…oh deary me….
…oh deary me….
Half the US population lives in the blue areas, the other half in the grey areas.
Urban expert rejects city compaction.
Urban planner are lofty dreamers who think their work directs the way cities are shaped and formed. Except it doesn’t and now one of the world’s leading experts is in New Zealand to talk about it.
A French urban planning expert is in New Zealand this week, courtesy of think-tank the New Zealand Initiative.
Alain Bertaud, a global urban planning expert, disagrees with the compact city planning model being used in Auckland and Christchurch and is visiting those cities and Wellington.
He is formerly a planner for the World Bank and has worked in Tehran, Hong Kong and St Petersburg.
Bertaud says compactness cannot be created by planners.
“The urban village model exists only in the mind of urban planners,” he says, adding that mobility and affordability suffer.
I’ll spare you the detailed description on Barry Soper and Audrey Young’s mandatory buttock grabbing (you can read that here, if you really want), ¬†instead, picking up the story here:
I never thought anything could top Laila Harre’s 2002 defeat explanation with her “unfortunately the public voted with their heads”, but, by God, there’s been some serious challenges – notably from Laila herself.
Even the most hardened hacks were dumbstruck by her protest at allowing her boss into the country. But she was immediately trumped by Kim Dotcom himself, who agreed it was an outrage. If he feels that strongly then America – where he’s destined to end up anyway – will give him a big hello, plus free accommodation for a very long time, although decidedly smaller than his current abode.
Colin Craig continues to delight. Explaining away his nutty image, he instead cemented it by saying: “It was logical to platform off the rhetoric already being discussed.” Psychiatrists are banned from entering, but there’s a trip to Upper Volta for anyone making sense of that.
Having lost female voters after declaring New Zealand women promiscuous, Colin is now targeting homosexuals by an advertising campaign showing him lying in long grass with a come-hither look. Missing is a rose stem between his teeth.
To add to the madness, Labour’s normally sane Andrew Little, jealous of Trevor Mallard’s moa headlines, declared men charged with sex crimes will be automatically guilty unless they can prove their innocence.
Then to further alienate male voters, Labour’s serial apologiser leader chimed in, unbelievably apologising for being a man.
If you were writing a script, you’f be going: ¬†“no, too much, it’s starting to get to the point nobody would believe this could actually happen”. ¬†And yet… the current farce isn’t over yet!
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Perhaps the stupidest and nastiest MP in the current parliament has some explaining to do.
Her mad rantings to Andrea Vance just won’t cut it.
NZ First MP Asenati Lole-Taylor will come under scrutiny as part of a Department of Corrections investigation into the accessing of criminal records.
The list MP was employed as a rehabilitation and reintegration services adviser for the Pacific-Northern region until 2011.
It was revealed earlier this month that her husband Dennis Taylor, a Corrections manager, was under investigation amid allegations the record of former party official Marise Bishop was accessed. Investigators have examined electronic fingerprints, which record when, where and who accessed records.
It is understood they now want to speak to Lole-Taylor. ¬†¬† Read more »
Jon Snow obviously feels the Israeli’s should stop, as to stop killing children. ¬†So that Hamas can continue to fire rockets all day long to kill Israeli 20 year olds. ¬† Read more »
Andrea Vance muses on the fallout of Key’s announcement yesterday
With opinion polls placing National well clear of 50 per cent, Key has judged he doesn’t need to risk having Craig. The chances of the Conservatives leader now reaching the 5 per cent threshold required to get into Parliament are weak.
Key has confidently gambled that voters are not as turned off by political deals as his opponents claim. By continuing electoral accommodations in Ohariu and Epsom, Key breathed life back into the moribund ACT and UnitedFuture parties. Barely registering 1 per cent support, David Seymour and Peter Dunne will be grateful enough not to cause him any trouble should he win a third term. Read more »
Photos don’t lie! *
Clear evidence of some alien tampering going on there, if you ask me.