Northern News : November 10th 2010
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During this strike period, we anticipate significant delays in emergency departments at Kaitaia Hospital, Bay of Islands Hospital and Whangarei Hospital. Some elective surgery may be postponed and affected patients communicated with directly. Important Advice: Any member of the public who is not in a life threatening situation but think they may need medical attention should: • Contact their General Practitioner or freephone Healthline on 0800 611 116 for health advice in the first instance. NOTE: IN A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION ALWAYS CALL 111 We apologise for the anticipated delays during this strike period and respectfully ask for your patience and understanding at this time. DHBs are doing their best to cope, but this is not 'low level' industrial action. The only thing 'low level', is the impact strikes are having on Radiologists' pay packets. It's certainly not 'low level' for people having to wait longer for diagnostic tests to be done. Supersized job for adviser A top job at the new, supersized Auckland City Council has been filled by a former Far North District Council manager. James Bews-Hair has been appointed chief pol- icy adviser in mayor Len Brown's office. He will lead a team of four and provide Mr Brown with policy and political advice. Mr Bews-Hair was community development manager at the Far North District Council for five years. He joined the council in 2004 after working for Skycity Entertainment Group as group manager government relations. He has lived in Kerikeri with his wife and two daughters and worked as a consultant since leaving the council in 2009. Carter to call it quits Movers and shakers: John Carter and Prime Minister John Key discuss relief for earthquake-affected Canterbury in the cabinet room of the Beehive. Photo: ANDREW GORRIE/DOMINION POST He's represented North- landers in Parliament for 23 years. Now Northland MP John Carter has decided to call it quits. Mr Carter announced on Friday that he will not seek a ninth term as a parliamentarian at next year's general elec- tion. The 60-year-old North- land-born MP said he had enjoyed working on behalf of his constituents and found the role rewarding. However, the time had come for him to move on in his life and allow new representation in North- land. Mr Carter described his 23 years in Parlia- ment as an incredible journey with many great experiences. He took pride in achievements that had steadily improved the lives of those who had consistently put their faith in him. Becoming a minister was the pinnacle of any MP's career and he was enjoying his roles as civil defence minister, racing minister, senior citizens minister and associate local government minis- ter.Being civil defence minister and giving assurances to people in Canterbury after the September 4 earthquake had stood out as a high point of his career. I have seen first-hand how responsive our Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan is in securing the safety of people. We are leaders in the world in this regard.'' Being chairman of the legislation committee that prepared laws to set up the Auckland super- city had also been a career highlight. I believe we reflected the views of the different interest groups involved with the legislation for a unified Auckland city in the best possible way.'' Mr Carter promises to work hard until his last dayasanMPattheend of next year. He looks forward to spending more time with his wife and family. Inspirational: David Senior with his guide dog Prince and Far North mayor Wayne Brown. Photo: RICHARD EDMONDSON Mayor praises board vote Voters should be proud of electing a blind man on to the Te Hiku Com- munity Board, mayor Wayne Brown says. Mr Brown told those who attended the new district council's swear- ing in ceremony at Mangonui on October 28 that David Senior was an inspirational citizen. Mr Brown applauded Kaitaia residents for electing Mr Senior to office for a second term. Mr Senior received 1448 votes at the local elections on October 9. This was the second highest number of votes received in the Kaitaia subdivision which was contested by five candidates.
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