Kapi-Mana News : January 8th 2013
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Use it for yourself in the future or gift it to someone else. *Conditions apply. 4456574AB Ph: (04) 237 6148 General Dentistry Preventive Dentistry Crown and Bridge Friendly & Safe Environment Late night Thursday Open 5 days 9-5.30pm Hospital, census and election on 2013 list TOUCH OF GREY KILIAN DE LACY Welcome to the New Year. Writing this, as I did, before Christ- mas, I had no idea what the weather would be doing in January. So I can only hope that the holidays have not been spoiled by unseasonal rain, wind or cold. It won't be long before the roads are clogged again with traffic, school will start and the whole bun rush of life returns to normal. But there are some things happening this year which may exercise our brains and maybe even stir us into action. The first item was going to be the Acci- dent and Medical overnight service at Kenepuru Hospital, but from newspaper reports early in December, it seems the issue has been shelved for the moment. However, there is no guarantee that it will not rise from the ashes again. Promises were made that the public would be consulted on the issue. Were we sufficiently consulted, do you think? Cost cutting is all very well -- no family, town or government organisation should be throwing money around in these straitened times -- but what about the effect of the cost cutting on the local population? Incidentally, why is it that when the powers-that-be start talking about hospi- tals in the Wellington region, they men- tion Masterton, Hutt and Wellington hospitals and almost always leave out Kenepuru? The next item which will be engaging our attention will be the census, delayed for two years because of the Christchurch earthquake in 2011. This is a very interesting process, involving an enormous amount of organ- isation in the few months before the cen- sus date which this year is Tuesday, March 5. Many people dislike answering the questions on the census paper, partly because they fear that their personal information is made available to anyone who might like to look for it. However, unlike other government agencies which have access to our per- sonal details, Statistics is independent. The personal details such as name, date of birth, address, income and the like are not connected anywhere in the system. It is the numbers of each category of each answer which are important. It is the only way, really, of gauging the future needs of the population with regard to education, health, law and order, and so on. Everyone who works on delivering cen- sus papers or dealing with them when they arrive back at the Department is sworn to confidentiality concerning per- sonal details with which they may become acquainted in the course of their duties. This year, there is an online version of the questionnaire available -- secure, quick and easy, we are told. And last, but definitely not least, are the local body elections at the end of the year. It is to be hoped that those pushing for a Wellington super-city will not succeed in their intention of getting this set up by October. But who knows? In any event, will we be treated like Aucklanders, many of whom had little say in the process of becoming one super power? Or will we be like Nelson/Tas- man, the vote of whose citizens stymied an amalgamation? Which would we pre- fer? The main point is that we need to get off our couches, stand up, jump up and down and make ourselves heard, what- ever our point of view. Plastic not fantastic: Cutting up your credit cards is a good first step towards eliminating debt in 2013. Photo: FAIRFAX Budgeters offer hand FROM Page 2 the case of cars, people seldom plan for the cost of registration and warrants of fitness. People think of cars as petrol only.'' Lavish weddings and funerals often derail Pacific clients' budgets, Mr Antonio said. Since personal finance is typically not taught in school, budget advisers often have to introduce the concept of a budget to clients, he said. Some people are hearing the word budget' for the first time when they come here. That tells you they haven't got a clue. You're going back to basics and teaching them those things.'' Seeing a budget advisor more than once helps keep people's budgets on track, Mr Antonio said. We'll deal with the crisis but we encourage everyone to come back and see us. Come to us when times are good as well. Peo- ple think of the Budget Service as the last place to go because you're in trouble. It's for everybody.'' Don't be frightened by the idea of somebody poring over your bank statements, said Annette Kennedy, a budget adviser at the Porirua office. We're not scary, we're not judgmental. It's all private, confidential. It's all just helping you find out what's happen- ing with your money,'' she said. Clients wanting to reduce their spending can get tips from a budget adviser, and can ask to learn how to read and understand an electricity bill statement, she said. Ideas for cheap or free Christmas gifts are available for clients to take away. Another tip for Christmas is to join a supermar- ket savings programme which pays interest, rat- her than putting money into schemes such as Chrisco. But whatever your savings method, start as soon as possible, Mrs Kennedy said. Start in January for Christmas 2013.'' You don't have to be poor to see an adviser, said budget adviser Shirlene Manawaiti. We're here to help anybody. People seem to have the perception you have to be in trouble to see a budget service but we can actually help people with money.''
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