Sue Bradford: A Leftwing Think Tank For Aotearoa (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 28th 2015 @ 12:47 PM
A Major Leftwing Think Tank In Aotearoa: Call To Action Or Impossible Dream?
Sue Bradford interviewed by Lisa Er.
A strong lady with a soft heart Sue Bradford has been an activist on unemployed workers and beneficiary issues for many years. She was a Green Party MP for ten years from 1999-2009, and stood for the Mana Party in the 2011 general election.
Sue wrote a piece for Foreign Control Watchdog in August 2012 called A Major Leftwing Think Tank In Aotearoa: Call To Action Or Impossible Dream, which resulted in her refining her PhD research into the concept of a possible Leftwing think tank in this country.
She has since gained her PhD in public policy at Auckland University of Technology. See a link to it below.
Sue is currently working part time for the welfare activist group Auckland Action Against Poverty, (AAAP) and is starting work on a project to establish an activist/academic transformational Left think tank in Aotearoa. Read More »
Jeff Clarkson - Composer, Musician and Mediation Facilitator (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 21st 2015 @ 11:58 AM
Jeff is a gifted New Zealand composer and musician, especially in marrying the pan pipes with electronic synthesizers.
He has been playing since 1984 and has been consistently bringing through new sounds, hitting some profoundly beautiful notes and melodies as well as haunting numbers that touch the very soul of your being.
Over the last 10 years he has started to teach meditation that is very complimentary to the soft clear sounds or nature that he creates.
Jeff was a hard rock n roller musician for 20 years before he changed direction at 32 years of age and came out with a CD called Butterfly, that he played in hospital at the birth of his first child, and from then on the album was played in many areas of hospital life from the aged, to the recovery ward, to massage rooms and holistic practitioners who needed a quite soothing ambience for the many available healing modalities.
The key to this was that Jeff wanted to bring through a feeling of peace and stillness so that anyone could gather themselves in a space that was congruent with being still. Read More »
Lisa Er and The Awareness Party, From A Movement To A Political Party (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 14th 2015 @ 10:59 AM
Lisa Er of The Awareness Party that is now changing from a Movement to an actual Political Party.
Can a new ‘conscious’ political party come into being from the grass roots up and take a large majority of New Zealanders with them to reshape our political landscape as well as revitalise our cultural aspirations?
NZ was once the envy of the world, as many New Zealanders owned their own homes as well as had a stake in a large number of co-operatives, mutual insurance societies, trust banks, building societies plus liquor and hotel trusts. Today - all gone.
We were once seen as a fair country where everyone basically would get a good deal. To many overseas countries, we in NZ were seen as more egalitarian, as well as a moral compass for good and we were known as being charitable.
So what are the key ingredients to governance and self governance so that we can all take our place within the context of a participative and an anticipatory democracy where we as a 'conscious' communities come together to cooperatively shape our entire nation.
How would a ‘new manifestos’ look when pulling all the differing threads from left, right and centre, into one coherent, dynamic and synergistically, resourceful whole? Read More »
Maree McLeay on Holistic Lifestyle & Wellbeing Strategies, with John Coombs (Ultimo)
posted Thu May 7th 2015 @ 11:55 AM
As more people become aware of the need for far healthier food choices, they are also turning towards more holistic modalities to optimise their bodies energies. The fact that our physical as well as emotional bodies are integral to our expression is seeing a marked awakening to a far more fulfilling potential, once we commit to the wellbeing of body, mind and spirit.
Maree McLeay of Global Health Clinics who manages Client Wellness Programmes, discusses with John Coombs practical wellness solutions for real people as well as visions for a working health system which is suitable for the needs of humanity in a world of uncertain futures.
The principles are to “be the change you want to see in the world”, developing a quality of life from this most basic premise. Read More »
Anne Huxtable On The Power of Sound (Ultimo)
posted Thu April 30th 2015 @ 4:13 PM
Interviewed by Lisa Er.
Anne Huxtable, is an executive producer of the documentary; 'Song of the New Earth – Tom Kenyon and the Power of Sound', and is on tour in Australia and New Zealand during March and April 2015, to promote screenings of the film.
The film features the transformative life journey of the renowned sound healer, psychotherapist and modern day mystic Tom Kenyon, from a young aspiring Nashville musician to an internationally revered sound alchemist. Western science has confirmed what ancient traditions have known for centuries; sound has the power to heal.
Sound Healing (also known as Sonic Therapy) can be used as pure tones or as music and can positively affect a large array of physiological and psychological states, including: Read More »
Marie Brown of ‘EDS’ Environmental Defence Society & their recent publication Vanishing Nature (Ultimo)
posted Thu April 16th 2015 @ 2:26 PM
Facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis.
We in New Zealand are still pushing nature closer to extinction and there are huge challenges. Yet, there are also some major game changer solutions that we can enact.
We take about 7 minutes to start getting to the more denser subject matter that begins to capture your attention.
Like altering the New Zealand economic way of life to recognise that Conservation would be a very sensible thing to do. This being to place penalties that are such high costs on business that damages ecosystems, that it is just economical not to engage in.
