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A Whanganui woman has been camping by the river because she cannot find a rental property – neo lib isn’t working Roger Douglas

This was late January, a further article says someone is obtaining a caravan for her but they need somewhere to park it. Of course we can no longer park those just anywhere & in a camping facility, ‘sorry, not long term’. And Whanganui, like many other places in the clean & green (not) land of the ‘blessed’ (few) is experiencing a housing crisis … with 43K homeless in NZ as rental properties sell up like hot cakes. But well, it’s a case of ‘let them eat cake’ pretty much thanks to Roger Douglas & his great neo-lib experiment on the NZ public. And further thanks to Key for more latterly getting rid of so many of our state homes for the benefit of property developers. They should both be jailed for treason.

They’ve brought hard times for the majority & for the rest of their own ilk, they’re now profiteering like pigs into muck.

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Good homes for people, sold to property developers by the thousands thanks to the Key corporation

 
From the NZ Herald

As thousands of New Zealanders enjoy camping holidays this summer, one Whanganui woman is not enjoying the experience.

Helen (not her real name) says she has no alternative but to camp with her pets after losing her rented home late last year.

“I had been renting a cottage on a lifestyle block in Hunterville but the property was sold and the new owners wanted to renovate the dwelling.”

The 64-year-old has rescued many unloved pets during her lifetime and while most have been rehomed, some were living with her and have become her own loved pets.

“I have given away two cats and a couple of goats but I still have three cats, one medium-sized and one small dog and one goat.”

Danny the goat may yet be rehomed but Helen wants to keep him with her if she can because she has had him since he was a “runty little kid”.

“I consider them to be my family and I was upset when a WINZ case worker said I should ask the SPCA to take them.”

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https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12197323

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More recent whale strandings around NZ & the Chathams & what mainstream isn’t telling you

There was another threatened stranding of our sea creatures recently in Northland on 8 December, this time dolphins. Right on the heels of 80-90 stranded whales on the Chathams recently, 51 of those did not survive as of 30 November 2018. There were also two other NZ strandings, one on Stewart Island that saw 145 dead, another in Northland which saw a loss of 5.  This is all so tragic and with Christmas almost upon us the enormity can tend to fly under the radar. There will be more for sure. We posted a while back on this topic with other strandings, joining dots & making links to causes other than the usual mantra the authorities roll out as they have in this article.

DoC said exactly why whales and dolphins stranded was not fully known but factors could include sickness, navigational error, geographical features, a rapidly falling tide, being chased by a predator, or extreme weather. More than one factor might contribute to a stranding.

They never mention the factor that recently had alarmed conservationists in the US up in arms:

Defenders of ocean habitats and marine life are up in arms on Friday as the Trump administration is set to approve new abilities for the fossil fuel industry to conduct widescale and “deafening” underwater seismic in federal waters off the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Early in 2017 NZ saw the biggest whale stranding ever, located at Farewell Spit … 400 whales beached with 70% of those quickly lost.  Here is a mainstream media link to the event:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/89265113/Mass-whale-stranding-at-Farewell-Spit

In that article at the link there is another article referenced …  Why whales strand and how to help them. It cites the usual reasons already mentioned; ‘whale strandings are natural occurrences’.

Media is predictably quick to eliminate man’s interference with the environment as causal regarding any environmental damage. If you’re familiar with this site you will know that this denial is not uncommon. Corporations whose primarily focus is profits all vehemently deny that their practices cause damage. They are also well armed with a bevy of well paid lawyers to ‘legally’ destroy anybody who threatens those profits. People are targeted, assaulted and even lose their lives standing up to corporate profiteering.

That said, it is well to search for and consider the independent information on all events since corporations cannot be trusted to tell you the truth. They tell bold faced lies. If you doubt that watch ‘The Corporation’ doco found on the Corporations page.

The Threat of Underwater Noise Pollution to Marine Life, Particularly Seismic Testing

The following short video from oceancare.org explains concisely the threat of noise to marine life saying “underwater noise pollution is a serious threat…” (the phenomenon media doesn’t mention).

At 1.45 minutes the effect of sonar from military ships is explained and at 2.22 minutes, the effects of seismic exploration for oil and gas on marine life. As many Kiwis will know our oceans are now replete with activity from the latter, especially since our ‘esteemed’ and recently departed leader John Key signed away drilling rights to his corporate friends. Key and his corporation (aka known as the NZ Government) have no regard whatsoever for our natural environment. Corporations are about profits not people or environments. See more on Key below.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/30/trump-greenlights-another-violent-destructive-assault-marine-life-seismic-testing?

Underwater noise – the overlooked catastrophe
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VIDEO INFORMATION: “Basically, John Key is [was & his legacy continues] killing whales and dolphins, and potentially ruining the seafood (crabs, crayfish etc) industry in the areas where this seismic survey technology is used.

the Media has not told you ANY of this…

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The main environmental concern for marine surveys is the potential of seismic sources to disturb animal life, especially cetaceans such as whales, porpoises, and dolphins. Surveys involve towing an array of 15-45 pneumatic air guns below the ocean surface behind the survey vessel and emit sound pulses of a “predominantly low frequency (10–300 Hz), high intensity (215-250 dB).

Seismic surveying can damage the reproductive processes, auditory functions and other damaging effects to highly lucrative marine species (lobster, crab) and it poses potentially fatal effects to marine mammals.

Seismic testing is not fully responsible for whales running ashore or becoming stranded, but there is evidence that it plays a major role. Studies of seismic effects on several whale species such as Gray, Bowhead, Blue, Humpback and Sperm whales indicated substantial effects in behavior, breathing, feeding and diving patterns.

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Beachings and Seismic Tests

On November 28, 2004, Reuters reported that during a three day span, 169 whales and dolphins beached themselves in Tasmania, an island off the southern coast of mainland Australia. The cause for these beachings is not known, but Bob Brown, a senator in the Australian parliament, said “sound bombing” or seismic tests of ocean floors to test for oil and gas had been recently carried out near the sites of the Tasmanian beachings.

According to Jim Cummings of the Acoustic Ecology Institute, seismic surveys utilising airguns have been taking place in mineral-rich areas of the world’s oceans since 1968. Among the areas that have experienced the most intense survey activity are the North Sea, the Beaufort Sea (off Alaska’s North Slope), and the Gulf of Mexico; areas around Australia and South America are also current hotspots of activity.

The impulses created by the release of air from arrays of up to 24 airguns create low frequency sound waves powerful enough to penetrate up to 40km below the seafloor. The “source level” of these sound waves is generally over 200dB (and often 230dB or more), roughly comparable to a sound of at least 140-170dB in air.

According to the Australian Conservation Foundation, these 200dB — 230dB shots from the airguns are fired every 10 seconds or so, from 10 metres below the surface, 24 hours a day, for 2 week periods of time, weather permitting.

These types of tests are known to affect whales and dolphins, whose acute hearing and use of sonar is very sensitive.

On December 24, 2004 there was a magnitude 8.1 earthquake more than 800 kilometres southeast of Tasmania near New Zealand, with a subsequent aftershock 6.1 a little later in the morning that same day.

Then on December 26 the magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck leading to the devastating tsunami that killed more than 300,000 people.

On December 27, 20 whales beached themselves 180 kilometres west of Hobart on the southern island state of Tasmania.

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As part of Budget 2009 a total of $20 million over three years will be allocated to the seismic data acquisition programme run by Crown Minerals, which is responsible for the administration and promotion of New Zealand’s oil and gas.

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LINKS TO THE OTHER THREE VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES can be found by locating the video at Youtube. The other videos will be there on the side bar to the right.

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS:

Call for mandatory autopsies on stranded whales

Call for autopsies on stranded whales; concern about seismic blasting

 

For more in depth information and interviews on seismic testing, the oil industry and the agenda of foreign oil companies here in our waters listen to three interviews with Rose Paige from thecontrail.com This is info you won’t be hearing in mainstream any time soon :

http://thecontrail.com/profiles/blogs/on-the-brink-radio-189-190-major-nz-whale-stranding-rose-paige?xg_source=activity

 

 

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New Zealand has worst level of homelessness in the world, Labour says

A piece of old news that mainstream is highlighting again without pointing to the obvious instigators of the whole thing pre labour, the sale by nats of thousands of state homes. Not rocket science really is it? Still, the property developers had a field day & laughed all the way to the banks owned by their buddies. Key’s managing one now I believe and NZ’s debt he racked up, well that appears to have benefited him as well. Under neo lib economics the poor can just eat cake as far as they are concerned.

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

From Stuff

New research indicates New Zealand has some of the worst rates of homelessness in the developed world.

At the last census in 2013 there were roughly 41,705 Kiwis who were “severely housing deprived” – about 1 per cent of the population.

Using data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a Yale study has compared the statistics to those from other developed nations, which put New Zealand on top of the list on a per-capita basis – although the researchers note significant comparability issues thanks to the differing ways each country measures homelessness.

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https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/94983470/new-zealand-has-worst-level-of-homelessness-in-the-world-labour-say

Murder At Pike River Mine – Cover Up: Government Sets Goal Of Manned Entry Into Pike River By 2019

Note: Murder at Pike River Mine by Dr Jacob Cohen can be found here

November 29 2017 | From  Uncensored via Wakeupkiwi 

Let me be quite frank. After the corrupt media has censored Dr Jacob Cohen’s amazing book from the NZ public, and the even more corrupt National Party led by PM John Key has spent tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars covering up the deliberate murder of the 29 miners at Pike River.

Related: Pike River: New Footage Shows No Sign Of Fire

Now, after 7 years of lies and endless coverup, we now have an even more spurious gang of low-life liars in the form of this new Labour Party – NZ First Party Coalition, Jacinda Ardern and Andrew Little – now in the process of committing another $23 million to set up a “PIKE RIVER RECOVERY AGENCY” [supposedly] towards achieving the goal for a manned re-entry to inspect the crime scene in the mine (to fulfil a key part of the Labour-NZ First Coalition Agreement) to make a decision by MARCH 2019!

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http://www.wakeupkiwi.com/news-articles-53.shtml

John Key is making money off NZ’s growing debt

 

Published on May 3, 2016

https://youtu.be/bQ6SQK0b1Ys Will John Key Profit From NZ Foreign Debt? MR NEWS John Key has shares in the Bank Of America, BOA loans money to the NZ government, John Key got NZ into half a trillion in debt, BOA will benefit from the TPPA New Zealand Corruption: IT’S IN YOUR FACE! Official information act reply: http://waterpressure.files.wordpress…. Link to Register of pecuniary interest http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MP… New Zealand is getting in debt to foreigners at an alarming rate, John Key owns shares in the Bank of America, is he profiting from this? Guerilla Media http://www.youtube.com/mrnewsguerilla… Penny Bright http://www.pennybright4mayor.org.nz Vinny Eastwood MR NEWS http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com

Who’s challenging the beehive gravy train?

 

From William McGregor

Many people are good at what they do, and they earn a very lucrative salary doing it ….
The more they have, the quicker (& higher) they rise up the ladder of success; and good on them – in many cases they deserve it.

