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Important notice re TPPA ‘consultation’ meetings by MFAT

If you want to slide something under the public radar, do it just before Christmas, a time worn tactic. Important info here on meetings being conducted around NZ on TPPA which by my recollection was a no go for the new government/corporation that let’s face it isn’t really new… please share this info from It’s Our Future       EnvirowatchRangitikei

Our Government and MFAT may think that trying to keep Auckland’s meeting under wraps, and only visiting a small amount of cities is transparent consultation, we don’t.

Kia ora koutou

This week David Parker and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) are leading a series of meetings around the country to discuss the TPPA. The meetings  kicked off in Dunedin last night, Auckland tonight, Tauranga tomorrow and Hamilton on Thursday see here for more details.

In collaboration with The Daily Blog, It’s Our Future is able to livestream tonight’s Auckland meeting. The meeting starts at 6pm and runs through until 7.30pm. The Daily Blog will be hosting the livestream which you will be able to find here.

Please share the link out through your networks. Our Government and MFAT may think that trying to keep Auckland’s meeting under wraps, and only visiting a small amount of cities is transparent consultation, we don’t. But we think a livestream of the meeting adds a bit more transparency to the process.

Nga mihi nui

Chantelle Campbell
It’s Our Future Co-coordinator

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‘Goodbye to our bees’ – DOC spraying herbicide on Auckland maunga in suburb which paid $50K to be chemical free

Surprized? Our Department of Conservation appears to do anything but conserve. The lovers of 1080 that’s poisoning our entire ecosphere is very fond of glyphosate as well. Our DCs also slather it over everything, roadsides, berms, parks you name it. As always any mention of WHO’s concern it may cause cancer is totally ignored. Clean and green? I don’t think so. Check out our Glyphosate pages for more info on that. (Main menu)
EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

From tvnz.co.nz
An historic Auckland maunga is being sprayed with chemical herbicides to the dismay of surrounding residents who paid $50,000 in rates to keep their parks and reserves chemical free.

The chemical weed spraying measures are being undertaken on North Head mountain in Devonport, on Auckland’s North Shore, which is an historic battlement containing barracks, tunnels and gun emplacements, dating back to 1885.

North Head, otherwise known as Maungauika, is under the management of the Department of Conservation (DOC), who rent offices there, and for the duration of November will be spraying glyphosate, commercially known as Roundup, to combat kikuyu grass.

However, this chemical spraying flies in the face of an initiative which the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board region signed up to last year to pay Auckland Council $50,000 to not use chemical weed sprays in their local board region.

The catch is, the North Head maunga does not fit under the jurisdiction of Auckland Council, and the DOC can spray chemical weed sprays on North Head if they choose.

Department of Conservation sign on the North Head entrance gates notifying of the November chemical weed spraying.

Devonport locals irritated

Local residents on the Devonport Locals Facebook Group are suspicious and irritated about the practice.

“Always was chemical free in Devonport. Growl – naughty DOC,” Gail Ferrif Griffin wrote.

“DOC seem to have a problem with chemical abuse!” Ian Haley wrote.

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https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/goodbye-our-bees-doc-spraying-herbicide-auckland-maunga-in-suburb-which-paid-50k-chemical-free

New Zealand identified as pivotal in world’s rich hiding their money

From William McGregor

Key says his country is a footnote in the Panama Papers … REMEMBER – Key STARTED in the Banking Industry before he rose to power (& position) to create the “Haven” for the RICH to hide their wealth in SECRET hidden Trusts!
He boasted that he never drew a wage while he was Prime Minister; that he DONATED his pay to charity ….
What’s the odds that his wage went to the “J.Key’s Charity Fund”, one of the many HIDDEN Trusts that all rich people have access to?!
THINK! ……
If his wealth was 5 million back in 2008 (when he became Prime Minister), and it was at 55 million when he bailed out of Politics in 2016, and he wasn’t drawing a wage – WHERE THE HELL DID THE DOLLARS COME FROM?!
And he is taking over the reigns to the A.N.Z. Bank next year.

