Sunday, 19 May 2019

Make Friday a day of action, join our youth in the Square at noon 24th May 2019

Teachers are striking at the end of MAY: But the young students are striking on Friday the 24th May 2019...
Are teachers and principals supporting their active students...this is a key question...lets hope both teachers and particularly Principals show some leadership and assist their, socially minded students to make a stand for our environments future:
This young person protested at an earlier protest by schools a couple of months was world wide and really shook up England and parts of the EU and some locations in the fact it sent a shiver down the non-existent spine of dear Donald T...the bravest of the brave!

So on Friday at noon join the youngsters and teenagers as they show us the way to change the way we do things climate wise.
Young Lily Thomas and her T shirt and sign says it all...

If she can stand tall, then we should join with her and her the Square...and show our Council and a few of our school Principals...that actions speak louder than words...

I think the students would believe and get in behind the teachers strike if the teachers and principals got in behind the students... 

Action learning is a lot more meaningful when doing takes preference over simply talking or telling.

So make a commitment now to support your / our young people, these young people may well ask you one day..."What did you do! to prevent the destruction of our planet!!! 

What would you answer be:  

So if you've got the time and the energy regardless of your age, come down to the Square Round-about near the Council Chamber at NOON and join in the Students march for Climate change. Bring you children and friends and their children and friends...we are all in this together... 

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Douglas Richardson returns to haunt our teachers. Wheelers Corner 26 May 2019

Bryan Bruce

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues. This is what he wrote in the daily blog: I quote:

"As a former teacher let me be clear I’m 100% behind our educators in their efforts to get better pay and conditions.
Shaping the lives and fostering the talents and ambitions of future New Zealanders is a tough and important job that has been underrated ever since the introduction of neoliberal economics in 1984 which wants to measure everything in terms of immediate dollar outcomes.
The cry from our Minister of Education that “ there is no more money “ is, economically speaking, just dumb.
Minister of Finance Grant Robertson is operating a neoliberal self- imposed austerity regime
Running our country is not like running a household. There are many solutions we could discuss to get the money needed. Taxing the 10% of us who own 60% of the wealth of our country in order to get them to pay their fair share would be a good start.
We could borrow the money at very low interest rates from overseas
( we have one of the lowest rates of overseas debt in the OECD ) and for goodness sake the government owns a bank! It allows private banks to print money by issuing mortgages – there WAS a time when our government was in change of that business.

So I have no sympathy for Labour finally having to deal with the misery it sowed back in 1984 when it thought trickle- down theory was such a good idea.
But the duplicity of National in trying to claim that the teachers going on strike is somehow down to mismanagement by Labour is frankly gob-smacking in its hypocrisy.
National put neoliberalism on steroids. They grossly under funded education and displayed an ignorance of modern teaching and learning practices that was, quite frankly, appalling .
No. We are here at this moment in education because learning is not a commodity . It is a gift we should give to our children and young people because they and we all benefit in the long run from their ability to make their way in a future that none of us can imagine but will determine what kind of lives we can all enjoy tomorrow.
Pay our teachers -our people makers- and pay them well. Reduce their workload. Give them our support for their strike action because they are not doing this lightly.
Oh and tell our government they need to rethink how they are running our economy.
Capital needs to be made to work for the State. Not the other way around.
Kia kaha teachers!

So said Bryan Bruce.

Now if that does not stir the blood, then there is a possibility that the reader is brain dead...and I sincerely hope you are not in that category. Bryan Bruce and his truthful and honest statements surely leads us toward acceptance that the train wrecker that was Roger Douglas and Richard Prebble and the super depressing strange lady Ruth Richardson who floated in after their departure to the ACT party. Of course the Roger Douglas evil apprentices in the form of Grant Robertson etc, still exist'll need to use all your fingers to count the neoliberalist clan that still exists in the Labour Party and especially New Zealand First. 

The real problem is that they have convinced themselves that [stealing, robbing, double dipping] from the public purse is OK these days...

Speaking of  a worthy Strike, I wonder if the teachers will support the strike below? Lets hope so!

Friday, May 24, 2019 at 12:30 PM – 3 PM

Speaking of teachers again...this from Stuff says it all...from the National party perspective: here is an intro:

"A Wairarapa school teacher was shocked by her local MP's suggestion to "look elsewhere" if she didn't like her employment circumstances.
Greytown primary school teacher Alex Southall wrote to Wairarapa MP Alastair Scott of the National Party saying it was time for action over teachers' pay and conditions.
"I was shocked by that response. I was like 'Wow, if that's how valued we really are, that's so sad'," Southall said.
Scott told Southall although he supported increased wages for teachers he believed teachers should find another job if they were not happy."

