Really glad a cropping venture is doing well in Canty.
Solid Energy had grandiose plans before they went bust to buy up tracts of Canterbury for canola production, all the current production growth appears to be disappointingly meat-related.
I'd be surprised if there's much canola still being grown in Canty. Dairy, dairy, dairy.
We have NZ delegation members Tuari Potiki (who speaks on Thursday) and Papa Nahi, as well as Mexican journalist Lisa Marie Sanchez and Sanho Tree. We're hoping for Nick Clegg and Helen Clark. I really hope we get Clark – the UNDP contribution seems hugely influential here – it has given the whole event some important focus.
Wow, exciting show!
How fascinating. Please tell us more as it happens.
Ms Greaves made two applications for her daughter, who has acute leukaemia. The first -- a child disability allowance -- is paid as recognition that a child is going to need extra care. A maximum of $46.49 a week is paid out and Ms Greaves had that approved.
She also applied for a disability allowance, which covers specific costs like hospital visits, medicines and the travel involved in that. It can provide a family up to $61.69 each week.
But the Greaves' application for that was turned down and Ms Greaves says she was only told recently that the reason was simply that WINZ lost some of her documents.
staff are personally rewarded for denying what their “clients” seek rather than providing it!
This is not generally true, but I well remember when managers were appointed at regional level in ?2010 specifically to reduce Disability Allowance spending by the MSD. These managers directly harassed Doctors over certifying their patients' disability costs and trimmed the Disability Allowance payments of thousands of people without consultation. They did this without ever meeting any of the disabled clients or understanding our circumstances, and they were not accessible themselves for appeals.
My Disability Allowance was slashed at that time, from $57/wk to $12/wk. My doctor wrote to the MSD several times, and each time the level went up slightly. A couple of years later it was restored to the full amount by a caring case worker who was horrified at the amount I was spending without reimbursement.
When cuts are made to MSD payments and entitlements the directive has come from government.
I also remember when the Disability Allowance for Counselling was cancelled altogether, some years ago. I was astonished when a case worker suggested I apply for it. It had been re-introduced with no publicity, as she said, "Because there's a need for it."
Without wanting to derail the thread, I think making public transport free for everyone would have enormous beneficial effects in the community. All the fuss and expense with cards and tickets, why do we have it?
When I catch the bus at off-peak times I look around at all the smiling old folks with their GoldCards and wonder if I'm the only paying passenger.
I I have a blind friend who has been asked to produce his driver's licence at WINZ.
I think we can date the high level of screw-ups from the time benefit administration was taken away from individual case managers. I have a friend who worked for DSW (as it was then) in the 80s, and at that time all the letters were handwritten by your case manager, who would have met you. And if a mistake was made, it was on that one person, who you could ring up and speak to. And if you weren’t happy you would ask to speak to their supervisor, who was in the same physical office.
Now, beneficiaries get all kinds of random mail, generated by unknown functionaries in varying locations and who you can’t speak to or hold accountable.