At Pirongia Waitomo !
Well trendsetters, the Equinox occurred in the middle of the week and so we are heading toward the shortest day. Autumn rain and a bit of a chill. Time to put a few things in the car like a raincoat, towel for the dog, ( she has her own set of linen) torch and a few spares. Car batteries tens …View moreWell trendsetters, the Equinox occurred in the middle of the week and so we are heading toward the shortest day. Autumn rain and a bit of a chill. Time to put a few things in the car like a raincoat, towel for the dog, ( she has her own set of linen) torch and a few spares. Car batteries tens to let us down at this time so some jumper cables would be a good idea.
We did have a bit of noise earlier this week when the Police chased a druggie around town before catching him. Perhaps the talk-shows should stop promoting drugs as " cool coz we, [radio jurnos that is,] did them in the seventies"? Perhaps we need to communicate that illicit drugs are harmful and young people will soon be old and need bags full of them soon enough for things like diabetes and high blood pressure. Youth is wasted on the young.
There was a diabetes healthy food seminar last week and the full range of topics were shared with the group including one lady's episode relating to not being able to eat fiber and her very public lost bowel control in the supermarket. See what we all have to look forward to?
The Carpe Diem theory has never been more relevant. Food labels tell everything but they may lie a bit?
Pastor Brian talked about moderation in all things and how the congregation should understand that drinking alcohol was as bad as smoking and if you want to live a long life then don't do either. Going with his well rehearsed theory that Heaven was right her right now, he said that the only thing you could drink as much as you want without it doing harm was water and time spent walking or biking with friends or family was better than smoking or boozing with them.
The topic of prostate cancer came up as it has been in the paper recently. It is a silent killer ( quietly in Te Awamutu as much as anywhere) There is no need for embarrassing finger examinations any more. The old test could only get half the prostate so it was pretty unreliable. A "PSA" blood test is a painless way to screen for it. OK if the screening is of concern to the doctor there will be other procedures but in most cases a quiet sigh of relief is the outcome. If you are over 50 and male get a blood test. If you are female you can have other tests.
When Jimmy was talking to Dr. Pete last week they concurred that women wanted to know everything was all right whereas men didn't want to know there was anything wrong.
An interesting headline on the rural report was that Waikato farm sale prices were " off by 9.5% in the past 12 months. That means that banks mortgage security values are down by more that that so they will have to put the boot quietly into everybody else so they can make their profits. Who would have thought, farm values going down. It just shows you that if you wait long enough everything happens. What about the poor fella in Cambridge Rd? With 10 farms he has lost one who farm's worth out of that lot. Still I suppose over the years he has had capital gains enough to get one or two for nothing. Swings and roundabouts.
Well last week the tanker drivers bit of news hit the fan with two things happening. One their big boss is leaving and second the countries most poorly run company lost the biggest amount of money in New Zealand history. The farmers might be quietly coming to realise that you don't actually need to be very clever to run a dairy company. When you are the CEO, all you have to do is put everything in front of a committee and let them do the hard decision making. You simply have to occasionally whip the slaves and they do all the rest of the work for you. In the meantime all you do is show up and eat an apple for lunch. It's the Pied Piper of Hamilton all over again? The farmers were totally sucked in.
And so the post office workers [ perhaps one but it makes them all look bad] got caught out not doing their job properly. It is not often in Te Awamutu that you catch people red handed. It usually only happens with the council. They too have quietly thrown the ten year plan out the window because they have had the rules on council borrowing relaxed by central government. They are going to have a big lollie scramble. The biggest bit of quietness we saw was the shameful behavior of the DHB. The acting chair went on the radio saying they have done everything correctly except for one mistake. That was the big mistake of the century. They totally messed up in the worst possible way. They failed to check the recent credentials of the CEO they hired. They went quiet on the most obvious question. Why on earth would a guy from Canada want to leave his job their and come to Hamilton. There had to be something wrong. That board is responsible. This is the very reason why Government should be carefully watching elected representatives. In reality these people are schmoozed by their employees. They are made to feel important, they are tempted to eat the fancy lunches and go on the fancy swarees in other cities staying in hotels, they are fawned over and bowed and scraped to.
