Letters : Claims are wrong

01:40, Dec 03 2012

One missed out

All over New Zealand, kids are sitting their NCEA level 1 exams but there is one Marlborough lass who won't be sitting hers, because she left school this year at the end of the first term at the age of 15.

Normally when a child leaves school under the age of 16 they either get chased by truancy officers and put back into school, or go into some other form of training. If they don't go into training and don't go back to school, eventually their lack of schooling becomes a care and protection issue and Child, Youth and Family become involved with their legal guardian.

It's illegal to have a child under 16 in your care not in education and you can end up in court.

In this instance, the young girl was neither seen by Truancy Services, nor put into training. No-one cared what she did and she cared about herself even less.

She eventually started a computer course, at the encouragement of other people, the day after her 16th birthday in August.


The opportunity to get NCEA has been lost for her because her legal guardians didn't care enough to make sure she went back to school. Who were they? Child Youth and Family, in Blenheim.

I have asked Social Development Ministry chief executive Brendon Boyle to have a look into the matter, but I'm not expecting much more than we have all seen with recent Winz and ACC stories - a gloss over.

It's just one kid's future, after all.



Claims are wrong

This is Ajay Gaur from Vine Strength Ltd and I say the article [Vineyard pay ‘a rip-off', Express, November 19] is totally false and irrelevant.

The girl who criticised my company for underpaid wages is totally wrong. She got paid what she demanded.

It is very sad to say that people visit New Zealand with no skills at all and take advantage of Department of Labour regulations. They get full training by us one by one and disappear.

Basically they are visitors. They need money and they move from one place to another.

This is a request to the paper not publish these kind of articles without finding the truth.

We believe that the Department of Labour is strong enough to sort these kind of problems. That article is a total disappointment.



Hospital checks

I heard Kim Hill interview Atul Gawanda one Saturday morning and became hooked on the value of his checklist, especially as applied to the medical profession. I promptly bought the book.

He realised that the aviation industry used checklists and wondered if a similar system could reduce deaths in ICU. It did. Such basic items as hand washing and checking sterility of equipment, knowing the names of staff in operating theatre - 19 in all. It brought down the death toll.

The World Health Organisation tried it out in 2009 in eight diverse hospitals from Africa, Seattle and Auckland. Excellent results. I have been told by John Peters, chief executive of our district health board, that this system is also used in our operating theatres.

Was the system used in the cases alluded to in the newspaper? I wonder.

When I had my operation I clearly stated having an allergy to iodine, yet discovered afterwards that it had been used on my body. Unfortunately, I had not heard of this list or I would have asked about it.

Surgeons, when asked about the checklist, state they do not like it but a huge majority stated that they would like it in place if they were to be operated on.



Same old same old

The statement [editorial, Express, November 26] "this is the same government" could have read "this is the same political party". The fact is the Government and the National Party are one and the same.

The public expect the government to be fair and honest. However, political parties are never thought to be so.

Neither the public nor the Marlborough Express have any room to complain of unfair practice when both know that the National Party got its way into power using the taxpayers' own money, both present and future.

If one wants integrity and excellence, one does not hire idiots. To put it another way, rubbish in - rubbish out.



Salmon farming

In response to Steffan Browning's letter [Express, November 19] might I be so bold as to suggest he try to show a bit of balance in his opinions, as there was absolutely none in the letter printed.

I studied ecology in Britain in the 1990s when words like sustainability were likely to label someone a hippy as opposed to a forward thinker, and the concept of the global population becoming so large that food was going to become scarce, was brand new.

Following that, I became a recreational diving instructor and worked for many years in that sector. I have also held positions in aquaculture and MFish. In all of these jobs, I have steadily watched the decline in wild stocks of fish, not just in New Zealand, but around the world.

Salmon farming is one of the most environmentally sustainable ways of producing animal protein. In fact, aquaculture globally produces as much protein as wild catch.

I would have thought a Green MP would be supportive of this, given the state of the wild fishery in New Zealand, and the amount of taxpayer money that goes into managing it and trying to ensure compliance. I shudder to think what would happen to the wild fishery if the Greens had their way.

If NZKS were to be successful obtaining water-space, they would bring an estimated 370 jobs to the area - how can a Green MP go against that? I can only assume that he is not interested in jobs for Marlborough or Nelson.

I for one will be considering that when I vote.



Drink driver

A Picton pregnant mother of five was caught drink-driving, driving her "friends" to town ["Pregnant woman given reminder", Express, November 27].

Real friends would not have let her drive. Real friends would not have let her drink.

Real friends would not have let her be up at 1.40am.

See "foetal alcohol syndrome" for more information. Six months for support services to prepare.



Less regulation

The Marlborough Expresseditorial (November 20) raises some interesting points by comparing business leaders' pleas for less regulation in New Zealand with the World Bank's and Forbes Magazine's reports on the ease of doing business here.

The over-regulation of the economy claimed by Sir Michael Hill has not prevented him from establishing dozens of his stores in this country. Nor do we need the type of business immigrants encouraged by Mr Barnett of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, those who at present break our labour laws by attempting to pay workers a Third World wage.



A thank you

I wish to publicly acknowledge and thank Meaters of Marlborough, Shelly's Cafe, Our Country, Fudge Factory, Cerise, Fairweathers, Chequers and Jaycar for their tremendous generosity and support of Marlborough Stroke Club, ensuring that our end of year functions are a success and providing much enjoyment for our members.

Thank you everyone, your support is very much appreciated.



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