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DoC says the 30 international bankers touring Fiordland last month were about recovering our kākāpō and takahē yet still no mention in mainstream media?

Thanks to one of our readers Joseph Nowak who has forwarded the following information he obtained from DoC with an Official Information request. DoC’s responding letter explains the purpose of the recent helicopter tour over Fiordland by 30 international bankers, escorted by the heads of both DoC and Hong Kong’s Goldman Sachs. For previous information surrounding this info request in particular the Nature Conservancy group (NC) see the three following articles, particularly the first & second if you are in a hurry (although they are not long reads):

1) WHY WERE THE HEADS OF NZ’S DEPT. OF CONSERVATION & HONG KONG’S GOLDMAN SACHS TOURING PARTS OF FIORDLAND RECENTLY IN A SIX-HELICOPTER ENTOURAGE?

2) NEW INFO ON THE RECENT 6-HELICOPTER ENTOURAGE OVER FIORDLAND BY THE HEAD OF NZ’S DEPT. OF CONSERVATION & 30 ODD INTERNATIONAL BANKERS

3) SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL HAS TOLD A CORRESPONDENT THAT THE RECENT HELICOPTER TOUR OF FIORDLAND BY 30 ODD INTERNATIONAL BANKERS & DOC WAS ‘PHILANTHROPIC’ … AND NARY A WHISPER FROM MAINSTREAM MEDIA?


DoC’s Response:

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11 May 2018

Mr Joseph Nowak

Dear Mr Nowak

Thank you for your email of 4 April 2018 to the Minister of Conservation requesting the
following information under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):

“the purpose of the recent helicopter tour of Fiordland by international
bankers which was hosted by Lou Sanson”

Your request was transferred from the Minister’s Office to the Department of Conservation on 24 April 2018.

In response to your request I am able to advise that the purpose of the charter flights on 14 March 2018 was to show The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Council conservation work that is underway in Fiordland, specifically work to recover kākāpō and takahē.
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a charitable environmental organisation, pursuing
solutions to conservation challenges, and working with partners including indigenous communities, businesses, governments, multilateral institutions, and other non-profits.
TNC are significant donors to conservation around the world and across the Asia Pacific region and covered the costs of this helicopter charter. You can read more about TNC on their website: http://www.nature.org

Yours sincerely
Martin Rodd
Director Partnerships


COMMENT:

This all begs the question, why did mainstream media mention nothing about this tour? Surely, given NZers’ passion for our once pristine country & its flora and fauna, the media would be all over this? But no, not a whisper. Not a whisper either about the supposed ‘philanthropic’ nature of the tour. Personally I’d be putting my money on the greenwash agenda. Remember the reader feedback here about NC activities in Hawaii?

“…you are right about the Nature Conservancy. They bought up a large swathe of land on my former home, the island of Molokai, Hawaii. I knew a local gal there, young and strong, who quit working for them. Why? First, they fenced off the land. Then they brought in sharp shooters from airplanes to “eliminate” the”non-native species” — goats and pigs.

I overheard waterway workers complain that the dead carcasses were rotting right in the aqueduct that goes through tunnels from that side of the island to the population on the other side — as drinking and ag water. Then they sought to eliminate the “non-native” flora. That’s why she quit. They had her spraying toxic herbicides all day long, and she was afraid of becoming sterile! Also, when they purchase a piece of land, they rope it off for “conservation” and people are not allowed to go there and enjoy the beauty any more.”

We are supposed to believe that these international bankers are committed to saving our kākāpō and takahē? When they make clandestine tours of our country like they own it? Bit like the public-excluded carry on we have with our district councils that are selling off our public assets hand over fist (in secret).

We are hearing repeatedly from hunters and those who live near the bush areas that after poison drops the birdsong all but disappears. I don’t imagine the bankers plan on stopping the poison drops?

The green ‘sustainable’ rhetoric is just not cutting it any more, not three decades in sorry. The only things I see that are being sustained are the coffers of the wealthy. At the expense of our environment. 