BUT – this is where it becomes grossly unfair.

Whether skippering Team N.Z. in a boat race, or earning a gold medal (or two at the Olympics) it’s the PEOPLE OF N.Z. who pay to fund these people on the road to their success.
A 17 year old golfer applied for quarter of a million bucks to pay for her coach’s fees…. she went on to win SEVEN FIGURES in prize money/bonus’s – I never heard her say “Oh, by the way, here’s that money I asked the people of N.Z. for, to start my life-style kick-start off – just thought I’d pay it back now that I’m doing O.K.”.

I believe we (the people of N.Z.) are going to PAY for the BIG BOYS to out-sail their boats against each other; to defend the America’s Cup.
STUFF IT – WHY SHOULD WE?!
You get off on doing this – YOU PAY FOR YOUR OWN ENTERTAINMENT!
You see, while the “Johnny Tucker-box” (on the street) pays (approx) a third of his income in TAXES, these RICH PEOPLE pay BUGGER ALL!

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More often than not, they even get a REBATE if their Accountant is any good!
I believe J.Key paid 2.8% taxes on what he declared – that DOESN’T take into account “investments” hidden away in BLIND TRUSTS!
ALL POLITICIANS have investments in BLIND TRUSTS – (thank you J.Key) ….and that’s wrong!

So, here’s the salt rubbed into the wound….
KNIGHTHOODS and Queen’s Honour Lists!

January the 1st, Queen’s B/Day and any other day “they” desire now – a mass of RICH PEOPLE get a LIFE-STYLE GUARANTEED for them & their Spouse/family FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES, at the expense of the people of N.Z.!
They’ve already ridden The Gravy Train Express during their working years, but now their LUST is INSATIABLE.

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Different country but the concept is the same

Throughout the Election build-up, NOT ONE PARTY has opened that can of worms …. they are ALL as bad as each other, and they all expect to get one (eventually) – J.Key took N.Z. into the GREATEST DEBT this Country has ever known, 🤔🙄😡& HE GOT ONE! GO FIGURE!

They (Knighthoods) were once RESERVED for the most EXTRAORDINARY of N.Z. people – (1st to climb the highest mountain in the world etc.) now they are given to Coaches (who were on MASSIVE Salaries anyway) or Sports people, friends of friends of Politicians …. almost ANYONE can get one – just as long as you move in the right circles.

They need to cease IMMEDIATELY. They are costing this country MORE DEBT than what they’re worth!
So, who’s going to ask the Leaders why they persist in keeping them?!
Yeah, that’s right ….. NO ONE! Pfffttt!!!

The Nats have Sold Out NZ with a half-trillion-dollar debt

Thanks Key, you have us right exactly (in my opinion) where  you wanted us. For starters we figure you’re profiting from this debt. For seconds we are now ripe for New World Order one world government given the borrower is slave to the lender. Forty two thousand beleaguered people without a roof over their heads. Children in poverty & our teens committing suicide. Beats me how you all have the gall to display on your election ads… “a strong economy delivering for NZers” … what? …”one of the fastest growing economies in the developed world…?”
They are choosing not to notice of course the aforementioned child poverty, homelessness & teen suicide. Stats to be proud of? These people are delusional and think we are all mentally impaired. Key, the smiling assassin, has been replaced with a slightly friendlier looking version of himself, and second in charge, a woman who’s allegedly committed welfare fraud.  (Which you’ll likely never find out about now from the rumour I heard recently). They’re sailing on like nothing’s happened in spite of an eye witness, and meanwhile Metiria’s been dealt to for her comparatively minor misdemeanors. They are dismantling our sovereignty brick by brick. Wake up peoples. (The meme below is from the video showing you the various world leaders on the end game of their so called new world order).  Tie that in with the Agenda 21/2130 plans and it all fits very nicely. Same people. Their other Trojan horse into our respective sovereign nations aside from crippling debt, is the local district councils (sustainable development aka trash everything) which note are all also in obscene debt. My district $68-100 million. ‘No worries’ they tell us, the future generations are able to share in paying for everything.
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So read on about our humongous debt. 
New Zealand now owes almost half a trillion dollars in debt – and a growing chunk of it belongs to ordinary households, mainly borrowing to buy property. In the start of a week-long series Tamsyn Parker spells out the problem.

New Zealand is sitting on a half-a-trillion-dollar debt bomb and Kiwis are increasingly treating their houses like cash machines, piling on the debt as they watch the value of their properties soar.

Reserve Bank figures show household debt, excluding investment property, has risen 23 per cent in the past five years to $163.4 billion. Incomes have risen only 11.5 per cent.

Households are now carrying a debt level that is equivalent to 162 per cent of their annual disposable income – higher than the level reached before the global financial crisis.

READ MORE:
Experts fear downside of debt
NZ homes among most indebted

Including property investment the total debt households owed as of April was $232.9 billion, according to the Reserve Bank.

Satish Ranchhod, a senior economist at Westpac Bank, says the main driver has been low interest rates.

“Continued low interest rates have sparked a sharp increase in household borrowing at a time when income growth has been very modest.”

And it’s housing loans where the growth has mainly come from.

Housing loan debt has risen 23.4 per cent to $132.83 billion. Student loans were up 22.9 per cent to $14.84 billion and consumer loans are up 16.6 per cent to $15.7 billion.

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=11651648

Consider who is fueling the media with all the current beehive finger pointing

From William McGregor

O.M.G. – Is the media for real?!

I really am DISGUSTED with the way the media has played up the whole Metiria Turei saga – the way she wasn’t 100% honest while collecting the D.P.B…..
While it is NOT a good look (that she collected a few bucks more than she was entitled to) and she appears to be a dishonest person in among a Parliament of honest people, just how bad is their memory?!
Bill English (the Prime Minister of Aotearoa) was collecting OVER A THOUSAND DOLLARS A WEEK by renting out his private home in the Hutt, living in accommodation paid for by the people of N.Z., and NOT SAYING A BLOODY WORD until it was brought to light after years of “double-dipping”; he would have collected more in a year (almost 60k a year) than Meteria Turei – before it was uncovered.
His 2 I.C. (second in command) Paula Bennett is no better!  (And to hear her speaking “holier than thou” …. that’s got to be just as big a joke! ….)

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Honestly – if THIS is the level we have stooped to in the Political Arena of Aotearoa, we are COMPLETELY STUFFED!
Ask EVERY MEMBER (regardless of their party affiliation) who hasn’t been honest, who’s hidden the truth from any Government Department (I.R.D. included) to leave – and I’d be willing to bet there wouldn’t be a single person left in the Beehive AT ALL!

And it is being fueled by the media.
So, look deeper – who is fueling the media?!

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I think this is being engineered to make people MORE CONFUSED about who to vote in at the Elections later in the year, and (hopefully) stay away from the Polling Booths.

DON’T play their games!

 

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Finally … Some Important Information to Consider Before you Vote or Don’t Vote:

NZ tops list of developed countries with most homeless – thanks National you do us proud

Well congratulations Nat government/corporation, you’ve now put us on another dubious ‘honour’ list. Most homeless? Two homeless gentlemen recently dying in the winter cold even. Highest youth suicide. Highest child poverty. Well done John Key. Well done Bill English. You do us proud. What next are we going to excel in?

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Photo Credit: with thanks Penny Bright

Who next can you simply kick to the curb with your boot that’s looking increasingly fascist these days? Twenty billion to weapons and war, and only one to housing? Whilst you land bank our state homes, 42K people sleep in tents, garages and cars. Your monetary priorities say it all. You’ve ushered in neo-liberalism on steroids. You’ve trashed not only the people but the environment as well. And what use is any economy with neither of those?

NZ tops list of developed countries with most homeless

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams is rejecting an American University survey that puts New Zealand at the top of a list of developed countries for homelessness.

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Yale University has released a list of developed countries ranked on the number of homeless people per capita – which has New Zealand at the top, followed by the Czech Republic and Australia.

It found about 40,000 people are either living on the street, in emergency housing, or shelter considered sub-standard.

The report does note that getting an accurate picture of homeless is challenging, because many countries define homelessness in different ways.

Ms Adams said the findings should be treated with a high degree of caution, as the survey did not have consistent comparisons from country to country.

“They’re not comparing apples with apples and to suggest that is our number of homeless is quite wrong.”

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/335556/nz-tops-list-of-developed-countries-with-most-homeless

 

More smoke and mirrors from the halls of Parliament … Welfare benefits are now termed “addictive” … the new rationale for quietly dismantling NZ’s welfare state (Pt 1)

The latest spin from the powers that be, all about seeking work & not being addicted to welfare. Indeed welfare benefits carry a serious health warning reports the NZ Herald!

Doctors have been told that putting patients on welfare is akin to putting them on “an addictive debilitating drug … not dissimilar to smoking” (NZ Herald 16/7/2016)

What planet  are these guys are living on!? A corporation parading as a government that fails to concede we have a homelessness crisis also wants to blame unemployed for not working when basically there are no jobs (with nary a mention of course of the tax dodging multi national corporations)! They will cite figures about unemployment being down but the figures proffered are dodgy at the very least.

Classic case of smoke and mirrors basically where the victim is blamed for the crime. Shifting the focus off the facts … high unemployment (remember pre neo-liberal policies we had FULL employment & guess who borrowed us into debt?) their own mismanagement of the public funds ($200 mill Kiwisaver funds lost to a Portuguese bank plus $6+ mill spent on an unnecessary Hawaiian mansion) and a preference for pleasing the corporates … and onto blaming folks for having neither work nor in many cases a home.

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NZ has a serious housing crisis with thousands homeless, many sleeping in cars and garages

As we hear more frequently about suicides and/or attempted suicides (highest since records kept) as we see increasing numbers of people living in cars and garages and on the street, with 33,000 ghost houses sitting empty in Auckland, thanks in part to Key’s delectable tax haven, the rich enjoy a pitiful 2.8% tax on their obscenely large salaries while the minimum wage cleaner gets taxed an equally obscene 28%, almost ONE THIRD of their income! Consider also, if the latter work two jobs to survive they are secondarily taxed as well.

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PM Key who it was rumoured earlier on, gave away most of his Parliamentary income … which it appears is pure spin

Consider also, this is a govt/corporation that is forcing people with cancer and undergoing chemotherapy even, to look for work. Most will know chemo seldom works and makes us feel extremely unwell while it’s being administered. These are the depths to which this government/corporation has sunk.

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Now they’ve flogged off those P contaminated state homes (and the state housing corporation was making money) many of which  just happened to sit on prime real estate, they want to rip out the net completely & vilify the jobless for not working. They are quietly dismantling the welfare state, capitalism’s essential safety net, the kindly (?) human face, and replacing it with a tax haven for the super rich … and us? We can go eat cake.

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PM Key at home with corporates and clearly endorsing the sale of our water resources for profit

 

Serious times folks. Check out Agenda 21/2030. Corporations owe their first legal allegiance to their shareholders. The illusion of a democracy is all we have now. Time for change!

