When it was leaked that John Key was assisted in his attempts to be elected as the new Prime Minister of New Zealand by the PR company Crosby and Textor I decided to check out the website of the PR company and guess what I found; the chair of their board was a man called the Crispigny. It turned out that this man was a hot shot in the Aussie mining world. I was just a matter of putting one and one together to realise that John Key was a sock puppet for the international banking and mining world. Their goal? Bankrupting New Zealand to get their hands of the few remaining untouched mining resources.
Revelations that more conservation land will be mined, whatever the outcome of public consultation, have drawn vehement opposition from environmental groups, who say conservation land is about to be destroyed.
The Government is planning to consult the public over opening up more land for mining, but Prime Minister John Key signalled to Parliament yesterday that there would be significant changes to which areas are protected.
Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act protects about a third of the conservation estate from mining because of its conservation value. That equates to 13 per cent of New Zealand’s land mass.
It is expected that the Government will seek consultation this month on removing land in Coromandel and the Mt Aspiring, Kahurangi, Fiordland and Paparoa national parks from Schedule 4.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said it appeared Mr Key had already decided the outcome of the public consultation process, before the public had been given an opportunity to see what was being considered.
“Clearly he is proposing an unlawful process.”
The result would be that some of the most important ecological land would be destroyed, causing irreparable damage to New Zealand’s green image and tourism industry.
For those of us slogging away finding our pay travels less and less along the shelves of cheapie places like Pack and Save and more and more low and middle incomes faltering and people losing their jobs in record numbers facing more and more draconian welfare laws it is good to know that the John Key’s of this world won’t go hungry.
Wait patiently for three months for the real oil in the Budget before passing judgment on the Government’s latest and seemingly insipid prescription for shifting New Zealand’s sluggish-performing economy into the growth fast-lane.
That is the message from Government insiders. Only then, they say, will the exact extent of sweeping tax cuts planned to take effect from this October become evident.
National took a fair bit of stick yesterday in the aftermath of the Prime Minister’s tabling of his Government’s new 23-page economic and social policy programme in Parliament – most of it without flinching.
The Government remains unconcerned that between now and the Budget in late May, Labour and the Greens might sway those on middle and lower incomes into believing they will suffer from the projected rise in GST from 12.5 to 15 per cent.
After a hideous winter living in abysmal circumstances in a rented house with a psycho landlady whom we had to take to the tenancy tribunal we now live in a house that is at least up to health and safety standards and is in fact one of the best houses we have ever lived in. Thanks to the help of my in-laws who made this possible we now have a home with a piece of land that will hopefully see our dream of a Perma-culture Food forest come true.
After we have settled in we are going to plan our food forest according to Perma-culture principles and we are looking forward to seeing wwoofers live and learn with us to achieve a self sustainable eco-system that will provide us and our visitors with all the food we need.
The future looks bright again.
Of all occupations,” observed the Roman philosopher Cicero, “there is none better than agriculture, nothing more productive, nothing sweeter, nothing more worthy of a free man.” It is a sentiment that still holds true in the popular imagination – despite the many well-documented travails suffered by British farmers in recent years. For while the 20th century saw the rapid decline in the importance of agriculture in all its forms – today it accounts for just 0.5 per cent of our GDP and employs barely 500,000 people – the yearning to own or work a patch of land remains as strong as ever and is felt, it seems, most keenly among urban professionals for whom the ultimate lifestyle choice takes them straight back to nature.
Anybody with a garden would be wise to start growing their own food again. Soaring oil prices and a collapsing global economy will make importing food a very expensive enterprise. Added to that why would you want an apple grown in Chili or porc grown in Canada if you can get it from around your place of living.
Food prices rocketed by 2.8 percent last month – the biggest increase in 20 years.
Figures from Statistics New Zealand show that food prices have soared by 8.4 percent in the 12 months to June.
The bad news for those picking up the weekly supermarket bill is in sharp contrast to the official figures for overall inflation – which show that the annual rate has dropped to 1.9 percent.
SNZ said that the big lift in grocery bills in June was the biggest monthly increase since a 3.8 percent rise in July 1989 – but that rise was fuelled by a lift in the rate of goods and services tax.
If you thought domination of the world’s software market was cool, get a load of Bill Gates’ next technological vision: giant ocean-going tubs that fight hurricanes by draining warm water from the surface to the depths, through a long tube.
A second tube could simultaneously suck cool water from the depths to the surface.
Microsoft founder Gates and a dozen other scientists and engineers have a patent pending for deploying such vessels, which they say would collect water through waves breaking over the walls of the tub. Some variations have the water moving through turbines on their way down, which would in turn generate electricity to suck up the cooler water.