FJ I fully agree! I am a female, I do come from another country and yes I have seen females in NZ (not all but most who drive a SUV) cannot drive, use an indicator properly, think the review mirror is a make up applicator device or have any idea of how large their vehicle is! All the near misses I have had are due to the lovely ladies not looking before they change a lane!
Ladies get your act together! Use that mirror to see the traffic behind you, indicate for 3's minimum and turn your pretty little neck to make sure no one is in your blind spot. Oh and drive to the speed limit, if not stay LEFT!
Does Mr Bob Jones always indicate? Does he leave straight away? I'm ready to go as soon as the light hits green, often having to toot at other drivers to go faster. Yes, I'm cautious at roundabouts, I didn't realise not wanting to crash was such an issue. Roundabouts are a bitch to go through because you don't know what other drivers will do. Better to take your time than crash and cause further delays.
How dare he put all drivers in the same category.
If women drivers are so bad why are our insurance premiums lower and why is it males aged 18 -2 4 who have the most fatalities on the road?
sweetpea It took me over 2 hours to fill in my voting papers. That is despite of there only being 6 candidates for the 2 council positions and 7 candidates for 6 positions on the Licencing Trust. Worse still is that my carefully chosen choices for the health board will be given the same weight as those of an 18 year old I know who selected her choices by closing her eyes and pointing.
Hardly surprising give there were 35 candidates to rank for 7 positions. Everybody with a barrow to push (all 17 of them) wants to run for mayor. Only the election for the community board seemed to offer anything like the local representation we used to enjoy and a chance to vote for people we know and have met.
However the community board seems powerless in shadow of city council so is it any wonder a number of voters feel disenfranchised.
Took me 5 minutes. I'd pre decided and actually bothered to research the candidates. There was a website availble where people could do this. Not voting makes a mockery of democracy and is honestly quite shameful.
Wise Guy Now that Kim Dotcom has generously offered to help bankroll the next Team NZ challenge I think we should go ahead and try to keep the team together and have another go at it. It was an exciting spectacle, particulary the last week's races. Never before has my heart beat so fast just watching a sporting event, it was totally absorbing.
To Dalts, Deanno, and the rest of the team, commiserations guys. Hang in there and take on board the lessons we've learned, we can and will do better.
Ratepayer & Taxpayer "We should also stop funding events with negligible international significance"
That should include Rugby. Another minority sport on the global scale. Rugby just scrapes in to 10th spot.
Higher School of Thought If Labour start promoting the man ban instead of concentrating on the major issues they do not have a show at the next election. They need to get some focus otherwise the Tory owned and aligned Press will have a field day. National's $75 Billion in overseas borrowings and $15.8 Billion remitted overseas in dividends to owners of formerly owned State Asset Enterprises is not a big deal. Not worth reporting on.
It saddens me that you all have such negative attitudes.
Even if it IS a rich mans sport, isn't that something we should aspire to? Shouldn't we aspire to compete internationally? We can't give up now, not when we're this close. I can't wait for the next campaign and I'll happily give $50.
badfish Here's an idea, take 36 million tax payer dollars...put 26 million evenly into starship hospital, breast cancer research and child cancer research then use 8 of the remaining ten million to oganise a fishing competition open to local and international fishermen (and women) the last two million as prize money for said competition. Result- huge influx of visitors to our shores, show case our marine industries ie boatbuilding/fishing/tackle suppliers/local charter industry/ hospitality and accomodation and by opening up the competition area to include the whole coastline the benefits would not be limited to Auckland only. On top of all that we could charge an entry fee to off set the original ten million dollar cost.....a whole lot more of NZ would benefit for a whole lot less cost. just a thought.
You think we should be happy with coming 700 metres away from another victory? I'm not happy with it and I would be very disappointed if we gave up now. I'm happy for $50 of my taxes to go on it (assuming we invest $100 million).
Kyussnz Wow, what a defeatist attitude. Obviously an Editor who has never ever competed ?
The big issue with our gov't backing TNZ - is supporting our small niche in a top global industry : Superyachts & top line race yachts. This is barely recognised at the end of the editorial. If the govt is not going to promote NZ.Inc in innovative global industry what are they there to do ? Winning the cup is a major bonus but not the sole factor.
'It's the Economy, Stupid. '
The "reputations" of NZ Yachties and designers will only last a few years if our indsutry fades away.
Extremely short-sighted / ignorant / gutless Editorial.
