Home' The Wellingtonian : June 30th 2011 Contents 26 THE WELLINGTONIAN, JUNE 30, 2011
Anderton dental care policy to live on
By JIM CHIPP
Parliament is likely to be chewing
over Jim Anderton s policies long
after he has moved on.
The Progressive Party leader is
to retire at the end of this parlia-
mentary term, but last week the
Labour and Green parties adopted
one of his cherished long-term poli-
cies, free universal dental care.
Mr Anderton proposed the
incremental introduction of free
dental care funded by an ACC-style
levy, a reduction in tax cuts, a levy
on high-sugar drinks or a combin-
ation of the three, with voluntary
bonding for trainee dentists.
Baby boomers would be the first
generation to retire while the
majority of them still had their own
teeth, he said.
My mother had hers removed at
21 as a birthday present.
Recently, he spent $6000 on
important dental work, which he
said would have been out of the
question for any of the 70 per cent
of retired New Zealanders living on
Mr Anderton proposes free den-
tal care be introduced over a five to
10-year period beginning with the
most vulnerable group, pregnant
women, followed by pensioners, 18
to 28-year-olds, then up to the age
of 50 and finally to 65-year-olds.
Dental care is available free now
from age five to 12 through the
school dental service, and from 13
to 18 years through the district
health boards, at a cost of $120
million a year.
His proposal would cost another
$542 million a year, based on
High-sugar drinks should be
treated the same as other harmful
products, he said.
The tobacco industry was levied
to offset the harm smoking causes,
and the Government reaped excise
duty from the liquor industry, he
And so we should out of sugary
drinks, when you think of the may-
hem they cause in terms of dia-
betes, dental decay and all the rest
Labour Party deputy parliamen-
tary leader Annette King, a former
dental nurse, said oral health had
been one of the Labour
Government s health targets.
Unfortunately, this minister
doesn t see it as a priority, she
But it doesn t mean the problem
is going to go away.
We have to be prepared for
what s going to be a tsunami of
dental care that s going to be
needed, but we ll be unable to pro-
vide without a real emphasis on
Green Party health spokesman
Kelvin Hay said the country s next
progressive government could
make a lot of progress in dental
Oral health, apart from being
incredibly important in its own
right, is the most sensitive indi-
cator in the health sector of overall
health and inequality, Mr Hay
So working to improve oral
health actually involves us in work-
ing to eliminate inequality and
Upping the Courtenay Place ante
Ancestral may look dark and
mysterious, but venture
inside and you will enjoy
what you find.
The Cantonese and Sichuan-
style restaurant is the newcomer in
Courtenay Place, sited where
United Video once was.
Saturday night seemed like a
good time to see what it was like.
It was going to be a 45-minute
wait for a table, so we decided to
have a drink.
The use of space is fantastic.
The restaurant is on one side, the
bar on the other and a tea-garden
sits in the back. We sat outside
with the greenery and mood light-
ing, a million miles from the hustle
of Courtenay Place.
We were served water and given
a menu quickly and with a smile.
Because we were no closer to mak-
ing a decision when he returned, he
offered to advise us.
After we admitted the last things
we had eaten were jellybeans and
snakes, he recommended a candied
apple and a magnolia, which he
described as like drinking an
orchid . Both were delicious.
We finished our drinks and were
shown to the dining room.
While the high-dining Chinese
theme continued, the mood was
We had been seated for 10
minutes before our waitress
explained the menus to us, by
which time we had figured it out
ourselves. The idea of the menus is
good, a few dishes per page, with
matching wine options opposite.
However, it does make it harder
to choose your food, particularly if
you re not interested in the wine.
The menu is designed for sharing
and we were told three dishes
would go nicely between the two of
us. We really needed only two.
We opted for poached poussin
with sweet soy sauce, garlic jelly
and coriander ginger ($19);
Sichuan five-spiced duck with
lychee glaze and red china berries
($29); and braised Angus beef rib,
with pickled white bean curd and
sichuan peanut sauce ($27), with a
side of rice ($3).
The meals were exquisite.
They came out at different times,
which meant we could really focus
on the brilliant spices.
The dishes were elegantly pres-
ented and looked simple, but the
flavours exploded in your mouth.
We couldn t fault a thing, except
for the fact we felt we were going to
burst at the end of it.
The duck was the night s favour-
ite, but only beat the poussin by a
While our water glasses were
kept full all evening, the waitress
did not intrude on the meal.
The staff s knowledge of the
menu was fantastic and everyone
Three mains, rice, and four
drinks cost us $128.
As we went to pay our bill we
noticed the bar had nearly doubled
in patronage. It wasn t hard to
Whether for a casual drink or a
delectable meal, Ancestral has
upped the Courtenay Place ante.
Wellington's beer scene keeps improving
Two quality beer venues
have opened this year,
joining the likes of
Malthouse, Hashigo Zake, Bar
Edward and D4 in showcasing the
best of craft beer.
They are valuable additions to
the Wellington bar scene.
The Hop Garden opened just
before the Sevens, in the old
Greek Taverna building in Pirie
St.Run by James Henderson of Bar
Edward fame, the Hop Garden
combines quality craft beers, local
and imported, with some of the
best pub food in the country.
Half the venue is under a clear
plastic roof, which gives the place
an airy feel. It also lets in the sun
on fine days, but it s even cooler
watching the rain bounce off the
The service is attentive and
efficient, with former Malthouse
stalwart Scott Boswell a star
behind the bar.
There is an ever-changing selec-
tion of 11 tap beers, plenty of
interesting bottles and a menu
that just keeps improving.
Tuatara, Renaissance, Three
Boys and Emerson s beers are
The food selection ranges from
pub staples to gourmet meals.
Try the sardines for brunch, the
salt and pepper squid as a snack
or the braised goat tagine for
Following a soft opening just
before Christmas, The Bruhaus in
Willeston St has steadily built up
its beer range and clientele.
They took over a site which had
sat empty for several years after
the failure of a Stanley Rd cafe.
The refit is nicely done with
tables, leaners and booths in dark
Ignore the Stella badge on the
sign. The Bruhaus has a serious
beer selection, with 25 taps and
more than 100 bottled beers on
their list. The only thing stopping
them breaking the 150 mark is a
lack of fridge space.
On the taps, Wellington
favourites Tuatara, Three Boys,
Yeastie Boys and Renaissance are
prominent, and there are several
draught British beers. The fridge
contains several Belgian beers,
some of which have been scarce for
The food is uncomplicated pub
grub with an emphasis on hearty
breakfasts and $10 lunches.
My pick is the ploughman s
lunch with a pint, but on most of
my visits fish and chips has been
I m told they make decent
coffee, but with two dozen beers on
tap, I have not yet tested it.
Real Beer, realbeer.co.nz.
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