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Southland District Council has told a correspondent that the recent helicopter tour of Fiordland by 30 odd international bankers & DoC was ‘philanthropic’ … and nary a whisper from mainstream media?

Philanthropic? The marrying of that term and the banking industry in my opinion is somewhat of an oxymoron. Think about that…

“philanthropist” … a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others, especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

A reader who, after recently hearing of the 6-helicopter tour of Fiordland by 30 bankers including the heads of Hong Kong Goldman Sachs and the Dept of Conservation, wrote to the Mayor of Southland District Council to get some clarification of its purpose. It is further confirmed that the group was indeed The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the reply is intriguing. One would have to ask, why wasn’t this headline news? An important visit by no less than thirty international bankers purveying their chosen area of shall we say ‘investment’ and not a squeak about it in mainstream media? Curious indeed.

Here is the letter sent and the response recently received (name of correspondent withheld as requested):

Dear Mr Tong,

I have been informed that:

“Six Squirrel helicopters were chartered from Alpine Helicopters, Wanaka. They only have five Squirrels so one was chartered in by them.

Apparently, Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson, and presumably other DoC” people, “took a pile of international bankers on a Tiki Tour. I am told the Hong Kong-based head of Goldman Sachs was one of them.

They went to Fiordland – landing in the Murchison Mountains, (Takahe), Chalky Island (Kakapo) in Chalky Inlet, and Resolution Island in Dusky Sound.”

I wonder if you were aware of this trip because it seems to be in your area?

Perhaps there is an innocent explanation why 30 international bankers would land on Resolution Island, Chalky Island and on the Murchisons.

I have emailed the Member for Southland-Clutha for his view on the same matter.

I look forward to your early response from yourself or from the Councilor for the ward concerned.

Best regards

(name provided)

 

And he responded:

Good morning  xxxxxxx

Thank you for your email.

I am aware of the charter that was undertaken by a group from an international conservancy board.  I find it heartening that this group of people, ones that are involved in international conservation efforts at their own cost, actually get out and about to see what their money is helping to do.

I have been to all of the areas you have mentioned and I have seen the work the Department of Conservation is doing.  On one occasion I had the pleasure of releasing 2 (of 10) Takahe into the Murchison’s, a day I will always remember.

Some of this work would not be possible without the monetary efforts from a group such as you have described, so I do believe there is an innocent explanation.

As Mayor I am proud of those efforts and encourage others to do the same.  I don’t believe this was a “pile of international bankers on a tiki tour”.  I understand that it was a controlled and coordinated charter where the philanthropists gained a knowledge and understanding by seeing Fiordland up close.

I don’t believe there is anything else I can say on the matter,  but thank you for your enquiry.

Yours in Southland

Gary Tong
Mayor
Southland District Council
PO Box 903
Invercargill  9840


Feedback about The Nature Conservancy group

We have also had feedback about The Nature Conservancy group from another reader who lived in an area that was taken over by TNC. The comment is quoted below with permission, names also withheld as requested:

“…you are right about the Nature Conservancy. They bought up a large swathe of land on my former home, the island of Molokai, Hawaii. I knew a local gal there, young and strong, who quit working for them. Why? First, they fenced off the land. Then they brought in sharp shooters from airplanes to “eliminate” the”non-native species” — goats and pigs.

I overheard waterway workers complain that the dead carcasses were rotting right in there the aqueduct that goes through tunnels from that side of the island to the population on the other side — as drinking and ag water. Then they sought to eliminate the “non-native” flora. That’s why she quit. They had her spraying toxic herbicides all day long, and she was afraid of becoming sterile! Also, when they purchase a piece of land, they rope it off for “conservation” and people are not allowed to go there and enjoy the beauty any more.”

 

A big thank you to our two informants.

