We had a beautiful walk on Wednesday. I’ll share just a few of George’s great pictures below:

 

If you look closely I'm in this imageManuka in Bloom

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I recently joined the Doubtless Bay-based hiking group that has walks most Wednesdays. Here are a few photos courtesy of George Van Valkenburg:

Striding Out on 90 Mile Beach90 Mile Beach Walk from Waipapakauri

Ascending the Dunes For Lunch

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“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

 

That's a Big Hailstone!

We had an amazing storm yesterday which turned to hail for a time. Asha, our 18 year old, got excited and gathered some of the hailstones and saved them in the freezer. She and I went out during a break in the weather to see the swollen streams as they entered the ocean, pushing the surging sea up in a brown maelstrom. Storms are exciting, but I must say my young lettuce plants weren’t too impressed. Some of their leaves were bruised and needed to be removed. Here are a couple of photos Asha took. The photo of the storm was taken through an open door. Do you see the orbs? That’s not reflection in a window. The other photo gives you an indication of just how big the hailstones were.

Orbs Captured in a Photo of the Hailstorm

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Cornelius Van Dorp: The First Speaker on Korero Corner in Kaitaia

We live in a democracy, but what percentage of eligible voters turns out each election to determine our political destinies?

Have some (or many) become disillusioned and apathetic because of the falsehoods exuded by politicians prior to elections over the years? Has democracy as we know it run its useful course?

My special guest last night on Voices from the North, Peter Furze, is a former politician and he has developed an initiative designed to return democracy to the people. Korero Corner (korero is Maori Te Reo for speak, discuss or converse, either with an individual or a community) began at the Kaitaia Market prior to our last local body elections. The idea continues to grow and to develop and is getting ready to sweep the nation and perhaps the world. To paraphrase Victor Hugo, there’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

The Soap Box

During the interview we spoke of the surge in importance of labour unions in the 1920s and 1930s and the era of the soapbox where people got up and aired their views. This was an important time in which the people actually doing the work that holds society together began to receive fair pay and working conditions. It would seem in today’s time of economic stress that the unions have lost some of their strength and that the little men and women of the world are struggling to make ends meet. Enter Korero Corner. But first, a little more on Peter Furze.

Peter is a surfer and he pointed out that something like 9% of New Zealanders are involved with surfing in some way. The numbers are even higher across the Tasman, with close to 2 million surfers riding the waves relentlessly pounding Australia’s coastlines. Surfers spend a lot of time immersed in nature and tend to care strongly for the ocean and her inhabitants. Some years ago Peter and others decided to harness the collective strength of surfers and created a group called Surf Break Protection Society to actively lobby against unrestrained coastal development in Whangamata. Peter has since developed Lost Waves, an organisation currently calling for a two year moratorium on all coastal development. Peter suggests we all take a deep breath, stop for a moment and talk to each other before even more waves are lost to development. In parts of America, public access to beautiful beaches is limited to a few wealthy landowners. Is this what the average New Zealander wants to see here?

Korero Corner is a portable stand with built-in sound amplification that can be placed at a market. As with London’s

Speakers' Corner at Hyde Park in London

 Speakers’ Corner, anyone is encouraged to get up and air their views. The beauty of it is that people attending the market are completely free to stay and listen (or get up and respond) or simply move on. Peter would love to see politicians get up and speak and he’d really like to see more people get out and vote. He’s checked the numbers and discovered that only 40% of eligible Maori voters cast their ballots at our last council elections. Peter and Korero Corner’s other initiators, John Kenderdine, Mark Shanks and Max Tobin, are currently actively seeking funding to locally build thirty Korero Corner mobile stands. The idea is that they will be freely delivered to markets around the country where they will be administered by local people. Peter is quick to point out that he has no personal agenda. He simply wants people to begin to publicly express their concerns and ideas and, in so doing, dramatically transform the shape of politics in our world, bringing power back to the people.

Ahipara: Where Peter Furze Surfs Today

On a completely different note, Peter and I spoke of what surfers call ‘The Doctor.’ That’s the half-metre layer of water on the ocean’s surface that contains a high concentration of negative ions and ozone. Spending time in The Doctor seems to enhance health, self-healing of cuts and abrasions, and generally creates feelings of peace and euphoria. I’m not a surfer; surfing wasn’t an option growing up in Southern Ontario. But I’m a swimmer and I know how good it feels every time I immerse myself in the sea, which is just about daily during the season from November to April.

