Category: Ngai Tahu Inc

It has been six long, troubled years since Canterbury lost regional democracy. This year it is being allowed back in partial form by central government. We must celebrate and utilise the consultative opportunity this change of course provides. Given the mounting challenges that Canterbury faces, it is at least worth asking, can democracy provide greater solutions? The answer is undoubtedly yes.

The Waimakariri River

Ko Waimakariri te awa, Ka Pakihi Whakatekateka o Waitaha – the Waimakariri River, Canterbury

Government intervention at Environment Canterbury (ECan) in 2010 turned long-standing threat into action.

Post-Muldoon, post-SMP farming subsidy, Labour governments had forged rural recovery on an intensive dairy model, birthing export co-operative giant Fonterra as one pinnacle. Growth upon growth characterised an industry fast becoming the nation’s leader.

In Canterbury the most ‘fertile ground’ for dairy expansion was found, by tapping underground water and applying nitrogenous fertiliser to former dry-lands. But this massive growth spurt had natural limits – aquifers are finite and their increased depletion, combined with more fertiliser and waste run-off, began to degrade surface water. This the public noticed and said so loudly.

Could Labour keep Canterbury dairy growth going, against natural limits and growing public concern? ‘Yes’, said the Labour-led regional council, to Labour government pressure – with new water storage, irrigation schemes and environmental mitigations.

‘Get on with it quicker’ said an incoming National government from 2008, soon throwing the elected council out and replacing them with appointed commissioners.

Tangata whenua, the indigenous ‘people of the land’, rightly wanted more say and democracy was poorly delivering it. Appointments made with iwi / tribal corporate Ngai Tahu could start resolving this also.

The first remedy, in the return to regional democracy, will be ensuring representation belongs equally to tangata whenua. The primary challenge facing ECan, therefore, is how to structure a return to democratic representation that guarantees the appropriate kaitiaki / resource stewardship role of Ngai Tahu.

The next challenge being, is there enough water for all users wanting it? This is a matter of careful sharing, and in good governance.

The Canterbury Water Management Strategy (CWMS) was developed, and in 2009 launched, by an elected council collaborating with the region’s mayors. Commissioners have been rolling the CWMS out and founding its water Zone Implementation Committees and Plans (ZIPs). Keeping these Zone Committees viable is a function of good democracy – people need to believe and participate in ECan’s resource management plan as a whole.

It is hard to believe trouble greater than rising ‘water wars’ could displace these in Canterbury, but one did – devastating earthquakes.

Now we have seen the capacity for communities to collaborate and recover from deadly calamity, how do we optimise this capacity as a region? ECan co-ordinates local emergency responses and we need reminding and preparedness for what is forecast to come: the Alpine Fault poses a major threat every 330 years or so, the last rupture having been in 1717, around magnitude 8. Are we ready for ‘the big one’ here yet?

ECan’s technical capabilities are tested daily – a very large area to cover, containing some 70% of New Zealand’s freshwater and the nation’s second-biggest city, Otautahi Christchurch. Over half a million people live here which generates transport challenges. Without adequate staffing or accountable public representatives, resources can fall through the cracks and when they do it is scandalous: e.g. Environment Canterbury informs police, Serious Fraud Office of potential taxi fraud news today, story on RadioNZ with Checkpoint interview.

This echoes the finding Millions of litres of water illegally taken: Is ECan doing enough? in June – technically competent elected watch-dogs are needed to raise and maintain a higher level of vigilance. ‘Many eyes, shallower bugs’ is the credo of the open-source software movement and both central and local government need to learn from this international community, fast: the power of engaged communities to help solve the most ‘wicked problems’ on Earth.

For improvements to happen quicker in 2016, I have joined the local election campaign Community Voice .nz – Do join us, do speak – for a safer, more collaborative and prosperous region of Waitaha, Canterbury NZ!

