Is the government, along with commercial fishing interests with 94% of the catch, now taking aim at the 6% of the yield that the public harvest?
The lines are being drawn with our elected representatives in Parliament siding with Corporate Fishing to make it even more difficult for NZ families to catch their own fish.
Honest broker Doug Kidd, ex National Party Minister of Fisheries, saw this coming as far back as 1990 and endeavoured to empower the recreational sector by passing the Fisheries Act of 1996.
The scheme of the Fisheries Act of 1996 is that “fish come first”. By improving the biomass and hence the health and abundance of our coastal fisheries first, the Minister will then be able to fully allow for the non-commercial interests of the people of New Zealand to fish for food, as well as providing for commercial fishers to catch fish that is sustainable for our coastal fisheries.
This part of the Act has been under intense pressure to be changed to the total disadvantage of the public of New Zealand.
Organising People who Fish Around New Zealand’s Coastlines into Clubs.
Scott Macindoe tells us of his focus on ensuring the NZ public has an organised and professionally run representative organisation to stand up for the right of all NZers and our common future.
Saying we are blessed to have the NZ Sport Fishing Council on board as they have woken up to the precarious loss of fish species and by extension the commercial sector squeezing out recreational fishing, where there is already an imbalance of 94% commercial to 6% recreational.
For 60 years this Council has served the interests of clubs throughout NZ. Today there are 60 clubs affiliated to the Council, each being an incorporated society in their own right with their own constitution and democratic process. Many have their own premises with some being quite salubrious whilst others are very modest. Scott assures me that they take their responsibilities seriously and are not organisations that take short cuts.
They are very inextricably connected to the communities they serve and have extensive outreach across middle NZ that for example, in Whakatane there are over 4,000 members, Gisborne 4,300 members, Whangamata 6000 members with a waiting list, these clubs are relevant and growing.
These clubs all democratically elect their officers and committee and from these ranks choose a delegate to step forward and represent their clubs and members interests at a regional level. There are 8 regions each of which nominate a board member to sit on the National organisation - called the NZ Sport Fishing Council.
Scott (as the spokesman for www.legasea.co.nz ) has been co-opted to the Board of the NZ Sport Fishing Council and stresses their authenticity as an organisation. Their policies and principles are arrived at by way of remit that are thoroughly discussed and debated between delegates at a zone level and then to the AGM (Annual General Meeting) where remits are again voted upon and invariably unanimously, after some pretty vigorous debates and the reason that Scott ‘labours’ this - is that it does not get better than that. Stating that these clubs have built upon 60 years of focused authenticity.
And yet it is not good enough for the NZ Government’s Ministry of Primary Industries. Though the NZ Sport Fishing Council are constantly engaged with all Ministry lead science and fisheries management working groups, consistently attending Ministry led management and science working groups, always willing to engage. They engage with contracted professionals who consistently attend. They are there to gather information, report and circulate these reports where recommendations are made and carefully considered adopted or rejected as the case may be. Generally speaking, there is no one else in the room representing the public interest.
Of all the meetings that they attend the primary focus is for the commercial operators to find a way to squeeze more additional yield out of the fisheries whilst the NZ Fishing Council are saying - Hang on a moment! - it’s all about abundance - stop! We have to rebuild our inshore fisheries - we have to take less fish. So they are a lone voice.
Ironically or paradoxically he sees that they may be too good for their own benefit as with the High Court, the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court challenges to fisheries management in Aotearoa NZ. From 2004 through to 2008 they battled over the way Kahawai had been mismanaged nearly collapsing that fishery. This left the NZ Ministry not at all happy with the NZ Sport Fishing Council to the point that the Council might as well not exist as far as the Ministry and Minister are concerned.
So what is conveyed in this interview is that the average NZers is being jammed out of the debate in favour of Government and commercial interests.
However the NZ Fishing Council are relaxed and now organising and getting better and better at understanding what they are up against. There are alignments being established all over the place.
They are organising and building alliances with the NZ Angling and Casting Association that caters for the interest of small land based clubs on the beach. The NZ Underwater Association, and the previous differences of the past that have been healed, (beyond healed) - now very trusting and reliable relationship as they now come together. Yachting NZ and of course Legasea that Scott is very much involved in. All are finding their place either affiliating or endorsing this growing organisation, the NZ Sports Fishing Council.
