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Last week we learned the government had withdrawn funding for cochlear implants, this week its a pilot for mental health support workers:
The Governments decision to axe a universally-supported pilot to improve the response to 111 mental health calls is nothing short of disgraceful, especially after Labour pledged to make mental health a priority, Nationals Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says.
It has been revealed that Labour has scrapped a pilot in which a mental health nurse would attend mental health incidents alongside police and paramedics to ensure that people in distress receive timely responses that are tailored to their needs.
Police spend around 280 hours a day responding to mental health calls. They do a good job, but are not mental health professionals so having a mental health nurse deployed to incidents with police would make a real difference.
The increasing demand on police to respond to mental health crises is set to continue. Thats why the National Government set aside $8 million for the pilot as part of our $100 million mental health package.
Police Minister Stuart Nash confirmed in answers to written questions the day of the Police Estimates hearing that the pilot would be canned, yet Police Commissioner Mike Bush told the hearing that police were very hopeful it would continue in front of Mr Nash.
Mr Nash has admitted that police are dealing with more and more mental health cases. The pilot would have eased pressure on police and improved the quality of the response for those experiencing mental distress.
It beggars belief that this Government would axe the potentially game-changing pilot which had universal support from those on the frontline dealing with mental health, including mental health expert Nigel Fairley who said in February that the pilot was top of his spending list.
The Government is again wilfully disregarding the expert advice and belittling calls from police and mental health experts to improve first responder processes.
People need more help now. The Government must listen to the experts and reinstate funding for this pilot immediately.
The government has an inquiry into mental health underway and last week announced the setting up of a criminal justice advisory group....
One of the criticisms of Donald Trumps meeting in Singapore with Kim Yong Un was that Trump was legitimising Kim and giving him significant international exposure and credibility. The same is being said of the Trump-Putin meeting. Reagan aide on the Trump-Putin Summit: Here is the one crucial thing to focus on before anything elsehttps://t.co/0oaWFditb5 
Newt Gingrich, who works closely with Donald Trump, suggests a lot of conflict over Trumps approach to international trade. I think if you apply a new standard, which is, is this good for the United States economy, as opposed to, is this good for some kind of global system, youre going to be in a 
You know, theres nothing damnable about being a strong woman. The world needs strong women. There are a lot of strong women you do not see who are guiding, helping, mothering strong men. They want to remain unseen. Its kind of nice to be able to play a strong woman who is seen. Ginger Rogers who was born on this day in 1911.
Rachel Stewart is, amongst other things, a columnist for NZ Herald. I dont think there is any question that she is fairly left leaning in her political views and preferences. She tweeted yesterday: What really bothers me about much of the 'new left' is how they personally go out of their way to loudly write 
PMID: PeerJ. 2018 ;6:e5115. Epub 2018 Jul 3. PMID: 30002964 Abstract Title: Honey reduces the metastatic characteristics of prostate cancer cell lines by promoting a loss of adhesion. Abstract: Honey has been shown to have a range of therapeutic effects in humans, with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects among those previously characterised. Here, we examine the possibility of New Zealand thyme, manuka and honeydew honeys, and their major sugar and phenolic components, reducing the development of metastatic cancer. Their activity was examined, in PC3 and DU145 prostate cancer cell lines, through measuring the compounds' effects on the metastatic characteristics of migration, invasion and adhesion. First, the phenolic compounds gallic acid, caffeic acid, quercetin, kaempferol and chrysin were quantified in the honeys using high performance liquid chromatography, and found in nanomolar concentrations. In a Boyden chamber-based migration assay, non-toxic concentrations of thyme and honeydew honeys reduced cell migration by 20%, and all phenolic compounds except caffeic acid also lowered migration, although a mixture of only the sugars found in honey had no effect. All of the honeys, phenolics and the sugar-only mixture reduced invasive movement of cells through extracellular matrix by up to 75%. Most notably, each of the three honeys and the sugar-only mixture reduced cell adhesion to collagen I by 90%. With the exception of quercetin, phenolic compounds did not reduce adhesion. Therefore, honey and its sugar and phenolic components can lower the metastatic properties of cancer cells, and may do this by preventing effective cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix. The sugars and phenol compounds of honey are much more effective in combination than individually.
