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  1. "but asked how success was going to be measured. Greg said the ultimate measure would be Olympic medals won,"

    So he really doesn't give two hoots about the rest of us does he


    "asked whether Yachting New Zealand still intended creating a high performance centre. David said the biggest hurdle was finding an appropriate venue given the lack of options close to good sailing waters."

    Surely an opportunity for a regional project, but no he's only looking in Auckland


    "The objects of Yachting New Zealand are: 3.1 To help New Zealanders access, enjoy and succeed on the water for life and in particular: a) Competitive yachting and recreational yachting and boating;..."

    Missed out a pretty big chunk there boss


  2. Cheapest large bag of chips at my local market today $2, basket of fruit at the door free for kids to eat while your shopping, its not that hard.

    Must be pretty flash apples if your paying $1.50 each. They did have tomatoes for $12.99 kg if thats more your style.

    We get to have personal choice over eating refined sugar products and other junk food or not but can't pick our choice of recreational drugs.

    I have made a personal educated guess not scientifically verified as to which one has a bigger cost to our societies health and healthcare.

    Pretty sure it isn't the drugs, didn't see a tick box on the form that mentioned junk food or sugar, go figure.

  3. Hate to say it but I agree with aard on this one.

    I've been getting random drug and alcohol tested for over 10 years at various jobs, some places you had to pass a test every day to get in the gate.

    IT, making cannabis legal or whatever will change none of that. All the spooky things you are worried about are already happening, your argument for voting no does not make sense, people are already using the drugs.

    If its not safe for an employee or contractor to use drugs and work the next day they should already be under a testing regime and meeting company standards. Nothing changes. If an employer in that situation is not already testing and setting standards they are probably already negligent in their duties, again nothing changes if the drug becomes legal.

  4. 3 hours ago, tuffyluffy said:

    "In one recent study that followed nearly 2,000 teenagers as they became young adults, young people who smoked marijuana at least five times were twice as likely to have developed psychosis over the next 10 years as those who didn’t smoke pot."

    What has that got to do with legalisation? 

    The very people you are concerned about are not only suffering psychosis but are also criminalised by the current situation, the proposed bill is there to help such people in more ways than one.

    3 hours ago, tuffyluffy said:

    wouldn't call those two links "fact" by any measure.

    Do you have anything better?

    "So far, this research shows only an association between smoking pot and developing psychosis or schizophrenia later on. That’s not the same thing as saying that marijuana causes psychosis."

    From your own links, hardly supporting your proposition scientifically is it? Also all the studies you link do not differentiate between people using cannabis legally or illegally. You are making too many assumptions to support your own beliefs to start asking others for better evidence.

  5. 5 hours ago, Fogg said:

    It would net improve loss to the economy because a NZ buyer would transfer $1m from their NZ bank account into a foreign bank account and end up with a floating asset liability (or depreciating assset) that requires ongoing spending and maintenance. Or to be real fussy it could be net zero as you are changing $ for goods

    Not that that is necessarily wrong, you can't sail, or do much at all, with a bank balance until you spend it, but it should be stated correctly. 

  6. "the belief that the world can be made better by human effort."
    Whats the opposite?
    the belief that the world can be made better  worse by human effort?
    Just a hypothesis, takes the same subjective judgement to achieve either?
    Gives a lot of opinionated people justification for opening their mouths (or typing)
    Customs at Opua and Covid 19
    Some of our team went over to Opua Marina to check out the Covid 19 processes.
    When the Covid Lock Down Levels had gone up, we looked to hold checkpoints on State Highway 1 at Waiomio.
    Yet, we don't keep such a surveillance on our coastlines and especially with the tourist season starting to ramp up and yachts starting to enter our waters.
    A very interesting point is that Customs NZ was first established on 5 January 1840, when the first Head of Customs was appointed in Kōrōrārēka!
    So our team hooked up at the Opua Customs office with David Radovanovich and Mike Ford of Customs NZ to check out the processes and systems being employed by them to keep our borders tight.
    Customs along with other agencies have been working on the management of this year’s small craft (yacht) arrival season, including at Ōpua.
    The clearance of all craft is something Customs undertakes as normal business, this year is vastly different because of COVID19.
    Some key points of the plan include how arriving yachts will be separated from public off shore and how contact will be managed until isolation period of 14 days and testing has been satisfied.
    The isolation period includes time at sea. If a yacht arrives before the 12 days the vessel will be berthed and crew transferred to a managed isolation in Auckland to make up the 14 days.
    • All vessels arriving into NZ must isolate for 14 days, however this starts from their last port or the last contact they had with other people. This means yachts who take ten days to get here alone will only have four days of isolation remaining.
    • All crew on small craft arriving at Opua are required to be tested for COVID, and this will occur ashore near the secure Customs berth. All testing will be isolated from the public and the same cleaning and hygiene standards for testing at other ports followed.
    So why aren't they letting cruisers in again?
  8. 21 hours ago, erice said:

