election

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Maximus
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There’s an election coming up, and while lots of people are talking about Housing, hardly anyone is talking about architecture, or the built environment. The trickle-down economics of a $5 tax cut per week in 3 years time seem so banal to me that they are being rightly ignored by the media. Instead, we are being treated to a mindless interplay of “who has the best…

Maximus
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So, we have a new Council. And a new chance for Wellington. And, just perhaps, a Council less inclined to squabble. I’m really glad that Leonie Gill has been ousted – some people can’t take a hint that they should enjoy their retirement. I hope she can enjoy it now it is compulsory. And of course John Morrison has done his chips – at last Wellington…

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Maximus
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Somewhat concerning news recently, that John Morrison is slightly ahead of Wade-Brown in the polls for the upcoming elections. Morrison has said that “it’s either three more years of the ‘green’ mayor going nowhere, or new, strong leadership to get Wellington moving on all fronts.” The Fish is not really much of a political beast, preferring just to swim in calm waters than to battle upstream…

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Maximus
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So, Michael Jackson had it right after all. Long, long ago, a long long time before he magically changed from a black man into a white woman, he penned some words and danced some moves that sum up the New Zealand electoral scene quite nicely thank you: “It’s close to midnight Something evil’s lurkin’ in the dark Under the moonlight You see a sight that almost…

Maximus
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So: the race for Auckland is over, and Brown has pipped Blue at the post. At the time of writing, we’re still to see if Green will pip Blue in Wellington, with Celia and Kerry running neck and neck down the home straight. But I am very happy that John Banks is not the new mayor of the new city of Auckland. The issue I have…

Maximus
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If, like me, you live in Welllington city, you will have just received your voting papers. Now, call me dumb if you want to, but it is all a little confusing. We’ve got 4 different elections to vote in, of which 3 use the same method, and 1 uses a different method. That’s all do-able – although I’m not sure that everyone will remember to change…

Maximus
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Normal transmission will be resumed shortly. In the mean time, ponder this: Not a very architectural image, to be sure, but an inspiring one none the less: if the Maximus is to get back a figure like this, then we need to get off our butts and away from the keyboard. It is increasingly difficult to write about design in a city which pays only lip…

Maximus
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Yesterday’s DomPost headlines said it all: “Second Minister caught in Fish Cash Scandal.”   Or some such – the story has disappeared from DomPost’s website already, although Peter Dunne’s rebuttal still remains. We hasten to add that of course, this Fish Cash Scandal has nothing to do with the Eye of the Fish, and that our electoral integrity remains unimpuned in New Zealand. Although, it does…