Friday, October 31, 2014

Surviving & Moving on,

Surviving & Moving on, self-help for survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Dr Kim McGregor. I read this book, a timely thing with the Roast Busters.

Dr Kim McGregor is the Executive Director of Rape Prevention Education Whakatu Mauri (RPE). She has contributed to the sexual violence prevention programmes and initiatives RPE has developed since she began with RPE in 2005, including: school-based programmes BodySafe, Sex ‘n’ Respect Parties and Sex ‘n’ Respect Alternative Education; youth booklet Sex ‘n’ Respect Working with Young People to Promote Respectful Relating and Prevent Sexual Violence; youth website; whanau and rangatahi programmes (developed by Maori clinical specialists) Tiaki Tinana and Rangatahi & Sexual Health; professional education workshops Dealing with Disclosures and SCAN; and works to raise awareness about sexual violence issues with the National Sexual Violence Survivor Advocate Louise Nicholas.

The West Auckland teen group, who dubbed themselves Roast Busters, came to prominence last year with videos of themselves online boasting about having sex with drunk, underage girls.

The police officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Inspector Karyn Malthus, said the decision not to charge came about due to a range of factors including ‘‘evidential tests under the solicitor-general’s prosecution guidelines’’. 

The Roast Busters make me think of all the girls they had raped, yet nothing is done for them.

Shame! Shame! Shame!

Joseph Parker and Beraiah Hales have boasted  online of their actions.

The Roast Busters scandal caused widespread outrage after it was revealed young men were posting videos of themselves online bragging about sexual activities with drunk, underage girls -- some as young as 13. The Roastbusters are a "gang" of lowlife teenage boys who have been drugging, raping and feeding little girls with alcohol, filming it and putting it on the Internet. 

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott of Waitemata district said in November 2013 that even though police were aware of the group, there was nothing they could do until a girl was "brave enough" to make a formal complaint.
Days later it emerged a young teen had complained to police two years before, but she was not taken seriously.

The 15-year-old who went to police about the Roast Busters in 2011, said she would lay a new formal complaint after the scandal broke. She also criticised police for their line of questioning, asking her what she was wearing at the time of the assault, when she was aged just 13.

Police have released the findings in the Operation Clover investigation into eight incidents, involving seven victims who made formal complaints, and five suspects.
A further 25 girls declined to make formal statements, but were believed to have been victims of sexual offending.

 This week the Police decided not to charge them.

There will be a  march at 2pm this afternoon. From Britomart to Aotea Square. Do it for your sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunties, girlfriends, wives, anyone you know.

My nephew Joshua

So proud of my nephew.
Josh is running a SOS campaign and raising money against sex slavery. He is doing it at a shopping Centre tonight. And also he has been voted as Head Prefect for his college in 2015 

Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery

Human trafficking fuels the growth of organized crime, undermining health, safety, security, and the basic needs of humanity. It is the fastest growing crime in the world.


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This is a different theme to what sends you a fright down your spins. Sex trafficking and slavery of little girls.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween [Friday My Town Shoot Out] [Link-up]

From pumpkins to jack-o-lanterns, from lonely fields to spooky ruins, what can you show us from your town that will send a fright down or spines?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Petitioning The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand

Publicly condemn the comments by fashion designer Denise L'estrange that "clothes look better on skinny people"

    1. kelly pope
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      christchurch, New Zealand