Photo: Resolution Island, Fiordland NZ, Wikipedia

New info on the recent 6-helicopter entourage over Fiordland by the head of NZ’s Dept. of Conservation & 30 odd international bankers

In brief, this entourage may be connected to an environmental group called The Nature Conservancy group as stated by another source. It is a group that partners with corporations to fund conservation. This trend sees companies known for their polluting practices dubbed by many as ‘greenwash’ corporates. Just another sneaky way into yet another cash cow … the environment. And all a part of UN’s Agenda 21/30. Read the full article below.

RELATED LINKS:

1) WHY WERE THE HEADS OF NZ’S DEPT. OF CONSERVATION & HONG KONG’S GOLDMAN SACHS TOURING PARTS OF FIORDLAND RECENTLY IN A SIX-HELICOPTER ENTOURAGE?

2) NEW INFO ON THE RECENT 6-HELICOPTER ENTOURAGE OVER FIORDLAND BY THE HEAD OF NZ’S DEPT. OF CONSERVATION & 30 ODD INTERNATIONAL BANKERS

3) SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL HAS TOLD A CORRESPONDENT THAT THE RECENT HELICOPTER TOUR OF FIORDLAND BY 30 ODD INTERNATIONAL BANKERS & DOC WAS ‘PHILANTHROPIC’ … AND NARY A WHISPER FROM MAINSTREAM MEDIA?


Recent info supplied by Carol Sawyer about the sighting of a DoC, banking helicopter entourage over Fiordland has brought comment at our Facebook discussion from a visitor who is a former Labour Party MP. She assured me that the entourage was not paid for by DoC (although that was a minor concern compared to 30 odd international bankers eyeing up the landscape from on high). She says a reliable source told her in confidence that the members touring were from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) group.  Carol who supplied the original information, also from a confidential & reliable source maintains firmly that these were definitely international bankers.

A little research into the TNC which I’d not hitherto heard of, proved very interesting. It is a Hong Kong group and is headed by a former Goldman Sachs CEO.

If what this visitor to the discussion is saying is true, and if it’s said in terms of ‘all’s well, it’s just about conservation & DoC weren’t paying’, then we in fact do have cause for concern. Check out their corporate partners: “Pepsi Co, Disney, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Walmart and Cargill. In Asia Pacific, … Neutrogena in Australia and Rio Tinto in Mongolia. In Hong Kong, …  Dragonair, Pacific Coffee Company, FORTUNE China, HSBC Private Bank, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Hong Kong Commercial Radio, Moet Hennessy Asia Pacific, Time Asia, Sun Hung Kai Properties and the Hong Kong Airport Authority”. And there it is again, Goldman Sachs. They’re featuring quite prominently. And Key’s friends from Merrill Lynch.

If you navigate from the NZ website for TNC, there is another list of global companies that have partnered with them. On that very long list are Dow Chemicals, Shell & Coke to name three, who are all ill qualified to fit any green profile by any stretch of the imagination.

Speaking broadly, a not so new breed of ‘environmental’ people have clearly been dominating the green movement for some time particularly since neo liberal economics and are in fact all for profit. Strange bedfellows they shroud their activities in a deceptive cloak of green & sustainable rhetoric but don’t be fooled. The bottom line of corporations is profit. (Read Behind the Green Mask on that. The author Rosa Koire’s site is here).

TNC has been operating here in NZ since 2016:

“As part of a three-year strategic plan, in 2016 we worked with government officials, local communities, indigenous (Iwi) leaders, businesses and local conservation groups to identify science-based solutions to poor water quality and runoff.”

You can read at the link what else they’re up to. Clearly with their input our waterways are no cleaner and our clean water reserves are still either under threat, or being bottled and sent off shore for the sole benefit of foreign corporations that plunder us with impunity. While the councils that gave the consents sit by and twiddle their thumbs, plunging their rate payers into deeper and deeper debt. Doesn’t make sense does it? Why do you virtually give away a valuable water resource to an offshore corporation but charge your own people top dollar? Why do you not sell it instead & benefit your district and its ratepayers? Favours for your corporate mates I’d suspect. And further cheap land available when the ratepayers’ find they can’t meet the rates. See what happened in Kaipara. 

