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A year ago, Immigration New Zealand (INZ) “temporarily” closed the Parent Resident Visa Category (PRV), aiming to clear out the 2000 applications that are already in the system. This is a decision made by monkeys with no brains, and I can’t see it getting any better under the new coalition government.

By doing this, INZ sent a very strong message to all the migrants in New Zealand:”Don’t make plans to get your parents here in New Zealand to stay permanently, because we can’t cope with too many applications.“, which is an indefinite statement that’s detrimental to their confidence in ever getting into a family reunification here in NZ.

I understand all the concerns INZ had, but INZ could lower the quota of the application selected, delay the process, or create a system for random, indiscriminate selection of applications, or create a support programme to make sure that by the end of the day, the number of visas granted stays the same but people’s confidence is not damaged. However, the INZ foolishly closed the application, and there is no definitive answer on the re-opening date.

I don’t want to get into the discussion of “Why getting your parents live here permanently?” sort of twaddle because it is obviously a wrong starting point; nor do I want to discuss Winston Peters’ “retirement home” bullshit, since it was all based on the false and misleading information. What I am saying is, stopping the PRV seems merely like a reckless reaction to a PANIC due to a lack of strategic planning, capability, creativity or simply common sense.

From what I have heard from within the local Chinese community and my own experience, parents come to join their children with a lot more than just a burden to our welfare system which the Chinese seldom take advantages of, they come with:

  1. their life savings,
  2. devotion to taking care of their children or grandchildren,
  3. peace of mind for the children to not have to worry about them being so far away,
  4. a treasured culture tradition that their children haven’t learnt in depth in their home country,
  5. their love
  6. their connections from their home country
  7. good medical insurance in their home country and NZ

Now all of these above were cut off directly or indirectly by INZ, which could have been avoided if INZ was more sensitive and creative about its policies. Moreover, their children’s hearts were broken because the future is indefinite, and INZ didn’t give them any other options but either no parents here or leaving. It makes me sad to say this, but if you add all the listed above up and translate it into monetary value, you will see how much INZ has dumped because its incapability to deal with issues like this.



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As the front pages were all occupied by Ardern-Peters handshakes and their oversized grins, a very important hui was held in China, which will create a visible impact across the globe, including New Zealand.

You might have read it somewhere else over the media, telling you nothing inspiring but how Chinese president is gaining more power,  but I have to say, it is so very sad to see the ignorance and despair of the media to merely feed the readers with such a bias-provoking statement.

I would like to share with you what I’ve heard, read and understand the messages from the hui, and how they are relevant to our lives here in New Zealand.

The hui in China is called the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and it is about VISION, STRATEGY, AND ACTION PLAN for the next 30 years in China.

Unlike NZ government who isn’t able to make a plan for over a few years, the Chinese government works very hard to light a longer pathway for advancement without going through the industrial revolution and colonial expansion as the Western countries did.

But, is this even possible planning for 30 years ahead? Who’s making the decisions, on what basis? Let’s see the report in more detail:

1. Achievements


With decades of hard work, socialism with Chinese characteristics has crossed the threshold into a new era. This is a new historic juncture in China’s development.

First, CPC recognised the achievements over the past years and identified that China has entered a New Era. Therefore, new solutions need to be created to overcome new challenges.

“Chinese characteristics” refers to a socialist country led by a major party: Chinese Communist Party, which means, unlike the Western political systems, the democracy in China is indirect, which means the Chinese people could elect their representatives to place votes at the People’s Congress to elect the government and make laws in China, in contrast to a national election. This is the current political system in China protected by the country’s Constitutions. If anyone believes this system is flawed, and some other better systems should be used, feel free to leave me a message about your reasons and evidence.

2. Change of the major challenge

中国特色社会主义进入新时代,我国社会主要矛盾已经转化为人民日益增长的美好生活需要和不平衡不  充分的发展之间的矛盾

As socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, the principal contradiction facing Chinese society has evolved. What we now face is the contradiction between unbalanced and inadequate development and the people’s ever-growing needs for a better life.

