Breeze in for gorgeous bayside lifestyle

first_imgThe backyard and gardens are low maintenance.The downstairs living area opens through sliding doors to the back deck, which looks out over the fully-fenced, low-maintenance back yard and gardens. The double lockup garage has a built-in workshop area and the property comes with a water tank and solar panels, which provide a rebate each quarter. Mr Davidson said: “All the neighbours get on. They all talk to each other and look out for each other.”The property is being marketed by Margaret Vote and Chris Vote of Raine & Horne Wynnum Manly for offers over $799,000. The home at 18 Cobar St, Lota.ENJOY sea breezes and ocean glimpses from this two-storey bayside home. The property at 18 Cobar St, Lota, has four bedrooms and multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces. Owner Michael Davidson bought the home eight years ago when it was just 12 months old. “I liked the layout of the home and how big the master bedroom was with a full walk-through wardrobe,” he said. “Though I’d have to say my favourite part of the home is the north-facing front deck.“We always eat out on the front deck and we’ve got lovely breezes and slight water views.” The home is set up with the master bedroom and main living areas on the top floor. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The dining and living area at 18 Cobar St, Lota.Internal stairs lead to the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, which flows out through bi-fold doors to the front deck. The modern kitchen has stainless steel appliances, slide-out pantry, a breakfast bar and white cabinetry, while timber floors feature throughout the upstairs living space. The master bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe with his and hers doors, and an ensuite with bath, shower, dual basins and a separate toilet. Downstairs there are three more bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, a laundry with extra storage, a toilet and a second bathroom with separate bath and shower. last_img read more


Council web filter blocks marriage site as ‘hate’

first_imgOtago Daily Times 23 Aug 2012An automated web content filter for the Dunedin City Council’s internal network has deemed a Family First New Zealand website on traditional marriage a “hate” site, and blocked access for staff. The block on the “Protect Marriage” website, which promotes marriage between a man and a woman, has outraged Family First NZ director Bob McCoskrie, who says it is discriminatory and the result of an agenda being pushed either by someone at the council, or at the content filter company. “It’s part of a culture war that is going on at the moment. Activists are working hard to eliminate all opposing debate on this important family issue – as we experienced with the unprecedented hacking of our website when first launched.” The council says there was no conscious decision to block the site. Mr McCoskrie said the lobby group was contacted by a city council staff member who, he said, was “stunned” when they tried to access the website to sign the group’s petition against a Labour Party Bill to legalise gay marriage, and was told the site was deemed “hate” and that the web page “contravenes Dunedin City Council’s acceptable usage policy”. “The staff member’s response was that ‘if the concept that marriage should be between a man and a woman is offensive, then I despair for the future of this country’. We agree,” Mr McCoskrie said.Council communications and marketing manager Graham McKerracher said the council did not control the filtering process, which was done by a United States company. When the company was employed, the council gave it broad categories of offensive content it wanted limited in its internal network. The company’s filter automatically scanned sites for words or phrases that placed sites in those categories and sites deemed offensive were automatically blocked. Mr McKerracher could not say why the Protect Marriage site was blocked. But a block meant the site, or someone leaving a comment on the site, might have used language determined by the filter to be offensive, resulting in the site being put on a banned list. Comments could not be left on the site and he was confident none of the administrators or owners of the site had previously done anything that could be construed as offensive or “hate” related, Mr McCoskrie said. “My challenge to them is to produce the evidence.” Council staff were still able to access gay marriage websites, and at least two other websites blacklisted by web filters at other companies. “It is highly hypocritical and inconsistent that one side of the debate can be blocked, but not the other. This is discrimination at its worst and [the council] seems to be initiating their own version of hate speech laws.” Mr McKerracher said if sites promoting gay marriage had not been picked up by the same filter it was because no offending words or phrases that placed them in a category that was blocked were identified. He said any staff member who wanted to fill out the petition could do so at home.http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/222778/council-web-filter-blocks-marriage-site-hatelast_img read more