The complete interview can be heard here:

Peter Furze can be contacted on lostwaves@gmail.com

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

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“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” 

Alvin Toffler

When I lived in Saudi Arabia in 1984 and 1985 I observed how the king kept the populace compliant. They were all given money to build houses for themselves and they didn’t need to pay the money back until construction on their houses was completed. Needless to say, many of the whitewashed, walled villas had a slightly incomplete look, with bits of rebar steel sticking from the concrete on the upper corners.

The other strategy was to control the media. The news was decidedly pro Sunni (the House of Saud from which the extended royal family descends and virtually the entire indigenous population was Sunni) and anti Shiite. The Jews were cast in a negative light and the king dominated visual clips, being shown almost daily cutting ribbons, consulting with other royalty, visiting Mecca …. Although I’m sure none of them had ever met a Jew, my Saudi colleagues all claimed to hate Jews.

I sometimes wonder if things are really so different in the West. As we watch the bankers and the oil companies do as they please we mostly accept what is done because we are reasonably comfortable. Many of us own our homes and only slowly pay them off, to the benefit of the bankers. And mainstream media is controlled by a select group of wealthy people. The average person is inundated with the chosen perspectives of corporate and political power players, ensuring our compliance and support through apathy to their chosen agendas.

In 2008 the Labour government attempted to amalgamate New Zealand’s health regulations with those of Australia, with the intention of making it virtually impossible for the multitude of small businesses making herbal remedies and other natural products to survive—the compliance costs would be simply too high. That proposed legislation was vigorously opposed by many in the natural health community including some open thinking people within the medical profession. The bill was stopped.

Now there is a National Party bill being passed without the public’s knowledge that will affect New Zealanders’ ability to buy simple vitamins, herbal medicines, homeopathic medicines and any alternative medicine in any therapeutic dose.

This is being pushed through with a MEDIA BLACKOUT, and after government has had 18 months of preparations. There is only three weeks for people to write submissions in opposition to the bill.

If the bill is passed it could effectively WIPE OUT natural medicine overnight. 
The right of health care choice of people is being removed and Big Pharma will be laughing all the way to the bank.

This same battle is going on in other Western countries today. The form is slightly different but that is all. Look at the recent attempts to force all Americans to be vaccinated for the swine flu. That was brought about by a widespread media campaign of scare-mongering.

In the mean time, this from Nicola Grace, Spokeswomen for Health Freedom New Zealand Health Freedom NZ Newsletter Action Alert

Most of you have undoubtedly heard that a consultation document to regulate natural products was recently released on the Ministry of Health Website in response to the Natural Products industry and consumer call for a standalone New Zealand regulatory model for Natural Products, rather than an Australian takeover of our current regulatory body, Medsafe.

We were expecting the discussion document to be based upon the proposed Natural and Traditional Health Products Bill that was prepared in full consultation with Maoridom, Consumers, the NZ Health Trust, and the Natural Health Products Industry over a two year period.

Unfortunately the Ministry of Health Consultation Document is diametrically opposed to most of the principals outlined in the proposed Bill and has aptly been labeled the ‘TGA in drag’. It is nothing short of a bureaucratic hood wink. 

The bureaucrats appear to have re-instated all of the unacceptable aspects of the TGA and Trans Tasman models that Health Freedom were successful in rejecting, including:

1.    The White List (Napoleonic Law – every natural ingredient to become illegal without a permit). Please Note: Under Common Law anything not forbidden is permitted.
2.    The power to make up the rules as they go along.
3.    Anything in therapeutic dose be classed as a medicine and therefore regulated as a drug.
4.    Excessive compliance costs that would put most small businesses under, push up the price of natural products, and see the loss of thousands of jobs and products in the industry.
5.    Over the top fines that don’t make sense unless you want to send numerous small businesses to the wall.
6.    Extremely limited claims. The ability to say “may support” will go, replaced by a few extremely low level claims acceptable to the drug industry this proposal seeks to protect.

Here are the details of the document and submission schedule.
http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/consult-development-natural-health-products-bill-mar10

The MoH is inviting submissions with a short deadline which is 17th May 2010. You may wish to write to them for an extension. Since the full time employed bureaucrats had 18 months to deliberate and come up with this document, it is only fair we the public get at least 90 days.

