Today I was waiting for my husband to pick me up outside Pak n Save at 12.10.p.m. I was standing near the Taxi stand when an older woman and a younger woman came with their trolley and stood waiting at the Taxi Stand. A very well care for late model taxi pulled up, and looked at the older woman who waved her hand to him indicating me. I called to him that I was waiting for my husband not a taxi, to which he then indicated to the woman that she was his passenger. She waved her cell phone at him and said "I told them not to send ........ I want another driver." The taxi driver was a Sikhi gentleman with a grey beard and turban.
By this time my husband had arrived, and we both watched in dismay the gentleman taxi driver being seriously embarrassed by this woman, who was on her phone calling up the Taxi company.
My advise to the Taxi Company would have been to totally refuse to have any taxi go to her home or wherever she wanted to be picked up from.
Years ago I was a newly qualified Radiographer on call at Wellington Hospital, when a call came that a young child on a cruise ship had a possible broken arm. I went and collected the family from the waiting room, and proceeded to prepare the child for an X.ray. The father said to me where is the technician ? I said I was. He said We don't have people like you doing this in our country, get another technician. I phoned the Doctor in Charge and asked if he would get another Radiographer in to do the X.Ray. He said Send them back to A &E. About 10 minutes later I returned to A&E and asked where the family was. I was told they had gone back to the ship, with just a bandage. The Doctor had said If I was not going to be allowed to X.Ray the child they were able to go elsewhere, which is what they did, next port of call Auckland.
I felt so proud then to be a New Zealander, today, I felt ashamed that some people in our community have no concept of what is proper behaviour. I bet the Taxi driver was far better educated than the woman, and will be better received in Heaven as well.
I am on the research to find out who knows what about Nurse practitioners vs General practitioners?
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Today is Strike for Climate Change and i believe that a number of businesses will take time out to support this. As a Council watcher for many years I would like to have some answers to some of the past issues that Council has been involved in and to have some answers as to their efficacy and costs.
1. Some years ago we were considered to have such low carbon emissions that we sold carbon credits, to a City in Japan. What was the money gained from those carbon credits used for? Why are we now considered to be a City in need of spending millions to get people on to bikes, when there is no evidence that people will get on a bike instead of investing in a hybrid or ecar.?
2. What happened to the methane recovery plant at the Awapuni land fill? Wasn't that supposed to become an income stream for the City?How much did it cost to set up and how much has the return been?
3. The green composting strategy. What has been the return on this so called green income stream to Councils and to ratepayers?
4. What has been the savings for ratepayers for the solar panels installed on the Council buildings?
5. What has been the reduction in BMI's for sedentary staff with the building of the staff gym, in the Council building?
6. What has been the use of the electric cycles that were purchased for Council staff to use? Got to say it is at least 2 years since I saw them on the roads.
I think ratepayers have been conned into paying for a number of projects that have not given an expected return, and I most certainly think the millions on changing College Street is a case in point. Once again poor planning, lack of fore thought and in my view, total lack of understanding of future proofing a sustainable community.
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