Category Archives: Community

Let there be peace.

Barbed Wire

All people have the right to live in peace and safety without persecution, oppression, victimisation or death.

It does not matter about differences as long as we can mutually respect each other.

We need to embrace diversity not fear it.

Let us look beyond nationality, race, religion, gender or orientation, and respect the person. Listen to each others stories without judgement or condemnation.

We, the free, need to stand up for the oppressed and the persecuted and let their voices be heard.

Let us free the oppressed.

Let us see the humanity.

Let us love the person.

Let there be peace.

 

Paul S Allen

Nothing Perfect

 

 

 

Graphics created by Paul S Allen
©Paul S Allen 2014

March for Palestine – Dunedin NZ

A march to support the people of Palestine, especially those in Gaza.

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

March for Palestine - Dunedin NZ

For more Photos click here March for Palestine – Dunedin NZ

Photos ©Paul S Allen 2014

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May peace prevail in all nations of the world

Global Solidarity with Gaza: A protest rally in Dunedin, New Zealand.

 

Global Solidarity with Gaza: Protest in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2014

 

Global Solidarity with Gaza: Rally in Dunedin, NZ.

Global Solidarity with Gaza: Rally in Dunedin, NZ.

Global Solidarity with Gaza: Rally in Dunedin, NZ.

Global Solidarity with Gaza: Rally in Dunedin, NZ.

Global Solidarity with Gaza: Rally in Dunedin, NZ.

 

Stop factory farming! – Dunedin Rally for Pigs:

Dunedin Rally for Pigs: Stop factory farming!
Photos ©Paul S Allen 2014

Dunedin Rally for Pigs!

Click here for more photos from the rally 

Stop factory farming!

Stop factory farming!

Stop factory farming!

Sign the petition against factory farming using farrowing crates:

https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/prime-minster-john-key-ban-farrowing-crates

For more information about this factory farming practice please visit the following site.

http://safe.org.nz/stop-factory-farming/pigs/Pig-Expose-2014/

Paul S Allen

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 

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