Emily Garden from the Auckland City Mission: What perpetuates the cycle of poverty? (Ultimo)
posted Thu August 28th 2014 @ 2:49 PM
What keeps people in poverty? Aren’t the minimum wage and the benefits enough to live off? Why are there 285,000 children in New Zealand being raised in poverty? Surely it is mismanagement of money, and the fact that people have too many children. People are lazy and want to stay on government hand outs.
These are the excuses that some New Zealanders trot out to excuse turning an uneducated blind eye to the suffering of our fellow countrymen / women.
Where is the understanding and compassion that should come in an egalitarian society, where we all respect and care for each other?
Emily Garden is the Project Officer for the Family 100 Research Project – a ground-breaking project that followed 100 Auckland families living in long-term hardship. Family 100 seeks to give a voice to these families in order to understand what factors work to keep people in hardship while others are able to move on to lead more secure lives. Emily has a Masters in Sociology from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a background that includes tertiary teaching and community mental health.
Emily explains that many of the Family 100 Research Project participants spoken to describe having to choose between keeping warm or eating. One of the clients described it as a juggling act. One mother tells that she and her husband went without meals many times, just for the fact of knowing that their kids are fed. “We always put the children first. If it means we have to go without so they can have it, well so be it”. Another client described the stress that she goes through, and the everyday feeling of being overwhelmed. She said “I more or less thought there was no light at the end of the tunnel, I felt like I was knocking my head against a brick wall”. Read More »
Tuma Hazou, Palestinian Christian & Middle East Analyst, with Lisa Er on Israel/Palestine situation (Ultimo)
posted Thu August 21st 2014 @ 1:50 PM
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NZ Election 2014 Dirty Politics! (Ultimo)
posted Mon August 18th 2014 @ 4:32 PM
It’s election time again here in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Since its first election in 1853 New Zealand has been world-leading in voting rights. All Māori men were able to vote from 1867 and all European men from 1879 Then in 1893 New Zealand famously led the world by ‘giving’ women the right to vote.
Thus it was the first country to give indigenous peoples the vote as well as all women. New Zealand 'was' probably the most democratic country in the world.
Cut to today, and we have lost our way, the global malaise of a dumbed down society has burrowed its way into the lobotomised minds of our once cherished egalitarian NZ society.
What we have now is a circus, of one-liners, promises, innuendo, double entendre, slush money and an orchestrated litany of unconscious parody, masquerading as truth and good will.
Main stream media, MSM, is totally controlled by market forces of the ‘status quo’ that tell us ‘of a bright future’ and when we look at the other British Commonwealth countries, at Australia, Canada, and Britain -- all have conservative governments, we realise just how clever the media is at manipulating our minds. Read More »
JJ & Desiree Hurtak - ‘Keys of Enoch’ Decoding our Blueprint and our Upward Spiral (Ultimo)
posted Thu August 14th 2014 @ 2:45 PM
Famously known over 40 years ago for his mystical journey up beyond this 3rd dimensional plane into what is perceived as the ‘angelic hierarchy or realms’, James Hurtak continues to share insights and information to awaken us to our life’s purpose as well as connect to our higher self and more.
Covering vast themes as futurism, archaeology, theology, quantum realms, sound, remote viewing and the development of consciousness, this seems at odds to the nightly news of political intrigue, crime and the terrible mayhem and savagery that’s happening in so many countries on earth today.
Yet, both he and his wife Desiree acknowledge, like many of us, that there is also an upward spiral taking place in the field of consciousness and expanding ones awareness … and they see NZ as being a mystical island country, that initiated the template for woman to gain the right to vote, freeing up the divine feminine and anchoring this much needed - balancing archetype.
Also, that NZ being a country that instituted so many early social reforms that in many ways due to our isolation from the rest of our planet, allowed us to become an embryonic catalyst for new ideas, consciousness and spiritual insight. The emerging microcosm for the planetary macrocosm. Read More »
Richard Margesson talks about rewiring your brain with Mindpath (Ultimo)
posted Thu August 7th 2014 @ 10:41 AM
John Coombs interviews Richard Margesson on the new Mindpath, rewire your brain programs, discussing Richard’s life and work.
Richard has led an adventurous life.
Brought up between a dairy farm in upstate New York and the bustling streets of Manhattan, he gained a BA (Hons) degree in the UK before joining an elite infantry Regiment in the British Army.
He has paced through the halls of Buckingham Palace, marched in the Queen’s Birthday Parade, trudged through the sands of The Gulf, led humanitarian convoys in Bosnia, started a restaurant in a war zone, rehabilitated former child soldiers in Africa, married his Yoga teacher, lost his boots to a dingo at Ayers Rock, built up two hypnotherapy clinics and slept under cabbage trees while walking the length of New Zealand.
Adventures can come at a cost, however. Read More »
Julio Bin, Brazilian Consultant, Professor and Speaker on Sustainability and Business Development (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 24th 2014 @ 7:35 PM
There is no PLANet B.
Sustainability is not just to do with the environment, but also our culture or society, how it thinks and what it does en-masse on a daily basis. Imagine - if our society is living sustainably and we are ‘consciously’ not creating consumer waste; that all our purchases are based on quality products, for example ‘clean food’ that everything is biodegradable, on how little waste (packaging) there is, we will be making huge progress.
That reducing our intake is also at the forethought of our minds, that all things are being recycled or reused and that everyone is mindful that we all are part of a ‘closing the loop’ culture our ‘knowingness’ will automatically realise that we are part of a greater whole.
