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Thursday, April 21, 2005

Why Is It So?

Who remembers the delightful and inimitably nutty Professor Julius Sumner Miller? The Australian TV physics teacher of the 60s and 70s whose wonderfull show was called "Why Is It So?"

I wish he were here to ask our news media that question. I have seen or heard at least four reports over the last few days on the Supreme Court decision to overturn the Appeal Court decision on the North Shore Ccity Council's resource consent given to developer Josephine Grierson for a shopping complex on Akoranga Drive in Northcote.

Every report ended with the comment "but she doesn't have to close her doors." That's it. No more information. No explanation. No nothing. The poor dumb bloody reader/viewer/listener is asked to walk away content with the knowledge that if you can get the highest court in the land to overturn a resource consent, nothing happens.

Is this Kiwi journalism at its best? I do hope there is at least one informed and competent amateur out in the blogosphere who can tell me: Why is it so?

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 4/21/2005 12:09:00 pm

2 Comments:

Blogger Zippy Gonzales said...

Perhaps the reporters are fans of '70s science guru Prof Magnus (She Blinded Me With Science) Pike, co-host of "Don't Ask Me."

4/21/2005 02:52:00 pm  
Anonymous Mike Readman said...

I read about that in Wednesday's Chch Press yesterday. The shopping centre has a second resource consent that is also non-notified that is currently being appealed by Westfield.

4/22/2005 01:24:00 am  

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