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For an explanation on the councils’ debt agenda go here & read Dr Naomi Jacobs’ exposé. A useful exercise on consents is to attend one of your council’s consent hearings. The last one I sat in on, the chair of the ‘independent panel’ (one of three corporates well versed in the RM Act) made a Freudian slip & said ‘when the consent is granted’ … ‘I mean, if the consent is granted’. The consents were of course granted & the folk who lived next door to the moderate sized Bonny Glen refuse tip that the Rangitikei council sold in the early 2000s to an offshore Chinese corporation, were faced with living next door to a tip quadruple the size and all the drop in property values, the stench, the trucks through town, the rats, feral cats and the leachate in the waterways that go with that.  (Sustainable practices). The hearings were held far from the residents’ who were to be affected of course, many of whom doubtless had jobs to go to, a time worn tactic employed on Māori to relieve them of their lands.

There is big money in refuse.

So TNC’s vision as stated at their website is:

“…to leave a sustainable world for future generations, in Hong Kong and around the world.

Sounds great doesn’t it? (Hong Kong note, one of the entourage was head of Hong Kong Goldman Sachs). If you are familiar with Agenda 21/30 you will have spotted that word ‘sustainable’. It’s what is woven throughout local & regional councils’ websites world wide as a purely lip service stab at getting you to believe it’s about conservation. It is a line that really is wearing thin. I mean really thin. Any smart thinking person can see there’s been nothing sustainable going on since the corporate takeover of all things precious and dear on the planet three decades ago. That would be since the early nineties when Bush first announced the New World Order directly after the Gulf War. That by the way was when the US military injected their soldiers with that ‘mysterious’ illness called Gulf War Syndrome. Followed by theRio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Statement of principles for the Sustainable Management of Forests, adopted by more than 178 Governments at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, 3 to 14 June 1992″. Since then our countries have also become corporations, along with their respective former government departments. Since the signing up of those nations to this Agenda 21 agreement now known as Agenda 2030, we have had our fresh waters trashed, lands pilfered, forests plundered and our oceans trashed & pilfered as well. Did I miss anything? There’s little left anywhere of anything pristine yet the lies continue to roll out for the gullible to swallow, on the plan for sustainable development. What bollocks.

This blog thread on TNC is interesting. Read the comments also at the link.

“The CEO of TNC is Mark Tercek who was formerly “managing director at Goldman Sachs where he played a key role in developing the firm’s environmental strategy. He headed the firm’s Environmental Strategy Group and Center for Environmental Markets, which worked to develop and promote market-based solutions to environmental challenges”. I concur with their thoughts, climate disaster & pollution are not opportunities for investment!

Noted also are the level of salaries these CEOs earn & we are urged to cease donating to them, it being better to donate to groups that use the money to do the work not pay obscenely large salaries of $250K.  Note also the salaries of our heavily indebted councils across NZ. District Councils are the Trojan horse for Agenda 21/30.

Tercek is also a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Think Bilderberger and secrecy & New World Order on the latter organization. That is cause for concern just by itself (that is if you don’t believe the lie of the happy global village with all things equal. Is it looking anything like equal three decades in?)

Tercek is also the author of a book called Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.

They sure do.

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Corporations always have this awkward marrying of profit and economic sustainability & guess which always wins out?  A quick glance around your local district councils and their modus operandi will tell you that. It’s never the environment. It’s all in the clever wording. They have to balance the two. “…each [corporate] engagement has, at its core” says TNC, “the potential to help us achieve our goal of protecting lands and waters on which all life depends.” Note the operative words there are “the potential”. Nice and non committal, non conclusive … followed by the emotive protectorate verbiage about land and water “on which all life depends”. (Note: If you’re unfamiliar with the absolute bottom line of corporations ie profit, do watch The Corporation doco).

There are other global environmental organizations being run by global banking elites. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for instance was at one time (2010 according to the source) managed by an ex Goldman Sachs Managing Director Larry Linden. The current WWF CEO Carter Roberts “has built partnerships with some of the world’s largest corporations, including Walmart, Cargill and Mars” and is also a member of the CFR.

