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I am more

Posted by Philip on 23 April 2017, 1:22 pm in , , , , , ,

Life has phases, I think, which are seven years long. There are annoying awkward times in between each one. I’m in one of those now, I realise. It’s been quite long, too.

You know, like coming across food in the fridge and it's passed its 'best by' date. This version of myself has passed it's 'best by' date. But not yet expired.

guy looking into a fride wit a shocked look

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I am no longer a Select Committee virgin (aka Simon O'Connor asked me a question)

Posted by Philip on 14 October 2016, 4:33 pm in , , , , , , ,

This afternoon I presented to the Parliamentary ​Health Select Committee​ about my submission on Hon Maryan Street’s petition about voluntary euthanasia​ (or assisted dying). Imagine my delight when I saw, sitting in the sub-committee to which I was to present, Hon Simon O'Connor, the Committee's Chair​​, and Poto Williams, Labour's spokesperson on disability issues, whom I have met several times​. Score!

I began by acknowledging the death this morning of Helen Kelly who, in her struggle with cancer, lobbied for legalisation of both medical cannabis use and assisted​ dying (AD). Helen, if you're reading this somewhere and you had anything to do with ​the sub-committee make-up, many, many thanks.

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Is this my life?

Posted by Philip on 6 August 2016, 1:19 pm in , ,

I've been saying to people lately, "I feel like I'm living someone else's life." Do you ever feel like that? If you do, you'll know how unsettling it is. My attempts at working out what's going on have been in the main unsuccessful, but I have a few theories.​

I wonder if it's my age – a mid-life crisis perhaps. After all, I do turn 50 next year. But I have no compunction to buy a red sports car.​​

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Back to work, back to reality – or five ways to pretend you're still on holiday

Posted by Philip on 22 January 2016, 4:24 pm in , ,

This is such a bittersweet time of year. Summer has just, it seems, begun to bed in and my 4-5 week staycation finishes on Sunday.

Next week it's meetings, a trip to Wellington, planning with clients and following up on paused projects. And it's time for me to start my yearly challenge: to see how long I can feel like I'm not back at work.

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Life and lifestyle – wilderness or manicured?

Posted by Philip on 8 January 2016, 1:36 pm in , , ,

I've been contemplating my garden in the last week, for a project in which I'm involved. I've noticed my preference for a wilderness-styled garden rather than a highly manicured one. At the same time, I appreciate nicely manicured gardens.

What occurred to me is, we can see life on a wilderness-manicured spectrum. Sometimes it feels very orderly and controlled while other times can feel messier or completely chaotic.

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The price of a prisoner's life — $150,000 for Serco

Posted by Philip on 18 August 2015, 4:57 pm in , , , , ,

hands on prison barsOn 13 August the story broke about the suicide of a prisoner on remand at Mount Eden Prison.

In a separate story I found that the fine to Serco, contracted to run the joint, for the death of a prisoner in custody from unnatural causes is $150,000, exactly the same as the fine for an escaped prisoner.

I felt compelled to tweet:

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When too many rights make a wrong

Posted by Philip on 29 July 2015, 10:01 am in , , , , , , , ,

'Right' is an interesting word. It can refer to the state of being correct, a (legal) entitlement, a conservative political stance, the opposite direction to left, among other things.

But the belief that one is right about, or has a right to, a certain thing, with no willingness to change stance, can lead to a varying number of undesirable outcomes. It also ignores the diversity and complexity involved in a lot of decision-making processes.

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To choose the life I want to lead: submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into More Effective Social Services

Posted by Philip on 19 July 2015, 1:51 pm in , , , , , , , ,

This is the submission I made recently to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into More Effective Social Services, in response to Chapter 11: Client choice and empowerment. Submissions closed in June. 

I am Managing Director of Diversity New Zealand Ltd. I am recognised in New Zealand and overseas as a social and creative entrepreneur with fifteen years’ experience as a professional, award-winning comedian. My company works to develop capacity in individuals, teams, organisations and communities in the areas of leadership, diversity, complexity and change.

I use Individualised Funding (IF) to manage my support.

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EOLC petition to Parliament

Posted by Philip on 23 June 2015, 11:41 am in , ,

I couldn't be at Parliament today but thanks to Maryan Street for reading my message:

Many disabled people oppose the legalisation of assisted dying, as they fear it will make people feel obliged to end their own lives so as not to be a burden on family, friends, and society. I strongly disagree – disabled people can also suffer from terminal illnesses and deserve the same rights to dignity and autonomy as non-disabled people. Conflating the issues of disability discrimination and assisted dying is not useful – we should not deny one right by promoting another. As a staunchly active disabled person, I value equally my right to live and my right to choose to end my life in the case of acute suffering.

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Assisted dying decision disappointing – I'm gutted

Posted by Philip on 5 June 2015, 3:07 pm in , ,

This morning I woke to the news that Lecretia Seales had passed away at 12.35am. As I write I am watching tweets from the NZ Herald that the Judge in her right-to-die case said no. I'm gutted about both.

I was a witness for Lecretia. I've kept quiet until now out of respect for her and her family. Now I feel compelled to reiterate my stance on voluntary euthanasia.

The following is taken from my affidavit. As I said in an email to Lecretia's lawyers this morning, I think this is such an important issue and I'm committed to doing what I can to ensure that it remains high in consciousness, in public and political spheres.

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