February 27, 2007

Health and Safety, First Aid

Health and SafetyNZQA Unit Standards 6400, 6401, 6402 - Safe T Works Taupo

I have passed this great safety training.

There were no written notes provided at the end of the course so I am going to summarise my own here as I took a notebook of notes. This is a longer post than usual.
The testing consisted of group tasks with use of manikins for CPR practise, adult and child, work with other team members for learning how to move patients as a team when injured and also two written questionnaires, I have not included these here but we handed these in at the conclusion. These memos are taken for my own benefit as the presenter spoke. This is to help me retain the information.

Topics included:
Scene assessment
Patient assessment
Adult CPR
Broken Bones
Child/Baby CPR

First we were asked to consider what factors we would have to think about in a Truck vs Car accident and brainstormed responses;

Language of people, English as a second language possible, hearing impaired
Type and size of vehicles
loads carried
weather/time of Day
power poles

We were told first not to remove anything from the scene.
When you can't help then offer reassurance like, "Hang in there, how's the pain,
I'm not leaving you".
If the vehicle is unstable wait until stabilized
There could be an unstable load or a chemical load. The truck could be a decorators or cleaner courier or carry gas cylinders or other chemicals
For a chemical spill we could tell 111 the chemical identifying numbers on the back of the truck. There is a poison help line at 0800POISON

In the case of a cattle truck having a collision we learned how to stop the traffic flow a good distance away. The other common situation was when there is a dog in the car when it could be hard to assist an victim when a dog was out of control.

There is Fuel to consider - turn of the ignition in the car involved. Keys on the floor of the car.
No smoking. The two ignition sources are the car battery and smoking.

If there are flames you can use a fire extinguisher, or a blanket or dirt.

When you leave the scene to drive to help you can put your speedometer on zero and time distance to phone or help this gives you more information to give the Police/ambulance.
9 minutes is the average time to wait for an ambulance in a residential area and this time is increased in a rural area.

Debris: could be glass, toys, hot engine parts

Expect emotions: alcohol/drugs compound these
KEEP CALM, deep breathing, stop and don't move, go and get a coffee if appropriate.

If the vehicle has hit a power pole don't touch the lines. You must be at least 6 meters away from live lines.
Crowd control is important. Could shout "don't move, stay in your car, lives lines, help on the way", rubber tyres in car provide some protection.

We spoke about creating a road block using your car as a first measure. The process is that you park your car facing oncoming traffic in the centre of the road with the hazard light on. Engine off. If you are at risk, eg children in the car you don't do this but park at side hazard lights on get the next safe car to do this.

Blood: Aids/hepatitis - you need rubber gloves (good to carry in car. If no gloves a plastic bag, or condoms, one on each hand.
Also good to have in the car a blanket, pillow and pair of gloves.

D anger
R esponse
S end 4 help
A irway
B reathing
C irrculation

Hey, Oy, are you alright?
Establish status by verbalising
Yell at them
Give them a little bit of pain for example, Tap on collar bone, squeeze ear lobe, press fingernail between nostrils. Establish that they are conscious.

Tip the head of the person back to straighten breathing tubes (there are exceptions to this covered later)

Put your hand on the forehead and fingers under the chin.

Clear airway before checking pulse. Airway before pulse.
Put your ear up to the mouth to check if breathing.
Start chest compressions. 30 compression to 2 breaths. If adult two hands, depth of compression a third of the persons depth from the ground. Where do I apply the compression? chest centre, index finder over man's nipple or hand under arm pit and then about level with this...

Once you start the compression don't stop stick with it until the ambulance arrives or someone else takes over

Heart attack

The person will get central crushing chest pain
Short gaspy breath
Bad colour, lips blue indicates a lack of oxygen
Pain in left arm

Action: Call 111
reassure.."hang in there mate, I'm not leaving"

Ask do they have any spray? If yes, two puffs under the tongue
Sit person down, loosen collar, tie, belts, bootlaces,
Give one aspirin, crushed under the tongue, this thins blood and may avoid a blockage. But never give this if you suspect a stroke!!
Note fit people have a resting pulse of 40-60 pulses per minute

http://www.myheart.co.za/ Hearts and Cardiovascular information

Choking: Colour changes
The person will likely want to leave the room, first reaction embarrassment wants to have space.
Follow them, Talk to them, Are you choking? I'm a first aider its alright.
Then five back blows first.
Then five Heinrik's. Come from behind go under the arms and give 5 thrusts. Where? Put your small fingers on the bellybutton and roll your hands up and where your thumb lands is the position. Hard to explain better to demonstrate!!

*Elevation of the limb
*Indirect pressure above the site. We learnt how to do this practising on dummy legs and arms also with our team group.

