2017 election pledges

The following letter was sent to all political parties. National and Act did not respond.

Dear political parties and candidates,
As families who have lost loved ones to suicide, we know a bit about courage. We’ve had to ask ourselves difficult, uncomfortable questions.

We need you to have courage too. We need you to ask difficult questions about our mental health system. You’ll need the courage to put aside politics and do what is right for every Kiwi.

We write to ask you to support the YesWeCare.nz coalition’s six election pledges to ensure every Kiwi gets the care they need, when they need it:

Set a suicide reduction target
Set a suicide reduction target taking into account the World Health Organisation’s recommendation of 10% by 2020.

NZ has the highest youth suicide rates in the OECD. 579 people died by suicide in 2015/2016. Nothing will change without a clear, measurable target to give focus and accountability. A goal gives hope. If we don’t have a clear target how will we ever achieve our aspiration of zero suicides? The Ministry of Health’s Independent Suicide Prevention Advisory panel recommended one. So did the Director of Mental Health. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

Hold a mental health inquiry
Hold an independent mental health inquiry in the first 100 days of the new Government, and commit to fund what it identifies as needed.

77% of Kiwis support an independent inquiry into mental health service. We need to know how an emergency department can release a teenager who says they want to kill themselves? Or why children have to wait three months for an eating disorder appointment, but the Ministry says this doesn’t happen? Or how the Government says staffing is sufficient when nine out of 10 people working in health feel understaffed

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Restore $2.3b in health funding
Restore $2.3b of health funding to cover unmet annual health costs, commit to increased costs annually, and fund a national survey on unmet need.

The Senior Doctors’ association (ASMS) and Council of Trade Unions say the Government has underfunded health by $2.3b. Funding hasn’t kept up with our ageing and growing population, increased mental health needs, inflation, wages and new medicines. This mean’s we haven’t been able to maintain our current inadequate levels of service. In mental health this has resulted in delays which can, and have been, deadly. The mantra “do more with less” has become “do less with less”.

Increase primary health, GP funding
Significantly increase primary health funding to bring down GP and primary health costs, including therapies and other mental health needs.

One in six Kiwis can’t afford a GP. We have the worst access to equitable primary health, second only to the United States. The little primary mental health services that exist are inadequate. Only a limited amount of free therapy sessions are available and waiting lists are long. Most can’t afford to go private and go without.

Commit to safe staffing
Commit to evidence-based safe staffing to ensure patient safety and quality care.

Nine in 10 people working in health feel understaffed. People working in health do the best they can with what they’ve got, but they’re stretched and many feel burnt out. 70% feel their workload or work pressure is unreasonable. Unrealistic caseloads and fatigued health workers jeopardise patient safety. Understaffing reduces the ability to provide the level of care people need. Mental health staff often work 16 hour shifts to cover for vacancies.

Make every home healthy
Require landlords to make their rentals warm and dry, and subsidise low-income homeowners to achieve the same for their homes.

Having a healthy place to live is key to physical and mental well-being. Yet 40,000 children in New Zealand are admitted to hospital every year from preventable illnesses linked to poverty and unhealthy homes. Homes should much us feel safe and loved, not sick.

(We shouldn’t even have to ask for the first pledge.)

Don’t let other families go through what we have
As politicians, you can make a real difference to Kiwis when they are most vulnerable. Like any mental health issue, there are three steps to getting help. You need to acknowledge we have a mental health crisis, provide us support and do something about it. Don’t get stuck at the first stage, have the courage to take every step. Suicide is preventable and good policy is key.

Taking no action leaves the responsibility on the bereaved, service-users and their families, and a stretched workforce. We’ve already got enough to deal with.

There is hope. We believe working with you collaboratively is an important part of our healing process.

Yours sincerely,

Corinda Taylor, mother of Ross, 20
Maria Dillon, mother of Harry, 18
Patrice Harrex, mother of Brad, 25
On behalf of bereaved families in the YesWeCare.nz coalition.

All political parties agreed to our pledge except National and Act who didn’t respond to this letter.