After a quick read you may decide that should you be unhappy being a teacher, you can always simply give it a miss, and grow grapes or make a bottle or two of wine...because that's want National would recommend...of course you'll need access to a few million dollars, and government start up grants from the regional development grant [Just have a chat to whats his name  again, Oh yes Shane (Blue movie) Jones] he will see you right...

But wait, if teachers give up on teaching who will look after our kids? Who will teach them to read and write? These skills don't come easily for some...In the words of John Key, "Show some guts" and let the market manage the future...the market always knows best...yeah right. I see ANZ has just put a hold on Key's Air NZ directors I suppose he'll quit and go live in Hawaii again.

So this rant naturally leads me to recommend that you support the teachers, and the youngsters who are striking for Climate Action on Friday May the 24th at 12.30 in the Square near the Council Chamber. Come along and support them...and you teachers encourage your students and their parents to attend...

2 One last plea: You may like to consider this:

This is urgent. We have under 2 weeks to stop the Minerals Forum in Dunedin, a conference promoting the expansion of the coal industry in Aotearoa.
At this point in the climate crisis, we cannot afford to further the interests of the coal industry. We must cut ties with this polluting industry and throw our full weight behind a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. Join us to stop the Minerals Forum from going ahead!

When our cities host such events, they support the social license of the coal industry. At the Minerals Forum, the coal industry will promote the expansion of our largest coal mine, Stockton, and the exploration for more underground coal deposits on the West Coast. All the while, there is no mention of a just transition for workers into sustainable, long-term jobs. As for the climate crisis, it is posed as an economic hurdle for the coal industry to “adapt without compromising their business nor the coal industry”.
Mayor of Dunedin Dave Cull has a reputation as one of New Zealand’s most progressive Mayors on climate change matters. He has consistently taken a stand against the fossil fuel industry until now.
  • In 2015, he led Dunedin City Council to be the first city council in Aotearoa to implement a socially responsible investment policy and divest $1.4 million from coal, oil, and gas.
  • In 2017, as President of LGNZ (Local Government New Zealand), he was the first signatory on the Local Government Leaders' Climate Change Declaration.
  • That same year he voted along with the majority of his councillors to support a moratorium on oil and gas exploration.
We have just 11 days to urge Mayor Dave Cull to stand by his climate leadership and reject hosting the Minerals Forum in a council venue. There is no place for a coal-sponsored conference in the buildings of a city council that has divested from fossil fuels.

The statement of intent between Dunedin City Council and the venue operators, Dunedin Venues states the business should "exhibit a sense of social and environmental responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates.” It’s obvious hosting a conference which promotes the expansion of the coal industry is at odds with this statement. Call on Mayor Dave Cull to strengthen the venue hiring policy to rule out the fossil fuel and mining industries from using the city's publicly-owned venues.
Last year, hundreds of us linked arms in peaceful resistance to the Petroleum Summit in Wellington. Only three weeks later the government announced an end to offshore oil and gas permits. In the following months, our local 350 Wellington group set out on a campaign to have the summit banned from council-owned venues. Then just last week, the Petroleum Summit opted to take its business underground, keeping the date and venue of the next Petroleum Summit a secret.
Our presence makes an impact. When we come together to take action, we raise the moral question of whether our cities and institutions should associate with the industry most responsible for the ecological collapse. We must hold these industries to account. We must continue to erode the social licence of the fossil fuel industry because, without it, they can’t keep doing business digging and burning coal.
Together we can stop the fossil fuel industry from being able to promote this out of date agenda. Together we can shut the Minerals Forum down.
Let’s do this!
Claudia and the 350 Aotearoa team
P.S. If you can make it to Dunedin, there are two events to get involved with. 
1) A coalition of local activists is planning the resistance to Stop the Minerals Forum from going ahead altogether. 
2) Coal Action Network Aotearoa is hosting a Coal in Aotearoa discussion day in Dunedin on Sunday 26th. 

Our own Donald Trump....Pony tail Key now Sir John.
Carly Thomas Peter I meant to message you. The photo of the girl in the student Strike in one of your blogs was my daughter Lily. I’m happy for you to use her name 🙂



Thursday, 9 May 2019

Lucy Gray tells it as it is....Wheelers Corner 25 11th May 2019

Lucy is a name well used in the Poems of Wordsworth and others...

