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NZ MDs censured for expressing concern about the experimental mRNA jab ‘are doing exactly what the law and medical ethics require’ (Lawyer, Sue Grey)

EWR comment: I personally have been hearing mainstream radio news items warning that doctors in NZ are spreading misinformation about the experimental injection for CV.

A Stuff article states:

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is calling for patients and doctors to rely on “evidence-based” information to make decisions and give advice about the vaccine.

I am wondering why no reference by mainstream is being made to the “evidence” in the various government data bases, in particular, USA, UK and EUR, the stats of which are being posted regularly at many websites, one in particular, Health Impact News. See our front, News page, right hand column for their latest stats.

NZ lawyer Sue Grey comments: “NZ doctors who have raised concerns about this experimental jab are doing exactly what the law and medical ethics require. https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/125411083/covid19-multiple-complaints-over-antivaccine-doctors
For good information on alternatives to the experimental jab, check out www.nzdsos.com

First Court Case Against Mandatory Vaccination: Attorney Interview (Spiro Skouras)

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In this interview, Spiro is joined by Attorney Ana Garner of New Mexico. Garner represents her client Isaac Legaretta, an officer at the Doña Ana County Detention Center and a military veteran, who is suing the county over its new policy for first responders to receive the COVID-19 vaccinations or face termination. 

Attorney Garner explains the significance of this case and what is at stake, as it is the first of its kind and may set a new standard for legal precedent regarding mandatory vaccination. Garner says she is prepared to take this case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Spiro and Ana Garner also discuss another case of her’s that is ongoing currently. A case that challenges not only the Governor of New Mexico, but the emergency itself.

NM Stands Up!
https://nmstandsup.org

Show Notes: https://www.activistpost.com/2021/03/its-here-first-court-case-against-mandatory-vaccination-attorney-interview.html

NZ Doctor: “I’ve been assured that if I shut up, I won’t lose my job … As a doctor, I took an oath to protect my patients, to always do my best for them, and to ‘first, do no harm’ “

From kti.org.nz

Shut up – or else! Doctor warned to keep quiet or face disciplinary action

“The medical council sent a letter out yesterday to all [NZ] doctors telling them that they are expected to take the injection as a professional requirement, as the best way to stop COVID rampaging through NZ (despite the awkward fact that they don’t yet know if it stops you getting or giving the virus, nor how long any ‘immunity’ might last).”

I have been following the whole COVID debacle closely and once I had recovered from my initial fear that we all experienced from seeing those terrible scenes in Wuhan and the fatality rate declared itself to be similar to the ‘flu (and even less dangerous to children than the ‘flu), it rapidly dawned on me that there was a wider, more sinister agenda behind this takedown of society as we knew it.

I began to research the science behind COVID and read the Pfizer and Moderna ‘vaccine’ data very thoroughly. I discovered that the efficacy data was actually extremely shaky for both medications – only a 0.7% absolute risk reduction for developing symptomatic COVID in the Pfizer vaccine group compared to the control group. The 95% risk reduction proclaimed as a great victory is a relative risk reduction compared to the already tiny risk experienced by the control group (who didn’t take the injection)  – it’s very misleading.

To explain that just a tiny bit, say your chance of winning lotto was one in a million and I came along and said, ‘Hey hey, I can improve your chances of winning by 100%.’ You’d think that was pretty good, eh? But actually, when you discovered that I’d increased your chances to two in a million ( an increase of 100%), you’d be less impressed. Your relative ‘risk’ of winning lotto increased by 100%, but your ABSOLUTE risk only increased by 1 in a million, or 0.000001%. Less than impressive!! The data on the Pfizer is a bit like that. Less than impressive But to hear the government spout on about it, you’d think it was miracle dust!

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https://kti.org.nz/?p=376&fbclid=IwAR3vO6tYKw5RoRwvPoZjlT1-hFY2KePcTJCqFMZDTwsgeil2kbyav9ZFByM

“Why are you not speaking out?”: UK nurse resigns, ‘disheartened’ at lack of integrity of her profession since CV-19

From https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk

This is a letter of resignation from a nurse addressed to the executive board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

I write to you today as a highly experienced nurse with 27 years’ service to inform you that when my registration expires on [date given] I will not be renewing it and therefore I am resigning my registration and leaving the profession.

The reasons for this are many but to summarise I am utterly dismayed and disheartened by my profession and with you as our governing body at the complete lack of integrity that has been displayed since the beginning of the ‘Covid-19 Crisis’.

The facts about the reality and truth of this alleged crisis are readily available for anyone to find and investigate for themselves, not least you, a body that should have been doing just this, seeking the truth and advocating for both your members and our patients, past, present and future. We are patient advocates not government puppets.

