The Southern District Health Board has been ordered into mediation to find out how much it owes an employee after the Employment Relations Authority found it had not been paying her enough. Ms Glasson, a specialist technologist in echocardiography, had gained additional qualifications voluntarily. She was highly competent and had the respect of colleagues, Ms Hickey said. Ms Glasson argued that if she was a cardiac physiologist — as claimed by the health board — then she was not being adequately supervised. She told the DHB to pay Ms Glasson as if she had been on the sonographers’ agreement since mid-2013.
December 14, 2017 16:07 UTC
So when the Ravensbourne School principal said she was retiring at the end of this year, everyone knew it would be more like "part-time retirement". Mrs Odgers trained as a teacher in South Africa and started teaching in East London in 1985. We had two young children so we were concerned for their futures." Her first teaching job in New Zealand was at Tapanui Primary School.Then in 2005, she went to Tomahawk School in Dunedin where she later became a teaching principal in 2006 and 2007. She then became principal at Ravensbourne School in 2008.
December 14, 2017 16:07 UTC
Herbaceous plants, such as these hellebores, cope well with dry spells. A Giant Himalayan lily, Cardiocrinum giganteum, at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Herbaceous plants adapted to shade tend to have large leaves to maximise exposure to the limited light. To see herbaceous plants enjoying life in the drier shade, discover these groundcovers in the lower garden Camellia Collection under the beeches. - Garden Life is produced by Dunedin Botanic Garden.
Grant RobertsonToo many children live in poverty and, in a lot of cases, without adequate food, healthcare and housing, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. Mr Robertson launched the Government’s Families Package, which would cost $5.53billion of the $8.4million saved by reversing National’s promised tax cuts. The major parts of the Families Package were Working for Families, Best Start and the winter energy payment. The Best Start payment of $3120 per year ($60 a week) per child would help families in a child’s early years. The numbers• Families package to cost $5.53 billion• The package will lift 88,000 out of poverty• Each Budget would identify how many children have been lifted out of poverty, starting in 2018• KiwiBuild will add $5.4 billion of residential construction over four years
A Glenorchy woman was yesterday escorted from the Queenstown Lakes District Council chambers after a dramatic performance that ended with her tipping a bottle of Glenorchy water on the chamber floor. She placed a water bottle on the council table before announcing her name and singing Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire. Prior to the protest, several residents criticised the council’s decision to chlorinate the water supply. It followed stage two of the Havelock North drinking water inquiry, which called for a major overhaul of water supplies and strongly recommended mandatory treatment. There had been "clear signals" sent to councils they had an obligation to ensure all water supplies under their control were safe to drink.
Hardly a meeting goes by when the topic of Dexter Dunn versus Blair Orange does not come up. The general consensus is that Orange has an unassailable lead in this year’s premiership. It seems to be after a close look that the Manawatu circuit — the home of the battler — will decide this year’s premiership. A look back to last year’s premiership adds weight to the argument that Dunn can win again. At the same stage of last season, Dunn had driven only three more winners than he has this year.
A campervan drives across the new limestone gravel area that has been put in place to deal with steady freedom camper numbers at Warrington reserve. Photo: Linda RobertsonAn area of crushed limestone has been laid at the north end of the Warrington domain to cope with the steady flow of freedom camper traffic. Laying the limestone gravel cost $4904 and it covered an area of about 625sqm. Warrington resident Ken McHoull, who had previously spoken out in support of freedom campers, agreed the gravel area would help solve the issue of damaged grounds. Mr McHoull kept a daily count of freedom camper numbers and said they had been steady over the past few weeks, averaging around 25 to 35 non-self-contained vehicles per day.
The high levels of loneliness among frail elderly people revealed in a world-first study reflect "increasing fragmentation" in society. Geriatrician and researcher Dr Hamish Jamieson, at the University of Otago’s Christchurch campus, made that comment yesterday. • The ethnic group most likely to be lonely was Asian (23%). • Pacific Islanders were the least lonely group (17%). In this group, 31.7% lived with a spouse or partner only, and 10.9% lived with a child.
