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Kia Ora. In stick news today the male kiwi psyche and home improvement television are causing thousands of injuries every year – and that figure is rising.
This is a Kiwi male. He is proud of his collection of power tools. And, although he has no building qualifications or skills, he thinks he can repair anything with a piece of wire.
This psyche, mixed with the popularity of DIY television shows is a dangerous mix.
The man sees spectacular results on TV and thinks he can do it easily himself.
Since the man’s answer to any potential problems is “she’ll be right”, safety precautions are ignored.
Last year DIY accidents cost taxpayers more than $20 million dollars.
Falls from ladders were the number one cause of injury. Accidents involving gardens and fences came in second and third.
Building industry experts are advising DIY enthusiasts to use commonsense.
And the government is also changing the rules, to control the wannabe handymen… by 2011 only licensed builders will be able to renovate houses.
And that was Stick News for Monday the 8th of May.
conversations with sarah
# 21 What are you watching?
Sarah is watching TV and her flatmate comes into the room and asks her about the program.
Step 1: Repeat Bob’s lines.
Step 2: Read Bob’s lines on the screen and talk to Sarah!
Bob What are you watching?
Bob What’s Ainori?
Sarah Haven’t you seen Ainori before?!
Bob No. Is it new?
Sarah No, it’s been going for ages.
Bob What kind of programme is it?
Sarah It’s a kind of reality show.
Bob Is it good?
Sarah Yeah, it’s really funny. I watch it every week.
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