Sir Ralph Norris (Ngati Hine) used to earn $20million at the helm of one of Australia’s biggest banks. These days he does white milk and hoping to do black milk economic flows ahead. Or in English, he works for Fonterra (NZ’s dairy giant) and also in energy hoping to export oil and gas more from NZ. Minerals too is an area that could be developed more from NZ. The problem is, while we don’t want the environment eroded too quickly with mining, our culture and our people are being eroded through losing large numbers of Kiwis to Australia.
What did Sir Ralph have to say in a rare interview? Broadcaster Greg Boyed of Q+A zooms us in to a man who hopes to export oil and gas more sustainably than any of us think is possible in New Zealand. (Click on picture to link to TV interview).
GB: You heard what Peter Garrett (Australia MP & Midnight Oil rocker frontman) had to say about Australians and New Zealanders going to Australia. Do you agree with what he’s sort of saying about us there? (New Zealanders are leaving NZ in our droves currently).
SRN: Well, I think it’s fair to say that we should know what the rules of engagement are. If you’re going to go to Australia, you should do your preparation and make sure you understand exactly what the rules are. So I think he’s right as far as that’s concerned. Whether the rules are fair is another matter. I mean, not a lot of people realise, but on average, New Zealanders as a group are the highest average income earners in Australia. So they make a significant contribution in tax in their own right. (more…)
David Shearer says that his Labour political party aims to build “100,000 basic homes over 10 years.”
He said his time working in countries of hardship overseas had emphasised for him the important of the values that underpinned New Zealand society – and sparked the belief that he could not just stand back.
“I am in politics to make lives better. I’m not here to cross something off my bucket list, or to indulge in some sense of celebrity. I went out into the world to help improve people’s lives and I’ve chosen to enter politics for the same reason.”
The issue is important as young New Zealanders are locked out of the first homes market due to high unemployment at the average wage being less that $US36k in New Zealand. In addition, so many people are not safe post banks re-engineering the world in an era known as the Global Finanacial Crises. People with money left could quite possibly be looking to move elsewhere in the world in some parts of the Eurozone. Especially if they have a family to raise. So, what does Wellington’s new plan look like.
Well apparently: (more…)
CULTURE CHANGE – NEW ZEALAND EXPORTING MORE TO GROW & IMPORTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO GROW WITH AOTEAROA’S MATURITY OF AN ENCOURAGING & SUSTAINBLE, PROSPEROUS SOCIETY
“dawn sky… new beginning.”
The New Zealand Inistitute of Economic Research (NZIER) says a population of 15 million people by 2060 would be a good start for New Zealand. Immigration and creating employment locally are seen as the drivers to this ambitious plan.
It’s all detailed in the NZIER’ Lifting Export Performance, document. The report was whizzed up especially for ExportNZ.
The minerals sector and Maori-owned businesses could increase chances. In my view though, NZ has been very lazy, too comfortable and a little bit scaredy-cat too in actually going abroad ourselves and developing network distribution supply chains for our quality products back in NZ. (more…)
NATHAN GUY & WINSTON PETERS – RICH. CHINESE IMMIGRANTS. VISAS. CHARACTER CHECKS. BORDER CONTROL STANDARDS … & MAORI LANGUAGE INDUCTION COURSES
Will wealthy Chinese jet to New Zealand to immigrate? Are wealthy Chinese what New Zealand people want?
Here’s a potential recipe for future Chinese-Kiwis: The NZ Govt + China Southern Airlines + immigration fast tracking = wealthy Chinese becoming Kiwis?
Immigration Minister Nathan Guy sees the deal with CSA as being a tremendous thing.
Winston Peters says: the deals stresses a need for privacy relating to potential Chinese immigrants financial backing and employment history. An assumption Peters highlights is that if someone is wealthy, they are low risk and can thus get a swift decision on their application.” (more…)
“Allons enfants de la patrie,” (or “Let us go, children of the fatherland)” is Boris Johnson, Mayor of London’s pitch to woo, French migrants to London. Johnson is trying to capitalize of Francois Hollande‘s new tax laws, taxing the wealthiest citizens of France 75%.
