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2020.05.14 14:11 RedfluffballWork and income -
Mods can delete if not okay, just think this might be good for some people who have never had to go through this criteria before. As we can expect, a lot of people are going through a super rough time, having to apply for WINZ for the first time in their life. From my social worker esque days, I know a lot about the products. I see a lot of posts so I am going to put some stuff together. All main benefits and some hardships can be applied for on MY MSD at https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/apply/index.html All rates for main benefits can be found https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/benefit-rates/benefit-rates-april-2020.html Main Benefits All main benefits are income tested but not asset tested. It's the income derived from these assets that abates the benefit. For example rental properties, term deposits, share dividends. What isn't counted as income at IRD will often differ to what is at Work and Income. If you own a business or are self employed this is especially true and you will often be asked to bring in profit and losses yearly If you have a partner, are in a long term relationship, married or live together you will be required to apply as a family unit. Your partner's income will count as income. This INCLUDES partners in other countries or people who aren't citizens. If you have a lot of outgoings such as debt your main benefit will never increase. They will never help in paying off debt, unless it's something like.... medical debt and preventing you from getting medical treatment. It would have to be reasonable though. They will all require the following information, however there is caveats put in place here. for example if you don't have a bank account you can redirect it to someone else, if you don't have ID, they can help you get a new one as long as you have an old ID from somewhere... Proof of IRD number Proof of Bank Account ID Verification of income Job Seeker Support https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/jobseeker-support.html This comes in two ways with a medical deferral and without. One will defer you from work obligations, one will be effectively the "unemployment benefit." You have to be willing or able to look for full-time work or what you medical says. Full-time students can not apply for this. Medicals are extended for Covid-19 but will typically be three monthly cycles. Sole Parent Support https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/sole-parent-support.html This is self explanatory and is the old DPB. If you have your kid 50%+ of the time you will be able to apply. If you share custody equally, only one person will be able to claim sole parent support and family tax credits. You can opt to have your FTC's paid into your benefit or not. You will have to provide birth certificates for your children. Supported Living Payment https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/sole-parent-support.html If you have a health condition that is severe and will mean that you won't be able to work more than 15 hours for the next two years. You will need to almost always provide a medical certificate and health consent/specialist reports. This is the old 'invalids benefit' It can be difficult to get onto and you may be required to go to a Designated Doctor. If this is declined on medical reasons, you will still qualify forJS with medical Emergency Benefit https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/emergency-benefit.html If you don't qualify for the above main benefits you may qualify for Emergency benefit. This is NOT for people on work or student visa's. For example you can only apply if you are a permanent resident but have not been here two years, but lost your job due to Covid-19. There is a questionnaire you must answer and if you are still on sponsorship it's debatable if you would qualify. Supplementary Assistance You can get this assistance with or without getting a main benefit but it is mostly income and asset tested. If you have a rental property, even if it is not tenanted this will still count as an asset. Accommodation Supplement: Income and asset tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/accommodation-supplement.html This is for help with accommodation costs. It included board, rent and mortgage related costs for the house you live in. It is calculated based on the amount you pay and the area you live. If you live in Invercargill compared to Auckland you will get less. This isn't work and income but will give you a rough ideahttps://www.studylink.govt.nz/products/a-z-products/accommodation-supplement.html. It will never cover your full rental cost Temporary Additional Support: Income and asset tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/temporary-additional-support.html For most people this is the over-flow of Accommodation costs or disability related costs. It has a very very low asset threshold, something just above $1000. This isn't granted with the rest of the benefit, so can be missed. If you are not getting it but have a rental cost that is $500 or more ask for this to be double checked. If your savings have gone ask for it. Hire purchases before benefit like cars and appliances can sometimes be added. Disability Allowance: income but not asset tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/disability-allowance.html https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/providers/health-and-disability-practitioners/guides/disability-allowance-allowable-costs.html This is for healthcare related costs. You don't need a medical or main benefit for this but it is income tested and a doctor must fill out a Disability Certificate. This is a notoriously annoying and difficult thing to apply for. It is good to remember that if you have five people in your family, including children you can all get a separate Disability Allowance. They need to know the cost, frequency and what it is. Your doctor needs to put it on the DA certificate i.e 'travel to hospital twice a week' 'medication $20 a month" otherwise you have to prove the costs. Counselling and medical alarms also have additional forms you need to fill out for this. Counselling is ONLY for 10 sessions and then reviewed. It never goes beyond 30, except for very very exceptional circumstances (like part-payment through ACC) Child Disability Allowance https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/child-disability-allowance.html Not income or asset tested. This is very much confused with Disability Allowance but is entirely different, however a doctor must fill out the CDA certificate. It is to with the extra care and attention a caregiver gives NEVER COSTS. You MUST write what you do above a child of the same age i.e toileting and dressing a 9 year old. It is often declined because it is based on extra care only. If you qualify you can earn $340390930930 and still qualify. Income and assets does not matter. Childcare Assistance income tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/childcare-subsidy.html Income tested and relates to childcare, pretty self explanatory. Special Need Grants and Advance Payments https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/special-needs-grant.html#null SNG and Advance Payments have income and asset limits. Whilst you can apply with income the income limits is very low and are mentioned a little above. All of the below have to have an emergency need and can't be paid with by anyone other means. If you aren't on main benefit you will have to provide the proof you would in applying for main benefit. Main things you can look at, these all must be reasonable e.g $9000 dental bill will be likely to be declined. All of these will be put on a payment card or direct to what they call a 'supplier' so they must be set up in the system. It is very rare for money to go straight into a bank account. If in doubt, ask. The below is only the most popular forms of 'hardship' Food- You don't have to pay back, and can do this online. Limits were increased, however the allotments weren't. You can't get endless food grants. You have to state why every-time. You may be asked to provide a bill, receipt or bank statement Dental -$300 can be covered by grant in a 52 week period, the rest will have to be paid back. You will have to get a quote from a dentist first. Dentures - All must be paid back. Car Repairs - All must be paid back and you must have a quote. Bond and Rent in Advance-All must be paid back and must be reasonable and you must have a tenancy agreement. Anyway, I wrote this just to maybe help some people out there. If you are having trouble or don't know how to approach work and income you can appoint an agent. This can sometimes be advocacy services as well. If you need to review something, your benefit will never be effected because you reviewed. You can always review and it will go straight to the manager. Here is a link. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/about-work-and-income/complaints/review-of-decisions.html
2020.05.14 13:07 RedfluffballWork and income supports
As we can expect, a lot of people are going through a super rough time, having to apply for WINZ for the first time in their life. From my social worker esque days, I know a lot about the products. I see a lot of posts so I am going to put some stuff together. All main benefits and some hardships can be applied for on MY MSD at https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/online-services/apply/index.html All rates for main benefits can be found https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/benefit-rates/benefit-rates-april-2020.html Main Benefits All main benefits are income tested but not asset tested. It's the income derived from these assets that abates the benefit. For example rental properties, term deposits, share dividends. What isn't counted as income at IRD will often differ to what is at Work and Income. If you own a business or are self employed this is especially true and you will often be asked to bring in profit and losses yearly If you have a partner, are in a long term relationship, married or live together you will be required to apply as a family unit. Your partner's income will count as income. This INCLUDES partners in other countries or people who aren't citizens. If you have a lot of outgoings such as debt your main benefit will never increase. They will never help in paying off debt, unless it's something like.... medical debt and preventing you from getting medical treatment. It would have to be reasonable though. They will all require the following information, however there is caveats put in place here. for example if you don't have a bank account you can redirect it to someone else, if you don't have ID, they can help you get a new one as long as you have an old ID from somewhere... Proof of IRD number Proof of Bank Account ID Verification of income Job Seeker Support https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/jobseeker-support.html This comes in two ways with a medical deferral and without. One will defer you from work obligations, one will be effectively the "unemployment benefit." You have to be willing or able to look for full-time work or what you medical says. Full-time students can not apply for this. Medicals are extended for Covid-19 but will typically be three monthly cycles, apart from when you initially apply where it will be two certificates for one month. Sole Parent Support https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/sole-parent-support.html This is self explanatory and is the old DPB. If you have your kid 50%+ of the time you will be able to apply. If you share custody equally, only one person will be able to claim sole parent support and family tax credits. You can opt to have your FTC's paid into your benefit or not. You will have to provide birth certificates for your children. Supported Living Payment https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/sole-parent-support.html If you have a health condition that is severe and will mean that you won't be able to work more than 15 hours for the next two years. You will need to almost always provide a medical certificate and health consent/specialist reports. This is the old 'invalids benefit' It can be difficult to get onto and you may be required to go to a Designated Doctor. If this is declined on medical reasons, you will still qualify forJS with medical Emergency Benefit https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/emergency-benefit.html If you don't qualify for the above main benefits you may qualify for Emergency benefit. This is NOT for people on work or student visa's. For example you can only apply if you are a permanent resident but have not been here two years, but lost your job due to Covid-19. There is a questionnaire you must answer and if you are still on sponsorship it's debatable if you would qualify. Supplementary Assistance You can get this assistance with or without getting a main benefit but it is mostly income and asset tested. If you have a rental property, even if it is not tenanted this will still count as an asset. Accommodation Supplement: Income and asset tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/accommodation-supplement.html This is for help with accommodation costs. It included board, rent and mortgage related costs for the house you live in. It is calculated based on the amount you pay and the area you live. If you live in Invercargill compared to Auckland you will get less. This isn't work and income but will give you a rough ideahttps://www.studylink.govt.nz/products/a-z-products/accommodation-supplement.html. It will never cover your full rental cost Temporary Additional Support: Income and asset tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/temporary-additional-support.html For most people this is the over-flow of Accommodation costs or disability related costs. It has a very very low asset threshold, something just above $1000. This isn't granted with the rest of the benefit, so can be missed. If you are not getting it but have a rental cost that is $500 or more ask for this to be double checked. If your savings have gone ask for it. Hire purchases before benefit like cars and appliances can sometimes be added. Disability Allowance: income but not asset tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/disability-allowance.html