That in building up an organisation to represent ordinary NZers the Partners and Sponsors from the business world are stepping up. ITM (Independent Timber Merchants) has signed up for 2 years, the Hunting & Fishing chain of shops, Yamaha and Honda, Diawa and Wasabi, Black Magic, Club Marine Insurance and many other organisations & Scott then says that he has to be careful as when he’s naming names - as he may forget some and get into trouble. However, there are 60 companies that have come into support the ordinary NZer, and they are paying a goodly sum per annum to support recreational fisher folk to protect and rebuild local coastal fishing. This action is to put up a united front against the moneyed might and power of the commercial sector that is in bed with the Government against its own people.
These businesses are coming on board with not only cash, but also with rich access to extensive databases, rich access to their social media feed and reach. The Hutchwilco NZ Boat Show, DB Dominion Breweries and their low alcohol DB Export Citrus are all on board. What this is saying is that for the first time we have an organised recreational fishing lobby independently funded with zero government money and focussing on best practice and attempting to shift people’s attitudes expectations and behaviours. In particular as required to constrain, as required to conserve, as required to leave fish in the water in order to accelerate the rebuild of NZ 's inshore fisheries
In some ways he sees this as quite daunting as fishing can be a very religious feeling for many people, this is their time out, they do not want to be interfered with.
This interview covers:
Dealing with disposing of fish heads, frames and offal, that are delicacies for other races and cultures that value these - where we in NZ tend to discard them with not to much thought. That there is now a website dedicated to people who want to eat what’s left, can go on to https://www.freefishheads.co.nz. With 16,000 people registered, this is a win win that benefits many.
So this is one of Scotts important outreach projects allied to Legasea.co.nz - here to restore our fishing grounds for the average NZer to be able to 'fish for a feed.’
Being a 58 year old European NZer trying hard to not consume, for Scott, is a challenge especially whilst working with Legacy and half a dozen full time contractors taking these messages and issues, to the people of the real threats to NZer’s and to realise the magnificent gifts around our coast and conserve them before it’s too late.
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https://www.legasea.co.nz You are invited to sign up for free and they will send you a newsletter telling you what the current situation is. – ‘less is more’ – Scott also understands how overloaded our in-trays are.
He asks you to simply subscribe - to a free newsletter so that they can inform you and give you insights. You will find their newsletter very interesting and you may even wish to donate as well. You can even like their FB page or tick a box or two in the surveys and polls they run.
Legasea are well liked and a trusted source for a growing number of Maori iwi (tribes). Because they see them as taking care of ika (fish) and Tangaroa’s (God of the Sea) gifts of the ocean.
Scott reminds us of Martin Luther King in the context of the civil liberties and civil rights stating:
“It’s not the words of our enemies that we will remember – but the silence of our friends.”
The aim is to continue to build up NZ’s falling fishing stocks and make them sustainable for perpetuity.
That to have equitable access to that abundance is the goal to all NZers and not witness additional yield allocated to bulk harvested, low value, export focused commercial fisheries.
It is important to remind ourselves that 94% of all fish caught in NZ are taken by the commercial sector and the other 6 % by average NZers called the recreational sector.
Recreational Sector Harvest
Recreational Fishers take approximately 10,000 tonnes or 10,000, thousand kilograms of fish per annum by 600,000 fishers. Be it in small boat, off the beach or in the water – what they do with it is a very private thing – some people deep freeze it for later, most people take what they need, others gift it to family neighbours and friends over the next few days. For many the ability to share catch is a primary source of self esteem. Maximum mana enhancement to gift a fish as a taonga (treasure) – to knock on the door of a friend and say here, I caught this for you and hand over a fish, or a bag of fillets or half a dozen scallops.
Commercial Sector Harvest
The commercial sector harvest about 350,000 tonnes of fish of which 90% is exported.
Some of the figures and prices that these fish are sold overseas for - make Scott cry.
Including the discarding, dumping and disrespect of fish by the bulk harvesting commercial sector – plus the ‘miss reporting’ that has been brought about by the ‘quota management system’ where catch entitlements are poorly distributed.
There are many problems specially ‘by-catch’ where fish that are caught in nets that the trawler is not wanting to catch - so over the side they go and all the fish are dead or die, because their bodies just are too frail when brought to the surface as well as being crushed in the net.
By-catch in commercial parlance is either valuable or not valuable. Those that are not valuable (do not have rights - go back over the side to float on the surface in their hundreds and often thousands to be videoed and then shown on TV or Facebook.
But, it’s not only commercial - recreational fishers have work to do on this and evidently quite a lot of work in some instances.
Scott states “we all have to lift our game.”
