101 days ago

We Say/You Say: Winter Driving

Thomas Campbell Reporter from Hamilton Press

Hi Hamilton,

Have you had any close shaves because of hazardous winter road conditions?

There were several crashes on Monday morning in the Waikato region as a result of icy conditions.

Black ice is incredibly difficult to spot for the average motorist and the AA recommends drivers pay attention to the weather conditions the night before setting out.

Temperatures below zero, valleys and dips in the road and shaded areas where the road won't warm up as quickly are all factors in black ice formation.

"You don't want to slam on your brakes if you do get onto ice and feel the vehicle starting to slide. That's actually likely to make the vehicle go more out of control," AA spokesman Dylan Thomsen said.

Multiple precautions are taken by Waka Kotahi (NZTA) to improve the safety during the winter.

The agency contracts Downer workers to drive hundreds of kilometres along stretches to detect wet patches of road as they are freezing.

Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) is sprayed on roads and bridges in very cold areas to stop ice from forming. The chemical acts by lowering the freezing temperature of the water.

Accidents are also mitigated when asphalt is sprinkled on at-risk stretches of road.

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Equity of effort"

Paul from Pukete

Equity of effort"
Māori are walking into a perfect storm made for them by the Government’s response , Māori have been left exposed advises John Tamihere chief executive of the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency), an umbrella group for Māori health providers, including his own West Auckland-based Waipareira Trust., saying the current situation was “deplorable” and “appalling”. the problems for Māori remained the same. “We were always going to have major problems because the Ministry of Health and DHBs refused to acknowledge we would require a different form of roll-out in Māori communities.”
Tamihere suggested Māori should have been invited to be vaccinated as opposed to a booking system that was a “lottery”.

Māori were not hesitant to get a vaccine, he said, but were distrustful of anything the Government advised, and in some low socio-economic areas people were struggling to put food on the table. Getting vaccinated was often the last thing on their mind, he said.

“To put it mildly, we hate Government agencies.”

Well john to put it mildly your comments are not helpful, they only serve to exacerbate the angst felt by other ,im a bit confused as you are striving to achieve "equity" but fail to appreciate it requires an "equity of effort" acting in the national interest