Recreational bag limits set too high is the outstanding "major issue" facing blue cod fisheries off the Dunedin and North Otago coasts, according to feedback from fishers, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. Only Outer Banks Peninsula fishers saw the same issue as predominant.In Oamaru, Moeraki, Karitane, Outer Otago Peninsula, and Taieri Mouth, where the bag limit is higher than in Kaikoura at present, recreational bag limits were identified as the fishery’s major problem. In Moeraki, 83% of respondents to the ministry’s survey said recreational bag limits were a major issue. Of the 450 respondents from the BCO3 area, 63.2% had fished for blue cod in the area for 11 years or more; 85% of respondents were recreational fishers. The ministry says it "wants a national blue cod strategy to review all aspects of the blue cod fishery across the whole of New Zealand.
Today is the last day of school for about 18,000 Otago primary and intermediate pupils. Anderson’s Bay School pupil Kaila-Belle Geeves (11) is one of those pupils and has written about her time at primary school. I have had an amazing school time journey since I have been at Anderson’s Bay School. It is scary moving on towards intermediate because it is another level that we don’t know much about, but at the same time I say in my head I am really excited about moving on. I will really miss this school but I will always remember it here at Anderson’s Bay School.
The military alliance of the two nations remains a key plank of Australia's foreign policy. OPINION: Australia has recently released a White Paper on its foreign policy – the last such document appeared some 14 years back. The latest version grapples with inherent tensions emerging between Australian security and Australian prosperity. Here the inherent shortcoming of a White Paper on foreign policy is visible – as an attempt to suggest answers where answers are not really possible. Effective Australian foreign policy is very much in New Zealand's interest.
December 14, 2017 16:02 UTC
Business needs to learn what new policies meanCameron Burnell/STUFF Kirk Hope, chief executive of BusinessNZ. From the business growth agenda to broader economic policy, and in areas such as trade, BusinessNZ helped shape many of the previous Government's priorities when it came to business. With changes ahead, businesses need to be prepared and be well advised on how they will be affected by new policies, and how to engage with the new Government. It is important that business networks are strong and the voice of business remains consistent in advocating for policies that help bring jobs to local communities. Businesses and business owners need to understand that they aren't alone when they have to make decisions.
December 14, 2017 16:02 UTC
Retirees told to take more care in planning how to use KiwiSaver fundsSTUFF A families package is the centrepiece of the Government's "mini-Budget". In recent years, he's moved the savings to a more conservative fund but is still working and contributing to his account with Kiwi Wealth. CHANGE FUND – OR NOTThe closer you are to needing your money, the more conservative a KiwiSaver fund you should be in. WITHDRAW OR LEAVE IT THEREResearch shows many people intend to withdraw their KiwiSaver money and put it into bank term deposits. Don't just take it out unless you know what you're going to do with it and that's part of the plan."
December 14, 2017 16:01 UTC
Deputy mayor Calum MacLeod said strong opposition from the community against a proposed speed limit increase on the Clutha’s first 3km prompted the council to consider a ban. Mr MacLeod noted it would be a substantive change and therefore the council had decided the proposed recommendation required further policy consideration. He said council staff would examine the recommendation and report back to the council for its consideration as an amendment to the statement of proposal. If adopted, the change would need to go out to public consultation again and would undergo a further submission process. Council staff will report back early next year.
December 14, 2017 15:56 UTC
The general consensus from economists and business leaders was financial restraint would remain top of mind for Mr Robertson and the Government. The Treasury yesterday released its half-year economic and fiscal update and Mr Robertson released his budget policy statement (BPS). In terms of Government policies that had been fully costed, the update included an additional $8.4billion of operating spending over the next five years. GDP growth was forecast to be a little slower in the near-term, but still accelerating to a peak of 3.6% growth by June 2019. The pre-election update projections did not go out as far as 2022, but Labour’s pre-election fiscal plan assumed a surplus of $6.6billion in that year.
December 14, 2017 15:56 UTC