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DONATE HERE (if you are reading this before midnight 20th April)
To help stop the forced rating sale of my home by raising and holding $20,000 Auckland Council outstanding rates ‘in escrow’ with solicitor.
LINK TO VINNY EASTWOOD’S FB PAGE LIVE (until midnight 20th April)
I have until 24 April 2018, to get Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town to withdraw from the Auckland High Court, the forced Rating Sale proceedings against my home, or it will be sold.
Time is short.
This is only the second time ever that Auckland Council have applied for a forced Rating Sale against a freehold property.
In my opinion, I am being unfairly persecuted and prosecuted as an ‘Anti-corruption whistle-blower’, for my persistent and consistent efforts to help get full transparency and accountability in the spending of public monies on private sector consultants and contractors.
The amount I owe in outstanding rates, (excluding legal fees and penalties) is $20,000.
Altogether, I am seeking $21,000 on this Give A Little Page, $20,000 to cover outstanding rates (excluding legal fees and penalties), and $1000 to cover the Give A Little 5% service fee.
$21,000 is 2100 x $10
1050 x $20
525 x $40
420 x $50
210 x $100
105 x $200
42 x $500
21 x $1000
(The reason why I have set up this Give A Little page is because a number of people have asked me to do so, because they support my work and want to financially assist.
It has always been my intention to pay outstanding rates, but because I was broke, I would have been able to apply for rates postponement.
However, after an eleven year battle, it has never been my intention to apply for rates postponement, until the ‘job was finished’ and the following details of awarded contracts were available for public scrutiny.)
If I can raise this outstanding $20,000 rates money, and have it sitting ‘in escrow’ (in trust) in the HENDERSON REEVES CONNELL RISHWORTH TRUST ACCOUNT that will help apply more pressure for these forced Rating Sale proceedings to be withdrawn, and for the following details of awarded contracts to be published on the websites of Auckland Council and Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), so they are available for public scrutiny:
* The unique contract number.
* The name of the consultant /contractor.
* A brief description of the scope of the contract.
* Contract start and finish dates.
* The exact dollar value of each and every contract, including those sub-contracted.
* How the contract was awarded, by direct appointment or public tender.
The close off day for this Give A Little Page will be 12pm Friday 20 April 2018.
As soon as the $21,000 is raised – I will close this page.
Since 2007, I have disputed and refused to pay first Auckland City Council, then Auckland Council rates, because of the lack of transparency in Council spending on private sector consultants and contractors – their continuing failure to fully comply with the NZ Public Records Act 2005, section 17:
17 Requirement to create and maintain records
(1) Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.
Back in 2010, while I was disputing and refusing to pay Auckland City Council rates, I received a ‘Good Citizen’s Award from the Auckland City Council Eden/Albert Community Board, for fighting to help stop water privatisation and for more transparency in Council contracting.
However, under Auckland Council, my ‘reward’ (not that I choose to do this for ‘reward’) – is to force the sale of my freehold home?
I’ve now attended seven International Anti-Corruption Conferences, and was last year invited to, and attended the 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum at The Hague, so I have developed a good understanding of the corruption risks in contracting out public services to private sector consultants and contractors, and I have offered to help Auckland Council and CCOs to finish the job and fully and accurately ‘open the books’.
New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’, according to the 2017 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’, so arguably we should be the most transparent. But we don’t know exactly where billion$ of dollars are now being spent on the contracting out of so many Council services that used to be provided ‘in house’ by directly employed staff under the ‘public service’ not commercialised/ privatised model.
MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE HERE.
A petition to Mayor Phil Goff to ‘Halt the forced sale of Penny Bright’s house’
Funds raised will go towards the $20,000 in outstanding Auckland Council rates to be paid once ‘the books are open’. In any event monies collected for outstanding Auckland Council Rates, will be paid by the 20th April 2019 – it will be held in escrow till this time. In the meantime I will continue to work with Auckland Council and CCOs to help ensure the above mentioned details of awarded contracts are available for public scrutiny.
Information on financial impacts of new water and waste water systems still not available: All ratepayers potentially impacted.
Horowhenua District Council has refused to answer a direct question on the expected financial impact on ratepayers if new water and waste water systems are installed in five targeted areas including Waitarere, Hokio, Ohau, Manakau and Levin.
In response to a question asking for the impact “in dollar terms” Mr Clapperton replied, “Page 18 of the Consultation Document [2018-2038 Long Term Plan] explains the annual increase in rates for all households in the district currently connected to water.