Scott use the word atrocities – a word he states he does not use lightly in relation to the following:
Trevally: he says is a highly valuable fish, Scott says that he is happy to swop it for snapper.
A kilo of trevally in NZ is worth about NZ $12 retail including GST (not filleted). About 200 tones per annum is caught in public recreational sector. While the commercial sector with entitlements can catch about 3000 tonnes – though they can only catch 2000 tonnes per annum so there is no real constraints as it is over allocated – which Scott sees as really sad.
Much of this fish is exported. 800 tonnes per annum to France, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Sold whole, frozen with no added value, no GST for $2.70 per kilo, last year $2.50 the year before, it was $2.30 - a rich, dense high quality protein source.
We have this incredibly high quality nutrient dense protein source and the greatest concentration of Polynesians grouped together in history, domiciled here in NZ in South Auckland and yet we have 45 dialysis machines working overtime at Middlemore hospital. Why? Because we are dealing with waves of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes through eating a poor diet whilst we take this sacred source that the Polynesian - who is hardwired to this as their metabolism is all about eating fresh fish and we are selling the best fish at $2.70 a kilo to France. This just blows Scott away!
Kahawai: We the selling 1,000 tonnes a year to Africa – Ghana and the Cameroon for $1.75 per kilo - So what is this all about? NZers would gladly pay $5.00 a kilo
The fact that we are selling our rich protein for such a low price shocks Scott (as it does me Tim doing the interview) and it should shock you dear reader – we are being done by commercial interests and none of these benefits are flowing through to NZers as a community.
Snapper: (tāmure ) We are exporting snapper to Australia sized at 25,26,27,28,29 centimetres – that we in NZ have to throw back dead or alive because of being undersized – yet the commercial sector can get away with this with the blessing of the NZ Government for a miserly $10.00 a kilo - we export 2.500 tonnes of this or nearly as much as all NZers combined in our entire public sector harvest – what is this all about? NZ snapper fillets cost retail $30.00 kilo plus.
Presently the NZ Government is angling to have the public sign off to a particular quota and all the rest be taken over by commercial interests. This will not happen on Legasea's watch, Scott assures us. Hence the Government MPI Ministry of Primary Industries refuse to give the public sector representatives the time of day.
And the NZ Government mission card for NZ primary producers is to double the export of primary produce by 2025
Who is the person/s driving this over extraction of the earth’s resources? This is the neo-liberal agenda that continues to steal the future of our children and grandchildren!
No Resource Rental or License
NZ Commercial Operators do not pay for a resource rental license – they can just take and extract from the ‘collective commons’ and there are no governmental regulations to make them pay for this resource.
What Recreational Fishing Adds to the Local Economy
The private recreation sector spends $950 million on bait, boats, rods and fuel etc. Plus charters, accommodation and 8,200 jobs within the industry as well all employees (PAYE) are taxed, there is the GST component of 15% GST plus fuel and road user tax. The recreational fishing industry adds to the local economy and with no fish, this sector would suffer hugely.
This interview also covers:
Doug Kidd the ex National Party Minister of Fisheries and Speaker of the House comes in for high praise, as he saw what was happening to NZ’s fishing stocks and spoke out about it very strongly.
These two links will put you firmly in the picture as to how commercial interests are working to disenfranchise recreational fisher people in NZ.
The end of recreational fishing as we know it? It’s up to us to all mobilise and make the effort to join together and meet this challenge.
Scott also gives kudos to the Auckland Council for their visionary Hauraki Gulf Spacial plan along with Waikato District Council and the Thames-Coromandel District Council. Their coming together is going to breathe new life into this superb marine and fish environment.
This interview with Scott Macindoe, like his last one is superb. An articulate wordsmith and communicator he lays out for everyone what is happening and what we need to do.
His previous hard hitting interview November 2015.
He finishes with the Maori word Tumanako which signifies hope.
A must listen.
Christine Rose has a passion for life. She is an environmental advocate, in the community, nationally, and even internationally.
She has just returned from Australia where the Humpback whales recovery signals hope for the future. Watching (rather than swimming) is her focus as it's non-invasive and takes the human ego out of the whales' natural behaviour.
Humpback numbers in NSW were down to a couple of hundred animals when whaling stopped in the 1960s-70s. This year estimations put the numbers at about 27,000 went along Australia’s east coast, and they' are growing at 11% pa cumulatively. About 95% travel within 5km offshore on their way to Antarctica. That's why New South Wales in the best place for whale lovers like Christine.
In this interview we cover a number of environmental issues from the whale’s recovery in Australia to the New Zealand fishing industry.