We are currently liaising with other organisations to formulate a comprehensive strategy and will have a document of the main points of objection to the document that you can use as a reference as soon as we can. 

In the mean time if you want continued access to affordable vitamins, minerals and other natural products we suggest that you:

1.    Read the discussion document yourself, highlighting the points you object to with a highlighter pen.
2.    Spread the word – Print this email and give it to your local health food store, natural health practitioner, family and friends.
3.    Begin to plan your submission (again we’ll have our main arguments to you in next few days).
4.    Don’t get hood winked and razzle dazzled by the propaganda that is currently being spread by the media, bureaucrats, bogus science, some members of the medical fraternity and the skeptic activist, Vicky Hide.

We are going to need more than 5,000 submissions made against this document in order to be effective, so everyone who wants continued access to natural products needs to act.

We believe this might well be the last opportunity we have to send a very loud and clear message that the consumers, the bureaucrats pretend they desire to protect, do not need the kind of protection the bureaucrats are offering – protection of pharmaceutical profits over our health.

Please keep an eye on your emails over the next coming days and be on standby in-case we have to mobilize fast. In the mean time please help us spread the word fast.

Thank you
Nicola Grace
Spokeswomen for Health Freedom New Zealand

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1814

Here’s another interview for your enjoyment:

I’m sure you’ll agree that the soulful music of this talented New Zealand band deserves to be heard everywhere.  The music played during the interview comes from Jah Rydem, the debut album from 1814. We play some of the eleven tracks of reggae that are infused with influences from a range of genres including R’n’B, soul and hip hop.

Enjoy. These folks are really good! And in the last few months 1814 has received a lot of airtime around New Zealand. The hard work we spoke of together in this 2008 interview is paying off for these talented people.
John

For information on ordering your own copy of Jah Rydem click here.

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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

I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my world. It may be a little different from the norm. But it is the life of my conscious choosing. It works for me and allows me to find fulfilment through service and simplicity of living.

At the age of twenty-five I had a highly stressful and challenging management position in customer services with Bell Canada. Each of the three men who’d had the job before me ended up in the hospital with a stress-related illness. During my annual physical with our company doctor it was found I had high blood pressure. Remember, I was only twenty-five. A few months later I headed off to the Middle East as an advisor with the international arm of my company. I began to travel. My perspective changed and I haven’t worked nine-to-five since.

I do what I love. So does my wife, Lucia. We don’t own much and nothing owns us. We have the freedom to listen to the spirit that calls in the night and whispers sweet melodies at dawn. We love our life, our family and each other. We love this place we live in and the community of friends with which we share our lives. We’ve needed to sacrifice a few material possessions and the financial buffer we’d had earlier in which to pursue our dreams. We wouldn’t have done it any differently. We are so lucky!

The following is a synopsis of last week’s experiences for me.

March 7 to 13, 2010

Sunday was a wonderful day out for Lucia and me doing walks in the beautiful world-renowned Bay of Islands which is just a little over a one hour drive from here. A link to a post describing that day is here.

Monday was a day of writing and included a visit by a talented and sensitive young man who had been unjustifiably threatened with dismissal at his place of work. The rest of the week entailed drafting a letter of support for him to his employer and numerous calls by Lucia and me to sort this mess out. For two hours in the afternoon I joined a small group of people practicing old-time songs to sing at a fundraising dinner for Far North Hospice coming up on Saturday night. Lucia and I closed out the day with a beautiful walk on the beach together and were treated to an amazing sunset.

Tuesday began with Lucia’s weekly yoga class attended by a group of local ladies, a visiting man from the UK and me. After spending an hour-and-a-half giving a Touch for Health balance to a client/friend, it was time to address the computer. For the next few hours I was engrossed in formatting my new book. It’s quite a satisfying and exciting exercise to see the words begin to look like a book with page numbers, chapter headings and the like. One can see the conclusion to the months and months of creative writing taking a concrete form. I also continued to tweak the new book cover I’d started the week before. In the afternoon I spoke on the phone with a friend in Arizona whom I’ve interviewed in the past. He’s a deeply sensitive and creative individual and it was this conversation, together with the one with the young man the day before that inspired me to write the article entitled How to be Sensitive, Vulnerable, Creative and Safe in an Unfeeling World.

The day finished with a journey with friends into Kaitaia for our weekly session of Scottish Country Dancing.

