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The age of anxiety?

Posted by Philip on 29 February 2016, 11:40 am in , , , , , , , , , , ,

I'm working with some folk on a project around anxiety and depression, sharing the story of the two years I spent living with hostile neighbours. It's made me wonder if we are living in an age of anxiety, because I meet a lot of people who struggle with it, as well as depression, to varying degrees.

Anxious nerdy guy

Since doing this work, I've come to realise I've actually struggled with both for most of my life. Anxiety as a kid about being different, or Mum being late to pick up me up, thinking she'd died in a car crash (no "Running late" texts in those days). Depression as a teenager about, well, everything. Anxiety in my early 20s about living independently and getting my support needs met. More depression in my mid to late 20s about feeling isolated and not fitting in.

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Total disrespect of State tenants, even from Labour!

Posted by Philip on 1 October 2012, 12:50 pm in , , , ,

"Labour's housing spokeswoman, Annette King, said [high value Housing NZ] homes should be sold." reported The Herald on Friday.

She continued, "A place that's worth $1.3 million could provide three houses. I have no problem with state house tenants being rehoused into another house, a suitable house, if it's going to enable more families to be housed."

I never thought I'd hear a Labour politician put money above the respect and dignity of a Housing NZ tenant. But, it seems, even the left now can't see past dollar signs to recognise that a house – even one owned by the Government – is more than just a house.

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Family supporter payments: use the 80-20 rule

Posted by Philip on 1 August 2012, 5:40 pm in , , ,

Since the Government accepted the Court of Appeal ruling that their policy to not pay family members to support disabled relatives was, in fact, discriminatory under the Human Rights Act, an advisory group has been set up to work out how much to pay them.

I wonder how much taxpayers' money that will cost.

Were bureaucrats and politicians to act in a sensible and pragmatic manner, they would use the 80-20 rule. Wikipedia explains that "the Pareto principle (also known as the 80–20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity) states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes."

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Why bureaucracy fails

Posted by Philip on 10 May 2012, 3:27 pm in , , , ,

It's fascinating to observe the NZ Government's decision to create the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Mobie), which will come in to formal existence on July 1, merging the existing Economic Development and Science and Innovation ministries with the Department of Labour and the Department of Building and Housing. (Stuff.co.nz 24 April 2012)

Minister in charge Steven Joyce claimed the so-called super ministry will result in "efficiency benefits".

My experience has led me to believe that the larger an organisation is, meaning the more people who work there and the more layers of management that exists, the more the following things decay and drop away:

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Posted by Philip on 13 February 2012, 8:14 am in , , ,

This blog post is purposely vague because I cannot guarantee that, if I write freely about the issue, I or another party will not suffer retribution. That's a sad thing to  write in a country like NZ, with a national anthem that brags, "God defend our free land."

Suffice to say there are legal and bureacratic processes in motion that potentially breach the Human Rights Act, as well as the Care of Children Act, which asserts that a child’s welfare and best interests include that "the child’s parents and guardians should have the primary responsibility, and should be encouraged to agree to their own arrangements, for the child’s care, development, and upbringing."

And there are people involved who think policy is more important than rights, a child's welfare and best interests.

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Housing NZ continues to ignore threat on my life

Posted by Philip on 14 December 2011, 5:49 pm in , ,

Update 15 Dec: I have had contact with Housing NZ and wheels seem to be turning. Will keep you informed. Thanks all once again for your support.

Some may know I've been harassed by my neighbour since April this year. He's banged on walls, yelled homopohobic abuse, thrown water, among other things. I've complained repeatedly to my landlord, Housing New Zealand.

A few weeks ago, he was arrested for breaching a trespass order (which he told me wouldn't stop him killing me) when he came onto my property to abuse and assault my gardener for blowing a leaf onto his garden.

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