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New Zealand Police Assault Day 2 & 3 Emails

 Mike (Masterton Police),

I have never done anything but be raped, hurt and beg for the care I needed and know I am entitled to.  I have never done a protest that wasn’t justified in a way that I know was reasonable in a civilised and just society.  I have never physically hurt anybody and never been hurt by a man until the rape & then police started hurting me for my protests.  I don’t understand, I know what the law says, I know ACC, mental health and the government aren’t following them, I know that is hurting disabled abuse victims like me and I don’t understand?  I don’t want to live this revolting life – if I can’t work I don’t want to live and yet your officers are saying this is my fault.

I’ve told you before my OT in 2009 and I had just started working on doing some role playing around going for a job interview – that’s the reason I can’t get a job.  After the abused child/man who raped me was found not guilty even when he admitted I was asleep when he started the assault my psychy couldn’t deal with it – its called overwhelming trauma.  So I became phobic of going for job interviews – I did try and do some things myself but everything failed because I got too stressed and couldn’t cope.

OH LORD I WISH I WAS DEAD – SHOT WITH A BULLET RIGHT THROUGH THE HEAD – Google it and you’ll see the rest of the lyrics – which according to your police officers are all lies and I’m offered heaps of care but refuse it. WTF.

Please don’t send them here again, I’m not going to kill myself but I know the next few days are going to be bad – really really bad.  My mother text me yesterday angry about me not going to my uncle’s funeral when everybody else was there.  Do you know how many family events I have not be able to go to since I was raped, the person found not guilty and ACC etc refused to provide me the treatment care and rehabilitation I am entitled to under law?  Did you know my family would never let me look after my nieces and nephews, yet they keep telling me how great my own children are.

Crying – wish I was dead, looking at the bruises and swelling on my hands from yesterday for chalking a swastika on the Carterton police station.  I would suggest you do some research into WWII and the creation of UN and human, civil and political rights – I have. :-( (((((

Sincerely

HUMAN SEWAGE

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From: JR
Sent: Sunday, 7 August 2016 10:55 a.m.
To: SUTTON, Michael
Subject: Don’t want to get officers into trouble & more pissed off with me – just want this hatred & resentment to stop :-(

Just want you and them to promise they won’t hurt me like that again – to realise what I do is just chalk and words – its non-violent and its real.  I don’t insult the police in my protests I beg them for help and challenge them for not upholding the law for everybody rich and poor.

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From: JR
Sent: Monday, 8 August 2016 7:21 a.m.
To: SUTTON, Michael
Subject: Further to what happened on Friday

Mike,

Lost the plot yesterday about what happened on Friday, couldn’t stop crying, ended up at Emergency at the hospital because I didn’t have the money for the after hours doctor.

Went there to get all the bruises recorded, especially the ones on tops of my hands, recounting what happened caused a severe trauma reaction.  While waiting for the doctor alone ended up curled up in a ball (foetal position) in the corner of the assessment room, eyes closed and fingers in my ears as I couldn’t handle all the stimulation and it was only way I could calm myself.  Rocking sitting on the side of the bed wouldn’t do it.  Have to have a wall behind me – same position I ended up in at the police station in Masterton, after Alan had finished threatening me and giving me a hard time.

Doctor was a really nice Middle Eastern man – he knew exactly what was happening and was very nice to me – he was also upset when he realised it was the police that had caused this.  I’m sure when he came to New Zealand he thought he had left behind this sort of violent behaviour by those in authority over powerless citizens.

I am still in shock about what happened  – those two officers completely lost it, the Maori officer is a bully and I can’t imagine the damage he is doing in the community.  He was the one I made the complaint to about High Court Security – can you please ensure he is taken off that case immediately.

Also who instructed those other two officers to come to my house and try the Misuse of a Telephone charge again?  Those officers were not aware of Dr Alan Doris’ report about my behaviour – why not – you have a copy?  ACC and police cannot use the law to persecute a disabled person fighting for their rights to health care and justice.  Especially when they have been driven ‘mad’ with medical neglect and illegally denied health care they are entitled to.  The ticking I suffer from is related to the tourettes type disorder I have developed due to what ACC have done (or not done).  ACC have been told this by Dr Doris, they followed his advice and ignored all the swearing until I asked for a recording of ‘how unwell I had become’ under the Privacy Act.   When they thought I was going to take them to court they USED police and an insignificant minor charge to further persecute me by dragging me through court.   I have the email if you want to see it, my lawyer certainly will be.

I am also still in shock at all the things officers said about being offered care and refusing it – that’s not how it is at all.  If I had been given the professional care I am entitled to under ACC, health, disability, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws then I wouldn’t be in this situation would I.  If I had had my rehabilitation from 2009 reinstated as required by two ACC reviews then I wouldn’t have ZERO services, be highly suicidal/unwell and protesting with such passion – would I, this is my life we are talking about – this is what I am fighting for.  Pretty sure one thing you and others realise is I’M NOT STUPID – I have NO services, not even a counsellor because ACC refuse to accommodate impairments related to my disorder.  They create barriers to accessing anything, ask Jenny Kirby why I can’t see her at the moment.  They refuse to apply a professional rehabilitation model in relation to my care just choosing random disconnected ideas that I am unable (because of a deterioration of my mental injury) to act on, they know this, because I email them regularly, and they do nothing.  ACC are corrupt and criminals under Sections 150A 151 155 and 157 of the Crimes Act, plus Crimes of Torture Act – I know it and I’m sure you know it too.

Today is the last day for submissions on New Zealand’s adoption of the United Nations Optional Protocol on Rights of People with Disabilities.  ACClaim Otago are fighting to get this in place as it will mean disabled people like myself can make complaints to the United Nations when our government violate the Declaration on Disabled Rights.  Why do you think an organisation set up to fight ACC is doing this?  Because they know as well as I do ACC are corrupt and criminally negligent in their dealings with mentally injured people and others.

I would suggest to save me the trauma and you the embarrassment we have a meeting and sort this stuff out before greedy lawyers get dragged into it and we take up court time and taxpayers money trying to protect ACC when everybody knows how corrupt, negligent and cruel they are.  Police are there to uphold the law, not be used by corrupt, criminally negligent, abusive government agencies to BEAT ME BLACK WITH BLUE.

The power Bill of Rights and Human Rights laws give me seems to be extremely difficult for some of your officers to handle.  I am a disabled non-violent Civil Society Actor as defined by the United Nations – please read the UN documents that give me this status and understand the role people like me play in society.  Please also note the rights I have to be challenging and cause offence if the situation warrants it – which also justifies my behaviour towards ACC – even when I can’t stop myself from doing it.  I am sure the people who established these guidelines were well aware of human behaviour in the face of injustice, discrimination and tyranny.

Along with the above as defence I will be providing ‘religious/ethical/cultural’ evidence that people born in the Year of the Dragon (Taniwha) are prone to not handle stress well and the need to ‘breath fire’ when suffering or seeing injustice around them or they develop psychoses.  We are here to hold a mirror to society and have strong ethical and moral beliefs that drive us.

Not sure if I have told you but have been in contact with the OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – pacific region) in Fiji who protect NZers rights – what has just happened with police is just more proof International human, disabled, civil and political rights are NOT being upheld in New Zealand.  Chalking a swastika on a police station in chalk that is easily removed is hardly cause for physical assault, especially after the person has just experienced the type of discrimination, degradation and insults I had.

Will send the complaint to IPCA, just for their records, it is them refusing to follow up the other cruelty and intimidation of officers and use of the law against me that has caused this situation.  I AM NOT THE ENEMY, I AM NOT A CRIMINAL, I CARE PASSIONATELY ABOUT PEOPLE DISABLED BY MENTAL INJURY AND THE FACT THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE PROFESSIONAL CARE THEY ARE ENTITLED TO AND HURTING THEMSELVES AND OTHERS.

Kia kaha to us all.

JR

Civil Society Actor

HUMAN SEWAGE

 

New Zealand Police Assault Day 2 Emails

@police.govt.nz>
Sent: Saturday, 6 August 2016 7:25 a.m.
To: JR
Subject: Re: New Complaint of Unnecessarily Violent Arrest yesterday 5 August 2016 – Plus Privacy Act Request

Jayne
This is to acknowledge I have received and read your email.
I will notify our Professional Standards Office in Wellington who will initiate a complaint inquiry.
You are still entitled to make a separate complaint to the IPCA.
I will seek information and explanations from the staff involved.
I don’t believe we have cctv inside or outside the Carterton police station but will check this.  The area outside may be covered by Council cctv.
Mike

Sent from my iPhone

Mike,

Thank you – and thank you for getting back to me so quickly I dont’ feel as frightened when I know what is happening.  It does appear though that my previous complaints have caused a lot of resentment with some officers which is really sad.  I never make them to cause trouble, I make them because I know there are a lot of people, perhaps with stress disorders like mine, that can’t make them and how will officers understand who do it wrong.

I’m a good person Mike, I don’t hurt people they hurt me and the idea I have been offered ‘professional’ health care and rehabilitation and refused it is absolutely ludicrous.  Crying now – I don’t want to spend my life fighting for the care I am entitled to and need – for me and others – however because I am a good person and care more about other people than myself I don’t act on the suicidal hell in my head – I do my best to make a difference in the world using the knowledge I have acquired and the intelligence I was given.  I tried for so many years to heal myself, it didn’t work, my dysfunction got worse not better – of course that was severely aggravated by my unstable living situation – and since my kids left home unsafe living situations.

I think I’ve worked out where the corruption in ACC and mental health is – its not only about being denied services – its more about being denied a professional treatment and rehabilitation process.  Also the doctors who have backed up ACC and mental health I barely knew and were not qualified to make comment.  The people who were are Dr Alan Doris, Jenny Kirby, Glenda van der ven Long (Occupational Therapist) and mental health worker Donna – those people I worked with, they were professional and used a professional process.  Particularly the OT, they will tell you how hard I worked to overcome my phobias created by the sexual abuse, not guilty verdict and ongoing neglect and trauma.  They were all opposed to ACC removing my care in 2009.

Also ACC offering me care at Ashburn Hall, which I begged for years ago but was refused, in isolation to a comprehensive rehabilitation programme in my community – based on the Whare Tapa Wha model is not professional and never going to work.  I can barely leave town, couldn’t go to my uncle’s funeral (which I am very upset about) and recently went to visit my daughter and sister in Whakatane which was the first time since I was raped, I have chosen to go away, rather than been expected to by a friend or relative.  ACC knew I had serious issues with getting to Dunedin, they are supposed to accommodate those – they refused, the woman they have got as my case manager is not a health professional, she doesn’t know the law and she doesn’t follow professional processes – especially in the area of disability (refer the NZ Disability Strategy which I am currently making a submission on).

I’m going on sorry.