The story of Lucy was both sad and tragic.

Lost in a storm...and lets not forget Lucy in the sky with diamonds...

Today we have a new kiwi special Lucy who is not planning to go away...especially to an early grave...she seeks to protect not only her future but every ones future.

Pushed there by the foolish behaviour of her elders and their elders. And the cycle of greed that over runs our world by the mega wealthy 1%

I received this email from Peter Grove:
Lucy Gray [left] makes a plea:

Peter W,

Have you seen the item in today's news that featured Lucy Gray making her point about the right for the kids to be concerned for their futures and their demands for REAL action, rather than the meaningless lip service being given to the subject that we are seeing from politicians and world leaders world-wide.

I was very pleased that she picked up on the hypocrisy of teacher organisations criticising SS4CC by making her point the teachers strike all the time for better wages. But object to the kids striking for their futures.

Peter G.

After reading the Stuff item: You can decide for yourself what you want about the issue, but some teachers and others are sadly depressing both in content and intelligence: here is an example: 

Our political leaders criticised them as "waggers" and time-wasters; they felt more could be achieved in another day spent at school rather than taking to the streets to highlight their elders' perceived shortcomings.

Principals and other school leaders have also criticised the movement. Their response has been similarly patronising.

Secondary Principals' Association president Michael Williams said any protesters would be wasting their time, that the chances of effecting any change were "probably zero".

So the teachers who went on strike were simply waggers! SPA Williams must then accept that his organisation have a zero chance of success. 
Teachers strike.

But of course not everyone is an unbiased adult. And to show how wrong Williams was and is: This from XR Manawatu

Last Friday we woke up to some good news from the UK - MP's in the House
of Commons have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate
Now we need to see the political will and legislative powers to back
this up but it is a monumental step in the right direction following
Scotland and Wales declaring climate emergencies earlier in the week.
Non-violent direct action works.

Back on that infamous day the 15th of March 2019 400 hundred plus marched around the Square in PN and around the world, not once but twice, proves the energy of our youth. It was a wonderful sight watching the young people led the protest march...
Young protester in PN.

I took this photo of this young girl / woman without getting her name, if you know her name could you simply let me know so I can contact her parents and seek permission to use her picture in the if you recognise her please let me know. 

Being the 15th of March and murder of 51 innocent individuals attending their Mosque in Christchurch, so the very first protest of the climate strike by young people rather came second in the MSM... 

This of course was only the first step as the various branches of Extinction rebellion around NZ and around the world. 

Peter Grove who sent me the note at the start of this  report has joined XR London branch and is now really wrapt up in what is happening, And Peter is in his age is no barrier to becoming active.

Like Peter G I too am no chicken 79 this year...Extinction Rebellion Manawatu is holding its AGM at Snails on: If you a member or orginal supporter

So if you feel up to it why not come along and see if you can help... Our next meeting is Monday 13th May, 7pm, Snails 103 Taonui Street. Everyone is welcome - please do join us.
Please join the Facebook group and add your voice to the local discussion.


We are healing from the shock of the 15th of March, both here and allover NZ. This item from the Manawatu Standard and covers the eforts of Andy Hickman to inter connect with the various religious communities within our society. 

Was good to see this in the 6pm slot as a top story tonight. Was this the first time the #climatecrisis has been covered in prime time news? I wonder what the general population thought watching from their couches in their living rooms. I am hoping that slowly but surely it’s getting through!

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Wheelers Corner 24, May 4th 2019Government makes a belated move to assist the poor...yeah right

 "The welfare expert advisory group says too many people are leading desperate lives with seriously inadequate incomes - and that's causing toxic levels of stress. It’s made 42 recommendations, but the government says it can’t implement them all at once". Checkpoint RNZ. Tell me something new!!!

