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Is NZ really one of the least corrupt countries in the world? What you need to know about your District Councils’ modus operandi – a revealing ‘must listen’ interview with Penny Bright

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.
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From ourplanet.org

In this interview anti-privatisation and anti-corruption whistle-blower, Penny Bright, talks on issues around the three Cs – Corruption, Contractocracy, and Corporate Welfare, as well as issues around the private procurement model for public services.

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.

If New Zealand is truly ‘the least corrupt country in the world’ – shouldn’t we arguably be the most transparent?

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.”

INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW FORUM

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:

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-is-new-zealand-really-one-of-the-least-corrupt-countries-in-the-world?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=penny_bright#.WgTYN22RrZk.facebook

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Why is a Crown Entity Company with $1.6 billion of former Housing NZ properties not listed under Sch 4A of the Public Finance Act, or Sch 2 of the Crown Entities Act?

TIME FOR THE ‘TAMAKI SCAM’ TO STOP – NOW?

TIME FOR AN INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE ‘TAMAKI SCAM’?

I think so.

Looking forward to an inquiry regarding how, on the watch of ‘financial helmsmen’ Bill English and Steven Joyce, a Crown Entity Company (Tamaki Regeneration Ltd) – with $1.6 billion of former Tamaki Housing NZ properties – was not listed under Sch 4A of the Public Finance Act, or Sch 2 of the Crown Entities Act?

Or listed as a company monitored by Treasury’s Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit?

How ‘banana republic’ is THAT?

Penny Bright

‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption whistle-blower’.


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SEE ALSO:

The Nats have been land banking State homes on prime real estate since 2012

THE CROWN OWNED TAMAKI REGENERATION CO. EVICTS 5 GRIEVING CHILDREN 3 WKS AFTER THEIR MOTHER’S DEATH – A NOT UNCOMMON OCCURRENCE WE’RE TOLD

 

 

The gentrification of Tamaki under the guise of ‘Regeneration’ scam – the sale of your state assets to private property developers at UNDISCLOSED prices

1A. democracy for developers

NZ WHISTLE-BLOWER UPDATE!

by Penny Bright

Sunday 15 October 2017

“IMO, the essence of the ‘Tamaki Scam’ has been to use similar-sounding names for different companies, in order to disguise the real private property developer-driven GENTRIFICATION’ agenda, as ‘Regeneration’ of poorer communities.” ….. Penny Bright

 

DEVELOPMENTS:

This is, IMO, actually quite a big deal – in terms of NZ’s perceived status as ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?

(Transparency International’s 2016 ‘Corruption Perception Index’).
https://www.transparency.org/…/corruption_perceptions_index…

100% Crown-owned ‘Crown Entity Company’ – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd, with $1.6 billion worth of former Housing NZ properties is not listed under Sch 4A of the Public Finance Act, or Sch 2 of the Crown Entities Act, or listed as a company monitored by Treasury’s Crown Company Monitoring Advisory Unit.

How ‘banana republic’ is THAT?

I have raised my concerns directly with:

  • The Office of the Auditor-General.
  • The office of the Attorney-General.
  • The office of the Solicitor-General.
  • Treasury (legal).
  • The State Services Commission.

(My concerns are being addressed by all the above-mentioned.)

This 5 minute video where I explain the, IMO, ‘Tamaki Scam’ has now had over 169,000 views on facebook.

IMO, the essence of the ‘Tamaki Scam’ has been to use similar-sounding names for different companies, in order to disguise the real private property developer-driven GENTRIFICATION’ agenda, as ‘Regeneration’ of poorer communities.

https://www.facebook.com/penny.bright.104/posts/1796625243683493‬

Penny Bright

‘Anti-privatisation / anti-corruption whistle-blower’.

#StopTheTamakiScam
#StopCorruption
#StopNikisEviction
#SaveOurStateHouseHomes

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Penny Bright has been shining a light into the murky recesses of public/private partnerships in the Tamaki Regeneration scheme and revealed some disturbing details…

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/914297935301027/?multi_permalinks=1639200056144141&notif_id=1508026867954407&notif_t=group_activity

1A. gentrification

 

1A.Barfoot & Thomson

Photo Credits: all images supplied by Penny Bright

The gentrification of New Orleans & a warning for post-Harvey Texans (Agenda 21)

This is part of Agenda 21. (See here also). Privatization. Here in NZ the gentrification of Tamaki is going on under your noses Kiwis with thousands of homes land banked by the Nats since 2012. Nation wide they’re selling off our council assets to property speculators aka developers. Same scenario in London with the Grenfell Tower fire. Same also with the pretend post-quake Christchurch rebuild.  Years on and folks still waiting for compensation/insurances to move forward. They are claiming all these places for the wealthy only, further marginalizing the dispossessed. Colonization all over again. As the late Russell Means said, ‘Welcome to the Reservation’.  Russell’s video at the link is a must watch … he describes in detail the gradual progression of your loss of rights. His people of course are well aware as they were the first in line of fire, hence the title.

