do to others
what you want
done to you.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.2.13~
via twitter I read writings of rebecca kamm :
rk writes via her link: the world is hot. we’re busy hoovering up natural resources. rk blames usa uber-consumerism in tone. however let’s perserveere: the UN estimates a 9.6b pop by 2050. a fear report link follows. better agricultural practices technology can help. solutions towards smarter energy can too. recognizing equality in brainpower of all people can help. there are more ladies in nz than men, so it makes sense equality is smart on all levels. not so in india, china though. more guys than girls by 60+ millions. (more…)
It would be a really good idea to redistribute wealth more evenly. As an idea, that could maintain peace in a more civilized and peaceful way.
Also recycling good ideas should happen more with fusion. That way you get an ROI on expensive infrastructure that already exists.
Those two thoughts help in “the good ideas” department, perhaps. :)
A response to: “red carpet of good ideas, please.”
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.12.12~
We shall press towards the mark of higher ground as the labourer is always worthy of their hire. We will not muzzle our citizens’ voices as in their combined efforts we are made strong when we listen to our majorities voices and our children.
There are always wheels within wheels of a dream we will turn. Creativity helps us to create and activate new wheels that are productive, useful, just and resourceful. Equality is a crown of thorns to be proud of, made up of the twisted slain dragons of greed’s selfish machinations. Where a cross of kindness intersects between sky and earth, greed is always crucified and justice shines as our gold with the law of freedom reigning over oppression, greed and fear. Where the spirit of freedom is and is upheld, true liberty abounds.
We delight in equality, justice, truth and a just weight that is noble and not too heavy worn on the hearts and smiles of all of our people.
–what New Zealand has to attain to, navigating through greedy designs on our country in Aotearoa, a land of plenty and abundance. New Zealand citizens must self-determine our own just liberty, known in New Zealand as our Tino Rangatiratanga. A beautiful concept to advance, when upheld.
[Photos: Clever Eve, gold wheel cross pendant piece: Amazon. Top image: Ferris Wheel - AFP pic].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.12.12~
to know the height, the depth, the width, the total expanse of Love of whom there is no end.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.11.12~
“It’s a huge jump,” said spokeswoman Angela McLeod of the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition, when describing how the gender pay gap is the biggest it has been in 10 years in New Zealand. Men’s takings have risen, while women are ending up with less. The disturbing rate has escalated from 12.85% to 14.18% in the last year.
Basically the White Older Rich Man is ruling the roost in New Zealand. Everything is being tilted the worm’s way. It’s a recipe for a huge mollywhopping backlash. That’s what the figures show.
What I think: What are the statistics of population demographics. (more…)
ABSOLUTELY WE CAN GET IT DONE – AUSTRALIA IN THE ASIAN CENTURY’S ECONOMIC ROADMAP GOALS, INTENTIONS, MAIN AREAS OF FOCUS
Julia Gillard laid down the gauntlet of where Australia is headed to 2025 in The Asian-Century.
Of note is the leadership aspect Australia is showing, where the country clearly wants to self determine their own terms of engagement with Asia’s growth. Or, if you plan it, you are leading.
A valuable insight into vision, leadership with clear objectives outlined openly.
Speech at the launch of the White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century. Sydney 28 October 2012. History asks great nations great questions.
History asks great nations great questions. Australia is no exception.
Through generations, our great nation has been asked great questions – and we have answered them.
Could we feed a people on this driest of lands?
Could we unite a nation on a continent without the pressures of revolution or war?
Could we carry our weight in the world and fight for the freedom of our friends?
Could we defend ourselves in our greatest hour of need?
Could we rebuild after decades of Depression and War?
Could we embrace change and find new sources of wealth in demanding new times?
Could we say Sorry?
You see the answer in the nation around you: We got it done.
This is a hard place and we’re not angels or saints: the big things are never easy and we don’t get everything right.
But we stand today, a proud people in a free land. 51st in global population – 12th in global wealth – one of the most equal economies and mobile societies in the world.
Respected by our oldest friends in the world – welcomed by our newest friends in the region.
But history is calling to us again – today, history asks us another great question.
Can Australia be a winner in this Asian Century of change and growth? (more…)
As a New Zealand leader Rangi Kuini Wikitoria Topeora had a name the same as Prince Charles‘ great grandma, Queen Victoria.
