Build the hospital in Southland

Artificial intelligence

The development of artificial intelligence driven “killer-robots” actually seems an example of natural stupidity.

The open letter to the UN from 116 founders of companies asking for the development to be examined is a start but only a very small first step.

Although the Arnie Terminator seems a long way off the possibility of a computer controlled killing machine is a worrying development when considered in the light of the truism that ‘to err is human, to truly stuff up requires a computer.

Killer robots should be left in the world of science fiction.

Dennis Fitzgerald
Box Hill, Victoria

Promises, promises

It is time to hold all political parties to their election promises.

As chairperson of New Zealand Seniors Party, I took a bit of time researching NZ First policy on seniors and pensions.

Its web page states the following objectives:

New Zealand First will:

Maintain New Zealand superannuation entitlement at 65 years, as a universal, noncontributory, publicly funded pension scheme with no means-testing.
Raise the minimum residency requirement for full NZS from 10 to 25 years after age 20.
Abolish Section 70 of the Social Security Act 1964 ensuring all NZS applicants will retain their overseas pensions without any deduction from their NZS or from their spouse’s NZS.
End the labyrinth of bureaucratic complexities and unfairness caused by existing reciprocal pension agreements with other countries; Overseas pensions are no business of the New Zealand Government.

New Zealand Seniors Party on behalf of those affected by Section 70 (89,000 immigrants and 50,000 returning Kiwis) will hold NZ First to its election promises.

We challenge Winston Peters and NZ First that if they find themselves in the position to be King or Queen maker that they make these policies a prerequisite to forming any coalition Government.

It’s time all political parties are held accountable for the promises they make to get themselves elected.

New Zealanders have the right to demand honesty from their political parties and politicians, they should be forced to resign if they make promises they cannot keep.

If we cannot trust our elected representatives – who can we trust?

Paul Rea NZSP chairperson


Staying classy

I intend to stay classy Robert Guyton. No way am I going to be converted to the spineless, morally decrepit, self-entitled, envious, anti liberal negativism of your middle class “miserablism.”

I believe in the productive dynamic conflict between the upper entrepreneurial and working classes of the capitalist system that has given us everything that has made our lives better.

If Guyton has something to say about the causes of child poverty he should man up and say it, so it may be exposed to debate.

 Rachael Goldsmith states “Child support (tax payments) doesn’t support the children of beneficiaries, it supports government coffers.”

How would she like it, if it were self-funding?

Does her mind conceive great coffers of gold being accumulated in bunkers under the Beehive?

Let me explain something Rachael, the Government has no money.

If they had it wouldn’t be necessary for them to tax us.

The money you received was taken off your neighbours.

Money in all probability they may have preferred to spend on their own children, but out of common decency and generosity of spirit, they voted to give it to you for your children.

Perhaps you are unaware, but people not on benefits are struggling to pay GST included living costs.

The solution to poverty is not the spreading of the present sum of wealth that is inadequate anyway to meet our current desires, but the creation of additional wealth. 

The zero sum thinking of middle class “miserablism” gets us nowhere.

Mervyn Cave

Build it in Southland

There are plans in place to replace the ageing Dunedin Hospital. 

The original estimate was around $300 million but that has ballooned out to more than $1 billion. 

The difficulty for Dunedin is that there is really nowhere to rebuild the hospital.

The current site is in the congested central city with limited parking and poor access. Rebuilding on the site would be particularly disruptive and costly.  Building at Waikari is possible but there is real difficulty in getting access in winter when the area is clouded in and the roads are closed with ice and snow.  There is no other site in Dunedin that is above sea level and suitable and available for a hospital.

There is a solution.  Southland Hospital is on a site where there is plenty of spare vacant land (87 hectares),  extensive parking and good access.

It is already a modern facility with a good record of service delivery.  If the southern area is to have a new base hospital facility why not on the Kew Rd site? 

What is the difference for patient travel when we just reverse the flow and people come south instead of going to Dunedin? There is easier road access for patients travelling from Queenstown as well.

I would be interested to hear from the Commissioners and the Planning Team about how they intend to resolve Southern Health re hospital issues.

The announcement from the Prime Minister was short on detail about the difficulties and service disruptions around replacement on the current site.

Neville Cook


 – Stuff

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