Category Archives: National Disaster

The Lie We Live

I am attaching a new YouTube clip that was produced by a young man from Christchurch, NZ.  He and his family went through the trauma of the Christchurch earthquakes, waking him at a very tender age.  Six years on, he has something to say. 

Published on Sep 26, 2017

Watch & learn, the world is not as you think it is. A life trauma has the inevitable effect for some of us, of causing us to dig deeper & examine life events with a microscope. The impact causes us to question our reality, our histories even, and what we find, some will find so shocking they’ll choose rather to ignore & stick their heads back in the sand. This is called ‘cognitive dissonance’. It is these ones who will go on ‘living the lie’ that this video clearly portrays. Don’t be part of that lie … wake up as this young man has, & be a part of the answer! (Do sub this young man’s channel, I’m sure there’ll be more coming) ….EnvirowatchRangitikei
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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.

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

Photo Credit (New Orleans) : Wikipedia

 

The Flood Danger of Edgecumbe That The Authorities Knew About in 1945

Last week saw devastating floods in the town of Edgecumbe in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Heartfelt sympathies to all who have been affected by this carnage.  I was living in that region during the 2004 floods so saw the devastation then myself. Fortunately we lived on higher ground so were unaffected. 

Further down the page is a link to a Give a Little campaign for those affected recently.

It seems little known that back in 1945 plans for subdivision in Edgecumbe were declined by the Dept of Lands because the area would always be subject to flooding they said ….

“…the township of Edgecumbe will be subject always to serious and dangerous flood hazard”.

Read the article archived at the National Library NZ

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READ MORE

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/BPB19450403.2.24

However opponents to that advice or ruling won the day as can be seen in the article and the town was built.

I’ve gathered together here a few articles on the topic and note the frequent reference to Edgecumbe being flood prone but nowhere can I see any reference to the advice of the Department of Lands back in 1945 to not build there. 

Thursday in pictures: Edgecumbe evacuated in ‘500-year event’

Everyone has been told to leave. People are being evacuated from the Bay of Plenty town of Edgecumbe where the Rangitaiki River has breached, flowing into the township.

READ MORE (pictures of flooding included)

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91275516/In-pictures-Edgecumbe-evacuated-in-500-year-event

Q&A: What is a one in 500-year flood, and does that really apply to Edgecumbe?

Edgecumbe’s flood has been identified as the greatest flood on record  – but is it truly “a 500-year flood”, as has been suggested?

Bay of Plenty Regional Council made the claim after the Rangitaiki River burst through stopbanks designed for a one-in-100 year flood event, gushing into hundreds of homes and forcing 1600 people to evacuate.

Though the weather has cleared, houses remain sodden and filled with mud, and some will be condemned due to structural damage. Residents will be allowed to return briefly to fetch necessities, but it could be up to 10 days before many occupants can go home to inspect the damage and find out what they’ve lost.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91369561/qa-what-is-a-one-in-500year-flood-and-does-that-really-apply-to-edgecumbe

Flood-ravaged Edgecumbe residents vent their fury at officials during fiery townhall meeting

Hundreds of displaced Edgecumbe residents stormed out of a public meeting as fraying tempers tipped over into anger on Saturday night.

Bleachers were packed with families, children, and elderly, many hugging and comforting each other as the meeting endured and officials appeared to fail to answer the more pressing questions.

The crowd frequently heckled the speakers, often appearing enraged.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91366235/floodravaged-edgecumbe-residents-vent-their-fury-at-officials-during-fiery-townhall-meeting

PM sees Edgecumbe flooding for himself

“We are on a path for solutions in the long term.

He says there are no funding issues related to national disaster recovery, despite New Zealand’s particularly bad decade.

“We don’t let funding get in the way of providing the support that’s needed by the households, the businesses, and the farms, to a reasonable level, to help them get them back on their feet.”

Whakatane Mayor Tony Bonne says there will be a full investigation to why the flooding protection system didn’t work and what can be done in the future to prevent this from happening again.

Bill says given the destruction there is bound to be a lot of opinions but there needs to be a full understanding of a town that is on a flood plain.

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 http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/151336-pm-sees-edgecumbe-flooding-himself.html#sthash.JhMlsq5k.dpuf

Edgecumbe and the Bay of Plenty have shaky, flood-prone histories

Edgecumbe lies on a flood plain and an active seismic zone.

The township and the surrounding area has an unenviable history of natural disasters: quakes, floods, and debris flows.

Many parts of the plains are below sea level.

READ MORE

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/91283546/edgecumbe-and-the-bay-of-plenty-have-shaky-flood-prone-histories

Here is a link to the Give a Little page for help for families affected in this event…

Edgecumbe & Eastern Bay of Plenty (EBOP) Mayoral Flood Appeal

This Mayoral Flood Appeal fund has been launched to support families & individuals through the recovery phase following the 6/4 flood event.

https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/ebopmayoralfund