When building has been vetoed, the building plans might just as well be used for dunny paper

July 24, 2010

It took a while for Alf to find out why a multi-millionaire’s family has been denied approval to build two houses on their own property on Waiheke Island.

There’s a whiff of objections being raised just because the buggers are rich.

Objectors to the housing plans wailed about the mischief that would be done to some old bones on the property.

But the bones weren’t the undoing of the Spencers.

The Herald tells the story today:

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If the railway platform is too short, the remedy is obvious – you simply send in shorter trains

July 8, 2010

Alf has often wondered whatever happened to the blokes who built this…

And this…

He is wondering no longer. He reckons the buggers probably came to Auckland to build railway platforms.

Alf’s hunch is based on news that Auckland rail officials have been accused of “incompetence on a grand scale” for building a railway platform too short for the trains it will serve.

Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee is furious with the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (Arta), after discovering a 55-metre platform being built for the long-awaited Onehunga station will be at least 15m too short for three-car electric units due in service from mid-2013.

“They’ve gone ahead and built this without future-proofing for electrification. The people of Onehunga have been short-changed.

“They haven’t even present-proofed it – it’s just sheer incompetence.

“Why should Onehunga of all the stations of Auckland be made into a Lilliput station?”

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Forget about Crusher Collins – let’s persuade her to become Slugger with this tasty idea

February 23, 2010

Alf has an idea for our Corrections Minister, the admirable Crusher Collins. Our Defence Minister, Wayne Mapp, is smart enough to see the possibilities, too.

Alf’s fertile mind was activated by news that Mapp, wearing his Research, Science and Technology hat, is thinking about coughing up good public money to help study toxic sea slugs.

As the NZ Herald reports today, scientists want to know how far the highly poisonous slugs have spread and why they have suddenly become toxic. But the Environment Ministry and other government departments have so far refused to pay.

Toxic snails? How toxic?
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Rankin’s record of missed meetings

May 31, 2009

The media jackals have found fresh Rankin bones to gnaw into.

They have shifted from Christine’s bed chamber ( tittle-tattle stuff on marriage, divorce, suicide and what have-you) and into the council chamber.

The Herald on Sunday has gone there and pounced on Rankin’s attendance record at Auckland Regional Council meetings.

It’s the worst among elected members of Greater Auckland’s major councils.
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