Jayne

 

New Zealand Police Assault Complaint Not Dealt With

Been protesting outside Masterton Police Station again today :-( Two officers came out after about an hour to check on my sign, which was directed at the Inspector leading Wairarapa police which said “DONNA COWARD STOP ignoring police assault of disabled abuse victim”.  One who spoke to me was a nicer one I know but I couldn’t even reply, just froze, tried not to cry, shake or cower from them, had my head hanging down and focused on my breathing until they left.

Also had several people come up to me and supported what I was doing, told me a few stories as well about those officers who are arseholes – who give all of them a bad name.  Couldn’t talk much as didn’t want to cry.

I realise people don’t believe the police would assault a woman so I decided to post the emails I sent following the assault begging for it to be sorted out because I had become very frightened of all police and the thought of coming to my home again was giving me nightmares.  I am not an unreasonable person, all I want is an apology and promise from the two who assaulted me that they would never hurt me like that again.

Police Complaints Authority (IPCA) are involved and have contacted me recently and said they refuse to deal with the assault until April 2017, after my charges of Misuse of A Telephone and Graffiti are heard.  Legally the assault has nothing to do with the charges, IPCA are extremely vindictive people just like police they investigate, they are delaying this because they know it causes me significant distress and hoping I will commit suicide.

This is the first email I sent – to one of the head people at Masterton Police who was supposed to be looking out for me after I was violently arrested and humiliated Xmas Eve 2 years ago – when police hid the complaint I made and had to apologise about the violent arrest & humiliation.

EMAIL TO MASTERTON POLICE
New Complaint of Unnecessarily Violent Arrest yesterday 5 August 2016 – Plus Privacy Act Request

Mike,

I want to throw up writing this to you, but I know that’s what I have to do – I will contact Complaints in Wellington on Monday so I can get another email to send this too as not sure if I can trust you to do anything.

What happened yesterday is as much a result of the two previous complaints I have made about inappropriate cruel behaviour of police officers not being dealt with – as it is with discrimination on the basis of my disability and trying to stand up for my rights.

Firstly, under the Privacy Act and as part of this complaint can I please request a copy of the CCTV footage from inside & outside Carterton Police Station between 1.45pm and 2.45 pm, when I went there to make a complaint about two police threatening me at my home over Misuse of a Telephone complaints ACC was making.

I arrived to make a complaint about police turning up at my house yet again threatening me with misuse of a telephone, when only a matter of weeks ago charges were dropped, my lawyer gave me a list of reasons – one being the Alan Doris report detailing my tourettes/insulting/swearing stuff.  According to your staff it was because the person died.  For at least 10 mins I got every cliché in the book, including the lie that people had tried to help me but me but I refuse care.  Comments about me being mentally ill which is why I protest all the time and make this my job.  Derogatory comments about how I take police to court when I know my rights have been violated.

I was so upset that Alan, who I thought understood as he had been so nice to me in the past, actually thought the same as ALL the other officers about me being a time waster, liar, etc etc.  It is getting difficult to remember what they said as my brain rejects discrimination and that sort of hatred and ignorance – its just too painful and causes me to become highly suicidal – why would anybody want to live in this hell hole country with a stress disorder and reliant on abusive unprofessional mental health services.

I left the station very upset at many of the things that had been said – but at least I know what is being said – I just never understood why you refused to protect me under the Crimes Act, now I do.  The only way peaceful way I could react to what I had just been subjected to was go back to my car, get my chalk pen, go back to the station and chalk a swastika and CORRUPT on the front window.  I didn’t think oh this is going to get me arrested, or oh I’m going to be violently hurt by those police, I just do it – I know it is not against the law to protest in this way.  Bill of Rights law and the right to protest has a measure of reasonableness and what is justified in a civil society.  What happened next was out of all proportion to what I did.

The Maori policeman – same one who reluctantly took my complaint against High Court Security last week – came out grabbed me and proceeded to assault me and throw me on the ground.  I was freaking out, I never resist arrest and yet this man was really hurting me, he was digging his fingers into the tops of my hands so I was screaming, my hands are all bruised and sore.  He also grabbed my ear and twisted it, along with my left arm being twisted and thrown to the ground.  I have a bad bruise up the inside of my right arm, I think caused by the chalk pen somehow – when I showed them the bruise they kept saying it wasn’t them it had been there for ages – it was really strange.  I can appreciate they didn’t realise what they had done but to vehemently deny it was.  Alan was also part of assaulting me, I remember him with his knee on me on the ground.  I’m sure the CCTV footage will show you what happened.

I was tightly handcuffed, which cut into my wrist really badly so by the time I got to Masterton station my hand was blue and tingling – its now 4am and I havn’t been able to sleep and the bruise on my right wrist and hand are really sore.

I was put in the police car and taken to Masterton, Alan talked the whole way, his words dripping with sarcasm and obvious hatred, it was very distressing.  Every question about why I couldn’t get care I answered or explained but he refused to believe anything I said – I’m mentally ill after all – he just got nastier and more insulting.  Threatened me with finding out just how nasty he could be if I didn’t co-operate fully or said anything to defend myself.  Said something about pulling the victim card.

I mentioned there are several other things happening in my life at the moment that are causing me huge stress, particularly my flatmate who has a dog and been breaking things but not repairing or replacing him – he is very strange and I need him to leave but as usual I can’t say anything because my disorder kicks in and my mouth just won’t say the words.  Alan just became angry with me about it.  I also mentioned my uncle had died and all my family were in Nelson for the funeral but I couldn’t go mostly because I couldn’t trust my flatmate, plus the cost and the fact I am so fragile at the moment and it is not safe to be around my family – they insuilt me for not working.  I find being away from home very difficult – I find being at home very difficult when I get continuous visits from police for whatever reason.

When at Masterton police station I started to go into survival mode and curl up in a ball rocking backwards and forwards – I asked for a woman officer and was refused.  After what happened in Wellington last week I’m starting to freak out about being around men bullying and standing over me.  I ended up curled up in a ball in the cell or rocking backwards and forwards to try and calm myself.  I was so cold as I had gone into shock.  I asked for a doctor as my arm was really hurting and I thought it might have been some clot as a result of the handcuffs, the pain was shooting all the way up my am to my chest.  The ambulance was called and it was another man who said the bruising was from a blunt instrument and offered me pain relief, which I refused.

He left and CATT team turned up, I started swearing at them – as I do – and they left, why anybody would expect me to deal with the man who has rejected me from mental health services for over a decade is beyond my comprehension.  The stories people have told me about that man and he still has credibility and a job – even though it is only ACTING head of mental health for the past decade.

While I was waiting I became very cold, I had only just got over the flu and shock had set in, I asked for a blanket repeatedly but was refused.

I asked for a lawyer because Alan said he was going to keep me in the cells for as long as he chose and I was really frightened – I know you can’t hold someone with mental health issues longer than six hours, which is why I asked for a lawyer.  He bought me in a laminated piece of paper with the names on it – I knew my last lawyer Susie  was away and I don’t know any of the others so I said he could choose anybody.  I also told him I only wanted a lawyer because he was going to make me stay in the cells.   I thought Alan went away to call a lawyer but he didn’t.

He came back and said I would have to sign for my things and then leave the building.  I completely freaked out, apparently I was to catch a bus back to Carterton in the pouring rain – it wasn’t the rain that freaked me out – I can’t catch buses when I’m a mess like I was.  That’s the reason I havn’t been able to see the counsellor because ACC refuse to pay for a taxi, I can’t drive myself because I become too upset when going to counselling and I can’t catch a bus either.  People would see me crying, I would be completely humiliated, I wouldn’t even know how or where to catch it from as I become quite disoriented when that traumatised.  I ended up curled up in a ball in the corner under the counter with my hands over my ears mostly, rocking, repeating over and over I can’t catch a bus, I can’t catch a bus.  He just got angrier with me, threatened me with being forcibly removed from HIS station and went away to get others to help him.  I was so scared I just curled up in an even tighter ball in the corner.

At one point I said something about how scared I was after they assaulted me – he got really angry at that and told me he had not done anything of the sort and there was no way he was going to give me a ride anywhere after accusing him of it.  I explained that I thought it was mostly the other officer that did it, caused the bruising, but I didn’t really know, because he was involved in what happened outside Carterton Police station but I don’t remember what part he played.  I just remember being hurt for no reason and trying to do everything to make them both stop - ie being completely passive and silent and defending myself by curling up in a ball.

I’m going to be sick.

All those horrible things they said come back to me in flashbacks which make me really unwell.  Like their comments about me making a career out of protesting etc – if I had the care I am entitled to I wouldn’t be protesting.  I make it my job because I am so unwell and I don’t want to die, I want my care back so I can heal and return to work.  What person would choose to live in poverty with no job and a future of homelessness and dysfunction.  I have a report saying I’m intelligent, without the care I need I will die and suffer for the rest of my life – I’m only 51 of course I fight for what I am entitled to.  Also it keeps my mind occupied – I’m not the sort of person that reads fiction all day, watches movies and spends there days asleep, wandering around, drugged or drunk – like most mentally ill people rotting on welfare that I know.

I also have a skin cancer that has returned and am worried about it because last time I had the money to have it removed, this time I have to rely on health system and it will take months – it has already taken four weeks just to get on the waiting list.

Alan eventually offered me the option of going to get my car across from police station in Carterton, which I agreed to – my car is my safe place when I am away from home and I thought I would be OK to drive home.  While waiting for him in the reception of the police station, I was so so cold, I was frightened of all the people around me and cowered when someone came out from inside the building.  I sat there mostly rocking backwards and forwards with my hands over my ears.  I remember becoming really distressed, sobbing and crying, whimpering that I wanted to go home, please I just want to go home, please I just want to go home.

I was arrested around 2pm and got home around 6.30pm.  I’m exhausted and tried to sleep but it only lasted 2 hours and I woke up crying because my hand/wrist was aching and I can’t believe what happened – all this for begging for the care I am entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.   Last week I couldn’t sleep on my right side because of the bruising from High Court Security and this week its my left.  I have won two ACC reviews and still they refuse to reinstate my care – they offer me things knowing I can’t act on them because I am now so unwell.  I have the support of Dr Doris and Jenny Kirby, plus I am sure all those people who worked with me in 2009 when I did have the beginnings of a professional rehabilitation plan.

If you think like those two officers think about me being offered heaps of professional care etc and refusing – then you are very very wrong.  I can explain everything and I am sure these two would back up what I am saying about the ‘phobias’ after everything that has happened.

I am tired now, its 5am and I think my flu is returning after being so cold yesterday and so traumatised, I’ll see if I can sleep.

Please make this stop I am begging you, please uphold the law, I just want to get better and go back to work so I don’t have to live with people who take advantage of me and steal from me – or attempt suicide.

Please make this stop – I am begging you – I’m going to be contacting the United Nations about what is going on.  There are rules and laws, you just can’t treat a disabled woman like this – especially one who knows her rights and is non-violent.