The two ladies’ signed agreement with each other, 172 years prior, would form the foundation and the spirit of an agreement of economic development that still needs to be recognized and developed more into fruition of shared equality regarding New Zealand’s abundant resources.
I love this painting as a witness of the true spirit of Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s also a symbol of women leaders in New Zealand and Britain being principled and strong leaders.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 26.10.12~
I was watching Moana Jackson today on the Maori news, highlighting how the New Zealand’s constitution has not looked after Maori economic interests much. So, perhaps a lot needs to be done on that. What does NZ think?
Maori are NZ’s no.1 differientiator in branding that sets NZ apart from all nations in the world. Though Brisbane’s getting up there with Maori bros and broettes these days in Queensland. Wales has a few too.
We can do a lot more to improve our respect and value of Maori’s boosting power to NZ prosperity in the future and our economic growth. Get the wealth creation and distribution flows also flowing more fairly Maori citizens way. It’s gotta be fair. :)
Exciting growth ahead. Let’s all get wealthier through being more creative, entrepreneurial and showing a spirit of inclusion.
Te Karere writes: “The Māori Party wants a constitution and one of Te Arawa’s leaders, Toby Curtis wants any constitution to guarantee Māori rights to own and develop natural resources. Activist lawyer Moana Jackson will meet with Te Arawa to discuss New Zealand’s constitution.”
[Moana is always so angsty earnest. He changes not over the years, yet his message is right on, at the moment].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.10.12~
For the record: when it comes to TPP or PPP trade negotiations talks between New Zealand and any other nation, or the concept of just Zealand governance, it has to be made known very clearly that:
Aotearoa (or New Zealand) is NOT a pineapple plantation.
Alright?! That concept is billionaire Larry Ellison buying his own Hawaiian Island a ways away from NZ.
1. a situation in which people have the same rights, advantages etc
OVERCOMING GRIEF & FINDING MAORI EQUALITY FLOWS & WORLD NEWS VIA NEW ZEALAND – 18th SEPTEMBER 2012 – THE HORIWOOD TOP TEN
The Horiwood Top Ten today are:
The Maori News with Scotty Morrison and team. Last nights. Press play.
17. Karise Eden
Reading the paper today, I couldn’t help but think, should a group of Maori visit Israel together with NZ’s PM & his family?–couldn’t hurt to improve cultural awareness in New Zealand. Read up as to wai.
A trip of that nature would be fun for everyone in Israel. Visit the historic sites and stuff.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~
In New Zealand I’m still learning me some English and learning me some math too.
Surfing PhotographicDictionary.Com, I get a lesson from the letter H and the word Half.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.8.12~
Question – What do you think of gay marriage debate for New Zealand?
On the table in New Zealand is the topic of gay marriage. A bill that was drafted by MP Louisa Wall, could allow gay people to marry and adopt children. Currently New Zealand has a Civil Union that recognizes gay partnerships. Wall says that this is not enough and gay marriage would ensure equality in recogition of partnership at a legal level (reflected on a societal level) for gay people, as now being sought through the legal draft of a marriage bill.
The following thoughts map some of the tensions in New Zealand on the topic at this moment in history. I will meander my way through them like an angsty nerd (yawn!), so you can navigate the thinking of the kinds of thoughts people may be thinking at this time in New Zealand. The commentary is a snap shot of this moment.
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Around the world in Scotland, a bill has been passed that allows gay people to marry. Churches are given the option of marrying a gay couple, or not.
A conservative Christian view point in New Zealand is arguing that gay marriage is a no go.
A debate is raging in the US at the time of writing too that is opposed to gay marriage, where conservative business owners say, allowing gay marriage will bring “judgement” on America if this would occur.
Having looked at the weather patterns in the US lately, those words if living in the USA are being mulled over. A strong comment about “judgement” is not something Americans are laughing at and dismissing easily, when the topic of gay marriage is being raised.
When a statement like “America could come under judgement” is said, people actually stop and think about that.
What does “judgement over a nation mean, or look like?” Does sexual preference bring judgement or not? is a question conservative types are asking at this time in the USA and also presenting to the USA as a part of the same debate.
On the topic of gay marriage I also think of the book of Corinthians that Paul The Apostle (once a murderer and General of Empire who slaughtered Christians as a job once, due to his government’s view of discriminating against Christians in his day) who after he became a Christian, wrote for a Roman City specifically who had a culture of public orgie worship in the City of Corinth at the city’s main temple.