Hollande’s extreme tax laws basically ask France to decide between investing back into France, or saying goodbye to a nation of culture being eroded by economic pressure cooker foreces surrounding France in the Eurozone. Boris does a good job at making Francois look mean and tough. Too funny. (more…)
There is nothing more powerful than ideas whose time has come, filmed on landscapes that are resources rich. ImagiNATIVE writers are the world's first architects of a future new world and new frontier.
–The way of global film sales marketing patterns observed over a few years now.
The pen is mightier than the sword.
–Winston Churchill as a writer, storyteller, peace maker and boozy warrior leader.
Developing a sustainable film industry in New Zealand really comes down to investing in New Zealand writers more and fostering relationships with the world’s best screenwriters too. It is vital that New Zealand encourages writers, as writers become the billionaires after all the effort has gone into producing successful film franchises. We need some Maori billionaires in New Zealand. Maybe some could write their way into the history books invisaging a cinematic light to project the new way.
We must write films from New Zealand, as if we don’t other people’s written ideas of the South Pacific, will be written about our territory. So, it makes sense to always be writing our own version of the world and attaching our definitions and meanings of landscape of the South Pacific to our own words and ideas in our films. We can write futuristic films, yet the messages in them attached to our landscapes have a resonance all over the world for the good.
We have the locations and enough filmmaking capability now in New Zealand. We just need better scripts, film franchise ideas created in New Zealand and a belief in fast tracking screen-writers to a global level of writing ability. Film crews travel (actors included) to where whoever has the best ideas - to collaborate on – film projects of significance.
New Zealand is soon to become that place even more so, then we have been already on some major film projects.
So what kinds of writers could happen in New Zealand? As a precursor to Mitt Romney‘s rise in politics as a star figure for the US, novelist Stephenie Meyer was a Mormon housewife of Arizona, who mimicked the UK’s JK Rowlings star template as a novelist.
Meyer’s story as a humble writer is one of a stand out success for relativiely new billionaires. Meyer’s novel ideas, even created a brand new studio to make her novels into films. It was then aquired by Lionsgate to import a strong youth audience following into Lionsgate’s entertainment brand.
The young actors cast in Meyer’s films now lead California’s box office (Kristen Stewart being one). JK of course, mimicked Brit authors like C.S Lewis and JRR Tolkien to find her own voice as a single parent writer. Magic was JK’s theme of children learning at school. Meyer’s was a voice of fantasy, romance, angst – youth under threat. Meyer’s creative literary bent, was a huge hit.
What this tells us: Perhaps we need to invest in single parents and-or Kiwi housewives more. (more…)
In 17 months, I’ve observed being in New Zealand that there are two distinct camps of people.
There are pets who are earning. Then there are the non-earning people or the barely scraping by.
What it equals: Kiwis still leaving for Oz at record levels.
Hey! Just be happy and achieve your potential are the clear figures’ message. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.8.12~
CLEANING UP NEW ZEALAND’S EMPLOYMENT ENVIRONS, AN ALL BLACKS RUGBY WIN, KAREN OLSEN’S LATEST WEATHER REPORT & NEW ZEALAND NEWS – 19.8.12
New Zealand News @6pm Tonight. Source: TVNZ. (Video link above. Up online for next 21 hours)
Front desk: Andrew Saville, Bernadine Oliver Kerby, Greg Boyed and weather girl entertainer Karen Olsen.
6.00pm: Greg Boyed. That New Plymouth rock climbing trio story is the lead story. Adventure tourism, being aware of changing weather patterns, and water safety is the storyline set against lost lives tragic circumstances. Hadyn Jones reports. Sargent Andrew Ross, and Andrew Cronin found one body, day 11. 2 more missing. Harry Duynhoven New Plymouth Mayor, says ”the sea is unforgiving.”
