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RainbowYOUTH turns 25

Posted by Philip on 19 November 2014, 8:25 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

RainbowYOUTH logo with birthday hatUnfortunately I was unable unable to attend tonight's 25th reunion of RainbowYOUTH, "a charitable organisation providing support, information, advocacy and education for queer and trans* young people (aged between 13 and 28), their friends and Whānau, and those who work with queer and trans* youth."

Having had the honour of being their patron for the last few years I asked for a few words to be read on my behalf.  

Kia ora koutou. Happy 25th birthday RainbowYOUTH. My apologies for not being able to be here in person to address you this evening.

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Social change: a case of two steps forward, three steps back?

Posted by Philip on 17 January 2014, 2:31 pm in , , , , ,

As part of the Auckland Pride Festival 2014, Rainbow Youth is holding "a Pride Art Auction and Intergenerational Panel." They are calling for art submissions themed around identity, which they say aligns "with the celebration of diverse identities that the Pride Festival focuses on."

Ironically this youth led event is called "Old, New, Borrowed, Blue."

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Health Minister needs to ensure quality of residential facilities: Green Party

Posted by Philip on 9 May 2013, 12:00 pm in , , , , , , ,

Another example of the National Party's complete disregard for a civil society. Shame on you Tony Ryall. Such a dishonourable response.

Big ups to Kevin Hague for taking a stand.


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Lack of outrage...but they're only disabled and vulnerable

Posted by Philip on 6 May 2013, 6:26 pm in , , , , , , ,

It's hard to understand that the allegations against Parklands, a residential facility in Pukekawa, south of Auckland, run by Linnaire and Neil Joslin for over a decade, have attracted such little public outrage.

The Joslins have probably received hundreds of millions of public money to allegedly abuse hundreds of disabled young people and adults.

Child Youth and Family have been referring youth-at-risk to the Ministry of Health Disability Support Services funded facility. The facility has been a dumping ground for disabled people too. 

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That's what it's all about, but can we build the app? #lifehackhq

Posted by Philip on 8 March 2013, 6:12 pm in , , , , , , ,

This time last week I wrote a fairly candid post about the Government's Youth Mental Health Social Media Innovations Fund, in particularly Lifehack, the "sustainable technology solution to combat New Zealand’s youth mental illness problems". Today I met with them.

I won't go into the content of the meeting. That would be, at best, tedious for you and, at worst, onerous for me. But I will share my reflection on the "launch >blog > tweet, tweet, tweet > email > meet" process of the last week.

Firstly, we disagreed and allowed the disagreement. I've blogged before that I believe that where communities struggle with diversity is in their need to hear or to speak with one voice and that they need to decay agreement.

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Lifehack: the youth mental wellness answer or a well-meaning quick fix? #lifehackhq

Posted by Philip on 1 March 2013, 9:09 am in , , ,

Last night the Government launched its Youth Mental Health Social Media Innovations Fund. In the swanky highrise Auckland Wespac building, they uncovered a technology incubater run by (my words) well-meaning happiness evangelists and tech geeks, hell-bent on the idea that the answer to better youth mental health is to play more, say, "Yahoo!" and download an app. 

It's called Lifehack and here's what they say about themselves and an inspirational video to cheer you up:

Our mission is to create sustainable technology solutions to combat New Zealand’s youth mental illness problems. New Zealand’s fight for youth mental health and wellbeing needs a fresh approach, and we believe digital technology – created by students for students - will play a key part in the solution.

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UPDATE: Hawkes Bay Trip and more

Posted by Philip on 21 January 2013, 7:50 pm in , , ,

Further to my post a couple of days ago, I've started a PledgeMe campaign to help raise funds for the National Youth Drama School to bring me to Havelock North from Auckland to speak at their opening on April 20. I'd love to have the unique opportunity to share my message of diversity, creativity & social change with 230 14-18 year olds.

I am looking to raise $1200 including rewards. Any additional funds raised over and above my funding goal will cover costs for other trips during the year.

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Can you help me get to Hawkes Bay to speak to 230 14-18-year-olds?

Posted by Philip on 19 January 2013, 6:51 pm in , , ,

Today I received the following request through my contact page:

Hi Phillip [sic],

I'm writing in my role as AD of the National Youth Drama School (an eight day drama course during the April school holidays catering for around 230 teenagers from the age of 14 to 18, based in Havelock North) to invite you speak at our opening cermony on the 20th of April at 4:00pm for approximately 2o minutes.

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Government success fees paid to make sure youth don't die

Posted by Philip on 29 March 2012, 7:22 am in , , , ,

In its newly released "Youth Services" tender which, as I describe below, seems like a state-funded game of Monopoly, the Ministry of Social Development is from today seeking tenders from non-profit organisations to provide two new services.

The Government tender site GETS describes them:

The first service is for 16 and 17 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET ... MSD will contract providers to engage with these young people and provide on-going tailored and extensive support to help the young person to re-engage in education, training or work-based learning.

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Address to "Kazam" - NZ Queer Youth hui

Posted by Philip on 4 June 2011, 6:25 pm in , , , ,

PhilipKia ora tatau katoa, te whanau takataapui. Greetings my queer family.

I’m Philip Patston and I’m a patron of Rainbow Youth, along with Georgina Beyer and Tamati Coffey. I’m sorry I can’t be with you this weekend at Kazam. I’m on my way to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival with my boyfriend. It was a tough choice, but snogging in the back row of the movies won out.

[Note: Actually I didn't end up going to the Festival — I stayed home instead.]

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