December 2018

Let’s ban cars from Auckland’s CBD

Credit: Brett Phibbs

Sick of the convenience of taking your car into the city?  Simon Wilson talks through his ideas on how to remove cars from the inner city.  This from A NewspaperQuote:

Next year, hallelujah, we’re going to have some trials to work out how to remove unnecessary cars from the inner city.

What does it mean? We don’t know. There’s still much to be resolved, especially for people with special mobility challenges, tradies and people who don’t want to ride a bicycle or scooter. And if you work late – if you feel vulnerable for any reason at all – and right now your car provides you with transport security, how will you get home?

Much to decide. Therefore, much need for trials. Here are 25 they might try. end quote.

I’ve taken the 25 headlines that Simon used, which you can read for yourself in the article, and come up with some comments and some translations of what he really has in mind.

1. Get the whole council on board, especially Auckland Transport.

Well, that’s pretty unlikely.

2. Experiment with fares and frequencies.

Let’s really mess with the timetable, as they did in Wellington, that was a huge success!  People are still raving about it.  Oh, wait …

3. Fix the shared spaces.

Create more opportunities for pedestrians to be mown down by errant scooters and bikes.

4. Remove car park spots.

Have trouble walking? Something heavy to carry?  Be prepared for a long hike to the nearest carpark. Read more »

It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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$3 million to upgrade Premier House

It seems that a National prime minister is not fit to live in Premier House and can’t even have $300,000 in upgrades, whereas Jacinda can somehow justify upgrade costs of $3 million if Chris Hipkins’ comments are anything to go by.

But of course, we must have the best for Jacinda, Clarke and the first baby. quote.

In 2011, Hipkins was critical of renovations at Premier House under the previous government, including a $215,000 painting bill, a $55,366 spend on re-carpeting and more than $3000 on new blinds.

“Every Kiwi family struggling to pay the bills knows that if you can’t afford to pay for dinner, new carpet and curtains for the lounge get pushed a long way down the list,” he said at the time.

Hipkins yesterday said $3 million was not too much to be spending to upgrade Premier House.

Asked about his 2011 comments, he said these were two different issues.

“These are not superficial changes, they are for security concerns and security things do come with a reasonably hefty price tag – that’s unavoidable, unfortunately.” end quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Winston admits the ban on letting fees will cause rent increases

… but he did it anyway…

Cast your mind back to October 2017. We were told that capitalism had failed. We were told that dark clouds were forming on the economic horizon and that we should not blame the incoming government – selected by Winston Peters – for the hard times that were to come. We, the great unwashed, were told not to worry. Winston had chosen a government that was going to bring ‘kindness’ back. Winston, on his white charger, was going to save us from those mean, nasty capitalists and make New Zealand great again.

Well, how is that working out?

TVNZ  reports that Winston acknowledges that one of his government’s policies is causing rents to increase.

(Only one of them, huh?) quote.

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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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Meningococcal outbreak: Kindness missing in Northland

It’s been six months since concerns were raised about a potential outbreak of meningococcal disease.  A newspaper reports:  Quote:

[…] Northland DHB chief executive Nick Chamberlain confirmed to the Herald that it raised concerns with the Ministry of Health on May 16 and asked if an active national vaccination campaign should be considered because it was seeing an increase of cases in Northland and across New Zealand.

“We also noted that with our high deprivation population in Northland, we were concerned about what potentially may be evolving here. To that end we questioned if our threshold in Northland for a local campaign would need to be assessed,” Chamberlain said.[…]  End of quote.

The reason high deprivation is a problem is that the disease is spread by spit or saliva in close contact.  Large families living in small spaces increase the risk of transmission.  Quote.

[…] The definition of a community outbreak of meningococcal disease is three or more confirmed cases of the same strain within a three-month period that are not linked and are within a specific age group or community group and the rate of disease is at least 10 cases per 100,000 people.[…]

[…] On Monday the Government announced an urgent immunisation programme to fight the outbreak in Northland, which has had the highest number of cases and deaths of the strain.

Three of the six nationwide MenW deaths this year, including a 7-year-old girl and a teenage boy, occurred in Northland. The number of MenW cases nationwide jumped from five in 2016 to 29 this year, including seven in Northland.

The vaccination programme will start on December 5 and target children aged 9 months to four years, and those aged 13 to 19 years.

National’s associate health spokesman Shane Reti has accused Health Minister David Clark’s description of the outbreak as a “slight rise” in the disease.  End of quote.

I’m sure the families that have lost loved ones don’t think of it so benignly.  Quote. Read more »

It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Cry baby of the week goes to the mother of Abcde

This week’s winner of the crybaby of the week award goes to the Texan mum who thought it was a good idea to call her daughter Abcde.  No, the cat didn’t just run across my keyboard, that really is the poor child’s name.  A Newspaper reports:  Quote.

A Texas mother is calling out a Southwest Airlines employee who she said mocked her 5-year-old daughter’s name and posted a picture of the child’s boarding pass on social media.

Traci Redford told ABC affiliate KABC her daughter’s name is Abcde, pronounced “ab-si-dee.”  End of quote.

That’s bordering on child abuse. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the name Abcde has never featured in the list of the 1,000 most popular names.   Quote. Read more »

It’s great to have a voice.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King

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Maori more affected by climate change

Seeing that you are no longer allowed to express your opinions about climate change on Stuff (unless you are a fawning believer, that is), I thought maybe you would like the opportunity to have your say on some of their climate change articles on Whaleoil instead. quote.

quote.

[Mike] Smith, the activist, is now in charge of climate change policy for the high profile Iwi Leaders Group. end quote.

Well, we are off to a cracking start. We all know how level-headed and objective the average activist is. quote.

He says Māori, in particular, are at greater risk from the effects of climate change.

“We’re super vulnerable, like we are to anything,” Smith says.

“When it comes to climate change it’s like the poorest people in the world are going to be hit the hardest first and that’s a lot of us.” end quote.

I think the climate mantra is that, in general, the poor on the planet will be most affected – like those who live in the Bay of Bengal or Banda Ache in Indonesia. I don’t think the climate dogmatists meant Onehunga or Upper Hutt somehow. quote.

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