Seems everybody is asking how to fix social problems, maybe after all these years, someone will start looking at what I am saying is wrong and how to fix it based on current health models.
It has been extremely difficult interacting with Council, they have their favourite social agencies, they don’t challenge them and they expect them to do what they say for everybody in teh community – when of course they don’t. There has been absolutely nothing practical done to halt the suicide rate in Wairarapa, putting more money into those agencies who are failing doesn’t work.
My big ideas for the future of Carterton and New Zealand:
20 July 2020
I don’t just have one idea I have several, though they are pretty big and will take the entire community to realise in the short amount of time I envisage. My ideas cover mental health and would be eligible for funding from new government investments in this area. Also charity money could be applied to these ideas.
Recently I was on the facebook page created for this public feedback and saw a woman wanting Shop Outlet stores in Carterton. These are almost all imported, low price items made with foreign sweatshop labour. I find this morally and culturally offensive and want my own community to again cloth us. With our point of difference using recycled/upcycled clothing. Carterton could become known as the recycle/upcycle style capital of the region. Have clothing designers teaching and working with clients to produce good quality clothing etc. (Through our Local Rehabilitation Centres described later in this submission.)
Shops could also sell offcuts etc from building industry, like mats from Flair Flooring. Artists and crafters could use their skills to design useful items from the waste materials for sale to the public, both in shops and online. With a group dedicated to creating products and selling internationally.
We could run eco-tours for people to plant waterways and give them certificates for their efforts.
Carterton could also become a place in New Zealand that built the first Local Rehabilitation Centre for work, training and rehabilitation opportunities for people with disabilities, illnesses and injuries. Along with a Regional Mental Health Facility based on the same Occupational Therapy and Fence At The Top of The Cliff rehabilitation model I designed several years ago. These are what I saw as the solution to my own needs for meaningful work that accommodated my talents, abilities and impairments and helped me return to a ‘normal’ life after my mental injury as a result of a crime. A place where I felt safe and was kept safe.
Large warehouses big enough to build a house with associated equipment to support people with disabilities to work on them, along with support people, like physiotherapists, occupational therapists, etc. Attached to these warehouses would be offices, classrooms and work rooms to provide a multitude of different opportunities for disabled (illness or injury) local people to work, using a part time, currently untapped workforce.
A workroom recycling and upcycling clothing for sale online and in local shops. That would include selling things like buttons and zips. Because of the rehabilitation (health/welfare) nature of the operation, the labour intensiveness of the work would not need to be incorporated into the selling price.
A workroom with woodwork and metalwork resources to upcycle and refurbish furniture etc. For sale online and through local shops. I envisage support from volunteers like those at the mens shed, however, people involved in work of all types should receive payment for their labour if they choose. Current work opportunities for people with disabilities are demeaning and grossly unfair, voluntary work should be a choice. That includes teaching.
An associated market garden to feed clients, staff and the community, especially in times of crisis. An important meaningful work (and teaching) activity that gives practical skills and resources to a client. Excess preserves or fresh vegetables etc could be sold in local shops. Point of difference could be locally made and supporting the Rehabilitation Centre clients, also bringing well paid health jobs into the community. So people don’t have to travel out of town or the Wairarapa, thereby creating pollution through vehicle use etc. I’ve travelled to work in Lower Hutt for years, I know what a drain it is on people – they would much rather work locally, so long as they could get the same money and interesting jobs.
As part of the Rehabilitation Centre there would be a gym set up with equipment designed to run a dynamo and create electricity. This would be managed by professional trainers and physiotherapists to build strength of disabled people as part of being fit to work and the rehabilitation. This would also support the energy needs of the centre, which should be designed on sustainable models using as much recycled materials as sensible for a new construction. I know there are huge amounts of resources at local building recycling outlets. I envisage research and designs being patented regarding effective exercise equipment producing electricity.
There would be a commercial kitchen for training, rehabilitation and processing excess food from the market gardens and the community. It is such a waste to not process food from the community as well, private fruit trees etc where owners cannot use the produce, they can give to us to use.
ACC have recently announced they will be withdrawing from investing in fossil fuels etc. Now is the time they should invest in these rehabilitation centres throughout New Zealand. The rehab centres dedicated to mental health should cover the serious gap in services for mentally injured sensitive claimants.
These centres should be for those who currently don’t have services. People who have recovered from addiction, not people who are still recovering.
People who don’t have access to IHC services. It would be for people with FAS as shown on Sunday programme recently.
The Wairarapa could have as many as six of these centres, one for each town and some regional, either mental health or physical health.
These centres could also be bases for free on-the-job training for public health, and Occupational Therapy, Psychiatric Nursing (I don’t believe in Mental Health Support Workers), physiotherapy, etc. Upskilling our community (giving Social Workers more skills, solutions and resources, a current topic of news) using local people and formal govt education resources. The government says they are putting $millions into training in this area.
So not only do we have a workplace that has employees earning between $80-$100,000+ annually we also have the output of the teams of disabled workers building houses and creating products for sale with clean waste materials. Looks like a win win situation to me and possibly more wins if research and development in the area of supporting disabled people into meaningful local employment is the success I forsee.
