Lisa Er & John Coombs End Of Year Overview with Tim Lynch (Ultimo)
posted Fri December 19th 2014 @ 10:54 AM
This was a extremely interesting finale to GreenplanetFM’s year of broadcasting. Showing that innovation and intuitive insights are still pushing the boundaries here in NZ, and that as NZ is the closest large country to the international dateline, it can be said that we in NZ see tomorrow first.
From this discussion we still recognise that grass roots organising is the only way we can initiate change, being that which has localised support.
Lisa, laying down a new framework so as to guide us in self governance at a community to national level that is guided by a conscious blue print that takes human governance to a level never before envisaged and John, talking to quantum biology adding that for people to not be limited from lack of energy, we must ensure we operate at optimum health. With the use of new cutting edge health technology have our hormones in balance, eating preferably organic sustenance, to empower us to co-create our day, and contribute in the community as part of a far larger dynamic whole. Read More »
Keith Locke speaks about the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill (Ultimo)
posted Thu December 4th 2014 @ 9:18 AM
Ex Green Member of Parliament Keith Locke speaks about the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill with Lisa Er.
The Government is legislating at breakneck speed to pass a Bill it calls "Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation". It will allow the SIS to conduct video surveillance on private property, for a specific period of time without a warrant, and will enable New Zealand passports to be suspended for 10 days or even cancelled for up to three years.
All this, in case we harbour aspirant fighters for a fundamentalist Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But experts like Richard Jackson of Otago University say the evidence shows that it is extremely rare for returning jihadists to commit terrorist acts in their home country. Is it wrong to create law, which offends our human rights, just to cover some very unlikely or exceptional future event?
And as Miky Savage said in an article, the claimed urgency of the measure is dubious.
You wonder why the Bill was introduced so late. And you have to question why a full select committee process cannot occur. The case for change has not been made out and the current system for issuing warrants can, if properly resourced, work perfectly adequately. Read More »
Terenzo Bozzone and Virin Gomber (Ultimo)
posted Thu November 27th 2014 @ 11:59 AM
Terenzo Bozzone is a world champion triathlete who pushes himself to the limits virtually every day.
Terenzo who has won 5 world titles discusses with John Coombs what it takes to drive yourself in a sport as tough as iron man whilst retaining outstanding values in the community and managing a healthy family life.
Terenzo is an ambassador for Life Education Trust which encourages children to make healthy choices about substances and nutrition, helping to reduce obesity and drug abuse whilst helping them feel comfortable with who they truly are.
Terenzo grew up on the north shore of Auckland and inspires people of all ages with values so important to the welfare of our future both locally and globally. Read More »
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 »