Friday, 20 April 2018

Auckland pressure group spends up large. and other disclosures.



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18 22nd April 2018

1. Once again our local paper has made a few thousand bucks via an Auckland based pressure group: C. Costello, Suite 311,184 Symonds St Auckland [not exactly a cheap location] but it’s OK because she is sponsored by Hobson’s Pledge and it is sponsored by multi-millionaire types like Peter Shirtcliffe and such like.

When big money is being used to stop something from occurring within our multi-cultural communities? We all need to look deeper at their propaganda material. When people like Don Brash and his ilk who we all know are anti-anything-Maori.

We need to ask ourselves if there are some other secret or covert reasons why these people are so anti-Maori. Why do they keep calling our ‘agreed’ political system ‘Race’ based? We’ve had it for a hundred years…all political parties support it. National, Labour, the Greens, even NZ First these days, none of these parties are seeking to abolish the Maori Seats in our Parliament. So why are they spending hundreds of thousands to block progressive political behaviour.

Modern thinking balanced New Zealanders have got over the ‘White’ is right dream of the Don Brash era. He failed to win an election and his party tossed him out, so he joined the ACT party and even they were glad to see him depart. They didn’t actually sack him because the country as a whole sacked ACT.
I suppose the good thing [if you can call it that] is that our local paper pulls in a few extra dollars from that Suite in Auckland. Here in Palmerston North real people are supporting Councillor’s who voted for Maori Wards, you see we’ve grown up, we learned from history. We’ve had Maori seats in Parliament for years and years…have Maori taken over Parliament, no they have not. Ask yourself why, the answer is obvious, because they [Maori] are not the majority. You are not giving Maori anything; we all only get one vote. So don’t be fooled by big money, bull-shit propaganda from outside our region. 
  2. Nurses and their aids really run our health services where ever they are found, Doctors are important because they help direct some activities that the Nurses undertake. One without the other means failure in both the short and long term. Today our local community and hospital nurses and their support people assembled to let the public know of just how badly run down our health and nursing services are.
  
Wage increases for CEO’s of the local DHB’s have risen at an rapid rate over the last nine years [Our local CEO receives over $450.000 per year] where as other factors like nurses salaries have been static, in fact some working in the health care area have actually seen a decline. We all now know just how bad maintenance and upkeep of our hospitals has been over the last decade.
Future NZ Nurse joins the supporters

This morning on a grey damp day hundreds gathered in the Square to demonstrate their concern over our run down health services. Just imagine if Hobson’s Pledge trust spent some of their massive funding in half page ads for the Nurses. But alas don’t hold your breath…

3. While Donald Trump edges the world closer and closer to a universal and never ending war. Those countries that belong to the US led Five Eyes intelligence structure, [Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand] seem simply to follow whatever path the US instructs us to follow they even tell us what to say and do as well as when to say it.
Key was a much smoother version of Trump.

Maybe you, like I, see Trump as an idiot. Of course the term idiot means many things to different people. Can you be an idiot and still manipulate the system so you pay as little tax as possible.

According to our very own morals expert John Key that’s OK.
I suppose you could call a person that does this an educated idiot. Likewise you could call a sexist who likes to grab ‘pussy’ a sexual idiot.

This sort of person is just loved by our media, for you don’t have to investigate Trump because he simply tweets and the media and particularly media such as ‘Fox’ news push his every utterance in an extremely idiotic and child-like manner.

Since John Key NZ has become very much a tool of US foreign and financial policy. Key saw clearly the gains to be made by the money wheeler dealers of sheep-like following of US and Corporation directives.

Of course he was one of those leaches who feed on the greed of others by organising deals that included huge bonuses for him. This was made clear to the NZ public when Key organised a donation of millions to the Clinton Foundation, which in turn was then used to assist Clinton during the last US Presidential election. Yet again Key backed the wrong horse and we lost millions.

This of course was par for the course; Key never gambled with his own money, he only gambled with others money. And when he lost big he would creep away and hide for a while. He did that just before he brought the leadership of the National Party after fleeing the US.

Our media has never fully investigated this miss-use of tax payer funds.

New Zealand has for the last decade become simply a very humble follower rather than a leader in the area of foreign policy. Just what we stand for now days are difficult to put into words. Our media publishes more about US politics; our newspapers are full Donald Trump’s meaningless tweets. His sacking of anyone he takes a disliking too, especially those who question his fitness [mental and moral] to be President, or his behaviour regarding his business connections to Russia and Israel.

Did John Key’s behaviour equal the behaviour of Donald Trump? Short answer yes! John was and is a much smoother operator that Trump, Trump deals in billions while Key has to make do with millions. Have a look at Key’s behaviour when compared with Nicky Hager, one is a habitual liar, you decide which one. 

 It seems to me that Key got out at the right time, National had run out of friends, run out of the manipulative skills of public miss-direction and acceptable and plausible lies.

Like all those who base their careers on ego he was never going to hang around to be defeated at the polls, so he did his usual and slid out with a Knighthood and a lifelong tax-payer funded pension, along with directorships in Air New Zealand. A position he used to get an all-expenses paid holiday for his golfing buddy Obama. So even after he pulled out of politics to avoid a defeat he still continues to manipulate his own social welfare.

