try again: true freedom is when you are not afraid to tell the truth.
Aotearoa NZ’s story.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.1.13~
Feeling great, in our great history of shared relationship, there’s no telling of the welling of a great future in store.
True freedom is when we honor treaties and win a war at home first. That makes us honorable abroad having a foundation of true integrity at home.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.13~
his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.
FREEDOM IS A CULTURE OF EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, GENEROSITY OF SPIRIT – TE PIRINGA MAORI CULTURAL CLUB’S SONG ANTHEMS DEPICT IT NICELY
True freedom is when you have gratitude of expression in being empowered and seeking to empower others. Here’s a song that sings of that in New Zealand. Te Piringa with a song of thanksgiving in letting the weak say I am strong. I love it.
A very beautiful song with deep Kiwi meaning.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.1.13~
WHAT IS FREEDOM? GERMAN, CANADIAN, US THINKERS OF THE FRASER INSTITUTE’S STUDY – TOWARDS A WORLDWIDE INDEX OF HUMAN FREEDOM
German, Canadian and American researchers quite fancy New Zealand as a beautiful whenua (land) reports marketwire website, especially in offering an idea of new starts. That being an idea of freedom. Yahoo Finance also ran the story.
Last year, the Cato Institute listed New Zealand as having “high economic freedom” ranking third in the world after Hong Kong and Singapore in the yearly Economic Freedom of The World report. An interesting finding as the average wage in New Zealand is US$36k. Yet New Zealand is perceived as having high financial freedom by Cato.
This year, the Germans and Canadians of The Fraser Institute list why they feel New Zealand has high freedom levels. The Insitute claims to have, “the most complete index of human freedom” and is Canada’s leading public policy think-tank. It worked with Germany’s Liberales Institut to collate its thoughts. A summary of main points follows:
The authors of the book say the intention was to measure the degree to which people were free to enjoy classic civil liberties-freedom of speech, religion, individual economic choice, and association and assembly-in each country surveyed.
The nations in their study they like as being perceived as free are: New Zealand, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, Ireland, US, Denmark, Japan, Estonia. The UK was listed at 18 and France at 33. (more…)
I went for a dip in the ocean tonight just before sunset.
It was the first time in nine years I’d been in the moana (ocean) of Aotearoa. Five of those years were spent abroad.
The moment was a realization into how much lockdown the last twenty months of life had been in NZ. Wowsa! (more…)
injustice is ingrained in stubborn smugness,
blinding the eyes and numbing hearts with greed. (more…)
For five days, news crew (journalists) were abducted in Syria. Abductions are always scary to get through. Richard Engel, Aziz Akyavas and John Kooistra share their remarkable story of escape via The Holllywood Reporter. (more…)
Today I am reflecting on the late Dame Mira Szászy DBE, CB, QSMJP, BA, DipSocSci, LLD (Vic) and her spirit of New Zealand independence. She was one of the most outstanding Māori women leaders of the 20th century.
Thank goodness for benchmarks of NZ culture such as Dame Mira. The Dame taught us trading partners come and go, they try and take what they will, yet to stand your ground is the noble Kiwi thing to always be.
As New Zealand people, we don’t forget what people like Dame Mira in their road of education and knowingness, taught us. It’s a real part of who we are as authentic people that can never be eroded. Her gift to us all.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.12.12~
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~
Google on it’s home page raises the question of:
Thankfully a journalist has already given good thoughts on this.
The Global Battle For Internet Freedom is examined in detail by Chris Barton.
“It’s a familiar narrative. People make decisions behind closed doors. Other people don’t like it. The secrets get leaked. All hell breaks loose. Think Wikileaks, the Trans Pacific Partnership and now the WCIT leak site. That’s the World Conference on International Telecommunications which is being held by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in Dubai this week.” (more…)
We are as free as the air we breathe…
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.11.12~
Music: Husky vocals over synthe… via Soundcloud… groovy music to surf to.
Image: Billy Stairmand surfs Raglan Beach.–Surf.Co.NZ
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 8.11.12~
What is freedom? Here’s some Martin Luther King Jr.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.11.12~
Celebrating freedom more: Medal of Freedom Recipients 2012 – USA
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.11.12~
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.
–Julia Gillard showing realistic leadership. 28.10.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 30.10.12~
Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.10.12~
Humanitarians of us all: Harry Glazer‘s life and work is always going to be important.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.10.12~
Mo Yan, became the first Chinese writer to win the literature Nobel. The artist was awarded the Peace Prize while serving a prison sentence for opposing single-party rule. Photo: AP. Reporting Christopher Bodeen, Toronto Star.
Mo Yan’s Bo Xilai poem follows:
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.10.12~
Before pop star, Rihanna ever got a black eye in a youthful lover’s overheated spat in surreal Los Angeles one year, veteran American singer Paul Simon turned up in South Africa many years prior, to sing a tune for Nelson Mandela.
The moment was marked by the honey-ed harmonies of a band of brothers in the all boy band Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
It was an event that recognized and symbolized no more oppressive pain for Mandela. Here’s that live moment of Graceland.
Photo: Riri’s twitter photos collection – A photo of Riri being a right dramatic diva egg.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.10.12~
The pen of Peace is still mightier than the sword, or a lust for oil, immortality or the elusive illusions of "security." We must endeavor to still consciously pursue Peace. As in... one hand on the sword at the ready and the other rebuilding our economies. Stay close. Dare to smile. Express goodness and our light. Always... be who we are... freedom & brave.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.10.12~