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EXPONENTIAL RATES INCREASES, SOCIALIST COUNCILS, DEBT-BONDAGE AND SERFDOM IN NZ – an exposé by Dr Naomi Jacobs

From Dr Naomi Jacobs

“I decided to write the book following my initial shock in reading the New Zealand Herald, November 3, 2012, article, Kaipara rates rebellion grows,’ about the huge, extortionate 40% property rates/tax increases being imposed by Kaipara District Council on ratepayers in New Zealand.

After an extensive study of Marxism/Socialism/Communism over many years – upon reading the article, it immediately became plain to me that what was happening to Kaipara citizens and ratepayers was not only unique to New Zealand – but was part of a global plot now taking place in all countries planned many years ago by the British Fabian Society.

Basically, I believe, Kaipara District Council is being insidiously used as a “test case …”

Read More:  January 2013 Letter Naomi Jacobs (pdf)

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Ak City Council refuses to comply with the Public Records Act 2005: hear the full story from Penny Bright and why she has withheld her rates

DONATE HERE (if you are reading this before midnight 20th April)

 

Help ‘Anti-corruption whistle-blower’ Penny Bright save her home by midnight 20 April! (DONATIONS PAGE NOW CLOSED)

To help stop the forced rating sale of my home by raising and holding $20,000 Auckland Council outstanding rates ‘in escrow’ with solicitor.

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LINK TO VINNY EASTWOOD’S FB PAGE LIVE (until midnight 20th April)

I have until 24 April 2018, to get Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town to withdraw from the Auckland High Court, the forced Rating Sale proceedings against my home, or it will be sold.

Time is short.

This is only the second time ever that Auckland Council have applied for a forced Rating Sale against a freehold property.

In my opinion, I am being unfairly persecuted and prosecuted as an ‘Anti-corruption whistle-blower’, for my persistent and consistent efforts to help get full transparency and accountability in the spending of public monies on private sector consultants and contractors.

The amount I owe in outstanding rates, (excluding legal fees and penalties) is $20,000.

Altogether, I am seeking $21,000 on this Give A Little Page, $20,000 to cover outstanding rates (excluding legal fees and penalties), and $1000 to cover the Give A Little 5% service fee.

$21,000 is 2100 x $10

1050 x $20

525 x $40

420 x $50

210 x $100

105 x $200

42 x $500

21 x $1000

(The reason why I have set up this Give A Little page is because a number of people have asked me to do so, because they support my work and want to financially assist.

It has always been my intention to pay outstanding rates, but because I was broke, I would have been able to apply for rates postponement.

However, after an eleven year battle, it has never been my intention to apply for rates postponement, until the ‘job was finished’ and the following details of awarded contracts were available for public scrutiny.)

If I can raise this outstanding $20,000 rates money, and have it sitting ‘in escrow’ (in trust) in the HENDERSON REEVES CONNELL RISHWORTH TRUST ACCOUNT that will help apply more pressure for these forced Rating Sale proceedings to be withdrawn, and for the following details of awarded contracts to be published on the websites of Auckland Council and Auckland Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs), so they are available for public scrutiny:

* The unique contract number.

* The name of the consultant /contractor.

* A brief description of the scope of the contract.

* Contract start and finish dates.

* The exact dollar value of each and every contract, including those sub-contracted.

* How the contract was awarded, by direct appointment or public tender.

The close off day for this Give A Little Page will be 12pm Friday 20 April 2018.

As soon as the $21,000 is raised – I will close this page.

BACKGROUND:

Since 2007, I have disputed and refused to pay first Auckland City Council, then Auckland Council rates, because of the lack of transparency in Council spending on private sector consultants and contractors – their continuing failure to fully comply with the NZ Public Records Act 2005, section 17:

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2005/0040/latest/DLM345729.html

17 Requirement to create and maintain records

(1) Every public office and local authority must create and maintain full and accurate records of its affairs, in accordance with normal, prudent business practice, including the records of any matter that is contracted out to an independent contractor.

….

Back in 2010, while I was disputing and refusing to pay Auckland City Council rates, I received a ‘Good Citizen’s Award from the Auckland City Council Eden/Albert Community Board, for fighting to help stop water privatisation and for more transparency in Council contracting.

However, under Auckland Council, my ‘reward’ (not that I choose to do this for ‘reward’) – is to force the sale of my freehold home?

I’ve now attended seven International Anti-Corruption Conferences, and was last year invited to, and attended the 2017 World Justice Project International Rule of Law Forum at The Hague, so I have developed a good understanding of the corruption risks in contracting out public services to private sector consultants and contractors, and I have offered to help Auckland Council and CCOs to finish the job and fully and accurately ‘open the books’.