6.02pm: Tara (the BK chain) continues to bully, harrass and intimidate its migrant workers to keep profits high and staff advancement low. Criminal behavior, not worth frying a patty over. Lynette Fray, reports of abuse in the workplace. Workplace bullying that rivals the Koch Brothers tactics to diminish union numbers in Wisconsin two years ago for the wealthy trying to set a precedent of no workers unions across the USA, yet it’s happening right here in NZ. Yucky! Mike Treen of White Union is p*ssed as he spits into a megaphone, John Minto stylez. Sharon Fergusson reported.
6.05pm: Amy Kelly: Ram Yadav speaks at the Union Network of Migrants. Robert Reid Chairman is there for migrant workers. Joy Reid reports, on sexual harassment and gross underpayment akin to slavery with no collective agreements either. Dennis Maga also speaks on the near slavery conditions of the NZ worker. Maga wants to work more with government. Some employees shouldn’t be employees is the message. (Added: Flush them out. Fraut entry for new and emerging NZ citizens, costs us long term in peoples ability to dream bigger thoughts and add these to our countries ideas pool of industry. So let’s knock this abuse on the nail and drive the message home in making it safer in NZ for labour tribes. There is no NZX stock market in the future being strong, without sorting this too).
6.06pm: Daniel Faitaua reports on the Wilson (sex offender, soon leaving prison) Wanganui story. Annette Main, Whanganui’s Mayor spoke. Resource and Building consent is involved in the case. Christchurch courts are dealing with the case. (Added: on the Q+A show this am, a lot of time was spent debating the issues of a ‘GS-whatever’ tracker, Wilson would wear, being the reason why he would be safe in the Wanganui community as his movements are trackable. In NZ, we often put too much faith in new technology with a ‘sentence’ nature, or ‘power’ label placed on it. For example, a smart phone or a laptop is tracking technology device too of sorts. Everyone is locatable with GNS tracking technology, who has a phone or laptop – so I don’t get why debates and raves occur forever on an ankle bracelet for an ex-prisoner when all of NZers movements are trackable too. eg: a wired prison colony concept through technology).
6.08pm: Helensville murder case of a drug dealer story follows.
6.09pm: Ngati Tama’s Greg White an ex-CEO. Jodi Ihaka covers the Taranaki once Iwi leader story. He is in Fiji. Bad investments with a Christchurch-based Korean company in a software company and fishing company lost $20 million. Allegations of slave labour of Indonesian crew members (SlaveFreeSeas), found the allegations weren’t true. The Shin Ji boat was the boat in question. A court ruling expected next month. Mr White’s skin is looking a bit baked. Must be heat of the Fiji sun, huh?.
Today in New Zealand the vibe of the news was: training Asian immigrants business owners to be less exploitative of other Asian immigrants labour. TVNZ covered the story at a time where a poverty divide in New Zealand is kinda disgusting between property owners and non-property owners income parities ratios.
In that current climate, on top of that wider societal context, also comes a story of extremes for immigrant workers being further mistreated by immigrant bosses businesses. It’s really a story of slavery and human trafficking in New Zealand. It’s not NZ’s best light. However, we are working on our human rights record too, just like most countries in the West. Read Link: Illegal wages expose prompts Government action.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.8.12~
In brainy Maoris News: Prof. Margaret Mutu of the Ngāti Kahu iwi (Maori tribe) said some stuff recently. Watch.
Te Karere News reported: “Ngāti Kahu has asked the Waitangi Tribunal to invoke rarely-used powers and order the Crown to buy back private land under claim and return it to the tribe. But Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson says the Crown will oppose the move.”
I think these debates are important when New Zealand reaches the point where tsunami impacts of immigration due to climate change’s effects on the lush land of Aotearoa NZ, become more evident.
