Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: Power to (all) the people!, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Frustrating that there is no date on that page from Tiaho Trust. I think when the court case was happening and various groups were taking philosophical positions (for an ideal world) there was a healthier political climate for disability and no one anticipated the eventual draconian law which was the outcome, particularly the outlawing of complaints using human rights law. Now there seems to be unified outrage against the PHD Act. At the handover of the petition at parliament on Tuesday, Green MP Catherine Delahunty called it the most outrageous breach of human rights in the current session of parliament. She and Ruth Dyson have been working together on it so there is some parliamentary cooperation going on which is good to see.

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    Native Affairs on Monday had an interesting segment about Jennifer Ward-Lealand learning te reo and she recounted how she and her South African friend got strange looks as they chatted away in te reo on the bus. But her desire to be fluent is not that strange. Her missionary ancestor arrived in 1823, the same year as mine did. They soon learned Maori and it was the first language for the pakeha children of the following couple of generations for those missionary families. My great uncle remembered, when he was a child in the 1880s, the respectable old pakeha ladies chatting in te reo in Nelson, where they then lived. So JWL was only reviving a family tradition by learning te reo, one that is common to many thousands of descendants of those early settlers.

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  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    I would love to see NZ Sign Language offered too (third official language and also indigenous to NZ). Some schools do so it is not an impossible idea. As I get older and my hearing less effective, especially in noisy cafes, I think how useful it would be if we all had NZSL in our repertoire. There is also a real shortage of tri-lingual interpreters which could be overcome if both these languages became more mainstream.

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  • Access: Power to (all) the people!,

    For those on Facebook there is a new 20percent campaign to encourage disability activism in the political process. Led by Tiaho Trust in Northland. https://www.facebook.com/20percentNZ

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  • Hard News: Over the paywall?,

    I compile content for a free disability-related e-newsletter and use a lot of links from Stuff and the Herald (also Scoop etc). I expect most readers would not pay for content, and many probably don't have access to newspapers at all. Where articles are behind a paywall or not on line I tend not to use the story. There are newspapers like one in Ashburton that have good disability articles but when they are not accessible to a wider audience there is no point in alerting people to them.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2005 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Cause, care, cure and celebration,

    Rosemary I agree. Lots of reactions on various FB pages today. The Health and Disability Ethics committees are open to the public and comprise Ministerial appointees with both clinical and lay expertise. The system was restructured by the minister in July 2012 to have fewer, smaller committees and a quicker process. Disclaimer: I was on one of the previous bigger committees and took a great deal of interest in anything disability related. Not sure whether any of the committees have disability expertise now.

    Here is the website http://ethics.health.govt.nz/ and the committee minutes are eventually available here too.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2005 posts Report Reply

  • Access: What looks good to me,

    By the way, most people are deficient in Vitamin D at this time of year when it is hard to get 20 minutes of sunlight on your skin every day. Vit D doesn't cure SAD but it can alleviate it, and lots of other winter conditions.

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  • Access: What looks good to me,

    I often feel a psychological detachment from my body, a sort of disembodiment that comes from a loss of control I feel over my own health and wellbeing

    Yes, I relate to that after decades of enduring chronic asthma and eczema.

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  • Hard News: Now win the argument, in reply to steven crawford,

    More disabled teachers generally would be a good idea. I know a teacher who became a paraplegic after a rugby accident but couldn’t get a teaching job .

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2005 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    For those who want to see a real low decile NZ school and the importance of the technology here is a great little video from a Porirua school.

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