Beyond Help

You know people are beyond help when they can’t even get off their arses to help themselves and send the missus instead.

Maori women are faking symptoms to get medication or help for their men, who refuse to go to the doctor.

Health providers in Rotorua say Maori men are reluctant to go to their GPs, fearful of receiving bad news, and have welcomed research published this week in AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples which has highlighted the issue.

The research paper said Maori women were going to their GPs presenting the symptoms of their Maori male partners to get health information and medication.

Former general manager of Te Whanau Hauora o Ngongotaha, Rob Beckett, said it happened locally and, in his experience, Maori men were reluctant to go to their general practitioner because they were scared of the likelihood of bad news.

No amount of money or welfare or hugs and kisses can make up for drop kicks like this. Who would have thought that the warrior race had become so gay?

Once were Warriors, pfffft.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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