The following organisations support this open letter:
ActionStation
Ambulance Professionals First / First Union
Council of Trade Unions
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Life Matters Suicide Prevention trust
Maternal Care Action Network
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Parents of Children With Additional Needs (POCAN)
Peoples’ Mental Heatlh Review
Public Service Association
Tertiary Education Union (TEU)
Unite
United Community Action Network Aotearoa NZ

Home

Since 2008, demand for mental health services has increased by more than 70%. Yet the previous Government increased funding by less than half that. The gap between demand and funding meant hospitals have turned away families struggling with kids in life threatening situations.
The Mental Health Inquiry is a unique opportunity to fix our crisis – if real voices are heard.
Real change needs real voices. Many have been silenced, marginalised and stigmatised. An inquiry will only listen to those who turn up. We need to actively support vulnerable Kiwis to speak out safely.
This is our moment. Make it count.
We made mental health a key election issue by building political pressure and momentum. We did it by sharing personal stories about Kiwis affected by our mental health crisis and their hope for change. With your help we can build the momentum needed to get the care and services we need and which lasts longer than a single election cycle.
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WHERE TO GET HELP:

If you are worried about your or someone else’s mental health, the best place to get help is your GP or local mental health provider. However, if you or someone else is in danger or endangering others, call 111.

If you need to talk to someone, the following free helplines operate 24/7:

DEPRESSION HELPLINE: 0800 111 757
LIFELINE: 0800 543 354
NEED TO TALK? Call or text 1737
SAMARITANS: 0800 726 666
YOUTHLINE: 0800 376 633 or text 234

For others, click here.

Authorised by Erin Polaczuk, Public Service Association, 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington, New Zealand.

The West End Carpet Cleaning Garage – Carpet Cleaning Service

 

In the United States, carpet cleaning West Auckland is found at such a busy intersection. It is always bustling, but it’s all for the best.

The presence of the West End Carpet Cleaning Garage on The Quay means that the business gets busier during the week. On weekdays, car owners head to the Quay to get their carpets cleaned. While there are many more businesses on The Quay than at other times of the day, the garage is busy enough to keep the shop open until well after midnight.

When it comes to doing carpet cleaning, West Auckland is not as good as either Whangaparaoa or the marae on the East End. You’re better off heading to Wellington or Rotorua. However, the shops on the area are popular with some. Therefore, there are carpets from the West End Carpet Cleaning Garage in those places too.

The West End Carpet Cleaning Garage on The Quay has just about everything that you could possibly need to clean your carpets. There are the carpets, cleaning products, steam cleaners, dryers, and so on. It’s all right there, along with the air conditioning and electricity, which also makes it a convenient place to get your carpets cleaned.

The steam cleaner comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. There is one that goes around the room, and another one that will just go up and down the sides of the room. In both cases, the machine looks like a giant bucket with an arm sticking out at the bottom. These machines cost about $200 each, which is a lot for one machine.

There are also carpet cleansers that will clean carpets in a single sweeping motion. You don’t have to move the carpet very far, because it will always stay in the same spot. These machines also have brushes for dirt and dust, which help them to clean carpets more thoroughly.

Dryers are very helpful. Once you’re done cleaning the carpet, it’s easier to get it clean again. Dryers are much cheaper than steam cleaners, because they’re not as noisy.

Vacuums are very useful, because they help you to remove the dirt that comes off the floor. There are two main types of vacuums. There are the regular vacuum, which is used to suck up carpet dust and other bits of dirt. Then there’s the carpet cleaning vacuums, which can clean the floor in one motion.

The real advantage of having these products is that you can use them to clean hard floors, or carpeted areas that are in the kitchen or the bathroom. One of the dryers takes care of the coffee table, and the carpet cleaner can keep a rug clean. The carpet cleaner can clean anything that you need it to, as long as it has a filter.

The dryer also heats up the carpet when it’s cleaning it. This is something that is nice to have in a busy workplace. Even if you don’t use the dryer much, you can still use it to keep your carpet from getting too hot, which can cause it to expand and crack.

There are other services that are available at the West End Carpet Cleaning Garage. They can cut the stains that are on your carpets, and they can clean them as well. These are services that are often offered by businesses that hire carpet cleaners.

The shops are full of customers, but they can’t get any work done because the work is all done on a regular basis. The garage is also a great place to do research, as you can study the different carpets and learn how they work. to determine which type of carpet would be the best for your business.

What Is It Like to Be an Exterior Painter?

If you’re looking for an exciting and rewarding career with lots of job satisfaction and a good prospect of future growth, consider applying to one of the several renowned exterior painters Auckland. The art of painting anything outside is a very diverse field, and there are many different ways to get the job done that would get a less-qualified person fired in most workplaces.

Painting outside has become a highly competitive area of employment in the past few years. It doesn’t matter whether you’re painting the outside of your house or your business or your garden, there are several great careers you can choose from. You’ll be able to work part-time or full-time and make enough money to live on in the suburbs with kids. It doesn’t matter where you live – exterior painters Auckland can help you find your perfect career.

This article will provide you with a little background information about what it’s like to be an exterior painter. After you’ve read this article, you should have a good idea of what you can expect if you decide to apply to work in this field.