Before you know it, these board members, and also councilors, are eating out of their staffs hands and they are saying yes to everything. Voters need to realise that this board is corrupt. They do not deserve second chances. They let a villain in the door. He stole from them and they should be taking their responsibility but they have no means by which to do that. They are fools and suckers. In their defence they were never qualified to govern anything and they were clueless as to what they were supposed to do.
One an ex journalist was a staffie who had to resign, quietly confidentially, of course, because she blew her budget. However because the public thought she was plausible, she was voted on the board. She knew nothing about health as didn't most of the others. To run a DHB you need more than charm and the right amount of grey hair. You need guts and you need to say no to nonsense and yes to helping the sick recover.
So what have Bazza and Wendel been up to? Well Wendell's daughter arrived from Auckland with the news that she is pregnant and the she is not sure who the father is. Of course? She thinks he is a chap of uncertain Pacifica origin she met at the pub and only saw once. As they do in Auckland. It appears that she can more easily get a midwife here due to the shortage in Auckland. This may change the dynamics of the relationship a bit. Who knows what might happen next? Bazza is remaining cool and keeping his options open. He has been avoiding all questions of a family nature and that is becoming more obvious. Keeping quiet but friendly is the key. A smile can fix a lot. Bazza wants to help but it will be in a practical kind of way. Loans not gifts perhaps, he is thinking?
So that's it for another week. We all got on with life in Te Awamutu. The spinners kept their feet pumping in anticipation of a good yarn and some things just slipped though their fingers. You have to sometines just let it go. Until next week we couldn't possibly comment as according to the Tremeloes, silence is golden, but my eyes still see.
Well trendsetters, St. Patricks day is upon us and we must all be subject to another marketing ploy to go out and celebrate and if the breweries have their way, get drunk and risk driving home so the Police can catch us. Patrick celebrates the Irish and their reputation for stupidity. Speaking of …View moreWell trendsetters, St. Patricks day is upon us and we must all be subject to another marketing ploy to go out and celebrate and if the breweries have their way, get drunk and risk driving home so the Police can catch us. Patrick celebrates the Irish and their reputation for stupidity. Speaking of which the Police chief found himself in hot water because back in 2016 he ordered a checkpoint be set up to gather information on a group of senior citizens who went to a meeting on euthanasia. No surprises there. They knew it was coming. Of course they relied on the fact that a corrupt high court judge gave them a warrant. Or they say that. Whatever the situation, when there are corrupt police and or corrupt judges we are all at risk of being locked up for no good reason. AND it has happened plenty of times before. There is the old Arthur Allan Thomas scandal and the more recent one where Mr Iti was caught up with. That time the Police arrested a whole bus load of people using dubious warrants. Many spent a lot of time in jail unjustly before they were let go and Key ended up with egg on his face and so he changed the law.
Because nobody is properly reviewing the behavoiur of hugh court judges, there are no consequences when they give out warrants to the police. If it were quietly looked into, it may well be found that things like search warrants andnd others are routinely given without question at all levels in the court system in NZ. All they have to do is ask. It is virtually a rubber stamping exercise. Sometimes the Police don't even bother asking. It is a shambles. We are all quietly at risk.
What would happen if a lawyer tried this on. Most likely they would lose their license. Not the Police though and not high court judges. OOOOHHHH no.
On the subject of lawyers we have a couple of embarrassing situations where one firm is still dealing with the fall out from the scandal of their Summer clerk sexcapade. It is taking longer to go away than expected and it appears that the law society, who regulates lawyers is not very interested. They like things kept quiet as much as anybody else. So if that was not enough, the pre- lawyer second year students also had a camp whit plenty of sexual content and just to go on further the Labour Party pre-voting public were also treated to a romp where one person whose name is being kept quiet of course, is alleged to have had his hands down other peoples pants. Now there is well worn joke out there. How can you tell the lawyers at a party?... They are the ones with their hands in the other peoples pockets. Very funny and also it seems, very true.
