Day of Action across Aotearoa: 10 September 2016

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Multinational corporations are being given rights and advantages over citizens and the local economy in many different ways. We need to join with others to connect the dots between the struggles against corporate control.

We will join together, across allied networks and movements, to fight against governments pushing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) and other pro-corporate treaties; multinational tax evasion and tax havens; fossil fuels, deep sea oil drilling and geo-engineering; undermining te Tiriti; political corruption and undermining of sovereignty; privatisation and casualisation of labour; GE and toxic chemicals; militarisation and mass surveillance; and the takeover NZ homes, freshwater, land and other natural resources.

How To Participate

Join with the local TPPA campaign in your community to plan a day of action. Each local coalition will have specific issues to highlight for the Day of Action, and there will be common themes, materials and website page across all the…

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Blaming the Poor: NZ Govt Influencing WINZ & ACC Designated Doctors since 2008 “The Benefit is an Addictive Debilitating Drug – More Dangerous than Working on an Oil Rig” (Pt 2)

 

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Part of a Powerpoint presentation for training GPs in the new welfare paradigm (download this & related pdfs at this link)

” … MSD did during 2008 conduct a nation-wide “training program ” for the “designated doctors “, who they use for getting second opinions, assessments and recommendations on recipients of, or applicants for, sickness and invalid’s benefits (now called deferred jobseeker and supported living benefits)”…” With the introduction of the Future Focus policies in 2010 the criteria for being considered sick, disabled and thus incapacitated to do any work, has been tightened substantially. WINZ expect their own Health and Disability Advisors, and the designated doctors they regularly use and work with, to now primarily look at what a client CAN DO, rather than what they CANNOT DO!”

On July 21st I posted an article on welfare reforms indicating that being on a benefit is now considered by the powers that be, addictive and bad for one’s health. Since 1995 (not too long note, in the wake of late ’80s Rogernomics) paradigms and policies have been changing. Since 2008 certain NZ GPs have been undergoing training in the latest paradigm, behind the scenes, and unbeknown to many of us, to promote the new rationale & its implementation. A bizarre rationale that will tell you they are considering your long term good health by denying you an income if you are unable to work.

With the introduction of the Future Focus policies in 2010 the criteria for being considered sick, disabled and thus incapacitated to do any work, has been tightened substantially. WINZ expect their own Health and Disability Advisors, and the esignated doctors they regularly use and work with, to now primarily look at what a client CAN DO, rather than what they CANNOT DO! “A television expose (or documentary) on what has been going on at ACC (’60 minutes’ programme, TV3 on 09 Sept. 2012, available via ‘On Demand’ or You Tube showed what appalling strategies were followed there. It was revealed that ACC targeted complex, high cost claimants, by using preferred, hand-picked medical assessors, to prepare reports that favoured ACC”.

The long and the short of it is, the current Nat regime is out to cut costs. We already know that being jobless can breed hopelessness and despair …  contrary to government spin most people actually want work in order to live comfortably and provide for their families. That’s not rocket science. And we also know there is no work available, that is not rocket science either. All this time they’ve been quietly dismantling the welfare state. Calling benefit receipt addictive neatly shifts the blame off the system and onto the recipient.

Don’t fall for it and don’t assume any guilt. This is a system run by people who have us all $114 billion in debt at $172 interest per second … with the wealthy taxed 2.8% and the minimum wage taxed 28%. Go figure. It is useful however to blame the vulnerable and weak and has been the way of the wealthy since before the banking industry began. The ‘let them eat cake’ brigade is nothing new. Just different trappings.

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These  new changes that began in the ’80s saw benefits slashed by $50 per week! A system that undermined full employment and created any welfare dependency they are now pretending to be concerned about, then ordered austerity measures (for low income people) to balance the books. There was of course no corresponding belt tightening as they called it, for the wealthy elite. This ‘working smarter’ budget was really the result of predatory loans taken out by irresponsible governments two decades earlier. Of course with IMF (or any other) loans always come conditions as they are simply leverage to control other peoples’ land and resources – via the back door. Remember this?