Exterior painters live inside the home, they don’t work outside. They paint the interior of the home and do the landscaping and the gardening around the outside of the home. Their most challenging task is to be able to identify areas to paint without damaging them. They must know how to maneuver tools and equipment safely, and they must also be able to navigate difficult terrains and weather conditions.

While there are several tasks they perform, the large part of their job is identifying spots to paint. They often must be trained to work outside because it requires them to be aware of dangerous areas and how to handle the equipment needed to paint properly. Most crews work independently and work as independent contractors, which means they will be responsible for their own safety. If you ever need any further details on what it takes to bean exterior painter, just ask any experienced crew leader you know.

There are two main ways you can find out if you might be a good candidate for exterior painting jobs in Auckland. The first is to contact your local councils, and check the local landscape service providers. Some of these companies will be able to show you some samples of what they can do, so that you can see how they paint outside and if you meet their requirements.

The second way is to contact a crew leader you’ve known for a long time and ask for a referral to a company in the city council’s office. You can meet with them to discuss what you think is best for you, and then go and get some free estimates for painting outside the Auckland region.

You may find it exciting to start working in the commercial area of the commercial painting industry, but the next step is knowing what it takes to get hired as an exterior painters in Auckland. By working with a team leader who knows the commercial painting industry, you can learn more about what’s involved in becoming a successful painter.

Hiring Car Wreckers in Auckland

Car wreckers are the guys who take away the cars that are smashed, burnt, torn apart and otherwise ruined by a crash. The type of damage that a car can suffer can range from physical damage to mechanical or electrical problems. They can also be ones that cause your car to get immobilised.

There are a few things that you should look out for when looking to hire car wreckers in Auckland. First of all, make sure that you have the vehicle details in your hand. This will give you an idea of how much the vehicle is worth. Make sure that you know the reason for the car wrecking and the time when the event occurred.

Be aware that car wreckers are not going to have much regard for the colour of your car. If you have a brightly coloured vehicle, it will not matter to them that you have been involved in a serious car accident. You will have to go through the process of arranging to be transferred to the car wrecking company’s base and to pay for it.

Make sure that the company you are hiring is genuine. You should check with the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) to see if the business is operating according to the rules and regulations. One of the first steps that you need to take when hiring a wrecker is to make sure that they have the required licensing to do the job. Do not be fooled by low cost car wreckers, as they are not licensed to handle cars.

Car wreckers are also not allowed to drive off with your car if it is damaged beyond repair. You must come to an agreement about the amount of compensation that you want to receive from the wrecker. Depending on the nature of the car wreck, it could require considerable repairs.

Make sure that you bring the invoice of the car wreckers with you. This way, you will know what the money you have spent was for. It is also very important that you make sure that the car wreckers are insured.

Once you have satisfied yourself of the insurance, then the next step is to find out if the car wreckers are affiliated with any old insurance companies. If they are, then you can make use of their insurance. However, it is recommended that you get your own insurance coverage as a policy so that you are not liable for damages that are not covered by the wrecker’s insurance.

Another important tip when it comes to hiring car wreckers in Auckland is to make sure that you choose trustworthy wreckers. Although the internet is a very useful tool in this regard, it may not always yield positive results. Make sure that you ask for referrals and try to gather references from the person or company you hire wreckers from.

The Panelbeaters In Auckland Homes That Are For Sale

 

The name Panelbeaters in Auckland may not be familiar to everyone, but the company was founded in 1968 and has had an illustrious career in the construction industry. The panel homes in Auckland that are manufactured today are quite distinctive and they have a history of being the sort of home that will stand the test of time.

These kinds of homes do not have the same qualities as other kinds of housing. Most housing is built to be a one-time use kind of housing and then disposed of after it has lived its life span. However, this kind of home is built to be a solid foundation from which a family can stay for a very long time and provide a great environment for their children.

The Panelbeaters brand of homes is internationally recognized and people that visit New Zealand are always amazed by the look of these homes. Many customers are attracted to this type of home because they are able to stay in comfort and style for a very long time and also because they look so elegant. There are also many people that buy the panelbeaters in Auckland homes because they can build their own dream home in a very short amount of time.

There are a number of reasons why people choose to purchase Panelbeaters in Auckland homes. One of the main ones is that these types of homes can withstand almost any weather conditions. There are various exterior materials that can be used to cover the homes and these can be painted or sealed so that the home will not be damaged by the weather.

As much as possible, when people purchase their home, they want to protect it against all forms of weather and even as much as possible, they would like to keep it within the ideal weather conditions. The Panelbeaters in Auckland homes can withstand all weathers as long as the weather is well controlled. The Home Owners Insurance Company will be able to recommend ways to achieve the ideal weather conditions.