As was said in the movie Jurassic park, " Life.... errrr finds a way" well it certainly is and it seems that those lawyers, law students and Labour Party, sorry, pardddy, hopefuls are more closely related to their ape like heritage than the rest of us. David Attenborough couldn't have found a better wildlife story.
On a more serious note, Autumn has inched it's way in with the tomatoes pretty much over, Kiwifruit from overseas at about $7.00 a Kg, ( a couple of years ago they were .49c) and we were all happy. The mornings are colder and darker although the leaves have not turned golden.
The maize is being harvested and we have to drive quietly along the road behind the harvesting machines.
Some of us had a day of blessing last week. Others already knew that we are blessed to be able to live in Te Awamutu and enjoy life without the Russians trying to poison us. We went on knowing that with four new doctors in town, we would be in good hands. Hopefully their credentials and immigration papers are all in order. The DHB has had a few problems employing bogus doctors and it was quietly let slip that they spent $20.000.00 on spin doctors to dress up the fiasco over the last CEO's dishonest dealings. It is doubtful that they will ever recover the money that he took. They will most likely write it off. That was a lot of hip replacements and other operations the public won't get now.
Those tanker drivers have been very quiet lately. Their wives are usually the first to let the news go but they have been very quiet too. The suggestion doing the rounds is that one of the dairy companies, who shall remain nameless of course, just quietly are in a bit of doo doo over their Asian investments and the board has been going around getting secret injunctions to stop one of the directors saying things out of school. Just quietly, all is not well. How quite is the bovine excrement when it hits the fan?
Paula Benefit came on TV the other day and the Beehive make-overists have certainly had the oil of Ulan out. She, perhaps, has been looking at old magazines of Jackie Kennedy. What a piece of work?
Wendell has managed to talk Bazza into re-decorating his pad. Gone are the etchings and apricot coloured plain wallpaper and in with the new Resene colour palate. She is thinking chartrusse with a geometric frieze and some new art. The Eames chair is going and a couple of leather two seaters are on their way in. And of course, some soft lighting.
They have been studying what makes colours fashionable. Bazza was keen on the 60's bright colours like that Split Enz Album cover. Wendell liked the pastels of the Art Deco Era and Clarice Cliff. There was some agreement over the Autumn shades and the natural greens and browns of the new era. They have avoided the cost of a colour consultant because although, Mandy, an ex Te Awamutian they know is one, Te Awamutu people just don't need colour consultants. That's what DIY shops are for. Thay are basically conservatively unsophisticated.
We lost Stephen Hawking last week and that will have a profound effect on Te Awamutu and the disabled community. One of his theories is that artificial intelligence might take over the world. Well it certainly took over him. Toward the end we were not really sure if it was him doing the thinking or the machine. The man certainly had style. He made bets with other scientists where the wager prize would be a subscription to Penthouse magazine. Is that still going?
One of the things being kept very quiet here is the Council wanting to spend a lot of money on a new museum thinly disguised as a discovery centre. What is not being said is how much all of the borrowing they want to do will impact on rates and an aging population and costs to the Town generally. They were already at their limit and in fact exceeded the level of borrowing their consultants, Delloites, told them was safe. So what do they do? They carry on borrowing. Not an ounce of consideration for the elderly who have fixed incomes or the youth who can't get a foot in the door.
And so the week quietly came to an end. Scandals erupted all over the place but we kept a lid on them. Nobody was one to gossip. Everybody doing the slightest naughty thing got away with it for one more week. Even the high court judges who always found a reason, however week, because nobody wanted to stand up and call them to account. Perhaps someone will send a quiet e.mail to the minister of justice?
Have a nice quiet next week everybody, and whatever you do, don't make any noise and go around being nice to each other. Show a sense of community.