Kia ora


A Hawke’s Bay water contamination crisis was erupting at the time of this post:

“Both Hawke’s Bay and Canterbury are among the driest and most drought-prone areas in New Zealand and both rely largely on aquifers for drinking water. Both have braided rivers too, although those in Hawke’s Bay are on a smaller scale than Canterbury.
A rush of irrigation over recent decades in Canterbury has led to significant environmental degradation, including serious contamination of some rural water supplies, loss of biodiversity and transformation of landscapes. Democracy has been damaged too, as development pressures led to the Government sacking the elected Environment Canterbury regional councillors and their replacement with appointed commissioners.
The commissioners promised to improve water quality. They have failed and water quality has continued to decline. Some rural water supplies, including Selwyn, Hinds and Hurunui, are contaminated with high levels of nitrogen and pathogens, leading to people becoming sick.
Canterbury now has the unenviable record of having the highest rate of campylobacter infections in the world, along with 17,000 notified cases of gastroenteritis a year and up to 34,000 cases of waterborne illness annually, according to Canterbury District Health Board figures.
Rates of animal sourced disease such as campylobacter are higher in areas of Canterbury with more intensive animal farming. A Canterbury District Health Board commissioned assessment of the proposed Central Plains Water Scheme found potential health risks to Cantabrians outweighed the probable financial benefits to a few people. Hawke’s Bay should not make the same mistakes as Canterbury. It needs development, particularly in agriculture, that is sustainable and protects water quality and the other natural treasures that contribute so much to the region’s quality of life.”
Amelia Geary: We want to be able to swim in our rivers, NZ Herald, 31 August 2016

Canterbury’s poisonous lake: still toxic, with dry summer ahead, Stuff, 2 September 2016
See Plan Change 6 (Wairewa) to the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan


The Christchurch local representation map is being redrawn, per six-yearly requirement, ahead of the 2016 elections. This provides opportunity to strengthen communities – or to strengthen politicians – as significant change is unavoidable in complex circumstances. But left to their own devices, which do you think some politicians are endeavouring to do? That’s right. The obvious: a strengthening of power within their grasp.

Public pressure – DEMOCRACY – is required to make Christchurch politicians see sense. Naturally.

Where 55% polled have already said they want no change at all, this is not an option: the Banks Peninsula anomaly/gerrymander (feat Sir Bob Parker) has to end, central government has ruled, and because earthquake red-zoning has moved so many households westward that they have to be recounted. So would politicians propose the nearest amendment possible to no change at all, that people want, of minimised change that improves balance effectively? Of course not. That is why, in August-Sept 2015, you should HAVE YOUR SAY on the CCC Representation Review.[1]

To recap, this is what the Christchurch public has already said on this matter [2]:

CCC Rep Review Press poll 210715

CCC Rep Review Press poll 210715

The public do not want the community board system undermined. In fact, to do so would conflict with the current mayor’s stated purpose of strengthening communities and the delegated abilities of community boards. Against this, one third of those polled support a Labour-aligned councillor and board chair-led initiative to multiply total councillors to 16 (in whose interests?) A still higher proposal of 19 councillors has already been rejected, as has an amendment for reduction to below the current 13; but 19 is still being lobbied for hard, regardless.[3]

The 16-ward system proposed, that will go out for consultation later this month, redraws the community board map as serious dilution. The gain would be three extra councillors to what we have now, with community boards having to cover about 14% more territory each, because one (Hagley-Ferrymead) would be lost entirely. That is a direct challenge to the closer focus that resident communities now have, and would retain under a 14-ward system (two wards per board instead of the three being proposed).

The 14-ward system drafted is much better for local communities, does bring one extra councillor to the table, and each councillor will represent a much smaller number of people. This is the gain and the loss in the inevitable redraw of the Christchurch political map: where residents have two councillor representatives currently, except Banks Peninsula, in future they will have only one, like Banks Peninsula. Performance competition within each urban ward is going to be removed, after the local elections next year, thus (and is this actually good?) So getting the representation ratio down still further if possible – as 14 wards achieves – is very important; though the 14 ward boundaries drafted still need minor refinement – HAVE YOUR SAY on this later this month.

