BLOG - Shouting at elephants
Politics here in New Zealand could be seen as an epic battle of invisible elephants. The majority of debates presume that the “other guys” (those who stubbornly disagree with us) are misguided at best, malicious at worst, and that with enough information and evidence they will finally see the light.
BLOG - Normalising suicide
Mental health issues affect a huge number of New Zealanders. The last thing vulnerable members of the public need is to see suicide extensively covered by the media as an object of public fascination – sending unhelpful cultural cues that it’s a viable option. The Law Commission—and Government ministers—see the vast power and sway that learning the details of a suicide death can have on people who may be depressed, lonely, sick, or feeling hopeless and trapped by life.