Please note also my screaming at ACC is not a threat of harm, it is more a warning about what spirit is going to do to them if they don’t provide the treatment care and rehabilitation for people mentally injured by abuse and trauma.  When I am so unwell because of being denied care I am entitled to all I can do is hope and pray what happened to me, at the hands of a badly abused child that never got the ACC care he was entitled to, happens to them – as they are the ones causing this nightmare.  As you know I go tourettes on it I am so angry and frustrated – I never used to swear   I also know the science of trauma and I know the more we dont’ help people, the more people traumatised around them and it just gets bigger and bigger – which is why our prison population is exploding.

I just want me and others to get the care I know we are entitled to – and the safe homes to live in, which we are also entitled to.

God please help me -

God please help you, I know those officers probably didn’t mean to hurt me like they did, something came over them, it was really scary – they just lost all reason.  Its weird, its like they are trying to cover up guilt, or attack something that they know is wrong but also they know is weak.  Its like they’re attacking all vulnerable people like me – yes vulnerable, or more correctly fragile, they’re attacking all poor people or disadvantaged people because they want to believe everything they see on TV and the media about how great NZ is – when it is not.

Please help me, there are so many angry people in the Wairarapa and around New Zealand I just know things are going to blow – even worse than they have so far this year – I can feel it all around me – people are so angry and tired of struggling while the very richest make life better for themselves and harder for everybody else.

Can you please advise you have received this complaint and the Privacy Act request and about how long it will take to be investigated and dealt with – please also tell me if you are going to do nothing, rather than me being ignored.

Sincerely

JR
Civil Society Actor
HUMAN SEWAGE

 

Violence & Trauma Experts New Zealand

Wanted to share this with news media in New Zealand – who keep censoring what is happening to me as a Civil Society Actor fighting for the rehabilitation and welfare me and 10,000s of other disabled mentally injured abused/traumatised people are entitled to under NZs ACC, health, welfare, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.

New Zealand government are corrupt in this area, after 15 years of study I sure I know why, however it going to take media with integrity to expose this gross miscarriage of justice as it will take down the government and if justice prevails corrupt, criminally negligent politicians, public servants and paid outsiders will go to jail.  I believe the intensity of attacks on me proves ‘the establishment’ is aware of what is going on and doing everything within its power to discredit & stop me EXPOSING THE TRUTH.

Warwick Pudney is the head of Violence & Trauma studies at AUT in Auckland – who I discovered after investigating who was bringing my hero Bessel van der Kolk (world expert in trauma) to NZ

Hi Warwick,

So pleased to talk to you last week, was breath of fresh air to discuss the issues of Violence and Trauma with someone who knows what I know.  Here are the links to my website, I think you will be interested in the legal things I refer to.  Was at a Workbridge seminar last week where we were told they shut down work places for disabled people in 1991- said they were institutions.  This is of course untrue, they should be as much an institution as any medium size business is – a place where people can do meaningful work, within their capabilities, with appropriate support (physical or psychological)  and using their talents.

Check out my posts on Regional Rehabilitation Centres and Regional Mental Health facilities.  Also my Fence At The Top Of The Cliff rehabilitation model might interest you – it is based on ACC laws – should already be happening, which is why I protest A LOT.

If you find any of my poetry useful and would like to use it with your students please contact me.  I am inspired by what Bessel said about the role artists played in healing and expressing the pain of trauma and its aftermath if not treated.

As I said on the phone I would be very keen to be involved in any study or group involved with improving mental health services for traumatised people – especially away from drug based care to professional rehabilitation models and drug free methods.

Now I know you exist I’ll do some research on what you’re doing, I’ve already been telling friends about you on facebook and that you’re running this course.  Would appreciate you sending me any links you think I might be interested in.

www.jrmurphypoet.com

Also check out my social media facebook /jrmurphypoetmusician   twitter @jrmurphypoetry and youtube JR Murphy Poet.  Got some interesting photos, some of the more recent protests where I used chalk pen to do swastikas and a guerrilla artwork of five paintings, also with a swastika on Appeal Court I am currently up on charges for.  Quite proud,  Have been acquitted of four wilful trespass charges so far for different protests – why they keep dragging me through court is another reason I so angry.  After this latest lot I’m pretty sure they’ll stop, currently up on 7 charges, all I should get off under Bill of Rights.  I think the way they treat me for protesting about violence and trauma care shows how much they don’t want to admit the truth and provide what they should be, grrrrr.

Kia kaha to us all.

JR

Civil Society Activist

NOTE: I was being polite saying to Warwick he was breath of fresh air – talking to Warwick was like drinking a bucket of spring water after spending 15 years in the desert with only my and others urine to drink.

New Zealand Court of Appeal – Unreasonable Trespass Notice

Below is a copy of the letter I have sent to the woman who identifies herself as the occupier of the Wellington Court of Appeal.  As you will see from my previous posts, especially where I won the judgement about being able to legally protest inside public buildings, unless the public servant issuing the trespass notice is being reasonable then they have no right to do it.  As Ms Obrien issued this notice and the following complaints without knowing my situation then she has not acted reasonably. I know this is only a small thing and won’t change much but, some of the big reports and letters I have to write are just too hard at the moment.

1 November 2016

Ms Clare O’Brien

Court of Appeal

54 Molesworth Street

Thorndon

WELLINGTON

Dear Ms O’Brien,

You are named as occupier of the Wellington Court of Appeal and have had me trespassed then charged with wilful trespass for legal political protests I have been doing.

I am a civil society actor in the area of mental health, injustice, inequality and government corruption.  I am a non-violent activist and artist and know the law well, as prior to being raped, the person being found not guilty and years of criminal negligence & torture by ACC and others, I was studying law at Victoria.  Since the mental injury in 2002 I was unable to return to Victoria but I have studied law extensively, along with being an expert in traumatic stress disorders and current abuse in the system – what I call the ‘violence industry’.

Why did you trespass me without finding out why I was driven to such lengths to express myself the way I have been doing more recently?  You have been unreasonable in the circumstances to create a situation where a disabled artist and activist is being made a criminal for exercising her rights under United Nations declarations,  NZ human rights laws and Bill of Rights laws.  You would have noted my years of chalking on the streets around Parliament, that have made no difference whatsoever in me or others receiving mental health care we are entitled to, it is now much worse.  More family violence, more people being killed by mentally ill and more killing themselves (please refer to latest crime stats & suicide stats).

I am not a criminal, I am the victim of serious crimes that violate the most basic laws of this country.  Laws and accepted principles printed on the window of the Appeal Court building.  When I made submissions about the NZ constitution 3 yrs ago I included the words on the Appeal Court as making up our current constitution – I believe to advertise such justice in such a way is a written contract with citizens like myself.  I can assure you people with mental injury as a result of abuse and trauma (like myself), also mentally ill people are NOT receiving the justice those words say we are – our human civil and political rights are being violated.

Did you know I was driven to expressing myself in these ways because I am unable to get a Civil Legal Aid lawyer to protect me from repeated police visits.  That I have recently been assaulted by High Court Security and police for legally protesting and IPCA are refusing to do anything to bring my complaints in front of a judge – along with my complaints under Sections 150A 151 155 157 of Crimes Act against ACC and others.  Did you know I am currently up on charges of Misuse of a Telephone for phoning ACC screaming to have my rehabilitation reinstated from 2009 as required by two ACC reviews.  Did you know how many times I have been dragged through court for legally protesting and won?  Please feel free to look through my police and justice files – this letter gives you authority to do this so you understand the situation I am in.

You cannot use the wilful trespass laws to stop Civil Society Actors from expressing themselves in a non-violent way – especially in the area of appalling mental health services, which is such a serious issue and has been in the public arena recently – even discussed by Justice Winkleman and the Law Society.  Please refer to my website for more about what I do and advise me what you intend to do about your unreasonable trespass and ongoing criminal complaints – www.jrmurphypoet.com.  I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely

JR

Civil Society Activist

 

Judith Collins MP – I see….. a poverty of government responsibility in New Zealand

This is a my response to Judith Collins and I have also sent this to Eric Frykberg at Radio New Zealand.  I will keep you informed if I hear anything from Radio NZ or a response from Judith Collins.

Sent: Thursday, 13 October 2016 5:56 a.m.
To: judith.collins@parliament.govt.nz
Subject: Mentally injured abuse victims refused prof care & rehabilitation by ACC for 30 years

Dear Ms Collins,

I was horrified to read your news item about how you consider crime to be the fault of useless parents and I felt the need to point out that it is the past 30 years of neo-liberal governments that have caused 80% of this.

You were Minister of ACC, you know who I am because I wrote to you many times, I have protested many times about mentally injured abused men women and children not getting the professional treatment care and rehabilitation (safe homes and jobs) they are entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.

If these parents you say are irresponsible had received the professional health care I have described above, and required under law then they wouldn’t be as dysfunctional as they currently are.  If these people had not been forced to live in poverty for years, degraded and discriminated against by politicians, media and uninformed ignorant citizens then they wouldn’t be dysfunctional.

If mental health services had not been corrupted, shut down and moved to a drug based regime to advance drug companies then they would not be dysfunctional – they would get the child care and other extensive health, rehabilitation and social supports they are entitled to under New Zealand and United Nations laws.

That you would come out with such a statement I find extremely disturbing – blaming the very people you, those you work with and those who support you discriminate against and persecute to the point of violence addiction and suicide suggests you have some sort of mental health issue.   I call people like yourself radicalised for good reason – it is a fact that neo-liberals who imposed immoral degrading reforms since the 1980s created our current violent and dysfunctional society.  Please go to the internet and look up anything about the impacts of neo-liberalism and inequality on developed societies – its all there – there are some excellent TED Talks by world experts.

New Zealand is mentioned many times because of the significant increase in inequality over such a short time and the corresponding social issues that resulted, like crime, homelessness, family violence, sexual violence, addiction, mental illness and suicide.

You said in this article you were being un-PC, this isn’t true, you were being ignorant, bigoted and radical.  The media will only let NICE people respond to your vicious hatred and radical opinions, mostly because our media have been an integral part of the moral degradation of our society into this violent state.

You are immoral, you advance rich people and businesses, disadvantage middle classes and persecute disabled poor.  You terrorise vulnerable minorities of disabled (many abused) men women and children with laws you call reforms, you take their money and their dignity, then you make comments to the media that blame these people for your radical behaviour.

Now the damage National Party have done over the past nine years is causing so much damage in society people like yourself are in complete denial, still trying to pretend this isn’t your fault, when of course we all know it is.  I am just thankful the mainstream media have started to tell the truth about the true drivers of crime, which of course are corrupt, cruel, immoral, bigoted politicians and community leaders.

I would suggest you read my website (www.jrmurphypoet.com) and see all the laws your government violate in order to advance your violent radical ideas.  It also has all the health care and welfare provisions the government are legally supposed to provide but do not.  They would rather borrow money and spend $millions on interest to foreign banks – so they can buy rich people’s votes by cutting rich people’s taxes.  You are a seriously disturbed human being, and with your knowledge of the law I find what you do and what you say even more mentally deranged than other members of your party.

