The Star: June 22, 2017

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18 Thursday June 22 2017

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•From page 17

Hamish Wilson – But she’s

happy out there, sailing on the

Waitemata Harbour.

Hugh Jonathan

McGuire – That’s disappointing.

The artist behind the

185 Empty Chairs tribute

is working to make it

permanent – and creators

of The Lord of the Rings

movies may help to make it

happen

Juliet Dalley – I love this

memorial as it helps to visualise

each person no longer with us.

As the article says – “the missing

chair at the table”. I appreciate

not all people will share my sentiments,

but for me this makes

a much greater statement than

the new memorial. Good luck to

the artist (Mr Peter Majendie)

and I do hope the city council

seriously considers the proposal.

It will be sad to lose this significant

tribute to all those that we

lost.

Julie Foster – I think it’s a

very visual and powerful memorial

to those we lost on a day

that changed our lives forever, I

personally think the 185 chairs

have a place in our city and in

our hearts.

Stephen Graham – We

have our permanent memorial

now. The chairs memorial

served its purpose well. Time

to move on. On the other hand,

there’s nothing to stop the artist

from displaying it on his own

private property.

Jan Wikaira – I love this

memorial. It came first and from

the heart and I would love to see

it find a permanent place.

Bronwyn Hendry – This

is one of the most powerful

installations I’ve seen in my life.

I really hope it stays. It is an important

part of history now.

Ali Greening – This a place I

go when I’m grieving the loss of

people, lifestyle and opportunity.

There is something here that recognises

that sometimes life sucks,

and we are forever affected by the

loss of someone or something.

Something that I do not find at

the other memorial. Yes, it came

from the earthquakes, but it is

about so much more.

•Our People, p22 & 23

Health funding ‘botch-up’

hurts Canterbury patients

JUST WHEN we

thought things

couldn’t get any

more difficult for

our underfunded

Canterbury District

Health Board they have been

dealt a proverbial kick in the

guts.

A botch-up with the numbers

in the National Government’s

budget has resulted in an error

in funding allocations nationally,

meaning 14 district health boards

were given too much money

and would have to give up some

of their funding to even out six

DHBs that were short-changed.

After initially being told how

much money they’d receive, DHB

leaders were then summoned to

Wellington and told their Budget

allocations will be changed.

Canterbury is on the losing end

of this maths and loses $2.69m in

funding.

To my mind, Minister of

Health Jonathan Coleman has

to front up and answer serious

questions about how this gross

error occurred. It’s fair to say Mr

Coleman has egg on his face after

a Budget that he’d rather forget.

There is no doubt that staff made

an error but I am old-fashioned

when it comes to these matters

– the buck stops fair and square

with the minister.

While this is embarrassing for

the minister, the bigger impact

is that some DHBs will have to

make sharper cuts than expected.

This affects patients directly. It

means if you are waiting for a hip

or a knee consultation or surgery,

the uncertainty will continue.

Critically, it also means that there

is no much-needed additional

funding here in Canterbury for

our mental health services which

are at crisis point.

This mess adds insult to injury

after a Budget that offered nothing

new on mental health, failed

to fund primary care adequately

and allowed the funding shortfall

under this Government’s watch

to stretch out to a cumulative

$2.3 billion. It’s clear that due to

his mismanagement of health

funding, there will be real losers

across the country. After nine

years, New Zealanders deserve

better. It’s time for a fresh approach.

•Megan Woods is Labour’s

Canterbury spokeswoman

What’s being done

about Canterbury’s

water quality?

Look a little deeper at the

action being taken to improve

our precious water.

This year, there are new requirements on farmers

to limit the effects of farming on water quality.

The majority of farmers are already doing the

right thing, but more needs to be done to truly

improve our precious water.

We are working with farmers so that they know

exactly what they need to do. It will take time

for these improvements to have an effect on our

water quality and quantity, but we’re off to a

good start.

Look a little deeper at

www.canterburywater.org.nz

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