Medical shock

Lack of oxygen to vital organs especially your brain
pale, cold clammy
Pulse is faster, the heart is racing
What to do? Keep person warm with blanket, towels, a car seat cover, a jacket.
By putting the head of the person between the knees if sitting you
increase their oxygen.

Fracture/Soft tissue injury
Sprained Ankle

R est
I ce
C ompression
E levation

Ice on the sprain stops the blood, decompresses
Please use a towel not ice directly on the skin. It should not be too tight
The colour of the skin will be black/blue

Broken Arm
Symptoms : A bone may be sticking out. There will be pain at the site, Swelling and
reluctance to move. Check for signs

If there is a Crack in Bone you can not elevate and you can not apply pressure. A thigh bone break is particularly dangerous because of bone marrow getting into the blood stream and causing a stroke. You must apply indirect pressure at thigh base to stop blood flow. You can also fold a piece of clothing into a circular donut shape to use as cushioning around the affected area. You could use the gladwrap.

If you must move, immobilise with splints before moving, We practised this in groups of four people.

CPR on a child is different.
1) We give five breaths before beginning the 30:2 compressions and breathing.
Children don't have cardiac arrests but have respiratory arrests.
You only use one hand not two when you are giving compressions. There is not as much tilt when clearing the airway passage by tilting the head. You put your mouth right around the nose and mouth.

The Recovery position

You roll the person towards you and put them on their side basically
You put their hand behind their head, their hand on their chest. You lift their knee upwards, then put your hands on their shoulder and roll toward you then reposition the bent leg and arm.

First Aid Kit
Mouth shields (we practised using these)
Salve for eye injuries, cover for both eyes
Tape, scissors, pencil and paper,
It was noted that sanitary pads were good for stopping bleeding (never a nappy though because these would absorb fluid too strongly).

There was a comment about creams in first aid kits and how they were often not there because of the chance of cross infection with reuse. To avoid this all cuts would be administered to with a cotton ball first but in communal first aid kits this is a problem so need small tubes and use once.
The discussion about first aid kits was not comprehensive and we were not introduced to a standard first aid kit that was recommended for purchase.

Head Injury

This was most common with motor bikes and with males ages 18-24.

This results in the patient presenting acting like they are drunk or on drugs, they may be drunk or on drugs, They may be on P. Watch your safety.

Treating bleeding heads
* There may be fluid out of the nose
Spinal fluid looks like olive oil

* Always get a knock to the head checked...

Bones in the back/vertebrae

The spinal chord is the central nervous system
A spinal injury is hard to diagnose.
If you suspect say "I don't want you to move your legs, I want you to stay really still. Leave them on their back .
You can do what is called a chin pull to minimise chance of neck trauma - we watched the tutor describe this.

If someone is on the ground with a motorbike then you do not remove the helmet. You leave the helmet on until they stop breathing, can see visor mist, She then showed us how to effectively remove. We were shown how to move a person with causing the least movement with a group roll using four people. One at the head with hands positioned carefully, one at the feet holding them firmly together and then two at the sides.

Next we moved on to Chemical spills. We noted that skin was the largest organ (2sqm of skin per adult approx). We would apply cool water or a cold nonflammable liquid.

Carbon dioxide poisoning was mentioned, you should open the car door

The tutor recalled the methane poisoning case in Auckland with three men poisoned consecutively as they went down a man hole one after another to help a first man out. With only the fourth man surviving. In this case the men did not use the right gear and equipment.
Butane and Nitrous oxide were the cheapest acid dangers which you could buy at a dairy.
If acid was swallowed you must call 111. They should drink milk.
If conscious try to get them to breathe

If someone overdoses on Pamol or Paracetamol they need to be taken to hospital.
If an alcohol/tablets overdose call 111.
Some more advice. The person should not walk around as this will put the tablets into the bloodstream. Always debrief with another person after this incident.

Aggravators: aerosols, bee pollen, stress, overexercising, illness, hereditary component. Hawke's Bay has highest asthma rates.

Example given of a teacher who requested that her students do not wear 'links' deodorant body spray because of her asthma problem.

Asthma suffers need a blue Ventolin and a spacer. We were shown how to use a paper cup instead of a spacer if necessary. You can use another persons blue Ventolin in an emergency because they are standard. Ventolin makes the airway elastic. Other attendees spoke of putting their heads in fridges to help breathing.

Food allergies

Allergy reactions are on the rise.
eg. allergy to peanuts - in some schools no nuts and raisins bars, peanut butter or snickers. Allergy to eggs, dairy products more common.

Bees stings -

* Ask what happened last time.
They need a stringe of adrenalin, they get red, hot, have a fast pulse, abdominal cramps. The syringes cost about $160 NZ and need replacing each year. Wash with cold soap and water.

