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.
Graphics created by Paul S Allen
©Paul S Allen 2014
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
Source of statistics: NZ Government Department of Statistics (retrieved 4 June 2014)
Download a PDF document from Statistics New Zealand with official 2013 Census data here
Protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products.
Dunedin Saturday 5 April 2014.
Personal accounts shared from family members of those who use and are damaged by Synthetic Cannabis products (legal highs) and from those who have used them.
The sometimes hostile crowd heard augments from both sides of the legalise marijuana debate.
Many negative comments aimed at the government and local government.
This is a complex issue.
According to the NZ Herald
• NZ is the only nation permitting the sale of psychoactive substances if they are found in clinical trials to be “low risk”.
• 42 substances have been given interim licences.
• All will have to reapply for licences under regulations starting in July/August.
• Interim licences will continue if owners can show plans for clinical trials
“About 100 people gathered in Dunedin’s Octagon this afternoon to protest legal highs.
Protests are being held in 23 centres from Whangarei to Invercargill today, and they were organised by Tokoroa mother Julie King via a Facebook event page, “Aotearoa bans the sale and distribution of legal highs in our country”.
One of the speakers at the Dunedin protest was Calvin Hooper, who protested outside “… Read more
Karen Casey and David Hore protesting near a “legal high” store in South Dunedin on 12 April 2014