Landfill verdict expected by early April

11 March 2014      Here is the latest from the Chronicle (Wanganui) regarding an outcome and the submissions hearing regarding Midwest Disposals’ landfill at Bonny Glen near Marton.

In the hearings I attended the independent commissioner chairing the proceedings, said, ‘When the consent …. if the consent is granted ….’  He quickly corrected himself by adding, ‘ Of course there are no guarantees…’ or words to that effect. My life experience tells me that this is as near to a Freudian slip a person can get. Basically he is saying what is really in his head. I’ve written to three editorial columns now about this fact and none have printed my emails. Well two haven’t, we’ll see on the third as I only sent it this morning’.  (An hour ago, still not approved).

This is a sign of the times I believe. Big business is in bed with government in terms of money & profits, and any rhetoric about protecting our environment, are probably mere window dressing. I’ve been reading increasingly that there has to be a compromise between maintaining the economy & considering the environmental effects of industry. Very convenient with a loose directive like this. Who is really policing it? Certainly with the Marton evidence to date, the RDC & Horizons appear to have been in collusion. If they’re not, then why have Horizons not meted out some kind of penalty for the RDC’s negligence resulting in pollution of our waterways? For NINE years? (See previous articles here on the Tutaenui Stream’s pollution by leachate by going to ‘categories on left side of site page).

So no, I’ll not be a bit surprized ‘when’ the consents are granted. The hearing will allow the company in question here to concede to provide some of the needed mitigation of damage … and the locals will be left to complain accordingly should the fallout they suspect will continue to happen … continue to happen. And should you have problems getting through to Council, just go to the Community Committee Meeting, and Council may accept their recommendation … or they may not … as Mr Hamish Allen discovered when he tried to raise the leachate issue in the first place.

Here is the Chronicle article anyway… and watch this space as I will be writing further about the ‘independent’ commissions & who comprises the panels.

Read the ARTICLE HERE

The practice of weather modification is well documented

Whilst geoengineering has been dubbed a hoax or a conspiracy theory by many, at least do yourself the favour of researching it for yourself. The science of geoengineering  has been researched and practiced for decades.

Geoengineering is the practice of modifying our weather. For a timeline of how weather modification has been developed visit http://climateviewer.com/geoengineering/ It is well documented. The slang term often used for these trails left by the aircraft is ‘chemtrails’. Bear in mind this is the term used in the US Space Preservation Act 2001, HR2977, Sec 7, (2) (B) (ii), defining them as an ‘exotic weapons system’.

NZ’s former Minister for the Environment, Hon Amy Adams said this about geoengineering:

 Thank you for your email of 21 March 2014 to Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman regarding aircraft emissions. I am replying on his behalf to the second part of your email as the issue you raise falls within my portfolio as Minister for the Environment.

 Geoengineering is a theoretical concept that would involve the manipulation of the earth’s environment to make the effect of climate change less severe. Aerosol engineering, the spraying of aerosol particles into the upper atmosphere to cool the earth, is a proposed geoengineering method.

 The Government does not allow aerosol geoengineering and although it is the subject of some discussion in the scientific community, it is not an accepted method to address climate change. The best option is climate change mitigation – reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases – and the Government is working with other countries to develop an international agreement to achieve this.

 I would like to assure you that there is no deliberate spraying of the nature you suggest and that the health and well-being of New Zealand citizens and our environment are a high priority for this Government.

 Hon Nick Smith, current Min for the Environment, and also Amy-Adams’ predecessor, said in Parliament (amidst gales of laughter) that geoengineering was a hoax.

We have an official change of tack here.

Here is a record of geoengineering activity over the Rangitikei region in New Zealand for January 2015. These trails are visible most days in their various manifestations.

For more information on geoengineering visit HERE

Soundtrack is by Saru G

‘Old School Saru’

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U.S. Companies Are Stashing $2.1 Trillion Overseas to Avoid Taxes

A reminder here of a corporation’s bottom line…..(from Bloomberg) “Companies have a duty to their shareholders and they’re responding logically to the incentives in the system, Kennedy said. “Companies are strongly driven by the need to increase shareholder value, and especially any public company has to meet market expectations,” ……”

And remember Kiwis, your country is a corporation … corporations are not about people and their general well being, they are about profits, profits, profits.

“Eight of the biggest U.S. technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corporations in other industries felt pressure to bring cash back home.

Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.10 trillion in profits that U.S. companies are holding overseas, according to a Bloomberg News review of the securities filings of 304 corporations. The total amount held outside the U.S. by the companies was up 8 percent from the previous year, though 58 companies reported smaller stockpiles.”

