142 days ago

Drive SOBA Milestone

Ian Crayton-Brown from Northland Road Safety

Drink Driver Programme Marks Milestones
This winter marked 10 years and 1000 participants since the Drive SOBA Programme (DSP) began in Northland.

Across ten years, 1000 people have completed the 12-session course, which provides alcohol education, relapse prevention and role-playing to develop empathy and problem solving to change people who have been habitually drink driving.

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6 hours ago

10 Must-Haves for Every Bedroom

Marketing Manager from Beds4u Whangarei

It is quite normal for you to be taking frequent looks around your bedroom. In the process, have you ever felt that there is a something special missing from this divine space at home?

The problem here is that it is so difficult for you to put your finger on exactly what that thing is that could potentially add value to your bedroom. You need not panic though for when it comes to ensuring your bedroom is fitted with everything it should have such that it becomes the ideal place to unwind and relax in, we have all your bases covered. Read full blog here: goo.gl...

1 day ago

Is Something Good because we say it is good, or is something good independent of what we think about it?

Kerry from Glenbervie

I’m starting a new thread here because an issue arose that has not been explored in relation to David Arlidge’s recent discussion: Is marriage dead as a social institution? Or is there an elephant in the room?

The reality that, as David pointed out, this institution has held such a great influence on human culture over such a vast period of history and over such diverse cultures cannot reasonably be denied. What also cannot reasonably be denied is the reality that at least in our culture, and perhaps that of wider Western civilization this institution is rapidly losing favour as a social more.

David’s view, (as is mine, though for different reasons) is that this was not a good thing.

And I think it might be fair to say that, just as the first black President of the United States was ushered in as a defining moment of racial equality in American politics, so too in New Zealand we have reached a pivotal moment in our own political history.

While we may be basking in the sunshine of sexual equality having our third female Prime Minister, we no doubt have moved firmly still further into liberal ideology having our first Prime Minister who is both unmarried and expecting her first child. I think that David’s thread amply demonstrated that people observed this as a good thing. That this was a sign of a moral “coming of age” when a political leader could accomplish the pinnacle of political aspirations, and remain unmarried, and all without censure or misgivings by any group with political clout. Those who responded to the thread seem to reflect the views of the wider population at least according to media portrayal.

What hasn’t changed is that we still universally describe these changes in terms of being “good” or “better” or “worse” or “bad”. In other words we still recognize these changes as questions of moral significance.

The question of how we arrive at whether something is good or bad is the question I would like to explore in this thread. I hope this strikes you as an important question. If the question of marriage assumes such importance, then surely a question of our basis for all moral questions must assume value an order of magnitude greater again? If it is important to give a hungry man a fish, who tomorrow will be hungry again, is it not so much more important to teach him how to fish! I think sometimes our reaction to this is: “Well to marry or not to marry is immediately available to my experience, the question of our basis for morality is so esoteric, so beyond what I’m used to thinking about, I don’t think I can participate, I’m not qualified nor interested.” Just remember that the law chooses a jury of ordinary people who have a sense of civic duty to decide the fate of alleged murderers who stand to lose their freedom for a very long time. Well I hope this topic will be of interest, and not at all out of reach.

To that end, I want to comment on some things which were missed in the previous discussion, so first some housekeeping:

9 hours ago

Do you have a current first aid certificate and a phone?

Nic from Central Whangarei

There's a great system called GoodSAM (www.goodsamapp.org...) which works on android, IOS, and just a normal feature phone (ie. a dumb phone). I've been using it for about a month, and it's one of the more sensible uses of technology I've seen in some time.

Once you register with GoodSAM (which requires you to send a copy of your first aid certificate so that they can confirm it's valid), you just get on with your life as normal, and they track you through your phone.

When someone near you calls an ambulance, you get an alert on your phone. If you accept the alert, you are given directions to the casualty, and you help them until the ambulance gets there. If two people accept the alert, the first one gets directions to the casualty, and the second gets directions to the nearest defibrillator, and then to the casualty.

There are very few people (five, so far) registered in and around Whangarei. Obviously, the system will be more useful if more people register. I've had two alerts so far, and the ambulance beat me to the scene both times, which I find quite reassuring.

Other than being a registered user of the app, I have no direct link with the organisation, but I would like to see it succeed as I think it's a great idea.

If you're nervous about the idea of actually having to use your first aid, remember that you'll probably only be there for a few minutes before the ambulance arrives, and the first few minutes can be the difference between someone surviving and dying. Please, if you've got a certificate, consider registering - you might be able to help someone.