This from No Right Turn: Still the best blog in my neck of the woods:

Friday, May 03, 2019

Removing WINZ's boot from people's necks
If you've ever had to interact with New Zealand's welfare system, then you'll know that its a punitive nightmare. Beneficiaries are kept on benefits deliberately set at below starvation levels, with punitive clawbacks preventing them from supplementing their income or moving into the workforce via part-time work. Meanwhile, a Victorian definition of relationships that is inconsistent with all other law on the topic (and internally inconsistent in whatever way benefits WINZ) turns WINZ into a Saudi-style morality police snooping on the sex lives of its victims. All to satisfy the cruelty and viciousness of the rich, or those who have a little and lack the imagination to consider that they or their families might ever suffer misfortune (or simply be a student).
The Greens demand an inquiry into this punitive system as the price of support for a Labour government, and they got it. Now it has reported back, and there will be change:

The Government will remove a benefit sanction which saw solo mothers who did not name their child's father penalised up to $28 per week and increase the amount that beneficiaries can earn through employment before their benefit is cut.

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced the changes on Friday in response to a report from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.

The report warned urgent and fundamental change was needed to redress a level of financial support so low in New Zealand that too many were living in desperate situations. It stated the current system no longer met the needs of the more than 600,000 Kiwis it was supposed to support.

However, Sepuloni said the Government had decided against a recommended move to increase benefit levels by up to 47 per cent immediately so Kiwis could "live in dignity", and was instead "looking at a staged implementation" of change.

This is going to make a difference, and a big one. And while the timing of the report's delivery relative to the budget cycle basicly rules out an immediate increase (the budget having been nailed down months ago), I hope they'll be moving on that soon. Because while removing WINZ's boot from people's necks is good, fundamentally what beneficiaries need is more money, so they can meaningfully participate in society. And in Labour wants to plead poverty on that, maybe they should have implemented a capital gains tax (or one of its alternatives e.g. a land tax, or an outright wealth tax) so we can afford the sort of society we want, rather than being constrained by self-imposed austerity". [NRT blog comment ends].

Ian Ritchie had this to say about the RNZ Checkpoint statement:

My experience includes that of a Ministry whose staff ignored court decisions against them.
It is not just the detail that needs changing but the culture and the attitudes. We have been  waiting a long time for this to happen. Ian

Thanks Ian, I too would love to see an attitude change in WINZ... the blame game is out dated and stupid if the real goal is to help those who need help. But it worries me that Labour appears to agree with the present state of affairs but are being held back by their neo-liberal history that was installed by Roger Douglas that great helper of the needy...yeah-right.

2. From the Pen of Richard Swainson: its well worth a read:

Any argument for New Zealand as a 'monoculture' is naive nonsense

Destiny Church senior pastor Derek Tait reaches out to a member of the Muslim community during the call to prayer and peace vigil outside the Masjid Al Noor Mosque.
Destiny Church senior pastor Derek Tait reaches out to a member of the Muslim community during the call to prayer and peace vigil outside the Masjid Al Noor Mosque.
OPINION: There's a lot of talk these days about the "monoculture". That sense of a truly communal experience. The feeling of being part of a societal whole. 
Sure, the vast majority of us stood with Jacinda Ardern after Christchurch, our empathy for the victims and their families sustained by that sense of shared humanity. 
But at the same time, if you were a middle-class Pākehā, brought up to observe religion in the breach, inclined toward Friday night drinks, not pray sessions, you were just as aware of points of difference. 
It's true that we are all immigrants in this country, but it's equally certain we live in a time of heightened sensitivities, where one's gender, one's ethnicity, one's sexuality, one's religion or lack thereof, assumes an importance that threatens to overwhelm that which we have in common. 
Destiny Church members reclaim Christchurch 'for Jesus'
Kiwis encouraged to wear headscarves to support Muslim community
Super Rugby: Crusaders name change will be 'particularly challenging': expert 
A community gathers at the clock tower in Feilding, Manawatū, to show their support, love and unity for the people of Christchurch following the mosque shootings.
A community gathers at the clock tower in Feilding, Manawatū, to show their support, love and unity for the people of Christchurch following the mosque shootings.
The idea we are "one people" is politically charged, meaning one thing out of Ardern's mouth and quite another when pronounced by Don Brash. In the case of the latter, laws suits are apparently pending.

George Orwell said: "We are are all equal, but some are more equal than others." The line resonates louder every day, a rallying cry for both Left and Right, the perpetually offended signalling their virtue, the entrenched old guard smarting at the new truths of the whippersnapper generation.

The old adages we once thought defined us as a nation today seem at best reductive, gross simplifications that covered up a vast array of different cultural practices and allegiances. 

