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

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NZ WHISTLE-BLOWER UPDATE!

by Penny Bright

Sunday 15 October 2017

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

 

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

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

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

How ‘banana republic’ is THAT?

I have raised my concerns directly with:

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

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

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

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

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

Penny Bright

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

#StopTheTamakiScam
#StopCorruption
#StopNikisEviction
#SaveOurStateHouseHomes

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

 

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

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Photo Credits: all images supplied by Penny Bright

Pre election lollipop time – interest free URBAN housing loans courtesy of the Nats & Agenda 2030

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So our corporation that parades as a government is handing out election lollipops… predictably, as we steam undeterred towards that ‘choose a different rider for the same (trojan) horse’ time again, and I’ll explain the ‘trojan’ further on in the article. Please excuse my cynicism but it is all just so predictable. As I’ve been going on about for quite some time now, we have 42K homeless. I’m wondering if any of those people will be housed? They pulled all the subsidizing of community housing so the councils would ‘have’ to sell their pensioner housing stock (at fire sale prices see Horowhenua who have all but gifted ours away and to a property developer who started a front company called ‘Compassion Horowhenua’, ‘compassion’, bring on the violins… one week before the sale). Not all that clever really.

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The Horowhenua District Council all but gifted their community housing plus land to a property developer (Willis & Bond) with a front company Compassion Horowhenua

In Christchurch they are doing the same, selling to developers with front companies/partnerships. Our Horowhenua Council CE and majority of councillors (who excluded the Mayor from all planning and execution of the deal) have told what looks like porkie after porkie on this – their ‘long term’ agreement with ‘wrap around services’   for the elderly (more violins) is actually only 12 years which should see out the existing pensioners unless they live beyond 90 odd and haven’t been expunged yet by the Liverpool Care Pathway. This is how little they really care about people so don’t fall for the ‘we care about you’ line when just weeks before election time they start bringing out the bribes, having coldly ignored homelessness, child poverty & suicide stats for years now.

Hear former Aussie politician Anne Bressington speak about Agenda 21, the forerunner to Agenda 2030


This is all about Agenda 2030 again (aka Agenda 21). The ‘trojan’ horse I referred to earlier.

The United Nations action plan implemented worldwide to inventory and control all land, all water, all minerals, all plants, all animals, all construction, all means of production, all energy, all education, all information, and all human beings in the world.  (Rosa Koire)

The ‘trojan’ horse of Agenda 2030 has been carefully & quietly working away in our midst in the form of transformed local government with the now well known terminology ‘sustainable development’. They are known also (those committed to the plan) as ICLEI councils (International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives).

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ICLEI Councils are part of the Agenda 30’s method of installing their plan planet wide

Now incorporated and listed on Dun & Bradstreet as companies councils are a different animal to what we had previously. (See image below).

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Rangitikei District Council listed on Dun & Bradstreet’s company register … search your own DC and find it there also

For starters their CEs (no longer humble Town Clerks) are on top salaries of one quarter of a million and more. The key method of the Agenda in stripping nations of their sovereignty is selling off their assets, done through the public private partnerships we are seeing now.

“We are at present working discreetly, with all our might, to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. And all the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”
Arnold ToynbeeInternational Affairs, p.809, November 1931

The partnership for instance between Willis & Bond and the Sisters of Compassion in Horowhenua. An excellent exposé of this is the late Joan Veon’s book, ‘Prince Charles the Sustainable Prince’, you will find that still on Amazon or Abebooks. Veon worked for the UN for many years. Also read Rosa Koire’s ‘Behind the Green Mask’, watch her videos on Youtube, plus those of former Aussie politician Anne Bressington on the topic. It is very clandestine because they know you won’t like it. They are quietly and gradually whittling away your freedoms. Willis & Bond who were all but gifted Horowhenua’s community housing recently, and who have built apartments in Auckland and other places, refer to their retaining of car storage under the apartments because ‘they’ (that’s you) are not ready yet to go car less. We’ll be under “24 hour surveillance” says the CEO, for our safety of course. “Not that it isn’t already safe” he adds, in case the safety term puts you off. This is the plan for Agenda 2030. All living in the cities in ‘human settlement zones’ (their words), in high rise apartments, without cars, all riding bicycles, with our up market smart appliances connected to our smart meters, keeping track of everything we do. At this point in time it’s a choice. They don’t intend for it to remain that way however.