Did you realise Ms Collins that the first law is Westminster Statute the 1st, which says Common right be done to all rich as poor.  Why do you think they made that law?  You do realise moving from a country of equality to one of inequality that advances rich and persecutes poor violates this law.  Next law is Magna Carta, which says you cannot destroy anyone and everyone has access to right and justice.  I am sure you would know from recently Law Society reports and people like Justice Winkleman that thousands of disabled mentally injured and ill people are not getting access to justice (ie they cannot get lawyers – me included).  You would also know all the laws your party has made that stops poor people from having access to lawyers, legal aid and justice.

You would know that your party drove disabled people to look for work, when they are responsible under United Nations to provide jobs for disabled people.  Because of course you would understand in a radicalised capitalist/neo-liberal economic society no employer takes on people who are not 100% fit and able to produce at the maximum output.

Please also consider the information on my website (www.jrmurphypoet.com) as a plea for help to stop police persecuting and harming me for legally protesting about corruption, incompetence and abuse in mental health services – particularly in the Wairarapa where I live.  I have made multiple complaints of crimes under Sections 150A 151 155 157 of the Crimes Act and been told they would not act on these serious complaints of criminal negligence.  You are the minister, please do something about this gross miscarriage of justice.

If you require me to sign a privacy waiver, please advise me as soon as possible.  I am sure as a lawyer and politician you would not like to see a disabled citizen being persecuted, discriminated against and having their human, civil and political rights violated.  Word of law is vitally important to keep peace in a civilised society, without that we are seeing the dysfunction you are describing and blaming on the victims of prolonged terrorism rather than taking responsibility for what you and those like you have done.

Kia kaha to us all – time to admit your mistakes and rectify the terrible dysfunction you have caused in our society.

Sincerely

JR
Civil Society Actor

 

 

The Innovation of Collaboration – Regional Rehabilitation Centres in New Zealand

Am currently writing my submission for government innovation funding and felt I needed to put it on my website.  I’m only half way through editing and will post the finalised version soon.  Information on this website will make up part of my submission – have to keep focused on moving forward and doing what I know is right – as the current situation with police, ACC and others is dragging me into the darklands of hell on a regular basis.

Kia kaha to us all – NECESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION – nobody can say I don’t have solutions to the issues I repeatedly complain about.

DRAFT

The potential to positively transform New Zealand’s economic performance, the sustainability and integrity of our environment, help strengthen our society and give effect to the Treaty of Waitangi

 

Introduction

It is a fundamental flaw in neo-liberal capitalism that 80% of the people who are disabled in some way and cannot provide for themselves or not work at 100% capacity are consigned to lives of poverty and unfulfilled aspirations.  In my opinion it is the most serious sign of an uncivilised society to not provide for those less fortunate – allowing strong to attack weak is against multiple laws (including religious ones). 

 

My submission combines the medical sciences (particularly Occupational Therapy) with law and the untapped creativity and unrealised productivity of the 100,000s of disabled people living in New Zealand.  It also addresses issues successive governments and researchers have identified about unemployment, violence, addiction and suicide/mental health issues.

 

The three main areas of innovation I am applying for involve Disability Services, NZs Disabled Creative workforce and Mental Health – these would also be eligible for research funding as I envisage all three to be teaching and data gathering environments.

 

I am particularly guided in my innovations by government disability documents, signed United Nations documents, along with ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and Bill of Rights legislation.  Necessity being the mother of invention when your area of expertise is stress disorders, poverty, disability, law and living the current nightmare of social dysfunction created by radicalised capitalism (ie neo-liberalism).

Scientifically it is recognised that traumatised people have high blood flow to the right brain, the creative brain – a physiological change in how the brain functions that ensured the success of our species when confronted with life-threatening situations.  This is a state many disabled and mentally injured people now experience in our neo-liberal society.

 

Although my ideas fit within parts of the application for funding under this mechanism, there seems to be other parts which are barriers to the fulfilment of my ideas because I am not part of an organisation.  I would suggest this isolation, my 14 years of full time study in this area and my extensive breadth of knowledge and personal experience are what make me an innovator (with necessity being the mother of invention).  I see my ideas as an ‘innovation of collaboration’ by turning laws, research and rhetoric into practical useful resources and services for all citizens.

 

This is indeed an investment that focuses on long-term transformative impact for those affected by disability, poverty, violence, addiction, mental injury and mental illness.  This is a Top of The Cliff innovation in the area of mental health and welfare – not the current Bottom Of The Cliff mentality lead by people obsessed with neo-liberal economic theories of providing services to those who cost the most – eg those who end up in the justice system and causing harm in society.  In the area of disability caused by accident, including sexual and physical abuse, ACC are supposed to be the experts and have the resources to contribute significantly to ensure these innovations are realised quickly, professionally and regionally.  It would be fundamentally wrong and flawed to exclude people who were disabled by illness or born with disability – they have a right to work (and self-actualise) as do injured people – it would just require funding to come from a different avenue. 

 

I envisage some of the $4billion annual savings by ACC could be INVESTED in these centres and in the disabled people of New Zealand so they can contribute and have the opportunity to fulfil their potention.

 

I will also take this opportunity to suggest how these centres can be put into operation extremely quickly (which would also work for social housing).  As I walk around Wellington and travel the roads I see huge resources going into public and private works, resources that could be diverted for a very short time (say 2 weeks) to focus on these regional disability centres (and maybe the same done for mental health facilities – which I think are more appropriately set in more rural/quiet areas).  This would include site works – similar to what is happening on our roads and building works, like those used to refurbish Ministry of Health building, Ministry of Education and Victoria University.  Whatever resources are used, business people and tradespeople should have the opportunity to participate as an integral part of strengthening our society.

 

I believe suitable land should be taken under the Public Works Act and particularly from owners who are hampering development for personal gain.

 

My inspiration is watching television home renovation programmes and watching Mormon churches being built in very short time frames by large numbers of people.  I expect many people involved in such a project who I am sure would become proud of the part they play – especially when the rewards of such work become realised (I predict significant almost instantaneous decreases in violence, addiction and suicide statistics).

 

Such a large project would of course take some organisation, however it would be easily done as we have many people in New Zealand who have had experience.

 

It may of course be more cost effective and appropriate to purchase an existing building for conversion in some cases – as I see these rehabilitation centres being near the heart of our communities rather than on the fringes, while, as I said above, the mental health rehabilitation centres being in quieter more healing environments.

 

 

GOVERNMENT REGIONAL REHABILTATION CENTRES

 

It has been proven to me repeatedly and based on professional research that Non-Government Organisations do not work in mental health environments – which I see each of these areas being.    It has also been proven that basing mental health care on the current drug based experimental system, which fails to provide the necessaries of life (as outlined by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) is also a failure.

 

At a recent event organised by the Human Rights Commission the Special Rapporteur for Disability advised that as Governments had signed the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2008 and other United Nations documents, it was their responsibility to provide the services/resources required to fulfil its obligations, not ‘the community’.  Four years ago I was also part of an event that discussed fiscal responsibility in the area of crime, where a speaker (Mike Bazette) referred to extensive studies in UK that pointed to NGOs being unreliable and untrustworthy to deal with with disabled people who had high needs/challenging behavioural issues (ie they said one thing and did another).  As a result those clients who society wanted to get more services actually got less, which caused significant increases in crime, violence, addiction and social dysfunction.  I can confirm this is happening in New Zealand currently, also with the government demanding public mental health services operate under commercial models, it is happening in this system.

 

It is a neo-liberal philosophy to introduce as much private enterprise into all aspects of our society, including health care, to this end governments have made it more and more difficult for people to access health care so they are driven by necessity and desperation to pay for it themselves (eg Capri Hospital & increasing need for health insurance).  If they cannot pay for it themselves they are subject to ongoing persecution and inhuman living environments.  Recent advertising by Capri targeted middle class and affluent parents of young people who had drug addiction – offering far superior services to what the public system would.

 

In more recent times neo-liberalism has been exposed as an extremely socially destructive economic philosophy with all the outcomes contributing to inequality (concentrations of power and money in small groups with unprecedented political influence), poverty, violence, addiction, suicide, unemployment and under-employment. 

 

A series of documentaries called The Hard Stuff by Nigel Latta touched on some of the issues this radicalised form of capitalism has created in NZ and other modern societies.  So have documentaries by Bryan Bruce.  A premise of neo-liberalism is everybody is responsible for themselves which contradicts human nature and us as social animals living in large organised ‘civilised’ societies, reliant on each other for physical and psychological good health.

  

Every region in New Zealand should have a habilitation/rehabilitation centre where people with disabilities of all types can go and work, within the capabilities, doing worthwhile rewarding work that fulfils their self-actualising, psychosocial and physical needs.

 

I envisage these centres to consist of a large warehouses capable of building homes for disabled people.  Housing being the greatest area of need and unmet government responsibility at the moment, building houses is the most practical thing to do, especially with disabled people being the most adversely affected by the current severe housing shortages.

 

“In times of high unemployment it is disabled people who suffer most.”

Person to Person, Lindsay Gething, 3rd ed 2006

 

These centres would also be training places for Occupational Safety and Health professionals, health workers, Occupation Therapists, etc and research and development in the area of disability support services/devices.  Work would be done by teams, based on the capabilities and talents of the disabled person working with others however no mentally injured sex offenders working with mentally injured abuse victims, or potentially dangerous people working with vulnerable.  Developing teams and schedules would be done with mental health professionals to ensure supportive safe environments.

 

These Centres would be available to all physically and psychologically disabled people.  Will run using professionals in health and habilitation and rehabilitation processes and models.  It will also follow legal requirements. 

 

I have spoken to several people with disabilities who are unable to work and they were extremely enthusiastic about the idea of being able to work in a group doing something within their capabilities and valuable to society.  A man I know with a bad back, he injured when a child, was very keen to be part of a centre like this.  He and I have talked about the isolation of being unemployed and being despised for it, it seemed especially difficult for a man.  Because he can do some things on good days he couldn’t work for a traditional employer because of his need to not sit too long or stand too long – or not be able to work at all on bad days.  Sadly people saw him selling scrap metal and judged him for being a bludger on welfare.

 

I can picture these rehab centres with 2 or 3 houses at various stages of completion, surrounded by equipment that would enable people with physical disabilities to work.  Equipment that perhaps could be developed and improved with onsite collaboration between disabled people and engineers.  Surrounded by specially designed scaffolding.  There would be rooms for health care/rehabilitation professionals, rooms for massage, physiotherapy and rest for clients. 

 

Healthy food would be provided so people didn’t have to do their own meals and some of those people who prepared it should also be disabled, perhaps adding variety to their weeks work and could get training as well.  There should be gardens attached to the rehabilitation centre to provide vegetables and fruit as growing food is an important life skill when you don’t have a lot of money and extremely good therapy. 

 

There must be a good transport network for people attending these rehabilitation centres, they should be picked up at their door and taken home, if they need that. 