Read here what happened in New Orleans from a local. She warns of possible things to come.  EnvirowatchRangitikei 

From alternet.org  via dianeravitch.net

A New Orleans native says that what happened to her city and its schools after Katrina should serve as a cautionary tale for Texans recovering from Harvey.

My prayers are with you, Texas. My memories are with you too. The day after Katrina hit New Orleans, my family and I made the 17 hour car ride to Houston. The people of Texas welcomed us, opening their homes and helping us out with clothing, even financial assistance. As a native New Orleanian, I wish that I could do the same for you now. But what’s happened in my city and to its schools serves as a cautionary tale to residents of Houston. Reeling from the disaster, our communities were scattered like the four winds. I returned from Houston, many of us did, but the New Orleans we left doesn’t belong to us anymore.

Rents have quadrupled as gentrification remakes whole neighborhoods, pushing out long-time residents. Nearly half of the children here now live in poverty, and job security is worse, salaries lower. The sense that we’re doing worse than before Katrina is borne out in the data: Black New Orleanians have 18% less wealththan we did in 2005.

My prayers are with you, Texas. But my warnings are too.

READ MORE

http://www.alternet.org/new-orleans-warnings-school-privatization

Photo Credit (New Orleans) : Wikipedia

 

Porirua state homes sit empty for four years while 42K Kiwis remain homeless

The idiocy of this whole farce is breathtaking to say the least. Whilst ex PM Key (who has now slithered from view) has more than one mansion to live and holiday in, our govt/corp buys mansions for its reps abroad and 33K homes sit empty in Auckland owned by off shore speculators with that latter city now the most expensive to buy in planet wide … we have the same establishment lending thousands of dollars to the homeless for emergency motel accommodation & leaving them deep in debt. And these homes (including others) sit empty. Um, who exactly is controlling the purse strings (the same folk who got us neck deep in debt) and why are they not sacked? (They could have loaned that money to the homeless as a deposit on a home). And soon we’ll doubtless have another equally as incompetent set of riders for the very same corporate horse that’s running the show. This is all a crime of obscene proportions … the homelessness I’m referring to. From a nation that once housed all, to folk living in cars, sheds and garages. Shame, shame New Zeeland. Shame on the Nats, shame on Labour too who helped us all down this road that’s looking frightening indeed for many. The steely, cold reality of the UN’s plan for so called ‘sustainable development’. With all their flowery rhetoric they never had any intention of helping the poor or equalizing wealth. People need to wake up to that. The Nats have been LAND BANKING OUR state homes since 2012. Corruption at its ugliest … somewhat thinly disguised gentrification.  This was only ever about enriching the rich who plan eventually to own everything. Don’t believe me? Read Rosa Koire’s ‘Behind the Green Mask’. You’ll find it on Amazon. Or see her on our Agenda 21/30 pages. And read below about the Porirua houses that have sat empty for four years. Write to Nick Smith and tell him how disgusted you are.
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From Stuff.co.nz

First they were too big and now they’re too small but soon, according to Housing New Zealand, four empty houses in Porirua City will be just right.

The properties have been empty for four years, the last tenants relocated so the houses could be earthquake proofed – something HNZ now says they didn’t need.

Ten months after the agency tried to sell the three-bedroom houses because the demand was for smaller homes. It now has plans to remodel the properties into accommodation for larger families.

READ MORE

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/94394067/too-big-too-small-for-sale-not-for-sale-porirua-state-homes-sit-empty-for-four-years

LINKS TO OTHER INFO ON EMPTY STATE HOUSES IN NZ

Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor

Lower your gaze from the blackened husk of Grenfell Tower and you see the flowers and the signs decorating the streets. Many are photocopied pleas to help find the missing: 12-year-old Jessica, baby Amaya. Steve. Moses. Nestled among them are the others: scribbles and boards and A4 sheets reading Cuts Cost Lives and Corporate Murder, and People’s Lives Don’t Matter Under Capitalism.

