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19 Comments

  1. David

     /  30th August 2020

    Great scheme from Ardern to negotiate a small discount on bulk purchases of E bikes for government workers, take up is a bit slow so far. The experience of one of those isnt quite what you want but its a start.

    “The discounts ranged from 10 to 50 per cent, or $300 to $1200, off the cost of an e-bike. The initiative was to be offered to 50,000 public sector workers in its first year.

    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) figures, which only go to May, show 236 bikes have been purchased. This does not include figures from some larger public-sector organisations such as NZ Police.

    Markham says while she continues to mostly drives a car for her five-minute commute, she uses her e-bike occasionally and likes having it there as an option.”

    $4000 for an E bike is a hell of a price, I had no idea they were so expensive does anyone here have one ?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  30th August 2020

      Any good on a muddy hill with a couple of dogs? Probably not.

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      • Patzcuaro

         /  30th August 2020

        A dog sled might be better for you, plenty of exercise for the dogs but not much for you.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  30th August 2020

          Might be a tad unreliable, Patz. And I’d need bigger dogs.

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      • David

         /  30th August 2020

        I know they do a mountain bike version so you can electric up the hill then do your downhill run, seems a very efficient way to do it.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  30th August 2020

          I suspect Northland mud would laugh at the mountain bike tyre tread. Thankfully it is drying out now after a few days of reasonable weather.

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          • Conspiratoor

             /  30th August 2020

            Al, old habits die hard as they say. Our friends in the public service need to get with the plot on this, and they will over time. I commuted 48kms on one for years for a few cents a day on an ebike.

            I’ve now replaced the old commuter with a dual suspension MTB ebike that will go places you’ll never get a 4WD. My latest version has had the governor removed which means in an urban area I don’t impede the traffic flow. In theory I could do 99 kms/hr if I could pedal that fast!

            A ride off piste on a dual suspension ebike with a couple of friends in your neck of the woods a few years ago. Riding with ultra fit fellows half your age on an ebike neutralises their advantage. Great fun!

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      • NOEL

         /  30th August 2020
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  2. Jack

     /  30th August 2020

    Re Auckland protest gathering in Aotea Square-

    Population control is inevitable in unpleasant ways but it’s not happening through an organised conspiracy.

    It’s just happening through too many of us not knowing about the cross.

    Listened to a little of Billy Te Kahika’s ChCh talk. He’s a religious nutter/stuck in a cult sad to say. It looks like JL Ross has caught on too.

    I doubt all those freedom protesters are conspiracy theorists. Without their cross to carry they are a part of the problem though.

    Many freedom fighters only have the word ‘stupidity’ to throw out. “My world is run by idiots!” At least I provide a positive un-cult message. Very easy and pleasant solution too.

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    • Blazer

       /  30th August 2020

      take it easy Jack…it’s a beautiful Sunday morning…sing along…

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  3. David

     /  30th August 2020

    I hope we get level 2.8 in Auckland so folk can return to work, those who can should work from home but more importantly I thing the border should remain in force for another week as its a relatively low cost way of halting the spread. The South Island should be able to go to level 1.

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  4. David

     /  30th August 2020

    One of the Brazilian states is doing final widespread testing of the Chinese vaccine, not sure why we can call it a Chinese vaccine when we cant call it the Chinese virus, and is aiming to release it without government sign off which is an interesting move.
    I think it was over a month ago that all members of the Chinese military got a jab. Be interesting if the Russian and Chinese vaccine works and they get immunity ahead of everyone else.
    The UK government has allowed for fast tracking any vaccine rather than wait for EU approval and licensing requirements.

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    • “not sure why we can call it a Chinese vaccine”

      I guess to differentiate it from the many other vaccines being developed and trialled. ‘The Covid vaccine’ wouldn’t mean anything.

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      • The Chinese vaccine doesn’t mean anything; it could be a vaccine for anything.

        Why not call it a Chinese Covid vaccine ?

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  5. Jack

     /  30th August 2020

    “You don’t encourage people, you annoy them with your patronising manner and facile solutions.”
    Today you said this about me Kitty.
    You don’t like others lying about you, and I’d like you to stop doing that to me.
    I don’t possess a patronising manner.
    My encouraging words are not any sort of solution, let alone facile – although the answer to a problem usually seems simple once we got it.
    Apparently, the concept of the cross is complex to you. There may be others here who appreciate the simple and pleasant reminder to carry their cross.
    Why don’t you just leave my comments alone, they’re not hurting anybody. They come from the fact that in Church we encourage one another. You behave like you don’t belong. Worse, you snipe and bitch as though you don’t like me belonging.

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    • Jack

       /  30th August 2020

      A solution just for Kitty – ask our fairy queen PM to ban what is bringing out the wrath in her.

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    • I suspect that I know more about the history and nature of Christianity than you do; I was married to a theologian. Timothy Ware, aka Archbishop Kallistos was a long-time friend and so was an NZ archbishop. This house has many theological books in it.

      Your description of the church you belonged to doesn’t sound as if the people therein encourage each other. They have an odd way of doing it, if so.

      Your constant reminders to people to carry their crosses are not pleasant although they may be simple. It IS patronising to speak to adults as if they were recalcitrant Sunday School pupils and is unlikely to have any positive effect or convert anyone. You don’t know what people’s own beliefs are. This is not the place to evangelise and try to convert them.

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      • Jack

         /  30th August 2020

        As stated several times, I am not here to try to convert people.
        Is there a reason you are conversing with me?
        I have simply asked that if you are not kind toward me, ignore my comments. Leave it at the PDT. You don’t even communicate intelligently and you behave hypocritically.
        You interject with negativity – there is no doubt you are learned regarding Christianity.
        My message is positive and I’m having a good time carrying my cross.
        So true – I don’t know what others’ beliefs are. Is there a reason you try to discourage me from sharing mine? Are you trying to censor someone else’s blog?
        Anyway, my beliefs are not so interesting. The information I share is regarding Kiwi’s carrying their crosses, or not (like you)
        It’s obvious you don’t carefully read my comments nor my guest post. It’s a wonder you bother giving me this oxygen – I’m left supposing you seek attention.
        Your cross to bear has nothing to do with sad things like losing a child. It has nothing to do with life’s difficulties.

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