Based on the above it would appear that idiots can become leaders or dictators, selfish men and women can rip off the public purse. Sadly though it would seem that the biggest idiots in the political world of NZ are us the voters, the recipients of the political spin and media supported propaganda that floods our communications, particularly TV and the Newspapers.
Peter J Wheeler


Saturday, 14 April 2018

Are NZ Police becoming trigger happy.


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17  15th April 2018

1. It would appear that my worst predictions about the latest Police fatal shooting are coming true…go to http://wheelerscornernz.blogspot.co.nz/2018/04/getting-facts-on-police-shootings.html to see what I said. Then go to: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/102985254/fathertobe-shot-dead-by-police-in-puhoi-had-bipolar-disorder to read the latest update.
Jerrim Toms, victim of police shooting:
Note especially the predicted time frame relating to the police investigation, the family has been told that they will have to wait six months at a minimum and possibly up to two years to get final closure. The interview by Radio NZ clearly indicates this time frame is possible. http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018640442

Now what do you think of the Polices ability to conduct an investigation in to a fatal shooting, is it too bloody slow, for both the victim and his family. My own view is that the police need to get their act together. Still I suppose since it takes the Military ten years to be brought to account, that the police taking only two years is something we should be grateful for…yea-right..

The information that the police fired 12 shots, of which four hit their target, and don’t forget they were all fired at a really very close range simply proves the point about police ability with fire arms.
The police at this point in time appear to have ignored the fact that tasers are now in common use…but were not used and at this point in time and the police are not willing to explain why they were not used.

This should also worry the general public. We need to pull our heads out of the sand and look at the reality of police behaviour. If we can’t trust our police to use minimum rather than shooting eagerly without due care, who the hell can we trust?

There are mistakes and then there are big mistakes and these big mistakes are growing in number and our MSM should be seeking answers but alas it would seem that they brush lightly over police behaviour and instead give lots of space to petty crime committed by the public. Where are, our investigative journalist’s these days?

It would appear that the police have heaps of legal processes that they can use to delay making public their in-house findings. They tell us it’s to protect the family but the real question is whose family?

For a clear picture of what the police victim was like go to: http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/354968/shot-father-to-be-jerrim-toms-a-generous-jokester It also casts strong doubts on the so-called weapon involved…more weapons of mass destruction bulls..t, Oh dear me, it’s sad really when the police need to revert to gross manipulation [possibly] in an effort to protect themselves from adverse public opinion.

We are all meant to be responsible for our own behaviour, but are some protected from this rule of thumb, can some of our citizens ignore these fundamental rules of life?  Protecting the public is the role of a police force, and word 'public' means all of us. The fit and mentally well as well as those with a mental illness. 

We read daily of the behaviour of American policing where specific groups seem to get shot  based more on their colour than their 'so-called' crimes. Are we too now headed down this very same path? For it would seem that you are eight times more likely to be harmed or even killed by your own police that you are by a terrorist here in NZ. 

I hope that this trend is not true, but we should not just ignore the trend, we should work toward controlling our shoot first and think later attitudes. We also should review our definition hero, not all police are heroes, some are that's for sure, but others well lets say that they don't fit that mode. We need to sort out the chaff from the wheat. 
https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2018/04/14/%e2%80%aaturns-out-the-machete-the-police-used-to-justify-shooting-at-a-mentally-ill-man-12-times-was-actually-a-7-year-old-blunt-ornamental-knife-%e2%80%ac/ 

All eyes are now on the US attack on Syria, you know to protect the innocent we bomb them out of existence in the name of peace and neoliberalism. So much for justice, if only we would practice what we preach. 

Peter J Wheeler


Friday, 13 April 2018

Doing the right thing on two counts


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 16 15th April 2018

1Is the Salvation Army grotesque? What about the Anglicans, Presbyterians or even the Roman Catholic’s and maybe even the Methodists are they all grotesque?


 Well according to a well-known local ‘Hobson’s Pledge’ representative it’s possible that they are…especially if they support the formation of Mäori Wards.



The movement toward Maori Wards here in Palmerston North and the Manawatu is growing daily as those whom understand the real state of affairs that exists within local government. [12 out of our 15 Councillor’s do]

Even local Government NZ [LGNZ] has now recognised that the present law contains an inbuilt and not so hidden racism and has requested that the Government remove the word Māori from the rules relating to the process for deciding on Wards.


Local Government NZ clearly accepts that this depressing of real representation by Maori. After all Wards have been created to protect and ensure that the voices of our rural communities are heard, and we ensure that Mäori are represented in Parliament by allocating a small percentage of electorate seats in Parliament. Why should we not do the same in local body elections?


If you fear a Mäori take over don’t…just look back over the last 100 plus years have Māori ever become the majority? Your fears are unfounded.


