“Politics is the art of the possible”
– Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898) in August 1867, the aristocrat and statesman, first Chancellor of united Germany
This statement was never better illustrated than last week, with the current NZ Government empowering re-entry to Pike River coal mine seeking 29 bodies, and answers, post the explosion 8 years ago. The role of Labour unions at that mine will of course not be considered.
In contrast, no energy is going into finding answers from the CTV building collapse in the Christchurch earthquake with the loss of 115 lives as a result of intertwined failures by Council, engineers and builder. That engineer is still practising and unlike underground coal mining, every New Zealander is exposed to high rise buildings.
You heard it here first…
Harley Davidson’s first electric motorcycle, called the LiveWire, is production ready, with first deliveries expected in 2019. It’s part of a new portfolio of e-hogs that can be charged with a standard household outlet or faster chargers. The bike won’t have that trademark gas-powered V-twin sound, so Harley has given it a tone that will increase in pitch and volume with speed.
But will this make Milwaukee proud?
“Digital technology has accelerated the demise of the shareholder world, in favour of stakeholders. In fact the battle for influence has been won by the stakeholders. But shareholders have a special power:
to appoint directors”
– Professor Ludo van der Heyden of Insead University, speaking at a function in Auckland last Thursday on the challenges facing Directors
“The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears or the salt sea”
– Karen Blixen (pen name Isak Dinesen) accomplished Danish author of Out of Africa and Babette’s Feast…
We hope that you returned from your Xmas break well ‘cured’ and look forward to a prosperous 2018…