The Panelbeaters in Auckland homes can be designed to meet the needs of anyone. The vast array of things that a person can choose from will give them many different choices to make. These people can choose from a lot of different styles of homes. Many of the choices that a person will have are also available in various different varieties.

The options that a person has with Panelbeaters in Auckland homes are many and they are also available in different colors. They can also find a great variety of options for their landscaping and inside their homes. A great number of these people do not have a lot of experience when it comes to planning a home and they may be surprised by what they will find when they go into the homes.

Most people that are interested in buying Panelbeaters in Auckland homes do not have a lot of experience when it comes to buying a home. They may think that it is not possible to get the type of home that they desire and they would probably be right about that. It is important for a person to know what they are looking for before they head into the home. They should consider that there are people who are only interested in buying the best of the best.

They should also consider that they do not necessarily want to live in a house that is going to stay only for a year or two. They may want to remain in the same place for several years and their families may need a certain lifestyle that the person may not be able to provide. This is one of the reasons why many people choose to purchase the Panelbeaters in Auckland homes.

When people are looking for the best of the best they want a dream home. They want to be able to live in style and they want the rooms to be functional and they also want to be able to have a great view of the city and the beautiful scenery that surrounds them. This is why they choose to purchase Panelbeaters in Auckland homes and this is the kind of home that most people want.

The Panelbeaters in Auckland homes that are offered to consumers are well-crafted and they are durable. They will be able to withstand any kind of weather and will last for many years. while giving you the space that you need for your family.

If you are the type of person that wants to be able to give your family a comfortable and relaxing place to live, then you should look at the options that are available to you. and purchase the Panelbeaters in Auckland homes that are available to you.

Refurbish Your Apartment Or House – Hire an Apartment Renovation Company

 

If you are thinking about renovating your house or apartment in Auckland, then a quality Auckland renovation company may be able to help. Whether you need an entire building to be cleaned up and updated, or simply need some light renovation work done around the outside of your home, you can find a qualified Auckland renovation company to help you.

If you are planning to sell your apartment building, it may also be a good idea to get it cleaned up and updated. New property sales are up all over the country as people want to live in bigger and more up-to-date places. However, most apartment buildings don’t have their own professional cleaners or cleaning companies who can do the job properly.

It is possible to clean up a dirty apartment building and turn it into a great selling asset for the buyer. However, if you are in the market for selling your apartment building you will need to make sure that the building is up to your expectations. This means looking at the value of the property, what sort of maintenance the property requires and whether you have any outstanding debts.

You may be thinking that you can do the refurbishment yourself, but before you start to do any work on your building it is worth having a professional company to come in and assess the condition of the property and advise you on the refurbishment options. There is no point getting a high price for your property when you only have a few little repairs that need doing. The main reason for hiring a professional company is to ensure that your apartment building is kept up to a high standard of cleanliness.

After deciding which items you want to repair and which items you want to retain, you need to find the right company to do the work. There are many companies in Auckland, but some can do renovation work better than others. Before you hire a company, it is worth speaking to them to get their recommendations on where to look for renovation companies in Auckland.

Once you have chosen a company, the next step is to set up an appointment. Find out how long the construction works will take and exactly what needs to be done. Your company will need to ensure that the new renovations are done correctly so it is important to arrange an appointment so that your team knows what to expect.

It is also important to remember that just because you have a professional company doing the work, it doesn’t mean you can just jump straight into the renovation. You will need to let the company know what needs to be done and any necessary material in advance. If your company has a list of materials they need to use then this is something that should be discussed with the company before they begin any work.

During the construction period, your company will be in constant contact with you and will provide updates as the project progresses. They will also make sure that the renovations are finished on time. It is very rare for any company to allow a project to be completed beyond their due date.

It is not always easy to find the right company for your own new construction project. It is also important to make sure that the company you choose has the experience to carry out the work that needs to be done. You should speak to your local council and see if there are any city services or other agencies who can help.

When choosing a company to renovate your apartment building, it is a good idea to speak to your neighbours. It can be tempting to use your building to advertise your services, but you need to think about the impact it is going to have on your neighbours. You might also need to speak to the company you chose to ensure that they are properly licensed to carry out the work you want them to.

After you have selected a renovation company, speak to them again to make sure that they are fully trained and that they are qualified to carry out the work that you want. If you want to use your apartment building as a showroom for your products, then you will need to ensure that they are up to standard. and able to ensure that clients can easily move around and that the company will be fully insured when they are finished.

When it comes to renovations, it is not enough to simply fix a problem; you need to do it correctly. and to make sure that the renovation is carried out properly, you need the best Auckland renovation company.