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The IMF benefits from nations’ indebtedness

Those sweeping economic changes were precursors to what is going on now with our welfare system, the original safety net for those who fall through the cracks. Under full employment, providing food, shelter, warmth, education and health care were very hands-1319624_1280achievable. Since Rogernomics, that has changed. Government departments and District Councils (enter your district council at the link & see) have become corporations that now run on a business model (some of us have noticed this) … the maximization of profits has taken precedence over people. That is their legal mandate. Even your country Kiwis is now a corporation. At the link on that,  the question is raised, ‘can a corporation legally govern?’

Run as a corporation our pseudo-government is heading the way of other nations that are denying the sick and vulnerable mercy and care,  controlling the food supply by denying the trading/growing of food , denying the option to choose natural healing over pharmaceuticals and making it illegal to collect rainwater off your roof. And so it will escalate if TPPA gets full sway.

 

The New Welfare Paradigm

All indications are, that here has been a clear attempt to influence the views, perception and judgment of designated doctors, which has led to “bias” of doctors involved (mostly GPs) when making assessments, decisions and recommendations about beneficiaries to Work and Income.

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So, with the new restructuring agenda … came job cuts, funding cuts and the dismantling of everything pretty much that Aotearoa once stood for.  And Doctors who formerly filled forms declaring a person was unfit for work, have been encouraged in the new model. Prescribing a benefit was actually going to be dangerous for their health.

 

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Part of a Powerpoint presentation for training GPs in the new regime

 

Dr David Bratt training on why being on a benefit is bad for your health:  At the source of this video (Youtube) you can watch the whole series

For further information on the history of this retraining of health professionals go to  accforum.org
Following are some quotes from there:

“Major social welfare reforms came into effect in July 2013. They have led to some changes of the law and processes. WINZ are continuing to apply an ever more rigorous, yes very questionable approach, as they have already done since at least 2008. With the introduction of the Future Focus policies in 2010 the criteria for being considered sick, disabled and thus incapacitated to do any work, has been tightened substantially. WINZ expect their own Health and Disability Advisors, and the esignated doctors they regularly use and work with, to now primarily look at what a client CAN DO, rather than what they CANNOT DO! That is of course a bit of a catchy but ambiguous phrase, and naturally it can lead to subjective ways of diagnosing and assessing persons, as to what they can individually do or not do when it comes to any work activity.”

The MSD has long been concerned about the growth of sickness and invalid’s beneficiary numbers, and hence looked at possible ways to contain the trend of more persons qualifying and going onto these types of benefit. The following extract from a report by Dr Neil Lunt, published in the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, from March 2006 (Issue 27), under the section headline The background to reforming SB and IB, page 82 gives a brief insight, of what moves were made under the then National led government in the 1990s:

National’ s Welfare to Work brand (Player 1994, Ministry of Social Policy 2001) saw a new approach to medical certification for SB and IB. National’ s attempts at reform saw the introduction of the Designated Doctor Scheme in September 1995, with designated doctors having responsibility for assessing benefit eligibility, certifying applications for SB at 13 and 52 weeks, and certifying grants for IB, and recommending a possible review (12, 18, 24 months). From 1998, there was an alignment of SB rates with UB rates for new grants and the introduction of the Community Wage in place of UB and SB. In October 1998, the designated doctor review scheme was revised and doctors signing the certificate were able to certify SB for four weeks and then at 13-week intervals. For IB, designated doctors certify the granting of a benefit, with review being recommended by these doctors for two years, five years, or never. During the first part of 1999, there was also the trial of work capacity assessment for those with sickness, disability, or injury. A Phase one trial was undertaken but Phase two was never completed. The work capacity process for IB and SB sought to identify the level of work, if any, a beneficiary was capable of, and to determine what assistance would help them move into paid work (abridged from Wilson et al. 2005: 5 Table 1.1).   Read more here.

The  ‘independent’ designated Doctors are doing their best to push you off welfare into  a jobless black hole of hopelessness and despair. Note the climbing suicide rate now. Those who create financial recessions show no mercy for such states of mind. Profit margins are more important.

“What is happening at MSD and WINZ at the moment may “appear” to be reasonable to many in the public, but there is much more to it than most think. The appointment of the Social Welfare Board by Paula Bennett shows that she and her government selected certain persons, who have also a strong “business” and staunchly resolute “work capacity” focused approach in reforming welfare in NZ. The appointment by Dr David Beaumont to the Social Welfare Advisory Board, a former chief advisor for ACC, and responsible for many appalling decisions there, gives reasons for utmost concern!

