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On Metiria, Jacinda and the state of NZ politics

Posted by Philip on 6 August 2017, 12:30 pm in , , ,

As I still can't type properly I'm experimenting with vlogging. Apologies Deaf followers, I'll add subtitles asap.

Why is Jacinda dissing her Greens sis?


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Everything's ok? No it's not.

Posted by Philip on 14 November 2016, 9:37 pm in , , , , , , , ,

It's ironic that a week after Trump gets voted as US president, NZ has another significant earthquake.

This is a quick post, just to make the point that anything you read, hear or watch, saying the world is ok — it's lies.

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Let’s stop glorifying war

Posted by Philip on 26 April 2015, 1:24 pm in , , , ,

Now that ANZAC week – commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings where New Zealand and Australian troops were killed – is over, I feel better about sharing my somewhat unpopular beliefs about continually marking this occasion.

Suggesting ANZAC Day, let alone ANZAC Week, is glorifying war brings protest from almost everyone I speak to. Asking why it isn’t glorifying war brings, well, not a lot of sense from anyone.

But maybe they are just blocking out some of the telltale signs because it’s easier to ignore them than question them.

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Rebel to Leader: Interview with Bryan Crump, Radio NZ National Nights

Posted by Philip on 14 August 2014, 7:52 am in , , , , , ,

Last night I spoke with Bryan Crump on Radio NZ National Nights.

Listen here »

More music »

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Changing direction

Posted by Philip on 6 July 2014, 12:50 pm in , , , , , , , , , ,

As of tomorrow, 7 July, I'll be employed for the first time in twelve years. In early May I applied for the 0.6FTE role of Communications Officer at the NZ AIDS Foundation, was offered, to my surprise, an interview in early June and, to my greater surprise, the job in mid-June.

My surprise was two-fold. Firstly, while I've had heaps of experience in communications I've had no formal training. Secondly, I'm fairly long in the tooth to be taking up an entry-level position. So while I felt confident to fulfil the role, I didn't think I'd fit the role profile.

I obviously did though. And that leads to another aspect of my surprise, which is strongly linked to trust. At the beginning of the year I decided to let myself be guided towards where I was needed. I thought it would come in the form of a new client, but it manifested in a completely unexpected way. Not only a completely different content area, but a different role (employment not consultant) and, actually, a whole different lifestyle (I'll be working at the Foundation's offices).

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End of NZ's state housing era — brave move or sad times?

Posted by Philip on 15 April 2014, 8:34 am in , ,

This morning the NZ Herald ran an editorial supporting the idea that state housing being awarded to tenants for life has been consigned to history.

I think it's sad that an era of Government ensuring a home for life has ended. It's not like shelter is a luxury — it's a necessity for everyone.

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Air NZ blows its brand, yet again

Posted by Philip on 16 May 2013, 4:26 pm in , , ,

On the back of talking to the NZ Herald about this little furore created by Air New Zealand, I thought I'd share my story...

Last Friday two colleagues and I were booked on Air NZ 461 from Auckland to Wellington. My power wheelchair malfunctioned before we checked in and, because of the time taken to try and fix the problem, we arrived three minutes late to check in and, of course, the flight was closed.

As we explained to the ground staff member at the special assistance desk the reason why we were late and enquired whether an exception could be made, we were "told off" by the staff member for being late and, we felt, rudely told we would be transferred onto the next flight. This flight did not have an airbridge, adding further inconvenience as I had to be fork-lifted onto the plane from the tarmac.

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Public holidays: honour or habit?

Posted by Philip on 25 April 2013, 12:31 pm in , , , , , , ,

They say old habits die hard and, when it comes to public holidays, old habits seem to be to glorify death and other rituals that are way out of date.

ANZAC Day is one of my pet-hate public holidays. When will we stop glorifying war? It should at least be a day of shame, but to continue etching war into the psyche of New Zealand and Australian culture by having a holiday seems pointless.

I've often shared my thoughts about Christmas. Easter is another cluster-fuqq* of paganism, Christianity and capitalism. Queen's Birthday isn't (and, by the way, will it change when she carks it?) and Labour Day, well, the forty hour week is fast becoming a thing of the industrial past.

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A more creative way of getting kids to class on time

Posted by Philip on 13 November 2012, 4:25 pm in , , , ,

"North Shore students have been banned from hugging during school hours because too many of them - mainly girls - were consistently arriving late to their classes," reported the NZ Herald this morning.

"Takapuna Normal Intermediate School deputy principal Sue Cattell said teachers last week suggested to students that they keep the hugs outside of the school day.

"'[The teachers' talk] was to remind them that this is like their place of work and they need to be back on time,'" said Cattell.

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Interested in Leadership Development?

Posted by Philip on 20 August 2012, 1:34 pm in , , ,

Leadership New Zealand is a not-for-profit trust set up to focus on developing and enhancing the quality of our future leaders. Leadership New Zealand identifies, nurtures and develops leaders, from whatever corner of society they emerge.

I am doing the programme this year.

Information sessions are being held in main centres for those who are interested in applying for the programme next year:

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