National sprinkle a little more budget pixie dust

More New Zealanders will get elective surgery after the Government pledged an extra $48 million of funding.

Prime Minister John Key and Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman made the pre-Budget announcement at Porirua’s Kenepuru Hospital.

The new spending in this year’s Budget is to ensure National meets its long-running target of having about 4000 more elective surgical operations carried out each year.

“This funding boost will mean that even more New Zealanders can benefit from elective surgery,” Dr Coleman said.

“We want to maintain the momentum and continue to deliver year-on-year increases in elective surgery.”

Another $50 million will be spent over three years to support extra orthopaedic and general surgeries, and to create early intervention orthopaedic teams. Read more »

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Today in History


On this day, in 1960, the Soviet Premier, Nikita Khrushchev announced to the world that the pilot of a downed U2 Spy Plane, Gary Powers, was alive and well.

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Face of the day


New MP Ria Bond spoke of a tough upbringing: ‘From out of that rose strength, it rose courage, it gave me character, at times it caused me tears.’ Photo / supplied to NZ Herald

…NZ First list MP Ria Bond has delivered a heart-felt maiden speech to Parliament, in which she talked about a “traumatic” upbringing.

“I was three years old when I was first removed from my family and put into a foster home…I spent five [periods] of my childhood in a foster home,” Ms Bond said. “Whilst the world was shocked with the movie Once Were Warriors, I was living it. From out of that rose strength, it rose courage, it gave me character, at times it caused me tears.”

There was also a stubbornness to, “one day stand in this house as a member of parliament and look at how we can protect the children of the future.”

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

sentient (adj) – 1. Having sense perception; conscious.
2. Experiencing sensation or feeling.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1630s, “capable of feeling,” from Latin sentientem (nominative sentiens) “feeling,” present participle of sentire “to feel”. Meaning “conscious” (of something) is from 1815.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 6

16There are six things the LORD hates–no, seven things He detests:

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Today’s Trivia





Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?


A British election candidate once changed his name to ‘None of the Above’. (source)


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