Open Forum – Wednesday

8  May 2019

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17 Comments

  1. David

     /  8th May 2019

    Well this is very frustrating.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/112386720/new-statistics-show-that-ncea-ethnicity-gaps-widen-as-pass-rates-fall

    Progress was being steadily made Ardern and Hipkins need to show a bit of leadership here and put the teachers feet to the fire. Too much energy expended asking for stratospheric pay rises and an ill prepared administration who are increasingly looking unfit to govern.
    We have a rise in child poverty, a rise in people on the jobseeker benefit, an increase in greenhouse emissions and rising hospital waiting times. This government will go down as one with incredibly low achievements the least it could do is focus on keeping things running properly.
    I cant imagine how dissapointed their supporters must be, unless they have the same low expectations.

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    • lurcher1948

       /  8th May 2019

      “BRING BACK SIR KEY” wait he ran away…ok what about SIR ENGLISH he ran away to,National the party of pikers and Simon Bridges.

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    • duperez

       /  8th May 2019

      So what does the Stuff article mean?

      Why did the number of Year 12 students sitting NCEA Level 2 drop from 78.3 per cent to 77.4 per cent? Did numbers of the students do Cambridge assessments instead? Did capable kids leave before completing level 2 because they’d got jobs having turned 16 years old?

      Was the decrease in pass rates for Year 11 students in Level 1 due to more stringent controls and tightening of the processes for assessment and a more demanding attitude from teachers/schools? Should schools make the system work so that rates go up, all students pass and Stuff and the rest of us can boast how brilliant we are?

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    • Blazer

       /  8th May 2019

      the Govt has a number of things to address.

      They have been in power 18months.
      After 9 years of kick the can down the road,for someone else to deal with,things can’t be solved over night.

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  2. David

     /  8th May 2019

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/112534676/more-leaders-commit-to-attend-social-media-summit-prompted-by-christchurch-shootings

    Well that was a positive headline but the story is totally bereft of any commitment from anyone of any heft attending. Its the G7 so naturally representatives of the tech company would be there anyway but I was interested to see if it was going to be live streamed.
    Not sure how many leaders will want to be associated with anything that Macron is championing.

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    • David

       /  8th May 2019

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12228623

      This sums up her problem, one of her keenest supporters pivots straight to electoral interference and algorithms etc. unless the summit is focused it will be a yawnfest with a collection of people maoning about Russia and the Alt Right which now seems to be everyone who doesnt agree with Bernie Sanders.

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      • Duker

         /  8th May 2019

        Its seems the Wellington lawyer it refers to wont be invited to Paris…..are you getting ahead of the action?
        perhaps it would be better to look at what Ardern and Macron are saying rather than hyperventilating over whether the alt-rights foes will get one up on them.

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        • David

           /  8th May 2019

          For a start I dont hyperventilate. Its unclear what Ardern and Macron want the tech companies to do that they arent already doing or how they intend to make them do more. If she has a plan then it needs to be focused and not veer off track for all sorts to hitch their personal grievance too and it becomes an anti Russia thing leaving the whole attempt in tatters.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  8th May 2019

    I could almost guarantee these two are self entitled privileged National voters with a bad attitude
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/travel-troubles/112539177/woman-removed-from-air-new-zealand-flight-after-failing-to-comply-with-crew-instructions

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  4. NOEL

     /  8th May 2019

    I never look at the money wasting screen demo. Rather have the money spent on reduced seat prices.
    Always though have the safety card in my hand during the screen presentation and have never been approached.

    Bit annoying the reporting with heavy reliance fellow passenger assumptions.
    ” The passenger will receive an infringement notice under Civil Aviation Authority rules relating to the use of a cellphone,” says it all.

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    • Duker

       /  8th May 2019

      The real issue was the couple were in an seat row beside an emergency exit door- those passengers by doors who dont cooperate wont be flying – simple as that.

      Whats your problem about the cell phone infringement? She used her phone while the doors were closed -ping! Clearly the cabin crew observed this

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  5. NOEL

     /  8th May 2019

    Brief passengers seated adjacent to an exit door or emergency exit on the operation of those
    exits. Those passengers must be “able”, and the cabin crew should receive a verbal
    acknowledgement of their acceptance of the additional responsibilities associated with
    occupying those seats.

    Why deflect to the phone charge?

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th May 2019

    Govt climate change plan looks like another aspirational non-event:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12228845

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  7. lurcher1948

     /  8th May 2019

    Our BEAUTIFUL PM put to music,

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  8. harryk

     /  8th May 2019

    ‘an anti Russia thing’

    David and Duker –

    Foreign interference, very real and potentially dangerous but not new, is being used as a pretext for the broader goal of re-establishing State control over a truth standard as defined and enforced by the State. Ardern now has her very own pretext. Canada was the first in 2011 with the CRTC’s “shall not broadcast any false or misleading news.” Singapore’s truly Orwellian ‘Protection from Online Falsehoods’ Bill April 2019 is where Macron and Ardern are heading. All civil libertarians in NZ should read it and shudder.

    The Bill is also extra territorial – ‘A person must not do any act in or outside Singapore in order to communicate in Singapore…’ so applies to even commenters on this blog.

    Click to access protection-from-online-falsehoods-and-manipulation-bill10-2019.pdf

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  9. duperez

     /  8th May 2019

    Nick Farr-Jones on the Israel Folau situation:
    “What I do know is based on what Israel told me and what I know about the contractual arrangements in writing and verbal, I don’t believe Israel breached his contract.”

    I know contracts are precisely worded to convey the intent of the parties and high-powered lawyers get involved in writing them up so that in the event of any dispute there is clarity and interpretation.

    Why weren’t there clauses in Folau’s contract clearly saying things like “will not be a dick or a fuckwit”?

    To contradict Farr-Jones’ position the article says “Meanwhile, RA [Rugby Australia] stands by its position that Folau was warned “formally and repeatedly” about not posting further inflammatory comments to social media as it emerged a major sticking point in his code of conduct hearing was that he was not given explicit guidelines to follow.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/112574680/israel-folau-dumped-by-sportswear-company-sponsor-asics

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