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  • Sacha, in reply to Angela Hart,

    It looks like they are considering including disability in regular surveys that run far more often - which however gives them fewer questions they can ask, so they need to be the right ones.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Money. It costs. Government cutting public services.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    These people probably don't see themselves as activists....

    https://www.teawamutu.nz/courier/archive/2015/2015-11-03.pdf

    "Volunteers rally for Tokanui forgotten."

    The stigma of mental illness left 450 Tokanui dead in unmarked graves in an unofficial cemetery, that in modern times became part of an Agresearch farm.

    This was in today's Courier...that link is to a big file...perhaps in a few days it will be downloadable as an individual article.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    I love this story, thanks.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Thought you might. ;-)

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    These people probably don’t see themselves as activists….

    that's one heck of a story Rosemary, my Dad was Polish.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Just to show that there is disability activism in all sorts of places here is a story about the brother of the first woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup today. Her brother with Down Syndrome was employed to prepare the horse for the win.
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-02/strapper-with-down-syndrome-prepares-for-melbourne-cup/6905710

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    The original post contained a link to the IHC's Hot Issues. Here is the latest http://www.ihc.org.nz/hot-issues/ihc-hot-issues-october-2015/

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Marc C,

    We are going to get more experiments I fear:
    http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/business/qoa/51HansQ_20151105_00000004/4-budget-2015%E2%80%94beneficiaries

    Of course it cannot be compared with what happened in Germany in the past, but nevertheless, some slight resemblance to trends may show:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbeit_macht_frei

    http://www.gpcme.co.nz/pdf/GP%20CME/Friday/C1%201515%20Bratt-Hawker.pdf

    Dr Bratt must be one of the best paid propagandists for government, we have now been waiting since 2013, for the MSD and Ombudsman to make his salary available, under the OIA. Yes, another cover up and hatchet job, this country is full of lies and manipulation, I have NO trust in NZ government and institutions.

    Under Hitler also most in the middle class and so were totally happy with the way things were going, they had a great time. I am reminded of that when I look at NZ now:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Party

    NZers are wrapped into rugby and other entertaining great news, and excitement, but seem to forget other matters of concern.

    Akl • Since Oct 2012 • 437 posts Report Reply

  • Marc C, in reply to Marc C,

    Of course, New Zealanders would never fall for demagogery and brainwashing, right?!

    All is well in NZ is what I hear every day in the media, cleansed of certain known critics, and disability and so are swept under the carpet, when it comes to discussion and challenges of the status quo. We cannot compare the NZ situation with the German 1930s situation, but there are some resemblences in propaganda, I fear.

    Akl • Since Oct 2012 • 437 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Now you're in Godwin territory.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    As an historical side note, Campbell Park, mentioned in John McRae's Becoming A Person as one of the former institutions where the remarkable Robert Martin was incarcerated, is up for sale.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    On the subject of the 3rd Reich...this...."Bruce Gladwin: audiences and disability."..

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/20151107

    well worth a listen.

    Kim Hill at her very best.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart,

    Disability activism and community inclusion are both affected by income.
    I get quite grumpy when I see articles like this one http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/73758616/Retirees-need-more-than-the-pension-gives-them-research-shows

    which I suppose are legitimately trying to encourage people to save more, but which completely overlook those permanently seriously disabled and unable to work people who subsist, often for their adult lifetime, on what is now called Supported Living Payment. Their weekly income is in the region of a $100 lower than National Super and that's a hell of a difference at these levels.

    It's too easy to ignore this reality.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Their weekly income is in the region of a $100 lower than National Super and that’s a hell of a difference at these levels.

    Yay!!!

    Peter on the Super now, after over a decade of Invalids Benefit and SLP. With me attached as his spousal carer.

    And you're right...it works out at $100 pw ($50 pw each) more. Retail sector....make room in your tills...we're on our way! ( Peter say's ..."we haven't got it yet!", He's right ballsup at WINZ...surprise surprise!)

    Actually...its the dentist reaping this bounty. $2000 (ouch) worth of work on 'is teeth. A service that used to be provided for free at the local hospital...more for access and handling issues rather than low income. But that was stopped about 20 years ago...and unfortunately community infrastructure had not responded with alacrity.

    Has anyone noticed how many dentists operate out of converted houses?

    And the ones operating out of new buildings tend to be the ones who don't do youth work, and don't do WINZ quotes....they aim for the high end of the market.

    Anyway....had to be done, and the extra $100 pw week will make all the difference.

    What would have facilitated earlier treatment for 'im would have been me having an income. Like what the Courts said I should 'ave. Could have done the teeth AND been putting some by for 'retirement'.

    Those 'save for your retirement stories' make me very angry.

    Reality.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    that used to be provided for free at the local hospital…more for access and handling

    Middlemore still provides a dental service, either free or low cost depending on whether you go through their referral system or not

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace, in reply to Angela Hart,

    I agree. I am really looking forward to having a regular income like this in a few years' time (if it is still there). No money in research these days, and I missed years of regular full-time employment through caring responsibilities.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Talked to my submission to the Education and Science Select Committee this morning. In my supplementary I suggested that educational exclusion for disabled kids will keep happening until we address our fear of disability and dislike of children.
    Most the submissions should be available through this link now. http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/sc/business-summary/00DBSCH_INQ_64710_1/inquiry-into-the-identification-and-support-for-students

    Many of them make similar points. I stayed for a couple of hours and heard several others - all well informed and addressing serious issues. A group of students from Kapiti College were very impressive talking about earlier experiences of bullying and humiliation due to dyslexia and related conditions.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    A group of students from Kapiti College were very impressive talking about earlier experiences of bullying and humiliation

    RNZ Checkpoint item here.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    There was a really good piece of investigative journalism by Kirsty Johnston in the Herald this morning about the government forcing ERO to rewrite a report about the early childhood sector. She linked to OIA material. I even posted it on Facebook. However, during the day is was removed completely from the Herald website. The link now goes to a picture of John Key cycling. Fortunately Education Aotearoa had captured it before it disappeared
    http://www.ea.org.nz/what-happened-to-the-nz-heralds-front-page-story/

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Yep....we might be at the stage where a journalist's worth is measured by how quickly their work is suppressed.

    Good work Kirsty!

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Scan of the 'correction' notice from today's Harold. Guess the editor must have been lawyered, or threatened with exclusion from the next eastern-suburbs garden party.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Sacha,

    Scan of the ‘correction’ notice from today’s Harold. Guess the editor must have been lawyered, or threatened with exclusion from the next eastern-suburbs garden party.

    I don't do twitter...but the tweets following the scan read like "Yes, Prime Minister"...my bedtime reading this week.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    tis what twitter is best for

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19688 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

    Kirsty has tweeted the correction and said she can't say any more. But it says volumes. This is what journalists are supposed to do, not get squashed for revealing unethical processes and politics. The trail revealed in the OIA says enough. Not blaming the Ministry of Ed spin people as they are just doing their jobs. The fault is obviously higher up.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3203 posts Report Reply

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