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Goverment expected to pay up for unwanted children

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Deirdre Mussen explains

Three children were enough for a mother who went into hospital to have her tubes tied in 1997. But she is now a mother of five, and says the botched sterilisation has had “huge financial implications”.

“They’re good kids, but if I had stopped at number three, I would be kicking up my heels now. Instead, I’ve still got child commitments.”

The woman is one of at least 11 pursuing ACC for the cost of raising children as a result of failed sterilisations. Read more »

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National tax cuts? Yep: delivered

Things rarely get cheaper these days, so this is good news for everyone:

Motorists will be $135 on average better off from next July after confirmation of cuts to ACC vehicle levies.

Vehicle levies will be based on safety ratings from next year, meaning those who drive safer cars will pay less, while employers will also receive a slight cut.

ACC Minister Judith Collins said today that the average vehicle levy would fall from about $330 to $195 a year from next July.

This included reductions to the licence fee and a drop of 3 cents a litre off the petrol levy, she said.

Dropping the cost on transport levies is actually very significant. ¬†Although it is a small amount per litre, it adds up across all drivers and kilometers travelled. ¬†It takes the pressure off increasing transport costs which will positively effect everything – including groceries. ¬† Read more »

OIA request from ACC validates our Killer Cow crusade

via sickchirpse.com

via sickchirpse.com

Charlie Mitchell at Fairfax has joined our expose on killer cows

Magpies, alpacas, pigs and goats were together cited in nearly 500 claims, at a cost of about $200,000.

One claimant was head-butted pursuing a pig. Another tried to lift a very heavy pig, resulting in back pain.

An alpaca getting a pedicure on its nails lashed out and kicked a claimant’s hand; a nasty magpie caused a cut under an eye.

The numbers reflect each instance where the animal’s name was recorded in the claim accident description. Read more »

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Thanks Len

Len Brown’s Unitary Plan is pandering to Len’s natural constituency in South Auckland.

What is proposed is out of control ridiculous

A couple have been told to apply to 14 different iwi to keep the water running to their home.

Brent and Jennifer Tassell will need approval to renew resource consent on a bore hole that has been operating for 10 years, supplying water to eight Puhoi homes.

The bore draws water from 305m underground and is the only source of water for the properties in Slowater Lane, on the northern outskirts of greater Auckland.

“It’s a hole in the ground that’s been there for 10 years,” said Jennifer. “It’s completely over the top for our situation.”

Under the draft Auckland Unitary Plan, all applicants for resource consent for new or existing developments must apply to iwi for them to assess whether it would have an adverse effect on mana whenua.

Who needs the Resource Management Act to stifle the ecomomy when you can have your local Iwi do it for you? ¬† Read more »

Ratbag bludger nailed cheating ACC

A bludger has been caught defrauding ACC.

I hope ACC is seeking repayment of his fraudulently obtained benefits.

An Ashburton man who pretended to need a wheelchair to continue claiming ACC payments has been sentenced to a seven-month stint of home detention.

Leslie Tamateatu Urquhart-Barrett, 55, would use a wheelchair when he went to the doctors but was seen driving and walking unaided during his everyday activities.

In the Christchurch District Court this week Urquhart-Barrett was ordered to pay more than $4000 in reparation and about $3000 in court costs.

The Ashburton truck driver injured his back and shoulder in a workplace accident in 2006. He received weekly compensation until August 2010.¬† Read more »

Don’t mine it. Litigate it. Mine it. Double Charge it.

The Auckland City Council have caused additional cost through an own goal, and are now trying to recover these costs from the very people that pointed out the idiocy of their ways in the first place.

A reader emails

Hi Cam

RE: Price increase from Quarry business on Waiheke

doh

Appears ACC are double dipping for their services ¬† Read more »

Paul Brislen loses the plot, Wrecking Crew joins in

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Any semblance of credibility¬†Paul Brislen had left has now evaporated completely¬†after he¬†made¬†one of the most bizarre claims I’ve seen for a while. Of course by aligning himself and being part of Matthew Hooton’s Corporate Wrecking Crew we are becoming more and more used to bizarre claims.

It appears Brislen is claiming¬†that public sector workers have been using inside information to buy up shares in Chorus. Yep, that’s right, he thinks that government employees are so flush with cash that they can afford to buy millions of shares in Chorus!

“On Friday, when a report by EY Australia into the financial viability of Chorus was received by the government but not released publicly, shares in Chorus jumped by over 7%, Tuanz says.”

I’m not sure what Brislen’s¬†smoking but it surely can’t be legal. For the share price to move 7%, I imagine millions of shares would have to trade hands.¬† Read more »

Len Brown still the best man for the job

The Stuff headline goes “Councillors still support Len Brown“.

Although that’s a factual statement, it would be similar to someone running the headline “People love Cameron Slater”. ¬†Even though factual, it is in effect useless.

In the case of the councillors and the article, it appears the actual reaction is more along the lines of fence sitting with a little bit of disgust thrown in.

In summary

Bill Cashmore, Franklin – “up to Brown” fence sitter

Dick Quax, Howick – Against Brown staying on

Alf Filipaina, Manukau – backs Brown

Calum Penrose, Manurewa-Papakura – backs Brown

Linda Cooper, Waitakere – Powerless to remove Brown

Chris Darby, North Shore – Not happy with Brown

Christine Fletcher, Albert-Eden-Roskill – fence sitting

Cowards:  2

Stay: 2

Go: 3

I suggest a better headline:  Brown lacks majority support from Council

Will be interesting if the Council is willing to work with this Mayor.  If they do, that may be remembered at the next election.

Stand Down Len Brown.   Get a fresh mandate.

Len Brown resource use “generally” within the rules. Generally.

According to Mr McKay, the report found that Mr Brown did not spend council money on gifts, car use or other travel to support his relationship with Ms Chuang. ¬†— TVNZ

Call me a cynic, but that doesn’t say “no council money or resources were used to support Len Brown’s relationship with Ms Chuang.

“Any use where it existed was generally within the permitted guidelines and policies,” said Mr McKay.

Generally.

Not totally.

Generally.

So some of it clearly wasn’t.

Where is this itemised, in the $100,000 “comprehensive” report?

There is no gender equality in an earthquake

via news.com.au

via news.com.au

Some interesting health stats reported on by Anna Pearson

Twice as many females than males were injured during and after the Canterbury earthquake, figures show.

A breakdown of injuries caused by the September 4, 2010 and February 22, 2011 quakes has also revealed the most common cause of injury across the disasters was falling or tripping.

Why would this be? ¬†Apparently, there are three working theories ¬† ¬† Read more »