Read Part 2


Thank you to Frances Louis, Rotorua mayoral candidate who drew this issue to my attention.

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Why our state housing stock is being sold off while thousands of Kiwis are homeless

This is a repost of this article. Timely as in HNZ has just announced they’ll be shortly out of funds. No surprizes! Why if these people have degrees in accountancy are they running us into the ground peeps? Do check out the links recommended in the older article here (Agenda 21 and Banking), and read about the new debacle here.
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The Prime Minister John Key announced earlier this year that he intended to sell off  1000 to 2000 of NZ’s state houses. Large numbers of these homes were built by the first Labour government in 1935 and as of 2013 the stock numbered 69,000. That era had marked the birth of our welfare state and the tenants of the first house that was finished and let in 1937, paid just one third of their income in rent. Fifty years later we had the Labour government promising to remain involved in NZ’s housing market, then with the event of  Rogernomics and Roger Douglas’s neo liberal economic policies (the new economic ‘experiment’ that benefited those at the top of the capitalist pyramid and launched the ever increasing gap between rich and poor) rents were raised to market rates. Tenants could then apply for a government subsidy called an accommodation benefit,  effectively subsidizing the landlords. By 1997, 60 years later, tenants were paying three quarters of their income in rent. The welfare state in NZ, having officially begun with the Social Security Act in 1938 and the state ensuring every New Zealand family had at least a minimum standard of living, was now descending rapidly into an abyss of debt and for many, poverty. We’ve effectively gone from free milk in schools to kids with no lunch at all.

In a recent article by Bryan Bruce, advocate for NZ’s children in poverty, and maker of the documentaries ‘Mind the Gap’ and ‘Inside Child Poverty‘,  some interesting questions are raised, questions many New Zealanders have also been asking.  Questions like why is the Key government selling off our state housing stock, especially when thousands of families have nowhere to live? NZ is in fact experiencing a housing crisis, described by the Salvation Army as an ‘unfolding social disaster’. On the one hand we have soaring house prices in Auckland that have so inflated the market few can afford them, and on the other, according to Auckland’s City Mission estimates,  the numbers of people sleeping rough in Auckland for the year 2013-2014 virtually doubled.

The NZ Parliament website states that a “2013 University of Otago study using 2001 and 2006 Census figures and emergency housing data estimated that 12,900-21,100 dwellings would be needed to house the 2006 severely housing deprived population. These were in addition to housing required to address other forms of need, and underlying demand”. 

In total, “An estimated 34,000 people, or about one in every 120 New Zealanders, were unable to access housing” in that year  (University of Otago Monday, 23 September 2013).

“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
~ Mahatma Ghandi

Now it gets interesting. The usual rationale proffered for asset sales since they began with Rogernomics,  have been ‘to get us out of debt’ or ‘save us money’, giving the impression they are no longer breaking even let alone making a profit.  Bruce however reveals that the HNZ corporation has in fact been making a very healthy profit (links in his article).  Clearly it would be more prudent to keep this asset.

Further facts Bruce highlights are:

  • the housing stock is worth $18 billion
  • the operating surplus for 2013 was $121 million
  • the same year it returned a $90 million profit
  • the previous two years’ profit were $76 and $68 million
  • profits have increased significantly under the National government

Bruce raises questions like, where did those profits go? Why have they not reinvested the profits into the housing stock?  Why sell housing stock in the regions when they are presumably encouraging folks to move to the regions? (Agenda 21 maybe? … the real plan  for UN’s Agenda 21 aka Sustainable Development is to have populations relocated out of rural and into urban areas).

You may not be aware of this, but NZ is a corporation. Our country is listed on the Securities and Exchange Commission website as a corporation under the name of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Most will be aware that corporations are required to turn a profit … to maximize profits is their legal mandate. They are not about, nor are they required to be about the welfare of people. (Watch two minute movie trailer for ‘The Corporation’ below).

So as our corporation steams along at full speed, rapidly selling off both our country and its assets,  those who head it up are giving us the impression they govern as elected representatives of the people. In a sense they do but their real agenda, their corporate bottom line, is hidden from view. Corporations if you study them, and as the above trailer illustrates quite succinctly, are not required to consider the effects their economic activities have on people. I strongly urge you to watch the full documentary on ‘The Corporation’ page. You will then be joining some dots and making sense of what is really happening in our midst. As long as we remain a corporation, poverty will not disappear. The welfare state has always existed merely to give capitalism a human face. That capitalism is now shamelessly profit driven and the human face is disappearing fast.

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NZ is registered as a corporation under the name of Her Majesty the Queen of England (Courtesy of wakeupkiwi.com) Click on image to enlarge

Check out the links and see for yourself where and how we are listed on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website here. 

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Other Links:

Government to sell 1000 to 2000 state houses  Stuff.co.nz

Housing NZ’s the Problem Newstalk ZB

Government’s state housing sell-off gets stranger   Stuff.co.nz


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The disturbingly aggressive roll out of Smart aka Advanced Meters – while children starve and the elderly freeze in rural Aotearoa (NZ)

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A sign posted in Taumaranui NZ regarding the unsolicited installation of a Smart Meter

Here is a sign posted by a Taumaranui resident who had their locked meter box broken into to install a Smart Meter (aka Advanced Meter). As you can see the response they said they got from the lines people when following this up was equally as telling… “we own you people”! 

While it appears little known that there are options for having these meters removed and replaced, it also seems that Taumaranui has only one supplier. This makes things more difficult in terms of no bargaining power. The use of the term ‘jack boot’ is therefore not that extreme given the whole scenario and the way these folks have been treated. It is all symptomatic of the direction our country is headed with an ex-banker for a Prime Minister who clearly places profits and corporate interests above the interests of his constituents.

What is especially disturbing about this event (and it’s not an isolated incident, I’ve heard myself of installations happening while folk were not home) is that in the comments and discussion around this, many others have been similarly treated. The repeated tale of outrageous hikes in charges, one for instance from $100 to $150 approx. plus the Nelson woman last year who received a bill for $800 for her two bedroom house! And this is something I’ve both read about & heard, time and time again. We are fed the line that the meters are more accurate and customers have been undercharged prior to Smart Meter installation. Not to the tune of a $1000 hike? Surely? …  yet this is what I’ve heard more than once. A difference of $20 is feasible but not $600 or more. See here a proposed explanation for these hikes by a retired electrical engineer.

“…over 250 people have commented with some saying they had similar experiences with unexpectedly large power bills and problems after the installation of smart meters.”  Stuff.co.nz

Disturbing also is the detail about the elderly turning off their hot water in order to buy food or not turning on any heating because they can’t pay. Again I know of this happening in my district (the Rangitikei) where an elderly person is being charged $150 and upwards in a tiny flat with few if any appliances operating. She has switched off the hot water, has no heater and goes to bed early to keep warm. And finally, the above sign and the comments corroborate that folk are being pressured to leave the district because of the costs. ‘The town is dying’ says the sign.

Now,on that topic, we have been led to believe for years that towns are dying because people somehow mysteriously allowed it. They all moved away. We even had a prominent economist telling us recently that they were zombie towns and pretty much had to go. Well, people left because of decisions made by our respective governments to close down amenities and resources like the hospitals, pharmacies and banking. I know … I remember it happening! It was about the time those governments had borrowed large sums of money and gotten a once prosperous and fully employed nation into un-repayable debt, followed by Rogernomics and belt tightening for the poorer folks, not the wealthy mind. And the former being blamed for the debt while corporations enjoy huge tax breaks.  And now this from the power companies and we were told privatizing them would lower prices. Competition, the market and all that. We’re still waiting nearly three decades on. On that note, check out our (UN)  Agenda 21/2030 pages for why all this is happening. Particularly Agenda 21/2030 in NZ. Watch the video there by former Australian politician Anne Bressington.

As this sign very perceptively outlines folk, we are being ripped off and our southern clean, green paradise is fast morphing into a fascist regime. Think, TPPA and all that has entailed in terms of keeping us out of the loop then claiming to seek our feedback/opinion/input.  Their tactics provide the illusion of having sought our opinion … it is nothing more folks, in case you hadn’t already noticed. See how they provide you with forms containing multi choice options none of which you wanted to choose anyway? Like the recently proposed flag debacle that has cost the country $28 million. Shame.

Returning now to the Smart Meters themselves, be aware, they are NOT compulsory. If you already have one, there are options about its removal and replacement. (If you don’t have one yet, inform your powerco you do not consent to one … in writing … in advance). For further information on that Kiwis, visit stopsmartmeters.org.nz/ and note they have a page there explaining how to get rid of a Smart Meter. The meters are also known here as Advanced Meters. (Folks from other countries, there are similar sites in your countries, just google.)

You should also be aware that health professionals have warned about the health risks these meters carry. Predictably the authorities deny this, however the stopsmartmeters website has already logged before and after testimonies from Kiwis who had their Smart Meters removed. See also the links here for further information on that, with a video trailer featuring a health professional explaining the effects from long term exposure to a Smart Meter. See also in this video what the meters when in proximity do to your blood.  Above all, educate yourself further by watching the award winning doco Take Back Your Power by Josh Del Sol at his website. It is accessible for a very small charge. Or consider holding a viewing in your town (contact stopsmartmeters for details). Further info on Smart Meters is also available on our Smart Meter pages. Spread the word and resist this move.

 

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Where Your Asset Sales Money Went Kiwis

Where did the asset sales money go? The slush fund pretty much according to Winston Peters … not where Bill English said it would go:

“The fund will provide New Zealanders with better public assets, such as modern schools, hospitals, roads, rail and public transport without increasing the debt burden on future generations” Bill English, Finance Minister 2012

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Bill English who says he does not want to increase future generations’ debt burden … believe him? (Photo:Wikipedia)

This sounds like a cruel joke in light of current events. Pollution is so rife (thinking the honourable minister’s “future generations” statement) wild food is now so poisoned it’s largely inedible, waters we can only wade in, and hospitals, roads, rail etc have never been worse! I heard recently of a person who lay for literally hours in a cold corridor in one of our hospitals’ A&E (known as ED elsewhere) crying out for the toilet, too sick to get up, who got a round telling off when she soiled the bed! Waits in there currently can be many many hours. Still according to the minister, who doubtless on his salary can afford private insurance, membership fees for the IMF is far more important, to the tune of $23 million*. Remember this image? So why ever would Bill & his colleagues want us to prosper?

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*(A fellow blogger tells me the IMF cost is FACTA legislation and should have been paid for by the US government as it is their legislation, read about FACTA at her blog here). 

 

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Proceeds from National’s state asset sell-off is being used to cover all sorts of costs like the TVNZ video archive, membership of an Asian bank and a visitor centre at Government House.

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”.

But the latest breakdown of the fund’s expenditure shows just 55 percent of the spending fits that brief.

So what happened to the money?

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

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.

World Bank

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, CABnet, 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.

Miscellaneous

Modernising the War Pensions Act 1954 and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act was allocated $6M.