May you receive your “just reward” J.Key; you’ll NEVER be a “Knight” in my eyes ….
While your “thumb’s up”, hitch a ride out of Aotearoa; you’re no Kiwi!

 

from abc.net.au

Panama Papers: New Zealand identified as pivotal in world’s rich hiding their money

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New Zealand is at the heart of a tangled web of shelf companies and trusts that are being used by wealthy individuals to channel funds around the world, according to a report based on leaks of the so-called Panama Papers.

A joint report by Radio New Zealand, TVNZ and investigative journalist Nicky Hager analysed more than 61,000 documents relating to NZ, part of the massive leak of offshore data from Mossack Fonseca, a Panama-based law firm.

The papers have shone spotlight on how the world’s rich take advantage of offshore tax regimes.

Mossack Fonseca ramped up its interest in using NZ as one of its new jurisdictions in 2013 by actively promoting it as a good place to do business due to its tax-free status, high levels of confidentiality and legal security.

The company’s main contact in NZ was allegedly Robert Thompson, co-founder and director of accountant firm Bentleys New Zealand, the registered office of Mossack Fonseca New Zealand, according to the report.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-09/panama-papers-new-zealand-identified-as-pivotal-for-hiding-money/7396342

The Kea are nearly all gone thanks to 1080

Published on Nov 17, 2017

Pete Lusk tells us how few kea there are left in New Zealand after 1080 poison use

Published on Sep 25, 2016

Kea are one of the most endangered parrots on Earth. The New Zealand Govt agency – Department of Conservation – continues to aerially drop poisonous food directly into kea habitat to kill rats, possums and deer … but it’s not just rats and deer that are dying …

Family face permanent disablity after eating wild pig

Very sad for this family. It will be interesting to see what the reports say. A sign perhaps of caution in eating wild food … given our wild places are being, and have for a long time, seriously poisoned.
EnvirowatchRangitikei
From MSN News

Newshub
Newshub staff, Michael Morrah
The family are being treated for suspected food poisoning at Waikato Hospital after consuming the meat, believed to be contaminated by an unknown substance or bacteria.

Shibu Kochummen, wife Subi Babu and mother Alekutty Daniel were found unconscious by emergency staff at their Putaruru house on Friday.

Mr Kochummen collapsed while calling emergency services for medical help.

Family friend Joji Varghese told Newshub poisoning may have occurred after the victims ate contaminated pig.

“Shibu and some of his friends… went hunting for some wild boar,” he said.

“They cooked and consumed it on Friday evening for dinner. Within half an hour they began throwing up. Shibu tried ringing the emergency services.

“Someone turned up at their door and found all three adults unconscious.”

Mr Varghese says the trio are now in a vegetative state, and doctors are determining the cause of the incident.

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https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/family-face-permanent-disablity-after-eating-wild-pig/ar-BBF0Zx4?ocid=sf

Family poisoned with botulism: ‘It’s a very difficult sight’

A family of three who were hospitalised with suspected food poisoning after eating wild boar are being treated for botulism.

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https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/344093/family-poisoned-with-botulism-it-s-a-very-difficult-sight

With growing cracks in the 1080 edifice the censorship scramble is ramping up

The outrage is growing as the glaring cracks in our ‘clean green’ image get too big to disguise!

Last week my site some may recall was hacked & a piece on the Green Party’s 1080 stance DELETED which was not clever as it merely moves the formerly conspiratorial belief in the existence of a ‘thought Police’ (for some) to, well … factual evidence doesn’t it? Not only was it removed from this site, it had just previously been taken down off Facebook. Please ask yourself ‘why?’

