Wairarapa News : January 9th 2013
11 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 9, 2013 OPINION Need a doctor? IN AN EMERGENCY, ALWAYS CALL 111. Otherwise.... A er hours medical care - phone 370 0011 Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for ALL Wairarapa and out of town pa ents. The Wairarapa A er Hours Service provides urgent medical care 9am to 5pm at Masterton Medical Centre, 24 Lincoln Rd Masterton. Note: The usual weekend fee is subsidised by the DHB for people who are enrolled with a Wairarapa Medical Centre and are under 25 or have a Community Services Card Remember to bring your Community Services Card with you. South Wairarapa Evening Clinics for urgent appointments for South Wairarapa resident and casual pa ents, 5pm 7pm. Monday Featherston Tuesday Carterton Wednesday Greytown Thursday Mar nborough. 4079832AB Not sure if you need to see a doctor? Ring HEALTHLINE on 0800 611 116 for free health advice 24 hours a day. Healthline is a free telephone health informa on ser vice for all the family. The service is staﬀed by registered nurses who will assess your health needs, and give informa on and advice to help you decide on the best level of care. Every Wairarapa General Prac ce team, when they are closed, has their phone switched to Healthline. Calling Healthline may save you a trip to the doctor. Wairarapa Medical Centres - open hours Masterton Medical Ph 06 370 0011 Monday to Friday 8am - 7pm Whaiora Ph 06 370 0818 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm Kuripuni Ph 06 377 4093 Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6pm Featherston Ph 06 308 9220 Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Carterton Ph 06 379 8105 Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Greytown Ph 06 304 9012 Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Tuesday 9am - 7pm Mar nborough Ph 06 306 9501 Monday to Friday 8am - 5pm Go to www.wairarapapho.org.nz/health_centres/fees/ for an up-to-date list of fees Unless its an emergency, the GP should be your first choice LOST YOUR LICENCE? CAN'T WORK WITHOUT IT? 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Need a plumber? 4504957AQ REGISTERED CERTIFYING PLUMBER Promise after promise being broken by Key FROM THE LEFT KIERAN McANULTY The year 2013 is upon us and many political pundits are making predic- tions. Not many are expecting an easy year for the Government. This shouldn t come as a surprise. Under National the economy has continued to stagnate, with the Gov- ernment s deficit $169 million higher than forecast. Their deficit is over six per cent higher than forecast, under- mining their credibility as managers of the economy. The Government is breaking promise after promise. Their promise of 170,000 new jobs is way off target. If National fulfilled this promise there might be a hope of preventing Kiwis from leaving for Australia. According to figures supplied by the Parliamentary Library, last year we saw over 53,000 New Zealanders board a plane with a one-way ticket for a new life in Australia. In 2008 John Key said that 28,000 people leaving a year was a vote of no con- fidence in Helen Clark s Govern- ment. What does that make the departure of more than 53,000 a year? Since National came into office over 173,000 Kiwis have moved per- manently across the Tasman. That s nearly three times the entire popu- lation of the Wairarapa electorate. There are another 175,000 Kiwis looking for work here in New Zea- land, many of whom will be giving serious thought to joining their coun- trymen across the Tasman. These numbers are an indictment of National s economic failure. We simply can t afford to keep on losing so many people to Australia. We are seeing the hollowing out of New Zealand and it would appear the National Government has no idea how to turn the tide. Not only is New Zealand s unemployment rate almost two per cent higher than in Australia (7.3 per cent compared with 5.4 per cent), but in the last four years the gap in gross average weekly wages has increased by almost $28 to nearly $150 a week. As we head into a new year there is one hangover from 2012 that will continue to get worse. John Key is backtracking on his key election pledge to return the Government books to surplus by 2014/15. He says the Government only needs to get within cooee of surplus, despite making getting the books back into the black a centrepiece of the elec- tion campaign. He s backtracking because the economy is performing so poorly -- unemployment is over 7 per cent, manufacturing outside the primary sector is in trouble and New Zealand exports are down. Our external defi- cit is getting worse as exports drop -- an 11 per cent drop in value over the last year. The economy s troubles mean the Government collected $292 million less tax than expected -- a sure sign that businesses aren t growing and working Kiwis aren t earning. That s why the country is in deficit and it s not just the Government deficit. New Zealand s external deficit this year is the second worst in the developed world, after Greece, and next year is projected to be the worst. National has no adequate plan to grow the economy. Its central econ- omic hope -- to sell our state assets -- was never going to grow jobs or exports. And even that ploy is deep trouble. National s economy is stag- nating. We see the evidence every day. Unemployment is at a 13-year high. Businesses are being sold over- seas or shut, jobs are being out- sourced or cut, and a thousand Kiwis are leaving for Australia every week. Just about the only thing growing in this country is the Christchurch rebuild, on the back of tragedy and insurance inflows that this Govern- ment can t claim credit for. After four years of National, the only way people can close the wage gap with Australia is to move there. This is John Key s legacy. Steer clear of the river until rains The Greater Wellington Regional Council, Masterton District Council and Regional Public Health are urging river users to protect themselves and their dogs from toxic algae, with an increase of algal growth detected in Masterton s Wai- poua River this week. Toxic algae -- or cyanobacteria -- form brown or black clumps on river beds and can kill livestock and dogs. The clumps can peel off and often wash up on the river s edge where dogs can eas- ily come into contact with them. If your dog eats toxic algae, it can die very quickly. Contact with toxic algae can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, skin irritations and other allergy- type symptoms in humans. The regional council s weekly river monitoring has shown increased coverage of toxic algae at its Colombo Rd monitoring site along the Waipoua River, presenting a potential risk to river users. Masterton District Council staff are putting up warning signs along key access points to the river. The warm weather in the Wairarapa and the lack of heavy rain in the Waipoua catchment are key factors behind the increase. The risk is likely to remain until there s significant rainfall to flush the algae away.
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