Read More:

http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/asset-sales-cash-used-as-govt-slush-fund–peters-2016060713


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The Housing Crisis: A Midwife Delivering Babies by the Light of Her Cell Phone

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With Banker Key in denial about the housing crisis (41,000 homeless isn’t a crisis?), a multitude of ‘pass the buck’ reasons for why we’re a bit short of roofs over heads (Labour’s fault, you know, that other rider of the same corporate horse) … and a midwife delivering babies in squalor by the light of her cell phone. It’s sounding more and more like Dickensian England.

Welcome to Paradise in the South Seas, GE free, nuclear free and clean and green to boot.

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Mr Key (who grew up in a state house like the ones he is now selling off en mass) owns tens of millions of dollars’ worth of property, including his family home in Parnell, two holiday homes, an office and an apartment in London.

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John Key blames Helen Clark for housing crisis

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A midwife is expected to tell how she’s had to deliver babies at night by the light of her cellphone at the cross-party inquiry into homelessness.

The inquiry, set up by Labour, the Greens and the Maori Pary, is in Tauranga on Monday. The Government blocked efforts to open an official investigation into the crisis, which is at record levels according to both research and social agencies like the Salvation Army.

“In her submission she talks about delivering babies by the light of her cellphone in squalid houses that don’t have any electricity,” Labour housing spokesperson Phil Twyford told Paul Henry.

Labour wants a state of emergency declared over the housing crisis, particularly in Auckland where prices are at record highs and still rising.

Prime Minister John Key says that won’t happen, and the housing crisis – if it is one – is not his fault.

“Under the nine years that Helen was Prime Minister, my friend, nationally house prices went up 102 percent. Under us in eight years, they’ve gone up 43. In Auckland they went up 87 percent I think – under us it’s about the same,” he said.

“If it was a state of emergency now, a crisis now, why wasn’t it a state of emergency and a crisis then?”

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Why Our State Housing Stock is Being Sold Off While Thousands of Kiwis are Homeless


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OIA Reveals Housing NZ applied to evict four per cent of state house tenants in the Year to June

And so Key’s corporation parading as a government is full on selling off the family jewels. See here they’d set a target even for twelve months prior to June just gone. This is about stripping assets and removing our sovereignty. Check out our Agenda 21 in NZ pages (now Agenda 2030).

I’ve been particularly busy of late with return to Uni among other things, hence my absence with comments etc. and more reblogs from others. Trying to keep up 🙂

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The NZ Herald:

“Housing New Zealand applied to evict 4 per cent of its tenants in the year to June.

The state agency has told the Herald, in response to an Official Information Act request, that it applied to the Tenancy Tribunal to end 2247 tenancies in the year to June last year, and 2591 in the latest year.

The latest number is 4 per cent of its 65,543 state rentals as at March this year – one in every 25 tenants, excluding homes rented to community groups.

Auckland Tenants Protection Association manager Dr Angela Maynard said the agency was effectively evicting people into homelessness because it was meant to be the housing agency of last resort.

“If you’ve been evicted from a Housing NZ house, the private sector doesn’t want to know you. Are they supposed to go on the streets?” she asked.
But Labour housing spokesman Phil Twyford said taxpayers would want the state agency to be “tough but fair”.

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http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11685301

Where do your loans & mortgages come from? You’ll be surprized

Published on Feb 13, 2013

This stunning news clip from New Zealand TV station ‘Seven Sharp’ confirms the revelations shared by ‘The Money Masters’ and other such pioneering thinkers and researchers who have long sought to bring forward the truth about how money works. The is as stunning as it is simple: whenever you apply for a loan or a mortgage THE BANK YOU APPLIED TO CREATES THE MONEY OUT OF NOTHING. It is not lent to you from the banks’ holdings, it is not borrowed from other accounts. It simply is entered into a bank account digitally and from that day forth you are contractually responsible for paying back the created money PLUS all the interest that accrues. This fiat currency is destroying the confidence, trust, and agreements that we hold with one another and with merchants on a daily basis by corrupting the medium of exchange that we all collectively agree to use.

Many will go on to expound the details of promissory notes, double entry bookkeeping and all sorts of other confusing details, but it is essential that this video or the source for it at Seven Sharp should be shared with every one you know. Please, take 5 minutes now to share this video and explain why it is so important that everyone knows that the banks are hoodwinking the people and it does not need to be this way any more. For more on how we can achieve a fair financial policy of interest-free currency, see the Writ of Mandamus article here


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The “Brilliance” of John Key

 

 

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Leaders of other conservative Government’s look at John Key’s continued popularity with envy. New Zealand’s National Government has the same agenda as most other conservative governments and yet despite New Zealand’s richest blatantly continuing to capture a greater share of the country’s wealth and government services being increasingly reduced and privatised, the Prime Minister remains popular…

John Key’s government has managed to continue the work begun by Ruth Richardson and has obviously learned from Jenny Shipley’s mistake of not ensuring public acceptance of drastic welfare change. Ruth Richardson’s Mother of All Budgets is regarded as the most significant step in dismantling our welfare state. Drastically cutting welfare benefits was a deliberate strategy to drive down wage costs. It was Richardson’s belief that maintaining unemployment at around 5% and keeping welfare payments low, workers would then be more likely to accept lower wages. Child poverty was around 8% pre 1991 but escalated to 15% by 1992. While there was some reduction under the previous Labour Government, with the introduction of the Working for Families tax credit, child poverty is now close to 30% in 2016.

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WINZ takes ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level – while white collar corporate criminals go free

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NZ Govt taking ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level

This really takes the cake so to speak, bringing ‘let them eat cake’ to a whole new level! The Daily Blog reports on the reception a legally blind woman had from her case worker recently in Auckland. Firstly she says to her “you don’t look blind” then she pulls out a piece of paper, hands it to her, folds her arms and demands she read it and prove her wrong! These are the depths to which our government/corporate offices have sunk nowadays. Bonuses are earned (I’ve heard from a former WINZ worker) by those who manage to save the company funds.

There are humane workers at WINZ offices who respect people. But there are also many, unfortunately, like this poor specimen, who humiliate and denigrate their customers (forgetting that without their customers they would have no job themselves). These stories have been rolling out of late with the current homelessness crisis and people sleeping rough in the cities, or in their cars even. We’ve also heard stories of people with cancer and leukemia being told to look for work, the latter in particular, a man with two children to support, and at the time sick in his hospital bed.

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White collar crime is responsible for far more tax dollars lost than benefit fraud

This attitude reflects the great disrespect our corporately biased system has for the lower income bracket particularly those without jobs and in this case, the disabled. White collar workers on the other hand, who defraud the system are treated very favourably, particularly by the justice system.
Dr Lisa Marriott, a Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting and Commercial Law at Victoria University, has stated that:

“Benefit fraud cost New Zealand $22 million in 2010, or around $5 for each New Zealander. While it is difficult to get accurate figures for tax evasion, the Tax Justice Network estimates New Zealand missed out on more than $7.4 billion of tax revenue in 2011, or around $1,500 per New Zealander…

So the figures for tax evasion are phenomenal while they are relatively small for benefit fraud…”

On top of all this the corporate media makes much of the vilified beneficiary who cheats the tax payer of the said $5, whilst it seldom if ever mentions the white collar criminal who cheats the same for $1500. Indeed it quite blatantly misleads the NZ public with its failure to mention these stats, stirring up hatred and disinfo against the less fortunate in our midst.

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Prime Minister Key who doesn’t believe we have a homeless problem

So much for justice and equity in our once prosperous welfare state.  And let’s not forget, we once had full employment in this nation of ours. There was a job for everybody. And what happened to change that? It wasn’t the fault of people on benefits as the corporate media often subtly misleads us to believe. Let’s lay the blame squarely where it belongs…Rogernomics and the new neoliberal experiment … irresponsible governments that borrowed us into the big black hole we are now in. That has left an ever widening gap between rich and poor, and a crisis of homelessness that isn’t going to go away any time soon. Finally, keep in mind we are a corporation and corporations are about profits and not people.

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Agenda 21 is right on track in NZ … Key’s legacy

John Key’s legacy spelled out in scathing terms by Green Party MP Gareth Hughes on February 11th this year (2016). “Hungry kids … up, inequality … up, pollution … up, electricity costs … up, housing costs … up, foreign ownership … up, debt … up, corruption … up … “. His legacy if you like, epitomizes everything Agenda 21 is about.

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Published on Feb 11, 2016

Green Party MP Gareth Hughes, Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement – Part 48.

See a full write up of the speech on our blog here https://www.greens.org.nz/news/speech…

John Key Had this Man Arrested For Exposing Corruption! Not only are NZ’s Councils Corrupt, but the Police, the Courts, the Parliament & Prime Minister too

You likely have not heard this information regarding the man who exposed corruption in the Rodney District Council … in mainstream media you never will, not in all its truth anyway. Learn of the shocking events that evolved after this man did the RIGHT thing. Here you will see that “not only are our councils corrupt, but the police, the courts, the parliament & Prime” Minister too. From Vinny Eastwood …  one of the few outlets for real news available today. Subscribe to his Channel on YT and see other lies and corruption he’s exposed (all links below).

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John Key The Teflon John: Part 2 Freemason and Attendance at Bohemian Grove in California

Thank you to NZreport for this post. Divulging some of Key’s lesser known pursuits here, but then if you serve the people he does, I expect you don’t have a lot of choice about some of your, should we say, ‘recreational’ interests? These groups are very real and their activities highly questionable to say the very least. And no it is not conspiracy theory what they do, it is well documented by both researchers and by people who escaped their clutches. My father was a Freemason – he left when he learned the truth about the organization. They don’t hear the real agenda until they reach the 33rd degree.
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John Key’s reported attendance at Bohemian Grove in California a few years back rises some questions.

  • Why is he going to a place that has occult rituals like the the Cremation of Care
  • Why is he going to a place that is known to have gay sex orgy’s with prostitutes people dancing around in drag and drug use
  • Why is he going to a place were to get in you have to be for a One World Government

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  • Were there any meetings he had with politicians or business people regarding New Zealand if so what was talked about?

 


NOTE: This post has much controversial information – several videos on the Freemasons and Bohemian Grove. Not for the faint hearted!



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http://nzreport.co.nz/john-key-the-teflon-john-part-2-freemason-and-attendance-at-bohemian-grove-in-california-2/

John Key The Teflon John: Part 1 Uncanny Ability

The link I referred to in a previous post about whether or not John Key is insider trading & profits from NZ’s indebtedness … well it’s been found (re named). Thanks to the author who spotted my Youtube comment about it. So here it is with a different title. Part two to come shortly also.
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The Greatest Currency Trades Ever Made No. 3: Andy Krieger Vs. the Kiwi

Whether by design, omission or a faulty memory John Key and Gavin Walker gave incorrect information when talking about John Key and Andrew Krieger’s relationship since 1988 was impossible they must have given incorrect information about the period in which this took place. John Key and Andrew Krieger can only have worked toegether in 1987 thus putting John Key firmly in the traders chair on the other side of the telephone line to the Bankers Trust New York were Andrew Krieger was giving orders in what was to be the biggest attack on the New Zealand currency putting tens of thousands of New Zealand jobs and incomes at risk.

