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The Doco, “Vaxed” (that ISN’T anti-vax) is coming to Wellington in August

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With all the furore over people seeing this documentary, you would think it is anti-vaccination. It is not. It is presented by health professionals including MDs. It will give you the information that you need however, in weighing up whether or not to vaccinate. Tiny lives are too precious to remain uninformed about the risks that clearly are increasing going by the independent research that has emerged in recent years. We need to be able to make our own informed choices. We can’t do that without ALL of the info.

I personally would never have another vaccine injected into my body. But that is my choice. And it should remain my choice. Vaccination, or any other medical procedure, should never be made mandatory, yet we are seeing that happen.

Wellingtonians, and those nearby, this is an event not to be missed if you can help it.
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Wellington stream a brown, bubbly industrial dump that is killing the eels

More sustainable development from our LG folks. I challenge you to examine LG websites (Councils, Regional Council, Horizons) – they’re replete with a ton of rhetoric about sustainable this and sustainable that … all of which they pay mere lip service to. Note the comment from them in the article when whose responsibility it is is being followed up:

“T&T Landfills manager Sophie Gray said all information was available on the council’s website. When asked when the drainage problems would be fixed, she said it was a matter between “me and the council” before hanging up.”

In my opinion placed there to lull you into thinking all this toxic pollution is not their fault.  One gets the impression these DCs are fully in bed with the respective industries. Examine also though some of the events that transpire in the various other regions where the life in the waterways is dying off. Recently we had a huge die off of pipi and tuatua at Waitarere Beach. We hear a flurry in the news of ‘yes we are testing’ etc etc etc, and unless you pester them you’ll likely hear no more of it. Or when you do it is some curious thing to blame like I read recently, ‘pine pesticide’. Then they blame floods or high temps. All ‘natural’ phenomena of course so industrial pollution can’t be blamed. But here in this video, the stream is said to stink of chemicals, to which the likely reply will be the usual mantra of ‘it can’t be proven’. Not without extensive and expensive testing at least. Which predictably nobody will feel responsible enough to stump up with the costs for. Industries/corporations manage to let themselves off the hook in terms of responsibility for clean up. They have succeeded in reframing all of that by calling the damages externalities and making the public pay. Really the must watch as I always recommend is, ‘The Corporation’ doco. The profits of corporations are generally so large they pay for any fines out of their lunch money. If they get any fines that is. Largely they create carnage then move on leaving the locals to suck it up … get poisoned … whatever. They are rarely made to pay. So here we have dying eels as the canary in the coal mine. How long will it be before there is nothing left? We can’t swim in these streams and rivers any more, many more we can’t even wade in they’re so toxic. So why would we be expecting eels to survive in them? The regional authorities need to step up & enforce their consents properly instead of turning the proverbial blind eye.

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Forget clean and green – this Wellington stream is brown, bubbly and litter-strewn

As Jane Poata walks beside Wellington’s Owhiro Stream, the toxic stench rekindles childhood memories of holidaying beside New Zealand’s most-contaminated site.

It is a metallic smell she described as ammonia and lime, rising from the brown and bubbly stream, a tributary of which passes through T&T Landfills before running behind a primary school and homes then into Taputeranga Marine Reserve off the capital’s south coast.

Greater Wellington Regional Council has confirmed the contamination came from the T&T Landfills, which was in the process of diverting the tributary to Owhiro Stream and creating a filtering wetland so it no longer picked up debris and contaminants when flood water rushed through.

READ MORE:
* Criticism at lack of action over rising contamination in Wellington’s Owhiro Stream
* Wellington stream brown, swollen and frothy
* The new ‘swimmable’ fresh water target: Nick Smith defends his plan
*Editorial: We must clean up our waterways to prove we are clean and green

“Any contaminant can be toxic and harmful to the stream ecology and people coming into contact, but it depends on the levels we find.”

The landfill was fined following a similar incident in November. Cross said further fines had not been ruled out but the council was more focused now on fixing the problem.

