Open Forum – Tuesday

11 June 2019

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  1. Corky

     /  11th June 2019

    Thanks for your koha folks!

    Went to my local cafe yesterday. It’s usually an expensive exercise given most of what I consume is organic. However, for this visit I paid nothing. My well heeled relly paid for our food.

    Anyway this relly works in administration at his regional DHB. He was none to happy having just endured a three yearly audit and review regarding his area of oversight.

    He told me he was caught on the hop when the first question asked was: ”what processes he had in place to bridge any language difficulties. When he finished his explanation by stating most foreign people usually came with someone who can speak English…and that he had staff fluent in most of the languages used by the migrant communities, it was obvious the reviewer was not happy with these commonsense approaches. Of course no alternatives were offered.

    Next the reviewer asked about how different cultural practices were accommodated. The explanations given met with approval.

    Then the reviewer asked if the rooms were ‘blessed’ after a death. My relly said they were, and that a Kaumatua was always on call. This I didn’t know. I was told the practice had been going on for a few years. I asked my relly if koha was paid. He said it was..but wouldn’t elaborate. My guess is – between $100-500. The flu season must be lucrative.

    This is just plain wrong. DHB’s have no place encouraging and paying for such practices. While a blessing can be great for Maori and fey Pakeha, others may find such beliefs
    stoneage and want no part of it. Looks like they have little option.

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    • Blazer

       /  11th June 2019

      ‘given most of what I consume is organic. ‘

      Yes organic raspberry buns are your delicious ‘secret’…no longer!

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    • NOEL

       /  11th June 2019

      I remember when I was having radiation every day. The interpreters were obvious by their folios or slung bags. One day I heard one guy with a folio ask the desk if so and so was here.
      Odd I thought, we many snippet conversations over the time and I knew he was a New Zealander who had served flying Catalina’s during WW2.
      The guy a the desk was the RSA courtesy driver.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  11th June 2019

        Blessings of rooms where patients have died has happened forever; it’s often done by the hospital chaplaincy. The idea that a hospital would pay up to $500 for this is absurd, given the number of patients who die in hospitals every year. The chaplains would certainly not expect payment and I hope that no one else would be too mean to do it for nothing.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  11th June 2019

          The idea that a hospital like Auckland would pay about $500,000 a year on kohas for room blessings seems very odd. Possible, but not probable. It’s far more likely that the chaplains would nip in and say a prayer.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  11th June 2019

            The auditor/reviewer must be rather ignorant if they hadn’t heard of the official interpretation services for DHBs and the fact that there have been blessings after deaths since who knows when.If I knew these things, someone like that would be expected to know them.

            They seem very odd questions to ask someone who just works in admin, anyway !

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  11th June 2019

              Anyone needing an interpreter only needs to make a phone call. The reviewer and admin worker should know that.

  2. lurcher1948

     /  11th June 2019

    I have noticed a recent talkback phenomena at magic radio.As soon as the rightwing host lets a hate filled knuckledragging righwinger rant about our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and uses the phrase”cindy” and isn’t pulled up and they both have a chuckle NO FEMALE ever rings in, basically none. Magics audience is white rightwing males and no business will survive on such a small base.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  11th June 2019

      A phenomenon.

      Why do you madden yourself by listening to Redneck Radio ?

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  11th June 2019

    Another foreign immigrant dies under donald trumps immigration crackdown,trumps a stone cold killer(his words)
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/10/tree-planted-to-mark-trump-macron-friendship-dies
    the poor foreign immigrant never stood a chance with its brush with trump, contact is death

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  11th June 2019

    Watching poor simon bridges, trying to survive, first 4 questions hes figgiting and fighting with his suit, ie the jackets buttons,over and over…dronning on and on…..FAILURE SIMON,dodgy with suit failures…WIN JACINDA then.THE POODLE THAT YAPPED simon bridges whos ONLY ON 4%….no one will remember a failure

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  5. lurcher1948

     /  11th June 2019

    Simons a failed politician running a failing political party National, lets focus on important things, like radial motors,which moved the world before jet engines

    These will be around far longer than simon bridges

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