It is with immense sadness that I end my nursing career but I will not be a part of these crimes against humanity and against the patients I/we should be protecting and I do not consent or wish to be governed by a body that silently complies with Government tyranny and bases their judgement as to whether I am fit to practice as a nurse on my levels of compliance or in my case  non- compliance with tyranny.

I echo Dr Mike Yeadon in saying I will fight for truth, freedom, medical freedom and the health, rights and freedoms of others so long as I have breath in my body. 

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https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/the-covid-silence-that-drove-a-nurse-to-quit/?fbclid=IwAR1wzusQCcyr3Q0iyEiLdezVZee7Mvsvl94niT8CEBDGLG94a3tNE9kwdos

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NZ Defence Force is pressuring service members to take the CV jab: some are refusing

From RNZ

Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short told Morning Report anyone who wouldn’t take the vaccine would have their employment reviewed.

It was a decision made on a case-by-case basis, he said, but “they may have their employment terminated”.

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https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/defence-force-told-to-get-vaccinated-or-face-being-fired/ar-BB1fWXSl?fbclid=IwAR0rSlcMfj0GO7NKt858SUYzQ58L36o4j_1s3rP8UZCNkGcJ_irUtTbaUSM

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Canadian Doctor Removed from Hospital Duty after Speaking out about COVID “Vaccine” Side Effects

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Last month we published an interview with Dr. Charles Hoffe, a medical doctor for 28 years in the small, rural town of Lytton in British Columbia, Canada.

He tried to sound the alarm over the troubling side effects he was seeing in his community from the COVID-19 shots, which included one death.

The results of his trying to warn the medical system about what he was seeing are that he was issued a gag order and basically told to shut up.

He didn’t. He did an interview explaining what was happening after the COVID-19 shots, and the damage they were causing, putting his own career on the line. See:

Canadian Doctor Defies Gag Order and Tells the Public How the Moderna COVID Injections Killed and Permanently Disabled Indigenous People in His Community

LifeSite News is now reporting that Dr. Hoffe was relieved of his emergency room duties, which has resulted in him losing half of his income, because he dared to tell the truth.

Canadian doctor removed from hospital duty after speaking out about COVID vaccine side effects

by Anthony Murdoch
LifeSite News

Excerpts:

A Canadian family doctor says he has been punished by his local health authority because he raised concerns about side effects he observed in some of those who had received the Moderna COVID-19 jab within his community.

“I am no longer allowed to work in the ER,” British Columbia Dr. Charles Hoffe said, according to a True North News report.

Hoffe added that his suspension from the ER came at the end of April, after his local health authority “suspended” his clinical privileges “for the crime of causing ‘vaccine hesitancy,’ for speaking out about my vaccine injured patients.”

In an April 5 letter, Hoffe had written to British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry that he was “quite alarmed at the high rate of serious side effects from this novel treatment,” in reference to Moderna COVID-19 injections given to 900 mostly Indigenous people in Lytton, British Columbia.

Hoffe said he had observed one patient death, “numerous” allergic reactions, along with three individuals who had “disabling” neurological deficits completed with chronic pain, which persisted “for more than 10 weeks after their first vaccine.”

“So in short, in our small community of Lytton, BC, we have one person dead, and three people who look as though they will be permanently disabled, following their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. The age of those affected ranges from 38 to 82 years of age,” wrote Hoffe.

Following his letter, Hoffe said, he is no longer allowed to work in the ER department of St. Bartholomew’s Health Centre due to his views on the COVID injection. He still can work in his private practice.

“I am still permitted to see patients in my private practice, which is not under the jurisdiction of the Interior Health authority,” Hoffe said.

Losing the ability to work in the ER has resulted in his income being slashed by half, which he explained is “the price of advocating for the safety of my patients.”

Read the full article at LifeSite News.

PHOTO: healthimpactnews.com

Covid-19: Nine Customs border workers fired after refusing jab (stuff)

FYI from a NZ port worker:

“I have been watching my co-workers who have been jabbed. They are not ‘right’ afterwards – a lot of sick leave being taken, a few reporting numbness in the arm they got jabbed in (numbness lasting for 2 weeks), heart/chest pains, cognitive problems.
Basically I’m seeing all of the side affects that your articles have
been reporting; on a day to day basis.” EWR

Stuff’s article below:

In what could be a sign of things to come, nine Customs workers, including four at a single provincial port, have been fired for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.

One of the maritime border workers said she was devastated to be sacked and frustrated by what she says was a lack of consultation by the agency. She asked not to be named because she feared public criticism for her decision not to vaccinate.

Customs is defending its communication with the workers and says it can’t offer redundancy payments, as the sacked staff are calling for, because their roles are not being disestablished.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300290121/covid19-nine-customs-border-workers-fired-after-refusing-jab?fbclid=IwAR2YRJC3hp0KPFrxb7KwbyXVILvMBiZTv379a82XM14uWUOiHLTo-lDE-kc

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The NZ government’s “no jab no job” policy is cruel, irrational & in breach of fundamental employment rights, human rights & the Nuremberg code (NZ Lawyer, Sue Grey)

Note: in her interview with Peter Williams, Lawyer Sue Grey mentions the death of a Feilding nurse at the Palmerston North Hospital the day after taking the CV VX.