So the development in China is exceptionally fast, but it is not balanced or adequate. What is the indication?

Kenneth Jarrett, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, commented: “The era when China emphasized economic growth at any cost is now over. China enters an era of smarter and more balanced growth.”

3, Xi’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era 

On 24 Oct. 2017, CPC added “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” to the party’s Constitution. The amendment, approved by the 19th CPC National Congress, juxtaposes Xi’s thought with Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory, the Theory of Three Represents, and the Scientific Outlook on Development. (Xinhua)

The sinicization of Marxism has never ended in China and the theories serve as the guiding values that are vital in the decision-making process in China. Xi’s Thought made amendments to the train of thoughts at different times of history to outline a strategy, based on reality and the results from the empirical evidence, so that the system can be bettered and bettered over time.

This is important because it is called a “thought”, sharing the same name with Mao’s thought, indicating the theoretical breakthrough is phenomenal.

A wide range of new ideas, thinking and strategies put forward by the CPC Central Committee with Xi at the core have been added to the constitution, including giving a bigger role to free market in resource allocation, imposing deeper changes in the optimisation of supply chains and structure, and renovating cultural products, etc. It also underpins 14 fundamental principles, ranging from ensuring Party leadership position, to building a community with a shared future for mankind.

Xi believes that the new era of socialism with Chinese characteristics means “Scientific socialism is full of vitality in 21st century China, and that the banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics is now flying high and proud for all to see.”

4. Action Plan

▌ 综合分析国际国内形势和我国发展条件,从二〇二〇年到本世纪中叶可以分两个阶段来安排。

▌ Based on a comprehensive analysis of the international and domestic environments and the conditions for China’s development, we have drawn up a two-stage development plan for the period from 2020 to the middle of this century.

2020 – 2035, China will build on the foundation created by the moderately prosperous society with a further 15 years of hard work to see that socialist modernization is basically realized.

2035 – 2050, China will work hard for a further 15 years and develop China into a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful.

The report is a 80-something pages long, you can read Xi’s book or the full report if you are really into it. However, you can see from the abovementioned, China is developing in its unique way to seek an effective and fast development, and in the meantime, maintain a peaceful and stable society.

Lin Yutang once said:”It is evident that the Chinese as a nation are more philosophic.” Here we can see how the Chinese government is leading the country under a set of philosophical theories based on the reality and empirical evidence tested and collected from the past decades.

It is not hard to see that China is rising to become a powerful country in the world, but from its long history and its policies, we could come to the conclusion that China is not seeking power through violence, war, intimidation or punishment, but through cooperation, genuine friendship and partnership, with mutual respect, understanding and support.

The Chinese see the nation itself as “礼仪之邦” (a country of decency and honour), it always treats other countries with warm hospitality (just ask anybody who has been to China). The CPC, being the major party in China for almost 80 years, cares for the people they serve.

Many western media claimed that China is rising and it is dangerous for other countries. But is China interfering into any other country’s business, like the war in Afghanistan? in Iraq? No! China is building roads and infrastructure, not military bases; to make friends, not to enslave them; to share a different point of view, not to impose an ideology and use it as the justification for their greed.

I think we should be happy to see a strong leadership team in China, since China is closely connected to New Zealand economically, and a stable and peaceful growing China is a good partner, isn’t it?

I once heard an Auckland councillor commented that:”it’s just a matter of changing the powerful mates, Americans, Chinese, British, it doesn’t matter. In my experience, the Chinese is a much better bully.” :) So, my last message is if you are going to do something that has any relevance to China, you need to learn about its government policies and its culture, and try to understand its way of thinking as a completely different perspective to ask the ultimate questions.




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G+ Hangouts have now been integrated into YouTube Live – so you don’t get Hangout event notifications via G+ anymore 😦

To join a Hangout Live discussion you need an invitation from the creator of the Hangout – you should be sent an invitation that will popup either in the Hangouts App on your mobile device (if you are signed in with the same email as your G+ account) or via being signed in to the Web interface at

We will invite participants to join the Hangout discussion 5mins before starting the YouTube Live broadcast, so login to either the Hangouts App or the Hangouts web page early.