Unless The Crown were to consider Maori leaders’ views like Prof. Mutu’s on such matters, then NZ would run the risk of burying Maori even further under new layers of pressure, that The Crown may not be giving due consideration to, or planning as robustly against as it should be.
REBRANDING NEW ZEALAND TOP QUALITY EXPORTS CULTURE WITH MAORI CULTURE & NATURE’S SYMMETRY DESIGN STANDARD – NEWS 15.8.12
New Zealand is rebranding, eyeing a stronger exports culture from the grass roots of business up. This is the vibe of Aotearoa New Zealand today. Maori culture is seen as vital to this new move as the beautiful symmetry nature designed is set to star in the elegant silver fern idea being incorporated across NZ’s star brands.
6pm: The flawless and naturally beautifully, Kim Vinnell reports from the airport where NZ’s Olympians have just jetted in from London: Mahe. Robin Owen. Sarah Walker. Simon van Velthooven all send their well wishes to NZ.
6.02pm: Peter Williams: Welcoming home a medal winning sailor is what one reporter was doing today. “Bling around their necks. And the camera flashes” was the look. A little bit of Hollywood in Auckland’s sporty tarmac city. “Just awesome aye?” Peter Burling featured says in trademark deadpan, expressionless humility. His mother, a sweetheart looks on waiting patiently for the circus to finish for the morning. Her name is Heather Burling.
6.04pm: Valerie Adams. Wendy Petrie has a story of “give Val her medal, asap.” The star double-Olympian of track and field says, ”In Switzerland or NZ is all good.” (added – Once more: we should just mint her a special medal here in NZ, while she waits. It would be the gentlemanly thing to do from New Zealand).
6.05pm: TVNZ goes undercover to pay workers almost half of the minimum wage. Amy Kelly, is in Auckland doing some seriously good investigative journalism. “They are treated like second-class laborers.” Asian business owners are featured. It is a common thing in the Asian business community of NZ to underpay staff. “It’s called a black economy,” May Moncur of Migrant Employee Advice says. SkyKiwi is a website for Chinese Kiwi living in NZ. Not a good employment story in many of the jobs offered. “Some really disturbing comments from employers. How are they getting away with it?” Amy’s blog is good. It helps tackle the problem. [Criminal!]
6.08pm: Burger King: Lalit Sood are seeking remedies and penalties from Tara’s Restaurant Group (BK’s owners) for recompense. (Added: Terrible!]
6.10pm: Sharon Ferguson. A domestic violence dispute that ended in arrest and a homicide. Constable Win van de Velde. They handcuffed the boyfriend. He died though. Laura Marsden, her boyfriend and two small children were at home in the fight. One child diagnosed with cancer. Stressful. Now it’s a homicide investigation. Three inquires are underway.
6.11pm: Sarah Batley is at the meeting in Wanganui about Wilson, a sex offender being released to the Wanganui community. “Stewart Island, White Island, Outback of Australia,” is where locals see fit, where Wilson should live.
Peter and Sarah bring the news via a live studio cross: PW: What fears? SB: Andrew McKenzie’s Wilson’s lawyer. “A lot of wasted resources, protecting Wilson in an area he doesn’t want to be. SB: Wanganui District Council seeking legal advice to see if they can stop Wilson, coming here.
6.13pm: Cigarettes, Australia news. Oz puts ban on ciggie branding. Olive packaging (plain) is now the deal. It’s a world first. Nicola Roxon-Australian Attorney-General. Tanya Pliberesk: believes it’s fantastic. “Governments can take on big tobacco and win.” Although there’s no evidence, it could lead to a black market. Steve Marshall. Wendy crosses live to Daniel Faitaua: Part of NZ agenda to make NZ smokefree by 2025. Tariana Turia: Should we decide to go ahead with plain packaging, even if they take us to court, they won’t win. Faitaua: Big Tobacco, say they will legally challenge gov if legislation goes ahead. (Added: It could be a good idea. Simply because: the area of ground on earth growing tobacco, is perhaps best put to use growing grains etc, at this time in the world’s history of escalating global warming).