Here are the 14- and 16-ward maps and board areas for comparison, from the council agenda [4]:

CCC 14-ward draft 23Jul15

CCC 14-ward draft 23Jul15

CCC 14-ward draft Community Board areas 23Jul15

CCC 14-ward draft Community Board areas 23Jul15

CCC 16-ward proposal 23Jul15

CCC 16-ward proposal 23Jul15

CCC 16-ward Community Board areas 23Jul15

CCC 16-ward Community Board areas proposed 23Jul15

You can see how addition on one new ward per community board is going to increase competition for board attention by 50% (increased board area). You can watch streamed video of how the 16-ward proposal got decided.[5]

Morally there is cause for the new, 14th seat to be elected from the Maaori electoral roll, proportionally; but mana whenua, Kai/Ngai Tahu runanga is opposed. Process-wise, bureaucratically it is too late to be debating this aspect now; it is a critical consideration for the six-year period ahead. Towards a 15th seat in 2019 or 2022? …

To summarise: the 2015/16 CCC Representation Review provides excellent opportunity to strengthen communities, by clarifying suburban/rural area maps for community cohesion and collective voice. But the review process has been hijacked by politicians of one political stripe, trying to strengthen themselves in number – at the expense of community cohesion – illegitimately. Communities must strengthen themselves and push back to ensure resident say is not further reduced in prescribed city mapping transition.

Council, please do what is right. The Local Government Commission has authority to reject your 16-ward proposal, if it is unwarranted, unsubstantiated or poorly researched, and they have done so before – last time 16 wards were proposed here. Do not leave Christchurch with no democracy-plan iron in the fire by proposing something unreasonable on our behalf. Debacle lays ahead if you do.

Kia ora. Kia kaha Otautahi!

[4] see agenda of 23 July 2015.

Update 5 Aug:
As Christchurch youth say, ‘the communities should govern’:

C.C.Council signs off its 2016 representation proposal next Thursday, 13 Aug, and will notify it Weds 26 Aug. Public submissions on the representation review close on Friday 9 Oct. Prepare to defend and enhance community voice! See 13 Aug agenda here:

Current ward/board area population sizes range from 47.7k to 65.5k approx, with the Banks Peninsula exception of 8.2k – see 2013 Boundary maps: Google maps overview of all Christchurch wards

This critical range of community board representation numbers would change to:
16-ward model: between 63.5k & 66.1k + 19.8k (higher, makes representation worse, to increase councillors)
14-ward model: between 45.5k & 71.9k + 22.0k (lower/better balanced once refinement properly completed)

An ambition-laden, cost-saving proposal, the 16-ward model about to be released is a very clear attempt to shift decision-making power out of communities and into the council chamber. Where it increases community board areas by 50% and the councillor number on them by 50%, it increases the community board member number by just 20%. Is that what communities want, and is it fair?

It looks like council abandoned development of the 14-ward model, to leave it distorted and out of contention? A substandard effort here: finish the job and do it right please!

Use to find boundary fixes, and read for why.

Dry dry dry

Ye desolate land

Where farmers flounder

And as politicians filch

To scratch a way

Through nature’s limit

Where there is none

To be found

Under ground

Over burden

Aquifers empty

Rivers a ruin

Thy cows do curse us

Dry dry dry

New Zealand drought

Irrigation storage depleted - pic

Irrigation storage depleted – pic

Graphic: “Global Risk Perception Survey of 900 experts rated water crises as the ‘greatest risk’ facing the world” New Zealand drought could hit dairy sector, 16 January 2015

Opuha Dam Feb2015 pic - Stuff

Opuha Dam, Feb 2015 pic – Stuff

Graphic: Drought declared for larges swathes of South Island, 12 February 2015

References: Opuha near low record, Concern at dropping lake level, 7 Nov 2014

Flounder invasion hits Caroline Bay 23 Jan 2015 + “a ‘boom year’ for flounder.. the best flounder season in the past 21 years” Couple face fines for huge flounder catch, 22 Jan 2015 Drought declared in South Island, 12 February 2015 Opuha dam to stop all irrigation, 13 February 2015

Last year was Earth’s hottest on record, U.S. scientists say Reuters, 16 Jan 2015

Kern River, California - No Diving irony

Kern River, California – No Diving irony

Graphic: “An estimated $1.2bn (£790m) in maize, soy and wheat crops may be at risk in US states where competition with industrial water users, especially fracking, is high” US harvest threatened by water-intensive oil and gas boom, 10 Feb 2015 Driest January in history: Bay Area swings from boom to bust after wettest December Study Sees Even Bigger Longer Droughts for Much of US West, 12 Feb 2015

Starved for Energy, Pakistan Braces for a Water Crisis 12 Feb 2015

New Zealand housing must be uncoupled, from the investment market needed by creative industry, to become a consumer durable: steady transition, through new government and policy reducing cost, over time.