There was a short discussion on people taking drugs. This was why the public toilets in Australia had blue lights to stop people finding a vein to shoot up. If you get a nail or syringe in your foot then you must get to a GP (general practitioner).


Chemical ----==> affected area goes in water for 10 minutes. You can use a bucket , there is no ice in the bucket, a bathtub is fine, or pool. Still water is better than running water. Try not to let them look at it.

Electrical ----==>Turn off the mains, throw a book at it, or piece of wood. 10 mins water
Thermal burns (burns from steam, water) apply 10 minutes water


You can use clingfilm/glad wrap after cooling to stop the air reaching the burnt skin this helps with pain. It is also a material that peels easily off when you get to hospital unlike other materials which can stick and cause problems.

Frost nip/frostbite/

Hypothermia occurs when your body tissue freezes below 35 degrees c

Frost nip affects cheeks nose fingers
A way to warm up is to put the frozen fingers under your armpits or your groin these are your warmest areas

The Hypothermic person is tired. They will think they are alright. Get them out of wet and cold and call for help.

You gradually warm them up. They will be in shock. Don't put a hot water bottle on their feet as this would take body fluid away from the brain.

Get into a sleeping bag with them. When you get cold get out and let other first aider to get in. Reassure them.

If you have chocolate, Milo, jellybeans or biscuits give these to the hypothermic person.

Heat Cramps

Give salt. With heat cramps body salts are taken from your body, you sweat, its like a hang over, dehydration is a safety issue. Be aware of the colour of your urine, it should be the colour of L&P (Lemon and Paeroa, NZ drink).

Major Injuries - Some discussion followed...

Gunshot in the ribs
Patient will be blue no oxygen.
Use glad wrap tape it at three sides. This lets out air but none in.

If there is a knife in a body leave it in there.

you must debrief in this situation always.
In the case of someone trapped under a tractor or fallen tree you have 2-3 minutes to remove an
object like a tractor. If under for a longer period of time there needs to be an expert to lift off the heavy object gradually and then to stabilise with IV fluids otherwise the shock of the blood flow will kill the person.

If a limb is lost, find the limb, put it in glad wrap first, then in a chilly bin or on ice.


Seizures affect epileptic sufferers. You can also get one if intoxicated.
Babies can get "feberal convulsions" (check spelling here)
The epilectic person can get an aura or a tingle and they know if they are going to seizure.
You will see the whites of their eyes.
They can be moving violently.
There can be grunting, squeezing noised
They can loose bladder control.

You can:
1) remove any objects that can harm them and then let them go (seizure).
2) you can put a blanket or towel under their head to stop them banging their head
3) don't stick anything in their mouth
4) don't hold them down
5) Cover their jeans; legs, for dignity in case they get wet from bladder control loss
6) Time the seizure. If the seizure lasts for more than five minutes they need help from a hospital or if it is their first time.

Wake them up, Hi , I'm a first aider. Help them arrange transport home.
Blue flashy lights set them off.
Also sunlight in the car window going past a row of trees.


This medical condition is to do with blood sugar levels.
4-8 mmol/L is the average
The Pancrease increases insulin. Insulin takes sugar out of the blood. Diabetics do not have enough insulin. As sugar travels around the body without insulin, the sugar levels get higher and higher without passing out of the body. People with diabetes often have eye problems, and it can lead to kidney disease, heart disease and stroke.
The diabetic may have low sugar reading say 1.2 or a high reading at 23 ( the average is 4.8. We were told to give sugar if high or low, often jellybeans. The diabetic should drink lots of water.

Visit: www.diabetes.org.nz or www.diabetesaustralia.com.au.
Cut and paste to your browser.

Or to obtain a handy brochure, please contact:
Diabetes New Zealand
Telephone toll-free: 0800 DIABETES (0800 342 238)
Email: info@diabetes.org.nz

We then tested each others groups with mock situations using test cards and reported back our responses verbally. Our correct answers were then confirmed, added to, self and peer checked.

So to conclude the training was a simple introduction and provided a list of situations and conditons that more detailed information is avaliable for and easily accessable via a medical professional or one of many medical guides to better looking after your body. These informal notes supplement my own learning, my actual submissions in the form of the written questionnaires are not included.



Health and Safety

See also the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992 in Brookers databases.

I've read and reviewed Library Emergency Policies and Procedures and Policies and Procedures for Incidents
 _______________________ _ _ ________________

End of February 2010 First Aid Course Attended. Certificate updated.

Good to refocus on CPR with practise on the dummies. First Aid Manual Given with comprehensive written notes provided this time. Good to review material, though different emphasis and provider meant some new topics covered etc.