https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/providers/health-and-disability-practitioners/guides/disability-allowance-allowable-costs.html This is for healthcare related costs. You don't need a medical or main benefit for this but it is income tested and a doctor must fill out a Disability Certificate. This is a notoriously annoying and difficult thing to apply for. It is good to remember that if you have five people in your family, including children you can all get a separate Disability Allowance. They need to know the cost, frequency and what it is. Your doctor needs to put it on the DA certificate i.e 'travel to hospital twice a week' 'medication $20 a month" otherwise you have to prove the costs. Counselling and medical alarms also have additional forms you need to fill out for this. Counselling is ONLY for 10 sessions and then reviewed. It never goes beyond 30, except for very very exceptional circumstances (like part-payment through ACC) Child Disability Allowance https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/child-disability-allowance.html Not income or asset tested. This is very much confused with Disability Allowance but is entirely different, however a doctor must fill out the CDA certificate. It is to with the extra care and attention a caregiver gives NEVER COSTS. You MUST write what you do above a child of the same age i.e toileting and dressing a 9 year old. It is often declined because it is based on extra care only. If you qualify you can earn $340390930930 and still qualify. Income and assets does not matter. Childcare Assistance income tested https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/childcare-subsidy.html Income tested and relates to childcare, pretty self explanatory. Special Need Grants and Advance Payments https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/special-needs-grant.html#null SNG and Advance Payments have income and asset limits. Whilst you can apply with income the income limits is very low and are mentioned a little above. All of the below have to have an emergency need and can't be paid with by anyone other means. If you aren't on main benefit you will have to provide the proof you would in applying for main benefit. Main things you can look at, these all must be reasonable e.g $9000 dental bill will be likely to be declined. All of these will be put on a payment card or direct to what they call a 'supplier' so they must be set up in the system. It is very rare for money to go straight into a bank account. If in doubt, ask. The below is only the most popular forms of 'hardship' Food- You don't have to pay back, and can do this online. Limits were increased, however the allotments weren't. You can't get endless food grants. You have to state why every-time. You may be asked to provide a bill, receipt or bank statement Dental -$300 can be covered by grant in a 52 week period, the rest will have to be paid back. You will have to get a quote from a dentist first. Dentures - All must be paid back. You must have a quote, and sometimes a fee. Glasses - All They have a supplier arrangement with the main stores where you can get the test and one pair of glasses. The selection is low, but is worth it. If you require more specialized glasses, you can likely get this covered by a letter from the optometrist. You have to pay it all back. Car Repairs - All must be paid back and you must have a quote. Furniture - - All must be paid back and you must have a quote. This is for essential household products, bare basics like a basic bed, maybe a couch, a table. You have to be realistic that $2000 couch or bed is unlikely to be covered. Fridges/Freezer and Washing Machine -They have an arrangement set up with Fisher and Paykel. You can't bring a quote. The one you get will be on how big your family unit is. They are covered by warranty so if it breaks, you call Work and Income for them to sort a repairman to be sent out. Housing Bond and Rent in Advance-All must be paid back and must be reasonable and you must have a tenancy agreement. Housing Support products -I can't say I know a lot about this but in some cases the bond or rent in advance can not be needed to be paid back. I think this is only for social housing tenants moving into the private market. The other assistance has a higher income limit. Link is below. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/map/income-support/extra-help/housing-support-products/index.html Emergency Housing -If you have absolutely nowhere else to go, no one to stay with sometimes they can help with emergency accommodation. Just be realistic. Emergency Accommodation is very much what it implies. The places are likely to not be nice, and nowhere you would want to stay for any length of time. You have to exhaust all options first. If you have a friend to stay with, your parents. You can not apply. You figuratively have to burn all your bridges. They are a last resort. Do not go in expecting a motel, it is highly highly unlikely. In the future I think 25% of the benefit goes towards the cost of it. It is non recoverable, however if you are not applying for houses and taking active steps they will make it recoverable. Social Housing -They do the screening for social housing. HNZ place people. You can request an appointment for the screening, and then to be placed on a wait-list. If you are housed it's unlikely you will be very high up the wait-list or even be on it at all at times. It's another thing to be realistic about. You have more chance the more areas you have, if you turn down a house you may not be offered another one. Work Support https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/providers/health-and-disability-practitioners/assisting-people-into-work.html Work Broker - There are work brokers at most offices. They are still working it seems even in lock-down periods. They have links to jobs/employers in the community and are the ones who offer 'flexi wage' a payment to employers to pay you for x amount of time. It's good to mention that how much the payment is, depends on how long you have been on benefit etc. Work Providers -They can help with CV writing, interview skills and there is a range of them suited to the needs of group. For example some are for sole parents, some are for people with health conditions, in some cases courses like Outward Bound and LSV can be fully funded (just give them a search) CV -Their job connect facility can write a basic CV for you. Case managers might send you to the Careers NZ Website or give you one of their books. Transition to Work Grant for Job Search and Job Placement -You don't need to pay this back. It is a payment that can help with clothes for interview (up to $300 I think, might be $500 now). The max it goes up to is $1500. You can not be on benefit and not be working and apply for this. Stuff that is usually covered is transport, clothes, tools for the job. Just again be realistic. They will ask for a contract, and quotes and will check that what you are buying is suitable. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/products/a-z-benefits/transition-to-work-grant.html Anyway, I wrote this just to maybe help some people out there. If you are having trouble or don't know how to approach work and income you can appoint an agent. This can sometimes be advocacy services as well. If you need to review something, your benefit will never be effected because you reviewed. You can always review and it will go straight to the manager. Here is a link. https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/about-work-and-income/complaints/review-of-decisions.html
2020.03.12 22:41 1Justine84The disappearance of John Beckenridge and his stepson, Mike Zhao-Beckenridge - New Zealand 2015
Five years ago, John Beckenridge broke a court order by picking his 11 year old stepson, Michael Zhao-Beckenridge, up from school in Invercargill and then vanished. A few days later, there was a confirmed sighting of the pair in John's dark blue Volkswagen Touareg at a gas station east of Invercargill, and the following day a farmer spotted them sleeping in their car and notified police. On March 20th, John sent a series of final texts to Mike's mother, Fiona Lu, lawyers and friends. Barbara Smith, John's neighbour in Queenstown and Mike's former babysitter, received the following text: "chased by the Gestapo. Fiona f****ed up. No going back. My estate will pay back you[r]money. Do not contact anyone please. Regards, JB and MB." John's 4wd was later found in the surf at Blue Cod Bay in the Catlins but the bodies of John and Mike have never been found. John Beckenridge was a Swiss-born helicopter pilot who met Mike's mother, Fiona, in Afghanistan in 2006, after Fiona travelled from China to work as a waitress there, having left her parents to take care of her young son. The two married and moved to Queenstown with Mike, whom John cared for as though his own. However, in 2014, after Fiona shifted down to Invercargill to begin a hairdressing course, their relationship broke up and Fiona found herself a new partner. When John and Mike vanished the following year, her partner, Peter Russell, said he believed that John had "poisoned his stepson against his mum" and that the pair had staged their disappearance, including crashing John's car off Curio Bay in the Catlins. At first, detectives believed that all the evidence pointed to John and Mike both having been inside the car when it plunged off the cliff into the sea below. However, a month later, when divers and a helicopter recovered the car, forensic examination of the car found no signs of human remains in the car. A month later, sightings of the pair in Indonesia began. One of the most credible sightings was on June 30th, 2015, on Gili Air Island in Bali. The woman claimed that the pair - a white male in his 60s and a young Chinese boy - were chatting happily together, and she also described the white male as wearing a distinctive hat which Fiona recognized as one worn by John. Apparently, the woman also described the white male as having a physical characteristic which only Fiona would have known about. John Beckenridge would now be 69 and Mike 16. Mike's mother, Fiona, believes her son is still alive. Where do you think they are? https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/beckenridge-mystery-five-years-mum-not-giving https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/beckenridge-mystery-multiple-sightings-missing-pair https://www.watchme.co.nz/news/in-depth-documentaries/the-beckenridge-mystery/
2020.01.13 22:36 endepilepsynowCelebrities with Epilepsy
The names are probably familiar to you. But the fact that all of these people have epilepsy may be a surprise. Despite that fact, they have lived their lives, becoming prominent in their fields, an inspiration to us all. Harrison Ford of Star Wars fame, auctioned off his “The Force Awakens” signed one-of-a-kind leather jacket for $191,000 to benefit NYU’s non-profit Langone Medical Center in light of his daughter’s successful treatment. He is quoted as saying: “This is a cause near and dear to me.” Alan Faneca, former guard for three NFL teams and a winner of one Super Bowl, has long been vocal about living with epilepsy. He’s now a spokesman for the Epilepsy Foundation, spreading awareness and teaching people first aid for seizures. Amy Lee, co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence, has epilepsy and she regularly advocates for awareness of the disorder. Bobby Jones, was an NBA basketball player for 13 years, with four years in the All-Stars. He took medications for epilepsy during his athletic career. Chandra Gunn was the first player to be a finalist for both the Humanitarian Award for college hockey’s finest citizen and the Patty Kazmaier Award for best female hockey player in the nation. Today, Gunn is also a spokeswoman for the Epilepsy Therapy Project. Danny Glover, the Academy Award-winning actor struggled with epilepsy and seizures as a child. Like many people with epilepsy, he was lucky enough to outgrow the disorder. Today, Glover supports the Epilepsy Foundation by contributing to the organization’s programs for children and by volunteering his time to speak about epilepsy and bring awareness to the issue. Edward Snowden, the famous NSA whistleblower, got leave from his job at the NSA to be treated for his epilepsy and used the time to give revelatory interviews about America’s security regime. Elton John, prolific song-writer and singer, has struggled with epilepsy for years. It is thought that the epilepsy was induced by the star’s years of drug use. Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was diagnosed with a mild form of epilepsy. “Flo-Jo,” world record-breaking athlete and star of the 1988 Olympics, developed epilepsy in her 30s and died as the result of a seizure in her sleep in 1998. Hugo Weaving, is the famous Australian actor who starred in The Matrix and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His battle with epilepsy began as a teenager but says that his disorder never held him back, and that he didn’t let it stop him from doing the things he loves to do. Jason Snelling, former Atlanta Falcons running back is an important supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation. He was diagnosed with epilepsy in college. With treatment, he was able to continue his football career and become a successful professional athlete. Jerry Kill, University of Minnesota winning head football coach, had a life-changing seizure on the sidelines in 2011 at his first Minnesota home game — in front of roughly 50,000 people. Since that time, he hasn’t skipped a beat. And aside from championing epilepsy, he and his family have donated $100,000 to start the “Chasing Dreams” fund. “Chasing Dreams” will help fund “seizure-smart school initiatives, along with Camp Oz, a specially designed camp for those with epilepsy in Hudson, Wis.” Kelly Osbourne went on the ketogenic diet in the hopes of avoiding a second seizure. The “Fashion Police” host was hospitalized for five days after suffering a seizure in front of a live studio audience during a taping of her E! show. “Lil’ Wayne” the famous Rap superstar, recently came clean about the condition he has dealt with for much of his life. By talking publicly about his epilepsy and what it feels like to have a seizure, the rapper is helping to shed light on the condition for his millions of fans. Martin Kemp, a member of Spandau Ballet has had epilepsy since having two brain tumors in the 1990s. He finished third in the summer series of Celebrity Big Brother 2012. “Mighty Mike” Simmer of the Harlem Wizards, first started having seizures as a toddler. He continues to live with epilepsy as an adult, but he works with the Epilepsy Foundation to help children with special needs. Neil Young, singer of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, thrived despite numerous medical problems, including seizures. He once had a seizure during a concert performance, but he persevered and later remarked, “The aneurysm, polio, epilepsy — all those things are just part of the landscape.” “Prince”, the legendary performer and Grammy Award-winner, only talked publicly about his childhood battle with epilepsy a few years ago. Richard Burton, once the highest paid actor in Hollywood, was plagued by epilepsy all his life. He eventually fell into deep alcoholism, trying to control his seizures. Rick Harrison, the star of “Pawn Stars” lives with epilepsy. Now, Harrison is giving back by working with the Epilepsy Foundation and helping the organization bring awareness to his home state of Nevada. Susan Boyle, the woman who made waves on “Britain’s Got Talent” with her lovely voice, has also opened up about having epilepsy. The unlikely star struggled with the condition throughout her childhood. Boyle has talked openly about her physical disability and how it held her back. Tony Coelho, the former Democratic minority whip of the US House of Representatives has epilepsy. His lifelong experience with epilepsy motivated him to author the landmark legislation Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. He also served as campaign manager for Al Gore’s presidential run. Mr. Coello is the honorary Life Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation. *Excuse the duplicates LIST #2 * List of famous people with epilepsy, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Epilepsy is a common set of neurological disorders that are characterized by seizures. About 50 million people in the world have epilepsy, including a number of musicians, athletes, and Hollywood stars. There currently is no cure for epilepsy and medication can be used to treat the symptoms, but in severe cases even treatment can not stop the seizures. Who are the most famous epileptics? Elton John tops our list. The “Your Song” musician began to suffer from severe epileptic fits in the 1980s, thought to be induced by his years of drug use. The seizures have reduced drastically in the '90s and beyond because John stopped abusing drugs and alcohol. Other celebrity musicians who have epilepsy include Lil Wayne, Prince, and Neil Young. Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover first started having seizures at age 15, but he wasn't diagnosed with epilepsy until much later. Glover even experienced six seizures in one night. Later in life, Glover's seizure stopped for seemingly no reason. Other famous people with epilepsy include Truman Capote, Tiki Barber, and Vincent Van Gogh. DID YOU KNOW? Fyodor Dostoyevsky is also ranked #4 of 1,183 on The Best Writers of All Time Tiki Barber is also ranked #41 of 192 on The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time Harriet Tubman is also ranked #12 of 322 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Pop icon Prince struggled with epilepsy in his childhood. Age: Dec. at 57 (1958-2016) Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Alexander the Great had epilepsy although at the time is was diagnosed as the "sacred disease." Age: Dec. at 33 (355 BC-322 BC) Birthplace: Pella, Greece Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz has epilepsy and even experienced a grand mal seizure. Age: 52 Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy The "Matrix" star Hugo Weaving was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 13. He doesn't drive a car because of his high risk of seizure. Age: 58 Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Musician Neil Young was diagnosed with epilepsy in his childhood. Age: 73 Birthplace: Toronto, Canada ATHLETES23 Athletes with Epilepsysee more Epilepsy lists Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Evanescence singer Amy Lee has epilepsy and she regularly advocates for awareness of the disorder. Age: 37 Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt struggled with epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 61 (1858-1919) Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was diagnosed with a mild form of epilepsy. Age: 69 Birthplace: USA, California, Palo Alto Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Many books suggest that Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from epilepsy throughout his life. Age: Dec. at 52 (1769-1821) Birthplace: Ajaccio, France Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Writer Lewis Carroll used his epilepsy to inspire several of the effects that Alice felt in his classic book "Alice in Wonderland." Age: Dec. at 66 (1832-1898) Birthplace: Daresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Edgar Allan Poe suffered from seizures and historians differ their opinions on whether the seizures were caused by epilepsy or by alcohol withdrawal. Age: Dec. at 40 (1809-1849) Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy It is thought that Julius Caesar had epilepsy because he experienced seizures on at least four occasions. Age: Dec. at 56 (99 BC-43 BC) Birthplace: Rome, Italy Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Harriet Tubman suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy as a result of an injury. Birthplace: Maryland Florence Griffith Joyner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure. Age: Dec. at 39 (1959-1998) Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy "Breakfast at Tiffany's" writer Truman Capote had epilepsy that was believed to be induced by drug and alcohol use. Age: Dec. at 60 (1924-1984) Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America Caligula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy According to historians, Caligula suffered from epilepsy since childhood. Age: Dec. at 29 (12-41) Birthplace: Anzio, Italy Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Singing sensation Susan Boyle says that she had a rough childhood because epilepsy caused her to faint frequently. Age: 57 Birthplace: Blackburn, United Kingdom Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Vincent van Gogh suffered from seizures that doctors believed were cause by temporal lobe epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 37 (1853-1890) Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Composer George Gershwin suffered from seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 39 (1898-1937) Birthplace: New York City, New York Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Actress Margaux Hemingway suffered from epilepsy from the age of seven. Age: Dec. at 42 (1954-1996) Birthplace: Oregon, USA, Portland Jonathan Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Korn front man Jonathan Davis believes that his epilepsy was induced by his years of drug use. Age: 48 Birthplace: Bakersfield, USA, California Socrates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Many researchers believe that Socrates suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy. Birthplace: Classical Athens Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Many historians believe that Michelangelo suffered from epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 89 (1475-1564) Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Actor Richard Burton suffered from epilepsy most of his adult life and he self medicated with alcohol in order to treat the disorder. Age: Dec. at 59 (1925-1984) Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 58 (1812-1870) Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Bud Abbott suffered from epilepsy and on occasion he suffered a seizure on stage and his comedy partner Lou Costello would carry him off the stage. Age: Dec. at 79 (1895-1974) Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA James Madison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy James Madison was diagnosed by doctors as having epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 85 (1751-1836) Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia, USA John Roberts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has suffered several seizures and is believed to be an epileptic. Age: 64 Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America Neil Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie suffers from epilepsy and he regularly campaigns to increase funding for the disorder. Age: 80 Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America HIP-HOP Rappers with Epilepsy see more Epilepsy lists Gustave Flaubert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Historians believe that Gustave Flaubert suffered from epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 59 (1821-1880) Birthplace: Rouen, France Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Dostoyevsky kept records of his seizures for the last twenty years of his life. Age: Dec. at 60 (1821-1881) Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Football star Tiki Barber suffered from seizures until the age of five. Age: 43 Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Many epilepsy experts believe that author Agatha Christie suffered from the disorder. Age: Dec. at 86 (1890-1976) Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom Ian Curtis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Joy Division front man Ian Curtis suffered from crippling seizures due to his epilepsy. The disorder is thought to be one of the reasons that Curtis eventually took his own life. Age: Dec. at 24 (1956-1980) Birthplace: Stretford, United Kingdom Alan Faneca is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Football star Alan Faneca was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 15. Age: 42 Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Comic actor RIk Mayall was diagnosed with epilepsy after experiencing sever head injuries. Age: Dec. at 56 (1958-2014) Birthplace: England, Epping Martin Kemp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp has been battling two brain tumors that have left him with epilepsy. Age: 57 Birthplace: Islington, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Musician Jimmy Reed died of an epileptic seizure at age 51. Age: Dec. at 51 (1925-1976) Birthplace: Mississippi Michael Wilding is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Actor Michael Wilding died from a head injuring that was the result of an epileptic seizure that caused him to fall down a flight of stairs. Age: Dec. at 67 (1912-1979) Birthplace: Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom Pete Duel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Actor Pete Duel suffered from epilepsy after being involved in a car crash. Age: Dec. at 31 (1940-1971) Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Historians believe that composer Peter Tchaikovsky suffered from epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 53 (1840-1893) Birthplace: Votkinsk, Russia Richard Jobson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Singer and film maker Richard Jobson was diagnosed with epilepsy. Age: 55 Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom Tony Coelho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Tony Coelho's experience with epilepsy drove him to be the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Age: 76 Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Baseball great Grover Cleaveland Alexander was diagnosed with epilepsy and had frequent seizures later in his life. Age: Dec. at 63 (1887-1950) Birthplace: Elba, Nebraska Greg Walker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Baseball player Greg Walker had epilepsy and scared his teammates when he experience a seizure during practice. Age: 59 Birthplace: Douglas, Georgia Hal Lanier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Baseball player Hal Lanier was diagnosed with epilepsy as an adult. Age: 76 Birthplace: Denton, North Carolina Chris Knox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy New Zealand musician Chris Know used his experience with epilepsy to inspire the album "Seizure." Age: 66 Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy Streets front man Mike Skinner has suffered from epilepsy since age seven. Age: 40 Birthplace: Birmingham, England Ida McKinley is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Famous People With Epilepsy First lady Ida McKinley became completely dependent on her husband after she developed epilepsy. Age: Dec. at 59 (1847-1907) It’s safe to say that many more famous people have epilepsy, but don’t reveal it in public because of the ongoing stigma associated with the condition. What lessons can be learned from a list such as the above? Epilepsy is not discriminating. Epilepsy can strike anybody at any station of life or level of accomplishment. Epilepsy can be deadly and devastating to a person’s life, even if they enjoy other successes. Finally, epilepsy does not exclude the possibility of major achievements and contributions. Reference Resources: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/celebrities-epilepsy http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/epilepsy-10-people-you-didnt-3287368 http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-people-with-epilepsy/celebrity-lists?utm_expid=16418821-66.2vofEU_-TfqUYwzK_OeZiQ.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F http://www.newhealthguide.org/Famous-People-With-Epilepsy.html http://www.epilepsywarriors.org/epilepsy-warriors-resources/epilepsy-facts/famous-people-in-history-that-have-epilepsy/ http://epilepsyrecovery.blogspot.com/p/famous-people-with-epilepsy.html http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/kelly_osbourne_goes_on_epilepsy_diet_to_prevent_seizures_-_report-2013-03 http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2013/11/20/jerry-kill-university-of-minnesota-football-epilepsy/3656705/
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2017.05.11 02:18 KiwiKibblesChanging the Process of Establishing Maori wards, New Born Enrollment with GPs, Restoring Employment Rights to Breaks, Removing the Ability for Charter Schools to Make a Profit drawn from Members Ballot + Members Day Update
How the Day Unfolded Point of Order David Seymour (Act-Epsom) raised a point of order on the circumstances that saw the house deny him leave to introduce his blasphemy repeal bill yesterday.
DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your guidance on a point on which the Standing Orders and Speakers' rulings appear silent, in respect of yesterday. I sought leave to introduce a bill to the House, and there were two points of order raised that effectively led to the House debating the merit or otherwise of putting the leave. I seek your guidance as to whether or not that is something that should be allowed to happen, and, if so, whether the member who originally put the leave should be offered a right of reply. Mr SPEAKER: I will give further consideration to the matter that is raised, but when leave is sought, on occasion I will take points of order from people who wish to clarify what the leave is being sought for or whether they need further information as to whether they will then object to the leave being put. Once the leave is sought, by, in this case, Mr Seymour, my duty as Speaker is to put the leave if it is in order. It is for the House to decide whether the matter proceeds further.
The General Debate Was Held The general debate is held every week on Wednesday after Question Time. The formal procedure for the debate is that a member moves a motion that the house takes note of miscellaneous business. Members have 5 minutes to speak to whatever issue they wish. At the end of the hour the motion lapses and no question is put or vote taken. The speakers were:
Hon TREVOR MALLARD (Labour—Hutt South): I seek leave under Standing Order 358 to make a personal explanation in relation to matters raised by the previous speaker in relation to me. Mr SPEAKER: Leave is sought for that purpose. Is there any objection for that personal explanation? There is not. Hon TREVOR MALLARD: Chris Bishop, when he was speaking, indicated that Andrew Little had given me a specific undertaking with regard to a list position; that is not true.
Paul Foster Bell’s Arbitration Amendment Bill completed its first reading and was referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. New Zealand First were the sole party to oppose the Bill with their 12 votes against 107 cast in favour. The purpose of this bill is to amend the Arbitration Act 1996 to ensure arbitration clauses in trust deeds are given effect to extend the presumption of confidentiality in arbitration to a rebuttable presumption of confidentiality in related court proceedings under the Act, to clearly define the grounds for setting aside an arbitral award and bring New Zealand’s approach into line with foreign arbitration legislation, and to confirm the consequence of failing to raise a timely objection to an arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction.
The Youth Employment Training and Education Bill proposed by New Zealand First list MP Darroch Ball failed at first reading on a 45-74 vote. Labour and the Maori Party voted for the bill with the Greens, National, United Future and Act voting against. The bill proposed to establish an employment option through the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force.
David Parker’s (Labour-List) Ombudsmen (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill failed at first reading 57 - 62 . This bill would have allowed the Ombudsmen to set guidelines for recovering the costs of their investigations from the agencies being investigated.
The Equal Pay Amendment Bill in the name of Green MP Jan Logie failed 59 – 60. This bill would have amended the Equal Pay Act 1972 and the Employment Relations Act 2000 to remove discrimination in pay rates between men and women in the same jobs by making publicly available statistical information relating to their rates of remuneration.
The debate on Ruth Dyson’s (Labour – Port Hills) Crown Minerals (Protection of World Heritage Sites) Amendment Bill was interrupted with Ms Dyson’s reply speech still to be presented. The purpose of this Bill is to add World Heritage Sites to Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act 1991, which will provide them with protection from mining. It seems that the bill is likely to fail. In a video posted on Facebook by Maureen Pugh who is National’s List MP based on the West Coast, it is stated that the National caucus has resolved to vote against the bill and has worked with their support partners to defeat the bill.
Biscuit Tin of Democracy For a Members Bill to be introduced in Parliament it must go into a ballot. The ballot is a biscuit tin kept in the Clerk’s office and as bills are debated, a ballot is conducted withdrawing the next bill to be introduced onto the order paper. All information on the purpose of the bill is sourced from the explanatory note attached to each bill. The winners were:
Local Electoral (Equitable Process for Establishing Maori Wards and Maori Constituencies) Amendment Bill in the name of Green list MP Marama Davidson. This Bill would amend the Local Electoral Act 2001 to make the process by which territorial authorities and regional councils can establish Māori wards and Māori constituencies the same as the process by which territorial authorities and regional councils can establish general wards and constituencies. It would require territorial authorities and regional councils to consider, at least once every 6 years, whether to establish Māori wards and Māori constituencies. Currently, if a territorial authority or regional council resolves to establish a Māori ward or constituency, a poll on the issue must be held if 5 percent of the electors of the city, district or region request it. The result of such a poll is binding on the authority or council for at least two elections. There is no equivalent requirement applicable to the establishment of general wards or constituencies. This discrepancy sets a double standard that limits Māori participation and representation in local government by allowing it only if the majority agree. This runs counter to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which guarantees Māori participation and representation in local government. The requirement for a poll is also contrary to the purpose of the ward or constituency system, which was designed to allow for the recognition of communities within a district or region and to increase community involvement in the local government system. This Bill would remove the requirement for a poll, to ensure that the process for establishing Māori wards and constituencies is the same as the current process for establishing general wards and constituencies.
Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill from National List MP Parmjeet Parmar. This Bill seeks to improve health and social results for infants and children by requiring that newborns are enrolled with a general practice and primary health organisation before the newborn is due for his or her first immunisation at 6 weeks of age. Higher rates of newborn enrolment with a general practice are linked with improved immunisation rates and earlier detection of health and social issues.
Employment Relations (Restoring Kiwis' Right to a Break at Work) Amendment Bill in the name of Labour list MP Sue Moroney. In 2014 the National Government passed changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 that removed workers’ rights to rest and meal breaks after regular periods of work. Since the enactment of this legislation, we have seen large corporates attempting to remove their employees’ rights in contradiction to the Government’s claims that the legislation would benefit small businesses. This Bill seeks to repeal those changes and reinstate New Zealanders’ rights to rest and meal breaks at work.
Education (Public Good not Profit from Charter Schools) Amendment Bill from Dunedin North Labour MP Dr David Clark. This bill aims to put the interests of children and a quality public education ahead of private profits for partnership schools kura hourua (“charter schools”) sponsors. We believe that charter schools should not be allowed to operate as private, profit-making enterprises. Schools should be run for the benefit of children, not a private company and every dollar skimmed off in profits is a dollar less for students learning. At present charter school sponsors are allowed to run charter schools at a profit, creaming off taxpayer funding for their own benefit. When private companies profit from our state-funded schools, children lose out. They have less money for books, for quality teachers, for school visits and computers. This bill will help ensure that New Zealand children get the best quality teaching and learning resources possible by removing the ability of for-profit organisations to operate state-funded charter schools. A charter school sponsor previously approved may continue to operate a school for up to one year after this amendment comes into force before they must either close the school or transfer sponsor status to a not for profit entity such as a Trust. Ostensibly charter schools are aimed at raising the achievement of underperforming students in New Zealand. Yet the evidence to suggest that charter schools will in fact improve educational outcomes does not take into account the high results that New Zealand is already achieving for its students through the public education system. The charter school scheme overlooks the widely accepted understanding that educational underachievement is inextricably linked to poverty and increasing income inequality. Charter schools therefore represent the privatisation and commercialisation of an important public good. We do not support a system that puts profit before kids and the interests of the community. And we are not alone. Allowing charter school sponsors to profit from the public funds provided for the education of our young people is not supported by the majority of New Zealanders.
Psephology Spotlight Elections Concluded
In British Columbia yesterday 16 years of Liberal Party rule was put in jeopardy after an inconclusive election saw the Liberals lose 4 seats and drop into minority territory. Overall, once all votes had been counted the Liberals were on 43 seats, the New Democrat Party 41 seats and the Green Party were on 3 seats. The seat of Courtenay-Comox deprived the Liberal Party of their majority by swinging to the NDP by a nine vote majority. Absentee Ballots are still to be counted and many seats are on small majorities. If last night’s result holds then the Green Party will be in kingmaker position. It is expected that they will demand voting reform as one of their bottom lines in forming government. The Greens obtained 16% of the vote in the election but given they only won 3 seats under the first past the post election are not considered an official party. This denies them Parliamentary office resources like funding for researchers and the guaranteed ability to ask questions during question period.