16 July 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
France have beaten Croatia by 4 goals to 2 in the Football World Cup final this morning in Moscow. Good to see that more goals than normal were scored it was the highest scoring final since 1966. France have won the football World Cup after beating Croatia 4-2 in Moscow. https://t.co/drWsKREt40 ODT Online 
Two whales which were stranded and died at Mhia Beach are the latest in a string of whale beachings in the area. On Monday afternoon Department of Conservation community ranger Sandra Groves said the organisation was made aware of two pygmy sperm whales which were stranded at the Hawke's Bay beach. A young male calf was found dead on the beach, and a decision was made to euthanise the mother, Groves said. Both whales were in a reasonable condition with no visible signs of injury. Burial of the whales was organised in discussion with local iwi. Samples and measurements were also taken to be sent to Auckland University.
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622 The beginning of the Islamic calendar.
1054 Three Roman legates fracture relations between Western and Eastern Christian Churches through the act of placing an invalidly-issued Papal Bull of Excommunication on the altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Historians frequently describe the event as starting the East-West Schism.
1194 Saint Clare of Assisi, Italian follower of Francis of Assisi, was born (d. 1253).
1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa: Forces of Kings Alfonso VIII of Castile, Sancho VII of Navarre, Pedro II of Aragon and Afonso II of Portugal defeated those of the Berber Muslim leader Almohad, thus marking a significant turning point in the Reconquista and medieval history of Spain.
1377 Coronation of Richard II of England.
1683 Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeated the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands.
1769 Father Junipero Serra founded Californias first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcal.
1779 American Revolutionary War: Light infantry of the Continental Army seized a fortified British Army position in a midnight bayonet attack at the Battle of Stony Point.
1782 First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts opera The Abduction from the Seraglio.
1809 The city of La Paz declared its independence from the Spanish Crown during the La Paz revolution and formed the Junta Tuitiva, the first independent government in Spanis...
This story from the NYT really caught my attention. Chlorination is a BIG issue right now in Christchurch, with the City Council receiving more complaints on this than anything else, pretty much ever. WAKE UP NZ! With our waterways polluted by poor farming practices and drained by excessive irrigation, with oversees owned water bottling plants 
You may not remember the time you let me go first. Or the time you dropped back to tell me it wasnt that far to go. Or the time you waited at the crossroads for me to catch up. You may not remember any of those, but I do & this is what I have to say to you: today, no matter what it takes, we ride home together. 2014 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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NEW MEME Director: Fred Peabody Producers: Peter Raymont, Andrew Munger, Steve Ord Executive Producers: Peter Raymont, Jeff Cohen, Steve Ord, Oliver Stone Editors: Jim Munro, James Yates Director of Photography: John Westheuser Sound: Sanjay Mehta, Jason Milligan, Peter Sawade Composer: Mark Korven All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone is produced 
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A little girl asks her mum, 'Mum, can I take
the dog for a walk around the block?'
Her mum replies 'No, because she is on heat.'
'What does that mean?' asked the child.
'Go and ask your father. I think he's in the garage.'
The little girl goes out to the garage and says, 'Dad, can I take Lulu for a walk around the block? I asked Mum, but she said the dog was on the heat, and to come ask you.'
He took a rag, soaked it in petrol, and scrubbed the dog's backside with it to disguise the scent, and said 'Ok, you can go now, but keep Lulu on the leash and only go one time around the block.'
The little girl left and returned a few minutes later with no dog on the leash..
Surprised, Dad asked, 'Where's Lulu?'
The little girl said, 'She ran out of petrol about halfway round the block, so another dog is pushing her home.'
The engineers who were part of the ground-breaking decision to use electricity to power a dairy companys major heat source say the decision showed courage and commitment.
In a first for Australasia, Synlait Milk is using an electrode boiler at its expanding plant at Dunsandel, south of Christchurch, choosing it over more traditional options including gas, diesel and biomass. Synlait had already rejected the use of coal on environmental grounds.
Babbage Consultants, the engineers who worked with Synlait to make the vision a reality, said electricity was the best option once the carbon footprint of the project was taken into account, and the electrode boilers they recommended were between 99.5 per cent and 99.9 per cent efficient. . .
