Posts by Rosemary McDonald

  • Access: Part 5: The tide will turn if…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Mother too tired to fight.

    This I get.

    Perhaps one of those instances where a call or an email to a disability friendly journalist might be appropriate?

    If only to put it out there to see if others have been treated this way.

    Incidentally, from what I understand, the only prerequisite for working at the Polling Booths is eyesight good enough to read the tiny, tiny print on the Electoral Roll.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…,

    And now, on Natrad, Pictures!!!!

    Clearly showing damage done by a digger….

    OTOH, could be the exit hole of an Alien….

    I have followed this closely through msm, and so far there I’ve seen about seven different accounts from ‘locals’ and ‘experts’.

    Most interesting were the ones from the first few days, a couple of which appear to have disappeared into cyber oblvion.

    Funny that.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    congregate under the eves of the Henderson library to access the free wifi

    Go the Aotearoa People's Network!!!!

    Not only we indigenous Bus travelers 'freeload' at the beautiful Te Ahu Centre in Kaitaia, but the 'wee van' overseas tourists also partake. Absolutely awesome facility, and I am forever grateful...not only for the APNK access but the desks and tables and chairs and even (free) power points, strategically placed. I'll be sharing a large table with a couple of Czechs, an elderly cocky from up in the backblocks and local young people doing on line study.

    Its all so...friendly, and kind of...communal.

    Can't for the life of me figure out why a National voter would object....

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disabled floater voters Part 4:…,

    Has DPA NZ forgotten the Part 4 amendment to the Public Health and Disability Act 2013?

    And the Maori Party's support of it?

    Oh, that's right...DPA NZ actually provided support against allowing non-ACC disabled people being able to choose who provided the care they had been assessed as needing.

    National here is an improvement on the previous Labour government’s “review of long term supports”

    In which universe, exactly?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    As someone who had to be dragged kicking and screaming to change the habit of a lifetime and actually engage with and vote in this election, I am quite frankly shocked at the cornered feral cat response from the incumbents at the merest hint that there might be a Labour/Green government and a real possibility that the train of neoliberalism might just be derailed.

    I sometimes feel that I'm living in some sort of a bubble...or an echo chamber..as nearly all of the people around me see that there absolutely needs to be change.

    Yet, it appears we are in the minority.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Envirologue: Swamp Monsters – the…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Ironically, also with a strange link to the Minister charged with fronting and sorting the mess.

    Hmmm....I've had a wee gumbeat over on TS about this...I smell a number of rats decomposing in the swamp on this latest incident. The pipeline practically forms the eastern boundary of the big log storage yard.

    I will not be satisfied until we get up there to check out the locale...from our knowledge of that immediate area things are not adding up. Vehicle troubles at the moment but should be up there by the weekend.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disabled floater voters:…,

    "Love has consequences”, said a National candidate to a disability forum defending benefit reductions to disabled partners with ongoing high disability-related costs. Lack of love might have consequences at the ballot box for less lovable parties.

    So...which party has promised to repeal this?

    “Part 4A
    “Family care policies
    “70APurpose of this Part
    “(1)The purpose of this Part is to keep the funding of support services provided by persons to their family members within sustainable limits in order to give effect to the restraint imposed by section 3(2) and to affirm the principle that, in the context of the funding of support services, families generally have primary responsibility for the well-being of their family members.

    Or, at the very least, apply the same legislation to those with disabilities enjoying the rights and entitlements afforded by ACC.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Is the tide turning for disabled…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Being an obsessive compulsive more information seeker I followed the "Read the full policy here" link and got Mojo's 2012 document.

    I know they're busy and all...but considering there has been outstanding work done by a couple of Green MPs on disability issues I expected better.

    Having said that, I think both have been moved down the list....

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Is the tide turning for disabled…,

    This might be an appropriate place to share these….

    National’s Disability Policy

    Labour’s Disability Policy

    Green’s Disability Policy

    The first is pretty much what you’d expect…and if y’all don’t know how National rates disability issues then you’ve been living in a cave for the past nine years.

    Labour has made a real effort…and I’m beginning to regret having done two ticks green the other day as…

    the Green’s disability policy page has a very unfriendly ACCESS DENIED message.

    The only policy document by the Greens specifically relating to disability is from 2012.

    Decades now of so called advocacy groups taking the government coin and thereby being obliged to sing their paymaster’s tune has made the lives of many disabled Kiwis harder and less secure than twenty years ago.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1279 posts Report Reply

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