Christine also speaks about the moral rights of animals and recommends the book of that name.
Touching on climate change and the 6th great extinction, Christine turns to some creative solutions. We even talk about the necessity of carpooling – an idea that is not shared much, as we are pushed to use privately owned public transport!
As a community and environmental advocate, Christine enacts the phrase 'think globally, act locally' into action - working on sustainability in her private life, in the community, nationally, and even internationally with the causes she supports and the life she leads.
Christine strives to lead a moral life - she's vegetarian, rides her bike wherever she can, refuses TV and the consumer society. She has solar panels, grows a veggie garden and lives in harmony with nature.
Locally, Christine helps build community - she established Bike Kumeunity, the Kumeu Children's Art Club, the Kumeu Arts Centre and she leads the ‘Kumeuknitty’ 'womanship' movement for women to share skills, knowledge, surpluses and love through knitting and crochet. She established Keep Kumeu Beautiful and organises WaiCare planting and water testing.
Regionally Christine campaigns for better walking and cycling - she's a voluntary trustee of SkyPath, which will see a walking and cycle way across the Auckland Harbour Bridge. She’s founding Chair of the Public Transport Users Association.
Since the year 2000, or earlier, Christine has dedicated a large part of her life to our endangered Maui's & Hector's Dolphins. She founded ‘Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders NZ Inc.’ Christine regularly travels around New Zealand as an advocate, talking about the dolphins, helping all NZers to become stewards of this little taonga.
Christine runs Cetacean Spotting NZ a facebook page dedicated to celebrating whales and dolphins around the coast. She is also a volunteer/supporter of many environmental groups. She does pest control to protect Kokako and other species in the Waitakere Ranges. Most weekends she's out planting trees or helping community and environmental organisations to make the world a better place.
In her spare time, Christine cycles, camps, tramps, kayaks and is a practicing artist. She is a most heart-full person who seeks to build an empathetic culture through empowering others. She's a success at making the sun shine a bit more for us all by spreading joy and love in all she does, motivated by the public good and the ideal of a better world.
Hirini Reedy has moved to a state of being that he lives and moves lightly – whilst living at present in Aotearoa New Zealand - he likens himself as a ‘modern day navigator, or Bedouin’ – having no fixed address - having the sky as his roof the earth being the floor and ‘many’ spaces that he needs to be in.
In this ‘field’ he can contribute to the awakening that is happening as of this time.
He sees that our planet is dissolving old patterns and evolving to something new.
He sees how families have come into being and the family tree has spread to become now the canopy of our planet - that we have to look at families beyond our physical blood lineage, our cultural face – and look at the family of life itself. The family tree. This necessitates the need to return to the fundamentals to seeing ourselves as one huge family of many faces, many colours and many languages.
Being able to commune with all our extended whanau - ‘family’ so that we are having the spiritual recognition as well - as coming home to the practical family of his Mum and Dad and seeing them as they change and become old and being with them as they ready to transition.
This includes seeing the challenges of modern day housing and elderly care and embracing the extended family and not putting them into an old people’s homes – but to be able to be there for them. So that when they pass over – we can carry on the lineage and hopefully the dream of a better world to come.
Hirini shares with us poignant moments of his dear Mum and Dad - how dementia changes everything and that as a loving carer what he does to make their life as bearable as possible. To shower them with aroha and love. He expresses his abiding respect for people who are are carers for sick and elderly people. And that is something that will come to most of us to all understand.
Hongi - the Greeting of Connection
Hirini gives a very wide understanding of the hongi – the act of sharing breath – nose to nose – forehead to forehead – we are all breathers of life – we birth into existence with our first breath and go out - on our out breath … it’s not the end of life – but the end of the body temple.
Hongi is the phenomenon of joining breath to breath, being to being - mind to mind – heart to heart - you are bringing communion about these aspects of life itself – of family of community - of a greater being.
Hirini takes us through a deeper connection what hongi represent at a spiritual level that magnifies the knowingness that Maori have carried as a cultural norm as well as a commitment to deep awareness of being. The momentary convergence of auras – the fields - third eye to third eye - etc.
Today so many people are not breathing properly so the ‘ha’ – (the breath) is emphasised by Hirini throughout this interview.
We as a humanity are not breathing deeply into our belly – Hirini uses breath and sounds and gives bird calls – to emphasis his connection to other animals sharing breath and singing song and of his anatomy of sound that we too - can utter.