SuziQ Wow what a load of rubbish you write, it is not gutless to walk away we need to walk away now not because of the funding but because we will never win it ever while Daddy Warbags Ellison and his billions are going to throw more money more technology you may as well paddle a waka against a Hamilton Jet boat it is not a fair fight - walk away and look to other opportunities. I do believe we need to promote our boat building and seamanship that is money well spent, but chasing a dream we can never achieve that is what is stupid. Have some pride walk away.
Fitness is a real issue and winning, not coming close and actually achieving is a real issue. If we bow out now we set a really bad bad bad bad bad example to kids and the world. We have to pay to contest it again.
BillyBG Given the current economic climate, and the fact that so many people are struggling to live on low incomes in NZ these days, there is absolutely NO way that the taxpayers should be giving any money to another America's Cup defence, if they want to take part again then it has to be with their own fundraising, not with a Government hand-out. As a taxpayer I object to funding any sport, e.g. Rugby World Cup millions etc. The country needs to concentrate on the things that are important - health, education etc.
Kiwimac It's mainly that Auckland is the de facto capital of NZ now.
Wellington has an unspoken fear that eventually the government will accept that fact and move. At which point, Wellington will become the Picton of the north island.
Sam There are a numbaer of reasons why this site may have been chosen, the 4 most likely I have listed below.
A) Len Brown still thinks he is Mayor of Manukau, not Auckland.
B) Auckland council have inherited a white elephant of a multi storey carpark building just over the road from the proposed site, and a new tourist attraction may fill it (for once).
C) It is local body elections and Mr Brown is campaigning
D) As the minister is from Wellington, he may not know what a Manukau is.
james the surname is your "family" name and therefore it makes sense for both spouses to share the same name if they consider themselves a family and want to be identified as such. And why adopt the husband's name? men are the natural leaders and figureheads so it makes sense to continue the name along paternal lines.
Odette ~Jay walkers.
~People who think Russell Norman's idea to print cash was a good one.
~SUV drivers who pull up to intersections and entirely obscure the view of other drivers wanting to turn left or right at the same T intersection ( you guys are total dorks and if you can't see past the top of my bonnet in a car that's an extra 2 feet of the ground then I question your manners, your intelligence and you driving skills. Failing that you need effing glasses)
~Pedestrians that stand next to cross walks oblivious to the traffic stopping for them.
~Students stepping out onto the road wearing headphones who when you have the right-of- way look p***** off or get abusive if you remind them with your horn of their obligations.
~Cash Machine users who instead of stepping aside, or put there money in as they go use the terminal as some sort of personal booth while other people wait while they do anything from tidy there wallet to search for car keys.
~The horizontal shopping trolly parkers in the aisles.
~The people that think it's important that there 3 year old chat to me when I have just minutes between meetings to organise something. This is NOT cute.
Citizen Cane In Film, theatre and tv (where I work some times) it's quite common. Mostly because of the hours and amount of work involved you become like a mini family. I was in a play last year with a friend of mine that was very un huggy (it felt weird). In my day to day job though hugging my colleagues is definitely out of the question. As a disabled person though I can tell you that as I'm hugging I'm thinking "don't fall over". Hugging tall women is also really awkward.
Gondwana It's all men's fault Becky. But don't worry when women gain full control their will be no more issues with body image.
It will all be made illegal after all self image is not the responsibility of one's self. Is it?
No employer wants to be seen to be paying one staff member more which means good staff are held back by those who aren't as good. This is where the real problem is. But if you're a good employee you'll earn more than minimum wage. The last time I was on it was when I was 13 when it was $5 at a local dairy.
MJ Any raise in the minimum wage has a flow on effect. If the minimum wage is raised to $15 an hour, anybody currently earning that would (rightly) expect a pay rise to compensate them for the additional skills they have as opposed to someone earning a minimum wage.
If you don't like being on it get an education and become good at what you do so you will earn more naturally without Government or union interference. All minimum wages and unions do is hold good workers back. If you're good you'll be paid your worth.
SAHM It was just a bunch of nothing - i didnt ''get it'. Is Alison Mau the only female presenter TVNZ has - she seems to be everywhere at the same time. Jack Tane would be great fronting a current affairs show with wit and humour.
David F For the first time in a long time John Key appeared positively gleeful. He knows that if the kind of fluff piece he appeared in can lead Seven Sharp on its first night there is no chance at all that the programme will ever inconvenience him with any kind of searching analysis of his government's policies.
Meanwhile on TV3, John Campbell opened by calling Hekia Paraka to account for refusing yet again to front for an interview on the Novopay debacle. Shame on you TVNZ.
Colin Will this barrage of sycophantic editorial toward the dead/alive Paul Holmes ever end?