Ultimately the goal is to get as many persons off benefits and into any types of “open employment ” (on the market), which for sick and disabled will mostly be marginal, selected part time and casual work. The true agenda is cost saving, containing and possibly reducing beneficiary numbers, and the push to achieve this is now extremely forceful. It will cause immense pressures and in many cases actually harmful effects on person’s health. I honestly do not know how beneficiaries with mental illness and psychological conditions will cope. And we also know: The jobs are NOT there, even not so for the fit and healthy!

Most definitely there are many people, who have faced “designated doctor examinations ” that resulted in bizarre and clearly biased decisions, and in quite a number of cases the assessors or designated doctors being used did not have the particular, appropriate medical qualifications needed, to competently assess clients with specific and complex health conditions. GPs are the “standard ” “designated doctors ” now, also making decisions about mental health conditions they often have insufficient understanding of. Some handle a very high number of WINZ clients.

I hope this information will raise your awareness to these topics and issues, on which I can and will elaborate on a bit further in following ‘comments ‘.”  SOURCE


Make no mistake, they have never been changing things ad hoc in Aotearoa. There is a definite agenda. Consider this quote from Arnold Toynbee way back in 1931:

“We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”
Arnold Toynbee – International Affairs, p.809, November 1931

“All around the world, increasingly “socialist” central/local governments and councils, in collusion with the international bankers who fund them, are frantically getting deeper and deeper into unsustainable debt – or worse, are going bankrupt. Harsh austerity measures are being implemented, with drastic cuts in spending, privatization of assets and huge, onerous increases in rates and taxes on property owners  – Is all this happening just by chance – or is it a deliberate plot?  Is it a global phenomenon? Who is responsible? Where will all this eventually end? Using the small country of New Zealand in the South Pacific as an example, this account attempts to unmask exactly why all this is happening, and provides some unique answers how it may be stopped.”

Sound familiar?  …. read Dr Naomi Jacobs’  ebook here.


The following satirical comedy sums up nicely what is now happening to our citizens. In no way is this intended to demean disabled or unemployed people – it simply illustrates how very ludicrous the system has become, and satire gets that point across very effectively. People with cancer are being forced to go find work! As the ‘WINZ’ worker here tells the client in the wheelchair, ‘if your hands work you can wash dishes’.

[Video credit Super City – see links at Youtube]

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MUST HEAR: Researcher Malcolm Scott – New Zealand’s Climate of Secrecy – July, 2016

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Please share this post.  Mike Williams recently interviewed Christchurch-based post-graduate researcher, Malcolm Scott about the manner the New Zealand government has been responding to queries about aerosol operations aka “chemtrails.”

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The Power of Liposomal Vitamin C to Heal

People have healed themselves from cancer using Lipo C. I asked our chemist recently if they stocked it. “Never heard of it”! Seems the Pharmaceutical Industry doesn’t want to know. You’ll find it online.  Check out our Cancer pages for success stories with it. Plenty more also on Youtube.   EnvirowatchRangitikei

Published on Oct 22, 2013

http://www.naturalhealth365.com reveals the essential difference between liposomal encapsulated vitamin C and its oral powder form. In this exclusive interview with Jonathan Landsman and Cindy Nachman, CEO of LivOn Labs – you’ll learn how to absorb more vitamin C to neutralize toxins and eliminate disease.

You’ll also learn about the questionable manufacturing and marketing practices of many vitamin C companies. If you’re looking for a highly effective way to absorb large quantities of vitamin C – be sure to watch this video several times for critical health information and disease prevention.

For more information about the benefits of vitamin C – visit: http://www.naturalhealth365.com

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How to make Liposomal encapsulated Vitamin C at home!

 

Council corruption – two Horowhenua Councilors concerned that decisions are being co-opted by a select group of non-elected representatives of the business community – close associates of Mayor Duffy

“The purpose of the Horowhenua District Council is to enable democratic local decision making to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well being of the Horowhenua District in the present and for the future… ”
Horowhenua District Council

The Horowhenua Dictrict Council’s Ross Campbell, elected representative of the Miranui

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Horowhenua District Councilor Ross Campbell: concerned about the co-opting of Council decision making by business interests

Ward, expresses his growing concern about the way things at the HDC are run, in particular, with whom important information is shared and the way decisions are being made.

