Have just returned from Jaffa land where I attended a retirement function for a person I recruited into the job some sixteen years ago. Didn't want to overnight too distant from where the function was being held so we opted to stay at the Grange Motor lodge just across the road from The Grange Golf Course.
I get to travel a fair bit within NZL both private and as part of my employment. It is my observation that the quality of motels, particularly in Auckland, has declined markedly in the last decade+.
By any measure the Grange Motor Lodge is the standout exception. We arrived to be greeted by Bernie, the owner, who took us to our Chalet, made sure we were totally happy with what was on offer, left and returned a few minutes later with a couple of complementary freshly baked muffins. The accommodation, although slightly dated, was immaculate. It came with everything you could possibly want and more including Sky TV with every channel available. The tariff was modest ($115 for the night). Bang for buck it puts many of our 'name' hotels to shame. I have no hesitation in recommending this place to you unreservedly.
Papatoetoe is awash with election signage. My attention was drawn to one featuring 'Team Papatoetoe' with a Ross Robertson as one of the members. His picture looked remarkably similar to Ross Robertson MP, the local Labour member and currently one of the two Assistant Speakers in Parliament. Now, am I being churlish to ask how he, assuming his election, is going to effectively carry out both jobs given that as an MP he is remunerated on the basis of his full-time commitment to his parliamentary duties.
Where does that leave him as a Ward Councillor? Will he be using his Parliamentary travel perk to fly back to Auckland for Council meeting? Clearly Robertson is fixing himself a new job given his stated intention to retire for Parliament at the end of the current term. Why won't he do the decent thing and resign his seat now thus avoiding the accusation of double dipping. So many questions, so few answers.
p.s. Is this the same Ross Robertson who sent his boy to Auckland's exclusive King's College? Where was his faith in the State education system so strongly touted by his Party as providing the best answer? And yes, he exercised his right of choice and good on him. Why then did he vote against giving parents that same right of choice with Charter Schools and how do you spell hypocrite?