When asked if he would support work schemes for people on welfare benefits, such as in the great depression, Gareth Morgan replied, “no, I would rather see people equipped for work, equipped for innovation.”
This weeks Ladder is awarded to Martin Coffey, an 86 year resident of St Albans, Christchurch New Zealand, for offering to put millions of dollars of his own money into helping re-build his local community pool
This weeks Ladder Award goes to the Labour Party for its election campaign proposal (1 November, 2008) to build on New Zealand’s independent nuclear-free foreign policy, by developing "New Zealand’s role in international conflict resolution.”
Local resident Margreet Stronks, who was the main instigator and driving force behind OSCAR, described care as being closer to the German form of care - solicitude, care for, care about, in this case, the children in St Albans.
As private-public partnerships become increasingly established as normal practice, community care can become bound up with other forms of care: care for profit and care for regulation. What are the possible consequences of this trend for human care in our communities, care for each other, and care about our own possibilities?
A Shovel Award goes to the people of the Christchurch City Council responsible for their “Community Facilities Network Vision” to cut local community funding. How can such cuts to community amenities be called “visionary”? Visions are meant to be inspiring, to open up possibilities, to create hope and energy.