[LIFE/ACADEMIA] Writing Scholarship in New Zealand with @VaughanPark

For years I have wanted to apply for a Residential Scholarship at Vaughan Park (above Auckland, New Zealand), and it appears that my research bid below, has led to me being awarded a scholarship/writing retreat for March/April 2020. I decided to go for it after a conversation with my Head of Faculty, who came to visit me the week of my secondary diagnosis. I mentioned that once I realised that I wasn't yet dead, my…

[Review] from Scoop Review of Books #DigitalParenting

Another positive review of the book from Scoop Review of Books in New Zealand, it finishes: It is a comprehensive guide ideally suited for parents or those who work with children. It is also a book that teens could potentially dip in to, if they were concerned about any aspect of digital safety. I found it very accessible and useful both in terms of our children’s use of the internet, as well as gaining a…

[PRESS] #DigitalParenting Reviewed by Graham Beattie on @RadioLiveNZ

  Thanks to Graham Beattie for his very positive review on Radio Live, New Zealand ... apologies to the author of the other book as they enthusiastically discussed mine for quite some time! Got to love Google Alerts for letting me know, and the internet for enabling me to listen to this only a few hours after it was broadcast on the other side of the world.  

University of Canterbury

Inspiring story of how online helped the University of Canterbury in New Zealand get back on its feet after the earthquake in February 2011: With the library still unsafe - and half a million books to be reshelved - major education publishing houses helped out by temporarily allowing access to their online resources for free. Much greater use was made of Canterbury's online learning system: today it remains twice as well used as before the…

PADI Open Water Diver

More information to come on how I gained my PADI Open Water Diver certification. I have dived in the following places: Poseidon Diving, Ao Nang, Thailand (4 dives) Qualified as 'Scuba Diver' Silverswift Day Dives, Cairns, Australia (2 dives) Dive Tutukaka!, Poor Knights, New Zealand (4 dives) Qualified as 'Open Water Diver' Adrenalina Mergulho, Paraty, Brazil (2 dives) Haven't dived since early 2008... I'm missing it!