Horowhenua Mayor Duffy has a select Committee of close business associates – a non-elected, hand picked business group with no sworn allegiance to the district, that tells the elected councilors how to vote. Cr Campbell is not alone in his concern.

michael-feyen-hdc-councillorFellow Councilor Michael Feyen of Foxton confirms what Cr Campbell is saying  … “Take the time to have a listen to Councillor Ross Campbell’s very good summation of what we are up against in this HDC District. If the Horowhenua wants to progress it won’t be under the current regime.” Both Cr Feyen and Cr Campbell speak out regularly about the polluting practices of local government. Cr Campbell was allegedly assaulted in 2004 for his active part in this.

 

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Former Councilor Mrs Anne Hunt describes how she and other councilors were coerced to vote ‘correctly’

Readers may also recall former Councilor Mrs Anne Hunt expressed identical concerns earlier this year describing how they were coerced to vote ‘correctly’ using bullying tactics.

Listen to Cr Campbell’s recent announcement from his Facebook page (the following is a transcript):

“My name is Ross Campbell and as most of you know I’m the District Councilor for the Miranui Ward which takes in Tokomaru & Shannon, Opiki, Buckley & Mangaore and this lovely part of the district of Miranui.
I’ve got a few things that concern me when I’m in Council. One of them is these … we get a lot of information at Council … we get information from the NZTA you know, that’s the roading people; we get Government departments telling us all sorts of statistics and things, what they are likely to do and what they want to do. We get a lot of information from statistics of course, we get market trends, we get inquiries from overseas investments … we get information from Regional Councils, Health Boards and so it goes on … there’s a lot of information coming in. This information is meant to be used in briefings to councillors, to help them in their decisions, planning the district, and which way we want to go, if we want to go forward or we want to go sideways or whatever the case might be, and so we use this information to help us make decisions. But this concern is something that I want to bring to you … it’s not always the case.

Our Mayor … some of you might not know this … our Mayor has formed a group of his closest business associates. They’re the people who he mixes with. And together with these associates there are developers, there are retailers, there are manufacturers, contractors, who have been selected by him. They’ve formed themselves into what we call an Economic Development Committee. That’s what the Council calls it but I actually call it an Economic Advantage Committee … over their competitors. You see all the information that we receive is passed on to this committee who are not elected people … they’ve not been elected to be there by you, who may be arguably your closest competitor in your business, and these people all get an unfair advantage over their closest rivals, and that rival could be you.

Because of all this information coming in, they know where the trends are, they know the direction the council’s thinking. They are privy to information that gives them an advantage over others, especially at this time when we councillors are told often to be quiet about the different possibilities that may happen.

These business associates of the Mayor actually came to our table at Council the other night and addressed us and advised us to vote for the policies that would benefit them!

What is that? To me that’s insider trading. I call it that but you may call it something different. But I’m not allowed.

This handful of business associates that our Mayor has selected are receiving an advantage over their competitors, and it’s just not right. These folks have not been elected by you. They’ve never sworn allegiance to the district, and are being rewarded for their faithfulness to the Mayor.

Go figure. What do you think? Just last week a decision was made to announce to the retailers in Levin as to where the road of national significance was going. But we wouldn’t announce it until February 2017. As it was told to us by the Mayor we shouldn’t announce it before the election as the Mayor, because of this, could get skinned alive. So just whose interests are we looking after? Folks, we must get out there and vote, and elect those you trust … not those who are there to furnish the Mayor’s ego and their own business pockets. That is one of my concerns and over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some of the other concerns I have. They are concerns that I believe you need to know about … that we haven’t got a Council that’s working directly for you … we’ve got a Council that is working for the few.”

SOURCE:https://www.facebook.com/groups/37968…

 

Now, take a look at the mission statement if you like, of the Horowhenua District Council copied straight from their website:


Council’s Responsibilities and Activities

“The purpose of the Horowhenua District Council is to enable democratic local decision making to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well being of the Horowhenua District in the present and for the future.   

