Bureaucrat wishes do not reality make

LTNZ: I wish for WoF certifiers, through our fantastic (and cheap) educative approach, ensure that all cars are safe when issued with a warrant.

Statistics NZ: I wish for everyone to complete the census online- it’s so simple.

Primary Industries: I wish that fisher people were all honest and reported bycatch correctly. (and birdlife, protected  species…)

There is s simple problem… it is called HUMAN NATURE

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Ten seconds

So much for name suppression. Took me ten seconds via Twitter to get the name. Anyone could… Many UK papers include both the name and image. Something to discuss with students today… (without breaking the law of course.)

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Seen in Wellington – Cultural Icon

Homar Simpson … Birchville Dam Akatarawa Forest, Upper Hutt

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Refusal on grounds that information does not exist…

Quite an interesting response to an OIA… in terms of language and formality. Not sure I have grounds to appeal!

If it is good enough for the Speaker of the House then maybe the Ministry of Education should run a survey?

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More technology woes

Just another week in the life of tech woes…

  • Vodafone TV fails yet again, yes I know you are refunding 50% due to frequent freezes but frankly, this is not good enough
  • Vodafone remote controls – absolute RUBBISH, unusable, counter-intuitive… the Sky ones are way better
  • Radio Alarm clocks – just label the buttons ON and OFF…
  • Shower mixes, Silver inscriptions of H and C on a silver handle are not a great idea – ever hear of contrast?
  • Shrink wrap that is impossible to open without a chainsaw!
  • Parking meter inconsistencies in look and feel… Some take paywave others don’t, It takes an educated person 5 minutes to work them out (Watch it one day)
  • EFTPOS payment machines – ditto


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Defib continued…

Following a question posted to DT teachers regarding defibs on school sites, I had 28 responses. Of these 24 had the devices , and in three schools heart attacks had been experienced on the campus.

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Should schools be required to have a defib device on site?

Having been on a Red Cross course recently I am interested in the answer to the question regarding placement of a demodulation unit (commonly called AED) on school sites.  I think schools should get one and my reasons are below. (Source St Johns)

1. Each year more than 2,000 New Zealanders will suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital
2. For 72% of cardiac arrests a bystander will perform CPR
3. People may show no warnings or prior symptoms and 12% survive to hospital discharge following a cardiac arrest
4. Use of an AED within 3-5 min of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 44%  NOTE: 3-5 minutes!

Why schools?

  • Often have more than 800 students and staff on site
  • May have a swimming pool
  • Frequently have a Special Needs Unit
  • Most have gyms – often used by outside organizations
  • Often are more than 5 minutes away from a defib unit…
  • Often have events hosted in halls, with large numbers of public/school community attending

Seems fairly sensible to me. Also seems consistent with schools health and safety obligations… Does your school have a defib unit on site?

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