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In late 1987 Andrew Krieger attacked the New Zealand dollar. He earned for the Bankers Trust bank the sum of $ 338 million in just a few days. This attack was so threatening to the dollar and the economy that the then Governor of the Reserve bank had to call the Bankers Trust bank in New York to stop the attack.

As a Forex Trader John Key was the best it the business as this Video shows John has a uncanny ability.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://nzreport.co.nz/john-key-the-teflon-john-part-1uncanny-ability/

Is John Key “Inside Trading” with New Zealand’s Debt?

Is John Key benefiting from NZ debt? Does water flow downhill? Do birds fly? Do corporate flunkies lie? Yesterday NZReport had a link to an article with this headline, I saved it to cite it today in an article … and overnight it’s disappeared. No sign of it anywhere. Our corporate whore media has backtracked again.

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Key, the PM who will be remembered for denying hungry kids school lunches

Nevertheless, I posted info some months back on the topic so it bears repeating, to remind folks just how corrupt their beloved PM & his Nat party are. They are systematically destroying the last vestiges of sovereignty, independence and prosperity we have, or should that be ‘had’? And don’t forget the recent lost $200 million debacle and the collapsed Portuguese bank … the ‘fail safe’ investment of Kiwisaver funds!
(The now defunct link http://nzreport.co.nz/video-is-john-key-inside-trading-with-new-zealands-debt/)
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A few posts back we had a video of John Key speaking briefly on his Bank of America shares. Here is the extended version of that video in which we see public watchdog Penny Bright of Auckland questioning the Prime Minister in 2011 following a no response from her Official Information request. Speaking to a Grey Power public meeting in Papatoetoe in 2011 the Prime Minister had just explained that NZers (mums and dads, businesses, farms etc., not the NZ government/corporation) were in debt and 85 percent of that debt is owed to foreigners. He adds that no OECD country borrows a big percentage of their money from foreigners.  Penny then asked him specifically to tell her exactly to whom NZ has become indebted since National came to power in 2008. Especially she asked, whether or not NZ has become indebted to the Bank of America or any institutions in connection with that bank. His body language clearly conveys that he has clearly been caught on the hop by these very pointed questions, especially given he hadn’t answered her OI request. Do watch the clip, it’s quite short and very enlightening!

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Further we have an article here by Rolling Stone, “Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail” cited by Evelyn Gilbert of NZ’s aotearoaawiderperspective blog. Some very pertinent facts there about the Bank.

“The problem most people have in judging John Key and his role here in New Zealand and why he is doing what he is doing leaves a lot of people, even those who vote National, bewildered and confused and angry is that they don’t know about the way money is created, how he gained his wealth and what he has to do to keep it so I thought I’d give a couple of examples.

Here is number 1: John Key has most of his paper wealth in Bank of America which is by insiders considered the most corrupt banking entity in the world and that alone gives him a huge conflict of interest!

And this is what Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone Magazine has to say about the Bank:

At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we’ll all be paying for until the end of time. Did you hear about the plot to rig global interest rates? The $137 million fine for bilking needy schools and cities? The ingenious plan to suck multiple fees out of the unemployment checks of jobless workers? Take your eyes off them for 10 seconds and guaranteed, they’ll be into some shit again: This bank is like the world’s worst-behaved teenager, taking your car and running over kittens and fire hydrants on the way to Vegas for the weekend, maxing out your credit cards in the three days you spend at your aunt’s funeral…”

Read More: https://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/does-john-key-know-part-1-bank-of-america/

More articles on banking and John Key at aotearoaawiderperspective:
https://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/?s=john+key&submit=Search

And if you want to research further here are some longer videos featuring people who have researched John Key’s pre-PM career in banking.

Vinny interviews Iain Parker, Financial Systems Researcher.

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Here Vinny Eastwood speaks with Penny Bright, Evelyn Gilbert (aotearoaawiderperspective blogger) and Iain Parker, Financial Systems Researcher. 

Vinny Eastwood “This is by the far the most important interview to watch BEFORE the New Zealand election., The truth about John Key will make your jaw drop!

Audio Archives and links:http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/2…

The Most Damning Evidence About John Key & His Criminal Background!
Blogger: Evelyn Gilbert http://www.aotearoaawidersperspective…
Public Watch Dog: Penny Bright merryl lyhttp://www.pennybright4mayor.org
Financial Systems Researcher: Iain Parkerhttp://www.publiccreditorbust.blogspo…
10 July 2014″

Youtube Versions
Full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdqbf…

Part 1of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKae_…

Part 2of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAy6G…

Part 3of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPCBf…

Part 4of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tsmS…

How the global financial system is essentially a giant fraud machine – Vinny Eastwood’s exposé on John Key & the Panama Papers

Remember how your government/corporation recently gambled away $200 million of Kiwisaver funds & lost it in a ‘fail safe’ investment with a Portuguese bank? Haven’t heard anything of that since have we, as in what’s to be done about it? Nobody held to account? Well here is an exposé that will make you think seriously about where you put your money. Check out our Money Trail/Banking pages.   This is about white collar crime, the crime that’s seldom mentioned in mainstream media, whilst petty crime makes the headlines. Focusing on the theft of  minor sums of money and so forth keeps our eyes off the breathtaking theft of the banking fraternity and their criminal ilk.     EnvirowatchRangitikei

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The reason you only hear about petty crime in the mainstream media [photo credit anonews]

Vinny Eastwood Exposes Financial Fraud

Known around the world for exposing the Savings & Loans scandal in the 80’s, Bill Black is responsible for the imprisonment of over 1000 corrupt bankers and on the show today he informs us how the global financial system is essentially a giant fraud machine, built, fueled and operated by some of the worst con artists, liars and psychopathic criminals that have ever existed on the planet!

 

Vinny Eastwood

Published on Apr 29, 2016

How To Commit Financial Fraud, Panama Papers Raise Questions About John Key,
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Known around the world for exposing the Savings & Loans scandal in the 80’s, Bill Black is responsible for the imprisonment of over 1000 corrupt bankers and on the show today he informs us how the global financial system is essentially a giant fraud machine, built, fueled and operated by some of the worst con artists, liars and psychopathic criminals that have ever existed on the planet!
With the recent release of the Panama papers and New Zealand’s role in global off-shore tax havens, Kiwi blogger Evelyn Gilbert Joins in the second hour to ask some specific questions about New Zealand’s former Wall Street derivatives trader and now Prime Minister, John Key.

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Another Very Short Collection of John Key’s Lies

 Bevan Morgan on Youtube

Key wants to turn New Zealand into a haven for the 1%

When our PM was elected, well pre election particularly, he was the smiling new guy on the block who took the young Maori girl to Waitangi that year – a great publicity stunt, currying favour with Maori.  I’ve read recently the young woman who accompanied him to Waitangi now sees clearly through his motive. With regrets perhaps? We’ve seen now how much he really respects indigenous interests – they don’t go down to well in the corporate world & Key is a banker. Then we’ve all heard the rumour put out that he donates some/all (?) of his PM salary away because of his wealth from his banking career – turns out that is likely myth not fact as no concrete proof has been forthcoming yet. People have asked. Were it factual he could give it to the school lunch cause, and he’s made it clear that’s not going to happen. Anyway there were many clearly sucked in by his smiling clean image who are now severely disillusioned. The image he promoted was ‘working for NZ’ which couldn’t be farther from the truth. Here in this article that thought is teased out a bit with the claim he is working for the 1%.

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The wealthy. All escaping the carnage they’ve created abroad, John’s happy for them to hide out here with their wealth, offering great corporate tax breaks, the new Switzerland, whilst our own smaller biz people go the harder route. Of course this behaviour’s all old hat now the TPPA deal’s been signed by yours truly who also says he’s forging ahead regardless, ratified or not, definitely borne out by the fascist tactics employed in his recent roadshow ‘hearing’ what the people think aka telling us what they plan to do, the familiar tune we’re hearing up and down the country these days. We are asked our opinion after the fact, given two ticky boxes to choose from and expected to believe we’ve ‘had a say’! (I feel a Tui ad coming on). By all accounts folks who tried to raise meaningful discussion were talked down.

The article’s from the Standard and cites Fran O’Sullivan’s thoughts on the matter, clearly confirming whom our PM is working for.

Last month Key was named by National Business Review’s 2008 Rich List as one of New Zealand’s richest men, with a personal worth of $50m.

Key lives in an $8m Auckland mansion with wife Bronagh and their children Stephie and Max. He also owns property in Wellington and Omaha, a London apartment and a $4.5m holiday home in Hawaii.  Stuff.co.nz   10/08/08

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Key wants to turn New Zealand into a haven for the 1%

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There was an interesting article by Fran O’Sullivan in last weekend’s Herald about John Key’s ambitions for New Zealand.  O’Sullivan may not be liked by some lefties but she writes perceptively and provides insight into National Party thinking that no other journalist does.

The headline suggests that Key wants to make New Zealand the Switzerland of the South but a closer reading shows that he does not want to make it a place where everyone is prosperous, educated and healthy.  Rather he wants to make New Zealand a bolt hole for the overseas rich.

From the article:

“John Key is positioning New Zealand as an Asia-Pacific “Switzerland” – a beautiful and wealthy bolthole for high net-worthers seeking to escape from an unstable world.

Key believes that free-flowing terrorism is here to stay. To the Prime Minister, this simply makes New Zealand more attractive and will result in more high net-worth consumers wanting to come here – a theme he is developing in business briefings.

There is another strand to this developing Key mantra.

He is frankly unapologetic about the massive increase in Auckland residential property values, which has resulted in many established Aucklanders becoming relatively rich, but younger people being locked out of the market. It is a trend which is not going to stop anytime soon, given the immigration figures.”

So Key wants to attract more wealthy people to New Zealand as the rest of the world implodes.

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http://thestandard.org.nz/key-wants-to-turn-new-zealand-into-a-haven-for-the-1/

NZ’s Indebtedness, Where it Started, Key’s Role & Some Startling Predictions that have Come True


This video was made in 2008 and made some very accurate predictions about Key’s role if he became PM. Many of them have happened. Voters take note.

An interesting document for you to see on this topic is the Opal File. Check it out. Nobody knows who wrote it but in light of its contents it’s not surprising they would want to remain anonymous. Together with this video it makes sense.

On topic, also take a look at Agenda 21 and Agenda 21 in NZ.

A plan here has been coming together for many years. A plan for global governance which our former PM Helen Clarke is working on at her UN job, featured in the magazine ‘Investigate’. We are given the illusion of choice, National or Labour plus now all the other parties in between. In reality Clarke and Key are simply different riders on the same horse that the global agenda folks intend to bring to heel. This is being brought into fruition by the New World Order, spoken of often by many particularly past and present US Presidents (just to prove it is not hoax material) first officially announced after the Gulf War (the one when the US Government infected their own military (‘guinea pigs’) with Gulf War Syndrome via vaccines. (Watch ‘Gulf War Syndrome: Killing our Own). 
Hear the Presidents speak on their ‘New World Order’. It isn’t conspiracy.