Do celebrity endorsements work for rural brands? St John Craner:
Using the brand equity of someone else to prop up your own can signal a weak brand or a creative team who have run out of ideas. It seems if you have little brand credibility, you can simply purchase it. Or can you?
One of the more recent rural endorsements is Fonterra using Richie McCaw whose services are also employed by Westpac, Versatile Building, MasterCard, AIG and Air New Zealand. I could have missed others and some commentators suggest his dance card is full whilst farmer-shareholders I know felt that same money could have been better spent elsewhere. Whilst Fonterras Milk for Schools programme is a great initiative and one that should be applauded especially for those farmers who donate their milk freely, I believe the best ads Fonterra do are those that promote their own. . .
As the world becomes increasingly aware of the
growing demands being made of our planet, more and more of us are
making lifestyle choices to reduce our negative environmental
impact and carbon footprint.
"Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."
~ Robert Heinlein
Statement by the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement: This is not about free speech This is simply self-defence.
Originally published by Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
The far-right have developed a concern for civil-liberties over the last few years and would have you believe that they are the true defenders of freedom. Dont be fooled, there is a huge chasm between their rhetoric and the reality. Their call for freedom of speech would quickly change if they ever got a chance of power, and they would quickly remove that right from those they perceive as their enemies.
Here in New Zealand there has been some sympathy for the cancelling of an event by Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who have built a reputation for making controversial, racist statements, and had been due to appear next month at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland. The Auckland City Council, which owns the venue, pulled the plug on the event, due to security concerns involving the health and safety of the presenters, staff and patrons of the event, following protests made to the Centre and elsewhere.
In response a planned event, initially in support of the imprisoned English far-right mouthpiece Tommy Robinson, has morphed into a general free speech rally to be held this Saturday 12.00 at the Parliament Buildings in Wellington, with concurrent events being planned for Auckland (Aotea Square) and Christchurch (Entertainment Triangle, North Hagley Park).
As anarchists, we have never had anything but support for freedom of speech for the reason that in an anarchist vision of society, neither the state nor any other institution should be able to determine what we can and cannot say. Additionally, as a revolutionary minority frequently targeted for repression, anarchists worldwide have consistently had speeches, newspapers, websites, and marches attacked, and individuals throughout history, and up to today, have been imprisoned and killed.
Despite this, we will not stand idly by when speech is used to threaten and cause harm to others, or when it reinforces hierarchies and injustices. In this situation, we will...
This morning Phil Goff will be interviewed on Q+A. And @phil_goff talks to @CorinDann about the need for all councils to find new ways to fund infrastructure plus the free speech decision his council may have to defend in court 9am TVNZ1 pic.twitter.com/4DIeS0qOzd Q+A (@NZQandA) July 14, 2018 Goff says that one way 
I think hawks are generally seen as predatory attack type birds, but they are often on the receiving end, but this is the first time I have heard of tui attacking them. ODT: Aerial clash with tui sidelines hawk As a nearby resident watched, the harrier was soaring in mid-air when out of the blue, 
Labour has shown they have significant problems managing Government. They seemed like they were significantly under-prepared for the job, they seem to have very loose management, and some ministers are having ongoing problems delivering on policies and promises. So what is Labour trying to do? Polish the surface, when more fundamental management and improvements in 
A concept plan for re-entry into the Pike River mine to recover miners bodies has been presented to their families by the Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry Andrew Little (actually three alternative options), but with that is a bigger than previously estimated cost. RNZ: Pike River re-entry: Concept plan presented to families A plan 
Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.
The thing about being brave is it doesnt come with the absence of fear and hurt. Bravery is the ability to look fear and hurt in the face and say move aside, you are in the way. Melissa Termino
Working For Families has long been referred to as corporate welfare. This month payments were increased, further entrenching it as a means of supporting lower paid workers with children (and also quite well paid workers with children). I dont think corporate welfare is an accurate description. Corporations are generally seen as large companies, often international 
15 July 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general 
Over the weekend, dozens of public figures, including prominent whistleblowers and journalists, took part in a 36-hour international online vigil in defence of WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange. The event was the third Unity4J vigil organised by independent journalist and New Zealand Internet Party leader, Suzie Dawson, since Assanges communications were cut-off by Ecuadorian authorities at their London embassy last March. The vigil reflected the widespread public support for Assange, and opposition to the attempts to force him into British and US custody, where he faces possible espionage charges for exposing the war crimes and diplomatic intrigues of the major powers. The speakers included individuals who have been persecuted by governments for taking a courageous stand against war and authoritarianism.
