Liam Butler

Retirement?!

Liam Butler interviews former Medical Professor Richard Donald  What have you done to liberate yourself in retirement?  Since my father first started the Aged People’s Welfare Council (now Age Concern) our family have not been shy about discussing the subject of aging. As there is a strong family history of …

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John Key on a Bike!

Liam Butler interviews Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key: How will the tourism sector benefit from older tourists having fun over the festive season using the National Cycle Trail and the National walkway Te Araroa? Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail …

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Greener Travel?

Liam Butler interviews Julie Anne Genter Green Party Spokesperson for Transport What could be done better by central government to ensure older people benefit from good transportation in a way that is equitable for all ages? Julie Anne Genter: The Green Party transport plan will give people vibrant, greener cities, where …

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Hospital admission under the Mental Health (Compulsory Treatment and Assessment) Act

Liam Butler interviews Dr Anthony O’Brien RN BA MPhil (Hons) PhD FNZCMHN Liam: Anthony, can you please explain the process of compulsory hospital admission to older adult mental health services, some of the issues involved, and the rights of patients admitted involuntarily.   Anthony O’Brien From time to time older people …

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Elderly in Prison

Liam Butler interviews Kim Workman QSO Founder Rethinking Crime and Punishment  What strategies does Rethinking Crime and Punishment believe we should consider regarding the use of prison and alternative forms of punishment in New Zealand for the 13 % of inmates who are 50 years old or over? Kim Workman:  …

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Is it time to try and stop some crime?

Liam Butler interviews Crime stoppers Chairman John Perham Question One: John you are Founder and Chairman of Crime stoppers New Zealand and have been honoured for your contribution to public sector reform.  How can older people help stop crime in New Zealand? John Perham: Anyone, regardless of age, can provide information about …

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Pets!

Liam Butler interviews Ric Odom, Chief Executive Officer, Royal New Zealand SPCA  Ric, when older people get unwell how can they ensure their pets get adequate exercise? Ric Odom: If you’re having trouble meeting your pet’s exercise needs, we suggest you ask your family, friends and neighbours for support. You could …

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