A combination of approaches are required to freeze and stabilise home values, at their current level, without bursting the housing bubble – which inevitably would happen of its own accord. We must address the top, bottom and middle the of the housing inflation spectrum, at the same time.

The pair of policies I recommend would be capital gains tax upon the over-investors and flooding the affordable housing market from below, through smart mass production and land access technique.

And in case you haven’t noticed, the 2014 general elections have shaped up as Auckland and Christchurch policy needs versus the capital’s, on many points, and the latter cannot win this year.

N.B. These are the personal policy perspectives from an hopeful, and not official policy.

Vikram Kumar – Change and the Internet

Other party housing policies so far:
“State housing: We would fight for a radical increase in the number of state houses being built to ensure adequate supply of quality affordable housing, appropriate to people’s needs. This must be a universal entitlement rather than targeted at those with extreme needs.

We would establish a publicly owned and controlled housing construction agency employing builders and apprentices to build State houses, and to modernise and insulate existing State houses.

Capital gains taxes and rent controls. We would not allow property investors to offset losses against taxes, as well as benefiting from untaxed capital gains. At the same time, we would introduce rent controls and stronger tenancy protection to prevent exploitation of the the poor.

Assist local bodies: Councils and other agencies aiming to provide pensioner flats and other social housing would be assisted by loans at below market interest rates, but only if rents are set at less than 25% of household income; no more sales of Council housing.” etc.

“Housing is a social good and a basic right.
No one should be prevented from establishing a decent home because of low income.
All people should have secure tenure of appropriate housing.
Housing developments should optimise land use, reduce car use and be built to sustainable building principles.
Energy-saving and resource-conserving technologies must be promoted for all buildings.” etc. Statements outlining thinking
“Put 100,000 Kiwi families into their first home through KiwiBuild.
Restrict the ability of non-residents to purchase New Zealand houses.
Require landlords to ensure every rental house in New Zealand is warm and dry.
Create new jobs, 2,000 apprenticeships and give a $2 billion boost to the economy through KiwiBuild.
Introduce a capital gains tax to take pressure off house prices.
Introduce a National Policy Statement to ensure Councils are more likely to approve projects involving affordable housing.”

NZ PM John Key dreams of ever-greater riches

NZ PM John Key

On February 22nd, let us remember the 185 lives lost in Christchurch, to the Port Hills fault magnitude 6.3 earthquake of 2011. Spare a thought for the affected parties, those left to deal with close tragedy – unnecessarily.

For the Port Hills quake was entirely predictable, a strong aftershock result of the September 4th magnitude 7.1 of 2010 – less than six months earlier. Causing injuries but not fatalities, the 7.1 was the wake-up call that cruel, selfish and ignorant authorities failed to heed. A threatened city was left undefended, without preparation, to the flippant “she’ll be right” attitude of leaders whose scorn for citizen life cost some, and injuries, on an unprecedented scale here. These misleaders’ SHAME is not enough.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, and Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker, did nothing to alleviate the very obvious risk after September 4th. They never considered cordoning a compromised central city or even its damaged buildings, choosing murderous business-as-usual instead. They had let their greed and ambition guide their joint destruction of regional science and civil defence under public democratic control at Environment Canterbury (ECan) earlier in 2010. For that dreadful crime they will be forever damned.

But the $$-eyed media disguise this indisputable truth, continuing the lie they cultivated from 22 February, that these disablers of adequate civil preparation were potent heroes of the emergency response. This they were not, because privatising water had pushed aside every other driver and sound practise at the Canterbury regional council, at regional CDEM,* at their behest. SHAME on Parker and Key! Do not let them away with it, these false posers-for-the-fawning-cameras, these decapitators of able civil defence.

