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Posted by Philip on 3 September 2016, 12:26 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I love this campaign. It speaks to the heart of an issue of fundamental importance: how do we create a strong, robust future society. Our children are that future. I submitted this to the #DearNewZealand website today.

I would solve child poverty by creating a culture where every kid has what they need, for free. Shelter, clothes, food, learning environments, safety and love. All these things should be provided for free by the Government.

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Clever watch brings peace of mind and potential – made in NZ

Posted by Philip on 17 May 2015, 11:40 am in , , , , , ,

A few weeks ago at the Home and Community Health Association conference  I met some of the team behind CleverCare, a new service that connects an Android smart watch to a web interface and a 24-hour call centre.

CleverCare is the brain-child of Maria Johnston. As the website explains, "developing the Clevercare system was driven from a personal need for Maria to make a positive difference in the everyday life or her parents. She then found that her family’s problems were experienced by many and now, through Clevercare making lives better with independence and peace of mind can be achieved for many."

Designed for people with dementia, the Android watch runs a simple app and contains a GPS geolocator. The device is tracked via Google Maps in an online dashboard. Boundaries can be set to alert family, friends or support workers if someone wanders beyond a safe distance. Reminders can be pushed to the watch via the dashboard.

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Should kids have to keep themselves safe?

Posted by Philip on 26 June 2014, 2:12 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Wednesday Violence Free Waitakere (VFW) launched "'Jade Speaks Up', a new multimedia resource to help keep children safe from violence." The media release said, "The resource aims to help children put safety strategies in place to support themselves, should they feel afraid in their lives whether from bullying, natural disasters, adult threats or witnessing grown-ups fighting."

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Sign the KIDshine petition urging Rt Hon John Key to end our 'national shame’ of domestic violence and child abuse.

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Road safety — a case of conformity trumping diversity?

Posted by Philip on 3 June 2014, 4:23 pm in , , ,

Four people were killed over the weekend by foreign drivers, which has re-opened a debate about whether tourists in New Zealand need education before they drive here.

I think we're missing the point. It's an example of where we point the finger at individuals, or groups of individuals, rather than examining the structural or systemic conditions that affect the behaviour of people.

In the case of these four deaths, I would say that two conditions may have been factors in the tragedies: inconsistent road rules and the weird phenomenon that, in different countries, vehicles drive on different sides of the road.

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Neo-freedom. Licence or lax?

Posted by Philip on 6 June 2013, 8:00 pm in , , , , ,

It's often that I struggle to know the answer. I'm used to it and, mostly, I need to work out the next question.

This week, I've floundered to know what I think and that's been disquieting. In fact, I've had to discuss this issue with several people in order to feel clear enough to write this.

Even as I write, I'm not sure I'm right. But, as I said to one of those with whom I engaged in discussion, this is a difficult conversation – one that someone has had the courage to start it and to which I would be cowardly not to respond.

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Cars catch up with elevators finally

Posted by Philip on 31 May 2012, 6:36 pm in , ,

Thank god self-driving cars are, albeit slowly, beginning to register on the global psyche.

If you are under, say, 40 years old, you probably won't remember that elevators (aka lifts) used to be "driven" by employees, who were responsible for safely making them go up or down and stop at the right place. Check out this control:

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New Air NZ safety video a diversity win, nearly

Posted by Philip on 28 March 2011, 7:04 am in , , ,

Following their recent rugby player gay kiss fiasco, Air NZ seem to have decided to prove they are not homophobic by deliberately hitting back with a completely over the top, high camp new version of their safety video.

In "Fit to Fly", gay crew member Will takes a demure economy seat to gay fitness guru Richard Simmons, who camps his way through a mock workout. Supporting crew and stars wear spangled fluro gear, including shamed TVNZ host Paul Henry (who Simmons ends up kissing), Amazing Race presenter Phil Koeghan, CEO Rob Fife and netballer Tamepara George. 

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