What is it with mid-life crisis and two wheels?

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If they don’t don the Lycra Force Field, they think that a few millimetres of cow hide will keep them safe.

Motorcycling’s million-dollar men have been revealed by ACC, and they’re not the young bikies you might expect.

The top five most expensive crash claims all involve middle-aged male riders, racking up a combined bill of around $5.6 million.

Fifty-three motorcyclists died on our roads last year — the highest number since 1998.

But for those bikers who survive a serious crash, the older you are, the more expensive you become.

“The largest volume of claims we get are, in fact, [from] your 15- to 24-year-olds,” according to ACC’s Senior Injury Prevention Programme manager (motorcycles), Carey Griffiths.

“But the most costly claims are for the older riders because they’re on the open road, they’re going faster, they earn more so their compensation claims are higher.” Read more »


Dodgy Socialist Dam to be paid for by ACC?


via DOC

ACC has declined an Official Information Act request from RNZ News that sought information it held regarding its possible investment in the Hawke’s Bay dam.

It is understood ACC may invest in the dam, after cornerstone investors Trustpower and Ngai Tahu pulled out, saying the risks were too high and the rewards too low. Read more »


Watching the Media party and Labour scoff rats over Kiwibank is hilarious


The Media party and opposition politicians really don’t know what to say about the government’s announcement yesterday that Kiwibank was selling down 45% of Kiwibank to the Super Fund and ACC.

The fact that it was Sir Michael Cullen announcing it meant that rat-swallowing was the order of the day.

You see the left-wing have been telling us for years that the reason Bill English was able to steer us through the global financial crisis was because of the brilliant state of the books that Michael Cullen left them in.

They can’t hardly start attacking this scion of the left and hero of Clarkism now can they?   Read more »

I’d say the dodgy socialist dam is poked

Things are not looking that good for the dodgy socialist dam in Hawkes Bay.

Regional ratepayers may get to have their say on whether or not they want to buy $43.1 million worth of water from the Ruataniwha water storage scheme.

In a meeting to be held next Wednesday, councillors will be asked whether or not they want to adopt the recommendation that the decision in principle to enter into a 35-year water user contract be open to a special consultative process through an amendment to council’s Long Term Plan 2015-2025.

This public consultation u-turn comes in the wake of advice sought by council from Audit New Zealand after a heated debate last month on whether or not the buy-in was significant under the authority’s Significance and Engagement Policy.

“Given the advice from the Audit Office it is recommended that council publicly consults on its ‘in principle’ decision through the Draft Annual Plan process.

“This paper recommends that council acknowledges the significance of the change to the levels of service and carries out public consultation as an amendment to the Long Term Plan 2015-2025.”

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Almost half a billion dollars to transform ACC. How much will it be when it’s done?

The Government has announced a revamp of ACC.

Work is underway on a $450 million programme to modernise and bring greater transparency to the Accident Compensation Corporation — after it lost public trust and was judged inefficient.

After Cabinet signed off on the overhaul late last year, the corporation today announced that the first stage of its mammoth transformation programme had kicked-off.

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye said the five-year work would transform the corporation — and New Zealanders’ interactions with it.

“Too much of ACC’s time and energy has been consumed on managing claims for relatively minor injuries.

“By freeing up staff to spend more time with people with complex injuries, ACC will be able to focus on those with the greatest needs.”   Read more »


The entitle-itis is strong in this one

The Dunedin victim of a “horrific” mauling by three Irish wolfhounds has had another blow after learning she will not be compensated for lost income.

The woman was attacked about 6.30am on December 2, leaving her with injuries over much of her body.

The most serious was to her right leg, where little remained of her calf muscle.

Before the attack, the woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, worked two part-time jobs to supplement her benefit income, but the injuries left her unable to work.

Thinking it would be a formality, she asked for compensation from ACC for lost income, but was shocked to learn they would not give her compensation on top of her benefit.

Instead, she was told by an ACC staff member it would take a dollar off her benefit for every dollar she received in compensation – which in her situation meant she would be no better off than if she received no compensation at all.

The entitlement is strong in that one!  Plug her into the national grid and we’d all get lots of free energy.   Read more »


Holidays are dangerous, can’t wait for the Greens to call for a ban on summer

Summer holidays are dangerous and full of injury.

I can’t wait for the Greens to suggest a ban on summer holidays.

Last year, it received 3554 claims for Christmas Day and 4037 claims for Boxing Day, totalling $5.4 million.

Figures obtained by RNZ show last year there were 154 claims for Christmas tree-related injuries, 30 accidents each relating to Christmas presents and Christmas lights and six ham-related injuries.

Ham-related injuries?

ACC spokeswoman Stephanie Melville said it was easy for people to get carried away at Christmas parades. With hordes of families, excited kids and lots of activity and merriment, it was easy for folk to be distracted by all the festive fun.

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Is public consultation broken?


As we’ve seen with the Flag, public consultation is a tricky beast.  And one that appears to be easily captured by social media and of course the Media Party.

Should we really be running government policy based on how many “likes” something gets?   Read more »

The unintended consequences of laws

Karl du Fresne writes about the unintended consequences of laws…designed to do one thing but condition citizens in other ways.

A letter in last week’s Listener magazine offered an interesting slant on the workplace safety debate.
The writer was a New Zealand geologist who had worked in Australia. He had gone there convinced, as most of us probably are, of the virtues of our no-fault accident compensation system.

He thought ACC was clearly superior to the Australian alternative, where people injured in workplace mishaps (or in car accidents, or even as the result of a fall on a slippery supermarket floor) can sue for damages.
That used to be the way in New Zealand too. Personal injury cases were a profitable area of practice for lawyers until the well dried up with the introduction of the accident compensation scheme in 1974.

Under ACC, the state picked up the tab for all work and non-work injuries, regardless of who (if anyone) was to blame.
At first it seemed a bizarre notion that a burglar who accidentally slashed his arm while breaking into a house should be entitled, courtesy of his law-abiding fellow-citizens, to free medical treatment and weekly earnings while he recovered to steal again.

But we put those misgivings aside because the new regime seemed preferable to one where compensation hinged on being able to prove negligence, which involved hiring a lawyer.
In hindsight, ACC can be seen as the high-water mark of socialism – or, if you like, collectivism – in New Zealand.    Read more »


So farms don’t have to conform to health and safety reforms, but the local Placemakers does

There are indeed industry specific holes that need plugging up.  Too many people die in forestry for example.  

But this copy/paste from Australian legislation has only been able to survive around the cabinet table by leaving a huge back door for farmers.  

The whole job remains a botch up, and Michael Woodhouse will be remembered for this fondly as the idiot who brought RMA style legislation to work safety.

More than 50 industries have been identified by the Government as high-risk, meaning they will be not exempt from some requirements under the Health and Safety Reform law, even if they have fewer than 20 employees.

Industries include forestry and logging, road freight transport, coal mining, hunting and trapping, fishing, electricity transmission, horse and dog racing as well as any industry deemed to have potential for catastrophic risk in the event of accident such as oil and gas extraction and petroleum refining.

But most types of farming will be able to claim an exemption, a move slammed by Labour leader Andrew Little.

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