Neighbours and friends,
I have not yet finished with NZ Post it seems. After their failure to deliver a parcel to me in a timely manner, taking in excess of a month before it finally arrived, last month, including their going back to the sender and asking her if she wanted it back, I find today …View moreNeighbours and friends,
I have not yet finished with NZ Post it seems. After their failure to deliver a parcel to me in a timely manner, taking in excess of a month before it finally arrived, last month, including their going back to the sender and asking her if she wanted it back, I find today that they are up to the trick of failing to put the yellow card in my PO box to let me know mail was to be collected. This has happened at least three times now in recent days.
This time I had a parcel tracked. When it did not arrive after 8 days I telephoned the call centre to ask where it was. I was told it was at the Te Awamutu post shop. It had been there for at least 7 days. This was not an inadvertent failure to put the card in my PO Box. It was a deliberate effort on the part of one of the postal workers to hide a 13 kg parcel from me. Who knows how long it might have stayed there before I got to have my property? This was a big carton, it could not have been overlooked. No, neighbours, this is a case of someone in the mail room who is playing Russian Roulette with their own employment, not putting that card in so that I could be informed.
After finding out where the parcel was I went back to the counter and told the less than polite woman that there was no card but the call center had informed me that the parcel was there and " could I please have it?"
When she returned she had two parcels for me. A second yellow card had not been put in my mail box. I pay an extra $150.00 per year for a PO Box so that I can have " enhanced security" and so that NZ post do not have to do half of their work in delivery by bring it to my home.
I asked the woman on the counter why the two cards had not been put in my mailbox? She said she did not know because she did not do that part. The parcel from Christchurch actually took 2 days to arrive in Te Awamutu.
They have a sign on the counter saying they are trying their hardest and do not like people "having a go at them" about their poor service. Well, if they did their job properly nobody would be tempted to have a go, would they?
While I was there a lady came to the next counter with the same complaint, her parcel was not there when it should be. The man behind the counter directed her to the " hot line" to the call centre.
The result of all of this is that NZ Post in Te Awamutu and most likely elsewhere cannot be trusted to do their job properly. I now have the proof I need of this so that the person responsible for not putting the cards in my PO Box will soon be having a conversation with their employer. I do not expect that to go well for them. If I was doing that sort of thing as a postal worker, I would be expecting something other than the mail sack. At a minimum they would get " training". My view is that there are sinister overtones here and that person should not be sorting the mail for much longer. I share this with the group because I do not like delinquent mail workers. Nor do I like delinquent mail delivery companies and I especially do not like delinquent governments who on behalf of the queen, undertake to deliver mail from one good New Zealander to another who are supposed to observe the Postal Services Act. It seems that their extra charge for " tracking" is not so a parcel can be found, it is so the staff will be less tempted to muck around with it. This also happened with a package fro America that waited two weeks in Auckland until the man from customs went to take it from NZ Post as it was " missing".
NZ Post and me will be spending half a day in the Disputes tribunal sorting these contractual issues out in the next few months and it will not be a pretty sight. I will make sure the hearing goes on and on and on until they are made to understand the error of their ways. Given how stupid they appear to be, this will take a while. One reason for this is due to the density of the brain tissue of the Disputes Tribunal adjudicators which itself is legendary.
Just thought I'd share that with the group.
Please come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 28th March. Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand offers free support groups to support men and their wives/families who are suffering from this disease.
When: 7.00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday 28th March
Where: Onyx Cafe and Bar, 70 Alpha …View morePlease come along to our next meeting on Wednesday 28th March. Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand offers free support groups to support men and their wives/families who are suffering from this disease.
When: 7.00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday 28th March
Where: Onyx Cafe and Bar, 70 Alpha Street, Cambridge
RSVP for catering purposes by email to email@example.com or phone Graeme on (07) 572 3600 or 027 293 4674.
For more information call 0800 477 678. Organised by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand.
