New Zealand

VIDEO — NZ Dentist Blows Whistle on Fluoridation

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April 28, 2012

Dentist John Jukes from Waipukurau talks about fluoridation in NZ and why it should be stopped.

[hat tip: Anti Fluoride SK.]

Deep sea oil drilling raises concern as experts predict another big jolt in next 7 days, New Zealand

by Adonai
The Watchers
August 19, 2013

According to Geonet’s computer models another large shake on both sides of Cook Strait, New Zealand, is highly likely over the next week. The chance for an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 – 5.9 in next 24 hours is 30%, in next 7 days 76%, and in next 12 months more than 99%. Chance for an earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and above in next 24 hours is 3.5%, in next 7 days 14%, and in next 12 months 46%.

Seismologists warn people to be vigilant and expect another large shake. Since M6.6 on August 16 – August 19th, there had been 932 earthquakes with magnitudes ranging from 2.0 – 6.9, and a total of 2582 earthquakes with the same magnitude range since this sequence started on July 19, 2013 with M5.7 earthquake. This makes a total of 3514 earthquakes in 30 days.

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VIDEO — Magnitude 6.5 earthquake shakes New Zealand capital Wellington on Sunday

The Weather Network


Staff writers

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 4:52 PM – The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Sunday that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines.

The New Zealand capital Wellington was rattled by a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake on Sunday that broke water mains, smashed windows and downed power lines.

Wellington Police Inspector Marty Parker said there had been minor structural damage that had left parts of the city without power. There have been no reports of injury and no tsunami.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck under the Cook Strait 57 km southwest of Wellington. It was 10 km underground.

Kim Dotcom Announces 400 Million Dollar Plan to Provide New Zealand With Free Internet

By JG Vibes
November 4, 2012

The raid on the mega upload headquarters earlier this year seems to have awakened the rebel spirit within Kim Dotcom, Megaupload’s infamous founder.

Since his release from jail he has made repeat promises to put “the dinosaur record industry out of business for good” and has announced the release of a website that will provide free music while paying the artists at the same time.

Now he’s taken his radical activism a step further and proposed a 400 million dollar plan that could provide free broadband to everyone in New Zealand.

Unfortunately, there is a small roadblock in his way, that being the government regulation and cartelization of internet service providers, which works the same in almost every country.

Thanks to the way that the laws are set up, Dotcom is not legally allowed to provide people with internet directly.

Instead he is forced to go through the ISP middlemen who have special government granted privileges to sell and distribute internet services.

According to the NZ Herald:

“Kim Dotcom is proposing free broadband to all New Zealanders as he tries to resurrect the ill-fated Pacific Fibre cable connecting New Zealand to the United States.

Dotcom last night revealed his ambitious plans to build the $400m cable – which would double New Zealand’s bandwidth – set up his new Mega company, creating jobs and a data centre to service the rest of the world.

He would provide New Zealand internet service providers such as Telecom and Vodafone with free access for individual customers and charge a fee to business and central government.”

Pacific Fibre hoped to build a 12,950km cable between Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles but cancelled the project in August after failing to raise the funds that were needed.

So even though Dotcom plans to resurrect this project and run a 400 million dollar cable under the ocean, it is illegal for him to give away the fruits of his labor to anyone without going through a licensed ISP first.

To no one’s surprise the ISP’s won’t just give away internet for free, even if they don’t have to pay for it.

Instead of giving up on the plan Dotcom has reluctantly discussed deals with the countries ISP’s and has come to somewhat of a compromise.

Dotcom will provide the ISP’s with the internet for free, who then have agreed to give the average people of New Zealand access to this connection for a very small fee.

To make the usage fee even lower for the average person, Dotcom is insisting that government and corporate organizations pay an extra surcharge.

Unfortunately, thanks to the cartelization of internet services which is made possible by government regulation, people in New Zealand will still have to pay for the service.

However, considering that New Zealand is in desperate need of this project and people would see a drastic decline on their internet bill, Dotcom’s proposal is being taken very seriously.

In the end people would pay roughly one-fifth of what they are paying now and the bandwidth would be three to five times faster with no transfer limits.

Dotcom commented on the project saying that:

“You have clean and cheap energy here. Power is becoming the biggest cost factor for data centres around the world.

