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Fat bastard sacked fairly for being a fat bastard

In Australia a fat bastard was sacked for being a fat bastard and the resulting court case has upheld the rights of his employers to sack him for being a fat bastard.

The Fair Work Commission has ruled an obese forklift driver was fairly dismissed because his weight created a workplace safety issue.

Ranui Parahi worked as a cool room operator for dairy business Parmalat and weighed 165 kilograms when Parmalat called in an occupational therapist to assess Parahi and other employees.

The occupational therapist found Parahi was of “medium to high risk” and raised concerns he may not be able to safely and competently perform his role as a result of his weight.

Parahi’s weight exceeded the forklift’s maximum weight safety ratings and by the time of a second assessment it increased to 175 kilograms.

The occupational therapist took into account a cardiologist’s report which indicated Parahi had “severe obstructive sleep apnoea that may pose a problem with operating mobile machinery”. The occupational therapist advised Parahi should only conduct “semi-sedentary-type work” which did not require any heavy manual handling or operating mobile machinery for full-time hours.   Read more »

Remember this?

Remember this from parliament?

Strange, risky behaviour?

Andrew Little tried to be hip and cool by doing the Gangnam Style dance in parliament in an attempt to mock John Key.

But that was nothing compared to PSY’s new moves.    Read more »

Another suicide on Corrections watch


ANOTHER INMATE has been found dead at maximum-security Paremoremo Prison – and again it’s on Corrections’ watch.

Just months after taking over the management of Mt Eden Corrections Facility from private company Serco following allegations of prisoner mistreatment, Corrections is now facing questions of its own after the suicide of another inmate at one of the prisons it runs.

The death is another black mark against the prison service, and further evidence that more needs to be done in the field of suicide prevention not only in private prisons but also in state-run ones as well.

In this latest case, a Paremoremo inmate committed suicide on Monday after swallowing a watch battery.

Three weeks ago the inmate had slit his wrists and was taken to the prison hospital.

A source said Corrections had refused to clean all the blood from the man’s cell for over a week, claiming it was a ‘crime scene’.

“We had to look at it and smell it,” the source said.

“Corrections were clearly on notice of the guy’s high suicide risk. How much longer will these preventable deaths continue in New Zealand prisons?”

It was only six weeks go that prison guards found a member of the Headhunters gang dead in his cell on the top of Paremoremo’s B block landing.

Prison sources say the man had hung himself.

Over the past five financial years there have been 88 suicide attempts behind bars.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Prison had the worst record, registering 13 suicide attempts over the five years. That was followed by 11 suicide attempts at Auckland Prison, and eight each at Christchurch Men’s Prison, Christchurch Women’s Prison and Waikeria Prison.

Only four facilities registered zero suicide attempts – Invercargill Prison, Rolleston Prison, Tongariro/Rangipo Prison and Wellington Prison.

There were five suicide attempts at the Mt Eden Corrections Facility.

In a recent interview, Corrections National Commissioner Jeremy Lightfoot claimed the department was doing everything it could to stop inmates from killing themselves behind bars.

He said the department was committed to preventing suicide in prison, but noted prisoners had a high risk of mental health disorders which made dealing with the problem a challenge.

‘In order to understand and address a prisoner’s medical condition, we conduct health screenings when a prisoner is received into prison and when they are transferred into prisons,” he said.

But he conceded Corrections would never be able to completely prevent suicides.

“Despite our efforts to reduce suicide and self-harm in prison it is incredibly difficult to stop someone who is determined to harm themselves.”

Over the past five years there have been 35 unnatural deaths in custody, which include murders and suicides. The deaths were spread among 14 prisons.

The only facilities not to record any unnatural deaths for the period were Arohata Prison, Auckland Region Women’s Prison, Rolleston Prison and Tongariro/Rangipo Prison.

Seven out of the 35 deaths – or 20 percent – were at Christchurch Men’s Prison. There were five deaths at Rimutaka Prison, and three each at Auckland Prison, Northland Region Corrections Facility, Waikeria Prison and Whanganui Prison.

Despite recent public concerns about the Mt Eden Corrections Facility, there has only been one unnatural death registered there since Serco took over management.


cookStephen Cook is a multi award winning journalist and former news editor and assistant editor of the Herald on Sunday.


One of Labour’s non-rapists is arrested for historic sex charges

The Labour Party attacked John Key for not doing enough for detained criminals in Australia. Then they attacked him for calling them rapists and murderers. And attacked again after John Key called out Labour for being criminal friendly. Followed by another attack because these criminals were brought back in handcuffs on “Con-Air” and finally John Key was putting us all at risk because of all that.

Never mind that it was Helen Clark who signed away the rights of Kiwis in Australia, never mind that there were rapists and murderers being deported, never mind that the Aussies were responsible for travel arrangements. And never mind that the only people who have lobbied and supported these criminals is Labour.

Well, yesterday one of the Labour’s new constituents turned up at the airport and was promptly arrested on historic sex charges.

A newly-released prisoner deported from Australia was charged with historic sex offences when he touched down in New Zealand.

The 29-year-old is among New Zealanders being flown back to their country of birth after serving prison sentences under a toughened-up Australian policy for dealing with foreign criminals.   Read more »

Christmas carol concert cancelled to avoid offending non-christian students

Everyone responds to terrorist attacks differently. Some respond with hash tags, others with candle lit vigils and yet others go out and buy something to defend themselves with. An Italian Principal responded to the Paris attacks by cancelling his school’s Christmas carol concert, and his board responded by removing crucifixes from classrooms.

An Italian headmaster has been forced to resign after he scrapped his school’s Christmas carol concert following the Paris attacks in a move that sparked outrage across the country.

Marco Parma, 63, decided to ban traditional festivities at Garofani school in Rozano, near Milan, so as not to cause offence to non-Christian pupils.

Instead he planned to organise an evening of song in January, transforming the event into a winter concert rather than a celebration of Christmas.

But the move provoked anger among parents of pupils at the school, riled politicians of all stripes and prompted calls for intervention by the education minister.

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