Latest David Cunliffe Stories

2008-09-30 15:00:44

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom David Cunliffe tells Tom Pullar-Strecker 'Stalinist' fibre plan might be hard to unwind. -------------------- COMMUNICATIONS Minister David Cunliffe says Labour would have to consider at the time whether to scrap National's "Stalinist" fibre- to-the-home roll-out, were it to lose November's election but return to power before the $3 billion project could be completed. It may seem a little early to start hypothesising about the 2011 and 2014 elections, in...

2008-09-29 14:40:56

By THOMAS, Kim Canterbury's acute mental health services are under fire as a major national review of services begins. Health Minister David Cunliffe has asked the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to do further work on parts of its acute services at Hillmorton Hospital after an independent review by Professor Graham Mellsop, of Auckland University, identified "significant areas for improvement". Canterbury and Auckland acute services were reviewed after a series of deaths in...

2008-09-10 15:00:28

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom THERE'S been no shortage of backchat from Vodafone and TelstraClear on National's plan to invest $1.5 billion in a fibre network, and a stony silence from Telecom. TelstraClear chief executive Allan Freeth's decision to go public with his criticism, describing it as built on "political opportunism and a lot of hype" was brave. InternetNZ executive director Keith Davidson was cynical, saying Dr Freeth had a "job to do" protecting TelstraClear's investment in its...

2008-09-05 15:00:12

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom THE Government has released "version 2.0" of its Digital Strategy, hoping to show its vision for the country's technological future goes beyond knee-capping Telecom and bringing greater competition to the telecommunications industry. Initiatives include another $6 million for the Community Partnership Fund, which supports "grassroots" community- based technology projects, and $2 million to extend the availability of free Internet access in libraries. A new...

2008-08-29 15:00:52

By MILNE, Amy THE Health Minister has knocked National's calls for an independent investigation into the norovirus outbreaks at Dunedin Hospital as premature. Hospital management is calling it one of the worst outbreaks in years and National health spokesman Tony Ryall has demanded an independent body investigate. "This has been the most significant outbreak in recent memory and the public deserves to know what may have contributed to it, and what can be done to better deal with future...

2008-08-13 15:00:15

By PULLAR-STRECKER Tom COMMUNICATIONS Minister David Cunliffe has intervened to try to clear a bottleneck that is holding up the launch of a third mobile phone network. The Commerce Commission issued a draft determination last month setting out the terms on which NZ Communications would be allowed to install its equipment on cellphone towers owned by Vodafone and Telecom, and has asked for submissions. But the telcos have been left to agree a price and negotiations appear to have...

2008-07-03 15:00:41

By HILL, Ruth HEALTH Minister David Cunliffe has denied any "secret plan" to downgrade regional hospitals, but Hawke's Bay leaders fear that without an elected board they will be unable to fight for local services. The Dominion Post revealed yesterday that a draft report, prepared for the region's six district health boards, suggested moving from a system of three main acute hospitals to a "dual hub" by 2020. The report put forward Wellington Hospital and a hospital in either...

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  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.