Wairarapa News : January 30th 2013
11 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 30, 2013 OPINION/LETTERS 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 patents. The Wairarapa Afer 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 patents, 5pm 7pm. Monday Featherston Tuesday Carterton Wednesday Greytown Thursday Martnborough. 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 informaton ser vice for all the family. The service is staﬀed by registered nurses who will assess your health needs, and give informaton and advice to help you decide on the best level of care. Every Wairarapa General Practce 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 Martnborough 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 Rent-to-buy would suit some FROM Page 10 fitness'' of basic quality standards that all properties put up for rent would have to meet and (c) a proposal that rent increases should happen only once a year, thereby giving renters a measure of home security, and a greater ability to budget for their housing costs. In fact, while it was the rent-to-buy element that earned the media headlines last week, that aspect seemed far more like a pilot programme than an entitle- ment available to everyone on day one. The Greens have a policy of building 2000 new homes a year -- a lower and arguably more realistic figure than the 100,000 in 10 years that Labour is advocating. Within that 2000 annual target, the rent-to-buy mechanism of gradual owner- ship would comprise only a modest strand of the programme. However, it would extend some assist- ance to those families with few resources and poor job security -- ie, the families currently at risk, and most in need of government help. With all three parties, further details will follow. Currently though, every political party seems to be singing in tune with the Rol- ling Stones' classic Gimme Shelter . . .You know, the one that goes, If I don't get some shelter/ Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away. . .'' GIVE US YOUR VIEW We want your feedback on the proposed changes to local government in Wairarapa. Do you want to be governed by Wellington or by a local Wairarapa council? Have your say by sending in your feedback form or logging on to: www.wairarapasfuture.govt.nz An exclusive message for men NELSON'S COLUMN NELSON RANGI Today's column is written exclusively for men. I urge men everywhere to read it, absorb the message and do some- thing about it. I know that some women will get to the paper first, and once they have read it and come down off the ceiling they will go to any length to keep the unpalatable truth from their menfolk. You will know this has hap- pened when you say to your wife, partner, girlfriend, *b and c or person of like persuasion, Have you seen today's paper any- where?'' and she replies, How was your day at the office etc. dear? You'll never guess what Junior did at school today.'' That's when you know you have lost the first round. You need to pause here and pre- pare a tactical course of action. It is no use appealing to your next door neighbour. He will be in the middle of his own domestic upheaval. Perhaps a session at the local will bring a solution. It will certainly help restore some self-confidence. Whatever way it happens you will eventually get to share this story with a clandestine peek at a copy of today's paper. It is then you will realize the awful truth -- that men the west- ern world over have been duped for so long into thinking it is all their fault. Women have grabbed the high ground, demanding that we lower the toilet seat after use. They claim we are lazy, uncouth, unmannerly, unfeeling and selfish by the simple fact of leaving the seat up. And we have fallen for it. Sorry dear.'' I forgot.'' It won't happen again.'' And so on. This has got to stop. Men, we must stand united, in any context of the phrase. It is time to fight back and claim our rightful place as master in our own convenience. Demand from your wife, part- ner, or etc. that she RAISE the toilet seat after she uses it. After all, it makes sense to remove it out of the way of errant misdirections. However, the prob- lem is, logic does not form part of a woman's armoury, but you can try that on her anyway. She might be flabbergasted enough to buy it, at least for the moment. It is unlikely that she will give up the fight for toilet seat supremacy right away. You may have to keep up the pressure for a while, say a year or ten, but don't give up. Don't sit down on the job. As an added incentive the odd sprinkle on the seat may help, especially just before the two of you are about to leave for an even- ing out. If she says, with that oddly feminine sarcastic sneer, is this the only thing you can find to moan about, here are a few hand grenades to toss at her to keep her rattled. Women have an inability to tune a radio, fold a newspaper or map, furl an umbrella, screw on a bottle cap straight, close a car door properly and if she does, it is with part of her clothing or half the seat belt hanging out, clean a paintbrush or tie a bowline knot. Have you ever noticed that no matter how carefully you position a cushion or pillow, she has to come along and move it, smooth it or remove your careful handiwork. It is her non-verbal way of saying, Hey Charlie. I make the deci- sions round here.'' When the matriarchal half of your household pooh poohs this article and claims I don't know what I am talking about,please remind her that I have spent a lifetime studying women, my late wife sometimes thought too enthusiastically. Because of the volatility of the subject matter my findings always needed revising. Research on the female of our species will never be complete. Like any prudent writer I take no responsibility for any side issues that arise from carrying out the advice in this column. Nelson Rangi is chair of Kahungunu ki Wairarapa. LETTERS CONTINUED Page 12 Bridge unsafe It is not safe to cycle over the Waingawa bridge so could someone please take responsi- bility for maintaining the cycle lanes. With the stones, glass, bark, branches and other debris from vehicles it's not safe either. K McKenzie, Masterton City our lifeblood What an excellent letter by Michael Woodcock, (We need Wellington). I could not agree more with his comments. Of course we need Wellington, what a nonsense to think we could go it alone as a Wairarapa standalone unitary authority. When the freezing works closed at Waingawa some years ago it highlighted just how vulnerable the Wairarapa is in an economic downturn. Panic set in as hundreds of workers lost their jobs as the biggest employer in the region closed down. Dozens of families left the district and the rates revenue plummeted. Thankfully Masterton had Bob Francis as mayor, and he worked hard to attract new businesses to the area, and saved the day by helping to attract Juken Nissho timber mill. At that time I think it would be fair to say the wages earned by workers travelling by trains to work in Wellington and the Hutt Valley were the life blood that kept the Wairarapa from falling even further into the mire. Where do most of our supporters come from for Wairarapa attractions; air shows, fairs, concerts, races? We are bound at the hip to Wellington. Visitors on ship cruises are now venturing more and more over the hill to visit our little paradise. Are we going to spend the sort of money Wellington City spends to promote ourselves as an attraction if we cut ourselves off from that funding source too? At present the gateway at the top of the Rimutakas is open, let's keep it that way. Alan Wilde, Greytown We need WRC Compared with other regions, the Wairarapa has more than its share of steeply graded rivers and a high proportion of steep erodible hill country. The Wairarapa Catchment Board was formed to deal with these issues and developed a proud record in river management, flood control and soil conservation. However the cost of these works was beyond the rating ability of the Wairarapa and user pays. As a result, the annual catchment board administrative rate was supplemented every year by a significant administrative grant from the Government. As well, works undertaken received individual government incentives of up to 75 per cent to ensure necessary long-term protection was achieved and maintained. With the formation of regions, areas such as Wairarapa were united with larger cities. This created a larger rating base allowing the Government to withdraw from funding. At its inception the Wellington Regional Council (WRC) resolved to continue the worthwhile soil conservation, river management and flood control schemes in the Wairarapa, and continues to provide incentives of up to 50 per cent for this vital work. On a different environmental front, the possum and bovine tuberculosis were an increasingly serious and major economic threat to the viability of Wairarapa farming: beef, dairying and deer. At the same time possums were destroying our remaining native bush and decimating our birdlife.
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