New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be ‘the least corrupt country in the world’, according to the 2017 Transparency International ‘Corruption Perception Index’, so arguably we should be the most transparent. But we don’t know exactly where billion$ of dollars are now being spent on the contracting out of so many Council services that used to be provided ‘in house’ by directly employed staff under the ‘public service’ not commercialised/ privatised model.

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MORE BACKGROUND INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE HERE.

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-anti-corruption-campaigner

and

https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-is-new-zealand-really-one-of-the-least-corrupt-countries-in-the-world

OTHER ACTION:

A petition to Mayor Phil Goff to ‘Halt the forced sale of Penny Bright’s house’

www.toko.org.nz/petitions/halt-the-forced-sale-of-penny-bright-s-house

Funds raised will go towards the $20,000 in outstanding Auckland Council rates to be paid once ‘the books are open’. In any event monies collected for outstanding Auckland Council Rates, will be paid by the 20th April 2019 – it will be held in escrow till this time. In the meantime I will continue to work with Auckland Council and CCOs to help ensure the above mentioned details of awarded contracts are available for public scrutiny.

Halt the forced sale of Penny Bright’s house – ‘Open the Books’ Ak City Council!

Instruct CEO Stephen Town to halt the sale of Penny Bright’s house.

Public watchdog, and recipient of Eden Albert Community Board’s Good Citizen’s Award in 2010, is having her house sold over her head by Auckland Council for non payment of rates. 

“Open the books,” is Penny Bright’s catch phrase. She has not paid her rates, as she has put them on hold until Auckland Council tells us how our rate payers money is being spent. 

“It’s time to stop the commercialisation and privatisation of Council services and regulatory functions, and return to the genuine ‘public service’ model.”
Penny is standing for “transparency and value for money” for rate payers. Penny’s ‘punishment’ for her ethical stand is to have her house forcibly sold, and the overdue rates taken from the proceeds.

Why is this important?

Auckland Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Town, has not followed lawful due process regarding Auckland Council’s Rating Sale Policy.
A Charging Order was supposed to have been imposed on the title to Penny’s property, after the Judgment Debt of $47,431.76 was awarded in the Auckland District Court on 18 January 2017, and before the forced Rating Sale Application was filed in the Auckland High Court on 7 March 2017.
There is no such Charging Order.
These forced Rating Sale proceedings must be withdrawn forthwith.

Background information to this petition:
What Penny has been seeking for the last eleven years are for the following details of awarded contracts to be made available for public scrutiny, by publishing them on the websites of Auckland Council, and all Auckland Council-Controlled Organisations (CC0s) under ‘Procurement – Awarded Contracts’:
* The unique contract number.
* The name of the consultant/contractor.
* A brief description of the scope of the contract.
* Contract start/finish dates.
* The exact dollar value of every contract, including those sub-contracted.
* How the contract was awarded, by direct appointment or public tender.

Details around the sale:
“The Auckland Council Rating Sales Policy (CP2013/01403) states:
“14: The rating sales process is outlined by the following steps:
1. legal proceedings are initiated, and a court judgment issued with a Charging Order (registered on title documents) against the property.
16. The power to enforce a rating sale comes with a significant responsibility to ensure that the power is not used inappropriately.
A policy on rating sales is therefore being developed to ensure that there are clear rules regarding rating sales.”

“The ‘Composite Computer Register Under Land Transfer Act 1952, (search date 8 March 2017) shows no Charging Order registered against Penny’s property for the Judgment Debt of $47,431.76, given in the Auckland District Court on 18 January 2017.”

It appears that Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town, has not followed Auckland Council’s ‘Rating Sale Policy’.

For more information see:

This evidence that conclusively proves the CEO hasn’t followed the Rating Sale Process.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5pXI2s5sgTST2pWbzFVQjJfSGlDWTNRdVBCUEI0WEZwRmhr/view

And listen or read here:
https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-anti-corruption-campaigner
and
https://www.ourplanet.org/greenplanetfm/penny-bright-is-new-zealand-really-one-of-the-least-corrupt-countries-in-the-world

Matata existing use rights cull one step closer after Bay of Plenty Regional Council decision – another Agenda 21/30 land grab?

