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

Nutters Club: Jan Stevens and Dave Macpherson

On the 21st of September Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” Jan Stevens and Dave Macpherson joined us to talk frankly about their son’s suicide under a compulsory care order at the Waikato District Health Board’s Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in Read more

The right to live

Recently euthanasia has been topical in New Zealand, with the the late Lecretia Seales arguing for her right to take her own life on her terms, and the subsequent parliamentry enquiry into New Zealand’s euthanasia laws. Meanwhile Belgium and the Netherlands (where euthanasia has been legal since 2002 in both countries) have been in the Read more

Nutters Club: Ihaka Smith

On the 14th of September Mike King and I hosted the NewstalkZB show “The Nutters Club.” We talked to Ihaka Smith about growing up in Kawerau, depression and finding his place in the world. To listen to the audio of the show, it’s in two parts, click the links below… Click here for The Nutters Read more

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