If you follow the creator of the YT Live Hangout you should get an automatic notification when the Hangout starts as well – My G+ name is +Thom Cochrane

If you simply click on the YouTube Live link for the Hangout you will be able to view the Hangout once the broadcast has started, but not join in the discussion directly  – although we will enable the text comment feature of YT Live.

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There is something about a start line that seems foreboding – a point of no return. Self-doubt creeps in – am I ready to start? Have I done enough? Will I last the distance? But on reflection perhaps there is no good time to start; no time of perfect preparedness. And so, I’m launching into the CMALT accreditation process. I’m also trying to get my doctoral studies off the ground, complete the HEA Fellowship process and build a house so sometimes I feel I am squeezed to even find time for my day job!

I began the accreditation process last year but really only got as far as doing a draft of the contextual statement so hoping that the #cmaltcmooc will provide the structure and support I need to not only start but to finish. What happens in between is at present unknown, but I relish the experiences and shared learning along the way.


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Since starting my employment and research career at AUT in 2014 I have been working toward the development of design-based research projects that aim to provide more authentic critical care educational experiences and learner-centred pedagogies within the emergent profession of Paramedicine education.

Paramedicine offers unlimited opportunities due to being a relatively new research environment. I aim to explore the critical care aspects of emergency medicine in relation to paramedic pre-hospital management of heart attack and hope to implement a strategy of immersive simulation to complement the practical concepts of paramedic care.

To date, my collaborative work with the centre for learning and teaching (C-fLAT) has produced several outputs and has led to interprofessional and interdisciplinary contributions with other departments within the Universities health school.

My journey as an emergent researcher has led me to several areas if interest. I am currently investigating the accuracy of pre-hospital paramedic S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) interpretation. This work is in conjunction with St John Ambulance, New Zealand and The Northern Regional Alliance. My aim is to help form understanding and a strategy to meet ministerial objectives, District Health board goals and a high standard of pre-hospital STEMI treatment protocol.

I am part of the lead investigation team reviewing the use of virtual reality for Paramedic scene orientation: Immersive 360 virtual reality orientation to promote scene awareness. This work will be expanded to include all health school departments and will form a catalyst for future work. To date, the investigation into 360-degree immersive environments has led to a collaboration with Chilean company ‘Embodied Reports’. Our work investigates virtual environments and Paramedical experiential data in order to guide decision-making via qualitative research methods and quantitative biometric feedback.

In addition, I am a practicing Intensive Care Paramedic with St John Ambulance and been qualified for over 18 years. This lends a real-world connection to my research and work.

As a novice researcher and a novice teacher I hope to find new ways to teach and engage the student that fits in with “today”. As a teacher of others my hope is to strike a chord in those I work with. For me, a motivation lays within rhizomatic learning and a particular statement that I use as a screen saver and as a reminder of not what i want to achieve but what we hope to achieve.
“I refuse to accept that my role as a teacher is to take the knowledge in my head and put it in someone else’s. That would make for a pretty limited world :). Why then do we teach? Are we passing on social mores? I want my students to know more than me at the end of my course. I want them to make connections i would never make. I want them to be prepared to change. I think having a set curriculum of things people are supposed to know encourages passivity. I don’t want that. We should not be preparing people for factories. I teach to try and organize people’s learning journeys… to create a context for them to learn in” (Cormier, 2011).

Rhizomatic learning acknowledges that learners come from different contexts, that they need different things, and it can never be presumed as to what those things are. Learning is a complex process of sense-making to which each learner brings their own context and has their own needs. It overturns conventional notions of instructional pedagogy by positing that “the community is the curriculum”; that learning is not designed around content but is instead a social process in which we learn with and from each other (Cormier 2011).

Paramedics are a funny lot. Not your traditional academics and not your traditional student as many will come with a practical sense of what ‘the role’ entails. It is only by showing them there is a potential for avenues and routes ahead that they might start to create and forge their own journey.



Cormier, D. (2011). Rhizomatic learning-why we teach. Why we teach? Retrieved from