[Christchurch - Blueprint Plans]
6.16pm: Jim Hickey brings yet another busy day of weather in New Zealand: Showers. Rain. Rivers. Flooding. Dunedin. Several days. Newborn stock to be moved to safety. Farmers have had warnings to act.
6.20pm: Murray Grant – CTV widower. Dr A.Reay accepts responsibility. Murray Grant, hopes “lessons have been learned.”
6.21pm: Overloading wasn’t too blame. Joy Reid on the skydivers plane tragedy. John Kerr who owned the plane doesn’t believe the weight imbalance was the cause. He believes control failure is the issue. His firm individually weighed each passenger. The Fletcher aircraft had flown 78 times without incident. Aviation experts say the C of G had shifted. Kerr says the Civil Aviation authority, hadn’t communicated this.
6.23pm: A fireworks display in Spain injured 28.
[Believe it or not: the above news rheel is dream weather for the Mid-West farmers of the USA - Southland SI, NZ].
6.23pm: Russia’s feminist punk band, protesting against Vlad Putin‘s policies with backing from Sting and Madonna could be jailed up to three years. 5 months in prison is what the kids have served. “The government, can arrest people, but can’t arrest the whole idea.” Putin’s officials labelled Madonna a whore. (She’ll write a song about it next, I’m sure).
Daniel Stafford reporting. Human rights groups getting funding from overseas ogranizations have to register as foreign agents. 2 years imprisonment if not registered. That’s nuts.
6.25pm: Jim Hickey on weather– Southern Rain – Jack Hebden produces a thunder cell photograph. Tres impressive. Raining in New Plymouth. 14 in Taupo. Light winds in Auckland City. Showers across Taupo today. Kirikiriroa is a bit showery. Wellington down to 8 overnight. ChCh down to 1 overnight. Dunedin minus 10. Woah!
Does NZ need a better sales pitch than 100% pure? Yes. Totally. [Added: With Vlad on the scene, it t just might be too Vlad now. Unless we are upping our Russian vodka exports, or selling melting Ross ice back to the Eskimos too in Serbia as well?!]
6.32pm: Market observes: NZX50 up 22. Telecom up.09.
NZ’s marketing tagline.
Corin Dann reports: How does the govt. up the economy’s export earning? Steven Joyce: “Why should I even be working with you?” Is what we need to answer for overseas investors. So we’re upping NZ’s brand. The silver fern and Maori culture are the ticket. (Added: Authentic. Always vibrant. And even Hawaii tries to copy it to make a buck to grow their exports there in the US).
Wedgelock Equipment, spokesperson speaks. “It will help.” Bill English: We can’t influence the dollar much. The tool kit is limited. So growing each companies exports is the way to go.”
Corin: This government can be measured on exports. David Cunliffe: questions PR spend-related moves. Joyce: wisely rejects this. (Added: Any branding upgrades are usually maxed in an age of social media society as people bump the brands on. Thus, telecommunications companies and media platforms all get a boost with quality rebranding. The government wins big from the social media buzz produced. So: you need a media roll out while you’re about it: eg – variations on the brand for different industries, to keep the buzz going is a reccie for the graphic designer to factor in, perhaps).
6.35pm: Simon Bradwell brings a story of how a child was cyber bullied that lead to suicide. John Burrows, a professor says get with the program. (Added: If you look at cyber bullying of shareholders in Brazilian oil companies, you will witness the worst cyber-bullying online in the world. Nasty. Judith Collins, “You can always look for something that’s perfect. And frankly we’ve got kids dying, so we need to do something immediately.” Well spoken. Best quote of the night.
6.36pm: The labour department has charged doc with a kid’s drowning, for failing to ensure safety.
6.37pm: Rena wreckage clean up – footage shown. (Added: The boat incident happened, post rugby world cup, in a lead up to the last election).