This holistic notion, that we are embedded in the greater dynamics of the biosphere - of us all elegantly cycling ‘through’ everything and being aligned with nature as in ‘Cradle to Cradle’ the idea promulgated by William McDonough, we will be on our way home to being more ‘at one’ with the planetary ecology that we are embedded in.
At present we are far from it, as this is not being languaged from any level of Government, who at present have no intention of empowering the community to become more 'conscious' - solely because they are not.
This interview with Julio covers his upbringing in Brazil, where it’s the disparity of social economics, that widens the gap between the many poor people just subsisting and not really living in a healthy highly educated community. Read More »
Julie Timmins on Hunger, Housing, Heating, Health ~ the Child Poverty in New Zealand (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 17th 2014 @ 11:23 AM
Hunger Housing Heating Health – the Child Poverty in New Zealand – with Julie Timmins interviewed by Lisa Er.
We live in a society of benefit bashing. This is not only done by the uneducated, but by a wide range of people which includes the attitude of successive governments. This has resulted in the creation of a flawed in work tax credit, worth up to $60 a week, that while good for some families with working parents, discriminates against beneficiaries and so only assists some of the poor.
Our leaders have created a system that has left 27%, or 260,000 of our children being raised in poverty and a large percentage of those children come from families of beneficiaries.
This is basically the choice and the will of the people of New Zealand who are sufficiently hardhearted to say, Go get a job! Where are all the jobs! And where are jobs with appropriate hours for parents, especially women with young children?
How many of our political parties have made child poverty an election issue? Read More »
Christine Rose ~ Rescuing the Maui Dolphin (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 10th 2014 @ 3:49 PM
New Zealand’s Maui dolphin as an iconic species is hovering on the edge of extinction.
Maui’s used to be found all around NZ’s North Island (Te Ika o Maui - The Fish of Maui). Maui’s and Hectors (Papakanua) dolphins (they are sub species of the same group) were the most common dolphin along our coasts prior to the coming of the European.
The area of concern today is from North of Wanganui in the South up to around Maunganui Bluff in North Auckland.
However, their numbers have been falling dramatically, that back in the 1970’s there were 2000 in number and now we are down to around just 55. From 30,000 Hector’s in the 1970s, to 7,000 today, we can see where these species losses are trending.
Three Maui’s dolphins a year are killed in trawl/set nets in NZ, which are their biggest point source threat. We have to eliminate all human induced threats out of the habitat.
Even the IWC, the International Whaling Commission has chided New Zealand's efforts to save the world's rarest species of dolphin from extinction. In their published report, the IWC's Scientific Committee sounded 'extreme concern' over the dwindling numbers of New Zealand's Maui's dolphin, adding the Government's present management measures fell well short of what was needed to reverse their decline.
In NZ we have some of the best science at our disposal, yet we are in the throes of allowing the worlds smallest dolphin to get closer to extinction. NZ the great conservation nation of clean green and wild can not afford to have its ecological/moral high ground eroded if we lose these important creatures. The largest native animals connected to our country. Read More »
Marnie Rowllings Naturopath on Wellness Services and Optimal Health Care (Ultimo)
posted Thu July 3rd 2014 @ 1:54 PM
John Coombs discusses new paradigm proactive health and wellness programs with Naturopath and Wellness Services Manager, Marnie Rowllings.
Marnie and John, who is the Director of Global Health Clinics, chat through new frontier holistic health services which are helping people of all ages throughout New Zealand with personalised wellness programs.
Global Health Clinics helps people with a wide range of conditions from immunity and muscular skeletal issues, through to serious illness including advanced cancer and heart disease.
Marnie guides her clients through the range of options at Global Health. The clinic offers clients a one stop, whole health centre with fully integrated systems, from high tech analytic equipment through to muscular skeletal adjustments. They combine advanced technology with ageless wisdom and compassionate empathy.
John and Marnie discuss a variety of new approaches to wellbeing including Marnie's passion of conscious preconception and pregnancy preparation through to early childhood care, along with new concepts such as epigenetics and quantum healing which are changing the shape of health care. Read More »
Andrew Harvey, Sacred Activism ~ Author, Religious Scholar, Mystic ~2014 LOVE IN ACTION TOUR (Ultimo)
posted Thu June 26th 2014 @ 3:42 PM
What is it to be surrendered? To many people especially in the political sphere this is a contradiction in terms, how can you be endeavouring to change some thing yet be surrendered?
Yet, from a Gandhian perspective, being surrendered to the greater good, to doing everything to benefit the greater whole is in fact the coming paradigm that we are entering.
Gandhi expressed it this way. ‘I live in the centre of a circle that has no circumference.’
It’s called selfless action that transcends service to self.
How do we go about surrendering to a ‘greater power’ than the self?
Spending ones total life devoted to good, to the community at large and society as a whole.
What are the drivers of this? Or, what is it that pulls one to such continuous, compelling actions?
These are some of the subject matter that Andrew talks to in this riveting and captivating interview.
What is this power that is called God? How is God defined? What is the mystical and powerful force that takes over and activates our passion to create positive change that benefits our society and species?
How do we come 'into a union' with the magnificence of the mystical? How does this transcendence translate into action?
From awakening to that which is beyond consensus reality, to how do we awaken? What are the drivers? How are we an instrument for the divine to make itself known? Read More »