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Labour candidate bails before the election

“Who do you trust?” – a bit of nostalgia

Labour is seeking a new person to run in East Coast Bays after its candidate withdrew from the race.

Rohan Lord, a former America’s Cup sailor and Olympic sailing coach, has decided not to stand in the electorate.

Labour general secretary Andrew Kirton said Lord’s personal circumstances had changed, but he did not give any further detail.

He said being a political candidate was a big commitment, and it was not uncommon for one or two people change their minds.

Right.  So that’s the spin.  What is Lord’s real reason for running away?   Read more »

Ramadan is a serious workplace health and safety issue in New Zealand

The common practice during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is fasting from dawn to sunset. What makes it of particular concern to a New Zealand employer is the fact that it requires a Muslim to not only not eat but shockingly to not drink either. This means 15 full hours of not eating or drinking which in my mind is a clear health and safety risk. The requirements are strict.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and has specific rules and regulations. Each sect of Islam may have slightly different regulations but the key rules of no food or drink from dawn to sunset is accepted as common practice.


Muslims must have the intention to fast every night during the month of Ramadan. Intention and abstaining from acts that nullify the fast means that the fast is valid. A fast becomes invalid if one eats, drinks, smokes, engages in sexual intercourse, vomits, or menstruates or bleeds during childbirth. Other requirements for Ramadan include having hit puberty and being sane. One should only take medication in case of a life-threatening situation.

Would you want your surgeon to operate on you after 14 hours of not eating or drinking? Would you feel well served by a counsellor who was 14 hours into a fast that didn’t let her eat, drink, smoke or take her menopause or cold n flu tablets? Would you feel that your grandmother was safe being cared for in a rest home by staff who are feeling faint and grumpy from lack of both food and water? Should New Zealand employers be forced to accommodate the religious needs of employees if they negatively affect their performance?

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Niki Rauti is one stubborn woman that’s costing plane loads of money in legal costs

Photo / Greg Bowker via NZ Herald

The people in Glen Innes want places to live.  So the government wants to bowl over all those cold, leaky, mouldy, killer homes and build nice, well insulated modern apartments.  And many more to boot, so they can tackle the housing crisis.

Niki doesn’t like it.  She wants to stay in the home the taxpayer has provided for her and she refuses to move out.

A Glen Innes resident facing eviction from her home of more than two decades has taken her fight to the Auckland District Court this afternoon.

In February the Tenancy Tribunal granted a possession order of the former state house Ioela (Niki) Rauti, 62, has called home for 21 years to a housing development company.

Today she’s seeking appeal against the decision that gave possession of the house at 14 Taniwha St to the Tamaki Regeneration Company.

Her house is one of 2800 state houses TRC has pinpointed to be replaced with thousands of new homes over the coming years.

The company wants the house and her land for redevelopment; but Rauti has so far refused to leave, despite orders to do so and offers of alternative houses nearby.

They should just get started.  They do in other parts of the world when stubborn old coots get in the way

She accepted there was a minor error in paper work which hadn’t clarified Tamaki Housing Association was the landlord, a subsidiary acting on behalf of the TRC.

The lawyer argued a variation in the name of the company dealing with Rauti was a minor error that did not invalidate its rights.

“She was not misled.”

The TRC’s lawyer maintained as far back as March 2015 Rauti was informed there would be a change in ownership and that there had been regular communication with the TRC since it took over.

The judge has reserved his decision.

Speaking to Rauti outside the courts after the hearing; she seemed overwhelmed with the process and did not want to comment in detail.

“My head is spinning.”

At today’s hearing the Tamaki Regeneration Company indicated a home 700 metres away from her current one remained available if she chose to move into it.

It’s not her home.  Get out.


– NZ Herald


Real hospital data doesn’t quite match government spin

The country’s DHBs are on average falling shy of five out of six targets set by the Ministry of Health – but one target has seen a 14 per cent increase over the latest quarter.

In the January to March period this year, only the improved access to elective surgery target was met, with DHBs on average increasing the volume of elective surgeries by 4000 discharges per year.

However in many cases targets were close to being met, and a small number of underperforming DHBs could bring the average down for the rest.

Compared with last quarter, half of the target categories – reduced emergency department stays, faster cancer treatment and better help for smokers to quit – remained the same.

Some nice wins in other areas however   Read more »

Power imbalances make workplaces toxic

No matter how friendly you may be with your employer, no matter how well you know them, the insecurity and power imbalance created by the lack of an official contract is always going to turn the workplace toxic eventually. A contract gives an employee or contractor security and certainty. It also gives them protection.

Without a contract no matter how good the relationship a serious power imbalance has been created.

A woman who told her boss he could “shove” her job has been awarded $40,000 by the Employments Relations Authority.

Nicole Hannah was working at Quality Consumables where she had an argument with director Allan McCormick over wage arrears.

Hannah’s partner, Marc Johnson, had been friends with McCormick for 33 years.

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Students. Who wants them?

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Who are the thousands getting Student Visas?

Between July 2011 and March 2017, there were 235,897 applications with an approval rate of 88%.

The majority, 75% of these were full fee paying students with another 12% dependants of those on another visa such as a worker’s visa. The rest are either on scholarship i.e. foreign exchange students or have applied through Section 61 as you can see in the table above.
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Craig v Slater Day 11 (media roundup)

Photo: Chris McKeen via Stuff

As predicted on Friday, yesterday delivered a plot twist that nobody saw coming.   Colin Craig’s lawyer was the one that phoned Cameron Slater and hinted that she had a client that was also legally involved with Colin Craig.  Could she please see all the evidence Whaleoil held thus far so she could use it for her client.

But she did not disclose her client was Colin Craig.   There is more to this, but this is a post to summarise the media.   Read more »

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Face of the Day

Don’t you know who I am?

No Aaron.

I think the answer was much more simple than that.

They knew who you are.