BETTER OCEAN GOVERNANCE BILL NECESSARY IN NEW ZEALAND TO FOSTER MARINE BIODIVERSITY’S GROWING INDUSTRY
[The Hauraki Gulf Moana - Photo - wikipedia]
Regulating economic and environmental matters in Aotearoa New Zealand’s vast continental shelf is a concern for the future sustainable prosperity of NZ’s people.
New Zealand is home to the world’s 5th largest oceanic resource. Our ocean terrain covers 5.8 million square kilometres (21 times NZ’s land mass area). Only 3% of NZ’s wealth is drawn from the ocean. Fisheries and aquaculture are growing industries that bring revenue.
Scientists at GNS Science and the Crown research institute, being probed by economists to give estimates, claim that $1 trillion of oil and gas could be extracted from the ocean. They also claim based on minerals mapping (knowledge that Crown Minerals holds and as stewards and public servants for all New Zealand citizens) that hundreds of billions of dollars worth of minerals are in NZ’s ocean too.
Chris Battershill of Waikato’s Environmental Research Institute’s coastal and marine ecosystems work also notes that New Zealand’s marine life is very unique and diverse. We have 14% of the world’s marine species of whom 60% are endemic to New Zealand. Only the Antarctic waters have a greater level of marine organism species.
Marine bio-pharmaceuticals is an area that many Iwi want to venture into in the future. I know the idea has been mentioned several times at Ngati Whatua o Kaipara business planning meetings.
Currently, 31 marine leads for anti-cancer drugs are being developed. New Zealand is developing three so far. Of importance is a breast cancer busting treatment derived from a local form of sea sponge. I have a California friend who is developing products from deep sea micro-organisms and their dna blueprints. His products are being made in China where production has proved to be cheaper than in the USA. It’s a big growth industry.
Anyway, back here in NZ, we don’t get past fishing and the fish much. We like to eat things and drive things, pretty much. So, because of that cultural trait of slow food and being on the go, we’ve only studied about 6% of our moana terrains.
Dr Michael McGinnis of Victoria University sees the need for more investment to boost marine life’s potential towards developing life replenishing bio-technology from our oceans. Barely $5 million is invested annually by our own government. In light of the growing returns of health products being created from the ocean and sold with success abroad (new emerging markets in the world), this figure is way too short sighted towards more strategic investment. (more…)
Giuliana Rancic, a well known face in entertainment circles via Los Angeles, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Click on her pic, to read the story that’s captivated the USA.
If you’ve ever met Giuliana in person, you will know that she’s such a nice lady. Wishing her all the best in her recovery today.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.10.11~
Song for Hinewehi & Ms Brunning.
“This is for standing up
to a bone chillin wind.”–lyrics Dave Dobbyn. Vocals Anika & Opshop .
- – - Kia Kaha. :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.9.11~
After research revealed that 50% of all women are forgetting to get regular breast cancer check ups, a new app has been developed for ladies phones and breasts.
iBreastcheck allows the girls, to set a personalized alarm clock, to remind of check up times. Said Bernie Nolan who is being treated for breast cancer:
“This is an incredible development from Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I only wish it had been thought of sooner. The earlier breast cancer is found, the earlier we have a chance of beating it.”
Isn’t this the purpose of technology and medical science knowledge fusing together, for what they’re meant for? Saving lives. Saving breasts, America’s national treasures too!
That’s awesome. Grndr one of these apps, a hot girl’s way to celebrate health, life, well being in the world – and be a man, I say! In order for men and children to be healthy in community, women with the best healthy breasts in America are US all too. Way cool! This app created by the U.K to help that along.
iProstatecheck TM does not sound as sexy for men, as this little number, but that app should happen too on the IT health front for us men. Technology is a gift to preserve and care for Life. Love it today.
Here’s Christina Hendrick‘s who says in Harper’s Bazaar that everyone’s hitting on her, women, men, gay, straight – the whole shabang – and she’s happy about that. “It’s flattering,” says Hendricks.
Um, there is nothing flat about Christina at all, so that was funny! Bump this post on for the ladies you care about and love. IT’S FREE, our favorite.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 10.6.10~
Having once been through the whole breast cancer process with a friend and their family, this is the little I know on the topic:
1. Early detection is the only prevention.
2. Ways breast cancer can be detected are 6 monthly mammograms, and monitoring the white blood cell counts in a woman’s blood regularly.
Here’s what Norway has to say about breast cancer via UPI.Com: “NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) — A study of women in Norway suggests better treatment, not yearly mammograms, may account for a 10 percent cut in the breast cancer death rate, researchers said.
Researchers tracked 40,075 women in Norway who had received a diagnosis of breast cancer from 1986 to 2005. The women were examined before and after 1996, when the country provided mammograms for women ages 50-69 along with special breast cancer team to treat all women with breast cancer, The New York Times reported Thursday.”
If you’re a girl and love your girls, get them checked out. You know it. In order for men and children to be healthy in the world – women need to be healthy too, which means healthy boobs. That’s just a fact of life in any country. America too.
[Two images of Christina Hendricks via Strange Celebrities - as a reminder to get checked twice yearly (every 6 months), not just screened once each year].
Let’s continue to believe and support a cure for cancer in the world.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 9.23.10~
Breast cancer survivor and Australian pop princess royalty, Kylie Minogue will kick start her US Tour wearing show costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier in San Francisco’s Fox Oakland Theater, Thursday. To buy tickets to see the UK’s favorite Aussie pop star, go here.
Kylie’s song Spinning Around was a US #1 hit in 2000. Penned by Paula Abdul, Spinning Around deals with the pain of divorce. It’s a song that music critics say is ”pop perfection” the way its structured. Minogue was Australia’s Britney Spears, long before Britney ever existed.
Following in the footsteps of Australian blonde Olivia Newton John’s breakthrough roll into America in the Musical Grease, Kylie proved that Australian pop cultural princesses can hold their own. Her career spans over 25 years in show biz. Go see Kylie if you can make it out America. At 40, Kylie still looks hotter than Lady Gaga in her gold disco hot pants. She is fab!