With its own cable, cheap power and connectivity New Zealand could attract foreign internet business.  Unfortunately the current Government wants to invest into more tarmac roads. In 10-15 years most people will work and shop from home. You don’t need tarmac, you need fibre!”

Although Dotcom is wealthy due to his internet entrepreneurship, a vast majority of this money will be coming from silent investors.

He said that he expects to get his share of the money from suing Hollywood and the US government, but if that falls through he still has no problem forking over his share out of his own pocket.

Dotcom has also been fighting back legally, accusing the record industry of lobbying the government for his arrest, illegal spying and wiretapping and other charges of police misconduct.

In New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and the Inspector-General of Security and Intelligence, Justice Paul Neazor, have both acknowledged the illegal spying.

As of now Dotcom is awaiting his extradition hearing in March.


Read more articles by this author HERE.

J.G. Vibes is the author of an 87 chapter counter culture textbook called Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance, a staff writer and reporter for The Intel Hub and host of a show called Voluntary Hippie Radio. 

You can keep up with his work, which includes free podcasts, free e-books & free audiobooks at his website www.aotmr.com

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New Zealand Troops Withdrawing from Afghan Early – Evelyn [video]

September 4, 2012

Evelyn is a very knowledgeable Blogger from New Zealand – She offers many insights beyond New Zealand’s involvement.
http://aotearoaawiderperspective.wordpress.com – Evelyn’s blog – well worth subscribing to!
And this is her posting on the New Zealand troops withdrawing:

Using the TPP to Renegotiate and Expand NAFTA

by Dana Gabriel
Be Your Own Leader
June 25, 2012

Both Canada and Mexico have been invited to join the U.S., along with other countries already engaged in negotiations which will deepen trade and economic ties within the Asia-Pacific region. Such a deal would surpass NAFTA in size and scope. The U.S. led talks which have been criticized for their secretive nature, could be used to update aspects of existing trade pacts among member nations. This would provide the perfect opportunity for a backdoor renegotiation of NAFTA without officially having to open it back up.

After expressing interest in joining trade talks back in November 2011, NAFTA partners have been invited to join the U.S. backed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which also includes Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk welcomed both Mexico and Canada into the TPP fold. He noted that, “Mexico has assured the United States that it is prepared to conclude a high-standard agreement that will include issues that were not covered in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).” He added, “Inviting Canada to join the TPP negotiations presents a unique opportunity for the United States to build upon this already dynamic trading relationship. Through TPP, we are bringing the relationship with our largest trading partner into the 21st century.” A joint statement by the U.S. and Canada acknowledged that, “The TPP presents an opportunity to conclude a high standard agreement that will build on the commitments of NAFTA.”

The Council of Canadians who continue to be vocal opponents of NAFTA and other trade deals that follow the same flawed template, are strongly against Canada’s entry into the TPP. Its national chairperson, Maude Barlow warned that this, “could force Canada to change its drug policies, its copyright policies, its environmental and public health rules – all without going through the normal parliamentary process.” The organization cautioned how, “TPP negotiations could mean up-front concessions in a number of areas, including intellectual property rights, where the U.S. is making considerable demands on TPP member countries that will undermine access to essential medicines so that its multinational drug firms can increase profits.” They also emphasized that, “Supply management, which guarantees fair wages and stable prices for farmers in non-exporting sectors, is too valuable to Canada to sacrifice on a negotiating table.” Others have pointed out that it is important as a buy-local program, as well as key to Canada’s food security and food sovereignty. The Council of Canadians maintains that, “the TPP is by and large a NAFTA renegotiation but on U.S. President Obama’s terms.”

Not surprisingly, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, an organization that lobbies the government on behalf of the country’s largest corporations, welcomed the announcement that Canada has been invited to join the TPP talks. Its President and CEO John Manley stated that, “By signing on to the TPP, the federal government has taken an historic leap toward securing Canada’s long-term strategic interests in the Asia-Pacific region.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce have also applauded Canada and Mexico’s entry into the TPP. Its President and CEO Thomas Donohue argued that, “negotiating the TPP together is an excellent strategic decision for North America.” Back in January, the Council of the Americas explained how, “it makes little sense for the United States to enter into potentially significant trade arrangements with countries in the Pacific region without our NAFTA partners.” They view the TPP as a “promising vehicle to support the updating of our bilateral and trilateral trading relationships within North America to the high standards of twenty-first century free-trade agreements.”