6.41pm: Andrew Saville: A rapturous return. What’s next? Kimberley Downes: a welcomed break. A sleep in my own bed. Andrew Saville: “unwind. Have a 21st. settle down,” says Nathan Cohen. Hamish Bond: I don’t want to see a rowing boat for a while. Mahe Drysdale: “If I decided to continue it’s because I want to, not because I need to.” KD: What’s the hurry? (Too right!).
6.44pm: The Belarusian athlete saga. (Added: I can’t even write about it). Athletes aren’t taking responsibility for doping and competing. Not cool for sports.
6,45pm: Iain Ansell – high performance coach in ChCh. Swimming pool needed. The blueprint for ChCh reveals this. Lee Germon Canterbury Cricket Chief, will the new grounds be ready by 2015? Avon River Geoff Barry, Sport Canterbury. The hydrology post quake has changed of the Avon River, so redesign now needed says MP Gerry Brownlee. Exciting, expensive, and twenty years from fruition.
6.47pm: Rugby News: Concussion testing kit. Dr Deb Robinson now has the right gear to make the correct decision. It’s done on the run in the field. It’s difficult to see the subtle signs. The new kit will help. Victor Vito: “They’re just looking after us.” The All Blacks drug testing (2003-7). World Cup players got tested 14 times. Kieran R‘s concussion example is described. Andrew Saville: “They’re using their head to stay ahead in rugby’s game.”
6.49pm: No silver bullet for cricket performance upping their game. Adam Milne, fast paced bowler welcomes the new standard.
[Photo: Sam Baker, Manawatu]
Jacques Kallis, SA cricketer, “aggressive cricket.” England needs to win the match to square the test series.
6.50pm: A flare fired during a match and a brawl. Lyall Gorman, wants to see better security at games.
Rugby: Eden Park fans have already bought up tickets. Strong rugby sales in NZ’s largest city. A good sign for rugby.
6.55pm: In what looks like a dream American weather forecast for the USA, at the moment: The big Southern wet has gone. S.E and N.E of South Island, still could be messy, not ominous like the past few weeks. Masterton, patchy falls expected. Kaitaia has got a few showers tomorrow. Wellington, cool tomorrow. Tauranga, rainy. Sunday, scattered falls moving east. Guy Hickey, in the mountain slopes closing shot is not really skiing like nurse Jackie on weather-shift duty, as Jim jokes he is.
Another good weather report on a busy forecast day.
Photo: MP Judith Collins delivered the quote of the day this evening. Photo. OTD.
[Excuse typos - With special thanks to TVNZ's awesome team's good and consistent efforts]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.8.12~
Quote of the day: “Having a passion for financial literacy in order to understand what a difference it will make to New Zealand,” has been her spirit, focus and life’s work.
Diana Crossan of New Zealand says it will be hard to walk away from her role as Retirement Commissioner but 10 years is enough time in the job.
Crossan will step down on January 16 and is looking for a new job that has national reach and a strategic element.
“I’m really interested in something that makes a difference.”
“Sports Psychology” is the fifth most read topic on the website over the last three days. A new trend. Must be Olympics time.
What can I write about those two buzz words today?
When I touched down in California, it was daunting for a farm raised, rural Kiwi kid. A city of 20 million people in a concrete jungle was what you saw outside of the aeroplane window of Los Angeles and its outlying districts when hitting LAX.
Perhaps in order to cope and adjust, one of the first things I did was buy a fridge magnet that had Arnold Schwarzennegar‘s suede on it, at Universal City. The magnet said: “My Governor can beat the crap out of your Governor.” Well, he sure did that to the California economy! (more…)
LEGAL ENTERTAINER MAI CHEN ON RIGHT BRAIN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY MIND SETS OF ECONOMIC INNOVATIVE GROWTH FOR KIWI WINNERS
Legal expert Mai Chen has been doing some way cool press lately as a writer and talk show talent in and around the law. Never boring, always entertaining, philisophically interesting and enlightening with empathy, Chen offers her latest thoughts to up New Zealand culture’s innovative hotness.