 

Given New Zealands need for an increased labour force during fruit picking season that teams of disabled people with specialist equipment for these jobs are sent to work in orchards, market gardens, etc.  Remuneration for their work would be paid to the Rehabilitation Centre and distributed in a fair manner.  Disabled should could also be considered a flexible labour force and centres should allow for this.

 

Disabled people working at rehabilitation centres must be paid a reasonable wage (provided a reasonable income) with perhaps 2-3 different pay grades.  Every person who contributes to building a house in some way should be eligible to own one of those houses when available (or perhaps be eligible for a state house loan).  It is a cultural and human right to own your own home and disabled people who are unable to work should not be excluded from this.  There are multiple economic and social advantages to society for a disabled vulnerable person to have their own safe home to live in, especially as they age.   This would also be adhering to the Disability Action Plan and Strategy and Declaration on Disabled Rights, also Human Rights and economic rights.

These rehabilitation centres would be a hub of employment for support workers, educators, tradespeople and health professionals.  Also places where able bodied and disabled people undertook formal training that was absent from the local community or not.

 

This regional rehabilitation centre idea came to me during a recent meeting on disability rights (at Te Papa with Catarina Aguila), a tall/large tetraplegic man in a wheelchair spoke about not having access to most disabled areas because his wheelchair was so large.  He was obvious an intelligent man around 30 and deeply distressed by his physical impairments.  I thought about what he could do in this facility and pictured him organising building materials and managing work plans for upcoming construction, on the phone a lot or a specialised computer as he had very limited use of his hands.

 

Many years ago I read a book called Think and Grow Rich (rich in all areas of life) and it talked a lot about being rich in potential and just finding out what that potential was, irrelevant of perceived limitations.  For example a man taught his partially deaf son that his disability was going to be an advantage when he was a man not a hindrance.  The boy ended up being a very successful sales rep and developer for a hearing aid manufacturer.

 

People at these rehabilitation centres should also have access to business, research and development funding and resources, so we can tap into people’s creativity.  I believe giving disabled people the opportunity to reach their potential (also self-actualise) would be a competitive advantage internationally.

 

The psycho-social benefits of these regional rehabilitation centres cannot be under-estimated with the WHO and UN identifying the increasing problems with social cohesion in developed countries.  These centres will strengthen our society.

 

I have never ever met a person who doesn’t want to work, especially a disabled person, but nobody should be expected to work in physical pain and no intelligent person should be expected to do particularly mundane work for long periods of time.  These centres should be about balance and those things identified as necessaries of a good life in Maslow’s Heirachy of Needs.

 

I believe through these rehabilitation centres people with ‘talents’ could be identified and placed in jobs in public and private enterprise – or contracted to them perhaps.  I know personally in mental health there are some very intelligent people – in fact intelligence can worsen mental health issues in many cases.  Many of these people are also highly creative, innovation and creativity being something Nigel Latta identified in his recent documentary as important to the development of a high wage economy and lowering of unemployment and poverty.

 

It is imperative and sensible for the homes (or other things) manufactured/created in these centres use sustainable, environmentally friendly products as a priority.   That they also support NZ manufacturers to avoid miles travelled where possible.  They should have their own electricity generation options, like solar, window power, dynamos, etc.

 

The nature of the centres will allow for experimentation and labour intensive manufacturing/construction, areas the private sector avoids.  I envisages houses being made with extra wide doorways, large bathrooms, etc.  Also manufacturing of special features in the centre.  Designed and built with specific disabled people in mind, working with the person and Occupational Therapists.

 

Support of disabled workers to be run through multi-disciplinary teams, as outlined in Shrawan Kumar’s book Multi-disciplinary Approach to Rehabilitation.

 

 

GOVERNMENT REGIONAL MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

Attached please find a rehabilitation model and business plan for Mental Injury Services which outlines where I believe mental health care for mentally injured abuse victims, traumatised people should be going (also for some mentally ill people).  Mental injury being different in nature to mental illness because mental injury is a ‘normal’ person that has been subjected to overwhelming trauma and needs help to recover.  Mental illness is more permanent and requires ongoing care and support.

 

To provide the professional treatment care and rehabilitation people with mental injury or illness require there needs to be regional mental health facilities.  Shutting down mental health facilities based on improving someone’s human rights – when it actually adversely affected these disabled people more is incomprehensible – and allowing it to continue reprehensible.  On the news tonight yet another mentally ill man living in the community has killed, this time his mother and badly injured his father. 

 

It is too distressing for me to go into the extensive reasons New Zealand (and many other countries) desperately need facilities and safe housing for people with mental health issues.  Facilities to help them heal and those to help them keep busy and feel valued.  The extensive use of pharmaceuticals to try and control people who more importantly need the basic needs met (please refer Maslow’s Heirachy of Needs) is a gross miscarriage of justice.  The use of pharmaceuticals was a result of neo-liberal theories that it was cheaper to give a person a drug and put them in the community than actually providing professional treatment care and rehabilitation.  News reports have stated the government undertook to make the mental health services drug based to save money – it hasn’t.  Many of these drugs are highly experimental and have been linked to increases in psychopathy, suicide, mass murders and psychosis.  All the things they are supposed stop, they actually create.

 

I envisage these mental health centres be based on holistic practices with opportunities to participate in growing food etc – working in the earth is very good therapy and can be used once the person is back in the community.  Group therapy is important as people will need to be able to communicate and support each other in the community, learning skills here could help in society.  Help people who have been mentally injured pass on what they learn and know to others.  Art is another huge part of healing and therapy in the area of mental health with traumatised people having highly active right brains.  People should be able to explore their creativity and see it come to fruition if possible.  The cultural value for society is extensive and could lead to further work and recognition outside the mental health facility.  Talent could be identified and advanced with advocacy.

 

I envisage six week ‘retreats’ for mentally injured people with rehabilitation in the community prior to the retreats and following them, until the person is well enough to live independently.

 

 

Submission on Disability Strategy – New Zealand

Below is my submission, it is not comprehensive as writing it was extremely traumatising for me – along with everything else going on in my life, but it covers a few things that the people who run the Disability sector obviously have no idea is happening – or are corrupt and covering them up.

So many things I havn’t said :-( Oh well I did my best at the time, they are never going to listen to anything I said anyway.

Submission on the Draft Disability Strategy August 2016, by Jayne Routhan, Civil Society Actor.

 

  1. Overall what do you think of the draft Disability Strategy? What overall changes or improvements would you like to be made?  Is there anything missing?

     

    It is a great piece of marketing, in the area of mental injury (eg traumatic stress disorders) and mental health I have 14 years experience in exactly the opposite is happening.  DPOs have not represented people with my type of disability because it often has violence aspects to it, and people can also be highly challenging and have extensive needs – like a safe house to live in.

     

    From personal experience I would like to see mentally injured and ill disabled people’s rights protected not just promoted. Justice Winkelman pointed out many disabled people had no access to justice in ever increasing numbers and often up against powerful government and private organisations.  I have had experience with Health & Disability Commission and I found them insulting, degrading and they discriminated against me.  Their advocate worked for four years and could get no services in the Wairarapa – the HDC refused to get involved.

     

    There are Sections of the Crimes Act 1961 – 150A 151 155 and 157 that make it a criminal offence to not follow the law and a disabled/vulnerable person be harmed as a result – these are being ignored.  I have made multiple complaints  to police about ACC health professionals, doctors, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists etc and not been protected from their unprofessional and criminally negligent behaviour.  I know what these people are supposed to do, I have studied rehabilitation and health at Massey University, along with Disability, ACC, human rights, bill of rights, imperial and welfare laws (including United Nations declarations).  Not only that I am intimidated,and hounded by police for asking for help and legally protesting at the gross miscarriage of justice happening to me, the systems in place they say are helping me are being used in a punitive way – which is illegal.

     

    I think it is imperative recognised lay-expert Civil Society Actors like myself are included in the consultation process not just DPOs.  Especially if we cover an area no DPO is – like in my case violence and crime.  Other DPOs, even those focused on mentally ill reject violent disabled people and want to distance themselves from them – this is not helpful.  This is another reason services for these people are so abusive, inadequate and do not follow professional rehabilitation models.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

 

  1. Please let us know what you think about the following sections.  Would you like anything changed or improved.

     

    Firstly I have changed the order and a few of the words:

     

  • My vision – and where to from here
  • What’s important to me and many other mentally injured abuse victims
  • Outcome 1:                  Attitudes
  • Outcome 2:                  Justice
  • Outcome 3:                  Choice and Control
  • Outcome 4:                  Health and Wellbeing
  • Outcome 5:                  Accessibility
  • Outcome 6:                  Leadership
  • Outcome 7:                  Education
  • Outcome 8:                  Employment

     

    I have changed the order because I do not believe our society will be well served (and resources well spent) by people disabled by mental injury and illness if 1-6 are not fulfilled before the person becomes involved in education and employment.

     

    Also comments within the introduction of the Strategy appear to not cover mentally injured abuse victims and discount people with mental injury as a result of abuse and overwhelming trauma as disabled.

     

    I find it interesting that the people writing this document think there has been real progress, when I have only seen worsening statistics in suicide, self-harm, violence and sexual offences.  More people living on the streets, in unsafe unstable environments, more dysfunction and badly serviced, if in fact getting any services at all.

     

    The convention was ratified in 2008 – that is eight years ago and things have deteriorated for those with stress disorders.  It is a condition of the convention that things continually improve for disabled people – they are not.

     

    Children disabled by abuse and overwhelming trauma (which causes a mental injury) are poorly served, living dysfunctional lives of unresolved trauma that impacts on them and those around them every day – it can lead to years of unnecessary suffering, poverty, alienation, suicidal ideology, addiction, phobias, eating disorders, aggressive behaviour, etc.  Many only coming into contact with services through welfare, police and justice agencies.  For some prison fulfils many of the psychosocial needs they don’t have met in a hostile and uncaring community.

     

    Overwhelming unresolved trauma as a child (eg sexual, physical and psychological abuse) and neglect affect brain development.  It has to be accepted some of these children will need life-long support to be well functioning parents and valued members of society.

     

    A positive aspect to stress disorders is the heightened right brain activity, which includes creativity – which is why the arts are so fundamental in the expression, healing and resolving of trauma.  I find poetry, writing, music and other creative arts very therapeutic, but my expression of these is hampered by my disorder and no access to resources to develop and be valued for my talents.

     

    My Vision Statement for Mental Injury Services:

     

    To be a world leader in the

    treatment, rehabilitation

    and support of the mentally injured.

    to have a positive affect on

    the happiness and prosperity

    of all the community.

     

     

    I would also point out that the strategy has had very little input from families with histories or issues with abuse and trauma.  To me it is very focused on physical and sensory disabilities with little acknowledgement of psychological and emotional ones.  It was noted earlier this year that people with mental health issues are the least wanted as neighbours and most victimised.  It is well known that many of those with long term mental health issues are homeless or stuggling to provide themselves a safe home.

     

    Community is not changing it is getting worse, with good reason, so many dysfunctional and dangerous mentally injured and ill people are rotting with few or no services in the community – services they are entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.  The Community are scared as are those with mental health issues continually denied professional treatment care rehabilitation along with access to justice and safety – but nowhere near as scared as the disabled.

     

    One psychologically dysfunctional person can traumatise dozens if not hundreds of people – including children – I believe that is the main reason we see deteriorating family and sexual violence statistics.  The brain is the most complicated organ of the body, it controls EVERYTHING we do from breathing, to loving, hating and violence.  I believe in the area of mental health far too many unqualified/or poorly qualified people are currently making medical decisions for this disabled group.  Poor decisions and centred around the use/abuse of psychotropic drugs – which I believe in the area of mental injury, of an otherwise ‘normal’ person, is extremely detrimental to healing, resilience and overcoming past and current trauma.

     

    Our communities won’t change, history has shown us that – from research I have done, and stories like those of Janet Frame – I discovered NZ developed its extensive institutional mental health facilities mid 20th century because people with this form of disability were not coping in the community.  Although I agree in part with shutting down some of these institutions, they were not replaced with a professional support and health network – the lack of safe stable housing is at an extreme level currently.  For people disabled by mental injury there needs to be ‘retreats’ specialising in this form of rehabilitation – which in turn focus on different forms of trauma and some of the debilitating impairments people develop.  (Note: you cannot mix offenders with victims and expect people to feel safe to heal.)

     

    For example, I am easily enraged when triggered by being physically threatened, degraded and discriminated against.  This is an impairment related to my disability, I have learnt to manage it mostly, but have the police file to prove at times I become so frustrated and angry with how agencies like ACC, MSD, mental health and police treat me (along with politicians) I am often arrested.  Noting I am never violent towards others but I do retaliate verbally – I am however violent towards myself.

     

     

    WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO ME

     

    That I have somewhere safe to live where I can heal from my mental injury.  That I have access to models, laws and documents like the disability strategy.

     

    Along with all the items listed in the disability strategy.  Which are also mirrored in the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, human rights act, ACC legislation, Bill of Rights, Welfare agreements, etc.  So many documents saying so many good things while society deteriorates – time to do this the right way.

     

    That we have a multi-disciplinary approach to rehabilitation (as outlined in Shrawan Kumar’s book 2000 – Butterworth & Heinemann) in the area of mental health, particularly mental injury.  That I am able to have a Whare Tapa Wha approach to my rehabilitation and extensive professional Occupational Therapy services (I would envisage Social Workers, counsellors, mental health workers given OT training – these people are pivotal in a comprehensive well run, co-ordinated, efficient, rehabilitation plan).  Every one of this team needs to be educated in the area of traumatic stress disorders and the laws, expectations.

     

    I would have a psychiatrist of my choosing overseeing my rehabilitation and progress, an Occupational Therapist,  a counsellor, mental health support worker, lawyer, people in the community, trauma art therapist, education support and access to culturally appropriate residential ‘retreats’ when necessary.  That my GP would be kept informed and from time to time saw me to check on progress to independence and prosperity.

     

    I would have care in the community and help to reintegrate back into the community.  I would be able to go on a ‘retreat’ for six weeks of drug free healing and intensive care (which is actually a requirement in the ACC legislation).  Intensive care of traumatised people at the beginning is far more humane and cost effective than as the person deteriorates through medical neglect.

     

    Outcome 1:                            Attitudes

     

    I am valued by society just like everyone else

     

    Now I know why I was avoiding writing this submission, it is the attitudes of some people, especially those in authority, in health and justice services that are the worst.  Also those of my family and many in the community who don’t really know me and what I have been through.

     

    The attitudes of police I was recently subjected to who think I am refusing health care, am mentally ill and that’s why I make this my job, plus wasting their time.

     

    Government show over and over again through changes to welfare legislation that they think disabled people are of no value, except for making money for drug companies and creating lots of jobs for lawyers, welfare agencies, judges, police, justice system, etc.

     

    Reporting by media in the area of violent mental health cases is uninformed, discriminatory and biased.  I protest regularly and extensively, along with making submissions and writing to various people – media refuse to tell my story, what I know and what I do – what I’m fighting for.

     

    Outcome 2:                            Justice

     

    I am treated the same way as everyone else by the justice system.

     

    Hell no, this is not appropriate in the area of mental injury given the high levels of stress involved when forced by police to do anything – especially in a terrified or heightened state.  People with traumatic stress disorders need their phobias and triggers acknowledged and accommodated if at all possible.  Being near an exit, or being able to escape is a well recognised behaviour in abused people.

     

    Police sometimes accommodate my disorder and make arrests as stressless as possible – I am rarely held in the cells now and often out within 30 minutes.

     

    As Justice Winkelman has said disabled people are not getting access to justice and this needs to change.  The objective with mentally injured people would be to keep them out of the justice system, not have police and the justice system as the bottom of the cliff mental health services.  Although there has been a significant amount of resources go into people in prison, especially in the arts and being able to work, education and some health services.

     

    Then of course there are the mentally injured and ill people who are dangerous to society, pedophiles, paranoid, physically and sexually violent.  People we know are like this should not be allowed in the community, even with 24 hour supervision.  Ashley Peacock doesn’t have that priviledge and he hasn’t killed or sexually abused anyone.

     

    There are currently many dangerous mentally injured and ill in the community, these people need health and welfare services before they need justice services.  We all need to be kept safe, I have heard stories of dangerous mentally ill people begging judges for health care and being forcibly removed from court with nothing.

     

    There are significant improvements in the care of mentally injured and ill people in police custody.  Several officers at Wellington Central have said they need mental health workers at the station at all times – men and women.  They need somewhere and someone to get those with mental health issues out of the cells and into care.  I heard one senior officer make three phone calls trying to get someone to come and get a teenager with mental health issues that had been dropped by adolescent mental health services.

     

    The fact is many mentally injured and ill people cannot get protection and representation of a lawyer.  They are either too busy, not skilled in this area of law or cannot afford to do legal aid work – this is against the law – (the Magna Carta).  You can’t just say this is happening without something being done to rectify it (upskilling of lawyers in dealing with mentally injured and traumatised people is vitally important).

     

    Currently police are being used in a punitive way – which is against the law.  I have had the police called 15 times for welfare visits in four months, called by health justice and media organisations and never once did I say I was going to kill myself.  Though I do suffer from suicidal ideology which is a living nightmare when it is bad.  Police are supposed to help but they intimidate and humiliate – often just by being there, I have had several bad experiences with bigoted officers.  I wrote to police and begged them not to come to my house, they ignored me.  They have also turned up 11pm at night and frightened me badly.

     

    Currently I am up on five charges 1 of Misuse of a Telephone for phoning ACC and screaming for care (after being told for past 5 years my care would be reinstated), 3 counts of using chalk pen on windows at Carterton Police station (after 2 officers insulted me for 10 mins I did a swastika), Wgtn High Court after I was assaulted by security, refused a lawyer and refused access to watch Tony Ellis and the case of torture with 3 mentally ill men.  Also the Appeal Court in Wellington for a swastika and writing lies all over the words on that building about justice and law.  Also for Wilful Trespass of High Court for refusing to leave re Tony Ellis case.

     

    I have been taken to court by police multiple times, many times the charges have been dropped just before the case (I would have gone twice before however).  I have won four cases in court for wilful trespass, one I had to appeal a conviction of wilful trespass of ACC for a legal protest.  One for legally protesting outside the DHB offices at Masterton Hospital, which I had to defend myself – thankfully judge Tuohy was very accommodating of my stress disorder and helped me through the process.  This is a gross waste of money for me and the government, as well as stressful for me and challenging for court staff – as I no longer handle things well.  My last appearance – alone – was two weeks ago and I ended up curled up in a ball on the floor in a corner with a large painting of mine in front of me, with my eyes closed and fingers in my ears, crying, frightened of everything and everybody.  I have been in this position several times since I was assaulted and bullied by Wairarapa police, I have made a formal complaint about what happened being unjustifiably violent.

     

    I am sometimes kept in the cells too long and have broken down several times, there should have been people available to sit with me, or I should have been taken to a room with a window and if no risk taken for a walk outside – especially if I am there a long time.  A couple of months ago I was arrested for protesting and kept under mental health for five hours in the cells as punishment for swearing and yelling at staff at police headquarters about Its Not OK propaganda.  Mental health came and went – I am petrified of mental health services there is no way I would tell those people anything, mostly I am triggered and swear at them about how bad their services are.

     

    I have spoken to dozens of policemen and women who all agree with what I protest about mental health services being inadequate and not what they say.

     

    Outcome 3:                            Choice and Control

     

    I can make my own choices and have control over my life just like everyone else.

     

    This does not happen currently, especially with people like me who refuse psychotropic drugs on religious and ethical grounds.  The part about care and services being client centred are not true in regard to mental injury and mental health services.  Most do not get a say, once people have a psychotic episode or attempt suicide and are put under mental health act the majority of public mental health services heavily medicate.  Especially the lazy ones and most bigoted, like the head of mental health in Wairarapa who dislikes women.  We also have the highest rate of compulsory treatment orders and use of psychotropic drugs.

     

    I live in Carterton, I would like to continue living in my own community, however there are no available and suitable homes.  Even though it is a requirement that disabled people have access to social housing.  I would prefer to be able to buy my own home which I believe is a cultural right and I should be offered a government loan to do this.  Under the Crimes Act people must have the necessaries of life and a safe stable home is one of them – especially for a traumatised person.

     

    I should be able to ask for the help I read about in laws and brochures, not be rejected, not be further traumatised by the system, my human rights must be protected not just promoted.

     

     

    Outcome 4:                            Health and Wellbeing

     

    I have the same level of health and wellbeing as everyone else.

     

    I am supported to be the best person I can be, to self-actualise and have a life worth living.  I will manage my health and be grateful for the support I am given by participating to the best of my ability.

     

    I will have the necessaries of life as outlined in Maslows Hierachy of Needs, I will not feel life is to frightening and not worth living.  I will not feel worthless, like human sewage and on a torture wheel of hell from services supposed to help and protect me.

     

    I will have access to other health care needs besides my mental health – which I am currently not having in several areas as I am too afraid to see the doctor.  When you don’t want to live it is difficult to get yourself to beg for help about less significant medical conditions – I have issues with my bladder and kidneys but have been unable to have tests required done for past two years.  Because I need my ACC care back and mental health support worker to go with me – I have no-one else I feel safe taking.

     

    I will have the gym membership and support I had as part of my ACC rehabilitation plan in 2009, to help deal with my increasing weight and eating disorder.  I will be able to see a professional about my eating disorder, which I havn’t been about to do for over 10 years.

     

    Wellbeing include psychosocial support to reintegrate successfully into the community – from which I have become isolated due to poor mental health, poverty and unemployment.  I will reconnect with my whanau, as I have become distant from them as well, they dislike that I don’t work and do the activism I do.