The ‘no jab, no job’ policy is applying to front line workers. EWR
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From The Health Forum NZ

“Its been a huge week in NZ CV VX land…The fudging of the truths have been coming thick and fast.

Lawyer Sue Grey posted the following…Quote…

“The most blatant false claims I’ve seen are the misrepresentations in the government advertising campaign, some of which have been identified in the KTI High Court Challenge. Some examples of concern to me include:

A)The government advertising using public funds to incorrectly claim the Vax is safe because it has Medsafe approval, when in fact it has only provisional consent subject to 58 conditions and even full message approval does NOT warrant safety

B) Claims the Vax is safe when the clinical safety trials won’t be complete until 2023

C) Claims the Vax is safe when it has not been tested for safety for pregnant women, for people who are frail, for people on anticoagulants or other medications, or for people who have recently had another vaccine

D) Government websites when reporting adverse events (including vaers.com and the EU equivalent), record thousands of post Vax deaths and tens of thousands of strokes, and other outcomes which result in hospitalisation

E) The increasing number of post Vax deaths and hospitalisations in NZ (including the sudden Remuera death and many other similar post Vax unexplained deaths and hospitalisations) which are either not getting reported to the NZ equivalent “CARM” or are being overlooked in weekly reports.

F) The misleading claims about effectiveness as government fine print admits the Pfizer Vax does not prevent infection or transmission and may create asymptomatic carriers. Nobody knows the long term effects of the Vax but they are now talking about recipients needing a top up each year

G) Many countries, including India, Israel, Chile, Samoa, Fiji, Seychelle and Bhutan had another wave of Covid (in many cases their worst wave) AFTER the Vax rollout.

H) At least 40 NZ doctors have signed an OPEN LETTER expressing concern about the Vax rollout and the undermining of INFORMED CONSENT

I) Many healthy NZers who are are at no significant risk from Covid are being bullied to accept this Vax by the government’s “No Jab No Job” policy. This policy is cruel, irrational and is in breach of fundamental employment rights, human rights and the Nuremberg code. When the government overrides fundamental human rights and circulates misleading information for its own purposes contrary to the interests of the people it represents, we have a major constitutional problem.

Photo: By Nick-D – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=27675283

Lawyer Sue Grey discusses the NZ Govt’s ‘no jab, no pay’ policy for front line workers: interviewed on Magic Talk Radio (30-4-2021)

The thin end of the wedge? And thanks again to real reporting by Peter Williams. One can only ponder on how long he will be allowed to balance the discussion with other narratives? EWR

Hear Sue Grey (NZ Lawyer) discuss with Peter Williams, Magic Talk Radio host, the mandated vx for border workers and how this impacts on human rights issues. Peter speaks a little to the issue from 7 mins in. At 36 minutes, Sue speaks. Peter recalls that on 3rd February the PM Jacinda Adern said the vaccine would not be compulsory but that the government would be considering health and safety regulations. Now you have to be vaccinated if you’re a front line worker. (We are speaking of course of the CV experimental injection). This impacts on the rights of employees of course.

A must listen. And stay tuned.

LISTEN AT THE LINK

https://www.magic.co.nz/home/shows/talk/magic-mornings.html?fbclid=IwAR1XOC_QTV3jDBRzSGrXch0CCS6wJiqZ2ZDtcGFOhfp0XfbfWAvHv3c0tWo

If your employer is claiming the vax is safe you might like to ask about risks identified by Medsafe

From Sue Grey, NZ Lawyer, LLB(Hons), BSc (Biochemistry & Microbiology), RSHDipPHI (at Facebook)

If your employer is claiming the VAX is safe you might like to ask about risks identified by Medsafe in this report by the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee. These serious issues were identified and discussed 20 Jan 2021. Bizarre these minutes were not published until 13April 2021. You can now get the report from Medsafe’s website.

A flip-flop on the ‘not mandatory’ jab policy in NZ (Video)

I do clearly recall our leader who says people matter, telling us that vaccinations will not be mandatory. In September 2020 Chris Hipkins said the covid-19 injection would not be compulsory (video at 58 seconds). Hear her in this speech now clearly enunciating that the expectation is to be vaccinated. I have had a port worker confess to me privately that they lost their job from declining the injection. And then we had the man who felt coerced to take it and also died two days later. Tip of the iceberg? It cannot be denied that the pressure is on.

It’s gone from being ‘moved to another position’ in one’s job, to ‘do it or you’re gone’. Fairly fascist isn’t it really?

“For their own health and safety” of course.

