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A creative call to action

Stand up, fight back

This is a call for all of us creative types to use our talents for social good.

We now more than ever need to use our art and talents to highlight the real New Zealand, so that people will see it is not the 100% pure image seen in the glossy marketing.

We need people to see the eroded sovereign rights, the increasing poverty, the widening inequality, the unemployed, the polluted waterways and growing environmental issues. the downtrodden, sick and forgotten and the many, many other issues being experienced in our country today.

It is now time…

A bed for the night

“A bed for the night” Homeless in Dunedin

      • For photographers to use images to unsettle and enlighten.
      • For singer-songwriters to sing the songs that challenge the status quo.
      • For thinkers and poets to question authority.
      • For the media to be independent and investigative not swayed by biased political or commercial agenda.
      • For people to stand up for all those who need a voice to be heard.
      • For all of us to tell the world that everything is NOT ok in this country.

We can, we should and we will do something about it.

Paul S Allen

PS: if you know of an event that highlights the need for social change or for justice or other protest in Dunedin NZ please contact me. As a photographer I am happy to use my skills for a good cause.

Paul

Change is Inevitable

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

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

Protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products – Dunedin NZ

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.

Photos by Paul S Allen

More photos on my Flickr account

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

Dunedin protest against the sale of synthetic cannabis products

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 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11232476 

• 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

 

100 attend legal highs protest in Dunedin- Otago Daily Times  – 5 April 2014

“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


http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/297863/100-attend-legal-highs-protest-dunedin

Protesting against "legal highs"

Karen Casey and David Hore protesting near a “legal high” store in South Dunedin on 12 April 2014

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