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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many…

Have a great holiday break! Thanks for being part of making diversity fun, creative and social this year. We appreciate it and look forward to hanging out with you again in 2015. All the best from the crew at DiversityNZ.com and DPSN — Barbara, Anna, Sam and Philip.

DPSN Signing Off!

It’s that time again! We’re winding down for another year, reflecting back, and looking ahead to what the next year brings. This year our blog has seen 150% increase in trafficunique hits this year, with over 10,000 hits in total this year! And we’re well on our way to 900 likes on our Facebook page.…

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The Loss of Diversification as a Result of Self-Segregation

Blake Leitch is a writer from Auckland’s North Shore who recently graduated from Massey University with a degree in journalism. He also recently graduated the Be. Leadership programme.  In this week’s guest blog, he shares his thoughts on how we create, and define, diversity. Creating diversity is no easy task; if it were, we would not…

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The final straw

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘The straw that broke the camel’s back’ – Wikipedia describes this as “alluding to the proverb “it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back”, [ie.] the seemingly minor or routine action which causes an unpredictably large and sudden reaction, because of the cumulative effect of small actions.”…

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Allyson Hamblett – I am an artist

Allyson Hamblett is an artist and a long-time disability and transgender rights advocate.  This week, she tells us about Arts Access Aotearoa’s “I Am an Artist campaign”, which aims to change people’s attitudes and perceptions by promoting the work of artists who experience disability. Society holds many preconceptions about disability, based on fear of the…

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Happy Birthday Rainbow Youth

Dear Rainbow Youth, I remember the first time I met you. I was on a trip up from Dunedin, and my friend invited me to a trans guy meet-up that was being held at your drop-in centre on K Rd. I had been running a queer and trans youth group in Dunedin for the last…

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How nice is too nice?

Nikki Frittmann is a notetaker and reader/writer for students with disabilities at AUT University.  She has Spina Bifida and lives in Auckland with her husband and two cats.  In this week’s guest blog, Nikki tells us what she has learned from recent dealings with Work and Income New Zealand. I was always brought up to be…