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Since 2012 the Nats have been landbanking some 3K state homes that your forbears built (Photo credit at the link)

The new UN plan (well it’s fairly old actually, it’s just they haven’t fully told us about it yet) is about ‘sustainable development’. But have we seen anything that’s sustainable lately, or ever? The pollution’s getting increasingly worse with only 40% of rivers now swimmable, and while they sell our water offshore for profit (for themselves, & we were told Agenda 21 was about helping the poor) we have to buy it at a much higher price, as much as 500 times more. Then generally we have to filter it because it’s now full of chemicals … added to kill the bacteria from all the pollution.

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Horowhenua, leading the way in ‘Sustainable development’

(Photo : ©EnvirowatchRangitikei)

You may like to read the latest anyway on the loans. They are for the cities only pretty much. (Ask yourself, why are they not helping the rural areas?) And being interest free is quite the offer you can’t refuse, if you are fortunate enough to have a job & a reasonable income of course. Other things to watch for with Agenda 2030 are the rates hikes in rural areas (see what Mangawhai has gone through). A small town resident told me recently he pays more in rates in a town of 6K than he did in Christchurch and has less services. (Also read Naomi Jacobs’ ebook on the topic regarding Kaipara rates – she explains Fabian Socialism for you which is the basis of Agenda 2030 and the ‘religion’ if you like of those who are pushing it).

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Mangaweka in the central North Island, one of the many small formerly thriving towns that our govt/corporation shut down by the withdrawal of essential facilities

Also watch for the deterioration of the roads. They are finishing off what they began a few decades back when they shut down all the services … health, hospitals, banks, post offices, pharmacies and so on. Due to financial constraints we were told at the time, but really just a matter of priorities and what our esteemed leaders told us we would be getting (or not getting as the case would be) and in keeping with this long term Agenda that’s been in the planning for a couple of hundred years or more. Global governance or the new world order as it’s also known by, and which was first announced publicly by Bush Snr after the Gulf War, is not the benign friendly governance they would have you believe. No wars, all in agreement, a healthy environment. No, it is about world dictatorship by one government that is very fascist. If you don’t believe me on fascist, see what happened in the links below to NZ folk who exposed corruption in recent years. Read all the links above also and you will see. I intend to write more on this disturbing plan for ‘global governance’, especially as it applies to us here in NZ, so watch this space.

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Exposing Corruption

See How Rodney District Council Deals to People Who Expose its Corruption Pt 1

Exposing the Pollution of Your waterways May Well Incur a Violent Backlash

Censured Horowhenua councillor claims council is corrupt and orchestrated assaults

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Aussie Land Grab by Rabo Bank: this is Agenda 21/30 aka sustainable development in full flight, learn about this UN plan to inventory & control literally everything – be warned

Fabian influence on Council developments in NZ

Social housing candidate has links to Manus detention centre & human rights breaches (NZ)

Be sure and read the related links down the right hand side of the page in the following article (at the link). They’re denying it’s privatisation. Yeah right! See our recent links on Tamaki, then Horowhenua. They sugar coat the sale with ‘community housing provider’ then sell to private developers. Of course it’s privatisation! It’s also called lying as they did in the Horowhenua. They are taking away our sovereignty by selling off our national assets that our parents and grandparents worked for. No sovereignty, high debt, we’re then beholden to the banks and off shore corporations. See Agenda 21/30 pages for more on that. The UN plan for global governance that is really about world domination people. That is the end game & they want you to swallow it hook, line and sinker.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

This is from RadioNZ

One of the consortiums shortlisted to buy Housing New Zealand homes in Christchurch has links to a company accused of human rights breaches on Manus Island.

The government is seeking proposals from three preferred groups before deciding which one will be chosen to purchase 2500 houses in the city.

