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  • Commented on No comment necessary
    In Aus these days, the only thing you can say about a bottle of (non-sparkling) wine that has a real cork in it is that it comes from overseas. Ditto in NZ. It's rare to see a fake cork as...
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    as they have just done "allow the electoral commissioner to delay the election" Most of the potential delay without a Parliamentary super-majority is down to the intended election date being three months earlier than is allowable under current law, so...
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    Note NZ has three-year terms as a limit on power. Many also think that the current 5% barrier for List seats is too high, and the effective barrier in the current Scottish system is sort-of higher due to the regional...
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    Some additional Battle of Britain points. A major reason the the Luftwaffe swapped to London was to 'force' the RAF to engage with them (things you learn when you look at German evidence rather than only looking at the RAF...
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    I checked in with my mate who works in Victoria Barracks, Melbourne. He (and his wife) have been working from home since March. He has gone on-premises about once a month to perform specific tasks. The new restrictions mean that...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    The Napier-Taupo Road in NZ (from the SE coast of the North Island to the Central Plateau) has better electric vehicle infrastructure than IC infrastructure. Only ~120km between petrol stations, but worth having warning signs for tourists. Not worth running...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    I can completely understand the two returning kiwis getting to where they did. Get confused by the on ramp that they should have taken being one of those roundabout by-passes rather than coming off the roundabout proper, so get on...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    BTW, New Zealand now has women (co-)leading the three highest-polling political parties. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300056981/judith-collins-the-new-leader-of-national-party-promises-to-crush-the-government...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    And apparently you can still move to New Zealand if you are immigrating. If your move is signed off at Ministerial level. I assume guidance was sought before headhunting internationally, in this case for a forensic pathologist position - not...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    If anyone wonders if the guard geese referred to in Cold War spy novels etc were real, there is first-hand confirmation of them being used at a Pershing 2 site in Germany in this podcast interview. https://coldwarconversations.com/episode122/...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas" (Part 2)
    A virtual worldcon based in Wellington is very much not the same as being able to offer to buy you a beer. Ditto, especially after you didn't make it to NZ just before AussieCon either (and I had to lug...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    As for not signing the airliner ownership papers, it's more not making the final payment for them, and not taking the call from the nice exec from Airbus/Boeing who wants to have a 'discussion'. Followed by the planemaker putting the...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    Yes, many smallsats are in sun-synchronous orbit, meaning the very low aviation usage downrange from NZ more than offsets the distance from the equator for the Rocket Lab target market. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun-synchronous_orbit They are planning on chucking stuff to the moon...
  • Commented on Roll the dice
    So the long beams were intentional and planned for. A recent discovery in Wellington NZ is that long stiff prefab slabs supported at each end can shuffle off their supports when an earthquake has a long duration (e.g. Kaikoura 2016)....
  • Commented on Cough Cough
    It's standard in NZ to have a booklet for your cat/dog with basic details, and pages for noting shots by applying the barcode sticker that comes with the drug and signed each time by the vet. You need to show...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    I work in transport, and have been WFH for 4.5 weeks. Our Country GM in his briefing to managers on Friday emphasized the risks of more relaxed controls - returning depot workers not used to the new procedures, and procedures...
  • Commented on "It'll all be over by Christmas"
    This sounds roughly like what New Zealand is reporting to be doing, No it isn't, NZers can still go to supermarkets and chemists, and various businesses are operating (including those distributing retail 'essentials'). And we certainly aren't going to be...
  • Commented on Update to Public Appearances in a time of pandemic
    Normally you can keep track of what is going on at Duxford by looking at what the avgeeks share, but the main forum thread has fallen back on posting old stuff. Even if people are allowed to go, not enough...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Also - isn't Australia just entering its /winter flu season right about now? NZ announced last week that the regular flu jab process (govt-paid for older people and some specific groups, often employer-paid) will be deployed early, with health-care workers...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    Handy COVID-19/flu/cold symptom comparison via respected NZ science communicator Siouxsie Wiles https://thespinoff.co.nz/science/18-03-2020/siouxsie-wiles-how-testing-for-covid-19-works/...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    A little more detail on NZ 14-day practicalities - includes narking on perceived violators https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120293045/coronavirus-how-will-people-in-selfisolation-be-policed Also, until a few hours time, those travelling from AU and USA where still able to use eGates. Once the 14-day treatment applies, eGates are...
  • Commented on Public appearances in a time of pandemic
    So New Zealand is effectively pulling up the drawbridge, until at least the end of March. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/120279430/coronavirus-prime-minister-updates-nz-on-covid19-outbreak "From midnight Sunday, everyone arriving in New Zealand will have to isolate themselves for 14 days, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. The...
  • Commented on COVID-19
    Fully understand people changing in SYD rather than Auckland to get to Wellington. Check if you will have to change terminals in SYD. Transfer to Domestic at AKL involves going outside, although there is a free bus option. Currently only...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    Curious whether there any provisions for voting when hazardous weather conditions are forecast. A recent batch of tweaks to NZ's electoral procedures included 'Strengthening measures to protect the electoral process in the event of a significant emergency or national disaster.'...
  • Commented on The obligatory general election discussion post
    A more reasonable match would be New Zealand or Ireland; similar population anglophone nations that don't pretend to be imperial superpowers. And if you look up their military capabilities on wikipedia you may get a surprise Very different approaches with...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Yes, I looked up normal landing requirements, and rounded down somewhat to a convenient break point in the list of runway lengths. Looking at Invercargill's WP page, they are explicitly cleared for limited weight B777-200 operations (wouldn't be surprised if...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Does 'remarkably accurate' INS include RNP 0.1, because that (with 400m visibility) is what the airlines in Queenstown use so that the skiers don't get delayed too often?...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    That's quite close to 'Wellington Paranormal', created by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. Could be a spin-off! Has similarities to 'Rivers of London' series (supposedly in production for TV). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wellington_Paranormal...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    Re B777, Just pointing out that of the 11 runways of more than 1,650m in NZ, two are air force bases, and two more have defense logistics facilities (the US Deep Freeze support facilities at Christchurch are quite large!). I'm...
  • Commented on CASE NIGHTMARE BLONDE, Part 2
    NZ's NIWA Australian Smoke forecast - expecting a plume over NZ late today https://twitter.com/NiwaWeather/status/1193689195232944128...
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