Flag of the day

July 5, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.

This one is In Between Rangi and Papa by Kay McQuire:

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Marching for Waitaki’s health services

July 5, 2015

Nearly 30 years ago around 13,000 people marched through Oamaru to protest against proposed cuts to health services.

This morning there’s another march for the same reason and it’s got political.

Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark has been accused of trying to ”hijack” tomorrow’s health march in Oamaru, and has been denied speaking rights after refusing to accept a condition not to criticise the Government.
National Party Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean will speak at the march because she had agreed to that condition, Waitaki Mayor and march organiser Gary Kircher said.

The event was ”not political”.

The focus was the Southern District Health Board and its funding priorities. . .

The Mayor says more in a Facebook post.

. . . As has been clear from the start, this march has been about the cuts to our hospital funding proposed by the Southern DHB. Instead, David wants to make it political by bringing in the much wider issue of government funding and he wants to use our march to make his political statement.
Now, we all would love for central government to put more money into health, but the SDHB has had increases and they’re simply not passing on our fair share to us in Waitaki. They haven’t done so for years. Instead, we had no increase last year and they want to cut 5% from our funding this year! They would rather make our people go to Dunedin for services which we can deliver far more efficiently in Oamaru! For example, we have excellent scanning equipment and services in Oamaru Hospital but we only get around $15,000 per year to run them. People complain that they have to go to Dunedin for scans when they could be done right here! However, David doesn’t want to focus on this. Perhaps it’s because many of the Dunedin Hospital staff who benefit from this wasteful spending live in his electorate?
I have made the offer to David that he can march alongside me and our Councillors at the front of the march, I’ve told him that I will acknowledge him and his support for the aim of our march in my speech, and I had intend to have him up on the stage with the speakers and our Councillors. And I had offered to let him speak if he focussed on the reason for the march. But if he really prefers to let the DHB off the hook by playing politics, I make no apology for declining his last-minute request to speak.  . .

There is a legitimate argument about whether the population based funding model is calculated correctly for large areas with smaller and older populations but that is an argument for another day.

Today is not about whether the south’s share of the health cake is big enough but because Waitaki is not getting it’s fair share of the south’s slice.

Waitaki District Health Services chair George Berry puts the board’s case here.

 


Flag of the day

July 4, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There are more than 5000 in the gallery .

The three most popular at Rate The Flag are:

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Coru And Southern Cross (#2473)

Designed by: Otis Frizzell

Simple. the southern cross is ” part of NZ” the coru is “part of NZ.

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Strong Hold (#7671)

Designed by

Designed by: Travis Cunningham

It is simple and clean and depicts nature and heritage

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Land Of The Long White Cloud (#1066)

Designed by Chris Roberts.

Simple. Modern. Clean. Distinctive.

The two contrasting colours used are white and deep blue. White is used for the stars of the Southern Cross and the rolling cloud. The deep blue background represents both the clean skies and the Pacific Ocean surrounding New Zealand.


Flag of the day

July 3, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.

This one is Follow the Southern Cross by Andy Law:

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Quote of the day

July 3, 2015

To defend democracy we must recognise its limits. Its most fundamental limit is that we cannot make our representatives act how we would like them to, nor do we have much incentive to do so. While our current democratic institutions are not perfect models for liberty or even democratic equality, nor is rule by experts.

Democracy is more than just parliaments and campaigns and voting. It is an assertion that we all have the right to an equal stake in our political order. It is a shame few politicians and bureaucrats agree. Chris Berg


Flag of the day

July 2, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.

This one is Stars and Silver Ferns by Steve Juergens:

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Flag of the day

July 1, 2015

The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.

There are more than 4000 in the gallery already.

This one is A New Sprout by Alexandre Santos:

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