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Privatisation of Mental Health Care

The changing face of New Zealand

Back in the 1950s, times were changing and people’s awareness of the world around them was expanding. The insane asylums had been around for many years but they were becoming something of a social embarrassment to governments who had little idea what to do those who could not function in the fast changing world.

The mental asylums as well as accommodating dysfunctional were also experimental facilities for electric shock treatment and new drug trials. They also became alternative places to prison for people that governments didn’t like and yet they had sufficient credibility that people who were feeling out of sorts with the world could admit themselves.

In hindsight we can see that a

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Tekapo

Lakeside resort town

Dawn over the lake, May 2016

Traditionally Tekapo has been a gas and comfort stop on the route between Christchurch and Queenstown. Fifty years ago the town would have had about as many permanent residents, but today like so many other small towns, it’s bursting at the seams and struggling to cater for the increasing number of tourists.

Back in the old days, working people from the East Coast cities and towns may have had a weekend holiday home at Tekapo where they could go boating and fishing or use the village as a base to explore further afield into the mountains. Today it has a permanent population of about 380 and is one of

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Kiwis have become comfortably numb

Learning to shut up, not put up

Turn up the music!!

Youth have always protested at what was going on in the world, but failing to be heard, they turned on and dropped out as the social system seemed so unjust and unchangeable. Students never knew what they wanted, but they instinctively knew that what was on offer was not what they could stomach.

Another brick in the wall typifies the education system’s attempts to dumb down students minds and fit them up for jobs and exploitation – not freedom. Many students stuck with school went on to get good educations despite the system and a few became radicals, but most all succumbed to daily toil and the task of

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The Auzzi Reporter

Humour

Two boys are playing with a rugby ball on the street outside Stadium Australia , when one is attacked by a vicious rottweiler.

Thinking quickly, the other boy took a stick and manages to wedge it on the dog’s collar and twist, luckily breaking the dog’s neck and stopping the attack.

A reporter who was strolling by sees the incident and rushes over to interview the boy.

‘Young Roosters Fan Saves Friend from Vicious Animal,’ he starts writing in his notebook.

‘But I’m not a Roosters fan,’ the little hero replied.

‘Sorry, since we are in Sydney, I just assumed you were,’ said the reporter and starts again.

‘Wallaby Fan Rescues Friend from Horrific Attack,’ he continued writing in

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Kiwiana

Humorous facts

Stewart Island

Geography: New Zealand is situated the same distance eastwards from Australia as London is to Moscow. So if anybody tells you it’s right next to Australia, tell them to piss off.

It is bigger than Connecticut, but smaller than Canada. There are two main islands – The North Island and The South Island. There is also about a zillion other islands dotted around and about, none of which need concern you. The South Island is slightly bigger than the North Island, and South Islanders that refer to themselves as “Mainlanders” are right.

The largest city in New Zealand is Auckland, which has a population of approximately

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Dismantling Nations

A climate of change and a New Zealand earthquake record

Street fractured in Christchurch earthquakes

Global warming is no longer a fiction, it is a fact which means that one must be pragmatic in one’s life and also when making travel plans. Most of the Middle East is no longer a good travel destination due to the conflicts, but the rest of the world is becoming more dangerous due to mankind’s impact on earth.

Volcanic eruptions, super storms and earthquakes have been more frequent in recent years. There has been loss of life in China, Pakistan, New Zealand, Ecuador and other countries due to the earthquakes. Volcanoes are not quite so bad as for the moment they seem

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Out of Key

The sacrifice of a nation

We love ideas and the idea of progress with the word ‘progress’ synonymous with increased prosperity and quality of life.

Over the past 200 years technology has gone from the horse and cart to the space shuttle. For a great many people this has been overwhelming and you probably know how much the older generation complains about the pace of change. For the young however, this rapid change is normal although for a great many it is so fast that they never find their feet in life and drop out in various ways.

Over the past 30 years we have seen the rise of the Green party that has perhaps replaced the

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Wellington

The centre of NZ Government

Some say it blows but we say that there’s always fresh air. Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and home to the nation’s uniquely designed government house (the Beehive).

Government House with the Beehive to the left

With a population of approximately 450,000 people, Wellington is a relatively compact city bursting with vitality and culture. With it’s trolley busses and hilly terrain, it’s often compared to San Francisco. This cosmopolitan harbour city has a great range of shops and cafes and is home to a thriving arts community with a diverse array of cultural activities, scenic attractions and affordable shopping.

Having an international airport, Wellington is a gateway city

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National Parks

Recreational paradise under pressure

Fiordland National Park

New Zealand’s National Parks, scenic reserves and wilderness areas have something for all from scenic drives, picnicking, treks, swimming, kayaking, mountaineering, rock or ice climbing, skiing, scenic flights, glacier landings, caving, orienteering and many other activities.

These are the last places that you may find some ‘New Zealand native fresh water species’ as the ‘Diagnosis and Cure’ report on managing New Zealand freshwater biodiversity and supporting ecosystems, titled The plight of New Zealand’s freshwater biodiversity?, says 74 per cent of our native freshwater fish, mussel and crayfish species are now listed as threatened with extinction.

Unless you are going with a guide or just picnicking along the

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Dunedin

A vibrant small city

Visitors checking out Baldwin Street, reputedly the worlds steepest street.

Founded primarily by settlers from Scotland in 1848 by the Lay Association of the Free Church of Scotland. The town’s name comes from Dun Eideann, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. As such its common to hear the sounds of the bagpipes which feature in most city parades.

Dunedin is a university city situated by the sea where the University of Otago, (the oldest university in New Zealand), was founded in Dunedin in 1869.

Activities and attractions include: Visiting the Dunedin Botanical Gardens is to the north of the city which are renowned for the rhododendron displays in early spring.

For some

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