February 23, 2007

The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand

The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand


In November 2006 the NZETC (New Zealand Electronic Text Centre) completed a large project with the National Library to make 100 years of New Zealand science available online. The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand is one of New Zealand's most important research publications, particularly for science. This digitised version of the journals from 1868 to 1961 features articles and illustrations on a variety of topics, from botany, ethnography and geology, to history and literature.

Contributors to the Transactions include James Hector, William Colenso, Charles Fleming, Thomas Hocken, and Ernest Rutherford.

For articles with 'wine' as a keyword cut and paste link to your brower(62 found):

Or you could try these topics of interest:

native birds, butterflies, radiation, fossils, meteors, glaciers, seals, whales and dolphins, sailing and navigation, volcanic eruptions, Māori pa, greenstone

The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand


February 22, 2007


Photographer: Dom

Cambodia Cambodgia, Angkor




Beautiful landscape photos from South East Asia,
- Vietnam has such a rich and complex history. A popular movie hit Vietnam (remember Nicole Kidman)? is currently having a resurgance. Strong art, architecture, fashion and design so evident...
A video documentary series put out by the American Public Broadcasting company titled, 'Vietnam: a television history' is recommended viewing on the history'.
I have history of south east asian studies guides and texts and journal articles at home so these photos sparked a latent interest of mine from university years.

I recommend these Vietnamese newspapers:
Most in English Translation.

The Auckland University Library website lists these Asian databases:
These photos are current to feb 2007.






Photos from Laos

Photographer: Dom


February 21, 2007


Vista sales are slow, and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer knows why: it’s "pirates" sitting around in developing nations like China, India, Brazil and Russia, texting one another on cellphones and piratin’ his Original Software.

Ballmer admitted to financial analysts that the predictions for Vista had proved ‘overly optimistic’ and he blamed the pirates in China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging markets.

He said his final solution would be to increase the intensity Windows Genuine Advantage as part of an effort to squeeze more revenue from developing nations.

Ballmer believes that one way Microsoft can bump up Windows sales is to tighten the screws on pirates. “Piracy reduction can be a source of Windows revenue growth, and I think we’ll make some piracy improvements this year.”

Just throwing this out there: maybe Vista sales are slow because, to the average consumer, there’s not much in Vista that XP doesn’t offer.

Summarised from this post: http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/111773.asp?source=mypi

Heli's recomment: To upgrade to vista visit: www.windowsvista.co.nz, note, Nortin antivirus does not cover, windows vista has own antivirus package.

February 19, 2007

Blog networks

Blog Networks

I've just been reading about blog networks of 4-20 blogs and I've seen it work on Web log too. Back links between the blogs all support each other with free traffic. Here is a great link I know of to help with marketing of products. I have found the site great for researching a wide variety of niches. The vocabulary for a catergorising is a great tool.
Heli's Sound Recommend: www.income.com/dropship.html. I just want a place to note this web site for myself also.

This is a similar drop shipping supplier, reputable and based in China:


For email marketing try: http://www.getresponse.com/

Blog Networks

February 13, 2007

Focus on our Databases


==> Databases offer authoritative (reliable) material

==> Cover a wide range of topics

==> Include many formats. eg images. graphics

==> Provide information at different levels

==> include links to recommended websites

==> include increasing NZ content

Exercise for increasing database search competence:

Here's a link to the Database directory on my home library web page. Copy and Paste to Your browser window.


Please note that you need to be a library member with a library card to access this particular database (although not for all the other databases on this page) so this post may be more useful to my home based readers. But also you may have your own access to this database at another library.
The Database focused on is Info Trac OneFile the topic search is for Herceptin a Cancer Drug...

Info Trac OneFile is in the Epic Database group.
In Brief Info Trac is:
"A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics:
Business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social studies, sports, technology and many general interest topic. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily"

InfoTrac OneFile Tutorial:

Do a basic keyword search for herceptin limit the results to full text - how is the information arranged, take a look at each tab? How current is the information? (Sep 2006)

How many hits do you get for academic journals on this subject

Limit this search by clicking on "Expand/Limit" after date 1 January 2006 - how many hits do you get now under academic journals?

Please mark 2 articles just click the box (you do not need to save or submit these they will automatically go into your marked folder items folder) - then start your next question, we will come back to these later...

A customer comes into the library; she is doing some research on wineries in the Hawke's Bay. She has been told there is quite a good article in an Australian publication called Hospitality and thinks it was published in 2005. She doesn't have any other information, but would like to get her hands on the article. Using the information given can you find the information using the basic search, try also using a publication search. What is the title of the Article? (A: Welcome to God's Country)

A nursing student come to the reference desk, he wants an article called "Making a difference to Maori Health" which was in the June 06 issue of Kai Tiaki - can you find this using the basic search on InfoTrac Onefile? (Please mark this article too). Go into the article.