Parker’s fate as Mayor-of-mugging will be decided by Christchurch, in the local elections of October this year. Let justice ring true!

But Parker’s commander, his stocky General, must pay the higher price – for the lives of innocents he has too casually lost. John Key’s reported fortune is fifty million dollars. Divided by the 185 deceased estates, that is $270,270.27 John Key can afford to pay to each – as compensation for sacrifice of their loved one’s safety to mammon, the dairy-farm expansion god that Key had ECan place before all else. And pay the moral price he must.

Knighting of their main accomplice in the corporate seizure and deadly civil disabling of ECan – Ngai Tahu chief Mark Solomon – can only fail as smokescreen of their collective crime, their collective blind greed for more unsustainable pasture irrigation and devastation.

I have documented the closing Civil Defence failure, that saw NZDF army absence leave trapped Canterbury Television (CTV) building survivors to die horribly, here: CTV inquest. 214 dead. EQNZ, Pike River, Christchurch. On 22 February 2013, for the disaster anniversary, Christchurch City Council is claiming lead role – falsely as ever – perpetuating the self-obsessed myth of what they did that day. The truth is the opposite: their managers stayed home in fear and incapacity, in the main, and it was the workers of CityCare who held the city together that day; like they do every day. Do them some justice too.

Answers, and some honourable change, are needed: NZ Army to explain civil defence failure.

Greater Honesty Needed Over The Country’s State Of Preparedness – Council Watch 29 September 2010 + “The influence of local political agendas, interagency disconnects, and the ill-ease within many territorial authorities with the regional model introduced by the CDEM Act itself cannot be underestimated. The real challenge will be whether we will be able to address these issues honestly and constructively to ensure that our communities receive the protection they expect and deserve.” Jon Mitchell, Impact vol 39, September 2010.**

Emergency response reviews offer learnings: media release, Christchurch City Council, 5 October 2012.

Prime Minister Key to account for civil defence failure Press Release: Rik Tindall, 22 February 2013, 1:47 pm

Civil Defence – Home & Living – Christchurch City Council, EM newsletter #2: February 2013.

* Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM)

** Impact Newsletter NZ Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management quarterly

Corrective Action Plan following the Review of the Civil Defence and Emergency Management Response to the 22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake (PDF, 172KB) etc here.

~ Kia ora

Volcanic Plateau peaks - Rangatira Ma - North Island NZ

Volcanic Plateau peaks – Rangatira Ma – North Island NZ

This is a story of the MANA Party in Aotearoa New Zealand. However, it speaks to matters of direct concern to every New Zealander, in every way, and to common humanity. Please enjoy the read.

Literally, the disgraceful performance of Ngai Tahu Incorporated – double-dipping in league with the National government, merging to subvert the role of regional natural resource regulation, with economic development interests – has left the moral high ground of Kaitiakitanga (Earth guardianship), the very bedrock of Tangata Whenua status itself, utterly vacant in mainland South Island. A united tribe must fill this vacuum; for the Emperor – the utmost Iwi authority of ‘the people of the land’ – has no clothes.

On the face of it, Hone Harawira’s more or less radical Maaori nationalism critiques and opposes such high Iwi corporate transgression. But are his MANA Party methods and goals really any different? Apparently not, as the Otautahi / Christchurch experience of MANA documented here tends to show.

The choice to make this debate public was Hone’s, when he stomped all over the autonomous democratic process of the MANA Party in Christchurch, not just once but twice. Try as he might, Hone will never extinguish people’s right to their own voice and decisions. These are the rights of every New Zealander equally, and most people know and cherish this. For realisation of those rights to improve, they must be equalised. Democracy is about enfranchisement, and not the opposite. It is the end of aristocratic overlordship: Rangatiratanga kaatoa.