    minimum wage, more public holidays, more paid sick leave

    and all this is going to help business survive how? Pretty one sided cost / benefit and even better income tax is not affected, might even go up (in the short term)

    So its "give me your vote, I'm giving you some presents but your boss is going to have to pay for them"

  9. so we got two main parties:

    one believes they are the best group to spend your hard earned dollars to and will increase taxes so they can do more of it,

    the other believes you should be able to spend your hard earned dollars and stimulate the ecomomy the way you see fit, and will cut taxes to let you do more of it.

    pretty fundamental difference, governments are not known for spending money very efficiently, it takes them a lot more than $1 in tax revenue to get $1 in economic activity. Private spending is very efficient, 1:1 in a relative sense.

    One way stimulates business directly, leading to growth, leading to higher tax income despite lowering rates.

    The other reduces the overall level of economic activity, reducing growth relatively, unless your a public servant.

    Refereeing the whole show is 2 or 3 very biased umpires with their own agendas,

    NZ seems to heading down a very big left shift, aided by some with even crazier lefty ideas mob. The only thing saving us so far seems to be the there incredible lack of ability to get anything done that they say they are going to, WOKE people with no real experience getting stuff done.



  10. 3 hours ago, wheels said:

    But as these other ways of producing Hydrogen become realities, these will likely eventually take over.

    I appreciate your optimism, I'm not holding my breath on this one, the catalyst processes are a long way from being a commercial reality.

    From someone very close to the hydrogen reality "its about where solar was 25 years ago"

    Solar has come a long way but is still debatable as to how clean and green it really is.

    There are two hydrogen manufacturing processes used in NZ, that I am aware of currently, and for both of them you would be far better off just using the raw materials / energy input for your energy needs than making the hydrogen to power something.

  11. 11 hours ago, CarpeDiem said:

    The DIY solution to meet the spec is to hang the bottle off the pushpit...

    Like thousands of other yachts do, the safest way. 


    11 hours ago, CarpeDiem said:

    The same principle as a Cat 0 bulk head with a air tight door

    But they don't stick a gas bottle in it.


    Some of the regulations don't make too much sense, the bit about lockers does.

  12. refugees jumping the cue rings a bell


    but seriously can't see the problem, maybe run out of competent Public Servants to organise and monitor even though it seems to be pretty fully organised by the private sector already.

    Pretty hard to reopen a country with this sort of decision making going on. Maybe there will be a big turn around once all those votes are in.

  13. I bought some okume for a few jobs recently. Nice to work with, thought the grain on meranti splits off a bit easier when cutting. Pretty sure meranti used to be the cheap stuff, seems to be the other way round now. Used to get Fijian Kauri that was real nice, not sure if its around anymore. 

  14. 8 hours ago, aardvarkash10 said:

    The fact that no other country has proceeded down the "isolate the elderly and infirm" path gives a lead to how intractable the problem is.

    Sweden has, maybe others but I didn't have to look hard to find that.


    Contrary to popular media opinion they now have quite a comprehensive set of covid mitigation rules, not hard to find. Some would opinion that once they introduced their rules and guidelines the effect of the  diseasse rapidly diminished in severity. NZ could probably learn from this for the future.

  15. 9 minutes ago, aardvarkash10 said:

    we could still expect covid hospitalisations to displace almost 6 weeks of the entire hospital capacity of the country.

    We already did that during the first lockdown and no one turned up, you make it sound like its a problem, they arn't all going to turn up on the same day.

    You also make it sound like the predictions are gospel, they haven't been very good so far.

    There is very good data on risk profiles, it could be used effectively to manage hospitalisation rates but we don't seem to have the necessary competent bureaucracy to manage it.

    So we all take one for the team.

    I'm sort of ok with our elimination approach for now but I am not happy about mortgaging my kids futures so everyone can carry on living like nothing happened.

    We are blowing rapidly our countries reserve funding ability and the sh*t hasn't really hit the fan yet.

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