Read the article at its SOURCE 

The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws

The TPPA’s Dirty Little Secret: How US could write NZ’s Laws

From Professor Jane Kelsey, a press release dated 13 August 2014. NZ has a protest day tomorrow 7th March against the TPPA. Still everything is top secret and warning bells are continually being sounded as to what will be in store should this agreement go ahead. It is being negotiated on our behalf without our consent. Visit the website …itsourfuture (links on the TPPA page) to discover your nearest organized protest and do attend if you can

The Article:

“‘Effectively, the US claims the right to decide what a country’s obligations are under a trade and investment agreement and refuses to bring the agreement into force in relation to that country until it has changed its laws, regulations and administrative processes to fit the US interpretation’, Professor Kelsey explained.

Statements from members of US Congress and the US Trade Representative (USTR) suggest prime targets for New Zealand would be our copyright and patent laws, the foreign investment vetting regime, the procedures by which Pharmac operates, and Fonterra’s ‘anti-competitive monopoly’.

‘The other eleven governments are aware of the certification process and many are concerned. But no one has told the public how the US can effectively redraft our laws.’

Professor Kelsey has co-authored a memorandum that draws on the experience of countries that have been subjected to the US certification process in recent years.”……

“‘In other words New Zealanders, including MPs, might never know that the US was involved in writing our laws and demanding the right to sign them off even before Parliament gets to see them’, Professor Kelsey warned.”

Read the rest at the SOURCE

GMO dangers revealed by former U.S. government scientist

(NaturalHealth365) “Since 1996, when genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were first introduced, we have seen a dramatic rise in the rates of food allergies, autism, reproductive disorders and digestive problems. Of course, companies like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – which own approximately half of the entire proprietary seed market – would have you believe that GMO dangers don’t exist. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth……..

One of the biggest lies connected to GMO technology exposed Agricultural technology corporations, like Monsanto, continue to push the notion that the use of GMO seeds will reduce the need for toxic chemicals in farming. Yet, in the past 5 years, due to the development of weed-resistant crops – farmers have been required to spray more herbicides on their fields – in an effort to kill the weeds. This is having a devastating effect on our environment and human health”. – See more at the source:

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/gmo-dangers-soil-scientist-digestive-disorders-1329.html#sthash.m1F83kya.dpuf

Wanganui Chronicle reports on the leachate submission

28 Feb 2015 The Wanganui Chronicle has reported on the submission by Mr Allan. Commissioner Brent Cowie has said it was a waste of everyone’s time. Not surprizing given they had taken, this along with the other important issues like land values and truck nuisance effectively off the table. Not a word by Mr Cowie on the fact that the submission is very damning of Horizons and the RDC. The submission provides documented evidence of total negligence in their care of the Rangitikei waterways, in particular the Tutaenui Stream. If you have not already, you can read Mr Allan’s full submission, including all of the reports that were made available at his request, (many were missing). Many show non compliance and yet the RDC have received little more penalty from Horizons than a slap on the wrist with a wet bus ticket.  The reports are uploaded onto the Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch website. Judge for yourself if they have not been very remiss in their responsibilities in caring for the environment as the Horizons website claims they do.

I attended the hearings the day of Mr Allan’s submission (and would have gone every day were it held in the actual home of the proposed extended landfill). Cr Soraya Peke-Mason slammed this decision early in the piece. One could be forgiven for thinking the whole process is mere window dressing for an already foregone conclusion/decision. One of the independent commissioners made a glaring Freudian slip during the proceedings, saying …. “once the consent … well if the consent is granted”….. One would hope the local people will take this matter up with Council & Horizons “once the consent is granted” because nobody else is going to. Not even these independent experts who purport to care for the environment.

Read the Chronicle article HERE

WINSTON PETERS: PM SACRIFICING NZ IN THE NAME OF BIG BUSINESS WITH TPPA

10409587_693254227425307_8039441717606772693_nFrom Radio Live NZ … Winston Peters is warning about the repercussions in store if John Key signs NZ on to the TPPA.

“The big corporations are so close to governments, not only in New Zealand, that they have handed over many details of the Trans Pacific Partnership while the public in the negotiating countries are kept in the dark. These corporations are about to get unbelievable powers over New Zealand if the PM keeps his favourite hat on.

The treaty will be signed by the National government, not by Parliament.”  Read Article at SOURCE

Check out what the TPPA entails & why you should be involved in opposing it (ideas about how, HERE). Raise awareness in your community, attend the day of protest coming up on March 7th (details & links on the TPPA page here).

A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World’s First Vertical Farms

From the ZME Science website….by Mihai Andrei

Not something ‘necessary’ at this point in NZ with its wide open spaces, however, inspiring nevertheless for those high rise city dwellers who want to get started growing their own food. It is very do able.

“We’re replacing food that was being grown in Mexico or California and shipped in,” explains Penny. “We feel like the community’s really ready for a project like this. Everybody’s so much more aware of the need to reduce transportation, and people like to know their farmer and where food’s coming from.”

“Indeed, by growing your food directly in the city you save money (and reduce pollution) on transportation; you also save a lot of time and effort too….