The guy was simply a television and radio presenter, and an egocentric one, even in death he couldn't bear to recede from the limelight. Compassion? The hyperbole that's printed about Paul Holmes makes him out to be a modern combination of Mother Theresa and Walter Cronkite. Is New Zealand such a hopeless place that the only people our media can effectively canonise are the already over-exposed?
Rest in peace Paul Holmes. Please.
FMax What exactly is the problem? Is it because Coca-Cola is bad?
Let's compare Coke to a product that people seem happy for children to eat: bread.
Coke has a Glycemic Index score of 65. The GI of bread (white or brown) is 70 (not including any added boost from sugary spreads).
Coke has none of the nutrients we need to stay healthy, but then again neither does bread (don't believe the marketing). Coke can contribute to insulin resistance, so does bread, which also creates gluten intolerance.
Coke is made from sugar and additives, bread is made from the extremely genetically modified dwarf wheat.
Coke is not good for you, but bread is worse and people give it to children without comment. Wouldn't it be better to write an article about that? I guess it's easier to write the piece that doesn't require any real research...
Not Argumentative Once upon a time men went to work and women stayed home. Pay rates were good enough for a family to live on one income. Then along came the drive for equality and women went into the work force.
With twice as many people looking for work supply and demand being what it is employers could afford to pay much less. Now a family needs two incomes to get by, with both parents working. Congratulations, well done, that was a good idea wasn't it!
Adam Simplistic sensationalistic reporting always ignores the data behind the headline. Whenever this "gap" is studied, the true explanation is much less sexist. Women overall (certainly there are exceptions, but this issue is about generalities) put in less overtime and more frequently take breaks in employment.
When you remove that disparity, the pay disparity disappears too. The other trick is to say something vague like "female doctors make less than male doctors", ignoring that pediatricians earn less than surgeons. Maybe there should be more female surgeons, but that's an entirely different debate. We should get the full facts accurate before we start arguing identity politics.
Deal to Crims Recently I employed a young lady and she immediately went out and got pregnant - now on maternity leave with nobody to do the job.
2 years before another lady in a more senior role got pregnant and left a big hole in the business.
I have another lady, who does a very good job but she is also trying to get pregnant and will once again leave the company in the lurch.
I dont mind paying equal pay for equal work, and they do very good work, all of them, but how can we run a business or plan ahead when we cannot rely on our staff being here to do the job?
From a purely objective viewpoint, If we have to recruit again we will be looking to recruit males or women over childbearing age.
If you were an employer would you place a value over stability in your workforce? If so it may be evident why more is paid to those who are likely to provide greater reliability and stability.
I've with ANZ in the past, and currently I'm with National Bank and ASB.
I'm pretty sure I'll be closing my National Bank account once my overdraft is paid. That's the only thing tying to me them right now.
If I wanted to bank with ANZ I already would be?
They can't say jobs won't be lost, what about situations where a National Bank is right next to an ANZ or opposite eachother like on Queen Street, K Road, Mount Roskill or in smaller cities? There will definitely be job losses.
Sally's okay, but Jaime needs a dose of reality. Jaime needs to: - go flatting. - learn independence and not to rely on a man. - spend time with a charity. - Not be so vain about her hair. - Form a relationship with her father and siblings. - go without her ipad and other stuff for a few days so she knows how privileged she is. Jaime is a total insult to those who work hard and I'd be surprised if she's actually worked a day in her life. Sally needs to set some boundaries for Jaime. I will tune in next week but it was car crash television.
Ted Filter My pet peeves about the gym are that 1: it costs money, 2: it doesn't get anything done, 3: it doesn't develop any worthwhile skills. Ok - it does get you fit, but I prefer to get my exercise in ways that improve my environment (building fences, paving paths, clearing scrub, painting) maintain my environment (lawns, gutters) save power and provide pleasant ambience (load, unload, chop, stack firewood). The added benefit is that not only do these things improve my life, but I'm saving myself money instead of spending it. Each to their own. I guess some ppl like the social aspect of gyms.
I've been following this story very closely and from my point of view we're all missing the point.
This didn't happen because of guns.
This happened because a mentally unstable person hadn't received the medical treatment they required and until we address the real issues and understand the psychology, these events will continue to happen. So you could take away all the guns but mentally unstable people will still find a way, because they're exactly that, mentally unstable. That's what needs addressing.
Amazingg The lack of comment proves my case in point. Sadly.
Just 5 people were interested enough to comment. Perhaps if you had a picture of a pole dancer, or a beach volleyball player (female, of course, because the International Olympic Committee issued a directive saying the women had to wear thongs to raise viewer numbers).
Marginalised, raped, battered, killed, maimed in alarming numbers. Still.