The goal is well behind of course going by Clarke’s estimates. But events in local District Councils are certainly taking on a sinister and unpleasant overtone. Check those out in our ‘District Council’ pages and the research done by Dr Naomi Jacobs (links below).

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John Key’s affinity with the US, watch … he is leading us down the same path

 

https://www.davidicke.com/article/168506/57371-new-zealand-losing-its-independence-under-key

Dr Jacob’s Research:

January 2013 Letter Naomi Jacobs

SOCIALIST COUNCILS DEBT BONDAGE AND SERFDOM

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

Exposing District Council Corruption

We’ve witnessed recently the cover up of the Horowhenua District Council’s role in polluting their own waterways, and the revelations by a whistle-blower, on the way she and fellow Councillors were coerced into “toeing the line”. Basically … Council corruption.

Here we have corruption of an even more sinister kind in the Auckland district in terms of suppressing dissension about their practices. Unlike the Horowhenua district example, it is not centered on conservation, but reflects what is becoming quite a familiar methodology employed by Councils. Russell Malcolm’s story, told by himself, will shock you and hopefully urge you to action. After exposing Rodney Council corruption around building consents some ten years ago, the entire Council was fired. However, the next time he attempted this, he was met with a scenario that could only be described as your worst nightmare. The first video is concise and tells you basically what happened to him,  the second gives full detail of Mr Malcolm’s very disturbing experience at the hands of Police, the Rodney District Council and even John Key.

The Rodney Council

To see how all of this outworked in the Rodney Council, watch the Vinny Eastwood coverage here or on Youtube. Follow the links.

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Russell Malcolm questioned extortion at Rodney Council, and several years later Auckland Council staff retaliated by blocking the processing of a consent application. After 2 years of stalling Russell advised council he would be going public.

As he commenced to he was arrested and silenced by gag order bail conditions, coming from Prime Minister John Key.

The matter was highly embarrassing to John Key’s Government at election time.

Three hours after his urgent arrest and detention a town planner is contacted to be the complainant, after being referred to as an ‘evil bitch’ in a blog she was not party to.
No one has ever been charged for such an offense before and no such offense exists under NZ law.
Three months later his home and business is raided twice by Police, forcing the loss of his business. The reason given is because he has pleaded not guilty.

A year later his home and other properties are seized in a joint covert, Police, ASB Bank operation.
Russell arranges refinancing with another Bank, which ASB prevents by blocking access to a valuer. ASB then undersell the properties at half value.”

Watch the video and learn the outcome.


United Nations Agenda 21

What we have seen in the past decade or more with District Councils, is a switch from the old school democracies where Councillors truly represented the views and wishes of their rate payers, to a very different animal. Witness the above scenario experienced by Mr Malcolm and as referred to, the Horowhenua debacle with the sewage spillage into the local waterways. Although I’m not personally a fan of Cameron Slater, he summarizes here some growing anomalies with District Councils. He describes a Government culture that’s in ‘moral decay’.

For further insight into this increasingly familiar scenario, listen to former Australian politician, Anne Bressington’s  speech on this topic as she saw similar happening in her country. Agenda 21 is planet wide, basically, the filtering down into our local governments of the United Nations’ agenda termed, ‘Agenda 21’. It is masked with environmental rhetoric however, as you will see, it is everything but. (See also our Agenda 21 in NZ  page).

“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 Toynbee – International Affairs, p.809, November 1931

Watch for Parts 2 and 3 of Russell Malcolm’s story.


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LINKS TO HOROWHENUA EVENTS:

“Toe the line and deny any pollution by the HDC” was the clear message given by Mayor Brendan Duffy to Horowhenua District Councillors – a former HD Councillor speaks out

 

 

TPPA – John Key plans to push ahead with changing NZ’s laws and won’t be waiting to see if the US is going to ratify the agreement

Yesterday in Parliament I asked the Prime Minister if he is planning to change our laws to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), even before it is clear if the US Congress will ratify it.

The Prime Minister said he was going to push ahead with changing our laws and wouldn’t wait to see if the US was going to actually ratify the agreement.

If Congress doesn’t agree to the TPPA, or if the Japanese Parliament doesn’t, the whole deal falls apart. This is because the TPPA requires ratification by countries representing at least 85 percent of the total GDP, and that means the US and Japan have to be on board.

The problem is that it’s far from clear if the US Congress will ever ratify the TPPA in its current form. A majority is currently opposed. Some members are demanding further concessions for the US tobacco industry or the big pharmaceutical companies, which would be bad for New Zealand. While President Obama is supportive, none of the Democratic or Republican front-runners to replace him support the TPPA.

We could find ourselves in a lose-lose situation where we’ve changed our laws to suit the TPPA, but the TPPA itself never comes into force so the tariffs and other trade barriers don’t disappear for our exporters.

So then I asked, if the TPPA becomes null and void because the US Congress dumps it, will New Zealand reverse the changes to our laws that we’ll have already made?

The Prime Minister’s answer was no. The Government won’t delay introducing and passing legislation to ratify the TPPA, and then won’t reverse the laws if it doesn’t go ahead.

He seems to be saying that we could be left with several alarming changes to our laws, with absolutely no trade benefit in return. These include:

  • Raising the threshold at which Overseas Investment Office approval is needed from $100 million to $200 million, making it easier for overseas investors to buy up our farmland and industry.
  • Changing the length of copyright from 50 years to 70 years, with an annual cost of around $55 million. We’ll also need to establish new enforcement powers for Customs, and new civil and criminal penalties for copyright infringement.
  • Changes to the Patents Act, which are likely to complicate Pharmac’s access to cheaper medicines.
  • Changing the Plant Varieties Act, making it harder for farmers to save seeds for use in the following season, and the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act to strengthen the rights of agricultural chemical manufacturers.
  • Changes to the Tariff Act and the Customs and Excise Act – dropping our tariffs for other TPPA countries.
  • Changes to the Trade Marks Act.

Thankfully, some of the most alarming aspects of the TPPA, such as the investor state dispute process that allows corporations to sue governments, don’t require legislative change. So if the TPPA does fall apart in the US Congress, we won’t have already swallowed that particular dead rat. But we will have swallowed others.

SOURCE: https://blog.greens.org.nz/2016/02/17/jumping-the-tppa-gun-could-backfire/

Under Key’s watch Rape crisis centers closing and food banks doing a brisk trade – Green Party’s Gareth Hughes

“You delivered tax cuts the country couldn’t afford and leave us $120 billion in debt, a superannuation crisis, crippling student loans and a generation locked out of home ownership” Gareth Hughes, Green Party

Our country NZ that we like to think of as being a democracy, technically has been one in name only for quite some time now. We are actually a corporation, listed on the Security and Exchange Commission website (SEC) as such, with the Queen as the listed owner. Indeed our local District Councils are also companies, listed on the Dun and Bradstreet website. Check it out. A company is ‘any formal business entity for profit which may be a corporation, a partnership or individual proprietorship’.

This has ramifications for how they both function. If corporations and companies have profits for shareholders as their primary concern, then how can they be true to democratic aspirations, or truly fulfill that function? We’ve already been seeing the outworking of this incompatibility for quite some time now. Constantly corporate interests are overriding any care for the environment, in spite of Horizons and District Councils’ much touted mantra of ‘sustainable development’. Big business aka corporations are not interested in cleaning up the damage they inflict and they hold little interest in preserving the environment. At least not beyond lip service anyway. They’re claiming ownership of our water supplies to sell off shore for profit, and charging local farmers far higher prices to tend to our own agricultural concerns. In our own district corporate interests are wrecking our roads and trashing our waterways with our own local Rangitikei District Council turning a blind eye and on loading the expense to the rate payers. Sustainable?

So here is a scathing address to John Key on the state of our nation by Gareth Hughes of the Green Party at the opening of Parliament. Laid bare, the facts are astonishing … he speaks truth …

“Hungry kids up, inequality up, pollution up, debt up, housing costs up, electricity costs up, foreign ownership up, corruption up ….”

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Homelessness is a growing problem in NZ, and the government continues to sell off our state housing stock, the former pride of our [once] Welfare State
Other insights included:

  • Once you attacked the nanny state of efficient lightbulbs but then presided over the most wide reaching mass surveillance state in our country’s history
  • Our most poll-driven PM ever, yet after all these years we still don’t know what you stand for
  • Scientists have been ridiculed and silenced and NGOs have had their funding and voice cut
  • You delivered tax cuts the country couldn’t afford and leave $120 billion in debt, a superannuation crisis, crippling student loans and a generation locked out of home ownership.
  • After selling our assets you are now selling out our sovereignty to corporates and the Hollywood industrial complex
  • You grew up in a state house but now that you’re on the 9th floor you’re even selling them too
  • 300,000 kids growing up in poverty

Read More at The Daily Blog: 

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/02/11/debating-the-prime-ministers-statement/?utm_content=bufferbe7f7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

See how much tax John Key pays compared to a minimum wage worker

“The Prime Minister earns $428,000 from his PM’s salary along with this [last] year’s [2015] $5,000,000 increase in his wealth (according to NBR’s rich list) which gives him a total income of $5,428,000. On this total income he pays just $132,160 in income tax and approximately $21,400 in GST giving a total tax of $153,560 or 2.8% of income”  The Daily Blog

There’s a tale that’s always been out there saying John Key gives all of his salary away … it would seem. I’ve since heard he only donates some to charity … not all, and he won’t say how much or to whom. I certainly heard early in the piece that he donated all … I’m now very skeptical about that.  Here’s what one blogger’s research turned up ….

“After talking to a person from his office here is the best info I can get. His pay goes into his bank account. He does give money to charity but doesn’t keep detailed records of how much. He doesn’t want to say what charities or provide a ballpark figure of what proportion of his pm pay he gives.” The blogger concludes, probably quite correctly, it is an “Urban myth!!!”

Anyway, all that aside, there being no proof and it’s unlikely we’ll ever see any, here is an interesting article about the tax rate he pays. I think it’s very unfair quite frankly and I’m sure most will. Okay most will justify an extra large salary to go with the position of PM, however, who can possibly justify the piddly tax rate he or any other politician pays? While we on the lower income scale are urged to tighten our belts, on the other hand, the wealthy spend extravagantly.  A mere 10% of New Zealand owns 52% of the nation’s wealth.

Take a look at this President, Jose Mujica of Uruguay. He drives a Volkswagen and lives very frugally. He really does give away 90% of his income and leaves himself with the equivalent of an average Uruguayan wage. Our politicians could definitely take a leaf out of his book. Seeing these salaries and the pittance in tax they pay, small wonder we are so in debt as a country.

