Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Speaker: The Uncomfortable Silence,

    Yes thank you for writing this, and sorry for your loss.

    In the 1970s heroin (and other drug use) was pretty common. Not by me (I have often been the odd one out). Overdose was a constant risk and we often had to support various flatmates to keep them upright and conscious and slowly the effects wore off. We were forbidden to call an ambulance, because of the illegality of the cause. They eventually grew out of that activity and became ordinary and usually successful citizens with (perhaps) Hep C as the only legacy.

    But although none of my flatmates died at that time, I knew some people who did. All young, bright and so tragic. One friend in his early 20s was just lovely, so sensitive and creative.

    Your post has caused me to remember them again. Four decades on. Never forgotten.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…,

    Michelle followed by Elizabeth Warren. Enough to cheer many an old lefty feminist.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: DNC 2016: Beyond weird, most…,

    Wonderful speech by Michelle Obama. I wish she was standing.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Fighting seclusion with…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    DPA has been active lately, particularly in the public policy area. There is some new activist leadership in Wellington and they have done a lot of submissions and organised a protest against the ableist movie Me before you. Only a couple of part time staff members.

    Have on line Information Exchange http://www.dpa.org.nz/page/142/InformationExchange.html

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Fighting seclusion with…,

    Not Ashley but some others in similar situation. Case taken on their behalf by Tony Ellis starts this week in the High Court in Wellington. Open to public.. Will be significant. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/kirsty-johnston/news/article.cfm?a_id=980&objectid=11680596

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: A Tale of Two Iceblocks: Part…,

    I only buy Nice Blocks - from a New Zealand company which pays a living wage to its employees. Can you factor that into the equation? And what if you make your own in your own fridge?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: RNC 2016: A literal shitshow,

    This NY Times article has probably already been posted several times but it explains a lot. How Senator McCarthy's lawyer became Trump's mentor. Also a strange link to Auckland zoo.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/21/us/politics/donald-trump-roy-cohn.html?_r=0

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Housing for the disabled is a…,

    Thank you Tom. It seems parenting responsibility never ends when there is a disabled child, however old.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Fighting seclusion with…,

    Submissions required to ratify Optional protocol for UN CRPD. Suggestion here
    http://aucklanddisabilitylaw.org.nz/?page_id=257

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem, in reply to Gillian Hart,

    I have heard from OTs that they are as frustrated as everyone else. They see what people need and the equipment is available, but their funding is so ring-fenced they can't provide it.

    The problem and the answer is political. I would write to Annette.king@parliament.govt.nz about every situation. so she can gather information about how widespread and stupid it all is.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2832 posts Report Reply

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