     

     

    Outcome 5:                            Accessibility

     

    I can access places, services and information just like everyone else.

     

    I need help with this as I have tried for years to access the treatment care rehabilitation justice etc I am entitled to under law without success.  This is something my lawyer could assist with to start with as I am currently turned away repeatedly.

     

    I have a home that enables me to participate in my community.  In the current housing crisis this is a serious issue for me and many others.  I live in private rental accommodation with a flatmate who takes advantage of me and I need him to leave but I can’t say anything.  I could be asked to leave with six weeks notice if family wanted to move in.  The thought terrifies me as I have had so many bad experiences moving, I moved 4 x in 12 months a couple of years ago – sent my stress disorder off the scale.  I have lost many things, had many broken and many stolen in all my moves.

     

    I can regain the confidence to perform my poetry and plays, learn more about creative writing for profit and to share history and fantasy with my community.

     

    That as I heal and no longer need intensive services that at any time in the future when I am overwhelmed with trauma I can return to services without question.

     

    That I am not assessed to death, and have this processed used as a form of denying services rather than providing appropriate professional services depending on physical, psychological and psychosocial needs.

     

    Outcome 6:                            Leadership

     

    I have the same opportunities for leadership as everyone else and there are leaders who can represent me.

     

    This is definitely not happening in mental health and I do not feel there are any leaders or organisations representing me in any meaningful way.  In fact I feel our leaders are ignorant, arrogant and disrespectful of my expertise, experience and talents.

     

    Outcome 7:                            Education

     

    I have the same education outcomes just like everyone else.

     

    I was studying law at Victoria before I was mentally injured in 2002, I had passed five out of six papers – one I had dropped, I was very busy as a single parent and owner manager in my franchise business.  After I was hurt I tried but could not go back to university, I have since done papers in rehabilitation, health, journalism, creative scriptwriting, but none were successful due to my disability and inadequate support.

     

    If I have received an ACC Independence Allowance of $18 per week, half of it has to go to my student loan – which is incredibly unjust – also I disagree with the level of this allowance but could not challenge it.

     

    I have reports saying I am intelligent, do not have a personality disorder and am not delusional, yet I do not work and am rotting on welfare.  I protest and participate in submissions like this because I know my disorder, I know what I need, know what I’m entitled to and know what a professional rehabilitation plan actually entails.

     

    According to ACC legislation they are required to return me as near as practicable to my previous life – they have never made any attempt to do this.  I have tried and failed because they refuse to support those things I believe are necessary, for years I tried to heal myself – I failed over and over again until I gave up and started being a Civil Society Actor in the area of mental health full time.  If I can’t work then I don’t want to live – simple as that.  And I want a job that uses my knowledge and talents.

     

    Disabled people, in fact no people, should have to pay for their education.  Disabled people are currently driven out of the neo-liberal capitalist working environment, which does not allow for people who are not 100% fit and efficient to do the job – they don’t want anybody that cannot earn a maximum – that’s what they call productivity.

     

    As the New Zealand government has signed the Economic Social and Cultural Rights covenant, as well as the disability rights declaration I believe they are responsible for ensuring disabled people have valued work.  That will require the government to create meaningful jobs, or support the disabled person to create a meaningful job for them and perhaps others.  I would like to develop my scriptwriting and write the multiple plays I have started to develop, including plays about NZ history.  I would like to record some of my songs and work with a band to see if they are valuable when professionally produced.

     

    I am an advocate for Te Whariki – an early childhood document that I believe could be extended to cover all education.

     

    Mentally injured and ill students must be given extra help they are entitled to in order to achieve their best.  Many have behavioural issues and need more intensive support, or learn through doing, many are creative but not very academic and avenues to develop creative talents need to be provided.

     

    An older student cannot learn efficiently or sometimes at all if they are extremely stressed due to housing issues or poverty.  People who are studying need to be provided safe accommodation and/or travel to education (eg travel from Carterton to Victoria , Massey or Whitiraia).

     

    Outcome 8:                            Employment

     

    I have the same employment outcomes and opportunities as everyone else.

     

    One of my most basic desires and requirements of any rehabilitation plan I participate in, is how it is going to facilitate my returning to work and value in the community, that improves my mental health, not makes it deteriorate.

     

    I have learnt a lot over the past 14 years, along with my artistic expression I want to use what I have learnt to help and protect other men women and children with mental injuries.  I want to see realised all the resources services and facilities required to provide the professional treatment care rehabilitation and justice people, with mental injures as a result of abuse, are entitled to under ACC, health, disability, criminal, imperial, human rights and bill of rights laws.

     

    As referred to previously in our current economic climate people with disabilities (or those caring for them) are mostly unemployed – this needs to be addressed by government and not just left to the community.  They are not the ones who created this low wage, high unemployment, unequal society, government did and they have a responsibility to all disabled people to ensure their lives are worth living.

     

    Kia kaha to us all.

Social Security Legislation Rewrite Act Submission, all punitive changes illegal!

If you are reading this and want to make a submission please follow the link below, last day today, every voice counts.  Below that is my submission if you would like some ideas.

http://www.parliament.nz/en-nz/pb/legislation/bills/00DBHOH_BILL68669_1/social-security-legislation-rewrite-bill

SUBMISSION ON SOCIAL SECURITY REWRITE

SUBMISSION ON SOCIAL SECURITY LEGISLATION REWRITE BILL

JR

Early last year I was doing some research for my own legal issues when I came across copies of the Social Security Act and noted with distress the long list of amendments to this piece of legislation.  Now I see the government have become ashamed of this list and want to tidy it up.  Perhaps so it isn’t obvious to future generations how the rich and powerful in New Zealand/the world persecuted the poorest sector of our society, using neo-liberal economic policies and radicalised political beliefs they knew were harmful. 

 It is common knowledge that neo-liberals deregulated the finance industry, removed tariffs and implemented GST, cut taxes to the rich, etc etc.  They created unemployment and a low wage economy, then went about creating propaganda that it was the fault of the unemployed for their situation.

 I am an active protester in the area of mental health services for mentally injured abuse victims and mentally ill.  I am being persecuted through the justice and health system for legally protesting and not treated with impunity as required by the United Nations, as a civil society actor.  In the work that I do, which includes a significant amount of law I have been introduced to Imperial Laws.  Firstly Westminster Statute 1st, Common right be done to all, rich as poor and Secondly Magna Carta, No man shall be destroyed and every man shall have access to right and justice.

 It is quite obvious from the number of changes to the Social Securities Act that were designed to degrade and intimidate that these changes are supposed to be punitive against poor people.  At the same time we pass laws that advance rich people like those passed to advance The Hobbit and Hollywood multinationals.  This IS NOT COMMON RIGHT BEING DONE TO ALL – this is rich being advanced and poor disadvantaged.

 Throughout history mankind have shown they cannot control their love of money and power, to the detriment of society, that is why we have laws.  That is why we live in a civilized society and democracy, in an effort to control this propensity for abuse of power and strong attacking weak.  This is no longer happening, those with money and power have created extreme suffering, that is leading to social issues, violence, addiction, suicide, etc.  Their radicalised political belief that those who don’t work are bludgers and a drain on society is immoral and an act of discrimination in my culture.

 These same people who don’t work are not given the opportunity as cuts to funding for professional treatment care and rehabilitation mean there is no support.  ACC and mental health do not use professional rehabilitation models, I know this for a fact, I studied this topic at Massey University.  All the talk about people with disabilities being in work, are just not a reality in a neo-liberal capitalist society.  Jobs need to be created for disabled people to use their talents, within their capabilities and create value in society.  So many disabled people with so much talent – especially with people who have mental health issues, many highly intelligent and being left to rot.

 The focus on work is offensive, while ACC, mental health and others ensure people are not treated, protected, cared for and rehabilitated as required under the IPRCA.  Also as required under Health, Disability, Criminal, Human Rights and Bill of Rights Acts.

 Again I would point out it is the fact that at the same time as resources were being taken from the most vulnerable and poorest people, those who were the richest were increasing their wealth according to data.

 I will say it simply – you are not allowed to use the law to advance the rich and persecute the poor – people must be advanced, or not, in a common way.  As I know in my case this is happening I understand the law to be interpreted that I no longer have to respect or adhere to the law under the Westminster System.

 The consolidation of this Act is immoral and illegal.  I am also quite sure the government will bring something more degrading in for beneficiaries, even though they say they are not going to – they always do – it is modern day oppression of mostly disabled citizens.

 That people in power, with access to scientific evidence about the social dysfunction etc poverty and inequality create, continue to harm vulnerable minorities makes me want to be ill.  It is a gross miscarriage of justice that is somehow being legitimised by the media and all neo-liberals and worst of all by our justice agencies.  We have Criminal Laws and Bill of Rights Act that few people can use to protect themselves against cruel immoral radicalised political terrorists who work for government organisations.  Under the Terrorism Suppression Act, what neo-liberals have done over the past 30 years constitutes terrorism, especially in the area of destroying mental health infrastructure and causing serious harm to a significant targeted group of the population. 

 I also have Christian beliefs and know it is EVIL to advance and protect the rich and powerful, while they degrade, disenfranchise and persecute the vulnerable poor.  Westminster Law is based on Christianity, so is our monarchy and I expect to have New Zealand’s cultural, religious and ethical beliefs respected and acknowledged in this debate/law change.

 Now I have pointed out rich people can’t use the law to harm poor people I expect there will be a police and GCSB investigation – perhaps a Royal Commission of Inquiry.  That this bill will not progress and there will be urgent legislation enacted to remove any parts of the Social Security Act implemented since Rogernomics/neo-liberalism that has harmed the poorest of citizens.  That of course would involve a return to welfare and housing conditions prior to Ruth Richardson.

 All these punitive laws that were made are illegal and we must (now we understand what has happened and how it happened) strike them down and return to the law prior.  The poorest New Zealanders must be advanced in common right as rich people were, to do anything else is uncivilized and against Westminster Law and democracy.

 I wish to speak to my submission in person.

 June 2016

 

Putting energy into failure – Haumanu House, Carterton

I’m sitting here looking at the big photo of agency representatives and Carterton dignatories opening the old police house as a HUB for social services in Wairarapa News and I want to throw up.  So much energy put into a system that is a complete failure for so many people here.  It is these services, these AGENCY representatives and dignatories that are failing our community, this is the system that causes people to suicide, become addicts, violent, to suffer without professional health care and support in this community.

For example WINZ – will they be having a full time security guard on duty to kick anybody out who becomes distraught because they don’t have enough money or anywhere safe to live?  I can’t even go to WINZ any longer I am so traumatised and degraded by it I tick really badly, can barely speak, want to self-harm and get violent thoughts of suicide (that’s what happens after 14 yrs rotting on welfare begging ACC for help to return to work like the law says).  I have an awesome case manager in Masterton and I can call her, but she works within a system and when she was away recently the computer cut my benefit off because it hadn’t received a medical certificate I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT.