In Germany the second to last state election before Germany’s federal election delivered a win for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Union. The CDU received some 33 percent as compared with around 26 percent for the ruling Social Democrats. The SPD has been governing in coalition with the Green party and the regionalist South Schleswig Voters' Association in the northern state for the past five years. The vote was seen as an important litmus test for Germany's federal elections in September, with Chancellor Merkel seeking a fourth term in office. In response to the results, the CDU's Secretary-General Peter Tauber congratulated his colleagues in Schleswig-Holstein, saying that "the voters have given Daniel Günther and the CDU a clear mandate to govern ... what no one thought was possible just a few weeks ago has become reality." The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party entered the state parliament by just clearing the 5% threshold and gained their seats at the expense of the once up and coming Pirate Party who lost all of their seats and dropped from 8% to 1.2%.
In the United Kingdom, local elections delivered a strong swing towards the Conservative Party ahead of the June 8 General Election. The Tories gained 38% of the vote and gained control of 11 councils taking them to control of 28 out of the 34 English, 32 Scottish, and 22 Welsh Councils being contested this year. 1,899 councillors were elected for the Conservative Party which was a gain of 563 seats. The Labour Party lost 7 councils and 382 councillors leading to concern ahead of the general election. In Scotland the SNP lost control of the Dundee City Council resulting in nearly all councils, aside from the outlying islands, not being in the control of any major party. Elections in Scotland are conducted under Single Transferable Vote making the chance of a party gaining a majority more difficult than the first past the post contests in Wales and England.
In Germany the final election before the federal election will be held in Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia, on May 14. Four of Germany's ten largest cities—Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, and Essen—are located within the state and a total of 18 million people live within the state’s borders. 13.2 million people are eligible to vote. The incumbent government at the election is the SPD –Green administration of Minister President Hannelore Kraft who hold 128 seats in the 237 seat legislature. The number of seats has been reduced at this election to 181. Polling suggests that the SPD will drop from 39% to 33% and the CDU will go from 26% to 30%. The pirate party are also expected to continue their gradual demise and drop out of the legislature while the right leaning Alternative for Germany are expected to make significant gains in the first election they are contesting in NRW. Aside from the period from 2005 to 2010 when the CDU governed with the FDP, the SPD has been the top party in NRW's coalition since 1967. With the CDU mounting a strong challenge to the SPD this year, even December's attack on a Christmas market in Berlin has become an issue in the state's elections. An immigration office in NRW had overseen the case of Anis Amri, a man from Tunisia who was killed by a police officer in Italy after allegedly carrying out the attack. Even though state officials had rejected Amri's asylum application and categorized him as a "person likely to threaten public safety," he was never arrested or deported. The FDP and Pirates have called for NRW Interior Minister Ralf Jäger, who oversees the state's immigration authorities, to step down. State Premier Kraft has rebuffed criticism of Jäger. Education is also playing a big role in NRW's elections, with candidates debating a new approach to the state's two-track public school system, which separates students early according to educators' assessments of whether they would be better off pursuing apprenticeships or academic paths, as well as how students with disabilities should be integrated into schools that have been less accessible to them. Traffic and infrastructure have also been hotly debated issues. The opposition has accused the SPD and the Greens of not doing enough to maintain the state's streets and to curb traffic jams.
In Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil has taken a risk by declaring a snap election while riding high poll ratings. The election wasn’t due for another year under the five year terms that exist in Nova Scotia. The other reason that the election was unexpected is that it was called immediately after the 2017 provincial budget was presented to the legislature, which means that the budget failed to be implemented in time, and lapsed with other parliamentary business at the end of the legislative session. 51 seats are contested in the election with the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and New Democrat Party likely to win seats. First Past the Post is likely to once again render seat numbers counter to what the popular vote would suggest is a fair result. In 2013 for example the NDP won 26.84% of the popular vote but only 7 seats while the Progressive Conservatives won 26.31% of the vote and 11 seats. Current polling has the Liberal party at the same level of support as the last election while the NDP have fallen away slightly and lost support to the PC’s.
Switzerland go to the polls in the latest round of their direct democracy referendum system. One referendum will be held on 21 May. The referendum is over whether to accept the Swiss government's 2050 energy strategy, which seeks to phase out nuclear energy and increase renewable energy and energy efficiency. The plan is opposed by the Swiss People's Party, which launched the referendum against it and are the largest party in the lower house of the Federal Assembly.
Fact of the Day – The Leader of the House Today’s fact is brought to you by Radio New Zealand’s “The House” program. Leader of the House is the most important political job you’ve never heard of. It’s the person who 'organises' Parliament for the government, the ring master of the chamber. They decide what will happen, who will speak for the government, and which bills will get debated; they negotiate with coalition partners, and with the opposition, to gain support and get things done. This week Gerry Brownlee stepped aside from the role, after 8½ years calling the shots in the chamber, and Simon Bridges took over as Leader of the House, for the National Party. His opposite number (the Shadow Leader of the House) is Labour’s Chris Hipkins. To get an insight into the role and to find out what it takes to do it well, The House sat down with Sir Michael Cullen, who performed the role throughout Helen Clark’s ministry. Sir Michael noted that everyone does the job differently and how they do it will depend on their personality and skills, but also on those of the Prime Minister they serve. He notes though that whatever their approach there are some basic requirements to being effective. “Some Leaders of the House don’t seem able to establish the rapport, both with their own colleagues and others, that’s necessary to make things work. And that can be quite a difficult period in Parliament, because things begin to kind of fall apart. In a way the Leader of the House is the centre, if it doesn’t hold, then things fall apart.” Retaining that rapport requires avoiding Machiavellian tactics and being as honest with all parties as is reasonable, though Sir Michael notes that there are times when secrecy is necessary, like in the lead-up to a budget announcement. “The most important aspect of the job of Leader of the House is to have [the] trust, not just of your colleagues, but of at least the key figures in other parties. ...There’re some fundamental decencies, which despite all the noise, need to be followed.” Sir Michael Cullen says that the role demonstrates that the public perception of Parliament as fractious and uncooperative is incorrect. That in fact, politicians do cooperate to get things done for the good of the country. “The most common criticism of Parliament is ‘you always seem to be arguing, you’re always having a go at each other, why can’t you agree on things.’ The reality is, as anybody around this place knows, and the [press] gallery knows; is that a great deal of legislation goes through with a minimum of debate, because it is largely agreed. There might be one small party disagreeing. But not a huge amount of time is spent on it.” In order for the Government to get much done at all, the Leader of the House must foster a Parliament where political parties can co-operate, negotiate and work together, despite their differences. He says that unlike America where politics has become so partisan that it creates legislative gridlock, New Zealand’s Parliament is still a reasonable place where politicians work together effectively. “No government can get through a reasonable programme in the amount of time that Parliament sits in a year. ...so that, if every Bill was debated as long as it could be, very few Bills would pass compared to the number that do. …So the reason why Parliament seems to be arguing the whole time, is because the Bills that are debated, are those on which the parties disagree and disagree strongly, and that’s why they’re the ones which are taking up the time in the House.” For more you can hear the 15 minute interview with Sir Michael Cullen on how he executed the role Previous Facts of the Day: Speaker's flat, Urgency, Jernigham Wakefield, Sidney Holland and the Suicide Squad, 1951 the last majority election, The Business Committee, New Zealand's First Parliament in Auckland, 1947 Greymouth beer boycott, So goes Hamilton so goes the nation, Australia and Compulsory Voting, Housing the Prime Minister, Mabel Howard – New Zealand’s First Female Cabinet Minsiter, Early Elections in New Zealand, New Zealand’s First State House, New Zealand's Day with LBJ, The Great Strike of 1913, What Happens When The Prime Minister Resigns, Premier Julius Vogel and the Railways, New Zealand in Samoa, Ada Wells Standing Order of the Day – 358 - Personal explanation A member may explain matters of a personal nature with the leave of the House. A personal explanation may not be debated. To see today's order paper click here To see business currently before Select Committee Click Here To see past Members Day Updates Click Here Enrolling or updating your voter registration is easy - go online at elections.org.nz, freetext your name and address to 3676, call 0800 36 76 56 or go to any PostShop.
2017.03.09 00:12 KiwiKibblesTeachers Code of Ethics, Arbitration Amendment and Youth Employment Training drawn from ballot + Members Day Update
Salutations and welcome to the first Members day of 2017. Firstly an explanatory note to those who are unfamiliar with a Members Day Update. Every fortnight Parliament prioritises the business put forward by the backbench MPs you probably have never heard of. What makes members days exciting is it is one of the only times the govt will lose votes and typically major social legislation (gay marriage for example) will be passed through the members ballot.