This looks like Agenda 21/30. Land grabs in other places also. Search other articles in ‘categories’. See all of our Agenda pages at the main menu, also see Local Govt Watch pages also at the main menu. Similar happening in the Christchurch rebuild.

from Stuff.co.nz

Matata landowners have been left in limbo after a proposal to strip existing use rights over safety concerns was accepted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

The landmark decision will see 34 houses and sections lose the right to inhabit their property as part of a voluntary retreat. It is believed to be the first time the Resource Management Act has been used in this manner.

Whakatane District Council lobbied Bay of Plenty Regional Council to consider a plan change that will prohibit residential activity in the Awatarariki Fanhead at Matatā after March 2021. The plan change was suggested after $1.2 million was spent investigating how to mitigate safety concerns to residents unsuccessfully.

The plan change will prohibit all residential activity in the affected area.

READ MORE:
* A town damned becasue a dam was never built
Anger at forced acquisition of 34 Bay of Plenty properties

Impacted residents say they will fight the plan change through legal means.

“We don’t want this to end up in court but when you back people into a corner they fight,” resident spokesman Rick Whalley said.

“That’s where we are now. We’re backed into the corner and we have to fight. They have taken away everything we have. We can’t sell. We can’t get loans. What other option do we have?”

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/property/101608589/matata-existing-use-rights-cull-one-step-closer-after-bay-of-plenty-regional-council-decision

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Tax rates for our esteemed ‘public servants’ at Parliament are a joke – time for a complete overhaul

Calculated at the time of Key’s ‘leadership’ (said with tongue in cheek). The same would doubtless still apply for the current PM. Time for change. Bryan Bruce in his last doco recalled a time when Parliamentarians earned the same wage as a teacher. The higher salary (that being a vast understatement) has not brought greater accountability or better service from these public servants. We should return to the previous regime. And put them on a fair tax rate. This article from 2014 is from the dailyblog.co.nz

 

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

By   /   August 27, 2014

Yesterday I did some calculations to find out what tax John Key pays compared to a worker on the minimum wage.

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.

The National government and its attack bloggers refer to the working poor as scum, bludgers and ferals but it’s clear the real problem is with the top 1% of income earners who get all the benefits of taxpayer funded facilities and services but don’t pull their weight paying for them.

Cleaners, fast-food workers, hospitality workers and security guards are all heavily subsidising the lifestyles of the superrich.

These figures show we need an overhaul of our tax system so the Prime Minister and his rich-list colleagues pay their fair share.

READ MORE

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

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Why Local Govt is the # 1 thief of your money – a must watch if your local Council mystifies you

Bruce Rogan who is interviewed in this video by Vinny Eastwood – Bruce’s story can also be found on our Local Govt Watch pages at the main menu. Their story is shocking. See our Agenda 21 in NZ pages also for Dr Naomi Jacobs’ take on it. She was inspired by the Mangawhai rate payers’ debacle to write with some insight into what is really going down, taking the very long view. This is a must watch if you are increasingly puzzled by the goings on, often in secret (public excluded) behind your Council’s closed doors. They don’t want you to know. Vinny’s about exposing corruption among other things, his style of presentation is different to mainstream, and his facts are accurate. Consider supporting his work, we desperately need independent media.
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Published on Feb 9, 2016

Why Local Government Is The #1 Thief Of Your Money, Bruce Rogan http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/s… By far the most BORING topic to many people is any kind of talk about local government, “Aww why me?!” they shriek (internally and silently) as they’re lulled into a sound slumber ala the droning monotone, via the whining microphone, through the groaning speakerphone, rebounded off the empty acoustically rebounding lavish ceiling of a city hall meeting. The truth however is far more interesting than just mere dates and figures rambled forth, but in fact a great world of intrigue! The truth would be better defined as a white collar crime syndicate disguised as a local government that feeds off the wealth created by people who actually work for a living, then hand it off via bribery disguised as bidding, to international organised crime syndicates disguised as contractors, who then invent crises disguised as work projects to confuse people as to where the justification is in stealing everyone’s money. Guest: Bruce Rogan, Chairman Of The Mangawhai Residents & Ratepayers Association http://www.kaiparaconcerns.co.nz/ Radio Version http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/u… Youtube Audio Version (No Ads Or Music) http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com/u… Youtube Version (With Webcam!) Why Local Govt Is The #1 Thief Of Your Money, Bruce Rogan https://youtu.be/4kjofcfnp2I This Broadcast Is Made Possible By YOU! DONATE NOW At http://www.thevinnyeastwoodshow.com

The Real Reason Your Rural Banks are Closing Kiwis – It’s Not Lack of Funds

Reports in August last year (2016) told us that in spite of $1 billion Profit, Westpac was still looking to close 19

hands-1319624_1280.jpgrural Branches. So it isn’t because they’re not making money. Same scenario with Housing NZ. Those homes are being hocked off by the thousands currently, not because they are an encumbrance, in fact the Housing Corporation is/was running at a profit. Cast your eye back to the late ’80s and the new Neoliberal rip-off economy that promised us they were working smarter amidst a whole palaver about restructuring aka structural adjustment that seemed to mysteriously only affect the workers and equally as mysteriously fatten the purses of the already wealthy. The gap is getting wider, watch.