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1240 A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeated the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.
1410 Battle of Grunwald: allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the army of the Teutonic Order.
1573 Inigo Jones, English architect, was born (d. 1652).
1606 Rembrandt, Dutch artist, was born (d. 1669).
1685 James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth was executed at Tower Hill after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor.
1741 Alexei Chirikov sighted land in Southeast Alaska and sent men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
1779 Clement Clarke Moore, American educator, author, and poet, was born (d. 1863).
1789 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, was named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.
1799 The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain...
When she first got an automatic washing machine, her sister-in-law asked what she was going to do with all the spare time shed have.
I said I hoped shed told her shed be sitting down with a good book.
She didnt but said it didnt take long for her days to fill up and her to wonder how shed ever had time to do everything else when shed had to deal with her old wringer washing machine.
It reminded me of reading somewhere that the washing machine was the single most important invention that enabled women to stay in or rejoin the paid workforce.
It also reminded me to be grateful for my washing machine and the time it frees for me that was only enjoyed by mother after my brothers and I left home and that her mother never had.
Both nursing and teacher groups are on a roll. They have already been offered pay raises significantly more than average pay raises they say it is necessary to catch up after nine years of neglect and to attain pay parity. They say for the good of children and their sectors the Government must borrow 
Newton, Pascal and Archimedes are playing hide and seek.
Archimedes starts to count, Pascal hides in a bush, and Newton draws a square on the ground and steps into it.
Archimedes finds Newton first, of course, but Newton replies, Nope. One Newton on one square meter is equal to one Pascal.
An interesting aspect to humour is that I dont understand the science but I still get the joke.
Most sensible thing our government has said in a long time. Personally I prefer Hydrogen Cell over electric/hybrid for the motor car of the future, so this seems like a positive step. So being a suspicious person I guess there must be something nefarious lurking behind it. If it seems too good to be true 
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In this guest post, Terry Verhoeven shares his concern that pending legal action in the name of free speech may instead cement in place legal precedents outlawing so-called "hate speech."
Good times are here Annette Scott:
Its been a long time coming but sheep farming is where it should be, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Miles Anderson says.
With winter schedules knocking on the door of $8, global markets largely continuing to track along at the solid pace of recent months and global inventories remaining low its a good time to be a sheep farmer, he said.
Confidence at the farmgate in sheep is strongest since 2011. . .
Get picky when buying stock Glenys Christian:
More than 150 farmers at a Mycoplasma bovis meeting in Dargaville were told to choose their breeder rather than their bull.
You need to ask some very strong questions, Chris Biddles, who established Te Atarangi Angus stud on the nearby Pouto Peninsula over 30 years ago, said.
Firstly, farmers looking for service bulls for their herds should choose a breeder with a registered herd. . .
Tractor and machinery sales could hit a record high by the end of the year, even though rural customers are exercising caution, says an industry body.
Sales of tractors are up more than 25 per cent on this time last year and all sectors are showing buoyancy, said new NZ Tractor and Machinery Association president John Tulloch.
Year-to-date figures to the end of June showed a total of 1876 sales across all HP categories compared with 1448 in 2017: a total increase of 26.1 per cent. . .
Mycoplasma bovis: supposed facts dont add up Keith Woodford:
[With the re-organisation of the New Zealand rural media and the demise of NZ Farmer for which I previously wrote, this is the first of a new series of fortnightly articles I will be writing for Farmers Weekly and also published at http://www.interest.co.nz. Whereas my articles in Stuff (online and in their...
The #MeToo campaign has done well to raise the profile of the insidious history of sexual abuse, but Jacinda Ardern has made a good point how to translate the initial impetus into ongoing action in New Zealand, The Spinoff: We need to say, OK, what next? Jacinda Ardern on the impact of #MeToo The 
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