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20/20’s Third Follow Up and a Media Summary from the Past Few Months

February 23, 2014 8 comments

For those of you haven’t yet seen the 20/20 story that aired on Thursday night, you can do so by clicking on the 20/20 image.


Hannah and I would like to thank the 20/20 team for their great work over the past few years, their non-intrusive manner, and the way they construct stories that reflect our journey well. We think they did a great job at putting the story together, and we just want to acknowledge all the work they have put into it.

I thought I would also put up a series of links to other media appearances over the past few months so that they are all found in one place.

First was the NZ Herald story that featured on the front page shortly after our Give A Little campaign on October 24th:

and a subsequent follow up on October 25th:

The Dominion Post also did a story which appeared on

Then there was also The Daily Mail that picked up on the story a few days later (and I might add a very comprehensive and accurate account given that we didn’t speak to them at all).

The Give A Little team also wrote a nice summary on their site as this was one of the most successful campaigns that they had ever seen.

There was another appearance in the Otago Daily Times in December after a friend of ours (Anna) was able to organise a brand new Audi to be transported from Palmerston North to Dunedin when we were down there for Hannah’s brother’s wedding. We were given the car to drive for the time we were down there. I have to say, the effort involved in organising that was very impressive, and all done without me knowing. I woke up to hear someone was at the door, and Armstrong Prestige were there ready to hand me over the keys, along with a few cameras as well.

Once Elise was born, we did a follow up story with the NZ Herald as an acknowledgement that their first story was responsible for at least $50 000 dollars of the fundraising that happened back in October. We wanted to let people know how it had made a difference, and that I was able to make the birth of Elise.


After all of that, we have had a number of approaches from the media that we have decided in large part to decline, as we don’t want publicity for the sake of publicity. We also want to protect Elise, as she is yet able to consent to such exposure, and her privacy is for us to care for.

This post is about consolidating the media links into one easily accessible place, and to acknowledge the work that has been done by the media that has both represented our journey well, and also helped contribute to the money raised that has allowed me to continue with treatment that so far seems to be working.

Until next time…


NZer Killed in Brunei

April 19, 2009 Leave a comment

This is from Summary – A 47 year old recent breast cancer surviver is killed whist riding her bike. What is the more interesting idea to this article is that I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, or be killed in a car accident.

Does it therefore make it more ironic when you are trying to so hard to preserve your life through battling cancer with chemotherapy? I guess we all could go at any time from any unsuspecting accident, and accidents don’t discriminate over past medical history.

“A Kiwi mother killed in a hit-and-run in Brunei survived breast cancer and was due to fly back to New Zealand this week.

Lee Jefford, 47, was cycling along an expressway in Lambak Kanan on Monday when a car hit her from behind.

She was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries without regaining conciousness.

Her husband Mike Jefford, a pilot with Royal Brunei Airlines, was told when he landed a flight from Saudi Arabia on Monday night.

“We’d been on the ground for about two minutes when my best mate came on board and said ‘come with me’,” he said.

“He walked me out through the terminal to my son [12-year-old Connor] and that’s when he told me what had happened.”

Mike was taken straight to the hospital but Lee had already died.

The couple moved to Brunei about 10 years ago when Mike took a job with the airline.

Lee was cycling with a friend when she was hit. The woman told the Brunei Times newspaper she was behind Lee, who was wearing a helmet, when a car sped past and hit her.

Lee was thrown from her bike and over roadside railings into bushes. The car did not stop or even slow down.

Lee’s parents Annie and Bryan Sharp flew to Brunei immediately.

The airline paid to bring Lee’s body home this week.

Mike said Lee had been due to fly to Auckland on Friday to have a check up with her cancer specialist. She had breast cancer 2 years ago and fought hard to beat it.

“She fought the cancer really well and then some mad driver kills her,” said Mike.

Brunei police say they have found the car that hit her.”

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Reality TV star Jade Goody dies

March 23, 2009 1 comment

This has been an interesting story over the last month or so, and its the kind of storey I wouldn’t have cared to follow if not for my current situation. Here is a 27 year old, who has been cut down before her time by cancer. She has had to live with the realities of it, as I am doing now, the chemo, the surgery, and sadly she doesn’t get to live with the survival from it. Whilst her lifestyle, education, and way of going about town is something I cant relate to, nor would I endorse, it doesn’t destroy the tragedy that cancer can sometimes be completely indiscriminate in who it decides to pick on.

Courtesy of the NZ HERALD

“Jade Goody, a dental assistant turned reality-TV star whose whirlwind journey from poverty to celebrity to tragedy became a national soap opera and morality tale in Britain, has died. goody1jpg

The 27-year-old had cancer and died in her sleep early Sunday at her home in Essex, southeast England, her publicist Max Clifford said.

Goody gained fame at 21 in 2002, when she joined the reality television show Big Brother, in which contestants live together for weeks and are constantly filmed. Loud and brash, she became a highly divisive star – initially mocked as an ignorant slob, then celebrated as a forthright everywoman by a hungry tabloid press…..”

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God in our Brains….

March 11, 2009 1 comment

From today’s NZ Herald, an interesting article on whether or not we are hard wired to have a belief system that manifests itself in the form of religious beliefs. Of course, this then raises a chicken/egg scenario, depending on any apriori assumptions you have before considering this. Those who believe in God might say that God created us with this hard-wired ability so that we might know who God is, and facilitate this belief. Those that don’t believe in God will inevitably argue that this is an evolved function in order to facilitate survival. Both arguments are self-fulfilling, in that each position provides its own evidence to support itself and exclude the other. It comes down again to the apriori assumption made prior to the assimilation of this information.

