after driving around at 10 to 8 looking for a
carpark around the Uni I finally found one on Dundas and
walked the half click to work. After doing my 8 hours and
then 2 more unpaid overtime I arrived back to my ride which
is a ute. To find someone had filled half the tray with empty
After a little considerment I just unloaded it all onto the
side of the road as I figured that the lazy little angels
probably lived quite close and they where the neighbourhood's
problem and not mine. I am usually very civic minded so not
proud of having to do that. [abridged]