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President Jose Mujica of Uruguay, dubbed ‘the world’s poorest president’

And please don’t blame the beneficiaries, I recall an era when there was no unemployment … everybody had a job and everybody wanted to work. The fault lies folks with our previous governments who borrowed us into this big black hole we’re in. Politicians have a nifty knack of shifting the blame onto the folks they pledge to serve. Well the folks they are supposed to be serving.

“The radical restructuring programme of the 19841990 Labour government, followed by National’s Employment Contracts Act 1991 led to a steep fall in union membership and a rapid rise in inequality. The top 1% more than doubled their portion of available income by 1998, reaching a peak of 13.8 percent in 1999″. Bryan Bruce

I have at times in my life worked two jobs, when on a low income, only to be taxed at 33 cents in the dollar for the second. This makes me even more livid seeing this. You’ll see here Key pays a mere 2.8% compared to the ‘peasants’ who are taxed an outrageous 28%!!  Left with barely enough to live on. What do you think?

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John Key, NZ’s PM (Photo credit: The Daily Blog)

 

How much tax does John Key pay compared to a minimum wage worker??

The Daily Blog
By John Minto
“Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage. And I put out this media release for the Mana Movement:

MANA Movement Economic Justice spokesperson John Minto is calling for a radical overhaul of New Zealand’s taxation system with calculations showing that a minimum wage worker pays a ten times higher tax rate than the Prime Minister.

Minimum wage worker 28% tax

Prime Minister 2.8% tax

The minimum wage worker on 40 hours per week earns $29,640 and pays $4,207 in income tax and $4,149.60 in GST giving a total tax of $8,356.60 or 28% of income.

On the other hand the Prime Minister earns $428,000 from his PM’s salary along with this year’s $5,000,000 increase in his wealth (according to NBR’s rich list) which gives him a total income of $5,428,000. On this total income he pays just $132,160 in income tax and approximately $21,400 in GST giving a total tax of $153,560 or 2.8% of income.

This is a national embarrassment. Those least able to pay are under a heavy tax burden while the super-rich pay peanuts……”

– See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/27/how-much-tax-does-john-key-pay-compared-to-a-minimum-wage-worker/#sthash.5qEHMYIk.dpuf

http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/27/how-much-tax-does-john-key-pay-compared-to-a-minimum-wage-worker/

 

 

 

 

Does John Key personally profit from NZ’s growing indebtedness? Hear him explaining his shares with the Bank of America – the bank that’s ‘too crooked to fail’

A few posts back we had a video of John Key speaking briefly on his Bank of America shares. Here is the extended version of that video in which we see public watchdog Penny Bright of Auckland questioning the Prime Minister in 2011 following a no response from her Official Information request. Speaking to a Grey Power public meeting in Papatoetoe in 2011 the Prime Minister had just explained that NZers (mums and dads, businesses, farms etc., not the NZ government/corporation) were in debt and 85 percent of that debt is owed to foreigners. He adds that no OECD country borrows a big percentage of their money from foreigners.  Penny then asked him specifically to tell her exactly to whom NZ has become indebted since National came to power in 2008. Especially she asked, whether or not NZ has become indebted to the Bank of America or any institutions in connection with that bank. His body language clearly conveys that he has clearly been caught on the hop by these very pointed questions, especially given he hadn’t answered her OI request.

Do watch this, it’s quite short and very enlightening!

Further we have an article here by Rolling Stone, “Bank of America: Too Crooked to Fail” cited by Evelyn Gilbert of NZ’s aotearoaawiderperspective blog. Some very pertinent facts there about the Bank.

“The problem most people have in judging John Key and his role here in New Zealand and why he is doing what he is doing leaves a lot of people, even those who vote National, bewildered and confused and angry is that they don’t know about the way money is created, how he gained his wealth and what he has to do to keep it so I thought I’d give a couple of examples.

Here is number 1: John Key has most of his paper wealth in Bank of America which is by insiders considered the most corrupt banking entity in the world and that alone gives him a huge conflict of interest!

And this is what Matt Taibbi from Rolling Stone Magazine has to say about the Bank:

At least Bank of America got its name right. The ultimate Too Big to Fail bank really is America, a hypergluttonous ward of the state whose limitless fraud and criminal conspiracies we’ll all be paying for until the end of time. Did you hear about the plot to rig global interest rates? The $137 million fine for bilking needy schools and cities? The ingenious plan to suck multiple fees out of the unemployment checks of jobless workers? Take your eyes off them for 10 seconds and guaranteed, they’ll be into some shit again: This bank is like the world’s worst-behaved teenager, taking your car and running over kittens and fire hydrants on the way to Vegas for the weekend, maxing out your credit cards in the three days you spend at your aunt’s funeral…”

Read More: https://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/does-john-key-know-part-1-bank-of-america/

More articles on banking and John Key at aotearoaawiderperspective:
https://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com/?s=john+key&submit=Search

And if you want to research further here are some longer videos featuring people who have researched John Key’s pre-PM career in banking.

 

Vinny interviews Iain Parker, Financial Systems Researcher.

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Here Vinny Eastwood speaks with Penny Bright, Evelyn Gilbert (aotearoaawiderperspective blogger) and Iain Parker, Financial Systems Researcher. 

Vinny Eastwood “This is by the far the most important interview to watch BEFORE the New Zealand election., The truth about John Key will make your jaw drop!

Audio Archives and links: http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/2…

The Most Damning Evidence About John Key & His Criminal Background!
Blogger: Evelyn Gilbert http://www.aotearoaawidersperspective…
Public Watch Dog: Penny Bright http://www.pennybright4mayor.org
Financial Systems Researcher: Iain Parker http://www.publiccreditorbust.blogspo…
10 July 2014″

Youtube Versions
Full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdqbf…

Part 1of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKae_…

Part 2of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAy6G…

Part 3of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPCBf…

Part 4of4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tsmS…

See who else is opposed to the TPPA & why you’re not hearing about it

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Our mainstream media is carefully conveying the impression that those opposed to the TPPA are a rag tag bunch of trouble stirrers (all 32,000 of them) who are anti trade. Not so. What folks are most anti on is that the whole deal has been negotiated in SECRET. And see the map above of the many other nations that protested. Mainstream media is doing its best to shape up a bad public perception of any opposition to this trade agreement. On the 4th, the day of the protest here in NZ, the Herald invited comments to their Facebook page and bloggers found (myself included, and not for the first time) that all comments were blocked, as also was the option to share their info. They relented eventually, published a few comments then closed it to further discussion. Six media giants now own 90% of our media, controlling what we read, watch or listen to. Still think we have a democracy?

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See here a list of notable people and organizations who are also against the signing. Our own Dr Jane Kelsey for one, and US Senator Elizabeth Warren is yet another (but hang what would these women know about it?) and in Germany a quarter of a million folks marched there against O’Bama’s Free Trade Agreement. And Key calls us ‘rent-a-crowd’! We are being conned folks!

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As US Signs TPP In New Zealand, protesters also gather in 7 countries & 38 US cities!

With a massive turnout yesterday of some 32,000 protesters NZ wide, 25,000 in Auckland alone, clearly there is massive opposition to the TPPA. It’s not over yet.

Additionally, we are left to the impression given by mainstream, corporate, offshore media, that we are the only ones protesting against this deal that’s been composed in secret, without consultation with either Iwi, NZ’s Treaty partners, or the general public. We are expected to trust these people? NZ has just slipped on the corruption scale I read recently – it’s not the Pollyanna, squeaky clean nation many thought it was.

So here is evidence of protests beyond our shores, in collaboration with the world-wide opposition that is rising against this corporate robbery of our sovereignty, in the name of profits and world control.

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Protests in 38 US cities and 7 Countries

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Cities/regions where protests occurred against the TPPA/TPP  (Map courtesy of Flush the TPP)

“White House Protest Kicks off Nationwide Days of Action in 38 US Cities Protests Also Held In Seven Countries

By Flush the TPP.

Washington, DC – As the US Trade Representative signs the TransPacific Partnership on behalf of President Obama at the Skyland Casino in New Zealand on the evening of February  3rd (Eastern US time), protests are happening across the United States and around the world. See map of protests http://www.flushthetpp.org/actions/.

Several hours before the signing TPP opponents in Washington DC protested at the White House with a 24 foot “TPP is Betrayal” banner and other signs that visually highlighted the negative impacts of the TPP on the economy, environment and workers…”

 

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Read More: http://www.flushthetpp.org/protest-at-white-house-kicks-off-nationwide-days-of-action/

 

 

John Key is a shareholder in the Bank of America – Major conflict of interest with the TPPA

John Key is a shareholder of the Bank of America (page 29 of 2015 register of financial interests for MPs) a major conflict of interest

Some interesting facts here on the conflicts of interest not only with PM Key but Tim Groser also. An interview by Vinny Eastwood with activists Penny Bright and Jacquelyne Taylor. The TPPA’s just been signed today (4/2/16) by Key, with 25,000 peaceful protesters in Auckland alone, so it’s not over yet. See what has yet to happen:

From the Daily Blog:

Here is the step by step legislative process the Government need to undertake now Key has signed the TPPA…

Text and National Interest Analysis are tabled in Parliament

Text and National Interest Analysis are referred to Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee

Executive can ratify TPPA after the select committee reports or 15 sitting days elapse, whichever is earlier.

If legislative change is required to comply with TPPA the Executive will not normally ratify until the legislation is passed

Select committee can elect to hear submissions on TPPA

Select committee reports to Parliament

Parliament may decide to debate the select committee report

Parliament may decide to vote on the TPPA

Executive must report its response to any select committee recommendations within 90 days

Any legislative changes required to bring NZ into compliance with TPPA are introduced in a Bill

The Bill follows standard parliamentary process, normally including submissions

Executive ratifies the Agreement at a time of its choosing, normally after the Bill is passed

NZ notifies the TPPA repository (NZ) that its domestic processes are complete

TPPA comes into force when required number of parties notify completion of domestic processes”

Comrades, brothers and sisters, we can fight this abomination every step of the way, and with 25 000 turning up in Auckland alone, we have the numbers to fight this and slow it down.”

See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/02/04/breaking-after-massive-show-of-force-john-key-too-frightened-to-go-to-waitangi-day/?utm_content=bufferee1d8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.SNvNWmms.dpuf-

 

TPPA – 25 000 people protesting in Auckland today, Key now declining to go to Waitangi & what’s next with TPPA

BREAKING : After massive show of Force – John Key too frightened to go to Waitangi Day

By   /   February 4, 2016

“The huge turn out has spooked the Prime Minister from attending Waitangi Day. To try and rob NZers of our sovereignty 2 days before Waitangi and then refusing to turn up because your too frightened by the reaction is gutless and cowardly. 25 000 people protesting in Auckland alone, shutting down the Harbour Bridge and major motorways for hours so that Auckland City was jammed solid…”

“No violence, just well targeted attack on the infrastructure. Police didn’t see it coming, and were over whelmed. Congratulations to Jane for her tireless leadership, all the usual leaders and planners and the new leadership team who ran the blockade.”