      Discussing the recent display of Glassons manequins with visible ribs on TV One's "Breakfast" show this morning, fashion designer Denise L'estrange commented that those concerned need to "get a life".
       "Let's face it, clothes look better on skinny people," she told the show.
      While these comments have shocked New Zealanders for their insensitivity, the fact that Denise has a background in mental health promotion is even more disappointing, especially given the huge number of young women (and others) struggling with eating disorders - a mental illness linked with huge stigma, discrimination and an alarmingly high mortality rate.
      Over the past years the Mental Health Foundation has had close links with Denise, accepting her high-profile support, and championing her story of recovery from depression.
      The Mental Health Foundation is the voice that challenges stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness in New Zealand, and in this role has highlighted a number of issues where attitudes expressed by public figures or in the media have contributed to stigma.
      This important counter-discrimination role in society, as well as the Foundation's established relationship with Denise L'estrange, make it imperative that the Mental Health Foundation call out these comments.
      The Mental Health Foundation has led the way in acknowledging the social causes of mental distress, with campaigns such as the Five Winning Ways to Wellbeing, which highlight how everyday experiences contribute to wellbeing.
      This and the fact that research shows the link between social pressures of thinness and eating disorders (many times eating disorders begin as a benign attempt to diet) should prompt the Mental Health Foundation to publicly condemn the views expressed by Denise.
      "If walking past a store with a mannequin with its ribs showing is going to offend you or make you think that it's encouraging people to starve themselves, then I really think you may need to find better things to do with your life."
       Comments such as this overlook how glorified thinness can be a trigger for many people recovering from eating disorders, and contribute to stigma and discrimination against people with eating disorders. They should not be coming from someone who champions mental health recovery and social inclusion.
      Sign this petition to call on the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand to join the opposition to Denise's comments by publicly condemning them.
      The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand
      Publicly condemn the comments by fashion designer Denise L'estrange that "clothes look better on skinny people"
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Glassons apologising on its use of skinny mannequins

Women's clothing giant Glassons is backtracking on its use of skinny mannequins, apologising to customers for the "unattainable depiction of women".
The apology, released this evening, follows a strong public backlash and an online petition - which attracted 16,000 signatures in a day - demanding removal of the mannequins, which featured visible ribs.
Hallenstein Glasson Chief executive Graeme Popplewell said the company agreed its mannequins were unacceptable.
He had ordered their removal from display in all stores.
"While these mannequins are not new to the business, we have taken on-board the feedback of New Zealand women in its entirety, and we unreservedly apologise for any upset we may have caused those who viewed the store displays," he said.
"The removal of the offending mannequins is effective immediately and once again we wish to reiterate how truly sorry we are to the women of New Zealand," he said.

We're sorry for featuring display mannequins which have been described as an unattainable depiction of women. We agree that the mannequins are unacceptable, and we have removed them from all stores. While these mannequins are not new to the business, we have taken on-board the feedback in its entirety, and we unreservedly apologise for any upset we may have caused those who viewed the store displays. The removal of the offending mannequins is effective immediately and once again we wish to reiterate how truly sorry we are. We would also like to reassure you that in future a more rigorous selection process will be adhered to for its point of sale display mannequins. Hallenstein Glasson CEO, Graeme Popplewell.

A skinny rib sticking out mannequin is the centre of a discussion in New Zealand.

I just happened to have taken this photo of the company, but not the branch concerned. These mannequins are fully clothes. You can see they are very skinny.

I personally think it is irresponsible for companies to do that. Mannequins can lead to young girls leading to projecting eating disorders, anorexia nervosa,"thinspiration," girls starving themselves to death, or the rise in hospital admissions of young women with eating disorders, increasing obsession with cosmetic surgery,
What do you think?
Does the mannequin promote an unhealthy body image?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Blog Action Day, Oct 16 , 2014 Feed the hungry children

In New Zealand, we have family support from the Government, yet children go to school with no shoes, breakfast or warm weather clothes. Some thing is wrong somewhere.

One Friday, children from higher decile schools were asked to bring a can of beans or spaghetti to donate to poorer schools. 

Thursday Challenge is a place for photographic fun and learning. A theme is announced on this site each week

roseThursday Challenge theme is: HAPPY (Smiles, Faces, Laughter, Humorous Things,...)  

I was happy, so were the children when they donated their cans of food.