How to hold our breath without going into fear – when you are in situations where you have been forced to hold your breath in under water or smoke incidents and the need to ‘surrender’ in such cases.
Then Hirini takes us through a breathing meditation which is very potent.
He then talks about shifting our consciousness to be able to travel or ask as other indigenous people do and call on another animal to assist you and become an extension of our breath so as to tie-into-the-seasons –- the flows and the wave forms of creation itself. And in that moment we can attune to the ‘slip streams’ of other realities and actually make ‘that’ connection.
Hirini talks to the Abrahamic language I Am who I Am – and Hebrew and sings about travel to a different timeline from the travesties in the Middle East to the Pacific (Pacifist) ocean heritage where Maori have navigated for over a thousand years and more.
He talks of the above different timeline and a different intonation - because the Abrahamic religions in his intuition - need the softer waters of the Pacific.
Cleaning up our bloodline - Our Whakapapa
He talks about our incarnation – that we have to honour this life - and it’s about cleaning up our bloodlines – our whakapapa – so as to shift our evolution into a higher realm of being. That we need to look at the possibilities of being mortal beings that have been housed in various vessels, temples, to incarnate on this planet – especially to attain a sense of ancient memory - that we have chosen to be here - to be now at this crossing point.
He challenges us to go deep and far beyond appearances - where there is a substance where we can divine a certain knowingness that we can bring forth to align the harmonies again.
We are at a time on earth today where we see the devolution of ‘old thought forms' of old ‘fossilised-beliefs’ that need to dissolve – to allow a new wave to come through.
He talks about we all have to go beneath our surface and cultivate the ‘heartland’ to discover the essence of who we are. We have to do our own inner work and purify our own internal dogma. Heal the ghosts and the wounded ancestors of the past. And it has to begin with our own individual self. The disciple of thyself. Checking out both the Yin and Yang of the self. To finally emerge – being self resurrected - having gone through our own crucible of healing what we have broken and now become free of.
Using the analogy of a caterpillar to a butterfly. Leaving that what is now not of use – behind – and what emerge as the crowning of our being is an illumined and transcendent radiant self - that flowers - where we realise that we are not the body and that there is something far greater.
You will have to listen to this interview attune to Hirini’s words of oratory.
Awakening to our planet that lives beneath our feet.
What we need to do is connect and heal what is under our feet.
Hirini talks about our planet and how consciousness is rising and that we are all linked … and slowly the veils are becoming transparent and we are seeing through the illusion.
People are questioning their relationships – their work - their looking at the economics of what is happening from a local to a global perspective – of leadership - of elections and they are asking fundamental questions … is this it? Have we reached this point!
And we are all saying No – this is not it - and we realise that we have to look to our own inner guidance to find answers. That no external thing outside us that is not in resonance with our higher ideals - us – will now have no more control over us as we now can start to solve the myriad challenges that have manifested – so to awaken us up to a far greater reality.
This continues with personal responsibility – holding the line – no matter what – committing to hold the line is becoming an imperative of having fierce love and compassion – and hand in hand we can do it – as he makes a compelling call – karanga – to involve yourself in both the transformation of self, but to stand for our planet and all her biota . Standing in the circle of the rainbow and holding the line. Becoming a disciple of thyself - cleaning out the temple to spring forth anew and write a new narrative. Let your voice, your harmonics out - open your chest cavity let the fire the (ahi) within your chest cavity out –
Hirini says his job is to create sanctuaries – a place to feel safe and he has committed to find ways to keep us safe.
Aotearoa - can be and needs to be - A Peace Nation
He talks when he was working for the New Zealand Governor General and the implementation of initiatives to upgrade protocols that include Maori into the military forces. He had the good fortune to have had the ear of both - including the Commander in Chief of the NZ Forces.
The interview covers the British Army regimental system of the military - it is a powerful system and a dominating one and it has colonised many places globally - in its own image and it now needs to change and become more inclusive of all the imagery of the world. And that the warriors need to not become Special Forces – but instead Spiritual Forces.
He talks of Tu the God of war and also of the God of Peace and in this interview his dear old unwell Father comes into the room where Hirini is talking on the phone for this interview and what takes place is very profound and very synchronistic – as Hirini masterfully shifts the energy. (listen to this interview) :)
Saying that we today do not know how to make peace – because the god of war is getting far more media play and news reports – and the God of Peace is being subverted by vested interests. The NZ Army now has the capacity to be used as ‘peacemakers’ and go into areas and disarm the combatants into having a common song – to share food - to be able to hear the dreams of the antagonist and then put the options forward – otherwise we move precariously towards a devastated planet or - an opportunity for children to grow and flourish.