Here is the step by step legislative process the Government need to undertake now Key has signed the TPPA…

Text and National Interest Analysis are tabled in Parliament

Text and National Interest Analysis are referred to Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Committee

Executive can ratify TPPA after the select committee reports or 15 sitting days elapse, whichever is earlier.

If legislative change is required to comply with TPPA the Executive will not normally ratify until the legislation is passed

Select committee can elect to hear submissions on TPPA

Select committee reports to Parliament

Parliament may decide to debate the select committee report

Parliament may decide to vote on the TPPA

Executive must report its response to any select committee recommendations within 90 days

Any legislative changes required to bring NZ into compliance with TPPA are introduced in a Bill

The Bill follows standard parliamentary process, normally including submissions

Executive ratifies the Agreement at a time of its choosing, normally after the Bill is passed

NZ notifies the TPPA repository (NZ) that its domestic processes are complete

TPPA comes into force when required number of parties notify completion of domestic processes”

Comrades, brothers and sisters, we can fight this abomination every step of the way, and with 25 000 turning up in Auckland alone, we have the numbers to fight this and slow it down.

See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2016/02/04/breaking-after-massive-show-of-force-john-key-too-frightened-to-go-to-waitangi-day/?utm_content=bufferee1d8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.SNvNWmms.dpuf-

 

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TPPA – important notices & dates for upcoming events

PLEASE SHARE THIS IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Things are warming up on the TPPA front with plans by the powers that be to sign on 4th February and it’s rumoured … at the Skytower. They will be keeping that under wraps for sure. I’m just mailing out the public notices regarding events from FB who have asked folks to share. Likewise do share these notices, email to your friends, tell the neighbours. The more on board the better. There are NZ wide meetings you may consider attending if possible. For further updates here go to the TPPA news page. Do please let me know if I’ve missed anything or if there’s anything you’d like shared, either here or on FB if you’re not a member.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

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A blogger writes … “So as some of you may or may not be aware. Our country is about to be sold on February 4th. Informers from Chile say the signing of the TPPA will be held here @ the skytower in Auckland New Zealand. When it is signed, our basic human rights will be stripped of us! They will sell the land, our home to foreign countries, more mining, water and air rates, prohibited to grow your own organics, loom seeds will be banned, prohibited to live off grid, not allowed to feed and clothe homeless, or to help poverty, etc etc.. as if they want to decrease population and destroy our mother earth sooner..shit that’s in humane! NZ citizens are calling for a march larger than ever. If you care about your children’s future, seek out sources for more info. And take one last stand!

Even though the TPPA may commence…as Tangatawhenua, we have to live trying to prevent such events, in respect of our forefathers who dedicated their lives for our current slice of freedom. And also regarding the future of our Pepe’s…please don’t ignore this.”  SOURCE


IMPORTANT MEETINGS COMING UP

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THE UPRISING 2016 HIKOI against the TPPA. 11am FEB 4 Lower Queen St – Myers Park / Sky City. Nau mai Haere mai e nga iwi o te motu
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The TPPA – “sets a dangerous precedent for democracy” – signed but not over yet

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

“For decades Oxfam has campaigned for trade rules and intellectual property standards that give poor countries a fair deal, such as protecting their right to access affordable medicines for public health. Despite mass public mobilisation against it, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was signed in October 2015. We believe the deal sets a dangerous precedent for democracy, transparency and future trade agreements.
“Oxfam joined a High Court case asking the New Zealand Government to release the secret text before it was signed. We also highlighted the potential harm the TPPA could bring in terms of poor people being able to access life-saving medicines, governments being accountable to the will of their people, and multinational corporations challenging government laws to protect public health and the environment.

In December 2013, 26,000 signatures were handed in, calling for release of the draft text. Then in August 2015 a petition of 100,000 signatures was delivered to Parliament.”

– See more at: http://www.oxfam.org.nz/what-we-do/issues/trade/tppa#sthash.abWmPTWi.dpuf


“The TPPA is nothing more than a power grab by overseas corporates, and delegates should actively campaign against it …” (Stephnie de Ruyter, Democrats for Social Credit)


Other News on the TPPA

TPPA Signing Should Be Treason

“The incredible irony is that in Greece, where former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was putting together a monetary system to enable Greece’s collapsing economy to continue to function in the event that the European Troika threw them out of the Eurozone, he is facing charges of treason”.

“In New Zealand, where the prime minister and trade minister are willing to sign an agreement enabling overseas corporates to sue taxpayers for loss of profits, they are likely to be awarded an honour by a future government”.

Read more:  http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1508/S00095/tppa-signing-should-be-treason.htm


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If you’re not up to speed with the TPPA and what it means visit itsourfuture.org and sign up for updates. Watch this short clip also from Youtube:

We will be further in the mire as all with any insight know and have been loudly telling us for years literally. This is a Trojan Horse for the corporations and as always with the aforementioned, they veil their plans in great sounding rhetoric. ‘Good for us all’ is their cry and ‘nothing to worry about’ which, does not add up given the whole negotiation process has been BEHIND CLOSED DOORS! They wanted us not to worry about something they refused to share the details of, with those whom it will most concern. Go figure fellow Kiwis! This is just not rocket science. Corporations are about power and control of all resources so that … they can maximize their profits … bottom line. If you’re not familiar with the machinations of corporations visit the Corporations page on the site and educate yourself by watching the documentary there entitled ‘The Corporation’.  Oh, and remember, your country is a corporation. 

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NZ needs a Consul-General (and a $6.2 mill mansion) in Hawaii because ‘the US has big defense headquarters in Honolulu’ … really?

Our pretend government aka corporation is borrowing $27 mill a day to keep us afloat, and has spent $6.2 mill on a house that is double the value of surrounding houses. It’s not a house it’s a mansion fit for a king. Our corporation is also flogging off our state housing, whilst many Kiwis are homeless and doesn’t give a toss about kids in poverty. Here then is a blatant example of ‘let them eat cake’. Something has gone terribly wrong with this country that once stamped out poverty and homelessness. Our CEO is a banker folks, he’s not a leader. He simply poses as one.

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In case you missed it, the corporatization of our nation & its former government departments has led to a bottom line of maximizing profits. People no longer matter.

Read TV3’s story & watch the video ….

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$6.2 mill mansion for NZ Diplomat

“Would you like to own a $6.2 million house in Hawaii? Good news – you already do. But bad news – the Government has bought the place for a diplomat.

It has inspired Story to start up a brand new segment called Silly Spending.

One of the many real estate ads for the home describes it as “ultimate modern luxury”.

“The crystal chandeliers are a great touch. The whole effect is one of a jewel box.”

It is 570 square metres of exceptional floor plan. It’s about four times bigger than your house, if you live in an average New Zealand home.

It’s got a pool and spa deck and it’s one block from the beach. The house is almost twice the average price of houses around it.

We bought the pad last year for diplomat Rob Kaiwai. He’s New Zealand’s first-ever Consul-General in Hawaii. We set up that posting last year to help out the 14 diplomatic postings we already had across the United States.

If you’re thinking he might need his house for high-powered meetings, that’s what the office in downtown Honolulu is for.”

Watch the video for the full Story report.

Read more: http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/story/62m-hawaiian-pad-paid-for-by-taxpayers-2015092918#ixzz3nABLpqQ2

Water Wars in ‘Clean Green’ NZ?

Most people who subscribe to truth sites similar to this one will be aware that water is becoming the new ‘gold’. This was ‘prophesied’ in a sense by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke in their book called ‘Blue Gold the Battle Against Corporate Theft of the World’s Water’ (2001), a very interesting and informative read. (The documentary of the same name is on YouTube.)

Here in NZ recent news items have questioned ‘who owns our water?’  ‘Nobody’, says the current PM John Key …  and yet a Hawkes Bay bottling plant (Chinese owned) has been sold pretty cheap rights to bottle and export 900 million liters per year. While locals who wish to water their orchards are required to pay for it.  Read the explanations for this and to the average citizen they sound like gobbledy gook … citing the Resource Management Act (RMA) and spun in legal rhetoric most of us can’t understand. This is the way of big business.

NZ’s Maori King, King Tuheitia says Maori “have always owned the water.”  In August 2012, the Waitangi Tribunal found that Māori still have residual proprietary rights in water and the Crown would breach the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi if it went ahead with the sale of State owned power company share sales. Maori customary title, according to the 2003 “Ngati Apa” decision of the Court of Appeal, must be lawfully extinguished before it can be regarded as ceasing to exist. Customary rights, although not ownership in a Lockean sense, says the NZ Herald, still represent more than the relegation of Maori to being non-owners of non-ownable water. Indeed, when acquiring the land for the Crown, the Queen solemnly agreed for Maori to retain “full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their Lands and Estates Forests Fisheries and other properties which they may collectively or individually possess…”

Still it appears perfectly legal in the case of Hawke’s Bay, for the local council there to sell an offshore corporation the rights to extract large quantities, even though, as John Key argues, nobody owns it.

For the purposes of introduction here, water and one’s right to it is becoming somewhat complicated.  There are places on the planet where the powers that be have integrated into law the prohibition of collecting it for personal consumption. As insane as this may sound it is factually true. As always, follow the money trail.

Corporations are seeking to privatise our water commons for a profit (and yes it was always considered one’s right to water is sacrosanct). Exemplifying their typical avarice for more and more profits, they seek to gobble up all the water resources and rights to them it seems, and sell them back to us at exorbitant prices.

The company Nestlé is guilty of this. Whilst its chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe  proclaims water is a human right, the company is busily selling off drought-stricken California’s water. Nestle owns 70% of the world’s bottled water brands.

This is the way of corporations. They are seldom for the people and always for their shareholders. Separate entities with legal personhood they manage to do just about anything their shareholders wish for them to do whilst escaping accountability for any damage they incur.

A few years back in Cochabamba Bolivia, a large corporation had privatised the water and was charging around half the income of the poor to buy it off them. So oppressive did this become it ended up with riots and even loss of life to oust the corporation and return to the previous status quo.  If there is anything you should learn on this site it is that corporations are not generally kindly companies that wish to help people. (Please watch ‘The Corporation’ movie).  Any intimation from them that they wish you well is generally just rhetoric to appease you or persuade you you to buy.  This attack on the rights of people to drink the essence of life, (and it is well established that water is essential to life itself) is a huge attack on our ultimate freedoms. Fifty years ago this line of thinking would be unheard of … unthinkable. As I’ve pointed out often here, fifty years ago most households had their own water tanks to collect rainwater. That was standard practice. And yet, today it is being put to us as being right and proper that we should not be collecting it at all. We have been seriously duped by little increments that corporations can, but not we the people. Lest I be misunderstood here, I am not against water conservation. I simply believe, like most ordinary folks, that water should not be virtually given to corporations to profiteer with, at the expense of locals who need it for day to day survival.

Welcome then to the water wars. And I’ve not even touched on water pollution and our health. In the meantime, be sure to stand up for water rights wherever they are being quietly, or not so quietly, whittled away. Next we will be charged for the air we breathe. Such is life in the twenty first century. If the water wars are new to you begin by watching the documentary Blue Gold.