How the Day Unfolded
Visitors Welcomed Members welcomed Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Ahmad Bujang and other delegates from the Sabah State Legislative Assembly of Malaysia, who were present in the gallery. 12 Questions to Ministers were answered
The House Debated the 2017 Budget Policy Statement The BPS sets out the Government’s strategy and policy goals for the Budget. The aim of the BPS is to make the reasons for the Government’s decisions about the Budget clear. The Minister of Finance has to present a BPS to the House of Representatives by 31 March each year. There has been a statutory obligation to issue a BPS since 1994. After the BPS is presented to the House, it’s referred to the Finance and Expenditure Committee for detailed consideration. As well as calling for public submissions, the Minister of Finance can be invited to appear before the committee. The Minister of Finance has an obligation under Standing Orders to attend and answer questions if requested. The committee must report its findings to the House within 40 working days of receiving the BPS. The debate on the Budget Policy Statement takes place on the first Wednesday that the House sits after the committee’s report has been presented. Usually the Finance and Expenditure Committee chairperson begins the debate after question time, followed by two hours of debate from other MPs. The Budget itself will be delivered to the House of Representatives on Thursday, 25 May 2017. It will provide details of the Government’s policies and plans for spending public money in the coming year. The BPS was approved by a vote of 63-57 The Select Committee Report & Budget Policy Statement can be viewed here Member’s Orders of the Day
Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill in the name of Wairarapa National MP Alastair Scott was read a first time. The Office of the Clerk has provided a fact sheet on the basics of the bill: What would this bill do? The Crimes (Increased Penalty for Providing Explosive to Commit Crime) Amendment Bill would amend Section 272 of the Crimes Act 1961. It seeks to increase the maximum penalty for supplying explosive to commit crime from 2 years imprisonment to 5 years. What does this bill mean? Currently, the maximum penalty for knowingly providing explosives that will be used for criminal activity is 2 years imprisonment. This bill would increase that maximum penalty to 5 years. The penalty applies to people who supply explosive substances, or equipment used to create explosive substances, with the knowledge that they will be used in criminal activity. This is intended to bring the charge in line with other weapons offences. For example, carrying an offensive weapon—even without the intention of using it—carries a maximum penalty of 3 years imprisonment. Who might this affect? people who supply explosive to commit crime and judges in charge of sentencing. The bill was referred to the Law and Order Committee after passing its first reading 105 – 15. The Act Party and Green Party voted against the bill.
Green List MP Jan Logie saw her Domestic Violence—Victims’ Protection Bill pass first reading unanimously. The bill has been referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. This bill amends the Domestic Violence Act 1995, Employment Relations Act 2000, Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, Holidays Act 2003, and Human Rights Act 1993 with a view to enhancing legal protections for victims of domestic violence. National have only promised to support the bill to the select committee stage so the bill may still face difficulty passing when it returns to the house.
The Housing Corporation (Affordable Housing Development) Amendment Bill which is also known as Labour’s Kiwibuild policy failed at first reading. The bill was introduced by Kelvin Davis (Labour – Te Tai Tokerau) and would have amended the Housing Corporation Act 1974 to increase the supply and affordability of housing and land by requiring the Minister of Housing to undertake an affordable house construction programme that will build 10 000 affordable houses per year.
Debate on the first reading of Green list MP Gareth Hughes’ Student Loan Scheme (First Home Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill was interrupted. This bill’s purpose is to assist New Zealanders with student loans to save a deposit for their first home by allowing compulsory student loan repayments, or a nominated percentage of the repayments, to be delayed and diverted to a first home deposit saving scheme.
Biscuit Tin of Democracy For a Members Bill to be introduced in Parliament it must go into a ballot. The ballot is a biscuit tin kept in the Clerk’s office and as bills are debated a ballot is conducted withdrawing the next bill to introduced onto the order paper. The winning bills were:
Education (Teachers' Code of Ethics) Amendment Bill This bill is in the name of Port Hills Labour MP Ruth Dyson. The Bill replaces the Code of Conduct referred to in section 387 of the Education Act 1989 and replaces it with a new Code of Ethics, in order to reinstate the primacy of a code of ethics for the teaching profession.
Arbitration Amendment Bill Outgoing National List MP Paul Foster Bell submitted this bill. The purpose of this bill is to amend the Arbitration Act 1996 (the Act) to ensure arbitration clauses in trust deeds are given effect to extend the presumption of confidentiality in arbitration to a rebuttable presumption of confidentiality in related court proceedings under the Act, to clearly define the grounds for setting aside an arbitral award and bring New Zealand’s approach into line with foreign arbitration legislation, and to confirm the consequence of failing to raise a timely objection to an arbitral tribunal’s jurisdiction.
Youth Employment Training and Education Bill New Zealand Fist List MP Darroch Ball proposes a law change that would provide an employment option through the Ministry of Social Development in partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force.
Psephology Spotlight Concluded elections
In Ecuador a referendum was held alongside the general election on 19 February. The question was “Do you agree that, for those holding a popularly elected office or for public servants, there should be a prohibition on holding assets or capital, of any nature, in tax havens?" The motion passed with just over 5 million voters (55.12%) supporting the measure to 4 million opposed (44.88%). Given it was timed to be held with the general election turnout was high with 81.64% of voters participating. Something to note was that of the 12.8 million voters that turned up to the polls 1.3 million invalidated or did not mark their ballot. In the General Election, left wing PAIS Alliance presidential candidate Lenin Moreno fell just short of winning the presidency without triggering a second round of voting. Under Ecuadorian electoral law if a candidate receives at least 40% of the vote and is 10% ahead of their nearest rival then they are considered elected in the first round. Moreno was 11% ahead of centre right “Creating Opportunites” candidate Guillermo Lasso but obtained 39.36% of the popular vote. A run off between Moreno and Lasso will be held on the 2nd of April. For the National Assembly PAIS lost 22 seats but retained their majority with 74 out of 137 seats won.
On February 5 the voters in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein retained Prime Minister Adrian Hasler’s Progressive Citizens’ Party (FBP) as the largest party in the 25 seat Landtag. The FBP lost one seat on the back of a swing against them of nearly 5% and were only 1.5% away from the second placed Patriotic Union. This election saw the two minor parties within the Landtag see a surge in support at the expense of the two major parties. This was also the second election where 4 parties were elected to the Landtag. The 25 members of the Landtag are elected by open list proportional representation from two constituencies, Oberland with 15 seats and Unterland with 10 seats. The electoral threshold is 8%. Voter turnout was 15,408 or 77.8%.
On Saturday the state of West Australia is predicted to deliver another spanner in the works of the Turnbull Liberal govt as the Collin Barnett government is expected to fall on the back of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party and a Labor resurgence. Barnett complicated his electoral hopes when he indicated his party would preference one nation ahead of his coalition partners the National Party. Recent polling indicates the two party preferred vote could be as high as 54% for Labor to the Liberals 46%. Voting is compulsory and voters get two votes. One for their division within the 59 seat Western Australian Legislative Assembly using instant runoff voting and the other for the Legislative Council. The Legislative Council comprises of 36 members that are split into 6 regions using single transferrable vote. One important feature of the WALC is that the regions are not weighted to population. The regional structure of the chamber means that 10% of the state's population will elect 33% of the MLCs. Voters in Mining and Pastoral Region have votes that carry six times the weight of voters in Perth, while voters in Agricultural Region have four times the power of voters in Perth.
The Netherlands will vote on Wednesday 15 March to elect all 150 members of the House of Representatives. Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) is trying to hold on against the populist right wing Party for Freedom (PVV) lead by Geert Wilders. Currently Rutte heads a grand coalition in partnership with the Labour Party but lacks a majority in the Senate which has resulted in Rutte relying on other parties like the Christian Democrat Appeal to pass legislation. On the back of rising resentment towards immigrants and the European Union the PVV has soared in polling to battle the VVD for first place. Nearly all parties have ruled out working with the PVV in government so it is thought likely that an even larger grand coalition will be necessary to form a government. Elections are conducted by proportional representation in a single nationwide constituency with practically no threshold.
Fact of the Day – Premier Julius Vogel and the Railways Brought to you by NZHistory.net.nz Three decades after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s two main islands were like two different countries. The 1860s had been a turbulent decade. Much of the North Island had been ravaged by war. Gold and pastoral farming had made the South Island rich and attracted tens of thousands of settlers. But by 1870 the gold boom was waning, and the wool- and wheat-based pastoralism of the South Island was not yet a major export earner (refrigerated meat exports were still more than a decade away). The New Zealand Wars may have ended but debt and uncertainty remained. Māori still dominated most of the interior of the North Island. This was a maritime frontier, especially in the north – a string of coastal enclaves connected by sailing ships, small steamers and waka (canoes); or by rough tracks and roads hacked through dense bush, travellers on which had to cross dangerous fast-flowing rivers. Most people travelling any distance did so by ship. Drowning was a major killer. In 1870 New Zealand had a central government based in Wellington, but also a parallel system of provincial governments. The provinces borrowed money to build their own infrastructure, with mixed results. New Zealand’s first railways were built in Canterbury in 1863 and Southland in 1864. Both were small-scale ventures but while Canterbury’s was successful, the effort bankrupted Southland province. In 1870 New Zealand had just 46 miles (74 km) of track, confined to the flat eastern and southern plains of the South Island. The North Island had no railways. Julius Vogel entered politics in Otago. London-born, he had followed gold to Victoria and then New Zealand, arriving in 1861. After helping to establish the Otago Daily Times newspaper, he became a member of the Otago Provincial Council, then won a seat in the House of Representatives. Appalled at the cost of the North Island wars, he was initially a staunch provincialist, even urging the South Island to become a separate colony. By the late 1860s, though, he had changed his mind, believing that New Zealand needed a strong central government to ensure peace and prosperity. In the 21st century it’s hard to understand the excitement that surrounded rail travel a century and a half ago. The steam locomotive was the driving force of the industrial revolution, conquering distance, changing the landscape and broadening people’s horizons. The railway was the first of the complex technological systems that have shaped the modern world – the British historian Christian Wolmar has argued that it was the most important invention of the last 1000 years. By 1870 Britain, France, Germany and many other European states had extensive nationwide networks; the United States, which completed its epic transcontinental railroad in 1869, already had 50,000 km of track. Public demand for railways in colonial New Zealand was strong. ‘ Most Pākehā settlers had come from Britain and many had experienced rail travel before emigrating – the long voyage to New Zealand often began with a train journey to the port of departure. In 1869, when Julius Vogel became Colonial Treasurer in the government led by Premier William Fox, he observed that:
New Zealand is a peculiar country. You cannot get over its geographical configuration. You cannot bring together the two ends nearer than they are. There will always be a certain amount of isolation in different parts until the iron horse [railway] runs through the two islands.