NZ has the highest rate of threatened species in the world and the charismatic maui’s dolphin with only 55 left will this be the measure of New Zealanders as a whole if we can not find ways to protect such an icon? Read More »
Dee Pignéguy: Organic Garden Workshops, Author, Freelance Writer, Speaker (Ultimo)
posted Thu April 9th 2015 @ 12:01 PM
Formerly of Canada she originally was a member of the Auckland Herb Society here in NZ that had amazing herbal displays and meetings as there was so much to learn due to there being some wonderful teachers such as Gillian Polson and her Living Kitchen from the South Island and Gillian Painter who up here in Auckland wrote the great herb book of this era A New Zealand Country Harvest Cookbook. The world of herbal lore had always interested Dee for as a child she had always been given herbs for both food enhancement, health and healing. Yet, even today upwards to 80% of our planets population use herbal extracts, and not big pharmaceuticals.
Dee then became a speaker on herbs and continued to branch out into organic gardening where today she is very successful. Especially in growing 4 seasonal crops a year. Noting that for each season there is a particular set of veggies to grow that suit the temperatures and light etc.
Then to teaching organics over the last so many years because a whole generation have missed out on the skills in growing gardens and the relationships with the soil and micro-organisms of bacteria and fungi, composting and mulch.
With a 1/4 acre section she has turned her garden into a food forest - saving heaps of visits to the supermarket, yet becoming super healthy in the process. She has 30 odd fruit trees in that area with raised veggie garden plots plus chickens and growing and harvesting 4 times a year the only things she buys are onions and mushrooms, because onions take to long to grow. Visitors are totally blown away by the diversity of plants when visiting Dee’s garden. Yet, she also allows weeds like horehound to grow to make cough medicine including red sage as it may even be the first traditional Chinese remedy to gain approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read More »
Laila Harré – It is time to Rethink the System (Ultimo)
posted Thu April 2nd 2015 @ 1:38 PM
Interviewed by Lisa Er
What changes would you like to see in New Zealand?
Isn’t it time for deep conversations around social change, social justice and environmental integrity?
After the last election Laila Harré felt not only beaten, but the need to withdraw and not actively participate in the political system. So her psychology lecturer sister Niki Harré, (author of “Psychology for a Better World”) picked her up and suggested they went on a pilgrimage - walking and hitchhiking around North Island, carrying no money, presenting in different centres and listening to feedback from the community. They created a tour that went from February 1st to the 28th 2015 in 27 different centres.
They donated their living costs to grassroots social change and community groups, to ensure their tour stayed outside the current system of economic exchange.
Their intent was to encourage discussion on the topic of ‘rethinking the system’, because the road that New Zealand is travelling down right now, shows we need some radical change.
What a wonderful thing to do! Read More »
Dr Bruce Lipton - Internationally Acclaimed Epigenetics Pioneer and Quantum Biologist (Ultimo)
posted Fri March 27th 2015 @ 8:46 AM
This discussion with Bruce Lipton focuses on a variety of practical health solutions and proactive self empowerment options for people of all ages and circumstances.
Drawing from Bruce's best selling published work, the Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution and The Honeymoon Effect, the interview provides scientific information on many aspects of holistic health to encourage a positive attitude and lifestyle balance for integrated mental, emotional physical and social wellness.
You will learn why a healthy attitude contributes to your health, how your brain can be reprogrammed for life enhancing benefits and how quantum energy systems affect our welfare beyond the recognised material dimension.
Bruce who worked as a medical professor and cell biologist has personally researched genetics, stem cells and performed cell cloning with electron microscopes starting in the 1960s and he has since collaborated with eminent writers and scientists Dr Deepak Chopra, Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Lynne McTaggart and Greg Braden in a 50 year career. Read More »
Barry Coates on the TPPA, Green Issues and Political Vision (Ultimo)
posted Thu March 19th 2015 @ 9:51 AM
Barry Coates, Ex CEO for Oxfam NZ, Green Politician, studied as an economist at Yale in the US.
TPPA = The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. You are having to trust people who are politicians?
When you say to New Zealanders that the TPPA is vehicle in which the NZ Government is giving away our powers so that Multi National Corporations can sue our government in an unaccountable secretive un-transparent International Tribunal over our democratically agreed laws and policies … they find this hard to believe - that we have this shockingly bad judicial process that can trump NZ’s own judicial process which lies on very sound principles.
Those who are awake see this as very dangerous as they are changing the nature of democracy as well as changing the nature of society here in NZ. If we as a unified Nation do not take a stand, then so many of the things we assume that are central to NZ, like democracy and fairness, like our once highly thought of moral compass that decides our own policies and laws – these are now in the throes of being given away. As well as the right to privacy and all the secret surveillance issues.
This is not like a normal trade agreement. A normal trade agreement is about tariffs and quotas, yes we have some advantages to gain when we get our exports into other countries for lower tariffs, however we must also be careful that Trade Agreements do not undermine human rights, or the environment or workers rights. Read More »