This, Theresa May, is what a people’s public inquiry looks like. The sign-writers and passersby talking in the streets around Grenfell have grasped a truth that cabinet ministers are still fumbling towards: whatever and whoever a judge finds at fault – this procedure or that subcontractor – the true causes of the failures go far wider. They lie in the way Britain is run.

While in Victorian Manchester, Friedrich Engels struggled to name the crime visited on children whose limbs were mangled by factory machines, or whose parents were killed in unsafe homes. Murder and manslaughter were committed by individuals, but these atrocities were something else: what he called social murder. “When society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet; its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual,” he wrote in 1845, in The Condition of the Working Class in England.

Over 170 years later, Britain remains a country that murders its poor. When four separate government ministers are warned that Grenfell and other high rises are a serious fire risk, then an inferno isn’t unfortunate. It is inevitable. Those dozens of Grenfell residents didn’t die: they were killed. What happened last week wasn’t a “terrible tragedy” or some other studio-sofa platitude: it was social murder.

READ MORE

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/20/engels-britain-murders-poor-grenfell-tower

Photo Credit (header): Wikipedia

The end game of Agenda 21/30 … there IS a conspiracy & we better wake up to it

This is the best overview of Agenda21/30 and its end game I’ve heard, particularly also because it is very current. David Icke talks about the Glenfell Tower fire in the context of this agenda and explains social cleansing aka gentrification of London city. He also describes human settlement zones, straight from the UN documents. This agenda is not the friendly benign proposal for the future that they make out. Look around you and observe, all you who are distracted by the superficial … the world, instead of looking friendly & benign is looking more and more ominous and ugly by the day. How can a mentality that plans to clear away the poor to make way for the rich, that has allowed a catastrophe like the Grenfell Tower fire to incinerate hundreds of people,  be anything but?  EnvirowatchRangitikei

Published on Jun 23, 2017

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“ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS … (from the Grenfell Action Group) “we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable”

The damning evidence straight from the Grenfell Action Group’s own website. These folk have battled authorities for literally years. Read their blog for the truth you’ll not find in mainstream media. EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

From the Grenfell Action Group

“Watching breaking news about the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. Too soon (5am) to even guess at numbers of casualties and fatalities. Our heartfelt and sincere condolences to all who have perished, to the injured, to those who are bereaved or are still searching for missing loved ones.

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC.

ALL OUR WARNINGS FELL ON DEAF EARS and we predicted that a catastrophe like this was inevitable and just a matter of time. Below is a list of links to previous blogs we posted on this site trying to warn the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, who own this property, and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation who supposedly manage all social housing in RBKC on the Council’s behalf:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/kctmo-playing-with-fire/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/another-fire-safety-scandal/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/03/14/kctmo-feeling-the-heat/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/why-are-we-waiting/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/grenfell-tower-from-bad-to-worse/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/more-trouble-at-grenfell-tower/https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/the-disempowered-of-grenfell-tower/https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/tmo-still-asleep-at-the-wheel

SOURCE:

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2017/06/14/grenfell-tower-fire/

Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
June 17, 2017

‘The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had to [flee] the site of Grenfell Tower yesterday under police guard, BBC News, 17 June 2017

The Abandonment of a Community

Initially, I wasn’t going to write anything on this tragedy, I figured there would be plenty of analysis as to the whys and the wherefores of a building turned into a funeral pyre but I’ve yet to see the word Austerity used once, just once, in connection with this tragedy, which as usual in this world always impacts the most on working class communities, especially the poor, wherever it occurs.

Instead, we got endless hours, days of BBC hand-wringing, focusing almost exclusively on the (heroic) efforts of a devastated community, ignored and forgotten by their council and the government, with those damn cameras peering into peoples’ grief and ultimately, anger, made all the worse by the state’s total indifference to this calamity.

It took three days for the Prime Minister, Theresa May to visit the site and she had to do it under police guard! It’s only today, now four days later, that the government has finally set up some kind of command centre to deal with distraught relatives and friends of the dead, injured and missing (estimates now put the number of dead as at least 70).

If there’s anything that illustrates the murderous endgame of neoliberalism and what it does to people, this is it! But this is also Baghdad and it’s Damascus and a dozen other places around the globe getting a dose of democracy. Here it’s simple neglect powered by greed but it’s committed by the same governments, the same people who have abandoned wholesale, millions of people in their own backyards and slaughtered millions around the planet.

Source: Grenfell Tower: This Is What Austerity Looks Like by William Bowles

The Grenfell Tower Fire – 500 Dead – The Result of Govt Negligence and Class War

An excellent 5 minute exposé of the rot that has set into a once caring humankind. A must watch in my opinion.
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Published on Jun 20, 2017