The WWF is an organization with a little known dark side. It’s not just about cuddly Panda bears. You can learn about that at the following link:

A new book “accuses the WWF of “selling its soul” to corporations in exchange for their donations, as well as forging alliances with powerful, non-sustainable businesses that are destroying the planet and “greenwashing” their operations under the conservation group’s label.” WWF it’s reported is also involved in “the beatings and torture of indigenous peoples in the name of “conservation”.

So, the marriage of corporations & the banking fraternity with conservation & under the banner of ‘sustainable development’, the guise of all things green, is a complete scam and a sham. Again, don’t fall for it.

“The interest in NZ by these people is all about resources and more sinister technologies. Everyone wants a piece of ‘Little Texas’, and this unregulated airspace and associated tech opportunities.  Lets NOT forget our close location to the Pole and the large wealth of resources therein. Christchurch is the world’s ‘mine’ door.” (Comment from thecontrail.com).

You can be assured Kiwis, that the clearing off of our lands with all the poison is not about conservation.  Watch the four times award winning film on NZ’s wholesale poisoning program that your government/corporation doesn’t want you to see.

Watch now for NZ partnerships. Who is cosying up to who? As the saying goes, “There’s gold in them thar hills”. On land acquisition, it being the end game of a group that wants global governance, check out their Public Private Partnership modus operandi. The late Joan Veon* told us that:

“Private Partnerships (PPP)are an arm of the world’s growing Public corporatocracy & their bottom line is to take control of the assets of Government”.

The Horowhenua District Council last year announced they would be using PPPs to sell off their surplus land having already all but gifted their community housing assets to a large property developer. Similar has happened in Tamaki with our State homes, all exposed thanks to Penny Bright’s investigative work.

So, regarding the entourage over Fiordland, it’s watch this space. We may in due course see some new plan emerge to conserve the Fiordlands. Not for profit of course.


*Joan Veon in the course of her work alongside and with the UN researched extensively andinterviewed high profile public figures on these matters during the ’90s when things were kicking off. You can read and listen to her at this link. There are many more of her lectures on Youtube. (When I post Joan’s PPP video on Facebook it gets marked as spam).

To learn more about UN’s Agenda 21/30 visit our main menu. The agenda is already in NZ, see the Agenda 21/30 in NZ page also.

Post Script:
I am keen to hear from any of you out there who knew about and were familiar with the TNC group and their conservation work. I would’ve thought it would be headline news and any activity over Fiordland with their corporate partners (?) on conserving that place would be also? But no it flew literally right under the radar. By helicopter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why were the heads of NZ’s Dept. of Conservation & Hong Kong’s Goldman Sachs touring parts of Fiordland recently in a six-helicopter entourage?

Thanks to Carol Sawyer for this information.

And this fly over, one week before Obama’s visit? What is going on? This entourage consisted solely of international bankers from all over the world it’s reported.

What were the heads of DoC and the ‘bank that rules the world’ out purveying pristine South Island sights for? And what does Goldman Sachs have to do with the conservation of NZ’s flora and fauna? As we found out last century, the predatory funding of the banking fraternity comes with conditions. Doesn’t bode well in my opinion.

Consider all this in light of the recent signing of the (un)modified TPPA ‘deal’ that benefits mostly corporations, the recent revelations around the upcoming Wanaka Air Show boasting ‘impressive’ global military representation, the imminent visit at the same time by Barack Obama and ‘right on cue’ Hillary Clinton and the mysterious events surrounding the 2011 Christchurch Quake and its parallels with Haiti, one could be forgiven for being somewhat suspicious of this company of people. Call me conspiratorial if you wish but add to that the fact it’s all a bit timely, especially with the fast & furious sale of vast swathes of South Island property including Otago to offshore wealthy folk who are supposedly escaping the apocalypse they believe is coming, and it’s difficult to believe it’s a case of ‘nothing doing here’. (Note, Donald Trump’s right hand man Peter Thiel has bought Damper Bay in Wanaka Otago. US news anchor, Matt Lauer has bought Hunter Valley Station, Otago). The common denominator for the better part of all the aforementioned is the US. And speaking of the US & its military (which go together like peas in a pod) I forgot to mention the discussions that have been under way for some time between DARPA (US military) & NZ Landcare Research on the proposed release of genetically modified insects. We are ‘favored’ for this ‘experiment’ because of our island status. Very handy all around. Hello guinea pigs.