They are all made up of existing housing providers and investment firms and would be required to continue operating them as social housing and not sell them to the private sector.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/333861/social-housing-candidate-has-links-to-manus-detention-centre

The property developers who bought the Horowhenua community housing are getting “the deal of the century”

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Horowhenua’s pensioner housing sold (Photo Credit: Horowhenua DC)

As we’ve learned since this article below was published by Stuff, the HDC has not exactly highlighted that this deal that is long term and promises wrap around services actually expires in 12 years. This was pointed out by Rob McCann, Labour candidate for Otaki. Add the implications of that to the real deal they are getting and one could be forgiven for thinking they might be land banking, just like the Tamaki Regeneration (aka gentrification) company have. Especially when little mention’s been made to the public on the extra piece of land that goes with the housing (for later provision of possibly even more community housing we’re told). I’ve added comments below from FB’s At the Nua regarding the true bargain the buyers have – plus a copy of the details sent to current tenants of the housing. If all of this is true, Compassion Horowhenua, the company formed one week prior to the sale, will quite likely be laughing all the way to the bank. Well they likely will be in twelve years at any rate. I believe the Horowhenua public may have been thoroughly shafted….

tom scott dom post today date is 4 may 16

 

 

Horowhenua Council confirms contentious pensioner housing sale largely a done deal

Stuff.co.nz

The sale of Horowhenua’s council-owned pensioner housing may be all but a done deal, but it remains a bitter bone of contention in the district.

At a media briefing on Wednesday, the Horowhenua District Council officially announced the sale of its 115 pensioner housing units was expected to be finalised within the next five weeks.

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“At the Nua” on FB comments:

” “But the council would not confirm the controversial $5.5 million price tag – well below the property portfolio’s rateable value of $7.19 million. It did, however, concede the sale price was less than that.”

Amongst many favourable aspects to the new owner in this deal…

Actually the sale price is $5.25m – the council are gifting $250k to the new owners for maintenance work on the units! Worse still the rateable value is actually over $9m ($7.19m is the “book value” after the units have been depreciated!). Then there’s a concession clearly given on the fact that someone estimates “a projected $4.3m cost to replace 50-60 per cent of the units in the next 25 years”… next 25 years… you’re kidding right? The transfer of the housing loan ($5.2m) means the new owners get the money free until 2029 – a free $5.2m loan for the next 12 years…”

Here is a link to the details given to tenants of the housing:

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Put it all into context & it’s part of the current trend. World wide, government/corporations are selling off our precious public assets to private corporations. It’s part of the UN plan for global governance under Agenda 21/30. By increments over the past three decades they’ve been whittling away our sovereignty and now of course there’s little left of either. And we’re all knee deep in debt.  Key’s made open slather of it all and if the UN’s plan for global governance is a supposedly better system than what we had then we’d better all wake up fast because the evidence is not stacking up. Teen suicide, homelessness, poverty all on the rise while the wealthy are rolling in it. Can you not see something is really wrong with that picture?

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The Social Cleansing of Places Like Glenfell Tower is all Part of Agenda 21/30

Published on Jun 22, 2017

Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

This is an excellent must read article on the factors behind the Grenfell fire and factors I often refer to as a part of Agenda 21/30. The austerity measures, the corruption of councils, gentrification, the ignoring of the poor and the ongoing marginalization of them. The pleas of the Grenfell Action Group fell on deaf heartless & cruel ears. While council has been stockpiling millions, these council tower blocks were let run down … no sprinklers! … accidents waiting to happen.
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by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London, England
June 23, 2017

Charred, lifeless and brutal, the hollowed out remains of Grenfell Tower in west London screams of the human agony inflicted when, on 14th June, the building became an inferno.

Whilst there are various theories about what triggered the fire – dodgy wiring, a faulty fridge, a gas leak – what is clear is that this disaster was not an accident, it was the consequence of a social housing policy dating back to the 1980’s, systematic neglect, social injustice and the ongoing war being waged on the poorest members of British society by the Conservative government. And this time the result is not just low pay, second-rate education and housing, lack of opportunities, increased anxiety and depression, but murder; families torn to pieces, lives destroyed.

Deep sadness shrouds the whole area, and, coming as it does on the back of a spate of recent atrocities, distress and a sense of collective bewilderment pervade the country.

