Dark Start – a poem

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Black and White – Nothing Perfect

Video
Black and White
Photography – Nothing Perfect
Music and images ©Paul S Allen 2014

A photo is just a point in time, it only tells part of the story, it’s up to you to fill in the details.

I do not claim to be a good photographer, I am certainly not a professional.

I make mistakes, sometimes those mistakes work. 

Nothing is perfect

If you are interested in obtaining a photo or print please contact me.

Paul S Allen
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South Dunedin – Why it needs support – The statistics

South Dunedin Street Festival 2013

South Dunedin Street Festival 2013

South Dunedin Statistics

Median Household income.: $26,100
South Dunedin has the lowest household incomes in Otago

Median personal income: $20,200
South Dunedin has the lowest in Dunedin (equal lowest to Clinton for Otago)

Family type: One parent with child(ren): 35%
South Dunedin has the highest proportion of solo parent families in Otago (average in Otago 13.4% and average in NZ 17.8%)

Education: 39.5% of the population of South Dunedin have no formal qualification
(NCEA level1-6, bachelor or higher) compared to 18.5% of the whole of Dunedin.

Households with no vehicle 36%

Households with access to the internet 48%
South Dunedin has the lowest access to the internet in Otago (13 percentage points behind the second lowest, Kaitangata )

Household tenure in South Dunedin:

  • 32.8% dwellings owned or partially owned
  • 60.6% dwellings not owned and not in a family trust
  • 6.6% dwellings held in a family trust

This is why we need to invest in South Dunedin.

We could start with a community facility that provides a base for learning, meeting places, community spaces, access to civic services, a library, computer access and free Wi-Fi access.

A place that will encourage learning, sharing of knowledge and skills, literacy and numeracy, entrepreneurship, employment readiness, work skills, community building.

This has long been talked about by the Dunedin City Council, requested by the community on many number of occasions over many years. it has been deferred time and time again. It is time to action it once and for all, and see it established in South Dunedin permanently.

Let us not forget about South Dunedin any longer.

I am proud to be part of the South Dunedin Community, it has much to offer; but it could be improved greatly by the addition of such a facility as the community centre and library.

If you are looking at setting up community organisations or businesses why not investigate setting up in South Dunedin.

If you haven’t visited South Dunedin for a while let me invite you to come spend some time here, wander around, go shopping, meet the people and get to know the area.

The measure of character is how you treat those who are least able to repay you.

Yes, South Dunedin has the highest deprivation score in Dunedin, and one of the highest in New Zealand, but the richness in the diversity of people who call this area home is immense.

Let’s work to make this a great place to live, regardless of the circumstances of life that people find themselves in.

Be Proud to be South D, I am.
Paul S Allen
ProudToBeSouthD

Source of statistics: NZ Government Department of Statistics (retrieved 4 June 2014)
http://www.stats.govt.nz/Census/2013-census/data-tables/meshblock-dataset.aspx
Download a PDF document from Statistics New Zealand with official 2013 Census data here

 

Proud to be South D

 


Some programmes currently working to address South D internet access issues South Dunedin Computers in Homes Project - Digital Office – Dunedin Digital Strategy 

Verbal Sticks and Stones

Photo by Rich Johnson

Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can also harm you.

Be careful with words, the scars they cause may not be visible but they are real, words can cause real damage.

People may appear strong and able to cope, but what is going on beneath the surface may not be apparent, and you do not know what demons people are struggling with.

Being told to “get over it” or “harden up” are not helpful statements especially if you have been brave enough to reveal a problem. Yes, we need a reminder from time to time it doesn’t matter what others think about you (or me); but, if you are struggling, you need support and encouragement, at times even professional assistance.

We all can struggle with self-esteem or self-worth issues at some point in life, some people are more obvious with letting it be known, and others just hide it away. The trigger points are different for everyone and you may not understand what your own triggers are.

Words can have permanent consequences for people. You never know how close to the edge someone is, or what they are going through. so be very careful.

Let your words build up and not destroy.

Paul S Allen

I am not a stranger to being bullied, as a child, teenager and as an adult. It has been in the form of words and insults, intimidation, threats and physical attacks.  Coming to a new country as a child with a different accent, just not being the same as others, or being quiet and shy or for no apparent reason at all. What ever the reason given, there is no valid reason to bully anyone, ever.


New Zealand support services

- Youthline: 0800 376 633

- Depression helpline: 0800 111 757 – 24 hour service

- Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155

For an emergency if you or someone else is at risk, call 111


Powerful photos illustrate real damage done verbal abuse

Petapixel.com

The image above is one of a few photos that are a great visual representation on the power that words can have.

Be aware some of the images, although staged, may cause a reaction in you and may not be suitable for sensitive people or children.

 


 Stand up together –  Stop Bullying – Pink Shirt Day this Friday – 23 May 2014 http://www.pinkshirtday.org.nz


Apparition in Chingford Park 2

Faded and Pale – a poem

Faded and Pale

I wrote this on the way to work yesterday watching the moon slowly set.

Both the photo above and the one below I captured this morning.

Moonset

Images and words © Paul S Allen 2014

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