Let’s be clear it is not a vaccine in the true sense of the word. Many qualified Doctors have been telling us this for a long time. We were also warned of the side effects which are flying under the radar thanks to biased mainstream media who won’t bite the hand that feeds them. Every time I post at Facebook the CDC’s VAERS list noting all of the thousands of DEATHS it is marked by the ‘fact checkers’ … ‘false news’!

We are not allowed to tell people of the possible side effects either that the FDA put out, a list that includes DEATH (page 17 at the link). Also considered false news by Facebook. Your esteemed leader has already stated that the government is the only source of reliable information. There is something really wrong with this picture. Surely?

As you are steered away from researching for yourself what medical treatment is best for you, folk are dying, many within hours and even minutes of receiving the shot. Do you see this in the headlines? You should be but as we’re learning, mainstream is silent on that one.

Next week I hear there will be a concerted effort to get the 10% (?) ‘vaccine hesitant’ Kiwis to get the jab.

Hear your esteemed leader speak at the video link below:

https://www.bitchute.com/video/O3cXplRO0CMe/

Photo: pixabay.com

Thanks to Kim Hampson for the video link.

RELATED: comprehensive coverage on topic by the Tribe of Kiwis YT channel:

Is the NZ Government ‘Manufacturing Consent’?

A NZ woman speaks out on radio about her experience after taking the COVID-19 Vaccine

From voicesforfreedom.co.nz

In very brief summary, this NZ woman reporting her experience following the covid-19 injection, did not feel fully informed, felt coerced with respect to retaining her employment, was not fully supported by NZ’s medical establishment after the injury, the medical center did not report her adverse reaction and says she was treated with hostility by one of the ambulance staff about any implied link. She is recovering but has decided not to take the second shot. Read the article and listen to her interview with Peter Williams on Magic Talk Radio. EWR

The article:

Quote …”

Over the past month, NZ has witnessed the rollout of the new, experimental COVID-19 Comirnaty vaccine from Pfizer to border workers, frontline staff and their families.

The government and media report that there has been high uptake from within this industry and there has been no mention of ANY adverse reactions in the news. But this is not what we are hearing behind the scenes from people within the industry.

We have spoken with border workers up and down the nation and they report that many of their colleagues have made the choice to delay or decline this vaccine. In some regions, that number is close to 50%.

We have also heard about vaccine injury.

Jane* has recounted to us the distressing story of her experience with workplace coercion and of suffering an adverse reaction to the vaccine she was administered back at the beginning of March.

Here is her story…

Jane is a healthy young mother of three children. She is the breadwinner for her family and whilst she didn’t actually want to take the COVID-19 vaccine, she was left with little choice – to take the vaccine and keep her job, or decline and be unable to continue in her role within the organisation. Voices for Freedom have confirmed that this same messaging has also been communicated to border workers (in the same role) in another part of the country.

She described the speed with which the rollout took place within her workplace and how she felt ill-informed and rushed into a decision prior to the administration of her vaccine…”

(Note: voicesforfreedom invite you to send in any experience you may have had following the injection … see details at the link).

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https://voicesforfreedom.co.nz/covid-19-vaccine-injury-in-nz-janes-story/?fbclid=IwAR2xuZbS_hHZKzuesgfSfhOA6pInUIY27oKnl3Imy4EBxQXn4NayUEOTFr4

RELATED:
For those still deciding about the new non-mandatory CV vaccine … here is a list of factors to consider

If your boss asks you to get vaccinated – from NZ lawyer Sue Grey

Some pertinent feedback for you from people who have taken the COVID vaccine for which clinical trials don’t finish note, until 2023

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Other headlines this week

Iowa: West Liberty School District cancels classes Monday after 90% of staff got sick after Moderna shots

Canada: COVID-19 outbreak at retirement home where 82% of residents are “vaccinated”

508 Dead 297,274 Reported Injuries following COVID19 Experimental Vaccines Reported in the U.K.
https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/508-dead-297274-reported-injuries-following-covid19-experimental-vaccines-reported-in-the-u-k/

Moderna’s Top Scientist on mRNA Technology in COVID Shots: “We are Actually Hacking the Software of Life”
https://healthimpactnews.com/2021/modernas-top-scientist-on-mrna-technology-in-covid-shots-we-are-actually-hacking-the-software-of-life/

COVID-19: Blood clot reports in Europe prompt investigation into Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-blood-clot-reports-in-europe-prompt-investigation-into-oxford-astrazeneca-vaccine-12242530?fbclid=IwAR389Q1Rs27RL9jJ0gYfVyczX76tW-3j9U38ezIE8bj_opSN_blpFZYWAmE

‘No Covid-19 jab, no job’ clause considered for new public sector workers (NZ)
https://www.newsroom.co.nz/no-covid-19-jab-no-job-clause-considered-for-new-public-sector-workers?fbclid=IwAR2Ibrqn2UGKzLBzgfvCRAPlOlZAZnv2LwZomzHPYEYvEqn-g5s_Ek0DxLI


Is your drinking water contaminated with vaccines? (Dr Vernon Coleman)
https://brandnewtube.com/watch/is-your-drinking-water-contaminated-with-vaccines_uDDFeE8HEpPDxKu.html

Pfizer CEO’s Israel visit canceled because he is not fully vaccinated
https://www.jpost.com/breaking-news/pfizer-ceos-israel-visit-cancelled-because-he-is-unvaccinated-report-661100

The Nats intend to punish the poor some more instead of dealing to corporate tax exemptions and white collar crime – what’s new?

