Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: The Family Carers case – here we…,

    The family who has won their claim is one of those featured by ally Mike Wesley Smith in his TV3 (the Nation I think) report last year. He followed up on TV tonight.

    Julie Anne Genter has been delegated Assoc Minister responsibility for Disability Support Services by Health Minister David Clark. I'm not sure how up to speed she is yet but considering it was Catherine Delahunty of the Greens spearheading opposition to FFC I hope she will do something before long. It was a vindictive act by the then Government after they lost the court case and we have 'moved on' since then so it could easily be overturned.

    By the way there is also a 'System Transformation' going on which is likely to be a complete overhaul of the NASC system. Seems to have considerable input from actual disabled people. Manawatu will be first for the roll out. So we shall see.

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  • Hard News: Waitangi: Just enjoy the day,

    One of the most significant things Jacinda said - in my opinion, and I can't remember how she phrased it - is that disagreement, protest and vigorous discussion is valuable and healthy, particularly on Waitangi Day. She and the government are not scared of it. She was also there for several days, listened and sought accountability. I think all those things signal a new approach. I don't recall any Prime Minister doing that since, perhaps, Kirk and Fraser.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Jacindalove

    Maori snowflake

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  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms,

    Re disability policy generally. I've just caught up with the news that the Associate Minister with responsibility for the Ministry of Health's Disability Support Services is Julie Anne Genter. So we need to make sure she is on our mailing, advocacy and other relevant lists. Wonder if she knows about this Access blog?

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  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms,

    Chelle, would be interested to hear more about your PhD.

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  • Access: GTFO of Our Accessible Bathrooms, in reply to steven crawford,

    I was there too (in the arena not the toilets) with the Wellington team, and if I knew what you looked like would have said hi.

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    I remember the opening of Wellington airport. My father drove us to one of the roads overlooking it and we watched the plane displays. I was a pre-schooler but it must have made a big impression on me. (I also remember seeing the flying boats in Evans Bay which preceded the airport).

    A few years later I remember the moment my primary school teacher told us about Kennedy's death (54 years ago today).

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  • Access: Patients X, Y and Z, in reply to Sacha,

    Yes they have committed to doing both. Tracey Martin was on the Nation in the weekend talking about the historic abuse inquiry. The main problem as far as I am concerned is getting the terms of reference wide enough to include everyone affected and all their concerns.

    There is a commitment to getting both inquiries started in the 100 days which goes to the 3 Feb. It seems like the historic abuse one needs to be bigger and fuller, while most of the issues are already known for the mental health inquiry so it can be smaller and quicker and lead to some practical actions to improve things early next year.

    So it seems like Tracey Martin is in charge of the historic abuse inquiry and David Clark appears to be scoping the mental health one. There are some complex processes to sort out but I am hopeful we will see action on both by February.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3116 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How harm happens,

    Interesting perspectives on drug policies from his previous life in the police including undercover from our new MP for Ohariu in his maiden speech.

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  • Legal Beagle: Despite Simon Bridges'…, in reply to Sacha,

    The two Labour MPs and Nat David Carter are at the Commonwealth Parliament Conference and David Parker and Winston at APEC. So all legitimately away on Parliamentary business. The government probably thought the convention that this is accepted in votes would be respected by the Opposition. But maybe because they weren't actually signed up yet made a difference. Or maybe the Nats are just being sore losers.

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