 

Bottle Nose Dolphins in New Zealand's Far North

 

Wednesday’s highlight came at two o’clock when Lucia rushed in from her walk on the beach to get me. An excited group of primary age children staying at the Christian Youth Camp here had the privilege and pleasure of playing with a large school of dolphins right by the shore here at Coopers Beach. I quickly got into a bathing suit and jumped in with them. What a buzz! There was a pod of approximately 15 adult dolphins rounding up kowai, a local fish. The dolphins took turns out from their feeding work to entertain the kids (of all ages). We don’t often have the dolphins so close to shore so this was a special treat. For these city children the experience will never be forgotten.

Wednesday evening saw me on the radio for a fascinating interview about mental health and healing in the modern world. For more on that see the blog and interview here.

Thursday afternoon I was invited to attend a class for homeschoolers with an Italian operatic singing ORFF teacher. ‘What, dare say, is that?’ you ask.

Carl Orff (1895-1982) was a German composer and educator who developed a unique approach to music education. Orff defined the ideal music for children as “never alone, but connected with movement, dance, and speech—not to be listened to, meaningful only in active participation.” Orff said, “Experience first, then intellectualize.” Based on this ideal, the Orff approach builds understanding of concepts and skills through connecting students with the music by experiencing it on all levels. These levels include speech/chants, movement, singing, drama, and by playing pitched and unpitched instruments.

The above paragraph was copied from http://www.classicsforkids.com/teachers/training/orff101.asp There is a wealth of further information on that website.

I will see about having the teacher, Lilia, on the radio soon. I’ll let you know if this comes to pass. Below is a clip to give you an idea how Orff works. I have to say it was a lot of fun. It was like Brain Gym to music. The children did better than me!

Thursday evening I walked along the beach and turned inland to a friend’s place for a couple of hours of chanting, followed by meditation. One friend, a talented semi-blind musician originally from Switzerland, recently returned from an extended stay in India. He shared some new chants with us, accompanying them on his harmonium. The friend, Shelley, who hosts these evenings each week, is a skilled and talented homeopath who is currently studying two books outlining new remedies (nosodes) for diseases carried in meat. A nosode is a remedy consisting of the product of some specific disease administered in minute doses for the cure of the same disease. I’ll have Shelley back on the radio in June to bring everyone up to date on these new challenges to people’s health. Here’s a link to a previous interview with her.

Friday began with my usual walk on the beach but it began a little later than usual because I’d been particularly productive writing first thing. I met a man, a retired local farmer, on the beach and leapt immediately into a far-ranging discussion. I realise it is this kind of chance meeting that give richness to my life. For me, freedom is having the time to honor the synchronistic encounters that occur regularly if we have the eyes to see them. Simplicity of living is by no means dull. It is exciting in the nicest sort of way. There is a feeling of joyful expectancy that doesn’t go away.

Bronze Whaler Shark

When heading out for my afternoon swim, a man warned me that there was a huge shark that had been hanging out by a buoy around which I swam most days. He said it was twice his size and said he wouldn’t swim because of it. I asked if was a Bronze Whaler and he replied in the affirmative. These sharks come into our bay each summer. I know of no one who’s ever been hurt by one. I went in for my swim but I must say I did stay a little ways from the buoy. It was a wonderful, refreshing swim. I saw no shark.

Saturday, I walked into Mangonui, our picturesque little fishing village to go to the weekly market and to pick up some bread from the local bakery for our daughter, Asha. On the way home I stopped at a roadside stall to buy some lettuce and cucumbers. The owner/gardener picked the produce while I followed them around. How’s that for service? They even gave me some seedling lettuces and bok choy for our garden. We had visitor in the afternoon, and then Lucia and I attended the forty-fifth wedding anniversary of some lovely friends who’ve recently moved here from the U.K.

I had to leave a little early in order to be on time for the fundraising for Hospice at the local lawn bowling club situated just around the corner. The singing went well. The place was sold out and over $2000.00 was raised for Far North Hospice. It was a successful evening, even for the diehard cricket fans watching the television screen in the corner. The Kiwis won a test from arch rival Australia. By the time I walked home along the beach under a starry sky at eleven o’clock I was more than ready for bed.

I was up early writing most days. And, of course, each day began with yoga and meditation and a walk and was highlighted in the afternoon with a swim. For more on my daily routine check out this post.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my discourse as much as I’ve enjoyed the actual happenings. I’d love to hear your comments.

John

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