Breastfeeding mum should have sent mall cleaner packing with just two words

July 3, 2014
It's no substitute for the real thing when a baby is hungry.

It’s no substitute for the real thing when a baby is hungry.

This isn’t news of the sort that will bring down a government.

But it does demonstrate that cleaners – one cleaner, anyway – should clean up their act and learn something about the Human Rights Act.

It furthers shows that a mother who was chided for breastfeeding her baby should learn the glorious art of giving out-of-order cleaners the brush off. This can be done with just two words.

The story that prompts these observations can be found today in the Waikato Times (on a light news day, obviously).

A woman breastfeeding her six-week-old daughter says she was made to feel ashamed of her actions after a cleaner at Hamilton’s Te Awa food court firmly told her to stop.

Mother of three Angula Manga has breastfed all her children but the incident at The Base shopping centre left her feeling embarrassed and self-conscious.

Management at the centre have acknowledged the incident and said it was the unauthorised action of an individual staff member.

So what’s going on here?

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Michael Bay might be the bloke we need to transform our public service (and make it bleed)

March 3, 2012

Stripping our public service to bare essentials is not so easy.


The public service has been doing a lot of yelping for an outfit that has shed bugger-all blood.

One of the top manadarins has revealed that the squeeze on state service backroom functions has saved just $20 million in two years.

Or $10 million a year.

Let’s stack that alongside soccer celebrity David Beckham’s earnings of $US40 million last year…

The story about the scant savings made so far in the Government’s assault on public service profligacy is told at Stuff today –

The Government has shed more than 2500 jobs in the past three years and ordered chief executives to shave their IT and human resources bills as part of a drastic overhaul of the public service.

But despite ambitious plans to save $1billion over three years, a `benchmarking’ report to be published next week will show 31 agencies and departments have managed to reduce spending by just $20m.

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How to trim $20m from the Waikato DHB budget – find the fatties first and fire them

February 26, 2012

The savings will be bigger if the tubbies go first.


Alf is reluctant to trespass on to the electorate domains of his National Party mates, David Bennett and Tim Macindoe.

But he can’t resist throwing some advice on the matter of the Waikato District Health Board’s efforts to deal with a financial shortfall for the coming financial year of about $20 million.

As that pointer shows, Alf picked up the news from Radio NZ –

Chief executive Craig Climo has told employees the board will have to find savings of $20 million for the year beginning in July this year and a further $5 million in each of the two following years.

And if savings can not be found in other areas, staff reductions are among the cost-cutting options.

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Are we enhancing the strength of our choppers with Chinese waste – or does it corrode our IQs?

April 19, 2011

Its water is topped up with chemicals before being piped into Hamilton homes.


Alf is not fussy about what goes into the local water supply, because he does his best never to drink the stuff, including with whisky.

And – yes – he rinses his mouth after cleaning his teeth with whisky too.

Hence he has been indifferent to goings-on at a Hamilton City Council workshop on fluoridation.

Whatever went on, the Waikato District Health Board was not impressed, because it said the workshop had provided no new, robust evidence to support a change in policy.

That policy, obviously, involves tossing chemicals into the local water supply.

“Hamilton continues to have an Aa rated drinking water supply which, with the addition of fluoride, provides an effective, practical and safe means for reducing and controlling the occurrence of tooth decay in communities,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr Felicity Dumble who attended the workshop.

The source of Hamilton’s water supply, it transpires, is the Waikato River.

This river carries all sorts of stuff, much of it unpleasant by some accounts, but it naturally carries between 0.2 and 0.3 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.

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