COMMUNITY LAW CENTRE – over the years since I have been persecuted (that’s what the dictionary says is happening to me) by ACC and other mental health providers I have been turned away from the Community Law Centre several times.  The most vivid include me going to the office, asking to see a Human Rights lawyer, being told there were none in the Wairarapa.  When I said I will see any lawyer then, I was told THAT WOULD BE A WASTE OF THEIR TIME.

Another time I again told a woman how bad my situation was, how bad my mental health was and was told there was nothing the law could do about it.  As I was at law school at Victoria before I was hurt and had copies of ACC, disability, human rights and bill of rights laws I knew that was not correct.

More recently Wairarapa Community Law told me they had no idea how to do a judicial review.  That other people had asked them as well but they just couldn’t work out the process it was so complicated.  Again I was refused access to a lawyer about human rights.  The Judicial review process is an important part of our legal and democratic process when all else fails.

I have been told by other Community Law Centres that I need a lawyer, when I tell them I cannot find a lawyer I’m told there is nothing they can do.  I have also been told Community Law are NOT ALLOWED to help people represent themselves in court - its not in their mandate.

I was told by Ministry of Justice I needed a civil legal aid lawyer for my human rights complaints – I was sent a list, I phoned every person on that list and was told they were too busy, there were not lawyers available in New Zealand for civil legal aid – people were too busy dealing with criminal legal aid.  When I contacted Ministry of Justice about not being able to get a lawyer the woman said it was probably because I didn’t have a case (which is not true) and there was nothing she could do.  I reminded her it was law that I have to have access to right and justice.  She abused me and hung up.

So what’s the point in having Community Law come to town when they won’t and can’t do anything?

FREE BUDGETING – how can you budget when you get $400 per week (that you have to keep reapplying for because your previous 9 flatmates all stole from you, vicimtized you and traumatised you and you currently can’t find another so you’re getting some special benefit to live).  Your rent is $250 per week and you can’t even afford to get to the ACC counsellor who is currently the only one supporting you (because ACC illegally removed the other 4 health professionals and 12 hours care per week you had – and refuse to reinstate it after winning two reviews).  Does this budget in having a drink with friends in the community – just one drink?  Does this budget for going to concerts or shows that your other friends go to?  Does this budget for firewood or having $1000 in reserve in case a family member dies so you can travel?  Does this budget for your dog of 14 years getting sick, dying and leaving behind a $800 vet bill?  Does that budget for your bulimia :-( ?  Does this budget for $600 worth of wood for the winter?  Does this budget for any debts you have, like legal aid debt being forcibly taken from your benefit at $10 per week – for a protest where you were acquitted of wilful trespass of ACC and Ministry of Health for legally protesting about mental health services and ACC.

What happens when you are that broke you just stay home, every time you go out you spend money or someone wants you to spend money.  You don’t want to be around people because they tell you all the ways they are spending their money.  You are so stressed by poverty you phone people screaming for help to get your care back, so you can return to work, so you can live.  Those people send the police, concerned for your welfare, but not concerned with the fact you are not receiving the health care etc you are entitled to.  You live on $1 bread.  You go to the supermarket, your card declines for $6.50 (because you only had $6.20) and you run out of the place crying in shame, leaving the $2.60 in small change you had already given to try and buy some sanitary pads, bread and milk you wanted.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELLING – I don’t do drugs or alcohol, although I know after Paul Holmes pushed for more help for drug addicts huge amounts of funding moved out of general mental health care into drug addicts.  I’m supposed to get ACC counselling but even now I have a flatmate and can afford to get to Masterton it appears ACC and the counsellor can’t organise for me to be seen.  Although counselling is such a small part of the care I need, its difficult to go to counselling, tell the person who bad your life is, she agrees with you, agrees there is insufficient residential and home care for abuse victims – tells you there is nothing she can do – she’s watching other abused women suffering like you, they’re not being helped either – its a tragedy and so many are dying but there is just nothing she can do.

PATHWAYS – Went to Pathways when they first took over mental health care in Wairarapa years ago, was told in no uncertain terms there is no way I would be eligible for any of their services and in fact I didn’t need the services I said I did – even though ACC had been providing them through a psychiatrist, Occupational Therapist, Mental HEalth worker and others in the community but illegally took them from me and refused to reinstate.  Mental health don’t provide the services ACC provide, they don’t have that sort of money.  I could of course have any medication I would like – given that mental health services in the Wairarapa have the highest rate of psychotropic drug use in New Zealand.  And if I continued to complain that I wasn’t able to access professional health care I would be forcibly committed and forcibly medicated.  Given Wairarapa mental health also have the highest rate of compulsory treatment orders because they are so horrendously incompetent and unprofessional, its not surprising really.

I have even contacted the people who own Pathways to make complaints and made formal complaints about their services (or lack of) through the Health and Disability Commission and DHB.  I am discredited and ignored, told I have a personality disorder WHEN I DON’T.  I do have several good psychiatric reports by senior psychiatrists Dr Alan Doris and Justin Barry-Walshe, that support what I am saying.  They also say I am intelligent, do not have a personality disorder and am not delusional.  Being accused of being delusional for knowing what you are entitled to and asking for it is very disturbing.  Andrew Curtis-Cody on the other hand, who is the main reason I am unable to access any services is a NURSE and has been ACTING head of adult mental health services for over a decade.  The man is mentally disturbed and has serious issues with women.

WORKWISE – Went to them years ago, begging for help to return to work, because I had given up on ACC.  I was treated like human sewage, told they would help then ignored.  They even had an education test done so I could get help to return to university – when I asked for the results I was told they were paid for and owned by Workwise and I would not be allowed a copy.  I begged them to send to disability services at Massey University (where I was studying Rehabiltiation, Health 101 and Disability at the time) they refused.  When I made a formal complaint I was phoned by a manager at their head office, insulted and abused for it.  I have seldom been treated with such contempt as when I dealt with Workwise and I would not be able to interact with this organisation without becoming very unwell.  If I had the multi-disciplinary team of health professionals I had in 2009 they would have helped me overcome this ‘phobia’ and gone with me to support me perhaps.

HAUORA – were supposed to help me late last year with flatmate problems and someone I knew who was taking advantage of me, had poor mental health herself and ended up causing me huge financial problems and coming to my house and abusing me.  I begged Hauora to help her as I couldn’t cope with what I was being expected to do to support her.  I sent letters of complaint when they didn’t help and the situation deteriorated, they came to my house and abused me.  Telling me the situation that had happened was nothing to do with them, even though I had been begging for their help.

WHAIORA – Went in their once to go to a doctor because I was so poor and couldn’t afford one.  Was refused care and treated so badly by the receptionist I left and would never ever go back.  I have tried to access Whanau Ora services as I am told I am entitled to them, I phone people and nobody gets back to me.  I heard they are starting up again, maybe.  But I know I will have to work with people who are not professionals and have serious issues themselves – so many people do not understand Complex Post Traumatic Stress disorders and years of degrading persecution I have been subjected to.  They do not understand that I am phobic about going for a job interview because the person who raped me was found not guilty – even when he admitted I was asleep when he started doing it.  I am phobic about being judged and in 2009 I was just about to start working on this with the Occupational Therapist when my care was illegally withdrawn by ACC and Peter Jansen only six months into a rehabilitation plan that was supposed to be 2 1/2 years.

IRD – Ahhhh my $7000 student loan – stupid me took out a loan in 2001 for my studies, even though I was eligible for TIA at the time – I didn’t want to be a bludger.  At the end of the first year when I was raped and tried but couldn’t return to study because I wasn’t getting the support I needed I had to quit.  Because of when I was raped I am entitled to a disability payment from ACC that was wrongly calculated at $18 per week, but you can’t argue with ACC.   When I was getting paid this money I had to start making payments of $10 per week to IRD in order to pay back my student debt.  When ACC removed me from all services in 2009 they said I no longer was eligible because my mental health issues weren’t related to the rape.  That was later proven wrong and all services were supposed to be reinstated – they never were and neither was the Independence Allowance.  It makes me cry when I hear of other abuse victims getting these payments when I am refused.  Sad I can’t get a lawyer to make them, because ACC don’t do anything without a person having a lawyer.

RUTH CARTER, JOHN BOOTH and many others in that photo know some of my story and do absolutely nothing to help me get the health care I am entitled to so I can return to work and survive in this community.  Putting all their energy into ‘the system’ of failure 30 years of neo-liberal government have created by advancing rich and persecuting poor must make them think they are doing something.  You see they believe people in mental health services that lie and blame me for the situation I am in.  They believe them when they say she refuses services – I REFUSE UNPROFESSIONAL ABUSIVE SERVICES, just like all the other people who are suffering in this community.

POLICE – a couple of years ago I found four laws related to health care for disabled people and government agencies that must follow the law.  I made several complaints to police about people failing to do their job and me being harmed because of it – they refuse to act on my complaints because apparently they wouldn’t know who to prosecute.  Of course they don’t mind coming to my house for welfare visits 15 times in three months, or dragging me through court for misuse of a telephone for phoning ACC begging/screaming for my care to be reinstated (seeing they promised it would be yet again April last year).

Although police are now much nicer than they once were to me, there are still several how victimise me by holding on to emails from the Ombudsman concerned for my welfare, for 7 hours and turn up at 11pm at night when I am asleep.  Frighten the hell out of me, thinking one of my ex-flatmates dodgy friends is trying to break in, or that one of my children have died.  Or dragging me to Masterton after the doctors surgery calls them concerned for my welfare to prosecute me for misuse of a telephone, under the guise of being forced to see the CATT team.  Who I cannot communicate with and who have told me repeatedly there are no services.

RAPE CRISIS – although they aren’t in this building I wanted to make a note about them after Anne Tolley promised money for sexual abuse services.  I went to them three times and was rejected all three times, apparently I am not a suitable candidate for any of their programmes.  What makes you a suitable candidate for being helped by rape crisis again?  Just because I know my rights and am an expert in stress disorders people become intimidated by me and reject me – Rape Crisis only want victims, not intelligent women prepared to stand up for their rights.

………… Can’t stop crying, bulimia bad, bladder problems bad wish I could see the doctor about them and have the tests I was supposed to from two years ago.  Just can’t face all the invasive tests they want to do with no support.

Note to John Booth, I turned down the firewood because I was so freaked out I wouldn’t have any and you refused to call me to tell me what was happening I bought by own, using the only money I had in reserve – the last $600 left from the small amount Dulcie left me.  Wish she had left me a house to live in, like she left so many of her alcoholic tenants, I never understood why she wouldn’t help me and my kids, I guess that’s what happens when someone is very rich and lets it control them.

I don’t want charity - I want professional treatment care rehabilitation and justice so I can get well and get back to work.  People despise you when you’re on welfare.

Of course Carterton people hate all disabled, that’s why they got the government to sell off all the state housing in the 1990s.  Now the only people moving here are rich people because poor and disabled people can’t afford it – that’s what the dignitaries of Carterton want.

:-(