So the cracks are widening ever so gradually & like the proverbial dam stoppage the establishment are dashing hither and yon running out of proverbial fingers to stop up the leaks. I’ve said this before, this site gets literally thousands of views & shares on 1080, hundreds on other pressing issues and some only tens. The 1080 poison issue is by far the one that Kiwis are most angry about.  And the issue that clearly is also policed by trolls who endeavour periodically to convince me that 1080 is harmless stuff you’ll find in your morning cuppa, after all it is derived from camellia leaves they tell me. As if we have never read a piece of scientific data in our lives. I’ve also said before I don’t entertain or invite long convoluted time wasting-discussions on the pros of 1080 poison. If you have those views, head off to mainstream media and discuss them where they’re the status quo. Some of us would prefer to eliminate pests with eco friendly methods, period.

Anyway a recent piece of good news comes from a certain bus company in the Wellington region that placed 1080 ads on its buses. Ads that provoke one to think about the science behind poisoning and the possibility of alternatives for conservation. This piece of news serves two purposes actually. One that there was somebody willing to put their money where their mouth is & tell the world what’s really happening with the poisoning program and how it is threatening to damage our export base (aside from ruining our ecosystem). And secondly, the fact that the ads are now being taken down through opposing pressure, proves my initial point, the thought Police are alive & well. The ads aren’t lies but it’s preferred it seems that we the public don’t draw our own conclusions about that. Please share this information far and wide. I’ve heard it’s already gone global. It becomes more farcical by the day, the outrage growing as the glaring cracks in our clean green image get too big to disguise. 

Following is Carol Sawyer’s post on the anti-1080 bus ads (slightly edited):

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The header image shows the “Kea” bus, in Courtenay Place, Wellington around the 6th November 2017. The signs on the buses are being removed! The image above points to the possibility that 1080 is in some of our honey. 

It looks as though there has been a campaign against the ads, and one that appears to have successfully bypassed the normal channels, those being the Advertising Standards Authority.  

It appears the signs are to be removed from the buses because of the complaints. The buses are from Newlands Bus Company and Mana Coaches. If people want to let the companies know they support the signs they should phone MetLink & let them know (details below).

They seem grateful for the calls, and have been flooded with complaints, so a lot of praise is needed as a counterbalance !!!

Absolutely no bad language or threats.

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MetLink ( 0800-801-700 ) who handle complaints, etc for Newlands/Mana is is the best place to phone. Let them know you are extremely impressed with their bus advertisements, on Keas and honey, and congratulate them on their free-thinking and progressive attitude. 

Alternatively email them:
Contact Us | Newlands Coach Services
Coach Hire Porirua Quotes@manacoach.co.nz Paraparaumu ManaCharters@manacoach.co.nz Newlands Newlands@newlands.co.nz

NEWLANDS.CO.NZ
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Vaccination in NZ: a Kiwi Doctor’s perspective

A NZ doctor speaks about vaccines and asks the question everybody should be asking … ‘why will the establishment not enter into any dialogue about them?’ Instead the mantra continues that they are safe with outright refusal to look at the ongoing anomalies that are clearly in front of our eyes, and being raised by other health professionals like herself. Another glaring case of the king’s new clothes.
EnvirowatchRangitikei

Published on Nov 5, 2017

NZ Food Standards Has Approved GE Potatoes … Ignoring the Health Risks!

What a farce. Having also just posted on checking what’s in your food and where it’s from. NZ the clean green illusion, along with the GE free illusion … APPROVING GE potatoes. Please see our GMO pages for independent info on the safety of GE food. Watch Dr Stephanie Seneff on the topic (video below the article). And see also our Glyphosate pages. Glyphosate & GM go hand in glove. And grow your own potatoes or buy organic. People are sicker now than they’ve ever been. Something is wrong here. Their so called progress is failing us. What can you do? Get informed for starters. There are other sites with up to date information to do this with recommendations for action. GE Free NZ can be found here, and on their site is a page with individual districts that may include yours.