Council is made up of the Mayor and 10 Councillors (elected members). They are responsible for determining local policy and legislation, and defining the overall vision for the Horowhenua District. Council makes decisions on behalf of the ratepayers and residents.”

The Mayor’s Role

“The Mayor is elected by the District “as a whole”, and as one of the elected members, shares the same responsibilities as other members of Council.” Some of the Mayor’s roles that relate to Cr Campbell’s concerns [abbreviated] are:

  • Advocate on behalf of the community
  • Provide leadership and feedback to other elected members on teamwork and chairing committees.

Here is a link to the full pdf file Governance Statement 2014 – 2017 A Guide for the Community on Council Processes

Councils nowadays are fine in their rhetoric, or should I say spin?  What they are doing is regularly a very different matter. They should be making decisions DEMOCRATICALLY … on behalf of ratepayers and residents, and not on behalf of the Mayor’s close business associates!!

Horowhenua people, see what is going on in your District governance. Be sure to vote for change this October.  Vote for honesty and transparency.


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What’s in a Froot Loop? Harmful Chemicals, GMOs, Glyphosate & More

 

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For millions of kids across the country Kellogg’s Froot Loops have been a staple part of their morning diet.

But are Kellogg’s Froot Loops really safe, and should parents strongly consider boycotting them until the company finally listens to activists and removes all the unnecessary junk?

It’s common knowledge that the sugary breakfast cereal is anything but healthy, especially in the morning when kids are still adjusting and heading out for a long day, but a new lab analysis is showing just how bad the cereal really is for kids.

Glyphosate Also Discovered

The active ingredient in Roundup, the Monsanto product sprayed liberally by famers of GMO crops, was also tested in Froot Loops and found at a level of .12 ppm, or .12 mg/kg according to GMO Free USA’s tests.

What’s in a Froot Loop? Harmful Chemicals, GMOs and More

The website and advocacy group GMO Free USA has gained popularity nationwide for taking on and refuting GMO myths through social media awareness and education, and lately they’ve begun branching out by conducting lab tests on popular foods.

The lab tests are important because GMO labeling is still a right not offered to United States consumers as it is in 60+ countries around the world.

In order to test the Froot Loops for harmful chemicals as well as GMO material, a lab sample was submitted of Froot Loops to a certified lab in 2014.

It found that a full 100% of the corn in Froot Loops was GMO, through a quantitative PCR test by DNA analysis that found sequences that are known to be present in insecticide producing Bt and Roundup Ready corn.

[See the original GMO Free USA article here]

In addition, sequences known to be present in Roundup Ready soy (which is engineered so that it can be doused in Monsanto’s herbicide of the same name) was present as well.

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Doctors Receiving ‘Merck Vaccination Service Awards’ for Pushing Vaccines

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by Jefferey Jaxen

Where does your doctor’s allegiance lie? Does your healthcare professional listen to your needs and wants as a parent or are they nothing more than affiliate distributors for pharmaceutical companies? It was reported by independent journalist recently that some doctors offices are now demanding their patients sign an immunization contract. What’s an immunization contract you ask? The contract—created outside of law and denying informed consent—requires prospective patients to agree, by signature, to allow 25 vaccines to be injected into their child over a series of visits. Also uncovered in the same investigation, doctors can receive up to $225 per service achieved in the insurance provider category of “childhood immunization [combo 2]”.

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As American families rapidly begin to weed out healthcare providers and doctors diluting the integrity and public trust of healthcare, immunization contracts could be a blessing in disguise. Once presented with such a contract upon arrival into a doctor’s practice, a parent can choose to walk out of the office immediately, instead of walking blindly into a belligerent doctor that may call child protective services on them. Although infuriating, immunization contracts add clarity about the doctor’s intentions, so that parents don’t get trapped by thinking there is room for their informed choice.

There is little question that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a troubled agency. The conflicts of interest and revolving doors leading directly to pharmaceutical companies has been well documented. The film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is spotlighting a senior CDC scientist turned whistleblower exposing high-level vaccine research fraud within the agency. CDC director Julie Gerberding, after protecting the alleged CDC vaccine research fraud, left the agency to become president of Merck pharmaceuticals vaccine division.

http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2016/06/doctors-receiving-merck-vaccination-service-awards-for-pushing-vaccines/


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Glyphosate, found in most herbicides, is making us sick – from a Doctor & PhD with 3 decades of research

This herbicide is not safe, according to a large body of independent research. Concerned people nationwide are currently petitioning their respective district councils to be rid of it. Auckland has done an about face and no longer wants to use chemical free treatment of weeds in its public spaces. We have our own petition for the Rangitikei District – check out our pages for that.