NZ & the US military have been cosying up for quite a while now especially since our former ‘esteemed’ PM ‘Sir’ John (now managing other monies) spent a good part of his dubious ‘service’ oiling the US war machine. Having gone this far on topic I may as well mention it’s been said he likely profits from NZ’s debt and just hours after the Christchurch Quake signed away seabed exploration rights to the giant oil company Anadarko.

The info on the six helicopter entourage was posted on the no to 1080 use in NZ Facebook page by Carol Sawyer. The company of international bankers along with DoC’s Director General went flying over Fiordland, reliable word has it, on 14 March 2018, quoted here (with minor edits, go to the source to read the original):

“Six Squirrel helicopters were chartered from Alpine Helicopters, Wanaka. They only have five Squirrels so one was chartered in by them.

Apparently, Director-General of Conservation Lou Sanson, and presumably other DoC” people, “took a pile of international bankers on a Tiki Tour. I am told the Hong Kong-based head of Goldman Sachs was one of them.

They went to Fiordland – landing in the Murchison Mountains, (Takahe), Chalky Island (Kakapo) in Chalky Inlet, and Resolution Island in Dusky Sound.

I have also been told this helicopter operation would have cost at least $80,000 to hire. I thought DoC was short of money? Did the big bankers pay for this trip? A Squirrel helicopter seats the pilot and six passengers, so with six Squirrels that is at least 30 people involved.

In the evening they were seen landing at Manapouri, where they had their evening meal … at the Manapouri Hotel, before the trip back to Wanaka.”

Was Lou Sanson’s “great ‘success’ “ with “DoC’s Battle for the Birds program, and the importance of Predator Free 2050” part of the discussion?

Carol has noted the remoteness of the areas they viewed in their flight from Wanaka to Fiordland. Fiordland is very remote and the places they were going could not be reached by road. Resolution Island is in Dusky Sound, Fiordland and has no road access. Chalky Island is in Chalky Inlet, Fiordland and also has no road access.

The pertinent question is asked: “What the heck are we giving these rich international bankers in return … land? mining rights? our souls? …” I would concur on those questions and would place my bet on all of them. It’s been put to me before by some readers that that mining is the agenda for clearing off our lands with 1080 of all things living. There is more than one theory on that. I suspect it is multi-purpose. Personally I know of folk who have heard poison contractors boast they’ve upped the strength of 1080 in order to kill the deer. It’s working.  The wild lands are becoming less viable as sources of wild food given the risks now involved, witness the recent poisoning of the Putaruru family who ate wild boar (the authorities didn’t test for 1080 within the appropriate time frame) the green beehives seen recently by bee keepers and the poisoning of our waterways by DoC with impunity. And yes people appear to have been poisoned historically also but the authorities are very tight lipped about those occurrences and aren’t admitting a bar of it.

Returning to the TPPA & the military, looking at the big picture, hear Prof Jane Kelsey explain the global power play going on:

 

Watch this space.

Photos supplied by Carol Sawyer :

An Alpine Helicopters Squirrel at Matukituki 1080 operation, Wanaka, 2014 – Photo ODT

Lou Sanson in the snow, on an overnight jaunt at Plateau Hut in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park last year, with Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings and Fonterra Chair John Wilson. ( Theo earned $8.2 million last year, 2017, incidentally ).- Photo Lou Sanson’s blog.

Resolution Island, Dusky Sound – Photo Landcare

 

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