What did she say? Mai was really good on The Close Up show with broadcaster Mark Sainsbury yesterday.
In journalism guest commentary news, her latest article in the New Zealand Herald is titled: Olympic Effort for a Better Future. (Parts I particularly like in the bold font).
“The Olympic Games is the reason my family emigrated to New Zealand. My father had trained the Taiwan gymnastics team for both the Tokyo and the Mexico games and in 1971 he was headhunted to train the New Zealand gymnastics team. (Wow!)
As a result I grew up in a household where the wisdom of top athletes was seen as the key to success in all areas of life. I was reminded of this last year when, in the midst of my own marathon effort to write a book while running a law firm, Dad began coaching me with Olympic insights once again.
“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful – will win,” said Roger Bannister. “Your heart must clear the bar first,” said world champion pole vaulter Sergey Bubka. “The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between reality and imagination,” he reminded me, quoting Billy Mills, a rank outsider who blitzed the field to win the 10,000m in Tokyo.
The coaching helped me not to quit when working seven days a week for two years really got to me.
Just think about Oscar Pastorius, South African sprinter and a double amputee, who runs on artificial legs.
[Makata Taka Hela aka Mr. Billy Mills - world champion Olympian 1964. Photo - Ray Wyatt.Net].
We need an [athletes] mindset to propel our export industries into a position of strength on world markets. And we need it to solve tough policy and law reform issues we face, like keeping superannuation affordable, addressing Maori claims to water, or structuring our domestic broadband market to enable Kiwis to compete abroad from here. (True dat. So could be improved by real broadband developers not media posturing posers!) (more…)
Avianca Bohm is generating heat today.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.8.12~
Immigration watch: A group of Indian nursing students say they’re willing to die if they’re not allowed to work here.
Although this is very Bollywood dramatique: The students case since arriving in New Zealand has been terrible. Watch video.
Peter Williams has the story of the students plight.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 24.7.12~
Q+A FEEDBACK – SUPERANNUATION. FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS. ACCELERATING KEY GROWTH STREAMS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – NEW ZEALAND 2040 & AUCKLAND CITY PLANNING
Superannuation was a hot topic today as well as youth home ownership for first time home owners. PM John Key spoke well on TV live from the National Party convention centre.
In a $50 million earning bracket himself, I was more listening for whether he is in touch with the real needs of majorities of Kiwis. He was more sobre-minded when speaking to cam. Superannuation, needs to and will be addressed.
As yet the urgency has not entirely hit the PM yet, due to his own personal fortunate circumstances acting as a buffer perhaps, though it sounds like he’s working on it with his cabinet too. New Zealand is ageing prematurely, meaning grey power have a lot of say and our population is ageing and also older immigrants love the safe haven nature of NZ too. Is there enough oxygen in the air for youth and young adult culture to have a platform enhancing the future good life of our esteemed grey power set of cool Kiwis? Youth can’t afford to listen all the time to grey power. Yet grey power if they turn and face youth, have the keys to draw out the dream NZ needs for youth and grey power to be secure and have more fun. So, a little investment from grey power into the young, could quite possibly cause young people’s innovative gifts to rise now to the fore. It’s time.
Where are those forums, that can feed back into strategic angel investor pools as well as the MPI hub of business in the near future? Let’s get it fast tracking. It’s exciting.
Immigration: Immigrants have accelerated rapidly in NZ. Critics say Maori are resistant to immigrants. I found the statement kind of insulting as a Maori-Kiwi, simply because Maori have welcomed more cultures into New Zealand than many other people, so Maori have the longest standing immigration manaaki record in NZ history. If Maori show signs of immigrant fatigue, it’s only due to our no.1 partner (The Crown) deliberating playing Maori off against a plethora of immigrants, perhaps creating a feeding frenzy upon Maori by all in unjust ways. Get back into the pitt and negotiate properly, is what politics should be doing concerning Maori and The Crown right now. Courts should be doing the same. The foundations and getting them right will save a lot of money and heartache, if we take the time now to be considerate and get this right.
