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Reply # 1887911 22-Oct-2017 22:39
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Fred99:

 

This time next week I'll be staying in a place described by Spike Milligan as "the world's only above-ground cemetery".

 

I understand the locals have several memorials in his honour.

 

From John Cleese: "If you wish to kill yourself but lack the courage to, I think a visit to <certain NZ city> will do the trick".

 

How could locals not see the funny side of that?

 

 

If you lived there you'd be pretty humourless too...





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  Reply # 1887928 23-Oct-2017 00:29
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Masterton should definitely appear.

We've joked for years that the sign outside should read

'Welcome to Masterton: It's a bit sh*t.'





 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1887939 23-Oct-2017 07:54
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My friend was borne in Huntly in the Waikato district, and has a low opinion of it.

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  Reply # 1887944 23-Oct-2017 08:12
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kingdragonfly: My friend was borne in Huntly in the Waikato district, and has a low opinion of it.


I think everyone has a low opinion of Huntley

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  Reply # 1887963 23-Oct-2017 09:18
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Sites like this FB page are just wannabe shock jock click bait fishers. The only purpose they provide is to highlight the crap job that has been done with regional development over the last decade.





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  Reply # 1888010 23-Oct-2017 10:41
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MikeB4:

 

Sites like this FB page are just wannabe shock jock click bait fishers. The only purpose they provide is to highlight the crap job that has been done with regional development over the last decade.

 

 

I see literally everything is political in your mind. xD


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  Reply # 1888012 23-Oct-2017 10:44
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Huntly will soon be bypassed just like that other town of ill repute Ngaruawahia.


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  Reply # 1888016 23-Oct-2017 10:54
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UHD:

 

MikeB4:

 

Sites like this FB page are just wannabe shock jock click bait fishers. The only purpose they provide is to highlight the crap job that has been done with regional development over the last decade.

 

 

I see literally everything is political in your mind. xD

 

 

Literally? no.  Some? yes, social? yes. Regional Development is social and commercial. It also makes sense for relieving pressure on main centres while keeping heartland NZ viable, so its quite prudent.





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  Reply # 1888094 23-Oct-2017 15:32
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DarthKermit:

Huntly will soon be bypassed just like that other town of ill repute Ngaruawahia.



Off-subject but here's the Fletcher's text about it

http://www.fletcherconstruction.co.nz/projects/transport/ngaruawahia-bypass

Ngaruawahia Bypass

The Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance will improve safety and reliability and reduce travel times and congestion on SH1 by delivering a four-lane highway from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. Once complete in 2020, the 102km Expressway will reduce travel time between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes. The Transport Agency has delivered the Waikato Expressway as a package of seven projects over the last fifteen years.

We delivered the Ngaruawahia section, which provided a four-lane bypass of Ngaruawahia and created a faster and safer link between Taupiri and Hamilton. The bypass connects to the future Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway (due for completion in 2019) and the Te Rapa section in the south.

Our work included construction of 9.5km of expressway between SH1B (Gordonton Rd) and Horotiu, 1.5 million m³ of earthworks, seven bridges, 220,000m2 of pavement and surfacing, and a grade-separated interchange with Gordonton Rd.


A standout feature of the expressway is Te Rehu o Waikato (the Mist of Waikato); a 140m long, five span bridge which carries the motorway over the Waikato River. The Waikato River is sacred to mana whenua and as such bridge piers were not permitted within the water course. To comply, the bridge was designed with a steel ladder deck with the 55m main span supported on innovative v-shaped piers. The V-shaped piers feature artwork designed by a Waikato-Tainui master carver and depicts tuna whakaheke (eel migration). Pou whenua on top of the bridge feature ancestral figures recognising ancestral connections to the Taupiri-Horotiu and wider region.

The entire 1.5 million m3 of earthworks and 220,000m2 of pavement were constructed within just two years.

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  Reply # 1888098 23-Oct-2017 15:36
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MikeB4:

Sites like this FB page are just wannabe shock jock click bait fishers. The only purpose they provide is to highlight the crap job that has been done with regional development over the last decade.



Decade? Some of these towns look as though not a dollar has been spent in a century.

Many would be better bulldozed and forgotten.





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  Reply # 1888101 23-Oct-2017 15:39
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kingdragonfly:
DarthKermit:

Huntly will soon be bypassed just like that other town of ill repute Ngaruawahia.



Off-subject but here's the Fletcher's text about it

http://www.fletcherconstruction.co.nz/projects/transport/ngaruawahia-bypass

Ngaruawahia Bypass

The Waikato Expressway Road of National Significance will improve safety and reliability and reduce travel times and congestion on SH1 by delivering a four-lane highway from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. Once complete in 2020, the 102km Expressway will reduce travel time between Auckland and Tirau by 35 minutes. The Transport Agency has delivered the Waikato Expressway as a package of seven projects over the last fifteen years.

We delivered the Ngaruawahia section, which provided a four-lane bypass of Ngaruawahia and created a faster and safer link between Taupiri and Hamilton. The bypass connects to the future Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway (due for completion in 2019) and the Te Rapa section in the south.

Our work included construction of 9.5km of expressway between SH1B (Gordonton Rd) and Horotiu, 1.5 million m³ of earthworks, seven bridges, 220,000m2 of pavement and surfacing, and a grade-separated interchange with Gordonton Rd.


A standout feature of the expressway is Te Rehu o Waikato (the Mist of Waikato); a 140m long, five span bridge which carries the motorway over the Waikato River. The Waikato River is sacred to mana whenua and as such bridge piers were not permitted within the water course. To comply, the bridge was designed with a steel ladder deck with the 55m main span supported on innovative v-shaped piers. The V-shaped piers feature artwork designed by a Waikato-Tainui master carver and depicts tuna whakaheke (eel migration). Pou whenua on top of the bridge feature ancestral figures recognising ancestral connections to the Taupiri-Horotiu and wider region.

The entire 1.5 million m3 of earthworks and 220,000m2 of pavement were constructed within just two years.


And just how much did that ridiculous restriction add to the cost of the bridge?





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  Reply # 1888145 23-Oct-2017 17:03
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is money the be all and end all for you?

 

 


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  Reply # 1888177 23-Oct-2017 17:35
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Geektastic: 

 


And just how much did that ridiculous restriction add to the cost of the bridge?

 

Not a ridiculous restriction. Respecting culture is important if a nation is going to have a untied involved  community. I am sure a motorway would not be approved over Stonehenge or through the ground of Buckingham Palace.





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  Reply # 1888321 24-Oct-2017 05:54
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elpenguino:

is money the be all and end all for you?


 



Yep.





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  Reply # 1888322 24-Oct-2017 05:58
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MikeB4:

Geektastic: 



And just how much did that ridiculous restriction add to the cost of the bridge?


Not a ridiculous restriction. Respecting culture is important if a nation is going to have a untied involved  community. I am sure a motorway would not be approved over Stonehenge or through the ground of Buckingham Palace.



Those are hardly comparable to not putting bridge piers in a river. One of them is a Monument of global importance and the other is actually someone's house.





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