This is the home of Barry McKinnon. He would no doubt be at home on this stage. He would also be at home in Rotorua. This particular shot was taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon. A peaceful street (even with the music) lined with eateries and small stores. The atmosphere was calm and gentle. A summer market was humming in the background. Children riding on donkeys and parents swapping old books for new. I couldn’t help but think that England may have been like this once. Nah – don’t be ridiculous.
Archive for May, 2009
Both Kristen and me loved this spot. A relaxed community made up predominantly of beach homes, small stores and some local residents. Waihi is without question the dream beach. A long stretch of sand catering to fisherman, football matches, joggers, sandcastle building and a bit of surfing. Oh, and simply spending time with your young daughter.
I’d move here in a heart-beat, but I may need to put this one in the retirement scrap book.
It is arguable that the most important local government change project happening now is happening in Oldham. It is their individualised budgets (In Control) project, the most advanced of a flotilla of national schemes around individualised budgets. This concept moves the boundary between state and citizen, between state and the making of the self. Its headlines are:
- This is a social work of ability, not disability.
- This mission is to change the organisation of social care so that people who need support can take more control of their own lives and fulfill their role as full citizens: the complete transformation of social care into a system of Self-Directed Support.
- Oldham now has 60% of its service users on individual budgets, equating to about 1,700.
I also have video segments from my conversations with Michael and Jayne, but they have not yet been approved. I hope to have news on this soon. It is compelling stuff.