Is Chorus really that Kafkaesque? No record of what you
claim, sir. Your contract is with the electricity retailer. I
dont think Chorus is that. Apparently what you get from Smart
meters is an electromagnetic field. You also get that if your
property is a semi-detached with a resident next door under
electronic monitoring. (Are you kidding? The fall will
probably kill ya! Butch Cassidy).
TW: Just did a search of the Air NZ website - cheapest i
could get was $99 one way seat only and book weeks in
advance. At 1 week notice it jumps to between $149 and $309
one way, so yes a rip off. I'll never fly Air NZ again after
they they have treated the regions and regional competition
If annual reports have been submitted, as the quarry operator
claims, but the DCC has been "losing" them, then he should
produce them for the newspaper and council to see. That way,
there can be no doubt such reports actually exist.
If there are comprehensive breaches of the consent
conditions, and they are not enforced, and no consequences
are forthcoming, then what is the point of a resource consent
at all? Why bother imposing conditions if there is no
punishment for ignoring or flouting them? The DCC needs to
take a firm line in situations like this or else every other
consent holder in the district will twig to the fact that
consents, and their conditions, are meaningless.
Yes, Jetstar should result in a decrease in Air NZ's pricing
too, although they won't go as low. Of course Jetstar doesn't
offer all their seats at that price. If you are going to a
funeral for example, you will book last minute and have to
pay their top shelf price but it won't be as much as the
equivalent price for Air NZ. Always book as far in advance as
possible to get those first few seats that are offered at
cheap prices. However, if you need to get somewhere important
then take Air New Zealand as Jetstar doesn't have the same
quality service after flights are cancelled and their on-time
performance is still inferior.
In my humble opinion, I don't think King's will get any
bigger. It is already beginning to
stablise. I do see your point. I would
point out however, that when King's roll was getting low and
other schools rolls were close to the 1000 mark, no one got
up in arms and worried that some schools were too big.
The ministry is not telling the entire truth. I find it
interesting that they say they have put in temporary
classrooms to accomodate the large roll. But these
'temporary classrooms' weren't even functional until term 3 -
not at the beginning of the year like is suggested in the
article. So the school was accomodating the 1000+
students just fine. The school has the room. So what
the government is saying is that they have spent the money (a
considerable amount) to put in 'temporary classrooms' and now
want the roll to drop down by 100 pupils. So wouldn't
that mean that they were then over classroomed?
Which is it? It wasn't that long ago that they were
saying King's had too many classrooms for the number of
students. Again, what is the real reason for the
Secondly, King's has met with the Ministry. The
ministry weren't trying to work on a resolution, they were at
the meeting to bully and tell King's what was going to
happen. In my mind this is not working towards a
resolution, this is just meeting to be told what to do.
What is wrong with the people of Dunedin and the councillors
for approving a $8000 trip to China which I can purchase
privately (without the discounts offered to DCC) for under
Indeed why is the mayor off on another junket overseas at
such an inflated cost to ratepayers when there are other far
more important issues to be addressed in his own back yard --
St Claire erosion, shocking street surfaces, improvements in
almost every suburb of the city which seem to have ground to
a halt for lack of enthusiasm or lack of funding.
I hope the people of Dunedin wake up soon and organise a
march on the DCC. Demand resignations and the return some
common sense and reality to the running of the bity.
Next election should see the back end of the majority of
councillors, many of the so-called management staff and the
introduction of a caring and sensible council that actually
listens to the people. Looks like the scoreboard is
showing yet another correct score for Vandervis and yet
another epic fail for Cull. [Abridged]
"Did we all read the article about the school pupils from
China? I bet they spent more than $8,000 in their time
here, and have gone back to tell their friends and family
about their experiences."
I'm not so sure about what they spent,
these trips are usually - even more so than cruise ships -
arranged in detail and paid for "back home", not in NZ.
And did they come here because of Dunedin's mayor and
his chums' jaunts - including this latest one - or because of
the sterling work put in by school and university
representatives who have been making and maintaining links
with Chinese educational establishments for yonks (not on my
rates money either)?