Posts by Rosemary McDonald

  • Access: The Family Carers case – here we…,

    Just an update.

    It looks like the earliest our case will be heard is February 2019.

    Crown Law are outdoing themselves, going full feral on demands for 'disclosure'.

    Some of our fellow plaintiffs are finding the latest demands for ridiculously specific information too much, and are considering pulling out from the case.

    Even Peter and I reacted to the recent communique from Crown Law with an instant 'blow it out your aft crevasse'. And our particular claim is relatively uncomplicated.

    The question that rattled our chain was demanding documentation of..."The amount, type, or timing of any out of home activities or travel undertaken by the plaintiff disabled persons and plaintiff carers' disabled family members, during the relevant period;".

    Considering the gist of the claim is with regards to NASC assessments, allocation of 'hours' to meet the person's support needs and who if anyone has been paid to provide the assessed supports. If assessed supports have not been funded because of the discriminatory 'Atkinson Policy' then the family care who provided the assessed supports should be compensated.

    All of the recent questions from Crown Law are to gather evidence to reduce the amount of any claim from we unpaid family carers.

    I know the Misery of Health has had a long standing policy of not funding for equipment to facilitate mobility outside the home unless the client is worthy...ie in work or education...but I had no idea that such thinking extended to the provision of disability supports.

    I don't know.

    We are in for the long haul, but are weary of their attitude.

    Some of the plaintiffs are already under near unbearable stress, and I am very concerned that the anxiety caused by these recent attacks (and yes, that is how we view it) by Crown Law will cause some significant harm.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1285 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Patients X, Y and Z, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    I was also bitterly disappointed by this result Hilary. I was hoping, especially after all the publicity and public support around Ashley Peacock, that justice would prevail and the Court would acknowledge that no matter how purportedly "kind and caring" the staff were, incarcerating someone indefinitely because of the presumed potential for violence is totally unfucking acceptable in a free and democratic society.

    I am also sorry to hear that Colin Burgering has died. A true advocate. Rare, and will be sorely missed.

    How do we go about persuading, no, making our new Gummint hold an urgent inquiry into mental health services and also into historic abuse???

    I am going to email Ardern immediately and remind her of the pre-election talk around these issues....although.... the manifesto is a little unspecific.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1285 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Part 5: The tide will turn if…,

    And from our cousins over the ditch...Down syndrome woman denied right to vote.

    You'd really need to read entire to grasp the big picture.

    Irony alert!!

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1285 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Russell Brown,

    and I also think this is worse

    I hadn't seen that. Tai hoa? I'm guilty of doing the angry/ranty thing myself...but I've no aspirations to lead a much needed political party.

    The other thing thing Fox said the other day that confirmed what I'd been hearing from some tangata whenua in the Far North...that the MP seems to represent folk at the...better heeled end of the spectrum. Like the Treaty settlements...there's not a lot of trickle down to the plebs in the iwi.

    Asked about CGT ...but not on the family home....Fox emphatically said NO, because its not fair on those who have rental properties to supplement their Super.

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

    One could also frame it as sheer disbelief that many Māori electorate voters don’t after all have the same degree of rabid self-interest and mad tactical voting skillz

    I think it went deeper than that. Yes, there was an initial enthusiasm for the MP and a buy into the ‘we’ll get nowhere unless we’re on the Government benches’, but after the first two terms the gloss had gone.

    I have a personal beef with the MP over the PHDAct amendment and the (feigned?) ignorance from both Turia and Flavell when they were challenged about their willingness to remove the rights of another group of Kiwis to approach the Human Rights Commission and the Courts for clarification of their rights. But there’s more to this.

    Apart from, as Tom Semmens points out, the failure of the Maori Party to protect the interests of Maori in the present….the entrance of Marama Fox into the fray created some serous frustration and with some, actual offense.

    It was this….

    Youtube clip of Fox and Flavell singing' Santa Baby' in the house ....deleted as it didn't appear to load proper...

    ….that did it for some.

    Singing fucking songs while working Maori sleep in cars.

    Reminiscent of the colonist attitude that Maori will be be happy if you give them a tune.

    Total mis read.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1285 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    ...Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox, who has again demonstrated what an extraordinary politician she is.

    I was wondering Russell if you still hold this opinion after Marama Fox's rather despicable attack on her electorate the other night.

    She has backed off a tad, but I find it unbelievable that she read the mood of the people so wrong.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1285 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 1285 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 • 1285 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....

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