 "Rugby, racing and beer" has a strong, masculine ring to it, but I fear the teetotalling strain has always run just as strongly through our history, just as gambling was never everybody's cup of tea and plenty of working-class folk have always had a greater affinity with league than union.  
Even wars and rugby tours, the type of experiences that supposedly bound the country together, excluded plenty. 
Conscientious objectors, indigenous mindful of Treaty betrayal, proto-feminists aghast at the injustices of the patriarchy, sensitive artistic types indifferent to sport, outright Leftists who damn rugger as "bread and circus" entertainment for the masses, all sat on the outside. 
Gallipoli and Monte Casino meant little to them. The Invincibles' unbeaten run and the great triumph over the Boks in 1956 left them cold.
Brian Tamaki's self-serving brand of Old Testament bollocks seems almost quaint in this context.
"The Apostle" insists New Zealand is "a Christian nation". He seeks to reclaim Christchurch "for Jesus".  Given the tragic history of the city in the last few years, does he assume Jehovah's boy has been absent and that as a consequence Satan has run amuck? 
Or was it God Himself who sent the earthquakes, the inclement weather and the Australian gun man, a Sodom and Gomorrah judgment upon the wicked and the sinful? 
Religious logic is well nigh impossible to fathom, but one aspect tends to transcend denomination or faith – the deity is invariably praised for the good stuff and gets let off the hook when it comes to the rest. 
The gross insensitivity involved in Tamaki ramming his profit-driven pronouncements down the throats of the recently bereaved is hard to square with New Testament ideals of loving one's neighbour as one's self. If Christianity means trumpeting the superiority of your belief systems, of kicking the other guy when he's down, we are all much better off without it.

Moreover, I don't think New Zealand can be defined by its past flirtation with faith, however much vestiges remain in the likes of the national anthem and our court and legislative system. That's not to say there were not once a great many New Zealanders who believed, rigorous observation of the Sabbath and lip service paid at weddings, funerals and school assemblies. 
In the same manner that "rugby, racing and beer" falls short though when it comes to describing our essence, so the presumption of widespread Christianity is difficult to square with generations of non-believers, not to be mention those who worshiped something else entirely, be it the oval ball, Phar Lap, or Allah.
I fear the monoculture has always been a myth. We are creatures of more localised community. 
John Lennon once noted, accurately if sans modesty, that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus". 
If the Fab Four's moment has now passed, I would say that the concluding episodes of Game of Thrones will attract more punters than Destiny Church, even in a city that bears Christ's name.
Richard Swainson is a Stuff columnist


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Women should be scared...Wheelers Corner 23

This report from "Democracy Now" Gives Women World Wide a reason to be scared: Trump has lied yet again as he serches for support from a mob of Anti-choice supporters who are also religious nut cases: Intelligent but nutty at the same time, it is possible to be both intelligent yet nutty: After reading the report I believe no woman can vote for TRUMP.

By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan
'Before he became president, Donald Trump described himself as pro-choice. Now, he can’t do enough to deny women control of their own bodies. Marching in lockstep with Vice President Mike Pence and some of the most anti-choice members of his right-wing coalition, Trump has gone global in his crusade, watering down a United Nations Security Council resolution aimed at stopping rape and sexual violence in war.

His acting U.N. ambassador threatened to veto any resolution containing language referring to “reproductive health.” The goal of the demand, most observers agree, is to ensure that women who are raped in war should not receive any help terminating pregnancies. This episode is just the most recent in the accelerating and increasingly successful campaign to criminalize abortion, waged by a vocal, well-funded minority in this country.

For close to half a century, the right to a safe, legal abortion has been guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision. For many years, the divided court consistently reaffirmed Roe v. Wade. With the surprise retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, though, and his replacement with controversial, conservative Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the balance on the court has shifted markedly to the right, and the future of Roe is entirely uncertain.

Confident that the current Supreme Court would now overturn Roe v. Wade if given a chance, anti-choice activists and their allies in Republican-controlled state legislatures are pushing a new wave of anti-abortion bills. This will set the stage, they hope, for a Supreme Court decision eliminating a woman’s right to privacy and to make her own health care decisions, enshrined in Roe v. Wade.

“The extreme nature of this year’s bills is unprecedented,” the pro-choice Guttmacher Institute noted in a recent report. “Legislation under consideration in 28 states would ban abortion in a variety of ways.” Among the slew of strategies employed are trigger bans, which would make abortion completely illegal in a state should Roe be overturned; gestational age bans, which make abortion illegal after a fetus has gestated six, 12 or 18 weeks, or some other length of time (these are often referred to as “fetal heartbeat” bills); reason bans, which bar abortions for reasons of a fetus’s sex, race or disability; and method bans, which bar certain types of abortion procedures.

