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The union representing junior doctors nationwide
has indicated its members will be going on strike from
7am on Tuesday 17 January to 8am on Friday 20 January
This strike will severely affect our ability to carry out our services at Waikato
To reduce the number of patients in hospital over the period leading up to
and during the proposed industrial action we will be:
Rescheduling some appointments for surgery, treatments and outpatient
Giving priority to emergency, intensive care and maternity.
All patients whose operations or clinical appointments are affected by the
strike will be notified by telephone or mail. Not all clinics are being deferred,
so if you have not been notified please attend for your appointment.
Junior Doctors’ Strike
Emergency for emergencies
Please keep our Emergency Department for Emergencies only.
If your illness or injury is not urgent, you may face long delays.
Go to your family doctor or local accident and medical centre
Contact Healthline on 0800 611 611 for advice from a trained
If you want to see a doctor on an evening or weekends register with the DHB’s
free online out of hours doctor service.
Visit www.smarthealth.org.nz for how to sign up.
Thank you for your patience.
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I HAVE just paid an instalment of my Wait-
omo District Council rates – another increase
Add this to my Waikato Regional Council
Rates, $200, The Lines Company charges of
$1200 ($100 per month), house insurance $1000
an annual total of $6200 – and this is with no
sea view, food, power, petrol and the odd beer.
Do you think this is going to encourage people
to come and live in the Waitomo area? I don’t
think so despite houses being cheaper.
My friend lives in Whitianga and his rates are
$1100 less than mine, line charges is approxi-
mately half and he has a sea view.
Another friend lives in Whangamata, his rates
are $2400 (no sea view) and his line charges are
People I know at Kawhia pay an annual rate
of $3000 and the line charges are a third of mine
(they have a sea view).
I could go and live in Otorohanga where my
rates would be $1200 less than the Waitomo
District Council, but I could not escape the line
So where does my rate money go?
Well, the Waitomo District Council in the last
three or four years have spent $730,000 on the
upgrading of the Les Munro Centre.
The latest spend has been to build a deck at
the back of the centre.
Most of you ratepayers would not have seen it.
At the whim of one or two councillors this
was pushed through without too much public
knowledge. The deck covers the concrete, the
grass and most of the gardens. It cost $90,000
and was built by outside builders.
We are now talking about building a new
indoor stadium at around $7 million. I wonder
what the maintenance bill will be on this building
and who will be responsible.
There are around 5000 people living in Te
Kuiti not 50,000!
Council should look at curbing their spending
and reduce their debt.
I COULD not agree more with Paul Woodd
(Waitomo News, January 12), and have on many
occasions stood in town watching great thump-
ing trucks with trailers moving through the
barely wide enough shopping area.
There have been stinking, rattling cattle trucks,
even the dead animal truck, plus wider than
normal agriculture vehicles driving through as
people ate at cafes on the sidewalk.
The road is not wide enough for such vehicles
and I worry that someone will one day get hurt.
How much did the bypass cost to create?
I have often asked why it does not get used
by the very vehicles that surely it was built for.
So far, the answers have been: “We don’t want
the town to become a ghost town” and “We can’t
expect truck drivers to stop at the north end and
turn right and then go through their gears head-
ing north out of town”.
Whaaat? Was there a proper survey done of
every truck driver who passed through town?
Or even more important than that, since when
did truck drivers dictate such town decisions?
Do any of these trucks stop to buy anything at
the shops? Of course not!
The old fears of creating ghost towns is a thing
of the past.
Otorohanga has tourists and locals who, in
my opinion have more rights to having a clean,
safe town than truck drivers have rights to use it
as a through road.
Imagine how much more pleasant shopping
in town would be without large and loud trucks
stopping conversations and having to be careful
of ! What do you think?
Drink driving laws
ON December 1, 2014, draconian drink driv-
ing regulations became law, with the Govern-
ment and the police congratulating each other
as to how they’d worked together to defeat drunk
driving in our country and save so many lives
on our roads.
There were some who having a little more
intelligence than MPs and apparently police,
tried to tell them that this would do nothing to
stop drunk drivers, and accordingly nothing to
curb the road toll.
But what it would do, would be to further
alienate socialising within our communities by
respectable, responsible citizens, afraid to drive
their cars after having sniffed a wine gum.
Now, what do we find?
Road fatalities for 2014 = 293.
Road fatalities for 2015 = 319.
Road fatalities for 2016 = 328.
Time to go back to sensible regulations.
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