A bunch of can’ts

Nick K at No Minister writes about how Auckland has become a bunch of can’ts:

Want to have a cigarette in an Auckland park?  Can’t.

Want to walk your dog on the beach in Summer on a leash?  Can’t.

Want to buy a house, demolish it and build a modern house?  Can’t.

Want to buy some commercial property and build a fancy new building?  Looks like you can’t.

Want to ride your bike without a helmet along the footpath on Tamaki Drive?  Can’t.

Want to subdivide your land outside the Rural Urban Boundary and sell some sections to some first-home buyers?  Can’t.

Auckland – a city of Can’ts.

It reminds me of the time a Singaporean programmer told me that he had a solution to a particular problem but that he also did’t, by responding to my queries as to his ability to solve the problem: “Can can, cannot also can”.

Looks like Auckland is making the running for “cannot also can”.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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