Double click on the word "synergy" in the first sentence then click on dictionary (near the top of the screen) and search, return back to your article.

The student knows that his classmate also wants the same article, using the InfoMark function (top left hand corner) can yuo email the URL to your email address (we'll pretend you are the classmate) - when this arrives in your inbox you will see that this will link you straight into the article. What are the other two options for InfoMarks?

While you are in this article you see the 'Quick Search' function on the left hand side, you decide to do a search for 'diabetes' within this publication, how many hits do you get?

A customer rings up wanting to know if the 5 June 2006 Time Magazine is on the shelf, there's a cover story on East Timor they would like to photocopy? You look on the catalogue and see the issue that they want is checked out. Do you say "I'm sorry that particular issue is out" and leave it there? Or do you try InfoTrac Onefile?

Using the basic search can you locate this article?

Just to throw a spanner in the works - you find that English is the second language of your customer, their first language is French - what could you do to assist them in understanding the article on East Timor? (There is a translation option for French, also Spanish).

Close out of the Translated article and go back into the one in English - you could now email the East Timor article to your customer (practise by emailing to your email address), or explain about remote access (they could do this from home using their library barcode), or you could print the article for them. You have saved your customer the frustration of a: not being able to access the article and b: exceeding their expectations of the local library by delivering the article to their desktop!

Take a look at "Preferences" up near the right hand corner - what does this allow you to do?

Click to "Marked items" - click on how to cite and choose APA and then download the items in HTML

Go up to "Change Databases" - excellent you are back where you started, well done!

Focus on our Databases

Herceptin cancer treatment approved for nine weeks
10:20AM Thursday May 03, 2007
Pharmac has given the go ahead to fund a nine-week course of Herceptin in combination with a taxane drug for women with early HER2-positive breast cancer.
The decision comes after a period of consultation and after a group of women campaigning for a full-year course of the drug said they would seek a judicial review of how Pharmac decided on funding for the drug.
A joint release from Pharmac and District Health Boards (DHBs) said 350 women each year would benefit from the Herceptin funding decision announced today.
Funding will be available from July 1 in a move that represents an investment of $6 million a year by DHBs.
Pharmac's deputy medical director, Dilky Rasiah, said the decision was a positive step for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer in New Zealand.
"This way of using Herceptin has been shown to reduce the chances of breast cancer tumours returning as effectively as any of the longer treatment duration studies," Dr Rasiah said.
The shorter treatment was cost-effective and affordable for health boards.
harmac's criteria for decision-making included cost relative to clinical benefit and risks, total cost, the impact on DHB resources and government priorities for health funding.
Funding for 12 months of treatment could not be justified under this criteria.
Wairarapa DHB chief executive David Meates, a spokesman for DHBs on pharmaceuticals, said DHB cancer centres would be able to implement funded treatment from July 1.

February 12, 2007

2007 Gallipoli Commemorations

2007 Gallipoli Commemorations

Anzac Day is an interesting day in NZ. Despite so many other commemorations for various tragedies and wars, Anzac stills gets alot of national attention, a form of
national solidarity building if you like. Not to many verterans left if you do the maths but still War histories form an intergral part of our school curriculum and there is alot of hertitage and preservation work involved in keeping this a significant occassion for rememberance. My son wrote a striking poem about it last year and wore a poppy to school also at the library we have so many resources..

This Auckland Museum website holds a great resource in the cenotaph database. Copy and Paste this link into your browser to view:

Also of interest is the complete calendar for the educational community for events at the Auckland Museum Address: http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/site_resources/2007_Education_Calendar.pdf

ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and is a national day of commemoration in New Zealand and Australia when we remember all who have served the country in times of war.

The Gallipoli Peninsula is equally revered by the Turkish people who also suffered great loss defending their homeland against invasion. It is also a place of remembrance for other countries that participated in the 1915 campaign, including Britain, France, India, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Germany.

Commemoration services will be held over two days. The Turkish International Service (Mehmetcik Abide), French Memorial Service ( Morto Bay), and Commonwealth Memorial Service ( Cape Helles) will be held on Tuesday 24 April. The Anzac Dawn Service (Anzac Commemorative Cove at North Beach), the Australian Memorial Service (Lone Pine), the Turkish 57th Regiment Memorial service and the New Zealand Memorial Service (Chunuk Bair) will be held on Wednesday 25 April.

New Zealanders travelling to the Gallipoli commemorations are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

More detailed information on commemoration events is available from the website of Veterans’ Affairs, New Zealand www.veteransaffairs.mil.nz.