We’re raising awareness of falls prevention for over 65s. Older people can worry about having a fall, so much so that their activity reduces and move less. Their strength decreases, affecting their balance and the risk of a fall increases. We want to know how many Neighbourly members who are over…View moreWe’re raising awareness of falls prevention for over 65s. Older people can worry about having a fall, so much so that their activity reduces and move less. Their strength decreases, affecting their balance and the risk of a fall increases. We want to know how many Neighbourly members who are over 65 have had a fall or fear falling?
We value our older people and want them to stay well and independent. We want them to Live Stronger for Longer. We’ll share more about why we’re asking next week.
Just asking, not complaining. It's nice to have a much wider audience (James Parlane will be ecstatic) But I am mystified as to why Te Puke, Lake Rotoma and Kawerau etc., are now connected to the Waipa/Otorohanga/Waitomo Neighbourly page.
When I asked the people at Neighbourly HQ if I …View moreJust asking, not complaining. It's nice to have a much wider audience (James Parlane will be ecstatic) But I am mystified as to why Te Puke, Lake Rotoma and Kawerau etc., are now connected to the Waipa/Otorohanga/Waitomo Neighbourly page.
When I asked the people at Neighbourly HQ if I could post a notice about Otorohanga's Steamfest last year on pages around the Central North Island I was told it was not permitted.. Now we are getting all sorts of advertising stuff from all over the place.
I have a commercial kitchen available for use on a casual or full time basis in Pirongia
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What are your thoughts on tenants paying letting fees? Housing Minister Phil Twyford has put forward a bill that would ban landlords from charging letting fees to tenants. Is the bill a good idea? Let us know in our poll below.
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Did you know 230 horses could be slaughtered next month if they aren't rescued in time? Of the 300 wild Kaimanawa horses in need of rescuing, only 66 have homes to go to. Are you able to support the cause?
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Person available to run large dairy company. Comes from family with experience in running dairy companies and in particular hiring cheesemakers. Had relatives who knew how to make and pack milk power and other milk powder products. Will promise to not lose money in China and will do it for a mere …View morePerson available to run large dairy company. Comes from family with experience in running dairy companies and in particular hiring cheesemakers. Had relatives who knew how to make and pack milk power and other milk powder products. Will promise to not lose money in China and will do it for a mere $3.0 Million dollars plus small bonuses per year. That is over a 50% saving right there. Also promises to not set up his own opposition dairy company in Holland.
Can pull bovine mammary glands.
Used to live around the corner from the current chairman until the age of 3.
Has business experience and has university degrees and post grad. diplomas in business and valuation and post grad. in psychology and a few other things.
Has experience in chairing meetings and in governance. Knows how to sack useless people. Is a team player with initiative and drive and is a blue sky thinker. ( that is a fancy word for scheemer or perhaps, dreamer?)
What more could you want?
Text Jim on 0273809233.
Have you heard that former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has resigned from politics? A by-election will be held for his Auckland seat.
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If you didn't live in your neighbourhood, which town or city would you vote as your favourite in New Zealand? Is it the capital, the Garden City, Dunedin, or perhaps our City of Sails? We want to know which Kiwi town reigns supreme in NZ. To share your thoughts, take part in…View moreHey neighbours,
If you didn't live in your neighbourhood, which town or city would you vote as your favourite in New Zealand? Is it the capital, the Garden City, Dunedin, or perhaps our City of Sails? We want to know which Kiwi town reigns supreme in NZ. To share your thoughts, take part in our poll!
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73 Massey Road is a character filled 3 bedroom homestead (master with ensuite), large living areas, an in-ground saltwater pool, plus a very comfortable one bedroom self-contained cottage.
There are endless options here for family and extended family, B&B or farm-stay type accommodation. …View more73 Massey Road is a character filled 3 bedroom homestead (master with ensuite), large living areas, an in-ground saltwater pool, plus a very comfortable one bedroom self-contained cottage.
There are endless options here for family and extended family, B&B or farm-stay type accommodation. Add to that huge shedding and outbuildings large enough to satisfy the most serious of car enthusiast.
Open Homes are this weekend:
Sat, 24 Mar, 11:45am – 12:30pm
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