Huge cruise ships full of vacationers do not want to dock at
a container port or look at pile of logs. All this talk
of 'positivity' about Dunedin is OK for those who are
directly benefiting from the magical millions of dollars
spilling from the pockets of the tourists, but the large
marjority of city residents gain nothing.
And if the council put as much money into attractive port
reception for the ships,as they do into that far-off airport,
then the cruisers might feel more inclined to
I like rodeo. The bull riding was the only good part of the
ad - that and the fact they used an actual up and coming
female rider rather than stunt doubles or CGI. The voiceover
was just strange. But then I am not the target market! The ad
has certainly got mileage from this lot anyway.
Call centres are often not where we think they are, due to
the practice of setting up customer service in low wage
economies. It is embarrassing for the aged Eurocentric to
happily enquire 'And how are things in Manila?' to be told
'Finas, finas, last time I was there, but we're all sitting
in Auckland'. Paid by piece is piecework. Sweating, Rev
Waddell called it.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I believe that Key
has already made up his mind that we're going to
have troops in Iraq. I believe that he's already
given his idol the nod. When he says "training," what's
he on about? Is he talking about training battle theory in a
classroom setting, or is he talking about "on the job"
training where our troops go with the Iraqis into
battle? We really need Key to be clear on this.
Furthermore, what is a "potential option"? An option is
an option, there is no potential about it. Please
regard Key's syntax as a softening up gambit.
You are not wrong there, I wonder about National's
trenchant opposition to a capital gains tax. Can it be
that National ministers are themselves property
speculators? Or is it simply that they cannot stand the
kind of progressive solutions that Labour stands for?
Let's face it, Labour is a building party and National
is a destructive party. Think of the great things that
have been done in this country and then see if you
can think of any that National have been responsible
for. That's my challenge!
After an incredible act of carelessness with a firearm
(assuming we actually believe Pistorius' version of events),
Oscar gets only five years and is likely to be out of jail in
less than a year. If this happened in New Zealand, he would
get a great deal more jail time and the Reva Steenkamp's
family would be in the media saying he got off lightly. In
South Africa, the mood appears to be that it is remarkable he
is going to jail at all and the victim's family seems pleased
with the sentence.
I know New Zealand has been criticised for having one
of the highest rates of imprisonment in the world. Could it
be that being from this country, I'm used to higher jail
sentences and so Oscar's sentence just seems light to me?
Alternately is life very cheap in South Africa and this sort
of thing is no big deal in that country?
Perhaps somebody from South Africa could offer an African
Don't worry about little old me. Just an opinion. It touches
a raw nerve any time Dunedin is mentioned in a negative way
and that is a good thing as it shows people care. However
there lies the problem as the stuck-in-the-muds continue to
stick their heads in the sand thinking if they dont pull it
out nobody will notice how tired and un inspiring it is here.
You show me the growth here, show me where anything is
actualy moving forward not just cruising along (pun
intended). Try finding a job here in town that is prepared to
let you know what the wage will be before you get it, show me
where those who loose their jobs will pick up new ones. Time
for a new focus on the future rather than the same old
rubbish about how lucky we are as fact is we cant live on the
This is not pollution; it is woodsmoke. It is the lost aroma
of agrarian New Zealand, much missed by city dwellers. Good
gracious, some people go as far afield as Fielding for the
nostalgia of a good blow. Wanaka, how do you cope with
windblown dust and dirt?
Is it just Day Liberty for cruise passengers? This seems a
great rush in which to take in Chalmers, the City, Taieri
Gorge and 'Albatross?' (no dear, you cant eat them). Stays
are short. Do they ever get an overnighter?
Apologies for the non-reply for 2 years. I did not look
at the online edition.
I do not have an answer, but I have a direction and am a firm
believer in the principle 'above all do no harm'. Hence
I believed that the regime of Assad, while not good from some
points of view was a reasonable one and not good for the West
to help a very motley crew overthrow. I did not realise
how right I would be. The West and various other elements
have funded the rise of ISIS, who are now very well equipped.
Now, even if IS is defeated, who will come in their
place? Syria, the previous bogeyman? Iraq, where
Shia Muslims have been totally excluding Sunnis and asking
for help to bomb them? Iran, another current bogeyman,
who the Iraqi Sunnis attacked in the Gulf War? A new
governmentthat the US scratches together? Their track record
on this is very bad. Presumably Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan
The Kurds will have to be helped and clearly Turkey has had
its arm twisted by the US, who have said, 'If you will
not help the Kurds we will and they will have even more
antipathy to you'.