Add to that the TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws that impose extraordinary, cumbersome regulations, which the majority of small clinics cannot afford to follow. These laws don’t enhance patient safety, but force facilities that provide abortions to meet an array of onerous conditions like having corridors of a certain width and exam rooms of a specific size. The financial costs of meeting these arbitrary regulations often force clinics to shut down.

While over two-thirds of Americans are pro-choice, anti-choice activists have the edge in state governments, with Republicans controlling roughly two-thirds of statehouses and 27 of the country’s 50 governorships. But progressive legislators in some states are pushing bills to protect access to safe, legal abortion, enhance availability of contraception and expand sex education. Likewise, federal courts continue to strike down the most egregious and unconstitutional efforts to control women’s reproductive health decisions.

Recently, Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services issued what pro-choice advocates call the “Title X gag rule,” barring physicians from giving patients the full range of options when considering reproductive health. In Oregon on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane issued a preliminary injunction against the gag rule, calling it a “ham-fisted approach to public health policy.”

Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said of McShane’s ruling: “While this is a victory for patients and doctors, this relief is preliminary, and we will continue to fight the Trump-Pence administration in court and in Congress to ensure our patients’ health and rights are protected.”

Back at the United Nations, the Trump-Pence administration has expanded the anti-choice agenda globally by removing any reference to “sexual and reproductive health” from the U.N. Security Council’s resolution on conflict-related sexual violence. Outraged at the U.S. position, France’s U.N. ambassador said, “It is intolerable and incomprehensible that the Security Council is incapable of acknowledging that women and girls who suffered from sexual violence in conflict, and who obviously didn’t choose to become pregnant, should have the right to terminate their pregnancy.”

The U.S. administration also removed the word “gender” from the resolution, and weakened references to the International Criminal Court, making it harder for women and girls to seek justice.

Donald Trump himself has been accused of sexual harassment and sexual assault by no less than 16 women. Is this really the world leader who should be shaping global policy on sexual violence?
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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

ANZAC Day has changed Wheelers Corner 22 26th April 2019

I joined the army in 1961 retired in 1980.

It is 5.30 am on the 25th of April 2019 ANZAC day, and normally I'd be on my way to the Dawn Parade as I have done for forty years...but this year I've found the strength and will power not to do so...

It's not because I feel less for those who have died since Gallipoli and all the wars that have been fought since.

But I believe that the great mass of those who died, civilians massively never really knew what it was all about.

The editorial in the Manawatu Standard said these words:

There is an abiding message there. Wars have no "winners". They bring permanent loss on all sides. What they should turn our minds to, even as we commemorate those of our number who made the ultimate sacrifice, is reconciliation and peace.  

And I say hear hear to that! So my medals stayed in the cabinet and my white poppy as well...for a retired military [Army] person that is a big individual step and I believe a huge progressive step forward.

I remember the woman Minister who always gave the reading here in Palmerston North at the ANZAC dawn parade, I've forgotten her name, but she was wonderful for she always said something about the futility of war, and that somehow our dream results never matched reality. And she was correct, at least in my view. 

Seriously when one looks at Gallipoli from a military perspective it was total disaster waiting to happen, and happen it did, not only at Gallipoli but through-out the entire 1st World War. This wasn't the first time New Zealanders began fighting other peoples wars. It was simply the start, but it has grown this willingness to die for Britain, or the USA, was it for freedom, or in reality was it for others financial gain. We should never forget, the bravery of individuals but stupidity of war. this says it all:

Our values have become totally confused, you can join the army and be paid while learning how to kill...but training via the education system to become say a doctor or nurse cost thousands and thousands in student fees. So much for the neo-liberalism clap trap as practiced today in NZ under all governments.

It has been clearly proven that if the world reduced military spending by half, we could solve world poverty in five years.

It's taken me a longtime [78 years] to reach a final conclusion that in all cases, greed rules the world, greed equals war, hence the need for the US and others to have never ending wars, and we the public are simply pawns in this massive rip-off. 

We are the ones who die, are murdered in the name of a false democracy that is never reached unless you are extremely wealthy like Donald Trump and buy your way out of putting yourself in danger.

I have joined a organisation named "World beyond War" and it celebrates ANZAC day by having picnics and other peaceful types of activities, now that is progressive...Go to: and have a read, it is most enlightening. 

