I personally don't have an issue with stores being closed on Easter Friday and Sunday however when we have exemptions for "tourist" towns that have no logic behind them you realise things are an absolute shambles. Why should Queenstown be exempt and not Wanaka? Why should Parnell shops be allowed to open but not Newmarket?
To add to the dramas most people don't actually realise that Easter Sunday is *not* a Public Holiday, it's merely a day that most retailers are not allowed to open their doors. As a result of this staff who do normally work on Sundays either have the choice of receiving no pay at all or taking a day's annual leave if they do wish to be paid, an issue that the National Distribution Union obviously forgot to mention when they critisised Bunnings for opening yesterday. Bunnings also paid staff members who did work time and a half as well as giving them an extra day in lieu, again something they didn't need to do.
With several private members bills before Parliament at present lets hope somebody can at least do something to sort out the mess. The most obvious decision would be to keep Easter Friday as a Public Holiday (with no exemptions as there are now) and let all retailers open on Sunday. Failing this Easter Sunday should be legislated as a Public Holiday and all retailers forced with close with no exemptions.
Let just hope somebody does something to sort things out..
Surely questions have to be asked how on Wednesday petrol prices had to increase but suddenly fall? If the increase was truely justifed then the backdown shouldn't have happened.
Fuel companies are the world's biggest cartel and seems to make a mockery of anti competition laws in virtually every western country. Why?
How about some compensation TCL? I pay good money for a service that has performed like rubbish. How about even being able to get basics right like updating your status page to indicate there are problems?
$2.24 billion should give Telecom enough money to build a WCDMA network! :-)
More details here on the Telecom Media site
Telecom's First Media network was rolled out in some Wgtn suburbs including Northland, Mt Victoria, Wadestown and Thorndon. It was also rolled out in Whitby, Lower Hutt CBD and Silverstream. The HFC network in Whitby and the Hutt CBD was all underground and is unused. The HFC network in the Wgtn suburbs and Silverstream was pulled down after protests from the residents associations who disagree with the overhead cables. It's a shame that somebody who considers himself an expert on the matter can't even get basic facts correct.
UPDATE: I've got a picture below of a TCL cabinet (left) and Telecom cabinet used for their First Media network which are still in a lot of places around Lower Hutt and Whitby
The big question is who Telecom's partner will be. I've put money on it for years that the 3 brand would appear in NZ with a joint Telecom NZ/Hutchinson deal. Pour a little bit of Telstra in the bucket as well and mix it all up and you never know what could come out.. Telcos see no problem now with building networks as a joint effort and it makes sence. Vodafone could finally see some very serious competition.
This is certainly going to be an interesting next 12 months in the NZ markerplace.
"Receiving a TXT is always free."
The famous words from a particular brewery could be worth mentioning about now.
Do something about your website Vodafone, it's a disgrace. I'll even offer to proof read it and point out every mistake (around 20 or so that need correcting) for a month's free service and that's cheap considering my bill is always under $100..
Yet again BP have lead the way with a price increase like they have on almost all occasions over the past two years. Regardless of whether the price increase is justified or not BP's world class marketing department can yet again be congratulated for doing their best to exploit kiwi customers, it must be hard knowing that you lead the way in only one thing - ripping off your customers. I'd encourage every BP customer to thank their staff next time you're in a BP store. Unfortunately I won't be doing so as I wouldn't even buy a packet of gum from an organisation such as BP let alone buy my petrol there.