The Minister of Broadcasting was there - he read Tariana's speech without any kia oras.
I found that slightly dominatrix manner of Judith Collins to NZ On Air a bit weird. Do you think that is how she acts in cabinet?
Yay for Tony!
By the way you don't have to get up at 4 am to train in the Special Olympics. They are much more sensible than that. And it was great week at the Special Olympics National Games in Dunedin a couple of weeks ago (and, incidentally, my swimmer son came home with a gold and a bronze medal and some ribbons). 1200 athletes, 46 teams from across NZ, numerous sports, 700 volunteers to run the National Games and hundreds of coaches, managers and supporters keep the whole thing going across NZ. Roll on the 2017 National Games in Wellington.
The Attitude awards were the following week and that was a great event too. I had a little hand in the nomination of Robyn Hunt who won the supreme award and has been a disability activist for decades, is a former journalist and now runs a business promoting accessible IT. Her video clip was filmed at the wonderful Tirohia Mai exhibition about the history of women in NZ at the National Library (sadly finished now). Was an impressive bunch of section winners. I think even Judith Collins (who presented the Supreme award as ACC Minister) was enlightened. Lovely to see you there, Russell. What a finely handsome son you have, and so pleased to hear he is on the way in the employment thing.
I like this piece from the Guardian about how Mandela would have laughed at the rightwing fawning over him.
Regarding children and memories, I took my 4 month old on the marches, until it got too dangerous after the police baton charge at Molesworth Street. She studied the tour at secondary school as something historical and about other people. But it was attending the 30 year anniversary event in Wellington, and hearing the stories of bravery, courage and superb organisation, that made her proud of her and her family’s contribution.
Pattrick has written about it here in the Herald.
A colleague remembers wagging school from Wellington Girls to go and see Mandela at parliament too.
He came to Wellington in the mid 1990s. Pattrick Smellie was then head of the Press Gallery and had organised the big speaking event. Pattrick's son Max was a small baby and I babysat for probably the first time they had been out since Max was born. (He was fine, of course).
My son was at Thorndon School and when they heard that Mandela was having a bit of a walkabout outside parliament the whole school walked down to say hello. Some of those older teachers were real fangirls and boys, and Mandela was lovely to the children. I was working nearby in the Dept of Internal Affairs and watched the event out of the window.
Not quite sure why this thread has suddenly sparked into life after 6 years but two comments:
-Very pleased that a child with Down Syndrome was actually at a state school in 1961 and not in an institution or excluded from education
-Wouldn't a punishment that helped you see the humanity of your fellow student have been more effective than infliction of physical pain and a violent demonstration of the power adults have over children in their care? For example you could have been assigned to be his buddy, or something else that might have facilitated friendship rather than fear.
Thank you so much for the link to Rodney's Aviation Ramblings. A certain person here has become an instant follower.
Nice to hear that there are other people out there who relate to lying awake at 3 am worrying about not getting enough sleep to cope the next day.
I haven't slept more than a couple of hours at a time since having little children. Never relearnt the art. What helps me is putting pure lavender oil on my wrists last thing and sometimes having the radio on very very quietly - enough to stop the active brain. A friend says BBC is good. I have also been taking daily the new miracle vitamin - good old D - which seems to help with a lot of the aging stuff. I also like really listening to the quiet.
Family and friends swear by little naps in the afternoon, even a little lie down under the desk if you can do it unobtrusively.
Some people get up and write about their wakefulness on Facebook. We could probably solve the problems of the world if we harnessed the wisdom of collective wakefulness - so long as we didn't expect any productivity the next day.
Giovanni's piece for Overland http://overland.org.au/2013/11/this-is-what-rape-culture-looks-like/. It was also good to hear him on Checkpoint and see and hear him on TV3 news today. Another good example of blogger activism.
And conversely, people considered to have a low IQ can be very wise. Just look at the great achievements of the disabled people's organisation, People First.