Of course different people view wars from different perspectives, hero worship being one of them, naturally the state uses it to recruit and to bask in the so-called glory of war. 

Andy Hickman is a local Anglican Priest here in PN at the all Saints Church, he is dynamic and highly active in being anti-war and a true Christen humanist in all respects he wrote this in reply to his uncle who was questioning his view of what ANZAC day has become, I have his consent to publish his words: And I agree with all that he wrote and implies. 

This is a conversation that we all need to have with our children, relations etc. It creates a pathway toward actual and real understanding...lets get rid of the Hollywood BS and enter instead the real world of forced PR spin and hero worship.

"Tortured by their own patriotic countrymen, these men were known as ‘conscientious objectors’, because they placed their own consciences and beliefs before the demands of the state".

conscientious objector
He went on say:

" Of course I honour and respect all those who served and died for our country.
But Anzac day is now taken to the extreme, like a national religion, making the wars that "we" initiated as being well intended. But minimal acknowledgment of conscientious objectors, nor of others who were victims of "our" military invasions.

I'm not protesting those who died, but I'm protesting the dominant narrative of the justification of Australia, New Zealand involvement.

Here in NZ the ferocious anger at the mere suggestion of acknowledging we are more than just European kiwis has been violently vitriolic.

The biggest opposition has come from those who want Anzac Day reserved to remember and honour those who took part in wars. If the 50 people who were shot and killed in Christchurch on March 15 aren't New Zealanders who fell in a war, then I don't know who qualifies". [Quote ends]

Maori Television has just played a brilliant video of the number of Maori troops executed for various reasons during the first world was shocking and they had to wait till Helen Clark was PM to receive a was shocking TV.

Well enough of the inhumanity of man to their fellow human-beings, it simply proves than man's worst enemy is man himself... if that is not understood then one would have to be blind, deaf and emotionless and most certainly lack a heart. 

One last read:

This is a really interesting read about the death Stats amongst Afghan civilians, just another American never ending wars that we assist in fighting...

And have a listen to this: 


Friday, 19 April 2019

Wheelers Corner 22 Sunday 21st April 2019. Women yet again led the way.

Yet again it takes a woman to tell it as it is: No bull shit...just the truth...AOC sure has America in a buzz...

Here in NZ and around the world women assisted by a few men who care are alerting us all to the destruction of the environment around us...

They are marching on the streets, singing in our Plaza's and public spaces. Pasting banners and signs in public spaces, blocking off our motor ways, while at the same time practicing non-violence, of course police particularly in Europe and the USA respond with violence and arrest. Especially if the protesters are coloured or black

But even this over-kill by an governmental desire to stop the public actions by those who recognise what science is telling them and has done so years from getting the vital and urgent message out for public consideration. We are all now aware that the difference between US and NZ politics is hugely different in all most all respects.

Yet another woman tells it as it is...her words are few, the meaning is powerful it its message about behaviour.

Compare the actions of our PM with the actions of POUSA...

Sure there are common behaviors between the US and NZ over other matters, such as financial, taxation and trade where we [NZ] need to stand up and be counted.

Military behaviour needs a closer inspection, as we continue to fight other peoples wars. 

These stand out as obvious subjects that we need to act more boldly on. in the pursuit of equality and justice for all.  
The time has come for bolder behaviours by all of us as we attempt to create a bolder and fair world society for our children and grandchildren.

Fox News a Donald Trump backer pushes his vile message daily on America media, and a huge problem for us is that various members of our government and opposition push the same line, by remainly silent over his behaviour and what it leads to:

We had a crazied Australian come to our shores praising Trump and his insane conceptions, and murdered 50 plus men women and children as they prayed to their God.

We need to speakout against this POUSA and his weird anti-human behaviour. 

You will have noticed that I have not named NZ Women who are leading the XR movement here in NZ, because it could incite any mentally deranged individual to seek to harm these brave and intelligent women and children I might add who have made it a campaign of change here in NZ.

Watch your TV news broadcasts and observe what us humans can do in forcing our so-called leaders to act responsibly in response to the vital and important message being demonstrated throughout Aotearoa, talk about it with your children and grandchildren. 

The time is right to speak-out loud and clear about the need for collective action as we seek to get a more balanced view of our present and future behaviours as we attempt to solve the many problems facing us. This wonderful display the Churches in Palmerston North proves what is possible... read this wonderful report from the Manawatu Standard

All Saints Church shares in Pilgrimage around PN.