Watch the video then see our Glyphosate pages for more info & links, &/or search categories for further related articles (at left of any page).

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Published on Aug 19, 2015

Stephanie Seneff, PhD, MIT CSAIL presents “The ‘SAFE’ Herbicide that’s making us all Sick!” Seneff’s three decades of scientific rigor is added to a growing body of independent research that exposes the toxic reality of America’s favorite weed killer and biocide; Monsanto’s RoundUp.

Presented by The SHAKA Movement’s Christina Fisher & Seeds of Truth’s Melissa Yee

Special Thanks to “The Five Citizens” – Mark Sheehan, Alika Atay, Lei’ohu Ryder, Dr. Bonnie Marsh & Dr. Lorrin Pang

Contact Information:
Website/Donations: mauigmomoratoriumnews.org
Email: info@defendmauigmomiracle.org

Video: Keith Ranney Productions

Whistleblower Nurse Warns of “Biogenics” & Forced Flu Shots Happening in US Hospitals – a Must Watch

Jefferey Jaxen Update

Listen to a whistleblower nurse as she describes her experience inside a hospital taking orders to unknowingly force vaccinate patients with the flu shot. Later she describes how The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has redefined the term “Biologics” being used in hospital consent forms to include vaccines.

THIS LIVESTREAM VIDEO IS COMPLIMENTS OF THE DEDICATED TEAM AT FACTSONVAX.COM. PLEASE VISIT THEIR SITE TO FIND OUT MORE


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Banana Republic: the ugly story behind New Zealand’s most popular fruit

Here is how the corporate world we live in oppresses the vulnerable. (This is why Key & his cronies are for TPPA). Corporations now set up shop wherever there is cheap labour to be found. Six dollars per 18 hour day in this instance! Dole in this instance pays 27 cents in the Philippines per kg of bananas, that then sell for $3-4 per kg in NZ. Vulnerable families who have frequently been deprived of their ancestral lands, as was the case way back when the colonial predators first set foot, are forced to work for the invader who only visits their shores in search of investment opportunities … resources, cheap labour, a chance to make a buck basically. All the colonial claptrap about bringing civilization is just that … corporations owe their first and only allegiance to their shareholders. Human beings who work for them, who buy their goods, are not a consideration at all. Maximize profits is their bottom line. Remember this when you eat your bananas. Speak up & expose these predators for what they are. And spare a thought for the young parents who have little time to give to their families because of this.

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“Corporations are required by law to place the financial interests of their owners above competing interests. They are legally bound to put their bottom line ahead of everything else, even the public good” (Noam Chomsky, ‘The Corporation’).

From Radio NZ

Tess McClure Digital Journalist @tessairinitess.mcclure@radionz.co.nz

From the top of a rusting observation tower, the leaves stretch out in every direction: thick, glossy, utterly uniform, as far as the eye can see.

It is silent at the centre of the plantation. No birds calling, no hum of insects, only the low whine of planes dumping their loads of pesticide in the distance. Banana bunches wrapped in blue plastic hang like alien egg sacs from the branches. The plantations cover around 10,000 hectares, encircling small villages, networks of roads, and the entire lives of the growers, who work, eat, sleep, live and die among the trees.

She and her team work 15 to 18 hours per day to meet their packing targets of around 800 boxes. For that they are paid 200 pesos, the equivalent of NZ$6.

Francisco B. Milallos, 65, has worked here his whole life, but this season he was too old to be granted a contract. He helps his wife with her work, and today has taken it upon himself to act as guide. Pausing to scuff the ground, he spits, and sweeps out an arm to gesture at the trees.

“So! This is where your bananas come from.”

Filipino workers forced to work 18 hour days, paid as little as 30 cents per hour, constantly exposed to toxic chemicals, and threatened with violence or death when they campaign for better conditions.

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/checkpoint/audio/201808688/banana-republic-the-ugly-story-behind-new-zealand’s-most-popular-fruit