November 2013


On 30 September 2013, Prime Minister John Key announced that a referendum on asset sales would be via postal ballot and would take place between 22 November and 13 December. This is a citizens-initiated referendum on the National government’s plan to partially privatise four energy-related state-owned enterprises and to reduce the government’s share in Air New Zealand. John Key has stated that his government will not be bound by the results of such a referendum, in essence declaring that democracy doesn’t exist here. One wonders if Mr. Key is more beholden to his corporate masters than he is to the people who elected him and his party.

Despite his claim I feel we need to send a clear message to government indicating we want state assets to continue to be available for the benefit of all New Zealanders and for future generations.

Before the beginning of the sell-off of this country we were in an enviable position. There was virtually no unemployment and New Zealand was the epitome of an egalitarian society. Everyone had enough and few had too much. There was little crime and little disenfranchisement of youth. All that has changed and I suspect the sell-off has made a significant contribution to said changes.

Let’s look at just a few of the sales past governments have made.

The government sold Air New Zealand to a consortium in 1988. Following a financial collapse in 2001 the government injected new capital and became the dominant shareholder. That was a costly exercise for taxpayers.

Tranz Rail, New Zealand’s only significant rail operator, was sold to a consortium in 1993. In response to the implications of Tranz Rail’s declining financial viability, the government progressively bought back Tranz Rail’s assets between 2002 and 2008. Another costly exercise.

The ports of Auckland were partially privatised by one of its regional government owners in 1988, and then brought back fully into regional government ownership in 2005—at ratepayers’ expense.

The Bank of New Zealand has a long history of moving in and out of public ownership. The government last sold its shareholding in the BNZ to National Australia Bank in 1992. State-owned Kiwibank Limited was founded in 2001, employs more than 900 staff, adds over 300 new customers per day and has higher customer satisfaction ratings than the four large Australian-owned trading banks.

Proponents of private sector participation argue that privatisation leads to improvements in the efficiency and service quality of utilities. The Kiwibank experience disproves this argument.

Possible consequences of selling our public assets include an increase in power prices to profit foreign investors, a loss of income for the government due to lost dividend income, and diminished control over our public utilities and resources.

I reckon selling assets is a sale of our self-determination. How will you vote?

And in case you’re interested in a little more comparable background check out the experience with privatization in Costa Rica here: http://www.nationofchange.org/public-banking-costa-rica-remarkable-little-known-model-1384265843

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.wordpress.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

This represents a new route we are exploring which creates a circuit walk including the Wairakau Stream, Lane Cove and Duke’s Nose.

We're about to head up the ridge.

We’re about to head up the ridge.

 

Koru pattern in nature

Koru pattern in nature

 

View over Whangaroa Harbour

View over Whangaroa Harbour

 

Looking out to Taratara.

Looking out to Taratara.

 

New Zealand Clematis

New Zealand Clematis

 

 

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.wordpress.com

 

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

 

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

 

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

 

 

 

 

 

Some of us ended up walking for two hours after our lunch and ending up back at where we had eaten lunch. It shows how easy it is to get lost in this ever-shifting dune landscape. It is a truly beautiful place to walk.

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Looking to the west coast from the dunes

Looking to the west coast from the dunes

So many interesting eroded formations.

So many interesting eroded formations.

 

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Remnants of the old forest.

Remnants of the old forest.

 

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.wordpress.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

 

 

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If you have plaque deposits clogging your arteries there are nutritional options you can take to stave off surgery. People know they should watch their diets to prevent plaque build-up, but did you know that ½ cup of garlic and lemons can help to reduce plaque build-up?   Here’s a recipe I and many others have used:


How to prepare the extract

30 cloves of garlic with the skin peeled off, 5 organic lemons (do not peel skin off) and 1 litre of water.

Place all ingredients in a blender/mixer to make a puree and then pour contents in a pot and bring to boil. On the first boil, turn off the heat and let it cool. After cooling, pour the contents into a jar and refrigerate. Some suggest straining the mixture but this is very difficult to do.

Consumption

Just ½ cup a day before or after your main meal is enough to attain your goal. Continue use for three consecutive weeks and then rest for a period of eight days. Repeat for the second period, taking three weeks on, eight days off. Other sources suggest taking a liqueur glass or about 30 ml of the mixture once or twice a day with a meal for 3 weeks.

For those who are concerned with the smell of garlic, do not worry because you will not chew on garlic and since this is liquid meal, it will not smell bad.

Healing powers of Garlic & Lemon

This powerful combination is effective in:

  • Lowering Cholesterol
  • Unclogging Arteries
  • Healthy for the Heart
  • Improved sleep
  • As the plaque dissolves one may notice improvement in vision and hearing

According to the paper I first found this recipe on, the recipe was shared at a cardiac conference in Geneva. It had been administered by a nurse at a U.S. Base hospital to all people who had suffered heart attacks.

This cheap, safe and therapeutic course can be repeated every six months but won’t hurt if taken more often. A friend of mine is doing it for the second time in succession and he has experienced an increase in energy and many liver spots have disappeared.

Radio host, librarian, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.wordpress.com And In Search of Simplicty is now available as an eBook here.

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101