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A variety of small plants hanging on an office wall

Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to present to everyone who attended the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce Ten in Two networking event. Ten in Two gives five presenters each two minutes to present 10 slides about their business. And what a great opportunity it was, not only to let other Chamber ...

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Mural on a multi story car park depicting a multi story ar park

I’ve noticed a real move to creating more interesting public spaces, particularly car parks. Here in Christchurch, we’ve had to completely rebuild all the central city car parks after the earthquakes six years ago, and as many businesses return to city locations, the need for car parks has increased. Maybe in a few years’ time, ...

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men playing table tennis in an office setting

Recent research by Prof Kim Burton, an independent occupational health researcher in the UK, has shown that despite businesses reducing serious workplace injuries over the last century, that there are still a significant number of common health problems such as depression, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, and anxiety, which affect people at work. These conditions may ...

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Streamliners is one of New Zealand’s leading documentation specialists, helping other organisations to capture, share, and maintain their knowledge. They do this by providing audience and content analysis, design, writing, maintenance and publishing services. This involves most of their 57 full time and 14 part time staff members in intensive computer based work. We first ...

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Child sitting on sofa looking at mobile device

Have you ever been browsing online, found some fascinating information and then been unable to find it when you went back to look? This happened to me recently when I went looking for research around technology use and children. It’s one of the areas I regularly get asked about, both by friends and clients, who ...

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Landscape of lush green and red cacti and succulents

Here in Christchurch we can all get a bit cynical about the word ‘resilience’ as it has been used so much in the aftermath of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. However, we are all still much in need of resilience to cope with the challenges of a rebuilt city with a change in how the ...

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I’ve recently been on a great 3-day bike trip along the Round the Mountain trail. Starting at Kingston at the north end of Lake Wakitipu , it ends at Walter Peak, where you catch the historic SS Earnslaw steamship back to Queenstown. The scenery is stunning and the cycling of an easy to intermediate range, ...

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I was delighted to be asked earlier this month by a local legal firm to go and check the lighting in their new building in the Christchurch CBD. They have chosen rails of lighting in part and wanted to make sure that the rails themselves were in the right position to provide enough light before putting peoples’ desks ...

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The end of the year is always a time that induces stress for most of us. Having come from the Northern Hemisphere, where Christmas is a very welcome break in the middle of a bleak winter, I have to admit that Christmas itself has always felt like a very inconvenient hiccup that interrupts planning of ...

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Image of several pairs of reading glasses

I’ve just completed a Low Vision Rehabilitation post grad paper run through the Otago Occupational Therapy School, and it’s a been a real eye opener, if you’ll excuse the pun! Firstly, visual impairment is the fasting growing health issue in the world today – far higher than dementia. (Economic Impact and Cost of Low Vision ...

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