Archive for December, 2006

Hep A with your fries, anyone?

Not so much Golden Arches as Jaundiced Arches for those who ate a late burger at the Greenlane McDonalds on December 15th.  A food handler (not a comforting term in this context) has sparked a public health hepatitis alert after working a late shift while highly infectious.

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Shedding a little light

A key feature of the new $207m Central Motorway Junction are the ramp lights which help phase traffic from the on ramps onto the motorways.  What a shame then that Transit have switched them off until January 8th, saying that that not enough operators have been rostered over the holidays to monitor the new signals.

I have two questions:

  1. $207 million and we have signals that need humans to monitor them?
  2. Not enough staff rostered? 

and two comments:

  1. I understand the need for folks to watch CCTV feeds and phase things accordingly in the past but in the age of advanced modeling and intelligent transport systems, this is the best we can do?
  2. Back in mid-December, the Transit big cheese Rick van Barnveld said that the “Christmas period is a crucial time [for the implementation of this scheme] when we don’t have peak traffic flows” and pleaded for Aucklanders to work with them.  It’s a shame his HR and Operations managers weren’t listening.

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The circus is in town

Varekai, the latest show from Cirque du Soleil, has just hit town.  The show, loosely  based on the story of Icarus, will play inside the CdS’s 20m big top at Greenlanes from January 5th until early February.

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NYE in AKL

If you’re here looking for places to go and things to do for New Year’s Eve in Auckland, let me point you in the right direction.

Families with younger kids who love to party should head over to Auckland Zoo for the Buzz Junior Jungle Rock Party where, to the cheers of the parents and the boos of the kids, the party will see in the New Year at 2100hrs.

For those who are allowed out by themselves and favour clubs and DJs, the city is your oyster.  Check out the NYE action via the Thread and View listings.

Looking for indulgent cuisine rather than frolics?  You could see if The Observatory still has space or withdraw to the seclusion of the Waitakere Estate.

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Summer Blossom

One of the glorious things about summer in Auckland is the profusion of Jacarandas and Bougainvilleas in bloom at this time of year. I know they’re both imported trees but the intensity of their colours – red and purple – is fabulous. I am fortunate to have a Scarlet O’Hara Bougainvillea Scarlet O’Hara Bougainvillea growing over the back of my house and out my lounge window can see a Jacaranda is all its purple glory. Fantastic!

You know you’re in Auckland when…

…a dolphin puts a woman in hospital.

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An Auckland tradition – by Auckland bloggers

The residents of Franklin Road in Auckland are renown for their annual Christmas light displays.  In the spirit of Christmas, I thought I’d link to other Auckland bloggers and Flickr folk who have posted on these festive folk’s frolics.

PJ – with an eye for the quirky

Idle Vice – taking the organisers to task

Click Attack – the lights at dusk

Robyn Gallagher – photographing the unlit lights

and

NZPA – the stock shots from the pros

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Happy Christmas, World!

Opening Christmas stockings a few minutes back

As the first Metroblogging city to see the dawning of Christmas Day, may me and mine wish you and yours a safe, healthy, peaceful Christmas Day, where ever you are and what ever you believe.

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Guy Fawkes Fudge

The Government has fudged their ‘get tough on fireworks’ stance with a ‘neither one thing nor the other’ .  Environment Minister David Benson-Pope has said that fireworks will only be sold for three days next year, only to those over 18 and that sparklers will only be sold as part of larger fireworks packs. 

“What do you mean you ‘can only get sparklers’!”

The Government maintains that (i) those selling fireworks will break the law if they sell fireworks to people under 18 and (ii) those buying them will have to present identification in the same way as purchasing tobacco or alcohol.  These same measures haven’t prevented underage drinking and smoking so quite how they will prevent vandalism, arson, injuries and lifelong scarring I’m not sure.

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The Police Force formerly known as…

The inhabitants of the police station at the bottom of our road changed their name this afternoon.  No longer will they be officers of North Shore/Waitakere/Rodney and Auckland Metro Road Policing.  Top cop Viv Rickard announced that they’ve shed the quadruple-barreled moniker with officers now comprising part of the slimmer, sleeker Waitemata Police District.

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