These closures began back in the aforementioned late ’80s when banks, hospitals, pharmacies, postal, transport and medical services and so on, collapsed slowly, one by one, like a house of cards. Folks at the time put up a huge fight to retain these services and were successful for a time, however, they eventually closed. The seemingly inevitable. And back then, like now, they were simply decisions from the top echelon in Wellington – economic priorities, not inevitabilities at all. And slowly, as was the intended effect, folks drifted to the cities in order to support themselves and their families. Kiwis are resourceful and not lazy like the current regime would have you believe. We had full employment before the new banking/corporate government took control.

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Slowly, as services were closed, the result of economic decisions in Wellington, people moved to the cities in order to support their families

If you would like to know the agenda behind those decisions you need to look at the UN Long Term Plan, called specifically Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030. It is very long hence few will have read it. However there are many commentaries/exposes/critiques of it online fortunately, by those who have read it cover to cover, notable people like ex Aussie politician, Anne Bressington. Watch her video at the link. This is the forward thinking plan that superficially looks great and touts sustainability and global cooperation. Be assured it is everything but. Look now at our District Councils, our Local Governing bodies and see how they flout the term sustainability (in practice that is). Their websites however have all the right spin. People are now waking up to the fact and the reality that our nation is being in fact, severely polluted to the extent we can only swim safely in 40% of our rivers. 

And so in line with this change of regime that has been creeping on us since the late ’80s

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Mangaweka in the central North Island, a once thriving town, drastically affected historically by the closure of services

and Rogernomics, the closure of facilities in rural areas is designed to drive us to the cities. Friends tell me their rates in the rural towns are far dearer than city rates … with less amenities. If you take the time to research Agenda 21/30 you will see the long term plan – in short – is for us to live in high rise city apartments and riding bicycles for transport. That is the general shift that is in motion.

For a local expose of the plan visit our Agenda 21/30 in NZ pages … Dr Naomi Jacobs has written an ebook about it (downloadable from that page), triggered by the rising rates scenario (an increasingly familiar theme) in Kaipara in the North. No this is not conspiracy theory, it is a documented UN Agenda fact. You owe it to yourself to read it. It concerns you & your descendants.

RELATED:

Westpac looking to close 19 rural branches – union
Elderly face 180km journey if bank closes


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CONFIRMED: Cancer is entirely a man-made disease

My first inkling of corruption within the medical ranks regarding cancer and its causes was in seeing a book online by Dr Samuel Epstein called ‘The Politics of Cancer’. He wrote it back in the 1970s and yet still, forty odd years later, the medical fraternity gaze heavenward, beg for more research money and make like they know neither the causes nor the cures. Dr Epstein is active in disseminating knowledge on cancer prevention. As the article points out cancer is the result of a poor western diet & pollution. The cancer industry makes a lot of money as well from your not knowing that. Do the research and you will see this is truth. Start on our Cancer pages for links to further info and search categories.
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by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) It may be hard to believe, but a recent study shows that cancer is 100 percent a man-made disease, and that it is caused by modern-day phenomena like pollution and dietary intake.

Researchers at the University of Manchester’s KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology in England, reached that conclusion in 2010, after reviewing remains and literature from ancient Egypt and Greece, as well as earlier periods, a study that also included the first historical diagnosis of cancer in an Egyptian mummy.

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Investigating hundreds of Egyptian mummies turned up only one case of cancer

The study, published at the time in the journal Nature Reviews Cancer, noted that researchers found only one occurrence of cancer while investigating hundreds of Egyptian mummies. In addition, they found very few references to the disease in period literature, which indicates that cancer cases were extremely rare during the period.

However, after the Industrial Revolution, cancer rates exploded, and in particular among children, which proves that the rise in cases is not exclusively tied to longer life.

“In industrialized societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare,” said Prof. Rosalie David, of the Faculty of Life Sciences. “There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/053890_causes_of_cancer_man-made_disease_ancient_Greece.html#ixzz47qnIKtGC