“Within the new infrastructure settlements rates would increase by more since they would begin to pay the Water Supply Targeted rate when they start to receive this service.”
The service is forecasted to be delivered between 2027 and 2036. Waitarere has a waste water system but no water system.
As if Mr Clapperton’s answer isn’t confusing enough page 18 of the consultation document contains a table which includes the expected rates increases in each targeted area which gives the impression only the rate where the ratepayer lives will be applied.
However, the consultation document also makes the statement, “This additional service would mean an increase…for ALL [emphasis mine] households in the Horowhenua District who are connected to water [and waste water] services.”
A resident living in one of the targeted areas said in a conversation she had with the council’s asset manager engineer Sarie Van der Walt, the LTP contact on infrastructure included in the consultation document, ratepayers would be charged all the rates increases in the targeted area; not just the rate increase for the area where they lived.
Combined the total amounts to an expected $646.70 annual increase in rates but this is still less than half the amount councillor Christine Mitchell said rates are likely to increase in Waikawa Beach if new water and waste water systems are built.
Cr Mitchell reportedly made the comment at the last Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association AGM in December 2017 which was included in the WBRA newsletter as a predicted $1500 annual increase. She has not responded to requests for comment.
The council has therefore been asked the same question again to provide dollar figures for the expected rates impact if council’s preferred option of installing new water and waste water systems is adopted by council.
If ALL ratepayers connected to water and waste water systems are affected this could also impact ratepayers in all the other areas including Levin, Foxton, Foxton Beach, Tokomaru and Shannon.
Existing ratepayers are concerned they are having to pay for a demand created by land developers who have not had to pay one cent towards essential infrastructure costs since council cancelled development contributions in 2015.
In answer to this inequity Mr Clapperton said, “Council will be looking at several options to assist with funding growth-related projects, Development Contributions being one of the options available.”
However in the consultation document council says it won’t be considering the reintroduction of development contributions paid by land developers towards essential infrastructure until year 2019-2020.
Submissions on the consultation 20 year Long Term Plan close on March 26. The same day as consultations on the 2040 draft Growth Plan and Earthquake prone buildings also closes.
This has just happened in the Horowhenua with their District Council. Info request denied regarding their Economic Development Board. Quite a lot going on there at the moment, to read more go to investigative journalist Veronica Harrod’s page. Her articles are frequently on the Horowhenua District Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc page where you can keep up to speed with happenings & ongoing discussions Council wise in the Horowhenua.
The chief ombudsman says local democracy is being undermined as councils fail to meet obligations to release public information.
Peter Boshier said councils are not meeting their responsibilities under the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act and that some councils seem to resent having to be held accountable.
“The performance of many councils is disappointing. Local government is absolutely fundamental to democracy, and in that respect the need for accountability and supply of information is just as strong as it is with central government, and yet many local councils don’t see it that way.
Here are three items introducing the Delphi Technique, used globally in those meetings where you’re consulted, yet you still feel railroaded and haven’t been heard at all. It’s not your imagination. This is a real eye opener. It’s how their agenda (Agenda 21/30) is carried out without your knowing. Hence all the public-excluded meetings these days when they discuss the real agenda with the chosen few. If you’re not on their page you’ll be excluded. And Councils use this technique it when ‘consulting’ you. On the public stuff, making you think you’ve had input. Do read these articles, they’re not too long. The definition of consultation for LG’s own magazine tells you the decision’s already been made, then your views are sought. Excerpt below… ‘5. Engagement vs Consultation’:
First article by Lyn Stuter
The Delphi Technique was originally conceived as a way to obtain the opinion of experts without necessarily bringing them together face to face. In Educating for the New World Order by Bev Eakman, the reader finds reference upon reference for the need to preserve the illusion that there is “Lay, or community, participation in the decisionmaking process), while in fact lay citizens are being squeezed out.”
A specialized use of this technique was developed for teachers, the “Alinsky Method” (ibid., p. 123). The setting or group is, however, immaterial the point is that people in groups tend to share a certain knowledge base and display certain identifiable characteristics (known as group dynamics). This allows for a special application of a basic technique. The “change agent” or “facilitator” goes through the motions of acting as an organizer, getting each person in the target group to elicit expression of their concerns about a program, project, or policy in question. The facilitator listens attentively, forms “task forces,” “urges everyone to make lists,” and so on. While she is doing this, the facilitator learns something about each member of the target group. He/she identifies the “leaders,” the “loud mouths,” as well as those who frequently turn sides during the argument the “weak or noncommittal.”