In June 1870 Vogel unveiled the most ambitious public works and assisted-immigration programme in New Zealand’s history. It was to be funded by massive borrowing in the London money markets, rising to £10 million by 1876 and £21 million by 1881 (equivalent to $1.4 billion and $3.3 billion respectively in 2011). This would be spent on assisted (government-subsidised) immigration and on building or improving infrastructure, including the telegraph network, roads, public buildings and port facilities. Its centerpiece was a promise to build more than 1000 miles (1600 km) of railway in nine years. Vogel hoped to stimulate a stagnant, war-weary colonial economy. He also promised to reignite what many saw as New Zealand’s faltering colonisation project – to ‘re-illume that sacred flame’. To Pākehā eyes, much of the North Island remained a wilderness of bush, native ‘wasteland’ and potential rebellion. As recently as the late 1860s, clashes with the warrior prophets Tītokowaru and Te Kooti had forced many Pākehā settlers to flee isolated homesteads for the safety of coastal towns. Instead of war, Vogel hoped that immigrants, roads and railways would spearhead a peaceful Pākehā conquest of the Māori heartland. The policy’s success hinged on the rapid and cheap acquisition of Māori land. The resulting influx of settlers into new districts would not only stimulate economic growth but quickly swamp the local Māori population. Employment on public works schemes, Vogel believed, would hasten the integration of Māori into the European economy. Two decades later, while living in Britain in 1893, Vogel put it even more bluntly: ‘The Public Works Policy seemed to the Government the sole alternative to a war of extermination with the natives.’ Building railways (as well as roads) in a mountainous, geologically unstable and swampy country was a difficult challenge. New Zealand lacked capital and labour, but compared to Britain and Europe land was relatively cheap. Rather than build the most direct routes with expensive earthworks, tunnels and stone bridges, it made sense to build longer, winding routes around obstacles, to erect wooden trestle bridges, and to tolerate tight curves and steep gradients. These factors, together with the wish to build quickly and cheaply, led to the adoption of a narrow 3 ft 6 in (1067-mm) gauge as the national standard. Julius Vogel wasn’t the first colonial politician to promise public works and immigration on the back of borrowed money. But the early 1870s offered better prospects for success. War in the North Island was all but over. The main British railway network was largely complete, so English contracting firms like John Brogden and Sons were looking for new opportunities overseas. An outbreak of rural unrest in Britain also encouraged some farm labourers to undertake the long and difficult sea voyage to New Zealand. The colonial government contracted Brogdens to build railways and recruit migrant workers. In 1872–3 they brought 2200 English immigrants here, including 1300 working-age men (mostly agricultural labourers) contracted to two years’ work on railway construction. Brodgens’ ‘navvies’ (this common name for public works labourers derived from the ‘navigators’ who had dug Britain’s 18th-century canals) set to work on six contracts at or near Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Picton, Oamaru and Invercargill. They worked by hand using simple tools – picks and shovels, horses and carts, and dynamite – and endured primitive living conditions in isolated camps. Rail construction forged ahead, despite occasional delays, labour shortages and industrial disputes over wages and conditions (not least the local custom of an eight-hour working day). By the mid-1870s the government was offering assisted passages from Britain without any work obligations. Many disgruntled navvies broke their contracts and drifted into farming, urban jobs or gold-prospecting. British recruitment was soon abandoned; from now on navvies would be recruited locally. By 1873, when Vogel became Premier, other tensions were emerging. Members of Parliament and local Railway Leagues were lobbying for rail lines through their electorates and towns. More borrowing was needed, an estimated £1.5 million for railways alone in 1873. To guarantee further loans and help pay for the scheme, Vogel proposed to reserve 6 million acres (2.4 million ha) of ‘wasteland’ along rail routes as a Crown endowment. But South Island provincialist MPs feared a central government land grab and defeated the proposal in Parliament. Vogel and his allies plotted their revenge. Although provincial feelings remained strong, politicians increasingly realised that only central government could pay for and carry out such an ambitious nation-building programme. The abolition of the provinces was carried in Parliament in October 1875 and came into effect a year later. By that time the Vogel ministry had lost power, but subsequent governments continued to pour money into public works. Along with rail development itself, the abolition of the provinces was a key element in the emergence of a strong central government in New Zealand. Vogel’s rail plan initially made its greatest strides in the South Island. A Christchurch–Dunedin railway was completed in 1878, cutting travel time between the South Island’s largest cities to around 11 hours. The following year New Zealand’s first ‘main trunk’ line linked Christchurch with Invercargill, while a series of branch lines snaked inland from the coast. Auckland’s first railway, between the city and Onehunga, was built by Brogdens and opened in 1873. More significantly, within 18 months the South Auckland line – following in the footsteps of General Cameron’s Imperial troops a decade before – had reached the Waikato basin, opening up a million acres (405,000 ha) of recently confiscated Māori land to Pākehā settlement and exploitation. By 1880 rails reached Te Awamutu, on the border of Te Rohe Pōtae (the King Country), the Māori heartland into which the Kīngitanga tribes had withdrawn after the Waikato War. Wellington’s first railway, opened in 1874, ran between Thorndon and Lower Hutt. By 1878, following the completion of the ambitious Rimutaka incline railway, the capital was linked to the Wairarapa plains. Elsewhere in the North Island, railways were built in the Bay of Islands, north-west Auckland, Taranaki, Hawke’s Bay and Manawatū. By 1880 the government-owned New Zealand Railways was operating almost 2000 km of working railway, three-quarters of it in the South Island. In the centre of the North Island rugged landscapes and resolute Māori landowners had slowed rail’s progress. Following lengthy negotiations with Ngāti Maniapoto, work on the central section of a North Island main trunk railway began in 1885 (by which time Vogel was Treasurer again). The eventual completion of the main trunk in 1908, nine years after Vogel’s death, represented the realisation of his 1870 vision. After the initial enthusiasm of the 1870s, Julius Vogel’s reputation suffered in the 1880s when New Zealand’s economy slumped into a long depression that was triggered by an international banking crisis. Political rivals condemned him as an ‘impudent adventurer’ whose reckless borrowing had fuelled an unsustainable boom, leading to an inevitable bust. But as prosperity returned in the 1890s and 1900s, and the Liberal government championed its own public works schemes, Vogel was again praised as a progressive visionary. During the 1870s railways and other technological innovations (like the electric telegraph and steam ship) quickened the pace of life in New Zealand. Improved communications knitted communities closer together and encouraged centralisation and uniformity. The rail-building project launched by Vogel in 1870 was one of the New Zealand state’s most significant achievements – and one of its greatest financial commitments. Between 1870 and 1929 the government devoted half of all its public works spending to railways: equivalent to state spending on roads, telegraphs, public buildings, immigration, defence, lighthouses and harbour works put together. The 1870s was also a decade of dramatic demographic change. The government assisted 100,000 migrants to come to New Zealand, the great majority of them British and Irish. The colony’s European population soared from 256,000 in 1871 to 490,000 ten years later, dwarfing a Māori population of fewer than 50,000. (See Te Ara for more on the history of immigration.) These migrants were among the chief beneficiaries of Vogel’s public works revolution. They settled in cities that were now profitably linked to their hinterlands, in the new towns that sprouted along the rail routes, and in newly accessible rural regions that were becoming part of the productive economy. In other ways, though, Vogel’s legacy was less positive. Public works spending concentrated power in central government’s hands, and rail- and road-building decisions were often made for political gain rather than sound economic reasons. Railways and roads radically transformed much of the natural environment, facilitating forest clearance, flaxmilling, the drainage of swamps and a transition to pastoral farming. The impact on Māori was massive. The railway lines that edged inland from the coast nibbled away at the edges of the Māori landed estate before slicing it up into more digestible chunks for the state and settlers to consume. It may have taken four decades, but the rail-building programme launched in 1870 eventually prised open the Māori heartland of the central North Island. Ultimately it was Vogel’s public works and immigration programme, rather than the wars of the 1860s, that cemented the colonial government’s authority over all of New Zealand. Previous Facts of the Day: Speaker's flat, Urgency, Jernigham Wakefield, Sidney Holland and the Suicide Squad, 1951 the last majority election, The Business Committee, New Zealand's First Parliament in Auckland, 1947 Greymouth beer boycott, So goes Hamilton so goes the nation, Australia and Compulsory Voting, Housing the Prime Minister, Mabel Howard – New Zealand’s First Female Cabinet Minsiter, Early Elections in New Zealand, New Zealand’s First State House, New Zealand's Day with LBJ, The Great Strike of 1913, What Happens When The Prime Minister Resigns Standing Order of the Day – SO 51 - Conclusion of Sitting (1) Business before the House at the conclusion of each sitting is interrupted by the Speaker and set down for resumption on the next sitting day. Any motion for the adjournment of the House lapses. (2) Whenever the next business would require the House to go into committee within five minutes of the time for the conclusion of a sitting, the Speaker adjourns the House until its next sitting day. The next members day is expected to be on March the 22nd To see the Order Paper Click Here To see business currently before Select Committee Click Here To see past Members Day Updates Click Here Enrolling or updating your voter registration is easy - go online at elections.org.nz, freetext your name and address to 3676, call 0800 36 76 56 or go to any PostShop.
Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJU7QsPzkz4 Jason Schmidt, who took on a challenge to lift a 100 kilogram bar 401 times in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes and beat it comfortably. It's not the way that most people would want to spend their birthday, but Jason Schmidt spent his bench pressing over 40,000kgs. Schmidt set himself a massive task when he took on a challenge to bench pres a 100kg bar 401 times in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes. CT Fletcher, a United States based ex-world champion power lifter and fitness figure, set a challenge called to hell and back. Jason Schmidt lifting a 100 kilogram bar as part of his attempt to complete 400 repetitions in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes. He Competed the task in 1hr 51 min at World Health & Fitness Gym Invercargill JOHN HAWKINS/FAIRFAX NZ Jason Schmidt lifting a 100 kilogram bar as part of his attempt to complete 400 repetitions in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes. He Competed the task in 1hr 51 min at World Health & Fitness Gym Invercargill The challenge was to do 400 repetitions of a 100kg bar in a session, which Fletcher accomplished in around 2 hours and 45 minutes, Schmidt said. Schmidt attempted the challenge and beat it comfortably completing 405 repetitions in 1 hour and 51 minutes. A small crowd had gathered in the World Health & Fitness Gym in Invercargill to watch as Schmidt and his training partner Marty Powell started their challenge. Schmidt and Powell took turns bench pressing the 100kg bar and spotting each other. Schmidt started with sets of fifteen and Powell with a set of ten. The crowd watched quietly as the two men worked through their sets. The only sound in the room was the rhythmic rattling of weights. Eventually the sets for Schmidt decreased to 10, and the rest breaks had crept from two minutes to three, then up to four minutes. When it came to the final set the crowd counted down and 11 repetitions later Schmidt had beat the challenge. He stopped briefly to thank those who had come to support him and then kept on bench pressing to support his partner who was also still going. He also revealed that it was his birthday. Speaking after the event, Schmidt said it was a crazy thing to do. "It will probably sink in later on tonight." When he got to 160 repetitions, he hit the wall, Schmidt said. "It was awful. In the pre-run to doing this I didn't hit the wall till I got over 300." Schmidt started panicking and breathing heavily, he said. "I just had to get myself together." When he hit 230 repetitions Schmidt started to worry because his joints were starting to hurt, he said. Because we lift nice and quick, so the momentum gets the bar going, it's right at the bottom of the lift that's the crucial part, Schmidt said. Without his training partner Powell it would not have been possible for him to complete the challenge, Schmidt said.
2015.01.26 12:40 MorrigansRavenVisiting in May, are we missing anything obvious?
Hi /newzealand ! My partner and I are coming to visit in May, hoping to squeeze between school holidays and ski season. We are looking at doing just the South Island over 18-20 days (still nailing down our itinerary) So far this is what our trip looks like: Sunday Christchurch - Arrival late at night Monday Christchurch Tuesday Akaroa - swimming with dolphins, walking tracks Wednesday Methven - Jet Boats at Springfield, Lake Coleridge Thursday Dunedin - Moeraki Boulders, Mount Cargill Organ Pipes Friday Dunedin - Cadbury Factory, Brewery Saturday Invercargill - Curio Bay, seals! Sunday Oban - Stewart Island - auroras and kiwis Monday Te Anu - Glow worm cave at night Tuesday Queenstown - Doubtful Sound Wednesday Queenstown - Omarama day trip for gliding Thursday Queenstown Friday Haast - Mount Aspiring National Park Saturday Fox Glacier - Jackson Bay Sunday Hokitika - Greenstone, gold panning, more glow worms! Monday Murhison - Iron Bridge, Denniston Experience Tuesday Hanmer Springs - Lake Rotoroa Wednesday Kaikoura - Whale watching Thursday Christchurch Friday Depart Christchurch evening Sorry about the poor formatting, hope this makes sense. The bold place names are where we are staying for that night and I have included day name in case there is something we should be doing that can only be done on certain days. We are renting a car for this trip. Would love to hear some feed back on the current plans!
2014.02.07 17:14 Moddus[support] Rant: My last night with my NDad. Trigger warning? -he's kinda toxic.
So I'm pretty damn sure my Dad is a narcissist. He correlates strongly with the guide to spotting one that's on the side bar. I feel like posting this because it's still affecting me and I don't really know how to deal with him at this point besides NC but NC is kind of a challenge when I'm still receiving money from him for living costs, costs I look forward to reducing and gaining independence from. This is my first reddit post and I strongly hope I'm using this section correctly. After the night I spent an entire week venting so I wasn't an emotional wreck for my partner But I still feel some trauma when going over it and most of all I guess it'd be nice to see some solidarity. In this post I'm writing to my sister. "Oh yeah and I didn't tell you what happened between Dad and I. So Mum and I went and helped him move his shit around so he could fly to Australia. He'd been his usual narcissistic prick self but he hadn't been 'that' bad (okay he did also strongly imply that I don't have my own opinions, I just adopt whatever I think is the opposite of his position). Until we had one last day out together before dropping mum off at the airport. I said I didn't want to go for the drive, mum was okay Dad was irritated but said sure. I'm alone for a few hours, he gets back and starts drinking some beer. He gets to talking and tries to convince me not once but three times one after the other to create an app idea he's too lazy to do himself but thinks I have to do. So I think there's a slight bit of tension as we go out to get chinese for dinner (but I wasn't too aware of a bad mental state from him yet) We get to the restaurant, it's small, there's only four other people there. Dad gets what must be his fourth+ beer (he drove). After getting the beer he's pointing to these symbols on the bottle asking me what they say. I say I can't read them they're in cantonese, he keeps asking me what they say. I'm tired by that time of day, slightly drunk. I choose to take his question literally because he can get aggressive sometimes when he's drunk and I don't. So I'm repeating that I don't know what the thing is that he is directly pointing to and asking me "what is this? What does it say here?" (this goes on for like 10 minutes). Eventually he mumbles something about an alcohol percentage and I check the bottle and sure enough in very tiny writing that was not facing me there is 4%. I'm tired and drunk and say something like "it's 4%, you were asking for the % in the wrong place/ asking the wrong question so I couldn't answer you". This fucks him right off. He begins to loudly tell me that I'm a Cunt, twice. He's saying this while people are eating right next to us and the owners are looking like they reallly don't want this going on in their restaurant. I say "you can't say that/ in public" he goes "well I just did" while doing his best to look serious and intimidating. He calls me a few more things and mostly repeats "You engineered this from the start" I try to apologize but he's not having any of it, a sorry wasn't enough he wanted to abase me and see me grovel. I tell him that I can't take his behaviour but he tells me again that I caused it because he thinks I was deliberately fucking with him over the bottle label and so it was all my fault. I say something like I can't take how horrible he's being and he starts talking about how he paid for the meal and took Mum and I to places like that justified how shitty he was being. I said "That's emotionally manipulative" he said "so what if it is?" Along the way I say that if he keeps up his behaviour like this around people close he'll end up dying alone and unloved. I haven't told many people this but I genuinely forgot to call him on his birthday and he called me about 8pm drunk off his face, crying and sounding somewhat suicidal which scared the absolute shit out of me and made me want to see him in auckland even more for support. I started talking about how his behaviour seriously affects me and that at one unhappy moment him being drunk and shitty became the closest I have to suicide. His reply was (verbatim) "It's not my fault you're fucked in the head" (dead serious with eyes that looked sociopathic). I'm pretty shocked by this point but the pulls out an even bigger gun shortly after when he says "Well you deserve some 'maybe abuse', what have you EVER done for me or Mum?" I know he's measuring this financially but still I couldn't help myself in comparing what Mum would say which is that I have done things for her, certainly enough that would prevent an open season in abusing me. I forget when exactly but he also makes a few 'light threats' during our conversation. I say "that sounds like a threat" and he replies that no those are not threats. We're still in the restaurant up until now. We leave, I get in the truck absolutely shitscared over what could happen next. I get in the back seat because I'm afraid that he would grab me or hit me or otherwise do something to me until I rolled over and told him how sorry I was for everything (he's trapped me in cars for apologies multiple times, mostly non violent but he has hit me before, sometimes right up before we were supposed to spend a day working on set together and acting like we're in a functioning relationship.) So I get in the back and he talks about throwing me out of the truck and trusting me to find my way back to his place even though it was the first night I had been there and it was pitch black driving to the restaurant. At this point I really don't care what I say to him because I'm furious over his behaviour, how he wouldn't move on from the bottle even after I said sorry for it, how he yelled most of the things he said in a public restaurant that had guests and staff who could clearly hear the words. So I tell him that yes that night he would 'be my chauffeur' (something he's always yelled about any time I've tried to be in the back seat of a car he drove) telling him that it's 'asshole tax'. He locks me in the truck and says that he is going to have to find a taxi home and leave me locked in the car. His bullshit drama isn't working on me by then so I say something like "well you'll have to pay for a new window". His reply is to activate the car alarm and just leave me inside (he's done this on a number of occasions, one time he left the car alarm going for 15 minutes, while he had a meeting in the building next to it, he never acted like it was deliberate but he wasn't very sorry that the alarm had gone off for that long). So I stay calm, with the alarm going as loud at it is at 11pm for something like five minutes. He finally enters the truck and he's quiet for a moment before telling me that "YOU WILL FUCKING PAY FOR THIS, THAT IS A THREAT". At this point I'm shitscared and I decide to do what I did. Which was to quickly gather up everything I could remember bringing once I got to his place and walk out the door in the general direction of the motorway and bus depot. I don't make it to the bus depot. What I do accomplish is wandering around for two or so hours with a 20kg bag around my neck and bruising my arms and legs and neck while I also carry a backpack. I finally break down and cry, I call my partner and I text Mum. Partner organises a taxi to pick me up, Mum didn't reply until I was already in the taxi and texts me to stay 'in the area' until the next day but by that time I'm well out of albany and had just passed the last motorway turnoff before the bridge. I pay the $60 fair and exit at Brittomart. I'm a bit of a mess at this point and barely hanging together. Mum calls me and is taking about backpackers but at this point I was ready to sit outside brittomart like a vagrant until I could get an airport bus. She convinces me to go to some hotel/backpackers in the area and we end up checking me into some semi flash hotel right outside brittomart. She pays with the credit card Dad gave her and I book some rather expensive but very convenient flights to wellington and to Invercargill a week later on the same flight mum went down south on. Overall it was extremely traumatic for me, I was still crying randomly throughout the week after, I feel even more angst around other people's parents just because of him. I never want to be alone with Dad again and I am thinking that No Contact is exceedingly the best option. He's still sending me something like $600 a month in support, I didn't ask for quite that much but I did need some of it at least to make ends meet when flatting. He's still paying for my phone contract and on Xmas he sent me a text wishing me a merry one (smiley face) But I don't want to have anything to do with him and I look forward to the day that I don't take his money."
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