Friday, June 09, 2006

Better than Welly?

You may not realise it but part of my work is involved in developing solutions to solve the current skills shortages in Auckland. Its great work that is very rewarding and I work closely with the business community which I don't do much in other parts of my life.
I have been reading the 'jobs letter' and it says that there is good news for civil servants who want to go across the ditch - Camberra are doing a massive recruitment drive in Wellington. Although Camberra can generally offer higher salaries, there is a downside to the deal - you have to live in Camberra.

Its probably a bit mean for me to judge but even the people of Camberra admit that their city is a bit on the boring side.

It also reports of a Dutch study that shows that pregant women in high stress jobs should not work more than 24 hours a week from teh very beginning of their pregnancy.
It shows that these women were more likely to have babies that were born at lower than average weight.
These babies are, in turn, more likely to be obese, be more at risk of heart attacks, stroke and diabetes. Also these women are more likely to have problems with their pregancies. This is a pretty important point as many women want to continur working as normal for several months into their pregnancy. I guess it can sometimes be easy to forget how stressed you are until its too late.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

my postcode is?

NZ Post - relaunched the postcode system recently. I still have no idea what mine is, nor has anyone let me know. Waste of time?

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

He just wanted my account number

I had the strangest experience a couple of days ago.
I have been receiving Nigerian scam emails just like everyone else for years but I have been receiving this South African email for a while and I have been deleting it.


Two mornings ago, at about 7am my mobile phone rang. It came up restricted number which I usually wouldn’t answer. The only reason I have started answering restricted numbers is that the Auckland city council and also many journalists have their number restricted and you cant tell who it is – so I have had to start answering it.
Anyway Its this guy with a thick African accent and my initial thought is that it is someone from the International Union of Socialist Youth calling to talk to me about Spain but he says he is from South Africa and that he has sent me an email and that he needs my account number and I am like “what? Huh?” because his accent is so thick so I say goodbye and think nothing of it really. Until I turn on my computer and there is a scammers email from this guy in South Africa!
I have to have my cell number online because I am an elected representative but that is so funny – and strange, does it happen often that they call people? Can I do anything about it?