Suddenly, the amiable facilitator becomes “devil’s advocate.” He/she dons his professional agitator hat. Using the “divide and conquer” technique, he/she manipulates one group opinion against the other. This is accomplished by manipulating those who are out of step to appear “ridiculous, unknowledgeable, inarticulate, or dogmatic.” He/she wants certain members of the group to become angry, thereby forcing tensions to accelerate. The facilitator is well trained in psychological manipulation. S/He is able to predict the reactions of each group member. Individuals in opposition to the policy or program will be shut out of the group.
The method works. It is very effective with parents, teachers, school children, and any community group. The “targets” rarely, if ever, know that they are being manipulated. If they do suspect this is happening, they do not know how to end the process. The desired result is for group polarization, and for the facilitator to become accepted as a member of the group and group process. He/she will then throw the desired idea on the table and ask for opinions during discussion. Very soon his/her associates from the divided group begin to adopt the idea as if it were their own, and pressure the entire group to accept the proposition.
A further article on the Delphi Technique by Abert V Burns
Let’s Stop Being Manipulated
More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to “participate” in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to “help determine” public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get ”input” from the public to help officials make final decisions on taxes, education, community growth or whatever the particular subject matter might be.
Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, surface appearances are often deceiving.
You, Mr. or Mrs. Citizen, decide to take part in one of these meetings.
Generally, you will find that there is already someone designated to lead or “facilitate” the meeting. Supposedly, the job of the facilitator is to be a neutral, non-directing helper to see that the meeting flows smoothly.
Actually, he or she is there for exactly the opposite reason: to see that the conclusions reached during the meeting are in accord with a plan already decided upon by those who called the meeting.
The process used to “facilitate” the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.
However, it was soon recognized that the steps of Delphi could be very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end.
How does the process take place? The techniques are well developed and well defined.
First, the person who will be leading the meeting, the facilitator or Change Agent must be a likable person with whom those participating in the meeting can agree or sympathize.
It is, therefore, the job of the facilitator to find a way to cause a split in the audience, to establish one or a few of the people as “bad guys” while the facilitator is perceived as the “good guy.”
Facilitators are trained to recognize potential opponents and how to make such people appear aggressive, foolish, extremist, etc. Once this is done, the facilitator establishes himself or herself as the “friend” of the rest of the audience.
The stage is now set for the rest of the agenda to take place.
At this point, the audience is generally broken up into “discussion—or ‘breakout’—groups” of seven or eight people each. Each of these groups is to be led by a subordinate facilitator.
Within each group, discussion takes place of issues, already decided upon by the leadership of the meeting. Here, too, the facilitator manipulates the discussion in the desired direction, isolating and demeaning opposing viewpoints.
And finally, a video showing how to derail the Delphi Technique
Published on Oct 29, 2014
An interview with awesome Auckland activist, anti corruption campaigner, whistle blower and three times Mayoral candidate, Penny Bright. This strong and caring woman is like a dog with a bone on issues of justice and anti corruption.
From Radio Live
She’s loathed by many councils and government officials.
Loud, relentless, persistent, annoying, opinionated and independent – all words you could use to describe anti-corruption campaigner and veteran activist Penny Bright.
She’s the Auckland woman in a decade-long fight with Auckland Council. They’re looking to sell her home to recover $34,000 in unpaid rates and penalties.
Penny Bright spoke candidly to RadioLIVE’s Ryan Bridge about her life and why she’s so annoying.
READ MORE & LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW
If, like myself, you’ve pondered at the current vagaries concerning our local District Councils, you need to hear this interview. Penny Bright asks the hard questions and like a dog with a bone, standing up for the marginalized, she won’t be sidelined. She expounds on her discoveries on the local governance front and what’s really been going on behind the scenes, away from public scrutiny. When you’ve listened, take a look at our Agenda 21/2030 in NZ pages on similar topic. See also our Local Govt Watch pages (main menu). They’re all related. All things became corrupted with Rogernomics and the big corporate switch that happened back then.
Penny says the root cause of most corruption is privatisation. She asks why the Public Records Act is not being fully implemented and enforced in New Zealand.
She says public transport is not public, and asks what the implications are of a fuel tax.
