Open Forum – Friday

5 January 2018


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  1. Pickled Possum

     /  January 5, 2018

    Auckland infrastructure is failing or did it ever work effectively.

    • PDB

       /  January 5, 2018

      Underfunded for decades, debt at record levels to finance ‘nice-to-haves’ – a bomb waiting to go off as with many Councils around the country.

      • Blazer

         /  January 5, 2018

        better get some more consultants in eh pants…The billions they’ve spent in the last few decades…to no avail.

        • PDB

           /  January 5, 2018

          Cutting the $45+ million they spend on spin doctors each year would be a good start, however the incoming regional fuel tax will end any chance of them tightening their belts.

  2. Corky

     /  January 5, 2018

    Radio report stats about electric vehicles ( from memory)

    Register EV’s, NZ , 2013- 460
    ” ” ” 2017- 6500

    51% of Norway’s vehicle fleet is now electric or electric hybrid. However, they receive very generous incentives to switch to electric.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  January 5, 2018

      Paid for by themselves-if they are paid for by the government ! Or paid for by everyone else, depending on how one looks at it….

  3. lurcher1948

     /  January 5, 2018

    Electric vehicles, great around town,but as usefull as tits on a bull on a decent trip, and dont say telstra, something costing megabucks for milage. I can see the car/device dying 30 miles from Waioru at 2 am in the morning, and you need a 30 km extention lead to get get going

    • Griff

       /  January 5, 2018

      Run out of gas much lurch?

      Tesla is leading the race.
      Model 3 base will be about 60.000 NZ with 350km range when it gets here in mid 2019.

      Others are releasing cars with a usable range.
      2019 Nissan leaf projected 362 km on a charge.
      The GM bolt about the same .

      Stop for a piss , pie and charge. AK to welly is well within a days range of the electric cars coming before 2020..

      Just think lurch no queuing in stinky gas stations for the privilege or being ripped off at 2.09 a liter.
      Plug the car in when you get home Full tank every single morning for 3 bucks or so.

    • NOEL

       /  January 5, 2018

      Longest battery guarantee I could find was 8 years or 100,000 Km.
      Not long before a major re investment is required.

      • PartisanZ

         /  January 5, 2018

        … and the retired battery has to be gotten rid of …

  4. PartisanZ

     /  January 5, 2018

    Amazing insight into addictions –

  5. PartisanZ

     /  January 5, 2018

    Dr Gabor Mate … This guy’s pretty amazing … He’s saying what absolutely needs to be said in a world where orthodox medicine is failing to address causes, only “manifestations” …

    Interesting point about ‘Climate Change’ at 3.47 …

    • PartisanZ

       /  January 5, 2018

      “As ‘rugged individuals’ we would never have got off of the first evolutionary base …”

  6. PartisanZ

     /  January 5, 2018

    In a world without war, the ‘army’ as we call it now could become a kind of ‘citizen’s activity, learning and community project legion’ rather like the ‘student army’ of Chch earthquake fame, forming a second tier in the eco-nomy; a sort of pro-active, preventative ‘safety fence’ …

    Volunteers of all ages, perhaps especially older youth and young adults, could ‘enlist’ and be paid to simultaneously learn untold life and job skills and gain vast and diverse work experience doing various projects including, perhaps, taking up the burden of some menial tasks which can no longer be sustained as ’employment’ …?

    The organisation could operate as a model democracy, allowing for growth and development of its governance format …?

    Just thoughts …