naivety into using drugs. This is nothing short of National government callousness – they should be helping this section of the community with rehabilitation so that they can become gainfully employed.
Should some beneficiaries lose a job application if they fail a drug test, the National government will deny them the benefit that keeps food in their tummies and a roof over their heads, which is everyone’s human right. Into the bargain this government under the MSD (WINZ) wants the beneficiary to pay out of their meagre benefit for a failed drug test. This is cruel and inhuman.
A lot of beneficiaries gave the National government the vote at the last election, hoping to have that ‘‘great future’’ that party advertised. Now, the government is treating them with contempt and derision.
In my opinion, the beneficiaries who have a drug problem need help not punitive measures against them. It is the state’s responsibility to care for its citizens, not kick them when they are down, or treat them as less than human. D. Jennings
Tokoroa The latest and worst dogfight I have witnessed involved two golden retrievers – a lovely friendly breed – and a third one that tried hard to join in. I and two other adults took just under an hour to separate the dogs and get them back in their runs. At the end of it we were covered in blood and sick with exhaustion and the two main protagonists were badly bitten. Some observations: Golden retrievers will kill rabbits. No surprise there. Any dogs will.
People do not have to intervene to break up dog fights unless they choose to do so. Left alone dogs will fight until one submits and then stop. If people do intervene they will find the dogs are fixated on each other and will not even notice people pulling on their legs, tails or whatever. Unless the people do something positively stupid like put their limbs between the dogs’ faces they will not be bitten.
People are not therefore endangered by dogs that will kill rabbits given the chance or get involved in fights in circumstances we know nothing about. A hundred thousand dollars will buy a lot of public safety education, playground