What causes resistance could perhaps be economic structuring. An idea, or suggestion: What is needed is something like an Iwi-Kiwi bank for Maori NZ citizens and friends. What is also needed is % quota shares of oil, water, NZ resources sales (similar to the fish case in the Supreme Court) that goes into the Iwi-Kiwi banking structure and is administered to tribes. The money is not for ‘living.’ It is more for development purposes. This would sure up a fast track stream of development for Maori to grow the wider NZ economy quicker. All Kiwis would benefit. Also, people like Mark Solomon, Tainui and Sir Ralph Norris have the business skills to spin out this money for maximum return – if they wanted to get involved.
If Indian immigrants did the same (own their own NZ owned bank etc). If Asian-Kiwis did the same too, then the government’s job would be a key joy. In the US, people develop without government so much. In NZ, government is extremely strong. At times heavy. So a balance between both of these styles of biz governance could perhaps benefit NZ by freeing up the economy more. Then government could more concentrate on the success stories, (throwing more parties in a culture of success celebration achievement), within the four sectors of biz growth and cross-polinate these models (eg: MPI etc) with strategic meetings that would then work more like an economic science of growth, based on what’s actually working being highlighted and replicated and perfected in new ways, thus streamlining the growth process. (Gosh, what a bad structured sentence!).
It’s exciting no matter what way you look at it though.
Young People: Democracy is always built on young energy. If we deplete it, we are stripping the country’s best interests. When we age we can tend to get selfish (although some of the most youthful Kiwis in heart are elderly people – it’s about attitude of being youthfully accepting). We we can lose our peripheral vision as we move into our ‘contentment’ phase of life.
Prof. Paul Spoonley noted with Jessica Mutch the alarming (or just global times realities) statistic of 150,000 young New Zealanders leaving the country since 2008 (the global financial crises years). (more…)
A few weeks ago I watched a TV program about New Zealand’s immigrant settlers and their contributions to New Zealand’s South Island Communities. Kees Meeuws zooms us in on the remarkable stories of New Zealanders in the South.
Thanks Kees. Rock on!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.7.12~
New immigrant, Yong Min Yang‘s entry into New Zealand was fraught with difficulty. Politician Shane Jones and Former Labour MP Dover Samuels have supported Yang in a controversial case. At the time of writing, Jones is still swirling in a controversy’s tea cup over it. Read more here.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.7.12~
In New Zealand, 27 people died in police cells while being detained for being heavily intoxicated, between the years of 2000 and 2010.
Judge Sir David Carruthers, said deaths in custody are uncommon and do not necessarily reflect the quality of care generally provided by the Police.
Meanwhile, some health professionals have called for a nurse to be stationed in every police station. I thought the story helped show that nurses are front line services people too, just as the police are. And that police are like nurses on weekends with drunk “kids” at the clubs, in New Zealand.
Or, under this current government – in new city planning designs to perhaps house entire new cities of immigrants (designed to grow foreign owned energy share holders interests in China and New York and to address water and food shortages in the world) – why not incorporate a police station at the bottom floors of hospitals? Cops & Nurses. Why not?! Poor doctors!
[Photos: Military Headgear & Kaboodle].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.7.12~
The fees that Immigration New Zealand charges for immigration services will change on 2 July 2012. Fees will increase by an average of 16.7%.
Around 80% of visitors will not be affected by these increases as they travel visa free.
With all of the yachting action coming up on the water in summer, we’re gearing up for a new wave of friends to make New Zealand home.
The landscapes are so beautiful. The fishing and nature’s adventures are just amazing! Good fishing, right in the back yard.
What I like most about living in New Zealand (at this minute) is how sexy and fun the New Zealand accent is to hear every day. I’m still adjusting to the sound of it and am loving it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 1.7.12~