So this mainstream article (below) is announcing the Nats’ new policy plans for NZ and is basically all about controlling the poor. What an easy target. What are they afraid of? 

Wake up folks, it’s easier to bash the vulnerable than to hold the rich & powerful to account.

Predictably, as parties do, they are hustling up support ready for the next election …that illusory option of choice. Bridges is playing the old ‘bash the beneficiary’ card. A sure winner for the wealthy in times of need. Those ‘bad sole mothers, gang members, non vaxers’ (who don’t want to risk maiming or killing their offspring) … and yes the poor, working or otherwise. (He obviously hasn’t noticed the working folk who are living in cars). And clearly Bridges hasn’t read about the 1 in 39 injured from vaccines or he knows & just figures the rest of us are too dumb to know. Do show us Simon, the studies that compare vaccinated kids with non vaccinated … if you can find any that is. Wake up folks, even Labour said pre last election they hadn’t ruled out mandatory vaccination, in spite of telling us they’re not going to do it (yet). It is all a game of rhetorics gently nudging you in  a specific direction that they won’t divulge yet for fear of you revolting.

And they’re going after the people they want in paid WORK when there are no jobs for them. If you will ascribe to a social policy that does not value people & their usefulness to wider society & each other Simon … that favours corporate profit & automation by machines over people with real jobs & roofs over their heads (like we used to have), then unemployment is what you get. So stop blaming the poor for that & lay the blame where it belongs. I lived through the era when we had full employment & I witnessed what killed it. It wasn’t ‘lazy’ gang members, sole mothers or anti vaxxers, it was  Neolib economics courtesy of Roger Douglas who should be tried for treason. Bashing us is a smoke screen.

RELATED: Mind the Gap documentary by Bryan Bruce who clearly sets out where things went wrong. (VIDEO POSTED BELOW)

Just be honest Simon. You should be going after the corporations (your mates) that cream off the nation’s wealth & send it off shore, that make their millions & pay no taxes. And what about the white collar criminals who plunder with impunity? Why not tax the rich who currently pay peanuts?

RELATED: EVERY YEAR THE IRD IDENTIFIES ABOUT $1.2 BILLION IN FRAUD COMMITTED BY NZ BUSINESS PEOPLE … AND WELFARE FRAUD? … $30 MILLION

WHITE COLLAR CRIME ‘RAMPANT’ AS NEARLY 900 FRAUD COMPLAINTS GO UNINVESTIGATED

And what are you going to do about our climbing suicide rate? Child poverty? Homelessness? (That your predecessors sent into landslide mode?) Remember … the masses are waking up. Look at France and the yellow vests that mainstream never reports on.  They are realizing they are the 99% and you a mere 1%. This is the ultimate end of your greedy profiteering policies.

Wake up folks, it’s easier to bash the vulnerable than to hold the rich & powerful to account.

 

Watch Bryan Bruce’s excellent doco, Mind the Gap:

 

READ SIMPLE SIMON’S POLICY PROPOSALS AT STUFF:

“The National Party has signalled a crackdown on welfare alongside longer hospital stays for new mothers if elected next year.

The crackdown could include a time-limit on the dole for under 25-year-olds and a sanction for parents on benefits who don’t immunise their children.

The party’s social services discussion document, released on Wednesday, includes a mixture of concrete policies it wants to enact if elected next year as well as proposals it wants feedback on….

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/117017482/national-promises-welfare-crackdown-and-return-to-social-investment-if-elected?fbclid=IwAR22HUofmwTtBjDwf_sZSesgPkLMWSbeAlDj3wlcQ5nha-NDP2ux9BOMDg0

A must see interview with Horowhenua’s Mayor about Hemp – by Vinny Eastwood

A very interesting interview here with the Mayor of Horowhenua Michael Feyen. It is about more than just hemp. Much discussion also around Local Govt and the changes that have come about. He also speaks to the corporatized former Govt departments something I’ve mentioned here for a long time. (Your local council, see at the link, is listed on Dun & Bradstreet). Very on topic in light of what we are seeing NZ wide with LG, and also enlightening on the hemp topic. Something I will be researching myself in the near future I’ve decided after watching this. For further info on the Horowhenua Council visit our LG Watch pages. Mayor Feyen is keen to promote employment opportunities in his district. He is also committed to Treaty Partnership.

http://brainfeed.tv/2018/10/09/mayor-michael-feyen-on-industrial-hemp-allcaps-podcast-10/

Why aerial 1080 is more than a science debate (Stuff)

This is from Stuff. Surprizingly. Instead of the usual mainstream ‘bona fide justification for poisoning everything and saving our native birds’ (not) it actually acknowledges the information that campaigners for clean water and for refraining from poisoning the entire ecocide have been advocating for decades. Perhaps they’re now getting too loud to ignore.


