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What Will It Take?

Written by Anthony Rimell

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The Press ran this article today on the impact on Mental health services and staff of the ‘unprecedented growth’ in demand for services in Canterbury following the 2010/11 earthquakes. Adult acute inpatient services are at capacity. Assaults on staff are up. Staffing ratios are at dangerous levels. The head-line said it all: specialist mental health services are on a knife edge.

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Everyone Deserves a Secure Home

Written by Anthony Rimell

Tonight I attended a meeting with tenants of Housing New Zealand. They came from Riccarton, from Bryndwr, from Shirley, from Edgeware.

They came because they have had letters from the Government telling them their houses are up for sale: part of the 2,500 HNZ houses the Government is looking to sell in Christchurch.  Some of them told their stories.

For Sale

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plus les choses changent

Written by Anthony Rimell

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So said the French novelist Jean-Baptist Alphonse Karr in 1849. 

Thinking housing, and why it matters, reminded me of this film from 1946. 

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There and Back Again

Written by Anthony Rimell

It’s Friday, 7 October: tomorrow we hear the results of the local body elections.  Tomorrow our city’s elected leaders for the next three years are decided.

Looking back over the last six months, it’s been an amazing journey. Kelly Dugan (standing for the District Health Board) said recently that everyone should run for elected office once in their lives: you learn so much about yourself, and so much about others. How true.

So, what have I learned?

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