The Poem, Age 9

"December 1915

My dearest Mother,
Freezing cold days and nights. Many people aroung me are dying of frostbite.
I just wish I could be home for Christmas. The food here is horrible. We eat rock hard biscuits, cheese bread and that repulsive bully beef. The Turks are firing over the trenches day and night, and the sound of the gunshots is almost unbearable. I must go now, it is my turn to go and fight. Your loving son, Mathew.

2007 Gallipoli Commemorations

February 11, 2007

An Example of a Translated Blog - French to English

Online marketing and E-CRM by Sebastien R.
Share reflexions on these strategic topics for the companies of tomorrow....
You have the word!
I realize that hundreds of people pass on my blog (and blogs in general) without they being never known. Mybloglog made it possible to see certain faces but there are all the others too.

But more than of the faces, I will like to know some a little more about you. It is so much enriching to exchange, to share knowledge, ideas, on subjects: Internet, Business, Concept, Gastronomy, Others…

The ideas often come while listening to the others, I learned that!

One can even meet, at the time of a lunch one midday, around a pot one evening, to two, several. Nothing of defined, just a desire for exchanging, for reflecting, for learning, why not help if I can.

With you!

Sebastien R. - Blog Marketing ....

Written by: ASF | on November 6, 2006 with 11:57

Studying in 3è Cycle MCI (Marketing Trades on Internet) and bloggor on the topicality Web and Web-marketing.

Written by: Clement | on November 17, 2006 with 01:07

I blog for:

- to discover the blogosphère: tools, community, exchanges,…
- to divide the posts
- to bring my opinion, my experiments which can be enriching.
- to bring contents. It is not enough to be spectator, but it is also necessary to be an actor. Today everyone must give of him even on the Net, via an opinion a comment.

In 1999, I opened Web sites statics (HTML) which had had success. Today it is different, the sites are dynamic, which makes it possible to the beginners to write newspapers (blogs) of good quality. What also facilitates, the exchanges, the divisions, the communication.

Referencing is more façile that in 2000. Today everyone with the chance to be made its own assistantship.

Written by: John | on November 30, 2006 with 11:42

I am responsible - great word for a blog on the Voyages: a window open on the World of the Voyage.
Currently in full vocational resettlement, I write a ticket besides on this subject Saturday Dec 16
I discover in the blogosphère of the values and the bonds as in Coaching:
opening, inclusion, respect and division.


Heli's Comment : Wow this interested me I liked the catorisation(tools/caterogies) on this post, the defining of attitude and the potential I saw and the translation was pretty readable right!!

Heli's recommended link to French Newspapers:http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/france.htm

Google Translation

Google Translation

This is a great feature when searching blogs written in a different language, just
right click your mouse on the option "translate page into English".

Frequently Asked Questions
What is "automatic translation"?
What does it mean when I see "Translate this page" next to a search result?
What languages can be translated?

It's translation that's produced automatically by state-of-the-art technology without the intervention of human translators.

What does it mean when I see "Translate this page" next to a search result?

This means you can translate the page into your search language. For example, if you do a search in your language and see a result in another language with a "Translate this page" link next to it, you can click on the link and translate that page into your language. You can return to the original version of the page by clicking on the "view original web page" link in the top frame of the translated page, or by going back to the Google results page and clicking on the large blue text link at the top of your selected result.

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Google Translation

February 09, 2007

Strong Annual Wage Growth Continues

Strong Annual Wage Growth Continues

The Labour Cost Index (LCI) recorded an increase of 3.2 percent in salary and wage rates (including overtime) in the year to the December 2006 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Earnings growth was also evident in the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES), where seasonally adjusted total gross earnings increased 9.0 percent in the same period, the largest annual increase recorded by Statistics NZ for this series in the QES.

The mean increase was 5.5 percent for all surveyed salary and ordinary time wage rates that rose in the year to the December 2006 quarter. This is the same increase as in the September 2006 quarter. The mean increase was 5.2 percent for the December 2006 quarter, the largest quarterly mean increase since the LCI began in the December 1992 quarter.

QES results for the year to the December 2006 quarter show the annual increase in total gross earnings exceeded the annual increase in total paid hours. This resulted in a 4.9 percent annual increase in average total hourly earnings, to $22.40. Employment, as measured by full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), increased 2.8 percent for the year to the December 2006 quarter.

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

Strong Annual Wage Growth Continues

February 06, 2007

The Weta

Hey all,

Been a while since I properly posted. Today being Waitangi Day I went to the Clive River celebrations and rode in the Waka with Sam and this was such a highlight for me. This was an excellent celebration at Clive for Waitangi Day. Ka Pai! Thankyou for the experience. I didn't count how many people were rowing with me but about sixty I think. Also the Food was excellent and the live performances (singing/dancing, Poi/waiata and everything modern) exhuberent and interesting.
Purchased Barry Crump's 'Hang on a Minute Mate' and also Murray Ball's 'Footrot Flats'. Wore Paua and a Sunhat.

