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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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Steps leading up a hilly green parkland

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I believe workplace wellness is much more achievable when we look after every aspect of our wellbeing. Mental health plays a vital part in productivity. This latest post has been kindly written by Michael Hempseed, Managing Director/Behavioural expert at Employee Solution Service in Christchurch. ...

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Christchurch City Council accessible entrance way to Civic Offices

I find it really encouraging to hear Christchurch’s mayor, Lianne Dalziel, mention that accessibility is one of the focuses of the current mayoral team, and will continue to be so if they are re elected later this year. Why I find it so encouraging is that people with access needs are all around us, and ...

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I have recently been involved as a coach for the social change organisation, Be Accessible, in assessing the Palms shopping centre in Shirley, Christchurch. This shopping centre had been assessed in the middle of 2015 and was rated at the time as being at ‘gold’ level – the second to highest level of accessibility. When ...

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New glass and concrete office building, Christchurch

One of the challenges I am seeing with the many offices relocating back into central Christchurch as the new city centre develops post quake, is that the buildings are going up, the floors are all completed, lifts look nice and shiny, the reception area is ready for the first clients to arrive, but behind the ...

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