Local body elections; not the best elections, but the only one we’ve got for now

At the start of the run up to the local body elections here in Tauranga Moana, I had imagined providing a bit of a precis of all the candidates standing for the Tauranga City Council, for Tauranga mayor, the Regional Council and for the DHB. Then I started looking at Facebook pages and websites and… Read More Local body elections; not the best elections, but the only one we’ve got for now

Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

At a Tauranga City Council Monitoring Committee meeting yesterday, the Bay of Plenty Times reported that the Greerton Village Community Association manager Sally Benning made particular note of “three or four gentlemen” who are homeless in the area and “two beggars” as causing “problems.” Apparently the problems include sleeping in the alcove of Greerton Hall… Read More Fear of a brown planet: running screaming from the homeless in Greerton, Tauranga

A little Trump in Tauranga: ask advertisers to boycott The Weekend Sun

“…the PC-driven bureaucracy offers the flag referendum instructions not only in English and Maori [sic], but in 24 different languages… including a couple I’ve never heard of. Now I will apologise to my Burmese, Farsi and Tagalog friends, but if you can’t understand enough English to satisfactorily understand how to vote (pick a flag, tick… Read More A little Trump in Tauranga: ask advertisers to boycott The Weekend Sun

Toi Oho Mai: 3 words too far for a racist Mayor hopeful in Tauranga

The Bay of Plenty Times has revealed the proposed name for the new institution that will come from merger of the Waiariki Institute of Technology and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic. It is likely to be Toi Oho Mai Institute of Technology. Having found out the proposed name, the Times was then presented with a quandry:… Read More Toi Oho Mai: 3 words too far for a racist Mayor hopeful in Tauranga

The Ashley Madison hack: the rights of the community & the triumph of the individual

The Impact Team, a group of hackers, has followed through on their threats and dumped, en masse, 35 million + email addresses and other details they hacked from Ashley Madison online for all and sundry to trawl through. Ashley Madison is the champ of online affairs; specifically targeting married people, their byline is “Life’s short, have… Read More The Ashley Madison hack: the rights of the community & the triumph of the individual

A home is not an asset: the flawed belief of the property investor in selling our social housing

If the admiring New Zealand Herald coverage given to Brandon Lipman’s ascension to his own property investment portfolio is anything to go by, the New Zealand mythology of the right to home ownership, the quarter acre section, has been decisively dethroned. The interregnum, a period of disquiet and uncertainty about the prospects for the middle… Read More A home is not an asset: the flawed belief of the property investor in selling our social housing

Council community development bureaucrats behead Tauranga Moana Safe City

[Disclosure Statement: These are my views, not those of Tauranga Moana Safe City. I have never worked for Tauranga Moana Safe City; however I worked on joint projects with Mike Mills when I was the Manager of the Merivale Community Centre and when I was contracted to run the White Ribbon Campaign events in 2013.… Read More Council community development bureaucrats behead Tauranga Moana Safe City

Burning down the house: how social housing could break NZ communities

Merivale in Tauranga, New Zealand has 22 streets. There are just under 900 houses in those streets. We have comparatively low levels of home ownership and high levels of absentee landlords. Over 200 of the houses are owned by Housing New Zealand, the government’s state housing organisation. Originally the Housing NZ houses were all built… Read More Burning down the house: how social housing could break NZ communities

Replacing the cross with the dollar in youth work: the rise of capitalism in youth services

Youth workers are important. With rising inequality in our country exacerbating dysfunctionality in our communities and families, youth workers alongside social workers, therapists, community workers and others in the caring industries can be the repairing glue in broken relationships. My views come from my work in different communities and it means I am keenly interested in the training… Read More Replacing the cross with the dollar in youth work: the rise of capitalism in youth services