Reality bytes

Catriona McLagan
Icatrionanformation Analyst/Advisor 
Platform Charitable Trust

It’s interesting to notice that we have a natural tendency to imbue technology with either good or bad qualities.  The thing about technology, be it social media platforms or 3D printers, is that it’s us humans that are creating and using it.  It is neither good nor bad.  It has usefulness and it can create or exacerbate problems.  It can be used in ways that enhance our society and ways that undermine it.  At the recent NetHui I attended, these conversations were infused in almost every session.  Below are my three main observations from the hui. Read more »

Makaraka’s Old School Values Future Proofed

Press Release – Sunrise Foundation

The Board of Trustees have established the Makaraka School Endowment Fund at The Sunrise Foundation to help future proof the school. Read more »

The Future of Work Sits Within the Gig Economy.

Article – ENSPIRAL

Silvia Zuur was invited by the organisers of the Wellington Work in Progress conference to speak on the pro side of the Great Debate: The pros and cons of the Gig Economy. Below is her opening address. Read more »

Underwater nurseries installed in Mahurangi Harbour

Press Release – Revive Our Gulf

Five living fish nurseries have been installed around the Mahurangi Harbour by Revive Our Gulf. The nurseries have been formed by laying more than 50 tonnes of mussels (the weight of more than a dozen school buses) on the seabed. Revive Our Gulf want … Read more »

Alarming impact of online abuse against women

Press Release – Amnesty International

New research by Amnesty International has revealed the alarming impact that abuse and harassment on social media are having on women, with women around the world reporting stress, anxiety, or panic attacks as a result of these harmful online experiences. Read more »

Make the most of summer with Auckland Libraries

Press Release – Auckland Council

Kick back and relax this summer with Auckland Libraries. Were offering a great range of fun and free summer services and activities so you can make the most of the holiday break. Read more »

Variety Implores Kiwis to Get Kids Off Waiting List

Press Release – Variety – The Children’s Charity

Universal Childrens Day aims to benefit and promote the welfare of the worlds children. And it is on this day, 20 November, that Variety the Childrens Charity implores New Zealanders to sponsor one of the 370 children on its Kiwi Kid Sponsorship … Read more »

Beards Beat Bowel Cancer this December

Press Release – Bowel Cancer New Zealand

Global fundraising initiative Decembeard is back again encouraging all Kiwi men to grow a beard this December, get sponsored and and raise awareness and funds to help beat bowel cancer. Read more »

Regional Council congratulates Māori ward decision

Press Release – Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is congratulating Whakatne District Councillors on their decision last week to support the establishment of dedicated Mori electorates. Read more »

Christmas Drive-through hopes to reach 26,000-mark

Press Release – Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand

Each December for the past 14 years, Massey Presbyterian Church in West Auckland has run a free Christmas Drive-through, in which people can experience the Christmas story with animals, actors, stages, and singing from the comfort of their … Read more »

Salvation Army Prepares for Increased Need

Press Release – The Salvation Army New Zealand

The number of people needing welfare support from The Salvation Army is on the rise, prompting a plea to the New Zealand public to help break poverty this Christmas. Read more »