Matt Robson - Former Minister for Disarmament & Chair of the Parliamentary Privileges Committee (Ultimo)
posted Thu November 20th 2014 @ 9:35 AM
Matt states that for New Zealand to be happy as a country and be respected in the world, you need to know what your place is and to be seen as a country that makes its own mind up for its people and for their interests.
This does not mean that you are selfish or isolated, in fact quite the opposite, because if you make your own decisions, you are not told which countries that you can deal with and which you can't. Which was certainly a factor when we were tied to our mother United Kingdom’s apron strings and later becoming a close ally to the United States which of course is reoccurring to this day.
This then opens out to how do we remain/become independent which is inclusive of indigenous people and being independent sets the framework of this interview. The question of independence is central to many New Zealanders.
As an Australian, Matt was very interested in independence, for as the Australia Labour Government of Gough Whitlam in 1972 was closely followed by the Norman Kirk Labour Government here in NZ in the same year, there was a keen interest in charting a more independent course, away from being maneuvered by the interests of the larger Western powers. So that brought about an enormous wellspring of a desire for so many people here to become more independent and these was exciting times.
So what happened? Read More »
Ben Bell - Inventor and CEO of Hungry Bins, on worm farms & sustainability (Ultimo)
posted Thu November 13th 2014 @ 9:11 AM
Compost worms and earth worms are the unsung heroes of the composting world and the ecological world - generally. Aristotle called them the intestines of the soil, and Charles Darwin's last book was dedicated to covering the role of earthworm on our planet. Even in his day he was aware that many cultures in the 19th century were very conscious of the role that earthworms played in the creation of high quality soil and fertility.
When we understand the complexity and the relationships within the web of life and when we take the time to understand the grandeur in a fork full of compost, we realise that trillions of microflora, spiralling DNA, decaying leaf matter plus minerals and life force can be enabled to journey up through a young tree, to eventually manifest a juicy fresh golden peach in our hands - as undeniable ripe-full fruition.
From dark dirt of the earth to fleshy, succulence and juicy sweetness - the transmutation of minerals into food, nobly assisted by the humble earth worm.
Ben started off young, with grandparents having incredible gardens and his grandmother having bees so they were constantly embedding themselves in high quality food and the enthusiasm of growing food for themselves and that his parents were also into sustainability. So his upbringing was very focused on growing food by organic means in which he terms his kaupapa - respect for growing food and eating it being always present. Read More »
Professor Jane Kelsey speaks about the insidious TPPA - Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (Ultimo)
posted Thu November 6th 2014 @ 9:22 AM
Could you imagine that any government would be stupid enough to sign an international agreement that would allow overseas corporations to sue it, in secretive offshore tribunals, claiming that new laws and regulations have seriously undermined the value of their investments? Well, that is what our New Zealand Government and eleven other countries around the Pacific Rim are negotiating right now.
Of course the country that has the most to gain will be the US and the transnational corporations! And do you really think the US needs our dairy products – which is the supposed benefit for NZ joining the TPPA? From what has been gleaned so far, if the negotiations are completed it will make it far more difficult for governments to pass new laws, and the public interest would be deferred to lobbyists and private privileged interests.
This is an attack on New Zealand’s sovereignty.
As examples of this, the TPPA could affect the government putting a ban on fracking, a GE moratorium, smoking laws, a cap on electricity prices or environmental protection. Labelling of GE foods, for example, would be banned in the interest of the harmonization of laws between countries, and that would be the same for labelling country of origin of food. Present tobacco and cigarette rulings could be overridden and the same for alcohol.
We may have to compromise PHARMAC if restrictions are placed on generic medicines, thus making medicine more expensive. There would be less stringent quality control to protect health initiatives - both allopathic and natural – or to protect workers (from longer hours, less pay and possibly shorter holidays – not to mention the latest government attack on tea breaks). Read More »
Deborah Howard: From Healing to Wholeness, Emotional Wellness to Oneness (Ultimo)
posted Thu October 30th 2014 @ 2:24 PM
Deborah Howard, heart-centred Integrative therapist is interviewed by John Coombs about her approach to health and wellbeing and the opportunities which arise when our Heart - Mind - Body – Spirit are in balance. In a world so full of possibilities this discussion covers a range of wellbeing possibilities for us to get aligned to our human potential both individually and collectively.
Deborah was living it up with the glitterati as an international fashion model before embarking on a career in the healing arts.
With a degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and a Graduate Diploma in Psychosocial Studies, Integrative Therapist & Couple Counsellor Deborah Howard has worked & studied holistically for over 20 years with the psyche (mind-spirit).
Bringing together i.e. integrating harmoniously, what are considered mainstream & alternative methods of practice, allows Deborah to use her other skills as an Intuitive & Empath, a Numerologist & Healer, to easily attune and attend to the presenting issues clients come with & are often struggling with in seeking support through therapy & counseling. Read More »
Dr Guy McPherson - Collapse, Disruption, Runaway Greenhouse Gases and Ecological Overshoot (Ultimo)
posted Thu October 23rd 2014 @ 10:33 AM
First the Better News: In many ways the Global Commons is the foundation of our society. How do we take back and renew this heritage and will we?
As a global community, we currently face vast challenges. We collectively depend on shared resources including clean water, energy, a just economy, access to food and the Internet. However, these assets are threatened by economic, political,and social systems that do not support what’s best for the vast majority of people or the natural world and in many ways they are not interested in changing their business model of growth for growths sake.
Yet, representing transition towns, eco-villages, small business cooperatives, spiritual communities, seed sharing networks, local currency practitioners, gift cultures, civic society, these new movements across the planet are the counterculture of today.