Penny has been involved in opposing the Tamaki ‘Regeneration’ project and speaks about dubious government and private dealings there.
She talks on the murdered Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the Panama Papers and has found some disturbing New Zealand connections.
Penny also speaks on State Capture, where private interests significantly influence the government’s decision-making processes to their own advantage.”
Penny Bright, was invited as a NZ ‘Rule of Law’ expert, together with nearly 300 attendees from 75 countries to the 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum at The Hague. There she informed the delegates that New Zealand is a “Corrupt, polluted tax haven.
She says, “My political ‘bombshell’ was about NZ’s corruption REALITY, and
in my opinion, New Zealand is a ‘corrupt, polluted tax haven – a banana republic without the bananas’.
READ MORE & LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW:
Selling we’re told to Sisters of Compassion, the front company by all appearances, for the property developer Willis & Bond. Remember the original announcement? The company that was set up one week before the negotiations? Then all but gifted. Read the articles to date on topic here.
Be aware Kiwis, the current establishment (Government/corporation, and LG) are full steam ahead with Agenda 21 now known as Agenda 2030. Our DCs are the trojan horses for this plan. The UN plan is for ultimately, global governance, one world government or new world order call it what you will. They’re one and the same and it is not conspiracy. Selling off your assets is merely a part of that plan. If you care to research it Agenda 21/2030 is well documented and dissected by those who have worked with it (see here also). At the NZ page you can read the pdf download by Dr Naomi Jacobs who wrote an article specifically referencing this topic as it applied to the Kaipara District Council.
“I decided to write the book following my initial shock in reading the New Zealand Herald, November 3, 2012, article, ‘Kaipara rates rebellion grows,’ about the huge, extortionate property rates/tax increases being imposed by Kaipara District Council on ratepayers in New Zealand.
After an extensive study of Marxism/Socialism/Communism over many years – upon reading the article, it immediately became plain to me that what was happening to Kaipara citizens and ratepayers was not only unique to New Zealand – but was part of a global plot now taking place in all countries planned many years ago by the British Fabian Society.
Basically, I believe, Kaipara District Council is being insidiously used as a “test case …” Dr Naomi Jacobs
It cannot be denied that your country’s assets have been on the auctioneer’s block fro decades now (going by the fire sale prices) & community housing is disappearing fast (43 K homeless! – unprecedented!). The Nats have land banked thousands of Housing NZ homes since 2012. DCs are also selling off their pensioner housing. It’s about privatization & removing your sovereignty… by increments.
“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
Why else are we in obscene debt, both DCs and Central Govt? They are all corporations listed on the respective website registers (Dun & Bradstreet, SEC Washington). Remember the borrower is servant to the lender.
“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.”
Dr Naomi Jacobs
They’ve been announcing the new world order aka global governance since the early ’90s (Helen Clarke’s been working on it) . Mainstream media reminded us of it’s imminence again during the recent hurricane devastation in the US (Sept/Oct 2017) in case you missed it.
The signature of Agenda 2030 is so ‘sustainable development’. Tell me please what is sustainable about $70 million debt for a small district like Horowhenua? What is sustainable about half a trillion dollars debt for a small country like NZ? What is sustainable about the obscene pollution we now have? (see here also). And this ‘sustainable’ drivel that is all over the pertinent websites has been practice/policy since the ’90s! It clearly is lip service only going by our current status. Child poverty, highest teen suicide, struggling health care systems, homelessness & unemployment.
OK, I’m painting the larger picture here for those who care to look at it and to look at where we are headed. Some of course will simply see these sales as not that significant and Agenda 21 as conspiracy. I wish it was. I see it as a sign unfortunately, of worse to come.
The pdf on the sale of Horowhenua’s community housing is attached for you to download & read here at this link … HDC sale of pensioner housing
Bruce Rogan who is interviewed in this video by Vinny Eastwood – Bruce’s story can also be found on our Local Govt Watch pages at the main menu. Their story is shocking. See our Agenda 21 in NZ pages also for Dr Naomi Jacobs’ take on it. She was inspired by the Mangawhai rate payers’ debacle to write with some insight into what is really going down, taking the very long view. This is a must watch if you are increasingly puzzled by the goings on, often in secret (public excluded) behind your Council’s closed doors. They don’t want you to know. Vinny’s about exposing corruption among other things, his style of presentation is different to mainstream, and his facts are accurate. Consider supporting his work, we desperately need independent media.
Published on Feb 9, 2016