Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: The Day My Brain Stood Still,

    Reading and listening and thinking. Thanks.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The company of strangers,

    We flew Auckland to Wellington on 22 March. We had gone up for the weekend to see the last of the pop-up Globe, but it closed down as we arrived. It was weird being a tourist while NZ started to withdraw from the world. The hotel was about to be taken over for managed isolation for plane loads of returnees. We heard Jacinda's big announcement of the new Pandemic Levels in the car on the way to have a look at Matakana which was as busy as ever, but with lots of handsanitiser. The first Marist cluster infection was in the news.

    On the plane home there was some worrying coughing down the back. A couple in front of us wearing masks and gloves was travelling home from overseas, but we still had to get close unloading luggage from the overseas locker and queuing. For several days we checked Ministry of Health reports of new infections and the planes they had travelled on and hoped ours wasn't on the list.

    It was the anxiety and fear of that time I will remember. Who would be next to test positive and who might die?

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Has Iran found an effective…,

    There seems to be some interesting work happening in Cuba too.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Bubble of One, in reply to Chelle Hope,

    A couple of immunocompromised people in this bubble so very happy with the firm leadership of Jacinda, Ashley, Grant and all. Also lucky to have a skilled shopper. A month ago we were seriously worried about people we knew catching Covid, a threat which has now receded somewhat (thankfully).

    Thanks again for writing this, Chelle. Must have taken a lot of energy to produce such an authentic reflection on this moment in place and time.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Bubble of One,

    Thanks for writing this.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A draft submission on the…,

    Thanks for doing this, Graeme.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Michael Baker and the Big House,

    What fascinating networking. That's so NZ.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone, in reply to BenWilson,

    We got a little Vegepod earlier this year after being impressed with the neighbours' large one which we were watering while they were away. It was delivered as a dreaded flat pack but with instructions in NZ English, and after filling it with some bags of stuff and seedlings, it has been very prolific. The most successful vegetable gardening I have ever done, in a small space. But not much use telling people about this at this time, sorry.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Together Alone,

    Great idea to reactivate this (usually caring but always interesting) online community. Thanks, Russell.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: On the possibility of laws…,

    Many disabled people are the targets of hate speech and such attitudes sometimes result in violent attacks. The hate speech is directed at them specifically because of their impairment. I would like to see disability hate speech laws, as well as education on ableism.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 3214 posts Report Reply

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