February 2016

Monday nightCap

Epic memories

Today’s Trivia


Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?

Captain Matthew Webb, the first man to swim the English Channel unaided, drowned in 1883 trying to swim the rapids downriver from Niagara Falls. (Source)

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Great example of a “catastrophic failure”

Burner phones

Daily Roundup


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A reader emails about media, St John and the truth

The other day we wrote about St John and their need for more cash. The article in the Herald highlighted a case and one reader has sent in her thoughts on the issue, which really leads you to wonder what game the Media party are playing when they leave out some of these facts.

I read with interest the post yesterday about St John Ambulance and the issue of double crewing. Until then I had been unaware of other stories which had appeared in other publications, and the case which sparked the discussion of double crewing. So I went looking.

I read the Herald article When Every Second Counts by Martin Johnston.

And I was concerned about a lot of what I read, particularly regarding the treatment provided by the ambulance officer, and about the hospital doctor. For me, the issue of double crewing in this instance was not a stand out feature in the death of the patient.

I also read the Herald Editorial St John Call For Aid Must Be Answered (with no byline).

Imagining yourself or your loved ones in an emergency medical situation, potentially needing lifesaving care is all very emotive stuff. Who can disagree that single crewing in unsafe for both patient and paramedic? Yes, St John should be better funded (by what means we don’t know yet) in order to provide a greater degree of safety to all concerned. Indeed, CEO Peter Bradley has stated that after the end of this financial year no single crew will respond to any incident. His staff are totally supportive of this position.   Read more »

Now Aucklanders have a choice…rates increases or rates decreases

John Palino has announced he is standing for Mayor again and dropped a bombshell on every other candidate…he’s pushing for a 10% rates reduction in his first term.

I am announcing that I will be standing for Auckland Mayor this year!

I am putting my name forward because I believe that Auckland has not realised its potential. Auckland has the potential to be a great city, but the Super City has not delivered for ratepayers.

Our rates have gone up massively.

Our council debt has gone up massively.

Our services are not as good as they were under our old council.

Today I am announcing my commitment to Auckland. As Mayor I will reduce your rates by 10% across my first term.

I have engaged Larry Mitchell, one of New Zealand’s foremost Local Government financial experts to prepare an alternative budget.

This budget, which I will be releasing later in the campaign, will deliver on the promises of cost savings and efficiencies we were promised when the Super City formed.

Every ratepayer knows their services have reduced and their rates have increased.

We have not received the benefits of the Super City. Auckland Council has wasted money on non core spending, treating ratepayers like an unlimited ATM that they can take as much money as they like from.

That is why I believe we can cut rates by 10% over the next three years. This is the first step to returning Aucklanders’ rates to realistic levels.

Over the next few weeks I will be launching sensible policies and pragmatic policies that will protect Auckland ratepayers from a council that has taken far too much of their hard-earned money.

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Labour Rotorua: Ministry of Health is run for profit

The Ministry of Health has asked Lakes DHB to cut 1.2% of its spending. Annette King says this will be tough and Lakes DHB is already a ‘squeezed lemon’.

But then comes the real clanger. Despite sinking $283 million into Lakes DHB, Labour Rotorua have accused the Ministry of Health of trying to make a profit by asking for 1.2% spending cuts.


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