The initial shock of the disaster has morphed into contained anger as the level of official incompetence and apathy becomes increasingly clear. Residents’ warnings of the risks of fire were repeatedly ignored by The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (RBKC) who own the building and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organization (KCTMO); the most insistent residents – two of whom are now dead – were bullied and threatened with “legal action for defamation” by KCTMO, the company responsible for the management of the building, The Independent reports. This attitude is widespread, the Radical Housing Group (RHG) makes clear that “the recent history of social housing is one of contempt for council tenants and denigration of council housing…the underlying causes of the Grenfell tragedy are deeply economic and political.”

The list of factors that led to this disaster is long and intertwined, rooted in the poisonous ground of commercialization, social division and official complacency.

READ MORE: Grenfell Tower: A Disaster Waiting to Happen by Graham Peebles

Social Cleansing & the London fire – (Dr Lisa McKenzie)

Photo Credit : AlJazeera.com

I’ve refrained thus far from posting about this horrific & clearly preventable disaster, going by the hours of footage I’ve watched. My deepest condolences to all those affected who may possibly read this. And may justice be done. Folks are saying to wait I notice, until all the evidence is in. Call me a pessimist but I really don’t imagine in today’s economic climate that mainstream is going to show us all that evidence. It’s already been dubbed a massive media cover up. That the media & our governments lie to us & have been for eons is very clear. And what’s evolving from all the feedback from on the ground folk is that this is no exception. Already it’s being said it could take years before there are any official answers. The old tried and true drag-it-out-for-years tactic. And the latest I see is a payout (pay off?) from Theresa May to families of a few thousand pounds. It is well worth the watch of the various clips filmed at the scene by locals, as well as interviews by independent media. Thankfully in this digital age along with social media, the truth eventually gets out. A search of FB will bring up mainly mainstream articles with the ‘official’ mainstream story. Watch also the videos YT pulls. I also noticed there have been absolutely no posts on my FB feed which I find pretty incredible. Fifty eight dead two days ago, now in the nineties is the latest official figure, and yet the tower was inhabited by 600 people and locals were saying there are no ‘missing’ lists. So where are the missing they ask? Run away? Lost? The second video here shows a local woman pointing the number 600 out. She believes the officials are hiding the correct number & asks, where are the tenants? In her opinion, they are dead. Time will tell. Consider this:

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Source a video emphasizing the media/govt collusion & the lying)

The building was recently clad with inflammable cladding that is banned in other countries. Tenants on their videos say a whole tower fire is extremely rare but this one it’s said burned from the outside in. Fires are generally contained in one apartment. Sprinklers were either non existent or not working and folk could not hear any fire alarms. There was only one stairwell for 600 people. All of these safety concerns were campaigned about by action groups long ago to no avail. It was by all reports an accident waiting to happen. This is why I am skeptical about getting the true story from mainstream.

On top of all that, visits just days prior to the fire by fire staff, instructions were given to tenants that if there was a fire to stay put in their apartments. They would be rescued. One gentleman interviewed said he phoned family in there & told them to leave but they said no, they had been told to stay in their apartments. The official posters in the building confirm these instructions.  Another interviewed couple on mainstream escaped because they did not follow those instructions, pointing out the instructions were wrong.

People are rightfully angry and demanding answers. Who wouldn’t be?
The following Doctor speaking from the London School of Economics who grew up in similar housing points the finger at austerity measures.

 

Published on Jun 17, 2017

We speak to Dr. Lisa Mckenzie, research fellow at the London School of Economics, about the fire in Grenfell Tower and how austerity is responsible for killing worker class families.
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The Nats have been land banking Tamaki state homes on prime real estate since 2012, clearing out the poor to make way for private mansions

NOTE 29/10/17 : there is an important new update on this topic here by Penny Bright who is keeping us up to speed with what is happening in Tamaki… they are demolishing sound state homes to make way for palatial housing for the rich. Plus… 

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


We’ve been seeing many images of folks sleeping in cars, tents, sheds and garages in the past few years, heart breaking for a country where a few decades ago virtually all were housed, employed, clothed and fed. Not so now with 42K homeless, and it’s not because we had a war or a natural disaster. It’s purely because of greed among those who purport to LEAD us. BLEED us would be more to the point given the tax rate these leaches are on. This has to stop. This information supplied by Penny Bright, highlights the land banking of properties in Tamaki, defined as gentrification.