Damon Rusden has restated the scientific case for continued use of aerial 1080 to control pests, but his argument fails to address the social side of the debate.

Underpinning the continued reliance on aerial 1080 lies the ambitious goal of turning back the clock – of eliminating every single introduced rodent, mustelid and marsupial with the aim of making New Zealand “predator free”. While there is virtually unanimous agreement that our native flora and fauna deserve protection, the feasibility and costs of returning the country to a pre-European state are often overlooked.

10080 on the Waitaha riverbed. The debate around the poison is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one.
EMMA RICHARDSON
10080 on the Waitaha riverbed. The debate around the poison is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one.

In fact, the logic behind being “predator free” requires closer examination. Is this nostalgic vision of returning the country “to what it once was” really what we need and want? Is it possible, and at what cost? If we are going to try to turn back the clock on introduced species, there needs to be consensus on how far back we want to go, and the methods of doing so need to be evaluated in more than just scientific terms.

Taking a big picture view on introduced animals may mean allocating some areas as predator free focus points, while other areas are managed with different outcomes in mind. Introduced species do have their benefits – possums yield fur, for example, and this is a valued resource on many levels. Accepting that possums are part of our national ecosystem and managing them accordingly, might therefore be a better option in some areas.

The ‘where’ and ‘why’ of 1080 also needs careful consideration. Rusden asserts that 1080 is dropped “in areas which are inaccessible by foot”. This might have been true once, but it is far from the truth today. On the West Coast, aerial 1080 is being applied to areas that are easily accessible on foot, with well-established hut and track networks.

The recent Karnbach operation is a case in point, with aerial 1080 placed in the main Waitaha riverbed and on the surrounding tracks. The supposed precision of aerial application resulted in baits submerged in the river itself. This operation, along with many others in the region, was conducted by Ospri as part of the TBFreeNZ program.

These operations have nothing to do with saving native birds or forests. Any benefits to native species are an unintended consequence of protecting the farming industry. The two goals should not be confused, or seen as one and the same.

Rusden goes on to claim that “much of the substance of the anger at 1080 seems to draw from the anti-establishment well”. In fact, there is more than anti-government sentiment at play here. There are sound ethical and animal welfare concerns surrounding 1080 use. What Rusden also fails to mention, is that the majority of aerial 1080 proponents do not live in the areas where it is being dropped.

A lot of the anger and resentment stems from a feeling of absolute powerlessness and lack of meaningful engagement with what is happening in one’s backyard. People who live in a place are often deeply passionate about it in a wholly different way to someone who comes to visit once a year. While the visitor may prize the area for its chortling flocks of tui, the family down the road obtain their water, and possibly their food, from the same block of bush. There is a fundamental difference in perspective. When the helicopters laden with poison buzz over your backyard your water supply, meat safe and recreation ground are all potential targets.

The science may be clear, but it doesn’t take into account the social, cultural or resource value associated with our ecosystems.  For those who live in these areas, the anger at this top-down approach is heartfelt and understandable. Simply writing it off as emotion or anti-government sentiment is not helpful.

Economic consequences are another consideration. The current regime of aerial 1080 drops offers little or no economic return to local communities. It would be heartening if locals were approached ahead of any drop, to identify areas that would be feasible trapping targets. Employment is a real concern in areas such as the West Coast, particularly when many of the traditional industries are being shut down. Local residents should be given the priority when it comes to pest control work.

The debate around 1080 is more than the sum of all scientific papers on the topic. It is as much a social issue as it is a scientific one. There are cultural and economic aspects that need to be considered, alongside the goal of bringing back the birds and restoring the forests.

Everyone is keen to see flourishing ecosystems, but people must remain part of that picture.

Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/107722463/why-aerial-1080-is-more-than-a-science-debate

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NOTE ON COMMENTING:

If you are pro poisoning of the environment or anything else, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

Official Information Act request refused by Horowhenua District Council

By Veronica Harrod

An Official Information Act request for the minutes of economic development board meetings held in 2016 and 2017 has been refused by Horowhenua District Council.
In response to the request council’s chief executive David Clapperton said, “The Horowhenua Economic Development Board is not a committee of the Horowhenua District Council. Council is not required to hold and does not possess copies of Horowhenua Economic Development Board meeting minutes. We are therefore unable to provide the information you have requested.”
Profiles of the nine members of the economic development board featured on the council website include three councillors. Deputy mayor Wayne Bishop who is also deputy chair of the economic development board, and councillors Barry Judd and Piri-Hira Tukapua.
Board chairperson Cameron Lewis is rumoured to be standing as mayor at the next local body elections. He has been asked to confirm whether this information is true and his response will be published once confirmation or denial has been received.
Other members on the board include men regarded as “captains of industry” Andy Wynne, Antony Young, Evan Kroll, Larry Ellison and Ron Turk.
The request was made because of concerns the board is having an undue and unmandated amount of influence and control over decisions made by council.
Horowhenua’s economic development three year strategy (2014-2017) states it is, “a ten year vision to guide three year outcomes, priorities, actions and initiatives” that was developed, “with business as well as the council, regional council, central government and council’s key partners.”
The strategy also states an intention to take, “economic development…to the centre of council’s actions.”
After the Official Information Act (OIA) request was received the council removed the profiles of board members from its website in the first instance.
When asked to comment on why this had been done council’s communications advisor Trish Hayward said, “Council is in the process of updating the information, layout and photographs on the Horowhenua Economic Development Board page of our website. The page has been temporarily deactivated while the update is carried out. We expect the update to be complete, and the page to be reactivated, early this year.”
The profiles and page featuring board members has been activated again.
The OIA request has been referred to the Office of the Ombudsman to determine whether council is required to release the minutes of board meetings for 2016 and 2017.

Click on the heading below to go to HDC’s website featuring the board members …

Horowhenua Economic Development Board (Members)


Note: I do recall clearly in the council meeting where the Mayor’s chosen deputy was demoted, shortly after his election. One of the reasons given for his demotion at the time in that public-allowed meeting was because he had spoken out about his concerns regarding these non-elected people who were members of the above board, having access to council/business information ahead of their potential competitors. The board members were named one by one at the time & those present were told that these people provided employment for the Horowhenua. Since that time one of those employers has shifted operations to Vietnam with a loss of 30 local jobs. You can read about that here:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11857632

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$2.3 mill for a banker’s advice on selling our State houses? See what else your Govt (corporation) has spent your tax money on Kiwis

Thanks to Phil Yorke for this well researched information. (For interest, I have added news links & images to some of the info, you can google any others for yourself).

 

“While this Government won’t do a thing to fix our housing crisis, (other than paying for beneficiaries to live in short term motels at a cost of $22 million in 7 months) we are blowing $53m to build a pavilion in Dubai to try and help the dairy industry whose product is currently polluting our rivers. Here is a refresh on what the National Govt thinks is more important than the citizens of New Zealand.

Ok, so over the last eight years what have John Key and the National Govt with the help of their supporters club (IE Maori Party, Act and Dunne) really done for the people of New Zealand?

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Panama Papers, tax havens , blind trusts, out of control immigration, the under funding of hospitals, schools and all other social services of New Zealand under the guise of privatisation.

New Zealanders unable to buy there own homes, 305,000 children and their families in poverty and rising,
Over 42,000 People homeless and on the rise,
New Zealanders living in cars – garages – sheds – caravans.

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42,000 Kiwis homeless & living in garages, cars, sheds & caravans

Granting of permits for the exploration of oil and gas in our marine sanctuaries, the selling of nearly all of New Zealand’s assets, overseas investors buying up Housing – farms – islands etc of New Zealand, Saudi sheep farmer bribes, New Zealand in over $111 billion international debt, continued broken promises including the Pike River tragedy and many others to the people of New Zealand.
A water contamination crisis,
Importation of cheap steel from China,

Tppa costs we know of;  Foreign Affairs & Trade Ministry spent over $4M on travel, several ministries were involved. This excludes Grosser’s and McLay’s costs for accommodation, meals, taxis. John Campbell suggests this is only a fraction of the costs as the OIA only gave a few of the costs. $900,000 accommodation, $800,000 meals plus taxis etc. No costs are available for any other Ministry and these are only part costs for Tim Grosser’s Ministry.

I have compiled a small list researched from Newspapers and other media outlets, including Parliament TV, of what John Key and this National Govt believe are priorities over the people of New Zealand.