No pun intended with the "spider" or New Zealand Weta! (This Icon is my profile image now with Blog Log (great software!).

Best, Kia ora. A Te Wa


waiata definition: genealogy song, structured in call and response form; oral history

waka definition: canoe, car, vechicle - mode of transportation; also refers to genealogy, coming from what Waka?

Kiaora tautoe katou
Kor te Mata taku mounga
Kor Tukituki taku awa
Kor Aotearoa taku iwi
Kor Heretaunga taku hapu
Kei te pirangi ahau ki te kaiako
Ko ..... taku matua
Ko ..... taku whaea
Ko HELENA taku ingoa
Ko waka rere rangi taku waka
Tena koutou tena koutou, tena koutoa katoa

Thanking and Complimenting a Speaker.

Kia ora________ mo to mihi.
Thankyou_________for your speech. ( note* mo and to should have a straight line across the top not quite a grave or acute ==> not sure of the shortcut with the alt codes.)

Ka pai mo to mihi___________.
Your speech was good_________.

Research: New Zealand - Maori Vocabulary

1) What is the meaning of the word 'Aotearoa'?

2) What is the Maori word for
* North Island?
* South Island?
* Stewart Island?

3)What is the longest place name in New Zealand and in the world (Hint:
near Porangahau)?

4)What does the name mean?

5) What is the Maori name for Mount Cook?

6)What do these Maori greetings mean:

tena koe___________ kia ora_________________
tena korua_____________ haere mai_______________
tena koutou____________ haere ra________________
tena koutou tamariki ma_________________ e noho ra_________________

7) What does 'Kia ora koutou katoa' mean?_______________________

8) What are the Maori numerals for:

one?_______________ six?_________
two?_______________ seven?________
three?_____________ eight?________
four?______________ nine?_________
five?______________ ten?__________

9) What are the Maori names for the days of the week?
Monday?_____________ Friday?______________
Tuesday?____________ Saturday?____________
Wednesday?__________ Sunday?______________

10) What are the Maori names for the months of the year?

January?_____________ July?_________________
February?____________ August?_______________
March?_______________ September?____________
April?_______________ October?______________
May?_________________ November?_____________
June?________________ December?_____________

11) What do these commands mean?

Tuituri?__________ Ae?________________
Whakaronga________ Kao?________________
Korero mai________ E noho?_____________



Nga iwi e
Nga iwi e
Kia kotahi ra
Te Moana Nui a Kiwa

Kia mau ra
Kia maura
Ki te mana motuhake
Me te aroha


Hang on a Minute Mate

February 04, 2007

Quality of Life Survey

Quality of Life Survey

NZ 4th best in world
Sunday February 04, 2007

New Zealand is a great place to live according to a quality-of-life study
New Zealand has been ranked the fourth best country in the world to live. Only the French, Dutch and Australians are in better spots, according to a new quality-of-life study.

The International Living travel website moved New Zealand one spot higher in its latest survey of 193 countries, saying our landscape, vibrant cities, environment, and healthcare and education were all top-notch.

France was named top in the world for the second year running, Australia was second and the Netherlands claimed third.

The United States completed the top-five list, but its efforts in trying to "liberate" Iraq have failed dismally. The war-torn Middle Eastern country was judged the worst place to live.

The study considered nine categories: cost of living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure, safety and risk, and climate.

Information from governments, the World Health Organisation and The Economist were used to gauge each country's success in areas such as economy, health and the cost of living.

New Zealand's natural landscapes are described in the study as "jaw-droppingly beautiful," but we are also praised for our "vibrant urban centres" of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Aside from the environment, we scored 90 per cent for affordable healthcare, and were given positive points for education, a low crime rate and great infrastructure.

The study also highlighted enticing real estate opportunities and we ranked 16th on the list of places people live the longest.

The downside to living in New Zealand or Australia, according to International Living, is that it is "increasingly difficult to obtain fulltime residency".

France was considered the top place to live because of its infrastructure, strong economy (it scored 89 points out of 100), low unemployment rate of 9 per cent and it lays claim to the best health system. Australia gained its high placing because of its attractive climate, a low cost of living and a strong economy.

All Black coach Graham Henry said many Kiwis didn't know how lucky they were.

"I just think we're very fortunate to live here. When you have travelled overseas a lot, as I have, you really value New Zealand and the lifestyle it provides. I think the scenery and our landscapes are just brilliant.

