What you you like Dunedin? Medical equipment, or a fish tank?

Let’s get started, and then I’ll make a point or two

A fish tank in Dunedin Hospital cost $73,000 to install and more than $1000 a week to run in its first year.

They have admitted to spending $129,000 on the tank in the first year.

However, the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board says the maintenance bill will be ”significantly less” in the tank’s second year of operation.

The tank is funded by donations to the children’s ward.

That’s pretty poor stewardship of generously given funds.

It cost about $56,000 to maintain in its first year, not including the cost for electricity.

Seriously?   How is that broken down?    You can pay a full time person at $35k to tend to it for 40 hours a week all year long, and still have $17,000 left for food and incidentals.    Read more »

Mental Health Break

You did it!

Whaleoil has been selected as a Finalist in the ESET Netguide Web Awards 2014


Thank you for getting us into the finals by placing your vote for “Best Blog”.  Let’s see if we’re lucky enough to add another Golden Cube to our collection.  You’ve done your bit, it’s now all up to the NetGuide award process.


Map of the Day

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Slater speaks out! Well, I never…


Some of what I told TV3 earlier today, for those who need to catch up

Prime Minister John Key has had further contact with Cameron Slater since Monday night’s text message chat about the Security Intelligence Service’s (SIS) release of documents to the blogger in 2011.

Slater has confirmed to 3 News he had to provide Mr Key with the text messages so his office could make them public.

“I provided them to him because he doesn’t keep his texts, and he requested that I provide the texts and I sent them through,” says Slater.

In the exchange, which Mr Key initially told Parliament didn’t take place but later backtracked to confirm it had, Slater claims Phil Goff leaked the report in full, that Labour chief of staff Matt McCarten was behind the hacking of his computer that led to Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics, and that he has evidence his political opponents “tried to kill” him.

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Hey @NZHerald, mind fixing this mess?

At at 1 pm today on your website front page:


Your front page.   Then, when you click on the headline, it goes to   Read more »

Are Rawshark and The Comedian linked? You decide

Rawshark is a bastardisation of Rorscharch.


Rorscharch being one of the Marvel DC Comics masked villains of course.  One of the Watchmen.

So colour me surprised when Josh Forman picks “The Comedian” as his secret name.   Read more »

NOTICE: Cameron Slater on with Willie and Ali at 1 pm


Willie and Ali will host Cam on their show on Radio Live between 1 and 3 pm today.  UPDATE : only between 1 and 2, sorry

Listen Live Online.

Andrew Little caught in a lie in the first week of the job – and it’s on record

Phil Goff says he didn’t leak it, then he did, then he didn’t really…so what is the real story?

On Radio NZ on 26 November – Phil Goff sticks to calls for PM to resign.

Goff gets very aggressive and slippery when pushed.

Phil Goff admits to leaking IGIS report "Phil Goff admits to leaking IGIS report" from Morning Report by Radio New Zealand. "Phil Goff admits to leaking IGIS report"

As you can hear for yourself he references something he reportedly said the day previously “on radio”, but this interview was used extensively by 3 News as the basis of the story.

Goff confesses he briefed Andrew Little and Chris Hipkins, as well as telling journalists about the content of the report.  Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: Mark Grimshaw

Photo: Mark Grimshaw

“It’s Good to Touch The Green, Green Grass of Home.”

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