Visit gefreenorthland.org  has a page titled ‘What Can You Do?’ at their main menu.  EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

From mscnewswire.co.nz

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter vital nutritional components [1]. The NZ Minister for Food Safety has let down NZ consumers yet again by failing to carry out a thorough public safety evaluation.

The joint submission from GE-Free NZ and Soil and Health highlighted many studies that show harm from eating GE foods, which FSANZ has dismissed and ignored. [2]

The FSANZ decision states, “No public health and safety concerns have been identified in relation to food derived from the potatoes developed by the Applicant.” This statement is highly misleading and contravenes a “duty of care” to the consumer. FSANZ openly acknowledges it does not require feeding trials or genomics testing.

“How can FSANZ give consumers an assurance of safety when they do not require any animal or human feeding studies? There is no evidence that the potatoes are safe to eat,” said Claire Bleakley, president of GE-Free NZ.

https://www.mscnewswire.co.nz/the-msc-network/item/5915-food-standards-approval-ignores-possible-dangers-of-ge-potatoes.html

 

Why is a NZ vineyard that’s certified organic using poison that kills falcons?

Thanks to Carol Sawyer for this piece of investigation. Just how organic is organic these days? With NZ’s current sell out to corporate interests I’m wondering more and more. Just how honest are these industries being? Some of these people just refuse to examine the independent research and profits win out over our health & conservation. Folk need to think about this as they purchase products from a country that falsely advertises itself as ‘clean and green’, and pledges to be protecting its wildlife. Gone are the days. All these advertising ploys are just that and pay little more than lip service it appears, to sustainable practices. EnvirowatchRangitikei

I have talked to many, many Central Otago vineyards over the last month and it has … become completely clear to me that it is perfectly possible to maintain a low, no-nuisance rabbit population without using cruel poisons… Carol Sawyer

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PEREGRINE WINES, CENTRAL OTAGO – KILLING FALCONS ?

Why is a vineyard that names itself after a FALCON, has a brand logo that is a stylised falcon, and is certified organic with BioGro, using a poison that will kill falcons by secondary poisoning ?!!! Today I have been sent these photos and the irony has just struck me.

Their website says “A natural extension of our passion for the land, Peregrine are dedicated to helping protect some of New Zealand’s rarest native birds. As well as taking part personally in some of this country’s most successful preservation programs, Peregrine is proud to have worked with the Wingspan Trust, the Department of Conservation and the Fiordland Conservation Trust.” ???!!!!!!

I have been compiling a register of Central Otago vineyards who do not use cruel poisons on their vineyards, (see link is below also, but it is not yet complete) and when I spoke to Peregrine about a month ago I was told they had used Pindone on some of their surrounding land on the river boundary, but about 30 metres from the vines. I have today rung the poison contractor (name supplied). That information I was given was incorrect. He has told me that Pindone was spread on ALL their surrounding land, just not on the vineyards

The Eastern Falcon DOES eat carrion and can be killed by ingesting poisoned rabbits. Many hawks are killed this way too. NOT GOOD ENOUGH PEREGRINE !!!

I have talked to many, many Central Otago vineyards over the last month and it has therefore become completely clear to me that it is perfectly possible to maintain a low, no-nuisance rabbit population without using cruel poisons. The vast majority of vineyard managers do just that! Good rabbit fencing, shooters, and dogs work well.

Peregrine are on the Central Otago Wines register of vineyards that do not use cruel poisons (1080, Pindone, Magtoxin ) on their vineyard land. Should they stay or should they go? Is using the stuff on surrounding land acceptable?

Central Otago Wines Register here :

https://www.facebook.com/notes/carol-sawyer/central-otago-vineyards-who-do-not-use-inhumane-poisons-and-eco-toxins-1080-pind/1975084266105223/

As well as this they are exporting their wines. Peregrine say on their website : “We are thrilled to have cemented our relationship with our premium US wine importer, Vineyard Brands as a result of a visit earlier this month by Greg Doody, President and CEO of Vineyard Brands. During the trip hosted by our owners, Lindsay, Jude and Fraser McLachlan a long term business agreement was signed that will see our full range of wines distributed across the US.” It is a pity their website is so dishonest!