The NZ Defence Forces have the ability to bring together opposing points of view and reconcile them.
New Paradigm Emerges.
It’s not about nations now – it is about who are the ones who are to be the custodians of the future - of all biota and our planet. Our planetary magnificence cannot continue to be turned into commodities – of pieces and units of production or continue to turn people into units of labour – all people are sentient beings and part of the fabric of life and this planet.
And its Hirini’s dream that Aotearoa - New Zealand becomes the seed bed for this!
That we do not dream about it but turn it into a practical viable force. Starting from NOW!
We do not have the luxury of time – There are World War scenarios in the airwaves that are being ramped up by unconscious thought and disconnection!
So we have to have a Peace Star that rises from this part of our planet – from beneath the Southern Cross and the Southern Hemisphere light of consciousness in action.
To awaken the dark minds and show them the way home - towards the light, so that even themselves – those of the darkness, actually become happy - because they are now able to find a way home! So that we can bring peace.
This is part of Hirini’s work here. All our work - as he says. We are all connected.
The Military Industrial Machine is a huge monetary machine that is like a blind juggernaut.
Oath of Allegiance
Soldiers need to ‘swear allegiance’ to a greater Queen - to the Grand Mother of all Mothers - to that of our planet – going beyond what they have sworn previously –
He says that “Making the person who makes an executive order to drop a bomb, go to the place where it is to be dropped and stand there and if they are willing to accept that nuclear bomb falling on then – then they need to pull the trigger on themselves.” Otherwise let’s look at far more elegant options.
The Grand Mothers of Peace
That the Grandmother women are better peace savers - how do we co create with humanity to build the home? – the family and community to be more connected and cohesive? HOME = Heaven on Mother Earth. H.O.M.E.
Hirini, emphatically asks you not to listen or read this posting and then just walk away and distract yourself with anything to keep you away from doing what is best for our planet and the children of the future.
The little heaven resides in us – it is not an external place up somewhere - elsewhere – stop looking without because what you are looking for is inside you. It’s in you.
Hirini then ramps it up as dynamic orator!
Turn yourself inside out to reveal the star that has been sleeping inside you! Anything less is not worthy. We must be that which we can be – and we have to be FEARLESS and shed our old mental constructs and beliefs that have been handed down to us that no longer serve us!
NZ with 4.65 million people and private and governmental debt is half a trillion dollars = $100,000 of debt for every person in NZ. How can this be?
Let us rid this – just like fruit falling from the tree it breaks down and rots then new shoots will grow up through it all …
He mentions debt bondage and new babies being born and that their names shunt them into a realm of being commodities.
He says we need to rename ourselves – shift the frequency of who we are - break the pattern - shatter the old thoughtform and transform like the proverbial monarch body and discards that which no longer serves us.
When we change the name we change the story.
We are still shackled to the European systems and the Westminster type Government – outdated thought forms - old paradigm thinking.
A new look at Sovereignty – what role does the Queen play in our existence – on our currencies – her Head on every coin.
The money system has to be changed … get savvy and research where it is going the ‘TPPA Currency Declaration’.
Does this mean that the Reserve Bank Governor having now more power than Her Majesty? Just like the US Fed, having more power than any Branch of the US government?
So what does that mean for the Oaths? – All NZ Government Ministers of the Crown? – The Governor General whom have sworn allegiance? All military officers? The Police? The Justice Department - Judges & Magistrates?
There seems to be no one in authority standing up to protect our currency - at all – everywhere it is noticeably silent! The bankers control the game!
He calls for us to be very innovative and find ways to transform the system - from out of the bones of the old debts there will arise a new conscious currency. This too is Hirini’s dream to align with the fires of creation and adeptly touch the slip stream and it then it will magically do the work for us. So that the currency is part of Creation’s dream itself.
Guardians of the Now to Protect the Future
As ex army Hirini says in the meantime we need Guardians. We need elder-kaumatua and guardians – some that are facing-out and some that are facing-in that you have these sentinels in place for a space of safety so that nothing gets through, not even unwanted psychic energy so that new ideas are born into a new sanctuary - creating the new seedlings – the new dream - the new embryo – the placenta is there for the embryo to grow - the nut furnishes the seed when it ready to sprout. Or the yoke and albumen that feeds the germ cell of the egg that when timing prevails - eventually cracks the egg open.
We need to be able to grow into a planetary awareness yet be able to localise underneath our feet. Under all our feet - (you reader and you listener under your feet).
