Hokitika airport and Idiot/Savan’ts insistence on staying in the gutter

Hokitika is extending it’s airport.

Every small town wants to be a big town. Most settle for building a giant fibreglass vegetable to “put them on the map”. But some have grander plans. For example Hokitika, a dipshit little town of around 4,000 people, wants to have an international airport, and so is spending millions of dollars extending its runway, on the theory that “if you build it, they will come”.

The airport in fact serves the West Coast region (33,000 people acording to Wikipedia) and particuarly the town of Greymouth which is only a short drive away. The article above states that the extensions will enable (among other aircraft) Boeing 737’s to land. 737s hold about 130 passengers, and are the most common passenger jet in the world. If anything, it seems odd that Hokitika can’t already land these aircraft, because there is certainly no where else on the coast that can.

Now it might be that the region won’t get tourist flights out of this extension. That’s quite possible, though they certainly won’t get any 737 flights without it. But if there’s a case to be made, make it truthfully and without the  fundamental stupidity of basing your case on abuse and sexual inuendo.

Finally, am I the only guy who noticed that the guy who describes Hokitika as “a dipshit little town” so often looks down his nose at other blogs for such abusive language? One wonders where that came from, perhaps it’s something to do with coming from Palmerston North?


Heck, while I’m at it, I might as well do the next post too.

Utterly inappropriate

That is the only way to describe Kylee Guy’s letter to the Attorney-General asking for a harsh sentence for the man who according to a court did not murder her husband. [snip snark lecture on the legal system]

Its also fundamentally stupid, in that the letter with its public pressure may very well hand Ewen Macdonald grounds to appeal his sentence. But I don’t think the advocates of lynchmob justice think very hard about that – or indeed, at all.

It does appear that Kylee Guy doesn’t understand the role of our politicians and officials in the justice system. And there is no getting away from the fact that MacDonald was found not guilty of the murder.

But that doesn’t change the fact that Mrs Guy was a victim of several crimes, including the murder of her husband. The other crimes were committed by MacDonald, and on that basis I have some sympathy for her in what she is trying to do.

But I don’t see the point of making a great fuss over it. Reading the coverage, it seems that officials and politicians do in fact understand their place.

So why does Idiot see fit to use his blog to abuse the widow of a murdered man? Is it really worth it to call a grieving woman “fundamentally stupid” and imply that a victim is an advocate of lynchmob justice? Or does he consider that Ewen MacDonald, a man who has admitted a string of vindictive crimes, is the real victim here?

1 comment

  1. My goodness. Where do I start?

    I think it’s a tremendous thing that Hokitika are extending there runway. I think it will be marvellous for tourism and for average kiwi holidayers; bring money into their economy, which has suffered severely in the past year or so because of the mining tragedy; and it will provide some jobs there, which is a really good thing.

    I have a lot of sympathy for Kylee Guy. I think she deserves a better life now and I don’t understand how someone who is given a five year sentence in 2012 can be eligible for parole in 2012. I didn’t misinterpret this, so either the media is wrong about it or the law is wrong in having something like that in place.

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