This was their commonplace culture. (more…)
In 1840, Maori Chieftainess Rangi Kuini Wikitoria Topeora was one of several Maori women who signed a Treaty with Queen Victoria forming the founding document of our fathers and mothers in New Zealand.
The Auckland City Art Gallery has this portrait by artist Gottfried Lindauer currently on show.
She wore shark’s teeth in her ears as her earrings from the Ocean. They were the fashion of the day. Cute. :)
People of Ngati Toa and Ngati Raukawa Maori tribes in New Zealand descend from Rangi to this day. Always an achiever, as a young woman she was a famous composer of waiata, and many of her songs are still sung today. Waiata were like Television, radio and the internet in those days, they conveyed important messages of Kiwis to others.
Over a thousand years on since they were composed in New Zealand, today, waiata - still do. :)
Happy Matariki! :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.6.12~
Black market wages news – New Zealand: $140 million dollars is what it’s going to take to ensure that caregivers in New Zealand’s retirement home villages, need in wages increases to recieve their worth in comparison to caregivers in District Health Board funded structures. Being paid $3-4 less an hour is simply not valuing our workers or the grey power set of citizens such workers serve.
Also: there are reports of immigrants to New Zealand exploiting other immigrants paying workers beneath minimuum wage in New Zealand of $5-6 an hour. It’s amazing how people forget once they get New Zealand citizenship (or in particular, are on their path to achieving one) just what a New Zealand citizenship means…. equality and equal opportunity!
If we don’t get this right, we are involved in slavery and human trafficking. That’s not what NZ should be about. To underpay people is abuse and is not good workplace health and safety. When workers are being underpaid, there’s a high likelihood health and safety issues are being breached too in such work conditions by employers.
Also check out BestJobsBoard.Com too. Or for more on human rights issues in New Zealand for workers, click on Judy McGregor‘s photo above.
Judy writes a beaut story of being an undercover crusader in the health care industry. Her research findings note: “It offends against human decency.” And “to know is to get angry.”
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Also – how is the pay rates rises scale going right across the board in New Zealand too… as a rule of thumb right now? Is that growing on a humane par too? CEOs and upper level management are all getting their hefty pay rises. Are their team growing their prosperity too?
Also what could be looked at is Trans-National companies. For example the Australian-UK owned companies who have catering contracts for example in almost every city of New Zealand. They appoint South African ‘remote managers’ in some cases and their Kiwi workers are on minimum wages, delivering the contract. Some of their businesses could be reviewed too, in regards to profit from the contracts and what actually is going back to New Zealand citizens and what profit margins levels… are going off shore.
You know… NZ’s grown up… Papatuanuku’s motherland is i tenei wahi. And people over profit is a New Zealand cultural proverb we try and uphold here.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 28.5.12~
The “old boys” approach to hiring senior management needs to be overhauled according to one of Oceania’s former top bankers.
Sir Ralph Norris has given a speech to Global Women, a network of 150 top Kiwi business women aimed at getting more females in business leadership roles.
The former Commonwealth Bank of Australia chief executive is a member of a group seeking gender equality – Male Champions of Change – and says females are graduating in large numbers, so hiring more female leaders is commonsense.
“The stats are showing that in Australia in particular, 62% of the graduates coming out of universities now are women, and only 38% men. At the same time you’re seeing that those women have higher educational attainment,” he told Firstline this morning.
“I think women bring a different perspective. Women generally are very good communicators on an inter-personal basis, certainly from a point of view of leadership,” he says.
Norris says pay equality and the glass ceiling remain large issues for women in the workplace, but believes companies must realise women may not have the same career-path as men, but it is down to these businesses to work around women.
“If they are given that flexibility, [women] do tend to give it to you in spades,” he says, “They do have the babies, they do go into maternity leave, organisations can very quickly forget women in the pipeline when they’re on maternity leave.
“The chief executive has to take a very strong interest in the whole programme to make sure that it’s going to work.”
News Source – TV3 News.Com
~Posted by Horiwoodblog.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.5.12~
In New Zealand equality news: The Crown is still struggling to see Maori as their legal and legitimate Treaty partner, in the approach the NZ government is taking with the process of: the suggestion of New Zealand energy assets sales.