T&T Landfills manager Sophie Gray said all information was available on the council’s website. When asked when the drainage problems would be fixed, she said it was a matter between “me and the council” before hanging up.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/91441533/Forget-clean-and-green-this-Wellington-stream-is-brown-bubbly-and-litter-strewn?cid=app-iPad

 

 

NZ dentist speaks out against fluoride

“New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world where some councils still choose to fluoridate the water. 97% of European countries do not fluoridate their water supplies. Fluoridation is increasingly being challenged around the world as awareness grows.” (Fluoride Free NZ)

Here is a 28 minute video from Vinny Eastwood’s channel featuring a NZ dentist, Dr Stan Litras from Wellington … he is speaking out against fluoride. Take note when a professional in the field speaks up. They are not generally speaking off the top of their heads or out of ignorance. The fluoride added to our water supplies are is in fact industrial waste. See the links on our Fluoride page.

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Wellington should not host weapons conference

Interesting timing with Operation katipo underway in the South Island. Do we really need to be promoting war? What of peace. Our nuclear free stance? Is it all just rhetoric by a country that’s hell bent on serving the corporations? Witness Key’s determination to rope us into the TPPA.

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Between November 17 and 18, Wellington will host 200 of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers at the Defence Industry Association Annual Forum. Despite the PR spin, this 2 day event, more appropriately called a weapons conference, promises to be a bonanza for companies who are in the business of selling products that are designed to kill, maim and destroy.

As one of several New Zealand cities that are members of the ‘Mayors for Peace’ global initiative, Wellington should not be hosting this event – particularly when this year’s principal sponsor is Lockheed Martin. This US-based company is a major manufacturer of nuclear weapons and delivery systems for the US and the UK. It is nothing short of a travesty that Lockheed Martin is being given the red carpet welcome in a city that has prided itself on its nuclear free status for over three decades. And it was…

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Tens of thousands of people turn out to protest against the TPPA

With failed talks in Hawaii recently with regards to the free trade agreement, Kiwis turned out en masse today in many parts of the country to protest the whole deal that has thus far been carried out in secret. Ostensibly a free trade deal, it is a doorway that will give corporations open slather to sue us if we threaten their profit making margins … something they are already doing in other countries. Educate yourself on this issue … it is important. Here are links to various news reports throughout the country.

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Tens of thousands turned out today in NZ to protest the TPPA

“The thing about this crowd is there’s children, there’s babies, there’s Maori there’s people from India, there’s trade unionists, there’s health professional, politicians, there’s professors, singers. It’s amazing. All of New Zealand is represented here. There’s no group you could say didn’t turn up today.”  NZ Herald

“Documentary filmmaker Bryan Bruce sent a clear message to Tim Groser and the National Party today on the grounds of Parliament: ‘If they sign this deal they will be gone in the next election. We will not forget and we will not forgive them… ‘ ”   SOURCE


Source: ONE News
In Auckland thousands of protesters turned out in the rain to march from Aotea Square down Queen Street.
Further south in Christchurch thousands of people turned out in the wet at Hagley Park to march up Riccarton Road, medical students, teachers and marketing executives among the crowd.
In Otago a large group of protesters marched through Dunedin’s CBD.
Protests today end an action week by those opposed to the proposed deal.
Rallies were also planned in Wellington, Kataia, Hokianga, Whangarei, Hamilton, Colville, Tauranga, Whakatane, Napier, New Plymouth, Featherston, Nelson, Timaru, Little River and Invercargill.
In Nelson, some of the protesters formed a choir to sing their message…”

Read more & watch related videos: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/tpp-protesters-push-through-barriers-at-parliament-q05743?post_id=10204858404079493_10205039977458714#_=_


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And/or at our TPPA page here: https://envirowatchrangitikei.wordpress.com/tppa/


Kaibosh eliminates food waste by feeding less fortunate

This is an inspiring report from NZ’s Campbell Live about how waste food from shops and supermarkets, still quite edible, yet destined for landfills, is gathered up and distributed to the less fortunate folks who can’t afford food. This is efficient recycling at its best … with a unique touch of kindness to boot.

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“Earlier this year, Campbell Live covered New Zealand’s $872 million food scandal and highlighted the amount of food we waste and the food we buy to eat but never do.

As a nation, we throw away 122,000 tonnes of food per annum, just from households.

That study got us thinking, and many of you too – what about commercial food waste, uneaten food from supermarkets, cafes and restaurants?

Sadly, most of it is also dumped – but not all.

Campbell Live reporter Jendy Harper spent the day rescuing the food and feeding the less fortunate in Wellington.”

Watch TV3’s VIDEO at the link:    http://www.3news.co.nz/tvshows/campbelllive/kaibosh-eliminates-food-waste-by-feeding-less-fortunate-2015052019#ixzz3awDcGTmu