$260,000 Digital sign inside MBIE (Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment)
$70,000 for a sign outside MBIE.
$380,000 new furniture for MBIE.
$140,000 sundeck for MBIE.
$24,000 fridge for MBIE.
$400 for hair straighteners for MBIE.
$78,000 two doors for parliament.
$363,000 for govt agencies to watch sky tv.
$4000 for a sign for Steven Joyce opening MBIE new building.
MBIE spent $38.9 million on external contractors and consultants
$4000 for a sign Paula Bennett’s office.
$600,000 spent on flowers by National.
$1200 taxi fares.
$4000 a night in hotels.
$80,000 for Grosser’s party in Washington
$17 million paid to a US yacht club.
$11 million paid to a Saudi sheep farmer.
$30 million tax cut for Warner bros.
$30 million tax cut for Rio Tinto.
$6 Billion NOT paid By National in to NZ super fund as part of Govt’s contribution SINCE 2008.
$4 billion tax taken from New Zealand’s super fund.
$200 million invested and lost by our superfund in an overseas bank that was under investigation for fraud before the money was invested.
$2.3 million paid to a banker to give advice to HNZ on how to sell HNZ homes.
Taxpayer paying for beneficiaries to live in short term motels at a cost of $22 million in 7 months.
$700,000 in legal fees fighting a compensation case over abuse that happened in state care.
$45 million bail out media works.
$29 million Social bond program.
$45 million Nova pay.
$27 million paid for a flag referendum that 67% of New Zealanders did not want.
$1.7 Billion bail out SCF.
$200 million lost from buying junk carbon credits.
$6.2 million spent by National for a apartment for one in Hawaii.
$11 million spent by National for an apartment for one in New York.

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The $11 mill apartment purchased by the NZ Govt in New York for UN representative      Photo Credit: Stuff.co.nz

$86 million to produce new currency that is uncounterfeitable… which has been counterfeited!
$20 Billion NZDF.
$6.4 million spent for new BMWs for ministers.
Ever wondered what happened to asset sale money? That’s despite Finance Minister Bill English promising in 2011 that all revenue from the sales would be put in a Future Investment Fund to pay for “schools, hospitals, roads, rail and public transport”. Money used from asset sales … one big ticket item is our membership to the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which was funded as part of this year’s Budget and came in at a cost of $144M.
Another bank membership has also been paid for out of the fund. In 2014, the fund was used to pay $23 million for a subscription to the World Bank.
Computer programme for ministers.
Some of the cash was also splashed on the Prime Minister and Cabinet with investment into a document management project, Cabinet, which received $2.6M in 2012 and a further $1.8M in 2014 — a total of $4.4M.
Doing up Government House

In all, $500,000 was also allocated to the Prime Minister and Cabinet to be spent on a new Visitor Centre at Government House in 2012.

This is just a small part of the total failure of this National Govt in its responsibilities to the citizens of New Zealand and would be called corruption in other countries,

Researched by Phil Yorke
EnvirowatchRangitikei

Why are the rich getting richer?

An enlightening three minute clip from the Positive Money YT channel on why we have inequality. It’s a mythical illusion that all can succeed under capitalism and a short review of the literature on that, looking beyond all the spin, will prove it. The documentation of the proponents of this monetary system tell us quite clearly that scarcity and the inability for all to succeed is what’s required for it to run successfully… for those at the top of the pyramid that is.

Published on Aug 2, 2013

http://www.positivemoney.org/issues/i…
Our money system guarantees that inequality will get worse — Here is the evidence:
http://ow.ly/qbCdr

1. The current money system distributes money from the bottom 90% to the top 10%

Because 97% of the money in the UK is created by banks, someone must pay interest on nearly every pound in the circulation. This interest redistributes money from the bottom 90% of the population to the very top 10%. The bottom 90% of the UK pays more interest to banks that they ever receive from them, which results in a redistribution of income from the bottom 90% of the population to the top 10%. Collectively we pay £165m every day in interest on personal loans alone (not including mortgages), and a total of £213bn a year in interest on all our debts.

2. It transfers money from the real economy to the banks

Businesses are also in a similar situation. The ‘real’ (non-financial), productive economy needs money to function, but because all money is created as debt, that sector also has to pay interest to the banks in order to function. This means that the real-economy businesses – shops, offices, factories etc — end up subsidising the banking sector.

3. It transfers money from the rest of the UK to the City of London

Banks pay their staff out of their profits, which in large part comes from the interest they charge on loans. Because most of the high earning bank staff work in the City of London, this results in a geographic transfer of wealth from the UK to those working in the City of London.

4. The instability that the system causes means that temporary and low-paid jobs are insecure

When banks cause a financial crisis it leads to unemployment. It tends to be low-paid and temporary contract workers who are the first to get made redundant first, so that instability in the economy has a bigger effect on those on low incomes with insecure jobs.

5. High house prices increase inequality

When house prices are pushed up by banks creating money, those on low incomes suffer the most. People on low incomes often can’t get a mortgage big enough to buy a house, so they don’t benefit from the rise in house prices. Meanwhile, those who can get access to mortgages can buy multiple houses for buy-to-let and benefit from artificial inflation in house prices. Younger people also lose out, as the cost of buying their first house swallows an ever larger amount of their income, while older and retired people who own houses benefit. This all increases inequality across different income groups and between the young and old.

Help us change the money system!

Our debt-based money system is fuelling inequality. By taking the power to create money away from banks, we can reduce inequality and make the economy more stable.
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