A good marriage is when one party wants to talk, the other party will listen. This is what equality and fairness in a legal marriage and fair partnership looks like. If this tone is not set from the outset of any suggested share float, no other third party investors should ever think there’s going to be integrity in the management of these same companies on offer.
All investors want a win-win guilt free share float. That way everyone gets blessed in the harmonious flow of a good marriage.
In Kiwi news: “The Government will not delay the passage of the bill allowing share floats of state-owned enterprises until after the Waitangi Tribunal has held its urgent hearings on the matter.
Ministers are insisting such sales would not affect the rights and interests of iwi and will not set aside any shares for future settlement.
But SOE Minister Tony Ryall says the Government could be prepared at a later stage to “stand in the market” and buy shares for some iwi as part of Treaty of Waitangi settlements.
The Government’s refusal to budge on its timetable means the tribunal will be under pressure to hold its hearings before the law is passed.
Submissions must be in by June, the hearing will be in July and the tribunal plans an interim report in July.
The hearings follow a claim by the Maori Council and 11 others that the sales breach the Treaty and a more general claim that the Crown has denied or violated rights over freshwater and geothermal resources.
Mr Ryall told the Weekend Herald the Mixed Ownership Model Bill would be back from select committee by July 16 and passed soon after that.
It needed to be passed no later than August to enable the first partial float, of Mighty River Power, to be conducted in the third quarter of the year, as set out in the sales timetable.
“We’re not considering delaying progress on the bill,” he said. “We have a timeline we have to stick to.”
Mr Ryall said any decisions from the tribunal would not affect the legislation but could affect government actions after the law was passed.
“We don’t think the sales affect Maori rights and interests and we think that is supported by current case law.”
He cited the Ika Whenua case in the 1990s when the Government planned to transfer dams to several energy companies and the Court of Appeal declined an application to stop that transfer, saying Maori rights would not be diminished by it.
The Government would be putting that position very strongly in the tribunal hearings, Mr Ryall said.
He said the history of the Government had been to address such issues on an iwi-by-iwi basis rather than a pan Maori basis.”
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Um… what’s the rush here? We are in a GFC. The UK for example is officially in recession. They’re not moving anywhere fast. It’s not like we don’t have time to talk about it some more – here in New Zealand. The world’s population is increasing, not diminishing – therefore energy will always be in demand. Food needs are increasing too in the world, so energy powered hot houses could garner good growth for New Zealand’s economy in areas with land but colder climes to produce more, for the days ahead. Maori should be in on all levels of such expansion plans ahead, fairly and justly with the resources they signed in good faith to develop with The Crown as equal Treaty partners and… equals. It’s all about unlocking Iwi potential fairly to grow the New Zealand economy in ways Iwi may not have been invited to, before due to conceited oversights.
There’s so much scope here, to get this right.
At the moment, the tone of the news story (in the “quote marks”) reads as if others hidden in the bedroom are being preferenced by The Crown before Maori. It looks sneaky. If Maori took the same stance, we’d sell The Beehive first (also a state asset) without much prior notice, and erect an oil rig on the front lawn as a museum monument of long-standing pig-headed arrogance, gross conceit, racism, sneaky snatch and grab manouevers for elitists and the illegality of greed - if this approach keeps up.
So, that needs a complete rethink on this assets sales process so far.
Shocking! And why is The Waitangi Tribunal always so behind the eight-ball on timetabling? Is The Crown not giving earlier and more transparent notice in the course of timelines and process? If so, that’s totally sketchy too and needs to change.
[Reporting by Audrey Young].
[Note - At the time of writing, Maori men live ten years less than white New Zealanders. Maori are currently locked within a partial poverty divide (doubly compounded by a GFC-fueled bubble). Many Maori are paid 20-30% less for doing the exact same jobs as non-Maori... so the The Crown needs to cut the crap here - on this issue and recognise Maori's legal equality status more. (more…)
Kim Seabrooks is a women equality champion and blogger. Kim also also reads Horiwood.Com.
I read and follow Kim’s blog. She shares this quote on her blog:
What is Hope?
Hope itself is a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords; but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain. ~Samuel Johnson
Keep Hope Alive!!!!
–Ironically, I went to school with a Sam Johnson. He was da man!
- Nice one Kim. Let’s Keep Hope Alive! :)
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.4.12~