"I also think that in these times of terrorism the sense of isolation actually makes us feel very safe, whether you appreciate that or not.

"We recently had friends over from the UK who couldn't believe the friendliness of the people and the scenery that surrounds us every day.

"As for France being first on the list, I haven't visited enough of the country to make a comment but my experiences there have all been positive and I've enjoyed myself. But New Zealand really is a very special place and we should be proud of that."

A new MasterCard survey of Consumer Confidence has also revealed that Kiwis are feeling optimistic on quality of life, with a rise of 10 points in the last six months.

New Zealand Herald

Quality of Life Survey

Population Counts

Population Counts

· New Zealand’s Census night population has passed the 4 Million mark.
There were 4,143,279 people in New Zealand on census night, an increase
of 322,530 (8.4 percent) since the 2001 Census.

· In the 10 years to March 2006, New Zealand’s census night population
increased by nearly half a million (up 461,733 or 12.5 percent).

· In the past 50 years, New Zealand’s census night population has almost
doubled – from 2,174,061 in 1956 to reach 4,143,279 in 2006.

· The number of overseas visitors in New Zealand on census night almost
doubled in the 10 years between 1996 and 2006 – increasing from 63,243 to
reach 115,332.

From Statistics New Zealand, Tatauranga Aotearoa, based on the information on the census usually resident population count from New Zealand’s 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, held on 7 March 2006

Main website: http://www.stats.govt.nz

Population Counts

February 02, 2007

Article for Jeff, Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Wine world leaders invited to NZ Pinot Celebration
Wednesday, 7 December 2005, 9:47 am
Press Release: Pinot Noir New Zealand
Wine world leaders invited for New Zealand Pinot Noir celebration

Planning is well underway for a third international celebration of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

More than 500 leading international wine commentators, producers, trade, media and lovers of great wine are being invited to Wellington for Pinot Noir 2007, being held between 31 January and 3 February 2007.

Pinot Noir 2007 Board Chairman Steve Smith says the event is a must-have on the calendar of anyone with a love of, or involvement with, Pinot Noir.

It’s the third event of its kind, following on from the highly successful Pinot Noir 2001 and 2004, and the organisers are promising something new and different.

The programme will offer three conference streams with something to appeal to everyone’s interests – be they technical subjects, the business of wine, or wine connoisseur and consumer workshops

And there are already some impressive speakers and panelists confirmed on the programme. They include:

Top UK wine writer, lecturer, judge and commentator Matthew Jukes

The French master of soil, Claude Bourguignon

Pierre-Henri Gagey of Maison Louis Jadot, arguably Burgundy’s most prestigious negociant and producer.

CH’NG Poh Tiong, publisher of The Wine Review, South-East Asia’s oldest wine magazine and

Michel Bettane, France’s most respected and prominent wine writer

Australian viticulture and plant physiology lecturer, researcher, author and inventor Dr Peter Dry

There will also be tastings of some incredible wines. Already on the programme are:

Great Pinot Noirs of New Zealand

Great Pinot Noirs of the World (including 40 bottles of the rare Chambertin from Rousseau 2003)

A feature tasting from the excellent 2003 New Zealand vintage.

Steve says Pinot Noir 2007 will be an opportunity for food and wine lovers to mix and mingle with wine stars of the world, taste top wines and indulge in a spectacular culinary programme devised by leading Chef, Caterer and Food Writer Ruth Pretty.

“What more could a lover of Pinot Noir want? Pinot Noir has some serious aims – we want to promote New Zealand’s super and ultra premium wines to the world, focusing on the uniqueness of our wines and the special contribution they make.

“But we also want to have 500 of the world’s key wine media, trade, connoisseur wine lovers and winemakers join us for a celebration of New Zealand Pinot Noir and give them an experience like they have never seen.”

Steve says Pinot Noir is now this country’s most widely planted red grape, and New Zealand is fasting becoming one of the most significant New World producers of Pinot Noir.

“Regional styles are developing and we already have a number of great Pinot Noir producers. If we can encourage the rest to achieve the same thing, we have the opportunity to be a great Pinot Noir-producing country simply because we have got the natural resources to do it.

“The New Zealand wine industry is potentially at the start of something big – we’ve done it with our Sauvignon Blancs, and I think our Pinot Noir can truly shine on the world stage.

“What better way to achieve that than by having the world’s leading wine people with us to discuss, analyse and share experiences. It’s not about promotion but about learning, tasting and benchmarking.

“Everyone will leave Pinot Noir 2007 having had a great experience and their mind opened.”

Registrations of interest to receive more information about Pinot Noir 2007 can be made on the event website: http://www.pinotnoir2007.co.nz

Pinot Noir

February 01, 2007

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