Initiatives and events like these give us great hope and encouragement that transformation is indeed occurring at every level of the human story: individual, institutional and collective. Read More »
James Russell - Editor of Element Magazine in the NZ Herald (Ultimo)
posted Thu October 16th 2014 @ 11:46 AM
Element magazine has a NZ readership of 140,000 people and could quite easily be New Zealand's flag bearer of conscious ecology, and business inclusive of food, health, community and leisure.
It is about our actions and vision as well as long term thinking and we have to engage in this .
Sustainability in an ecological context is doing the same thing in perpetuity, over and over and actually improving the environment in the process, which is what organic gardening does. (Note: where as fishing in the ocean is not the case as there is virtually no putting back and building up of fish stocks and thus replenishing the resource base.)
Listen to how James, being Editor of such a prestigious publication where one moment he may meet an energetic and inspirational person doing something that encouragers other people to follow suit, and the next message may be of an ecological report that is so devastating and disempowering. Yet, as a family man with two young boys, his resolve becomes even stronger to engage in publishing and sharing information and knowledge that can make this world a better place for us all to live.
He also finds that with this publication he doesn't compromise his values so can sleep at night. Yet, with so much content available James often has to leave a huge amount of data, information, and good stories, because of an oversupply of newsy content that flows into his office. For as you browse your way through Element, you can quickly recognise that there is so much opportunity for the Ecology of Commerce to be embedded into the new biospheric understanding of our connection within the web of life. Read More »
Dr. John Hinchcliff on Politics and our Precarious Future (Ultimo)
posted Thu October 9th 2014 @ 9:58 AM
To cope with the challenging and changing turbulence of our complex society we need to go beyond the technical fix of the knowledge society and recover the old fashioned virtues of caring and responsible altruism. This is the very valid view point of Dr John Hinchcliff.
What are our politicians doing to ensure that our grandchildren have as comfortable lives as we have? Will there always be enough clean water? How will we survive the results of climate change, food insecurity, rising tides, pollution, war, the nuclear threat, violence and even cybernet crime? These and other threats make our world very precarious indeed.
Yet our politicians are not standing up and attempting to solve these situations. People in government must question the direction in which we are going. Are the political machines just working towards the next elections? What do the labels National and Labour actually mean? Should an MP dare to criticise their own party, they are quickly demoted. Do we need political parties at all if they essentially render all politicians out of integrity with their own beliefs in some areas?
Where is the leadership?
How can we move forward when both power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of the few? We must think critically and connect with the values that go back in history, such as the Golden Rule. Then we must put that theory into practice. Theory and action must connect and people need to join together to take drastic reasonable action if we are to offer future generations a secure future. Read More »
Dr Daryl Turner, World Authority and Specialist in Thyroid Symptoms and Treatment (Ultimo)
posted Thu October 2nd 2014 @ 9:54 AM
Dr Daryl Turner, a world authority and specialist in thyroid symptoms, discusses how to maintain a healthy Thyroid Gland. You will learn the value of Thyroflex Tests which are 98% accurate and simple inexpensive treatment programs to stimulate effective thyroid functions.
What is Hypothyroid? What are the symptoms and the consequences of Thyroid disease? What are the effects of the thyroid on quality of life, diabetes, heart health, weight management, balanced hormones, Alzheimer’s, depression, headaches, bipolar, myalgia’s, IQ and longevity.
Dr Daryl Turners simple thyroflex test measures thyroid imbalances with a range of simple treatments for the thyroid gland using simple iodine based programs.
This significantly reduces risks of Alzheimer’s and reproductive cancers as well as improving energy and general hormone health, including during menopause and puberty.
You will hear information on the importance of Iodine for IQ, mental health and cognitive acuity in preconception, pregnancy and early childhood, and learn how to simply improve IQ in young children, which gives them extra skills for later life. Read More »
Marama Winder & Jon Winder on Sacred Activism & Action in Our World (Ultimo)
posted Thu September 25th 2014 @ 1:29 PM
In this the second programme of the Sacred Activism series with Marama Winder we explore the deeper dimensions of sacred action in our world. We are called at this time in an upwelling of positive change and transformation.
The coming together of the wisdom of the feminine and masculine is a crucial link in this shift and is elegantly portrayed in this interview. Alongside Marama’s potent voice of sacred activism and the deep feminine is Jon Winder who brings in the masculine perspective of our calling to sacred service.
This interview covers many aspects of what it is to involve oneself in sacred activism, from working with people, their rights, and justice for animals, the environment and our planet as a whole.
What are the principles of Sacred Activeness?
But first, what does the sacred mean? Read More »
Michael Field - Sustainability Professional, the psychology of positive behavioural change (Ultimo)
posted Thu September 18th 2014 @ 1:10 PM
Between 2% and 6% of society are actively engaged people - movers and shakers are change agents that have huge energy - they have very strongly held beliefs - they are very hard to influence, because of their own strong belief systems. ... very engaging and being ethics based. You also have the fast followers another 10% or so.
At the other end of the scale you have the actively disengaged again between 2 and 6% of society, though you would think that they were very dissimilar from the former, however, in many ways they are two sides of the same coin. These people, basically oppose things, because that is who they are ... they are also quite noisy and we focus a lot of energy endeavouring to change them, when in many ways there is no point. You also have the disengaged group, not quite as bad as the actively disengaged, which make up around another 10%.
HOWEVER, the best is to focus on the other 68% of society, they are the neutral group.They don't necessarily have strongly held belief systems and they are the ideal audience because they are by far the easiest people to influence because of a lack of strongly held belief systems. Read More »