MEDIAWATCH: Yay, NZ Herald catches up to where TDB has been on mental health post Covid


Great to see the NZ Herald catching up to The Daily Blog…

Great Minds: NZ’s mental health ‘crisis’ – more Kiwis struggling with wellbeing since Covid, research reveals

The number of New Zealanders struggling with poor mental wellbeing has risen sharply during the Covid-19 outbreak, according to research obtained exclusively by the Herald, prompting calls from leading health figures for an urgent national recovery plan.

Polling for the Mental Health Foundation found that 36 per cent of people surveyed were experiencing poor emotional wellbeing, up from 27 per cent a year ago, an increase that the foundation says is significant and concerning.

…We’ve been pointing out for 2 years that after the immediate health impact of Covid and the economic carnage would be the mental health damage of isolation.

We are seeing that mental health pressure exploding everywhere from the Dumb Lives Matter protest on Parliament’s Lawns, to domestic violence, to fights in Supermarkets to a spike in crime to the Wellington Middle Class Marxists screaming to send in the military to bash protestors they didn’t like.

Everyone has been impacted mentally by these unprecedented times and the true cost is yet to be felt.

That’s why the lack of any real progress on mental health is so concerning…

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Andrew Little defends Government after report finds no change in access to acute mental health services despite $1.9 billion boost

Health Minister Andrew Little is defending the Government after a report found no change in access to acute and specialist mental health services despite a $1.9 billion funding boost. 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission on Tuesday released its new report for 2022 which assessed what is working well, and what is not, in the mental health and addiction sector. It found no change in access to specialist mental health services in five years despite the Government’s huge cash injection in 2019. 

…the Herald’s solution is making a Rock station breakfast host their ‘Happiness Editor’ – I shit you not –  TDBs solution is the conflict at the heart of Mike King’s criticisms.

Mike’s system sees immediate free counseling to create a means of gaining mental well being before it gets to crisis levels.

Mike is providing 15000 hours of counseling within days of asking for help for a tiny fraction of the 20000 hours the Ministry provided.

From the blunt perspective of the Ministry, half of suicide victims don’t ever bother to reach out before committing suicide so why bother putting money into something that has so many variables.

And it’s mostly men who kill themselves and male mortality rates don’t matter much politically unless they are killing others.

Mike is exposing the callous indifference of the Wellington bureaucrats while embarrassing them by providing a far more cost effective counseling service while highlighting Labour’s lack of leadership.

As Dave Macpherson points out, King’s scathing criticism of a broken mental health system has made him enemies who see their fiefdoms threatened by his solutions.

After sinking $1.9billion into mental health. all Labour have to show is 5 extra acute beds. Labour don’t have the muscle to bash heads to get results.

The real difference difference between Labour and National is this.

National are ruthless pricks. Nasty, bullying ruthless pricks and you need nasty bullying ruthless  pricks to beat the bejesus out of the Wellington bureaucracy to actually get shit done.

Labour on the other hand wants to give everyone a cuddle and an inclusive Hui with a vegan lunch menu in te Reo and a side dish of pronouns, where they all feel safe and as such, the Wellington bureaucracy isn’t scared of Labour.

Jacinda pumped $1.9 billion into mental health and what has she got for it? 5 extra acute mental health beds! The Wellington bureaucracy are laughing at her and divvying up the latest splurge of cash on whatever they want.

New Zealanders don’t understand that the representative democracy they interact with once every 3 years is merely a masquerade of democracy, a pretense to keep you voting and giving the process the flimsiest of legitimacies, the real powers are the Wellington bureaucracy and a Party’s success is determined purely by how much they can force the Wellington bureaucracy to actually implement policy.

In the words of the great Unionist, Robert Reid…

National got shit done because the Wellington bureaucracy was frightened of them, Labour can’t achieve jack shit because they are too busy giving everyone a cuddle.

Labour can’t bully or headkick the Wellington bureaucracy and that’s why nothing ever gets done.

If we want real change in mental health, using Mike’s funding model to bypass the bureaucracy is the solution.


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  1. The Public Sector isn’t scared of Labour – because this Labour Cabinet consists of people identical to the Public Sector staffers they have briefings from.

    Similar views, identical values.

    • +1
      That’s what 30plus years of ideological groupthink and adherence to a cult or religion does. They’ll probably not wake up to it though until it jumps up and kicks them in their rrrrr’s. Roll on that time.
      They start out “wanting to make a difference”, and end up being captured by the cistern in which they operate.

      I pity the peons at the bottom of our current public service food chain. No wonder so many of them are angling to get the hell out as soon as they can – and those that are comfprtable with it often aspire to be politicians.

  2. Isn’t the issue really that GBF keep showing NZ that independent community based groups are often far more successful at the delivery of services than the state?

    GBF, JT’s trust out west, etc. all do a far better job than the state.

    Just imagine the improvements we could make to the lives of so many if we allowed a GBF type model to exist in education?

  3. “National are ruthless pricks. Nasty, bullying ruthless pricks and you need nasty bullying ruthless pricks to beat the bejesus out of the Wellington bureaucracy to actually get shit done.”
    Probably a but harsh in some cases (re depts/munstries) @ Martyn, but it’s worse than that. There are too many in Labour that still don’t even recognise the senior bureaucracy as being their worst enema.
    Gawd Strewth, if the repeated fuckups by the likes of the Munstry for Everything, MSD, NZTA among others aren’t enough, before we even get to issues like openness and transparency (systemic abuse of OIA, for example), Labour aren’t ever going to get it.
    None of which is to say the gNatzis are better. And nor is blaming JA for our ills – she’s merely a child of her era schooled and expert in marketing and spin – which is necessary for the evils of the neolib ideological cult to survive. Probably things have to get worse before they can get better

    • The only way to overcome neolib government is to divorce ourselves from the American neocon Empire…… and we will never do that; its in the too-hard basket.

  4. Once again, dear readers, I will point out there are a serious questions regarding Dr Ashley Bloomfield conduct in his position, such as:
    – the deadly measles outbreak in Samoa, via NZ, and Dr Bloomfield was directed to do something after the USA Government freaked out about it spreading to American Samoa
    – The quiet nature/response to the East Auckland mumps outbreak of the Ministry of Health
    – The Maori Health Authority governance model, which was signed off by Dr Bloomfield, then he resigned straight away
    – the Health workers on-going strikes due to rock bottom morale caused by the NZ Government (Ministry)
    – the lazy approach to purchasing/ordering vaxx, and RATs…yet, Dr Bloomfield never failed to front the media ever!
    – the outrageous fake modelling of the pandemic — costing a fortune
    – the mental health crisis due to his funding stupidity

    The hero worshiping of many Kiwis towards Dr Bloomfield allowed those above issues to be covered up.

  5. I am shocked and awed that saint ashley either doesn’t have the correct information, doesn’t want the information or lies about the information.

    • Off white: you put a smile on my face…thank you…

      I forgot to add about the $350 million project to get more Maori vaxx — taken from various District Health Boards budgets — that showed an increase of only 1% (not a typo)…signed off by Dr Bloomfield.

      • If the tories were in power there would be no funding for mental health. Aroha to Mike and wharetiko kiore to NATZ Dirty politics but there must be more to the story.

  6. ” saint ashley ”
    Is paid over 500,000 a year to do HIS job.
    $ 1369 A DAY less tax.
    He has been paid extremely well to DO HIS JOB.

    • as has every other overpaid private sector CEO and top civil servant….doing your job is the quid pro quo for your wage packet, bonuses should be be for ‘above and beyond’ but for our elite bonuses come up with the rations.


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