Then Hirini speaks so very softly and yin-like and this is for you to listen to - as his poetic finale – magnificent.
He sings a chant with two different stones accompanying him. Stones that he rubs together to remind us of the physical plane that we are embedded in - that we can also rise above.
He finishes with a delightful rendition of the Bell bird song
A powerful orator - warrior of great standing - A unique and very different Polynesian being. At ease within his skin - his subtle bodies - his field.
We have been expectant of what is to come next in the unfoldment of a new way of life – a new way of being – one that is a total upgrade from the top down pyramid model that has been - patriarchal, extractive and exploitive that has ended up denaturing and dehumanising our world. This model is now falling away.
Laurence & Zahra are domiciled in the Northern South Island in the area covering Nelson, Motueka, Takaka & Golden Bay.
This whole area is a wellspring of change agents devoted to pioneering ways that people can live, be, do, work and thrive in communities and other ways of life.
From the renown Riverside community the very well known conscientious objector movement of the 2nd World War – now going for over 70 years - who were prepared to stand up for their principles and go to prison - To the Tui and Rainbow communities both been existing for around 30 years and a number of others spread around the area too.
There are many different initiatives happening in many different areas.
In education in Golden Bay there is more self-directed learning and other initiatives asking children what they wish to engage in, what they want their schools to look like now and in the future – plus many school Principle’s are engaged in looking at a new vision of education that is very much aligned with the NZ Government’s 2025 educational vision of more community input that incorporates holistic systems.
Plus ‘I Design’ studio – teaching children from grass roots how to use electronics - designing – coding - creating IP - yet have a preference to ‘open source systems’ for free – and ‘make a space’ initiated by a retired engineer to create interest within the localised rural community. Which typifies the releasing of the potential of new technologies of decentralising and re-localising non colonising …
This includes production manufacturing and invention based on how do people re-think, redesign, remake reinvent the world - and you are not going to put a cap on it.
In Takaka, the Hands system of Greendollars/timebank- is coming up to its 30th anniversary – with 10% of the regional population as members.
“How about a non-dollar system”. It’s a LETS system a local currency system, paper vouchers and an electronic platforms.
In NZ - Living Economies.
That hundreds of lets system globally use Community Exchange System out of South Africa.
‘Localising Food Project’ - From the Tui community creating documentaries and educating people to show the issues as why it is important to return to locally produced foods; The loss of seed varieties especially seed that has specifically adapted to each bio region so that they can grow and are resilient to bugs etc so no use of pesticide etc – plus teaching about free food forests – throughout NZ.
So what is happening in the top of the South Island is a reflection of wider movement somewhat as an incubator of new ideas as well as community engagement with these inventions and ideals. Groups of people holding very high ideals and yet being pragmatic in their practice of them.
Laurence and Zahra want to know how to make practical these revolutionary, visionary - ideals and integrate them into people’s lives. Do a web search and youtube search on localising food projects – there is a whole archive for film footage of best practices – to save heritage seeds, to create food forests and food gardens in schools.- Especially Robin McCurdy one of NZ’s much loved permaculture pioneers.
Raw milk dispensing by farmers at the farm gate - called Village Milk via a chilled dispenser as well as a glass bottle dispenser that you can buy – it’s practically organic milk – it just has no certification – but its organic by practice – this is being franchised out across the country though government regulators endeavour to get in the way due to health concerns – however it is a revolution in the making. Especially, assisting with a healthy gut etc. and also the products of eating from fresh milk.
This is big and it will only grow when people realise that the milk they are drinking may be from - powder. Those white plastic supermarket bottles with a dark interior – which do not state anywhere on the plastic bottle that the milk has been pasteurised or homogenised – check it out - very strange.
Meanwhile NZ continues to slumber ☺
Joel Salatin in the US is mentioned as a keen raw milk farmer and the challenges he has to be able to sell from the farm gate.
Joel Salatin's "I drink raw milk (sold illegally on the underground market)".
A Taonga among Maori with some of the purest water on our planet – deeply sacred place there are many springs over this whole Golden Bay, Takaka, Motueka Nelson area and Laurence poetically describes this in that the people of this whole region who are drinkers of such blessed water are themselves ‘wellsprings’ of goodwill, creativity and community as like the Pupu springs - expressing pure powerful goodness that gushing to the surface spreads its transparent latency among the populace that is springing forth this possibility of conscious change and transformation.