Carol Sawyer

NZ’s Rocket Base (that’s partnered with the largest defense contractor on the planet) is testing again – what are they really up to?

From the NZ Herald

“Rockets will soon be blasting off from northern Hawke’s Bay again, after Rocket Lab announced its second test-launch window.

“The Auckland-based company yesterday said it would fly payloads for clients Planet and Spire on its upcoming second test flight titled “Still Testing” from its Launch Complex 1 site at Mahia Peninsula.” NZ Herald

We had an article earlier this year about the Mahia Rocket base.  I had intended to follow up with further details however time constraints have prevented me. There were some comments from locals that you can read at the original post, voicing their concerns and observations around the consultation processes, possible effects on fishing and other things.

What I have discovered since that post is information people probably are not aware of about Lockheed Martin (LM). I’m adding here the basic info on the corporation from the original post:

Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry. It is the world’s largest defense contractor based on revenue for fiscal year 2014.[5] In 2013, 78% of Lockheed Martin’s revenues came from military sales;[6] it topped the list of US federal government contractors and received nearly 10% of the funds paid out by the Pentagon.[7] In 2009 US government contracts accounted for $38.4 billion (85%), foreign government contracts $5.8 billion (13%), and commercial and other contracts for $900 million (2%).[8]
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Lockheed Martin is so big that it is the equivalent almost of a private second government.

You can listen to the information on Lockheed Martin (LM) on a video (by Dane Wigington) in another recent post, by an ex CIA whistle blower Kevin Shipp who describes the true length, breadth and power of this company. (If you’re pressed for time go straight to 12 minutes in, or to hear specifically about LM go to 17 min). Not surprisingly, the US Military Industrial Complex (MIC) holds considerable power over Congress.

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A screen shot from the lecture by Kevin Shipp – the interrelationships of the shadow government

Part of that of course is the said company.  LM is the chief surveillance information processor for the CIA, the NSA and the FBI. It has created a program that tracks every contact every American citizen has with the IRS, their emails, payments made, all are run through LM. The corporation is so big that it is the equivalent almost, says Shipp, of a private second government. The average household in America has what he calls a ‘Lockheed Martin tax’. The sum of around $260 is taken from all pockets pa to pay this company basically to spy on Americans through the NSA & CIA, even tracking packages in the US postal. As well as all this of course they make ballistic missiles among other weaponry to sell to foreign governments.

Moving on then, this is a company that has helped fund the NZ Rocket Lab. Do you really think they are here because they really feel for our unemployed? Given their ongoing ‘budget’ in the US (trillions Shipp estimates) we are very small fry. Our government aka corporation is fully in bed with the US Military going by their recent carry on, having also made a farce of our nuclear free stance. It is all now about money.  So, a must listen is the video, and watch this space (no pun intended) for further updates on where this thing is headed.
EnvirowatchRangitikei

 

Rocket Lab announces second test on Mahia Peninsula

“The flight is the second of three in Rocket Lab’s Electron test programme and follows May’s successful inaugural Electron test flight.

Read more about earlier test in May: Eager witnesses still turn out despite Rocket Lab delay
We have lift-off: Rocket Lab

The Electron vehicle for the “Still Testing” flight is expected to be trucked to the site next month, and a launch window will open in the following weeks.

The vehicle will carry two Earth-imaging Dove satellites for Planet and two Lemur-2 satellites from Spire for weather mapping and ship tracking.

Rocket Lab founder and chief executive Peter Beck said carrying a test payload marked a significant milestone for the Electron programme, enabling Rocket Lab to gather crucial data and test systems for the deployment stage of a mission.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11926610

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