When a child grows up in poverty they miss out on things most New Zealanders take for granted. They are living in cold, damp, over-crowded houses, they do not have warm or rain-proof clothing, their shoes are worn, and many days they go hungry.
Many more don’t get to go to the doctor when they are sick, because they can’t afford the costs of the appointment and the medicine. Others stay home from school because they don’t have all the uniform or lunch to take. Poverty can also cause lasting damage. It can mean doing badly at school, not getting a good job, having poor health and falling into a life of crime.
We are slowly seeing some action to reduce the numbers of children missing out. We need to know if these changes are making a difference for kiwi kids.
Every year the Child Poverty Monitor will record how well or badly we’re doing for kiwi kids.
The Child Poverty Monitor uses data from Otago University to show how many children are in different types of poverty.
To find out more about child poverty, you can read the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group report Solutions to Child Poverty in New Zealand: Evidence for Action.
The Annual Child Poverty Monitor is a partnership project between the Children’s Commissioner, the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University.
In 2012 the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty put forward 78 recommendations on a range of ways to address child poverty.
One of those recommendations was around the need to measure and report on child poverty rates annually. We believe this is a vital step in reducing child poverty in New Zealand and that is why this project was born.
Each year, for the next five years, we will report on income poverty, material hardship, severity of poverty and persistent poverty. In time we will also include information on child poverty-related indicators from health, housing, education and disability.
The measures of child poverty we are reporting on come from a solid base of research and data already collected here in New Zealand.
Blog Action Day 2014. Let's talk about Inequality

Monday, October 13, 2014

科学中的Mail order bride
Mail Order Bride 邮购新娘: Auckland University Library
4 days ago ... Auckland University Library. So glad that Auckland Univeristy, my alma mata is circulating all my 4 books . Logo - The University of Auckland ...
Mail Order Bride 邮购新娘: The University of Auckland Libraries and ...
2014年3月20日 ... From China to Borneo and beyond / Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan. Ann Kit Suet Chin 1954-. Auckland, N.Z. : Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan 2013.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Book CV

Auckland University library, Sarawak Council libraries and the Auckland city libraries are circulating all my books.

Publish info:
Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin, 2013.
21st century, New Zealand fiction
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Publish info:
Auckland : Ann Kit Suet Chin, 2014.
21st century, New Zealand fiction
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Publish info:
[Auckland, N.Z. : Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan, 2013]
Family, History, Chinese, Chin, Ann Kit Suet, Chan family, Kong family, 20th century, Malaysia
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"This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great…
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[Auckland, N.Z.] : A.K.S. Chin, 2011.
Psychological aspects, Diaries, Loss (Psychology), Parents of terminally ill children, Bereavement, Chin, Ann Kit Suet, New Zealand
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"This is a real life story of losing one's only son. This experience has made the author strong and caring. This tragedy has been a great…

Oliver Wong's sad face painting.…/sad-face-by-oliver-wong… Oliver, your painting is just the right one for my latest book.
This painting also suits all my other books. In all 4 of them, women  have sad faces in different times of their life.

Tiny flowers on a grave

You never guess where I found these wild flowers.
These flowers were seen on a lawn cemetery,
Growing on a grave.
I like to think,
The Angel of the family,
Sprouted the tiny flowers,
To say, I love you.

In this book, Finau was drown, and Anapelsi mourned for him.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Save the world: Kiwi Celebrities Lend Support for World Sight Day

Fleur of FLEUR REVELL-DEVLIN invited me to support this cause. We have just watched the Shortland Street's show on the doctors and nurses going to Fiji to help the seeing impaired.

My first encounter with the blind was when I was in the 6th form. Mum drove home a 30 something blind man. I wrote about this episode in the last chapter of my From China to Borneo to beyond book.

It was written as a tribute to Mum and Dad's generosity in giving the blind man a temporary home. It also gave us kids an experience to care for someone in need.

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I post what Fleur has written to me.

About the cause:

Vision For Life is a charitable initiative raising money for Macular Degeneration New Zealand
Vision For Life is a charitable initiative set up by Essilor, raising money for Macular Degeneration New Zealand. The campaign which is backed by celebrities Frankie Adams, Carly Flynn, Renee Wright and Erica Takacs and kicking off on World Sight Day – Thursday 09th October 2014 – Vision For Life aims to give Kiwis suffering from Macular Degeneration the gift of sight.

Backing not only eye care, but also treatment, the stars are helping to drive donations for Macular Degeneration New Zealand though a Vision For Life fundraiser at

Fleur Revell-Devlin | Impact PR