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

Loving our enemies is how we can love Waitangi Day

With the approaching National Day of Flagellation, aka Waitangi Day, our media and politicians have gone into overdrive to ensure we are all well-prepared for the actual day with a dousing of cynicism, suspicion and rage. The appointment of Hinewhare Harawira as a trustee on Te Tii Marae – through an entirely legal, well scrutinized… Read More Loving our enemies is how we can love Waitangi Day

Ferguson, the SIS, IS & Kōhanga Reo: signs of an incoming storm for the 1%

It’s been a bad news week so far. The Ferguson Grand Jury has decided that Darren Wilson, the US policeman who shot an unarmed black youth, Michael Brown, will not stand trial for that shooting. This has led to two nights of community protests that have been caricatured as ‘riots’ and ‘looting’ by mainstream media,… Read More Ferguson, the SIS, IS & Kōhanga Reo: signs of an incoming storm for the 1%

A letter to my friends from Leadership NZ: being the leader I need to be, not want to be

During 2012 I was part of a cohort of community, organisational and business leaders doing monthly blocks with Leadership NZ. From all over the country, we met in different locations throughout Aotearoa New Zealand to learn about, debate and explore the significant issues for the future of our country and the range of leadership styles, abilities… Read More A letter to my friends from Leadership NZ: being the leader I need to be, not want to be

Controlling men

To continue the annus horribilus that is 2014, the at least 35 young men who called themselves the Roastbusters and sexually assaulted and raped at least 110 young women were not charged after a three year investigation because of lack of evidence. The positive Police spin as to the thoroughness of their investigation did nothing to quell the… Read More Controlling men

How I failed the community of Merivale & how that was the best outcome for our economy

I was the manager of the Merivale Community Centre from 2008 to 2013. The community centre was opened in 1996 by the residents of Merivale to support their young people and whānau who struggled. At the end of 2012 we had  19 contracts that came from Ministry of Social Development (that covered Child Youth and Family and… Read More How I failed the community of Merivale & how that was the best outcome for our economy