TNP I think woman tend to think first in terms of rules, whereas men tend to think first in terms of reason. The result being that woman are very good at quickly internalising rules and therefore learning fast in an institutional context, whereas men tend to be more "rebellious" to the rules.
Unconsciously we all know this, and this is why woman can be so rapidly promoted to middle management types position. But men tend to make it to the very top because minds of reason are what make the rules in the first place. Ultimately it is and always will be a man's world. The masculine mind always sits at the executive.
Argonaut Thats because women judge other women.
And men have grown up learning to ignore mum (and every other female voice)
Males have an instinctive response to information, if its from the wife, check it, if its from a mate, trust it. The same thing happens in meetings, she says something, its ignored, guy repeats it, its accepted. Unless she is strident (aka bitchy). Then it is begrudgingly accepted.
Look at car accidents. When the woman yells stop, the male driver says "why?" (and then hits something). The male yells stop (or reaches for the handbrake) and the female driver slams on the brakes, (causing a nose to tale).
There are only three ways for a woman to succeed, start her own business (please, not with the husband), out man the men (and ignore the females), or have a fairy god father (aka mentor).
Society does not allow any other type of woman to succeed.
Nationals My mother is obese and she actually doesn't eat enough food. Her diet is not what her body needs and her body stores as much of the food into fat because she is under nourished. She also cannot afford good quality food.
She also does not do any excercise because her joints are stuffed from carrying the weight around. She does not want to be obese but is not prepared to work through the pain or embarrassment of excersizing.
I on the other hand have played sport all my life and still weigh in at 110kg, certainly overweight but not to bad. I have abused my body in sport and spent more time in hospital than most of my family combined and I am sure I have cost the tax payer a lot of money. People are who they are, we will all die of something!
Viv I fail to see how a plastic 'R' on a car is going to have any influence on the road toll. Sure the age group who would be using these plates do figure highly in the statistics, but how can having a plate on the car make any difference?
Other age groups have fatal accidents too, and some of those involved have been driving for many years. By limiting the CC rating of the cars learners and restricted drivers are allowed to drive might make a difference though.
YouKNOWItsTheTruth Also @ Liz Shaw and Warwick H-S: If you look at the definition of high-risk drivers in the accompanying story, it isn't age-based. It includes "those with histories of drink-driving, speeding and illegal street racing". These can be any age.
It's about attitude, though I was pleased to see the stats in the accompanying article about the number of fatalities on the roads.
But seriously, passing a test, turning a certain age.it's not an indicator of how well one can drive. You just have to see the number of people speeding in the CBD and those who don't use their indicators to know that a large number of people have terrible driving habits.
When I was on my learners I didn't drive with my L Plates, nobody wants to draw attention to the fact they're on a learners license, and with regards to R plates, nope, not necessary. It's attitudes that need to be changed, not putting a plate on a window.
People need to respect the roads and other drivers, and the licensing system is ridiculously flawed.
Joseph First of all why is an aussie in the top spot of TVNZ? Do we really want their influence on our media? I certainly don't.
Second of all I find this laughable considering the total celebrity obsession of Australia.
Reeks of typical aussie condescension & arrogance if you ask me.
The Aussie media goes way more in depth than the NZ media does as I've previously highlighted.
The problem is there are few journalists because advertising is deemed more important to the accountants running the show. Until we hire more journalists we won't have quality journalism in this country.
When politicians here give press conferences, the whole thing is not broadcast unlike in Australia.
There were very few articles about the budget and there is nobody actually offering in depth analysis or insight. It's because you've cut too many journalists and would rather dumb is down rather than convey all the facts. Australia news is a billion times better. I refer to Sky news and ABC.
Ross The Green Party is upset with Lockwood Smith following the law? So what are they suggesting, he break it? Dr Smith has referred this to see if funding can be sought. The summary of events above is extremely biased and does not represent the full story as outlined in your earlier article,
The harbour is one of Auckland's assets. Don't touch it and don't make decisions without consulting the public and please do better journalism ie/ bring it to our attention before its too late. Alex Sweny is right. I'll be complaining to the council about this and their treatment of occupy protesters.
It's really a case of if you value your life and if you value other people on the roads. It's about driving to the conditions and not driving dangerously, having common sense etc. I wish they'd bring back the "if you drink and drive you're a bloody idiot" ads rather than having mild ones. But really, just common sense and consideration.
Rodney Hang on everyone. Exactly what God given Right does Winston have to get coverage? The media is free to report whatever that want. If he's not newsworthy enough to earn their time, that's his problem and not theirs. If Winston wants More coverage, he needs to start his own TV station.