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In medieval Europe “barber-butchers” were barbers that practiced surgery as well, a profession ranging from amputations to haircuts. The red and white ‘barber swirl’ in front of most barber shops today signifies blood and bandages which was common in their trade. (Source) Read more »

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Official figures show a seasonally adjusted 6300 settled here in September, surpassing the previous peak of 6200 reached in November 2015.

A record 70,000 more migrants arrived than departed in the year to September.

Statistics New Zealand population statistics manager Jo-Anne Skinner said the annual net gain reflected record high migrant arrivals and fewer migrant departures.

“Most of the arrivals are people coming in with work visas, which also includes working holidaymakers,” she said.

Arrivals set a new September-year high of 125,600, with those on work visas accounting for about a third of that.

The pressure on housing, schools, health and law and order are well known.  That $1.8b that Bill has sloshing around in his pocket really has places to go already.   Read more »

Champagne socialist takes break from Australian holiday to think about homelessness…


Some people have an easy life. Labour’s candidate for Waiariki, Tamati Coffey, is in Australia tasting the wine and cruising the rivers as he takes a break from owning a bar and dabbling in politics. As a former (albeit minor) TV celebrity, small businessman and property investor Tamati Coffey doesn’t have to think about homelessness much. But he did take a break out of a river cruise to share an important message with his followers.   Read more »

Karl du Fresne on how we have failed our most vulnerable

Ross Douglas Bremner.  via Stuff

Ross Douglas Bremner. via Stuff


Until the 1980s, mentally ill people in New Zealand were mostly looked after in hospitals. Older readers will remember the names of these institutions: Tokanui, Sunnyside, Lake Alice, Porirua and Kingseat, to name a few.

They tended to be drab, depressing places where patients were managed rather than treated. I know this because my brother-in-law, who was schizophrenic, spent years in Porirua. I also once had an opportunity to observe things from the inside when mental health nurses went on strike and I responded to a call for volunteers to help.

It was an imperfect system, but patients had a roof over their heads, three meals a day and a warm bed to sleep in. They had companionship and nurses to ensure they took their medication. Their families didn’t have to fret constantly about whether they were okay. Read more »