Imagine what we could do if the NZ corporate media focused on suicide the way they do the bloody holiday road toll

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Another year, another tedious summer update of road deaths.

This is lazy journalism, it’s not news. Imagine what we could do in this country of the media focused on the suicide rate the way they do the bloody holiday road toll.

We lost 579 lives to suicide in the 2016 financial year, our road toll death rate will be around 330 this year. We need a determined focus on why so many NZers, in particular men, are killing themselves at the horrific levels they are.

That won’t happen of course. It’s easy to bleat about the road toll because the causes are simplistic. We don’t want to as a nation understand or ask questions about our suicides.

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We don’t want to ask why they’ve increased since the 30 year neoliberal experiment.

We don’t want to ask how punitive social policy has contributed to suicide.

And we don’t want to know how stress, poverty and depression play into it because we are too busy lying to the rest of the planet about what a clean green God’s own paradise we live in.

We are in denial about how our neoliberal welfare state and free market consumer culture has contributed to the zeitgeist of suicide and we don’t have the maturity to confront our delusion so expect more breathless holiday road toll reporting instead of insightful social reporting.

We need to replace our elitist corporate media.

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  1. Good call Martyn,

    Guess the Corporates could play “GOOD CORPORATE BEDFELLOWS” and support our rail by corporate donations to restore our rail service again”

    So many of us don’t die under the 12% trucking freight increase annually year after year the NZTA claim is going to increase until 2035 finally with a trebling increase of trucks on the single lane windy Highway 2 road from Napier to Gisborne?

    Take a tip here Corporate world please Nikki Searancke’s contact # is 027 861 7704, feel free to donate to our worthy cause as the Government couldn’t’ care to.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/321304/ppp-could-fund-damaged-gisborne-railway-lobby-group

    New Zealand transport

    27 Dec 2016

    PPP could fund damaged Gisborne railway – lobby group
    12:51 pm on 27 December 2016

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    A rail lobby group is pushing for a damaged section of line between Gisborne and Wairoa to be repaired.

    Four metres of paddock each side of the railway line belongs to KiwiRail.

    The Napier-Gisborne line has been unused since it was badly damaged in a 2012 storm, but KiwiRail and Napier Port have since agreed to fix the southern half of the line, between Napier and Wairoa.

    However, the future of the northern section between Wairoa and Gisborne is still undecided.

    Gisborne Rail Co-operative Steering Group chair Nikki Searancke said her group had submitted an expression of interest to KiwiRail in a bid to get the section reopened for freight and tourism.

    The group had asked for an extension until June, to give it time to put together a business case for repairing the line.

    “We have tourists who come here – they’d love to get on the train and go from Gisborne to Napier and back again.”

    The group estimated that it would cost about $7m to repair the line and a public-private partnership might be able to finance that, Ms Searancke said.

    Many business owners, such as logging companies, supported re-opening the line, she said.

  2. Good call Martyn,

    Guess the Corporates could play “GOOD CORPORATE BEDFELLOWS” and support our rail by corporate donations to restore our rail service again”

    So many of us don’t die under the 12% trucking freight increase annually year after year the NZTA claim is going to increase until 2035 finally with a trebling increase of trucks on the single lane windy Highway 2 road from Napier to Gisborne?

    Take a tip here Corporate world please Nikki Searancke’s contact # is 027 861 7704, feel free to donate to our worthy cause as the Government couldn’t’ care to.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/321304/ppp-could-fund-damaged-gisborne-railway-lobby-group

    New Zealand transport

    27 Dec 2016

    PPP could fund damaged Gisborne railway – lobby group
    12:51 pm on 27 December 2016

    Share this

    A rail lobby group is pushing for a damaged section of line between Gisborne and Wairoa to be repaired.

    Four metres of paddock each side of the railway line belongs to KiwiRail.

    The Napier-Gisborne line has been unused since it was badly damaged in a 2012 storm, but KiwiRail and Napier Port have since agreed to fix the southern half of the line, between Napier and Wairoa.

    However, the future of the northern section between Wairoa and Gisborne is still undecided.

    Gisborne Rail Co-operative Steering Group chair Nikki Searancke said her group had submitted an expression of interest to KiwiRail in a bid to get the section reopened for freight and tourism.

    The group had asked for an extension until June, to give it time to put together a business case for repairing the line.

    “We have tourists who come here – they’d love to get on the train and go from Gisborne to Napier and back again.”

    The group estimated that it would cost about $7m to repair the line and a public-private partnership might be able to finance that, Ms Searancke said.

    Many business owners, such as logging companies, supported re-opening the line, she said.

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