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Youth and drugs

Last weekend I was on Radio New Zealand’s Sunday programme talking to Megan Wheelan, Richie Hardcore, and Nadia Freeman about youth and drugs in New Zealand.

It was a great panel discussion which ranged far and wide, and it got me thinking about some things. Have a listen on the link below first and then further (extensive) thoughts are below that.


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ORA Safety + BAC calculator

It has been a crazy few months in the Akina Foundation’s Launchpad programme. Ora Safety, finally got its first product out, a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) calculator so people could figure out the new low limits for drink driving.

You can check out the calculator here:

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Long overdue update: PledgeMe + Ora + albatrosses

Okay. So not the most fastidious blogger. But I have been busy.

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Firstly, in July I started working for PledgeMe. It’s an awesome company which helps people harness the power of their crowd to fund the things they care about. My official title is “Chief Media Wrangler” which is probably the best job title I’ve ever had. Anna Guenther, the boss lady, is pretty awesome, and the rest of the team, well… that’s just Jen… is pretty cool too.

The big news here is that we just attracted $100,000 of investment with our very own equity crowdfunding campaign and we did that in under 24 hours. Which means Anna and my record of working together on crowdfunding campaigns remains untarnished.

The other thing I have been doing is super cool too: I’ve got my own start up happening. Ora is making workplaces safer and healthier by measuring the thing that matters to workplaces accidents, impairment. I’ve written a blog post over on the Ora site about the initial startup phase. Keep an eye on the blog over there.

The other other thing I’ve been up to is supporting the Chatham Albatross in Forest and Bird‘s Seabird of the Year. I know this is a diversion from my usual favourite feathered friend, the Tieke/Saddleback, but F&B didn’t accept my argument that they were seabirds. Even after I dressed one up as a pirate.

So Chatham Albatross it is. It’s a mean-ass bird who roves the South Pacific in search of food and mates. Josh Drummond knocked me up the amazing gangpatch above for the campaign and we’re getting t-shirts made. If you want one let me know.

It’s great to be involved with some awesome organisations. I love PledgeMe and working with the Akina Foundation and my super awesome team on Ora, and Josh is an old pal who I love working with. I hope he is reading this and gets the hint and moves from Hamilton to Wellington. It’s amazing how much you can achieve when you have a supportive crowd of people around you who you can collaborate with. Good work everyone!

Wellington Local Approved Products Policy submissions

The Wellington City Council is calling for submissions on its Local Approved Products Policy (LAPP). For those of you who aren’t down with the lingo that means the WCC is going to be regulating where New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) (aka ‘legal highs’) can be sold in our city.

Some background: last year the Government passed the Psychoactive Substances Act, the first piece of legislation globally that flipped the onus of proof onto NPS manufacturers to prove the substances were safe before they were allowed to be sold. Hallelujah. It was supposed to solve the legal high conundrum. Plenty has been written about this law else where and we can argue about whether it is working or not, but it’s the law so it goes. Continue reading →

Letter to Quinovic

Quinovic said I stole a hose. It was the last straw in a two month ordeal to end lease agreement.

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Internet Policy in New Zealand, or, Why Kim Dotcom Needs A Figurative Slap To The Face

I unashamedly admit to being a nerd – in fact, of the names I get called on a daily basis, that one is by far the nicest. I’m also a student of politics who has no particular loyalty to any party. It’s because of these two things, Kim, that I feel an overwhelming need to grab you by those mountainous figurative shoulders and figuratively slap some literal sense in to you.

Regardless of any other motives you may have around your extradition, I have absolutely no doubt that you believe what you are doing is best for New Zealand’s internet policy. After all, a lot of the things you believe in would be wonderful for this country — for example, a competitor for the Southern Cross cable. Continue reading →

Three hundred and sixty five

Hi, my name is Jackson.

Today I’ve been sober for one year — 365 days. Continue reading →

Alcohol Reform Bill sheets

The Alcohol Reform Bill will be coming up in Parliament for it’s final reading after the recess.

Alcohol causes a shit-load of harm in New Zealand. We really need to get the liquor laws right.

The bill, as it stands, is a bit shit. It does not address key areas. My work produced these six nifty little fact sheets for MPs to assist them factually while they’re debating the bill and suggest positive changes that will reduce alcohol-related harm in our communities.
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Goin’ back to Houston

I’m headed back to the United Space School this July to be a mentor for the youths from all over the world who converge on NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston to learn about the wonders of space.
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Rooftop Bliss

Taken over G&Ts on the rooftop of an Australian friend of mine, Kelly, who is living in Dakar working for an awesome little NGO.