Like many people, we are appalled at the decision to kill Grizz at Auckland airport yesterday. We'd like to know why he was exposed to such an environment, without proper training, and why more wasn't done to catch him before he was shot and killed.
It seems to us Grizz was killed because he suddenly become inconvenient and some weak efforts to catch him didn't work. Was it about money? He was nowhere near the tarmac when he was killed, and there's no safety issue if you hold flights until he is caught, or trap him in an area away from flights using portable gates.
Why weren't gates and a tranquilliser gun used? Why were no dog behaviour specialists called in? What's to stop this happening again?
The world has the right to be disgusted. We certainly are.
Watch the Herald Focus interview with Pawjustice http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11820454
A range of people, so-called experts and political parties are saying NZ Super is not affordable in the long term future.
But they don’t give one economic fact to back that up, just lame predictions.
At the same time they’ve all condoned and encouraged over 86,000 people to come here in the last 15 years and get full Super – whether they’ve paid tax or not – in just 10 years, whilst New Zealanders have been paying taxes for 40-45 years.
It’s not a question of affordability, if it was they’d be talking about this matter – but they haven’t.
The children at Portobello Broad Bay Playcentre love music! To grow their passion, the Mazda Foundation gave them $1,973 to purchase new musical instruments. For more information on the foundation visit http://bit.ly/2dJ3YdS - get in quick, applications for the next round of grants close March 31 #MazdaFoundation #ALittleGoesALongWay
We may not be in Hawaii right now - but we can still make Hawaiian chicken, dammit! I created this recipe when I was there on my honeymoon a few years ago - hence the name. It's REALLY good: http://chelseawinter.co.nz/hawaiian-glazed-chicken. (I should maybe put this one in my next book, yeah?)
We're excited to hit the road with Look Good Feel Better NZ again this April! The ‘On the Move’ container will be bringing 'Feel Better' workshops to communities around New Zealand, putting a smile on the face of those living with the side effects of cancer treatment #LGFBNZ #Smile #FightCancer
Prisons are no place for those with mental illnesses. Corrections officers shouldn't have to carry the burden of care. These prisoners need specialised care and should be in the care of health professionals, at a dedicated facility. The trouble is many were closed during the so-called neo-liberal reforms of the 1980s and 1990s and many people were pushed out into the community. A law change is needed to allow people who have committed crimes are are mentally ill to be held elsewhere other than in a prison.
Big day in parliament today. We'll have a chance to debate National's plan to have the generation who are already carrying student loans and unaffordable housing, to now carry the burden of an increased age for super, and delayed contributions to the super fund.
Oh, and we vote on the new Deputy Leader of the Labour Party today. I'll have a go at using FB live for the announcement. Wish me luck (on all counts!)
Meet Jenny Bartlett, a true champion who is Shaving in 2017 for the FIFTH time! Jenny has raised over $16,000 for Shave for a Cure. What a legend! Why not join Jenny and sign up today https://goo.gl/kDVLyP #shavenz
Look for the inner ANGEL in yourself. Doing good and spreading JOY can be as natural here on Earth as it is in Heaven 💜 Sharing our LOVE is not only easy to do, it is what we are meant to do 💚 May we take the time today to find the inner angel inside ourselves. 😇 I hope that we let that angel out to bless the world with our love and always remember that we don't need wings to fly! Author - Angie Karan
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Today my friend Annette announced that she was would like to leave Parliament in September. She was quick to remind us all that she's 'mid career' and won't be very far away, but I still feel a huge loss. She has dedicated much of her working life to the Labour Party, which means she's spent a lot of years in a hard job trying to make the world just a little bit better - and she has. I worked with her on children's issues and I saw how much she cared about issues like child health and well being. But she's also one of those people who looks out for you, and isn't just worried about your work life, she wants to make sure you're happy too. I'm proud to have called Annette a colleague, but I am lucky to have her as a friend. Thank you for everything Annette x