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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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A red boardroom chair with non-adjustable arms and back, and not enough seat padding

I’m a big advocate for getting your staff involved when redesigning a workplace. They’re the people who know about the tasks they have to do, what has worked for them in the past, and the challenges that exist within the current workplace. I find that they often come up with innovative ideas and think outside ...

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Everyone enjoys a welcoming reception. How good does it feel walking into a light inviting space, maybe with a splash of colour, some flowers or artwork and a cheerful smile from the receptionist? Your reception area creates an instant impression for visitors and sets the tone for their visit. Despite the obvious importance of this ...

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Little dog standing in sea

Gosh time flies. It seems like such a short time ago that I was talking about holidays and Christmas trees, I find it hard to believe that here we are at the end of January already. How quickly the year has shot away. I hope you returned to work in a rested state and are ...

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