Back the Survivors

This week the goings on in our Parliament, and more specifically the behaviour of our Prime Minister, made international headlines, albeit for all the wrong reasons.  After accusing opposition MP’s of “backing rapists” over their call for better treatment of Christmas Island detainees , Opposition MP’s staged a walk out.  And the following day, after Read more

Welfare and Wellbeing

Can political policies make a difference to our levels of happiness?  And if they do then what policies and government approaches make us happier?  Mark Sainsbury and I talked about this on his Sunday Morning Radio Live show this week.  (Click here to listen to the interview) As regular readers of this blog will know Read more

MacDonald on Violence

My first job in this field was working for an agency that ran  groups for men who were court ordered to attend treatment subsequent to domestic violence charges.  It wasn’t as tough as it sounds, in part due to my enthusiasm for having a job I had a pretty unflappable attitude to it all, and Read more

Nutters Club: Suzana Harris

On the 19th of October Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We spent the show talking with Suzana Harris  about her mental health journey which has included years of anxiety, self-harm and numerous stays in hospital. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts, click the Read more

A system in crisis?

This week the Labour Associate Health spokesperson David Clark released figures that show that the number of people accessing help for their mental health problems via Hospital Emergency Departments is on the increase.  Does this mean that our Mental Health System is struggling, as he would suggest?  Mark Sainsbury and I talked about this and Read more

Nutters Club: Aaron Tokona

On the 12th of October Richie Hardcore and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked to Aaron Tokona about his life with a bipolar disorder, his music and finding a way to live comfortably with himself and not be defined by his “diagnosis.”  As a big fan of his musical projects over Read more

The National Blame Game

This week, when asked to comment on why mothers who have had multiple children uplifted by CYFS keep having more children, the Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley replied flippantly “I think they like having sex.” I asked Tolley why SHE thinks women who’ve had multiple children removed keep having babies. Her response: “I think Read more

Rugby, Racing and Emotions

This post was originally published on the website publicaddress.net on Monday the 28th of September, 2015 Click here to see the original post and comments It’s emotion that carves memories into the mind, connecting neurons and creating pathways like tyre tracks on wet sand.  I have few memories of the ’87 World Cup, I was Read more

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