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Dildos, Mickey Mouse, rent-a-protest and that flag

Posted by Philip on 6 February 2016, 11:16 am in , , , , , ,

It's been a troubling week with the signing of the TPPA and the Prime Minister flip-flopping over his attendance at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi. These events weren't troubling in themselves, but his reactions were. John Key called the kawa (protocol) of the marae "Mickey Mouse" and TPPA protestors "rent-a-protest".

Josie Butler, an anti-TPP protester, threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, shouting "that's for raping our sovereignty". And then Key was seen wearing a lapel badge of the most popular alternative flag at a formal event.

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Gender neutral education recommendations a huge step forward

Posted by Philip on 1 June 2015, 11:13 am in , , , , , , , , , , ,

The Ministry of Education's new curriculum guidelines released last week, aimed at improving sex education and diversity for students, seem almost too good to be true. Actually they are, because they are not mandatory.

Recommendations for non-gendered uniforms, same-sex partners at school balls, reviewing toilet spaces and making sport less gender-specific are no-brainers in our day and age — actually they've been no-brainers for decades.

These guidelines show surprisingly courageous change leadership from the Ministry. But there's always some right-wing plonker, who purports to represent the moral majority, ready to go into bat for the status quo (as I posted about recently).

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5 ways to avoid assumptions

Posted by Philip on 18 April 2015, 9:14 am in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We all do it. See someone new and, within seconds, our brains start making up stories about them. Or we meet them, exchange a few words and before we know it, we're filling in the gaps with our imaginations. The result? Assumptions.

I did it recently, ironically right after running a workshop on accessibility and confidence for health staff. My colleagues Kylie, Sam and I were about to get into the car when an elderly gentleman approached us.

"As always happens in hospitals," he said, "I'm lost."

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To admire or not to admire

Posted by Philip on 10 December 2013, 3:29 pm in , , , , , , ,

Admiration is a funny thing. Full of questions, it seems to me.

  • Who to admire? What to admire?
  • Admire the person? Admire what they say or do? Both?
  • Oh, and is it ok to admire yourself?

What does admiration mean?

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Losing it: appalling disability customer service

Posted by Philip on 13 March 2013, 7:43 pm in , ,

Today I spoke to Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) staff about disability, diversity and customer service. Ironically I just wrote this email to the needs assessment service:

A needs assessor called Megan called me on Monday and agreed to email me with a needs assessment form and to make a needs assessment appointment the same day. She still hasn't.

I've been communicating with Taikura since mid January and I am absolutely fed up with the appalling lack of customer service and the lack of respect I believe underpins it.

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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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When service goes bad

Posted by Philip on 8 February 2012, 8:12 am in , , ,

Last year I wrote extensively about the situation with my neighbour who was harassing me. After a Tenancy Tribunal hearing Housing NZ finally agreed to relocate him. However the process was appalling –nobody communicated with me and the move took a week longer than I was told – so on 27 December I wrote to the CEO:

I would like to thank you sincerely for your prompt response to my email of 20 December regarding the situation with my neighbour. I do appreciate your understanding of the circumstances.

Unfortunately, however, I need to relay my concerns and dissatisfaction with the manner in which the relocation has been managed and I wish to make a formal complaint. I would also like to formally request a meeting with you, at your nearest convenience, to discuss the future implications of the handling of the matter.

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