There is also the potential to create one or multiple co-operatives of workers under the umbrella of these rehabilitation centres. Along with teams of disabled people (and their disability support workers) that can be trained and sent away to help during fruit harvest times and vineyard work in different areas of New Zealand. Perhaps taking our own accommodation if necessary.
As you realise a big undertaking but one I know would be worth pursuing, hopefully my application for a TSB Good Stuff grant is successful and I can take this idea about Rehab Centres further.
Another idea I had was virtual tours, while on lockdown I craved to do more professional and interactive virtual touring of art galleries, museums, towns and environment on my computer. But the quality was poor and navigation difficult, I know there is far superior technology that would have given me the experience I was wanting.
We could have people hiring VR glasses at the Events Centre and going on virtual tours, of local artists, local theatre productions, history tours and history plays.
There would be an opportunity for merchandising with this idea and artists being paid just for viewing of their work, without having to sell it if they didn’t want to.
With well catered to and resourced online virtual tourism, we would have the opportunity to sell internationally. Create a museum of cultural, historical and creative works of local people. People would pay to see top quality 3D virtual tours, interviews with artists, interesting stories of history.
Work and paid performance opportunities for actors, writers and musicians, both live for people visiting Carterton and online for our national and international audiences. People who would be available to work on movie and TV productions as well when required.
Because of Covid-19 and pollution tourism creates, people could be encouraged to use and pay for virtual tours to save the planet but get a genuine cultural experience of where they want to visit.
Another idea to give more work to artists, actors and musicians (as I am one) would be to run a different event in each Wairarapa town over the weekend. Perhaps 3 times a day, so people can come to the Wairarapa and choose different events to attend during the day. Perhaps there could be bus and train transport to some of the venues. Perhaps some could happen at country halls and others making use of town halls around Wairarapa. Use electric vehicles, make it as eco-friendly as possible.
If people cannot go to Disneyland but want an experience that professional, then lets see what our arts and entertainment residents can come up with. If say tickets for the tour were $200 adults and $100 children (for those events that were suitable for children). Offer a top class event, something people save up to participate in. We have a city on our doorstep and within 3 hours of Palmerston North, Wanganui and Hawkes Bay. Make sure local people have the opportunity to attend events for low cost at regular intervals.
There should be a wide variety of cultural events to cater to all tastes.
Visitors should have to pay top dollar so as many people as possible can get decently paid work from the venture. This needs to be professional enough to sell overseas and put on our own virtual reality paid network – museum – gallery.
What I imagine for Carterton and New Zealand post-Covid, is a sustainable and wellbeing based new world where a peaceful society and the planet are highly valued. The question is will we be a world leader in sustainable local development and dealing with the core of issues (ref Norman Kirk) or another follower of consumerism to the detriment of the planet and our society.
I have put a more detailed outline of the Rehabilitation Centres on my website, along with other information and scientific/legal support for this idea. www.jrmurphypoet.com
I would like to see council focus on these things above by pressuring and lobbying central government, ‘with support from ratepayers’ to have general taxation cover the costs of the wellbeing and work opportunities we want in our community, like those suggested above. Along with facilitating charity avenues to support such ventures.
I would like to see council focus on educating citizens about politics and democracy and how it affects all our lives and how we can use it for the benefit of all people. How citizens can have a say in national politics by more than just voting every 3 years. I would like to see events teaching this to Carterton visitors and schools, community groups etc. There could be displays of constitutional documents on the walls of the Events Centre Library and with the council information available to read – also online. Teach people the most basic premise of a civilised and peaceful society as to why we have governments and laws. Why local council’s exist, some information about our political history would be valuable.
Explain how different governments give council’s the responsibility for wellbeing etc but no resources/money to achieve it. While others take responsibility away from government and disempower local council’s who are at the cliff face of social problems caused by economic theories they apply to our society. From my observations capitalism isn’t working for more and more people. This idea that less government is good for society also needs to be addressed. I know some people may not agree with or understand my position, however I am informed by some very astute global academics in the area of economics, human rights, law and exciting possibilities for the future if we get it right, etc. One of the advantages of social media. (Please refer Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Mark Blyth, Richard Wolff, Yanis Varoufakis, David Harvey, Jimmy Dore, Lee Camp and many more.)
I have just been watching an excellent documentary on youtube of Norman Kirk, what a man, what a leader. The core of the matter according to his years of study is every person young or old, family or not needs four things. To have a home to live in, food to eat, clothing to wear and hope for the future. With my Local Rehabilitation Centre idea all of these basic human needs can be addressed. We will be building homes, growing food, recycling/upcycling clothing and giving people we employ hope for the future. We will be helping the planet and leading the way in sustainable methods while proving practical solutions to the issue of wellbeing of all members of society.
That is the future I would like for Carterton, not ignoring the most serious issues, addressing them and offering practical solutions – my kind post-Covid world.
Kia kaha to us all.