This from the Manawatu Standard:

The Salvation Army is urging people to vote for Māori wards in Palmerston North and Manawatū.
Although the army says the wards will help its mission to care for those less well off, an opponent of the wards says there is no link between their existence and improving living standards for Māori.
Palmerston North City and Manawatū District councils have both voted to have Māori wards, but their decisions could be overthrown in upcoming binding referendums.
The referendums were required after both councils were given petitions containing signatures from 5 per cent of voters.

Salvation Army social policy and parliamentary unit director Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hutson said Māori wards would give a voice to a community the army deals with out of proportion to its size.
"What we see is an unequal system at the moment, where Māori are under-represented in councils and over-represented in some of the worst hardship figures.

"We don't want to just be an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.

"We feel an obligation to see that people who are disadvantaged have a voice somewhere."
Some council’s had rural wards to ensure people outside urban areas had their voices heard, and the same needed to happen for Māori, Hutson said.

Māori voted on to councils possibly did not speak as openly about Māori issues, he said.
"The reality is that Māori representation needs to occur now.
"It adds one more voice to the table that is currently missing."

Māori wards opponent Don Esslemont, who is backed by national group Hobson's Pledge, said Hutson's logic was "grotesque".
"I'm sorry the Salvation Army decided to support this nonsense, but it's nonsense."
There was no argument Māori are over-represented in areas like poverty. Esslemont said that was "deplorable", but there was no proof Māori wards were the solution.
"The claim by the politically correct is that these unfortunate statistics are the result of discrimination or racism.
"The implication of what [Hutson] has said is that, somehow... this would be averted if we granted a couple of part-Māori seats on council.
"What [Māori wards] will do is increase the financial and career options for the people pushing this line."

The ugly comments by Don Esslemont sadly shows and proves clearly his anti-Māori attitude because of his use of the racist term ‘Part-Mäori’ he also failed, just as ‘Hobson’s Pledge’ has since its birth, to demonstrate any willingness to move toward sharing a fraction of local government power to the other key group that was involved in the birth of our nation.

To suggest that the Salvation Army is grotesque is beyond intelligent adult belief. That statement tells us more about Esslemont and his deep seated thought processes which are simply being outstripped in this day and age. Anyone below the age of fifty must treat his comments as comming from someone living in the dark ages of ignorance and fear.
A second group with membership in the thousands [Action Station] is now recommending a YES vote for Māori wards. Here is what they said: 

" We’re saying yes to Māori representation"

We are a community that values fairness and inclusion and recognise the unique contribution of Māori to our communities.
That’s why we are supporting local groups in Manawatū, Kaikōura, Whakatāne, Western Bay of Plenty and Palmerston North to increase Māori representation on local Councils.

Right now, Don Brash, Hobson’s Pledge and a handful of anonymous backers are using fear and the politics of the past to put up barriers to community participation for Māori by stopping the establishment of Māori wards.

Māori wards are areas where people who choose to go on the Māori electoral roll can vote for Māori Councillors to represent them. Like people voting in general wards, people on the Māori electoral role still only get one vote.
Currently, Māori are not well-represented in local government and because of that we are missing out on what could be a thriving decision-making partnership. One way to fix this is to establish specific Māori wards.
Communities in these five areas will vote on whether or not to establish Māori wards in May. We are supporting local groups with flyers, an educational website and social media campaigning to encourage a yes vote.


2.Fighting other peoples wars, will we too end up with this shameful history...

The Chief Ombudsman released their decision on the release and withholding of information around Operation Burnham the other day. At the time, I focused on the surprising news that a foreign country was deciding who kiwi soldiers were allowed to shoot - something which now seems to be part of the formal inquiry. 

But there was also another surprise in the report: a formal finding that NZDF had lied to the New Zealand public. Here's what the Ombudsman had to say about the release of information about Operation Burnham's location:

[A] key plank of NZDF’s rebuttal of Hit & Run was that the authors were wrong about the location of the operation, and appeared ‘to have confused interviews, stories and anecdotes from locals’ from one operation with another operation. 

NZDF’s rebuttal suggested that there was no connection between the account of events in the book and the operation that did take place.
Having reviewed information about the location of the Operation, I formed the provisional opinion that the information NZDF had publicly released did not fully reflect the information NZDF held on this issue, particularly in relation to the photos of buildings in
Hit & Run. NZDF agreed to consider releasing some more information on this topic.
[Emphasis added]
 
Or to put it another way, they were telling the public that Hager and Stephenson were wrong, while they held and kept secret information showing that they were in fact right. No wonder the Chief of Defence Force resigned. 

This sort of systematic, calculated deceit is absolutely unacceptable in a public agency in a democratic state, and it makes you wonder whether NZDF thinks they are at war with us, their bosses. 
But while Lt General Keating fronted the briefings which deceived the public, other defence staff must have been involved in designing these lies. They need to be held to account for their actions too.
Posted by Idiot/Savant at 4/12/2018 11:26:00 AM

It's great to see NZ do the honourable thing and at last order this much needed enquiry, while no doubt we will have to wait a year before any charges [should they be needed] can be laid. The Defence Force needs to uphold its honour. This is a wonderful ANZAC day gift to the nation.  


Peter J Wheeler