Health pro­fes­sion­als de­serve our praise

The Northern Advocate - - Opinion -

Re­cently a good friend suf­fered a heart at­tack from which he did not re­cover.

He was at­tended by St John Am­bu­lance, Whanga¯ rei Hos­pi­tal Emer­gency Depart­ment and Ward 16 nurses and doc­tors and a hos­pice nurse and doc­tor.

We can be so proud of our health pro­fes­sion­als. Through­out this dis­tress­ing time their skil­ful care and at­ten­tion, hu­man­ity and em­pa­thy to their pa­tient and his fam­ily was be­yond re­proach.

To­day we hear so much about what is wrong with our sys­tems when we have peo­ple work­ing un­der pres­sure to de­liver a qual­ity ser­vice in a dif­fi­cult phys­i­cal and so­cial en­vi­ron­ment. They de­serve our grat­i­tude and sup­port. Our com­mu­nity would not man­age with­out their ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Anne Carter Whanga¯rei

Wish list fund­ing

Many words have been writ­ten in the past week (and for months) about a four-lane high­way, or lack of it.

Some vi­tally im­por­tant words have been miss­ing, how­ever.

The re­gion’s lead­ers, from the MP for Whanga¯ rei, the mayor, the re­gional coun­cil chair­man, to oth­ers, have made co­pi­ous me­dia state­ments and nu­mer­ous rep­re­sen­ta­tions to Gov­ern­ment with what is es­sen­tially a wish list — good as it may be.

I have one, too. A new car to re­place my 12-year-old one. A new boat to re­place the one I don’t have yet. A new wash­ing ma­chine and drier.

Trou­ble is, I need to find the money to make my wish list come true.

What’s glar­ingly miss­ing from the war of words em­a­nat­ing from our lead­ers is just that. Where’s the money go­ing to come from?

Would they have the Gov­ern­ment tax us more? Would they have the Chi­nese come and build it and charge us in­ter­est on the money they use to do so (es­sen­tially more tax)? Per­haps they want the money to be taken from some other im­por­tant project in an­other part of the coun­try.

They would be more likely to suc­ceed with their wish list if they could pro­vide a so­lu­tion for the “where’s the money go­ing to come from” ques­tion.

In­ter­est­ingly, it’s been put in front of them all nu­mer­ous times, but they choose to ig­nore it.

Ja­pan is fund­ing nearly 50% of its gov­ern­ment bor­row­ing from its own cen­tral bank, at no in­ter­est and no cost to tax­pay­ers.

New Zealand used the same con­cept in the 1930s to build 40,000 state houses (Phil Twyford take note).

Our lead­ers are let­ting us down in their rep­re­sen­ta­tions to Gov­ern­ment by not in­clud­ing this fund­ing so­lu­tion that could see not only a four-lane The North­ern Ad­vo­cate wel­comes let­ters from read­ers. Please note the fol­low­ing:

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high­way from Whanga¯ rei to Ruakaka put in place, but one the whole length of North­land’s main route.

They might even con­sider in­clud­ing a much-im­proved rail cor­ri­dor in their pro­pos­als as well.

And it could be done right now, with­out cost­ing ratepay­ers or tax­pay­ers a sin­gle cent. Chris Leitch Leader, So­cial Credit

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