The Greens had this to say about it:

Tamaki is a “…community of people who feel that they have been shunted around as if they are of little consequence. They have stayed defiant because they can see through the rhetoric that the redevelopment of their neighbourhood is about helping the locals and doing up old houses. In fact, the redevelopment is benefitting wealthy developers and property investors who get to dally around with a small bit of social housing on the side so they can justify their land grab.

The National government did not just let the housing crisis happen. Their policy settings have designed the shortage of affordable, state, and social housing. Through its tax policy, this government has encouraged the use of houses for business investment instead of for living in as homes. This has helped put both rents and mortgages out of reach for too many people, in a way this country has not seen before. This is the housing crisis.” (links below).

This is criminal. Homes have been sitting empty while HOMELESSNESS is on the increase. On top of that there are 33K ghost homes in Auckland owned by people off shore & uninhabited. Words escape me. Please read.
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Thanks to Penny Bright for this information (2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki).

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Political Satire – Nick D Houses, Minister for Property Developer$”

The ‘Tamaki $CAM’

“MPs, Councillors, tenants and the public were told that the Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd (59% Crown / 41% Auckland Council) was going to have 2,800 Tamaki HNZ properties transferred on 31 March 2016.

They didn’t end up owning ONE house.

2,704 HNZ properties in Tamaki were transferred to a DIFFERENT company – Tamaki Regeneration Ltd (100% Crown).

Check both these companies with the NZ Companies Office.

All the fine words about ‘social good’ objectives in the (27 page) Constitution of Tamaki Redevelopment Company Ltd are nowhere to be found in the (7 page) Constitution of Tamaki Regeneration Ltd – who OWN the assets.

The ‘Regeneration’ of Tamaki and the poorer communities of Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure, has been, in my opinion, a total RORT and FRAUD.

The real aim has been the GENTRIFICATION of Tamaki – forcing poor people – ‘State tenants’ off prime real estate to make way for private mansions for the wealthy, and profit$ for private property developer$.

In my view, as an anti-Corruption campaigner – the corrupt ‘conflicts of interest’ involved in property development and real estate in Auckland are OBSCENE!

Penny Bright
2017 Independent candidate for Tamaki.

To follow events with the gentrification of Tamaki visit/follow Penny Bright’s pages on FB. Also, the State Housing Action Network  and Save Our State House Homes on FB.

Tamaki Redevelopment is reputed to be owned by Bill English, Nick Smith and the Auckland Council. 2,800 HNZ homes were transferred to them, they weren’t sold to them and they were also given 200 million dollars.

Pictured below are just some of the documented homes sitting empty

 

 

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The Battle of Glen Innes

Attempts to build a “model community” in Glen Innes have gone catastrophically awry. How did that happen, and what’s been learned?  (Metro)

Niki’s eviction: the privatisation of state homes

The Greens

“Niki represents a community of people who feel that they have been shunted around as if they are of little consequence. They have stayed defiant because they can see through the rhetoric that the redevelopment of their neighbourhood is about helping the locals and doing up old houses. In fact, the redevelopment is benefitting wealthy developers and property investors who get to dally around with a small bit of social housing on the side so they can justify their land grab.

The National government did not just let the housing crisis happen. Their policy settings have designed the shortage of affordable, state, and social housing. Through its tax policy, this government has encouraged the use of houses for business investment instead of for living in as homes. This has helped put both rents and mortgages out of reach for too many people, in a way this country has not seen before. This is the housing crisis.”

READ MORE

https://blog.greens.org.nz/2017/03/10/nikis-eviction-privatising-state-homes/

NOTE 29/10/17 : for a new update on this topic go to this link:

GENTRIFYING TAMAKI UNDER THE GUISE OF ‘REGENERATION’? THE SALE OF YOUR STATE ASSETS TO PRIVATE PROPERTY DEVELOPERS AT UNDISCLOSED PRICES