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

SUBMISSION REVEALS NEGLIGENCE BY AUTHORITIES REGARDING LEACHATE DISPOSAL

 Submission on RDC’s Leachate Disposal into the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Marton

On February 24th Hamish Allen, a Marton resident, presented a submission to the panel on a topic that is not considered to be part of the consent hearings. (For a background to the consent applications to quadruple the size of the Bonny Glen landfill go HERE). Neither, as was pointed out prior to the hearings, were property values or trucks.  Ironically, since these are the very concerns which automatically arise when a neighbouring landfill announces plans to quadruple in size.  Nevertheless, Allen’s submission concerns the leachate that is disposed of through Marton’s Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) and has been for nine or so years (deemed the RDC’s concern, not Midwest Disposals’) . This has been, rather than a formal arrangement on paper … a ‘gentleman’s agreement’. The levels have been poorly reported and only sporadically tested with many non compliances, as Allen’s submission demonstrates. He has supported his submission with documented evidence. There have been by all appearances, no penal consequences issued by Horizons for these failures in compliance by the RDC. Following is Allen’s submission which outlines the history of how the Marton Community Committe (MCC) of which he was a member at the time, tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to address this in 2011. There needs to be accountability here … as Allen points out in his submission

‘there can be no economy on a dead planet’. 

The consistent placing of economic interests over the environment is NOT sustainable. The very principles our regional authorities are purporting to pursue … Maintaining and enhancing our Region’s land, water, air, coast and habitat protection” (from Horizons’ website) …  are being held in flagrant disregard. These electedrepresentatives need to be held accountable. You can assist with that process by attending the Marton Community Committee Meetings and lodging your objections there: 

MARTON COMMUNITY COMMITTEE
Location: Youth Club, Centennial Park Pavilion, Humphrey Street, Marton
Wednesday 11th March 2015 7.00 pm

At the end of the submission below here, the original compliance and non-compliance reports will be available to access by this weekend, 28th Feb 2015. Any inserts of photocopied evidence within the submission can be clicked on to enlarge. 

READ ALLEN’S SUBMISSION HERE

WATCH FOR THE ORIGINAL COMPLIANCE REPORTS WHICH WILL BE UPLOADED TO THE SAME PAGE THIS WEEKEND …. 28TH FEB 2015

Stop Smartmeters NZ Updates: Meter replacement deadline of 1st April 2015 NOT true

April 1 “deadline” for electricity meter certification

It has been reported to http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz by many NZers that they have been told by representatives of their power company that there is a government deadline for electricity meter replacement by April 1 2015.

This is NOT true.

What the Electricity Authority (EA) regulations state is that meters need to have a current certification at that time.

If you live in a relatively new home (built during or after October 1999) your electricity meter will be certified up until and beyond April 1 2015….

Read the rest of this important update from Katherine Smith at the stopsmartmeters NZ website …. HERE

Other Updates 

Your chance to see the award winning smart meter documentaryTake Back Your Power for free in Auckland is coming up this week.  (Apologies for the late notice.)  Please send the link below to  people you know in Auckland.
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/see-take-back-your-power-for-free-on-february-24/

Heart problems resolve after smart meter modem disconnected

The link below describes how serious heart problems (that required multiple medical investigations) began after the installation of a smart meter and ended after the smart meter’s modem (which produces the microwave radiation) was disconnected to deactivate it.

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/heart-problems-from-smart-meter-disappear-after-the-modem-is-disconnected/

Environmental Sensitivities Symposium

This is a FREE online symposium that includes information that will be helpful to people who are sensitive to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) as well as those with other health problems including chemical sensitivities, food allergies etc.  please check out this link and share it!
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/environmental-sensitivities-symposium-march-2015/

Free EMR newsletter

This is a very good newsletter and it is free so please share this with colleagues, friends and family…The information could be lifesaving for some people. Thank you!

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/free-emr-and-health-newsletter-new-edition-out-now/

Smart meters vulnerable to cyber attack

The headline says it all really…a clever hacker has worked out how someone could paralyse a city where so-called “smart” meters are used by using a very simple strategy…Another good reason to insist on a non-electronic meter!
http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/uncategorized/smart-meters-vulnerable-to-cyber-attack/

Smart meters and privacy updates

The Dominion Post recently covered the fact that the NZ Privacy Commissioner has received complaints regarding smart meters and privacy, so thank you to the people who took the initiative to complain – your complaints helped to increase public awareness of the smart meter issue.  You can access the story through the link below:

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/dominion-post/

Have you heard of the “internet of things”?  The link below explains how smart meters fit into this “Brave New World”

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/latest-news/smart-meters-the-internet-of-things-and-your-privacy/

Smart meters are a waste of money

Read what University of Exeter researchers have to say about smart meters here:
www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/government-and-electricity-industry-positions/study-by-university-of-essex-asks-are-smart-meters-a-waste-of-money/

Thank you and Request!

That’s all for this update. Thank you to everyone who is helping with this campaign by running events in their communities, emailing people on their lists and sharing links through Facebook, as well as undertaking many other initiatives.

Wishing you the best of health,

Katherine Smith

Watching our environment … our health … and corporations … exposing lies and corruption

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