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About a year ago, I attended a universal design conference up in Auckland. At the time I was doing some study around vision impairment and afterwards I wrote a blog about my thoughts on how to consider people’s different needs when designing lighting in public places and spaces. But reflecting recently on how universal design ...

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I’ve recently been lucky enough to go on holiday to Sweden, a country I’ve never visited before. While the history there is not as old as many other European countries – about 300 years in total as a nation – there are still many cobbled streets (such as the one seen here in Gamla Stan, ...

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Large open plan office with about thirty people sitting at desks in rows of about five people

Last month I wrote about creating healthy workplace by good design, and emphasised the importance of creating a culture which encourages healthy behaviours. This can be a big ask for businesses, particularly here in New Zealand, as there are so many small businesses who have staff members covering several different roles and who are often ...

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Photograph of the central outside courtyard of the Geyser Building, Auckland

Last week I attended a Health & Safety by Design event put on by The Canterbury Safety Charter. This organisation has been influential in improving safety standards throughout the construction industry since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes, resulting in significantly increased awareness and action taken to avoid accidents in an industry which previously did not have ...

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Colourful poster displaying all 17 of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, plus their logo

I recently added the first of a series on Business for Good, run by the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. I’ve always admired organisations who have being of assistance to other people/organisations/countries as part of their way of working. However, while I have long wanted to incorporate this more into my own small business, short ...

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Christchurch city street scene by tramline and kinetic heart sculpture

Why do we need to worry about our workplace habits? Well, whether good or bad, habits form a huge part of our lives, they are something we often do unconsciously, and which shape nearly 50% of our lives. I‘ve often noticed in workplaces is how easy it is for many of us – myself included ...

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Crescent shaped wooden Rockit board on a white background

Investing in a sit stand desk can be a life changing event, especially if your job involves spending hours working at your computer. I’m guessing most of us will have heard about how bad long periods of sitting is for you, and I can almost hear the heads nodding from those of us who have ...

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Looking towards a large ceiling to floor window, partially covered with large etched dots to act as light control

Lighting is a topic I like to write about reasonably regularly. It’s one of the areas I’ve noticed that seems to be cropping up more and more in terms of health issues, and so I think it’s worth dwelling more on why this is, and what we can do about it given that most of ...

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Brightly painted mural behind a temporary building fence

Here in Christchurch, we’ve had low cloud and rain for most of December, only interspersed with one or two days of beautiful sunshine to remind us that it is summer! So, to cheer myself up earlier this week I took myself out into town to take note of the exciting new buildings and streetscapes popping ...

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Jane Cowan-Harris being presented with a certificate by Mark English

What do you prefer to read? A lengthy report full of irrelevant information, or a concise summary with relevant recommendations? When I started working for myself back in 2004, I already had over 20 years experience as an Occupation Therapist and knew that when they engaged me to complete workplace assessments, few organisations wanted to ...

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