In his article, Will invitation to join TPP talks lead to NAFTA 2.0?, Peter Clark one of Canada’s leading international trade strategists concluded that, “A successful TPP would allow NAFTA to essentially be re-opened without the optics of it actually being re-opened.” He went on to say, “The business leaders in all three NAFTA countries, as strong supporters of TPP invitations to Canada and Mexico, understand that after nearly 20 years, modernization of NAFTA is needed. For rules of origin, supply chain management and manufacturing integration.” Clark stressed that, “All Canadians should be clear about this – TPP is the negotiation of NAFTA 2.0 and it could have major implications for Canada-USA trade relations.” Meanwhile, both countries are implementing the Beyond the Border Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan which has been described as the most significant steps forward in U.S.-Canada cooperation since NAFTA. Christopher Sands of the Hudson Institute observed how, “The TPP negotiating agenda is at once similar to the bilateral agenda that Canada and the United States are pursuing, and also more ambitious and multilateral.”

In May, the TPP held its twelfth round of negotiations with the next set of talks scheduled to take place in San Diego, California from July 2-10. So far, there has been a real lack of transparency, but what is clear is that the TPP seeks to go beyond other trade agreements. According to a leaked text by Public Citizen, it would expand on the investor privileges found in NAFTA, granting corporations more power and further threatening the sovereign rights of member nations. In the meantime, the U.S. continues to spearhead TPP negotiations as a way of countering growing Chinese influence. The door is open for other countries to join which is why it is considered to be a stepping stone to a larger free trade area of the Asia-Pacific and an important part of the international corporate globalization agenda.

Trade deals such as NAFTA and now the TPP are being used to smuggle through a new set of transnational corporate rights, trapping nations in a web of treaties that further trump their own laws. All too often, these agreements fail to deliver on the promise of prosperity and only serve to accelerate the path towards economic enslavement. Globalization has meant sacrificing self-sufficiency and sovereignty for foreign dependency which is a sure path to world government.

Related Articles By Dana Gabriel
Canada and Mexico to Join U.S. in NAFTA of the Pacific
Building Blocks Towards an Asia-Pacific Union
NAFTA Partners Take Steps to Boost Trilateral Relationship
U.S. Economic, Political and Military Expansion in Asia-Pacific

Dana Gabriel is an activist and independent researcher. He writes about trade, globalization, sovereignty, security, as well as other issues. Contact: beyourownleader@hotmail.com Visit his blog at beyourownleader.blogspot.com

[hat tip: Activist Post]

Powerful Surveillance Cameras Read Texts

May 5, 2012

Surveillance cameras are now so powerful that they were able to zoom in on individual spectators at the Rugby World Cup and read their text messages.

Details of police monitoring used for the first time during the tournament were discussed at a privacy forum in Wellington yesterday, at which it was revealed that the average person is digitally recorded about a dozen times a day – and even more if they use email and social media frequently.

Superintendent Grant O’Fee told the forum how one incident at the Rugby World Cup “tweaked in my head” a concern about possible privacy breaches.

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[hat tip: TheIntelHub.com]

Video: Storm tears in two poisoned tanker off New Zealand coast

January 8, 2012

A cargo ship which grounded off the New Zealand three months ago has been torn in two by a storm. Sea containers and debris were spilled into the sea, raising concern a fresh oil spill could wash ashore. Clean-up teams are on standby in case the remaining oil onboard leaks out. Hundreds of tonnes of oil first gushed into the sea when the ship hit a reef in October, devastating wildlife in the area, in what’s been described as New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster.

A cargo ship which grounded off the New Zealand three months ago has been torn in two by a storm. Sea containers and debris were spilled into the sea, raising concern a fresh oil spill could wash ashore. Clean-up teams are on standby in case the remaining oil onboard leaks out. Hundreds of tonnes of oil first gushed into the sea when the ship hit a reef in October, devastating wildlife in the area, in what’s been described as New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster.