I'd like to hear from others about how ladybirds are distributed up and down the country. Up till recently, the only times I ever saw ladybirds locally were bi-annually in our local supermarket carpark - dunno what they were doing in that asphalt jungle - and they always flew away before I got them home.
But earlier this summer I saw one, just one - in my own garden. This is in Dunedin - I know what you mean about lack of cicadas, Kyle, though we've had a few quiet solos.
There's something a bit intimidating about clicking on Russell's blog in the morning and finding your own paper, written long ago in a pre-retirement era, highlighted, and then seeing that there are three pages of comments to read as well.
I was the lead author on the paper Russell quoted, so a couple of brief comments on the paper and general topic. That data was asking adults to look back on their childhood and report what they remembered about violence in their parent's relationship. As such, there is plenty of room for mistakes in remembering, and choices in reporting, but also a focus on what they think was important in retrospect. So this is just one angle in domestic violence research, one important piece of the jigsaw, that goes along with the CTS and other self report measures, and the emergency room reports, and the refuge and police figures. I would hate to have it held up as the last word in the argument.
I agree simultaneously with both Russell and Deborah, that the main burden of DV is a male responsibility, and with Emma and Craig early on in the comments, that ultimately the gender of perpetrator and victim isn't the main consideration.
We didn't have the power to do complicated stats about the long term impact of the violence - that's done much better in the fantastic "nurture beats nature" papers by Caspi et al - but we had a simple subjective measure of how upsetting they found the violence. This found clearly that frequency was the only predictor of upset - not whether it was mother, or father, or both who were violent, whether it was a physical blow or a threat of it, but the pervasiveness through time of living in that atmosphere of conflict and fear. This, to me, was the most important finding of the research.
Thanks for your comment everyone, especially Russell and Graeme. They don't give you much room in the NZMJ, but I'm glad there was enough data presented to let you get the information they wanted.
PS I seem to remember there was a bit of a fuss when the "it's not OK" ads first came out that they were too male centred so they inserted the statistics for male victims as well, and improved them as a result, I think.
PS2 The DMHDS has done research using the CTS as well. Google Moffitt and Caspi, CTS Dunedin. Same results as CTS gets everywhere else.
The Vauxhall Velox was the first - only really - car our family ever bought in the late 50s. Saved us having to go into town on Friday night in the farm truck, and began our family tradition of camping weekends at Wairarapa beaches.
But we did the SH1 route through Canterbury mostly in a Holden Belmont. Horrible car in town, but very solid and spacious on the open road. Each late December we would drive the 10 hours from Dunedin to Buller, and turn off at Winchester to avoid the most boring stretch north of Timaru. Geraldine to Rakaia Gorge is pretty straight, but at least you have the mountains for company.
I loved the grainfields south of Timaru, green and leaning in the wind on the way up, just that bit more golden three weeks later. Some of them are still there. These days I mostly go by Intercity bus, which I recommend for a high view, and a fun detour through Waimate.
Thanks Gareth. Hm, Nick Smith the white-hatted hero, Labour-led coalition the weak-kneed vacillators? Doesn't quite encourage me to renew my subscription yet!
I'll read the Listener editorial at the checkout, like those old ads. Their editorial position on climate change was the main reason I didn't renew my sub after 20+ years, and I think I'll wait a bit to see how Black, Ralston, Young, etc go on the topic before i think of renewing again.
My new conspiracy theory after listening to Rodney grandstanding about the ETS - ACT's role this term will be to keep the things about MMP that people seem to dislike most about it - "tail-wagging", etc - in public view so the anti MMP vote prevails in the the 2011 referendum. It wouldn't do to show MMP actually working as it should!
ACT supports MMP in theory, but I bet they support right wing hegemony more, and would be happy to be subsumed into National and pull it rightwards.
Roy Morgan poll's out!!
Well done Kyle, if you have any trouble with trucks, get in touch with the Harbour Cycle Network, http://www.hcn.co.nz/
As one of those mushroom/billboard planters, I agree with Craig. The vandalism is mindless and dispiriting.
Thank you so much, Julie, it was time spent spinning straw into gold. Wonderful comments too.
I'm too shy to be one of the women's XV but I'm cheering you on from the sidelines.