16 January 2019
Courtenay Central, which houses Reading Cinemas and other retail outlets, was abruptly closed on January 5.
Wellingtonians are becoming used to buildings being closed because they pose an earthquake risk. A number of other buildings around the city are yellow stickered, which means there is a risk and they must be strengthened. More ...
19 December 2018
National MP Maggie Barry is the latest politician to become embroiled in secret recordings involving her staff.
Former staff have also claimed that while they were employed by Parliamentary Services and should be politically neutral, Barry wrongly required them to do campaign work for the National Party. More ...
5 December 2018
Employers have become more creative and sophisticated with pre-employment questions.
Recently we have seen an increase in questions relating to potential employees' physical and mental health.
Employers say it is important to know of any potential risks in employing an applicant from a health and safety perspective. On the other hand, applicants may resent questions that intrude into their physical and mental health and that appear to be just plain nosey. More ...
21 November 2018
In February the Government announced a royal commission of inquiry into historical abuse and neglect of individuals in state care. Last week the inquiry was extended to cover abuse and neglect in faith-based institutions.
During consultation on the terms of reference, the commission received over 400 submissions. Many sought the addition of faith-based institutions to the inquiry. The Government has listened to the people and is to be commended. More ...
7 November 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle won the hearts of many New Zealanders on their visit. They focused on issues that are important to us.
While many Kiwis are not monarchists, we seem to have been impressed with the royal couple's respect for Maori culture, their attention to mental health issues, and their support of women's suffrage and feminism. More ...
24 October 2018
The National Party has been having a rough time of it. Party leader Simon Bridges faced scrutiny over his spending after someone on the inside leaked MPs' expenses to the media.
In the end the biggest question was who had leaked the information. The National Party commissioned PWC to carry out an inquiry into the identity of the leaker. More ...
10 October 2018
Workers are becoming more aware of mental health and the need to protect themselves from psychological as well as physical harm.
You may have been harmed by things you have seen or heard. Those in the armed forces, police, and security firms witness the chilling effects of violence in their day-to-day work.
A video producer for NZ Police, George Brickell, succeeded in litigation in the High Court for post-traumatic stress disorder and harm caused to him through his work. Brickell was required to witness crime scenes and forensic work in search of material to use in police training videos. More ...
1 October 2018
The newspapers have been full of the public sector's ties with private security and investigation firm Thompson and Clark.
It is reported a number of government agencies have used the firm to investigate or spy on people. A Crown-owned company, Southern Response, allegedly engaged Thompson and Clark to spy on Canterbury earthquake claimants. This prompted the Government to order a State Services Commission inquiry. More ...
12 September 2018
Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, is overworking himself.
In a recent New York Times interview he said he was having an excruciating year of working up to 120 hours a week and taking a sleeping pill, Ambien, to get to sleep. He admits the stress is taking a heavy toll on him personally.
With all due respect, this is a terrible example for a leader to be setting. Surely Musk is not so crucial that he can't bring in others to do the work and support him. More ...
15 August 2018
Pop star Pink has cancelled or postponed many of her Sydney Beautiful Trauma shows for health reasons.
Unfortunately, after postponing her show, Pink was photographed relaxing at Byron Bay with her children. Fans have been disappointed by the cancellations, many having travelled to Australia from New Zealand for the show.
Pink fired back at the media criticism of her cancelling her shows and indulging herself at the beach. More ...