Auckland Council is beating the developers

Auckland Council is winning. It’s now some two months since the Council secretly voted to suspend Special Housing Areas in greenfield areas.

The Council has always preferred its compact city plan. The troughing Councillors all want it and the hungry planners want it even more. They hate the idea of people owning a house and want everyone stacked into same same communist styled apartment buildings, riding trains and doing precisely what they are told.

And so what has the Government done about this? Nothing.

Developers are now sitting on vast land holdings they can’t develop. In good faith they have gone out, borrowing tens of millions to buy land because they were led to believe the Special Housing Areas were going to make consenting easier, faster and with less hassle from Auckland Council.

Except that hasn’t happened. The Council has cut off the supply and left the greenfield developers stranded. Withholding infrastructure Auckland Council is wielding an iron fist over greenfield expansion.

In the meantime the Council is also thumbing it’s nose at the directions advice of the Independent Hearings Panel on the Unitary Plan.

In short Council is doing what it wants. Screw everyone else.   Read more »

The (2nd) Great Whaleoil Census – Part 9: How many registered vehicles in your household?

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Good morning.  About two years ago we ran a “census” to get an idea of what our audience was all about.  We’re going to do that again, but this time it will be one question per day, each morning.  I will attempt to collate the previous questions as we go along, so that anyone who misses one can find a reasonably easy way to have a vote or to review the results.

Although we have a huge list of questions to work through, feel free to suggests ones that are close to your heart in the comments.

Part 9:  – How many registered vehicles in your household?

As we head into a long weekend, some of these questions will be a little snooze inducing.  I don’t want to do the important ones while a lot of readers are away.

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Today in History

Corsair_FG-1D_Bu88391_RNZAFOn this day, in 1940, the first flight was made of an aircraft designated XF4U-1, later to be known as the Chance Vought F4U Corsair. Read more »

Face of the day

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Kim Dotcom PHOTO-File

 

Today’s face of the day Kim Dotcom loves a good Party.

I wonder if he will be accepting this invitation?

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

axiom (noun) – 1. A self-evident or universally recognized truth; a maxim.
2. An established rule, principle, or law.
3. A self-evident principle or one that is accepted as true without proof as the basis for argument; a postulate.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : late 15th century, from Middle French axiome, from Latin axioma, from Greek axioma “authority,” literally “that which is thought worthy or fit,” from axioun “to think worthy,” from axios “worthy, worth, of like value, weighing as much,” from PIE adjective *ag-ty-o- “weighty,” from root *ag- “to drive, draw, move”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28

16 A ruler with no understanding will oppress his people, but one who hates corruption will have a long life.

Thursday nightCap

Jerry fires double-barreled pistols

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Today’s Trivia

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Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Deaf babies engage in “fingerbabble” that mimics the verbal babbling of their hearing peers. When raised around signing parents, they start forming repetitive, rudimentary sign shapes with their hands that resemble monosyllabic verbal babbles. (souce)   Read more »