From a strictly evidence based perspective, i.e. assume nothing until there is evidence for it (which is still an apriori assumption) and is the foundation of modern day science and research, then you would have to assume that it is an evolved feature of our brains. However, if you ask a person of faith about evidence based conclusions, they will gladly point to many areas in their life where there is evidence of God at work.

So, to quote Brett from FOTC… “its a chicken egg situation really..”

Click the heading below to read the full article.

‘God-spot’ research finds faith hard-wired in the brain

“A belief in God is deeply embedded in the human brain, which is programmed for religious experiences, according to a United States study.

Scientists searching for the neural “God spot”, which is supposed to control religious belief, believe several areas of the brain form the biological foundations of religious belief.

The researchers said their findings supported the idea that the brain had evolved to be sensitive to any form of belief that improved the chances of survival, which could explain why a belief in God and the supernatural became so widespread in human evolutionary history.

“Religious belief and behaviour are a hallmark of human life, with no accepted animal equivalent, and found in all cultures,” said Professor Jordan Grafman, from the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, near Washington.

“Our results are unique in demonstrating that specific components of religious belief are mediated by well-known brain networks and they support contemporary psychological theories that ground religious belief within evolutionary-adaptive cognitive functions….”

America’s Foreign Policy Should Change From an Oil to a Humanitarian Basis.

March 5, 2009 Leave a comment

The International Criminals Court issued an arrest warrant for war crimes for the Sudanese President over the last day or so for its bad times in Darfur. Following on from that, the Sudanese government has just announced that it is rescinding all aid work in the Darfur region. I think its safe to say this is not a coincidence, and that they feel the aid workers are perhaps feeding information back that might incriminate their president.

Imagine a place where rather than how much oil a country had determined whether or not the US had interest in you, but how well or unwell humanitarian issues were dealt with by your government. Imagine if the US issued the same kind of ultimatum to Sudan as it did to Iraq in 2003, or to Zimbabwe, or to many other countries in the world with very very poor human rights records. Do you think it would change the behaviour of these countries? Do you think the world would still hate the US?

I’m not for a moment condoning unilateral invasions of other self governing countries, but if an international body that was a little less inept than the UN could agree that certain countries might face enforced removal of their government in the interest of the safety and human rights of the population, these countries might begin to listen, and might begin to find alternative solutions to genocide or oppression. Countries like Sudan, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, and Fiji even, could well buck up their ideas.

This of course begs the question, is war okay if human rights are being fought for, or is it never okay, and should we pursue other methods altogether? War has its casualties, but no one can deny that war was necessary against Hitler in WW2, I don’t think Hitler was up to having talks on resolving how Aryans might peacefully conquer Europe. Either way, an interesting idea that I’m sure will never come to fruition. We like our oil too much to be interested in human rights.

Articles related are here: (NZ Herald)

Sudan expels charities as war crime case unfolds

War crimes arrest warrant issued for Sudanese President

Fairtrade Chocolate

March 5, 2009 Leave a comment

I’m a big fan of being a responsible consumer. I make sure the coffee I get is fair trade, as it’s the 2nd largest commodity traded in the world to oil, and most of the time, the growers are being ripped off by 2 or 3 major companies that control the commodity at that level, before the beans are on sold to individual roasters and brands that we are familiar on our supermarket shelves. Fairtrade skips this monopoly, and means the growers can determine the price of their bean, rather than the major companies telling them what that price is.

Cocoa is another highly traded commodity which we take for granted in the west. This move by Cadbury is a really good start, and I hope Cadbury NZ will do something similar in the not too distant future. It will definitely influence how I purchase my chocolate.

Cadbury’s to cut the guilt from chocolate

“One of New Zealand’s biggest-selling chocolate manufacturers is planning to switch to the ethical standard Fairtrade.

Cadbury’s flagship company, which sells 100 million bars a year in Britain and Ireland, announced it will source its cocoa from Fairtrade farmers in Ghana, the biggest brand of its kind to make the move.

A spokesman for Cadbury Australia and New Zealand said the company was also looking at going Fairtrade.

“Cadbury has been working with the Fairtrade Foundation and its international network for a number of years to prepare for Cadbury Dairy Milk’s Fairtrade certification,” said a spokesman.

“We look forward to expanding the discussion among other Cadbury brand teams and markets such as New Zealand.”

The Fairtrade mark was set up as a way of guaranteeing developing world farmers a bigger share of the money generated from products using their raw materials.

Some 7.5 million people, including farmers, workers and their families, benefit from products displaying the Fairtrade symbol.

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NZ Finally Wins….Convincingly…

February 26, 2009 1 comment

Finally, NZ has won a cricket game in a convincing manner. It’s the first time in a long time that i have seen the NZ top order actually perform the way they are supposed to. It was good to see Brendan McCullum get his 50, although he didn’t convince me he’s back in form yet with an awful lot of swing and misses. Either way, the bowling nailed India down early on, and the batting finally backed it up in the second innings. Hooray for NZ!.. hopefully its a sign for the series ahead! 🙂

Cricket: Patient pursuit seals opening win

New Zealand maintained their unbeaten record against world Twenty20 champions India, securing a rare victory in cricket’s shortest format by cruising to a seven- wicket triumph in Christchurch tonight.

New Zealand overhauled India’s 162 for eight with seven balls remaining to partially atone for their botched run chase against Australia in Sydney on February 15.

“It was a really pleasing win, they put us under pressure and we responded well,” said New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori.”

Click the heading to read full article in NZ Herald.