Zahra & Laurence talk about the good things going right for us in the world today … and this is what the community game is all inclusive of. They both created and designed it as inherently we have the solutions within us as well as the many solutions already been worked on and worked out right around our planet –
(Best Listen to this to fully realise the potential of what this game presents).
And a ‘Maker World for Schools’ – Instead of saying in 40 year time the oceans will have no fish and then move on to page 47 and focus on some other subject – what is being said now – is ‘what can we do about it?’ and have a discussion and do projects around finding innovative ways to look what can be done to bring about the much needed change to save our fishing grounds? And make this an important, empowering learning. Because all the maths, the language the sciences can still be learned by applying them to the subject being studied and looked at – the subject being totally inclusive of other learning modalities.
Children learn better on experiential project based learning - especially projects that matter to them – that inspire them – engages them fully so they learn by embedding topical and deeply focused information that always works towards the best possible outcome.
If the schools focus on right lively hoods – why not focus on enterprise education – today and the social implications of working together?
If the science is correct – that the trajectory is so dire then why waste children’s education on intellectual subject matter totally unrelated to survival – when the prognosis of our common future is so heavily weighted against life as we know it today.
This is where Zahra and Laurence want to see schools transformed – and with Mainstream education realising that 1/3 or teaching jobs will be redundant in 10 years time due to automation and robotics – this is a perfect time for education and learning curriculums to totally up their game - be reinvented and become holistic community wide – lifelong learning and equip children with the many 21st century learning methods and subject matter to focus on their basic growth as a human being living on a planet. This translates to an empowered inner resourced and savvy younger generation equipped to face the future head on.
Which maker world for schools inspires them into the new collaborative culture.
The next step is how do you self fund yourself. – Listen to the interview.
Technology breaking out. - disruptive technologies
Self driving trucks – soon they will be everywhere as they have only a simple A to B journey – many drivers will be out of a job. Millions of jobs worldwide will see jobs cease to exist.
All rote or repetitive jobs within a decade will be going within a decade – by robots or a computer program – UBER - you know about the taxi revolution – they state that in 4 years self driven cars will be here and by 2025 fast decking numbers of petrol cars will be on the road.
Community to come together when so many jobs start disappearing.
Could there be a student revolution start soon that is totally global and could kids shun school until the adult population can deliver a plan for a viable, sustainable future solution orientation that factors the requirements for all?
Are Governments obsolete – but just have not woken up to it?
Scary as the situation is – the only option is to reinvent how we can live – together etc transformation now is our only option
Thus Zahra & Laurence see the urgent need for a training program with all the new project management tools that are now available – because we NOW have the tools to go forward to shape the new paradigm.
And they both state that they have most of the keys so that you can virtually take them out of a box and put them to work.
We are on the cusp of creativity that we have never seen before – 3 d printing of objects, machines, houses, gadgets etc - clothes will be dialled up or downloaded from a computer to a sewing machine device and the technology is already here.
They see humanity on a cellular level as a neighbourhood and they want to see our planet healed and the neighbourhood at the same time.
It’s an evolution revolution and it’s happening around our planet and Laurence & Zahra are doing their part.
Bubbles of creativity and community are popping up everywhere around our planet - they are becoming more and more = spreading out until their sides touch and then the tipping point will be reached and they will all merge into the new paradigm.
Food is an important piece of the jigsaw – have control of what we are putting into our body temple. Then we have autonomy – we have choice, health and better strategies and outcomes.
Ethics and values will become an important issue.
What if Greenpeace had incorporated Greenpeace Inc and set up a solution oriented arm – to provide for everyone everyone. Because they would have tens of millions of potential investors, stakeholders buyers suppliers employees – the could have been huge by now and gaining more adherents because their products and services were second to none! And ecological sustainability would be embedded throughout the network/organisation.
Corporations are in a death spiral and they are not loved by people and big doesn’t function anymore.
Even businesses are collaborating with their own competitors today. Co-opetition. e.g. restaurant row.
Force fed Neo liberal nonsense of dog eat dog has to come to an end - dogs don’t eat each other either.
Our world is based on diversity and symbiosis
Noo map http://noomap.info/co-creation/ - Barbara Marks Hubbard Co creation and how we are working together to create and shape our future.
We have the capacity to work together and collaborate on large scale issues at a species level.
One of the more profound and grounded futurists being:
Jeremy Rifkin - The 3rd Industrial Revolution.
The Venus Project New Zealand - facebook page.
An extremely informative and inspirational interview - going onto the front foot and pushing the envelope well out before them - this is one interview to download and listen.