Hone Harawira MP has refused local democracy, to force his own personal management over the scandal that rocked MANA’s Christchurch branch and Harawira’s associate in early 2012: Nitro quits party after conviction. Instead of liaising with the local branch – put into temporary recess for the rebuild of committee functions and responsibilities, having lost its founding Chair – Harawira chose illegitimate means for extinguishing the branch entire. A Worker’s Party coup attempt upon the branch has been launched from Wellington instead – shocking, bizarre and incredible news! The Te Tai Tonga rohe committee of the party has yet to achieve a basic democratic representative process and has been used – abusively – to force its predominantly Poneke / Wellington agenda upon Te Wai Pounamu. Simply unacceptable, in every way.

The pretext for upending the MANA Christchurch branch? – Laziness and dishonesty (theirs):

With the Aotearoa Is Not For Sale protest joined on 14 July 2012, as illustrated on the MANA Christchurch branch facebook page, it was nonetheless attacked for ‘not doing enough’ it seems. Well, it’s the attackers’ own dodgy fault. If this coterie of (power-hungry?) critics were truly sincere they would be volunteering to assist the branch, rather than attacking it for the lack of their voluntarism! Therein lies the laziness and dishonesty of MANA Christchurch’s critics (mainly a Wgtn/WorkersParty-Femarchist saboteurs’ combine); why is it Hone sides with this deficiency of principle?

[Post now in writing – call back for updates.]

More information: was on; commentary blanked out, anti-democratically, by the Mana Party online communications co-ordinator: “Will Mana north’s trampling over Mana Otautahi – not just once, but twice – become its terminal show-stopper here? Each local member will need to decide.. No confidence in Mana Te Tai Tonga? …” etc.

Mount Tongariro simmers rage at tangata kaatoa - Whakakotahitanga - 080812

Mount Tongariro simmered rage at tangata kaatoa – Whakakotahitanga – 080812 (old pic: Ruapehu)

Tongariro vent diagram - Dominion Post 080812

Tongariro vent diagram – Dominion Post 080812

Tongarironew volcanic eraWhanau around the motu notice increased geothermal activity say eruption was NOT a surprise (+video +photos of #ashcloud)

John Key’s governmental dearth of morality has raised a deadly, vengeful odour from below.. Tongariro eruption: Sulphur smell in Wellington ..and above Tongariro’s huge cloud ‘beautiful but scary’: “Scientists yesterday warned that a sequence of bigger eruptions was possible.” Resident: “The mountain is like a big old giant who has woken up, farted, and turned over and gone back to sleep.” While there is cleansing Snow ahead as rain pounds south. And What caused the Tongariro eruption was “Rising magma sparking earthquake swarms and superheating Tongariro’s geothermal systems in recent weeks is the most likely cause of Monday’s steam-driven eruption.. The most likely cause was rising molten rock 1km to 5km beneath ground level heating and destabilising the hydrothermal system. Hydrothermal eruptions tended to recur and could escalate into larger, energetic molten eruptions which spewed out lava and rocks..” but ‘No significant risk’ from Tongariro volcanic gases. Although Toxic chemical found in Tongariro eruption ash “moderate levels of the potentially toxic chemical fluorine.. soluble.. similar to ash from Mt Ruapehu in 1995 and 1996. More than 2000 animals died of starvation and exposure to fluorine during the Ruapehu eruption as grass was contaminated by ash.. due to the restricted distribution and very thin ash fall this week, there was no current health or agricultural threat beyond the immediate vicinity of the volcano. ‘In addition, heavy rainfall since the eruption has removed much of the ash and associated contaminants.'” Though Acid gas, eruptions still a risk at White Island. A Mt Tongariro map shows areas of risk “in the event of another eruption”:

Tongariro hazard zone - Stuff 130812

Tongariro hazard zone – Stuff 130812

Tongariro by moonlight - NASA 070812

Tongariro by moonlight – NASA 070812

NASA: Tongariro ash plume seen in moonlight satellite image + Tongariro still steaming, but activity levels low. Context of Mount Tongariro’s explosive revival, after 115 years – Antarctic Plate quake escalation:
Antarctic circle of earthquake effects - USGS 2012-08-08

Antarctic circle of earthquake effects – USGS 2012-08-08

14 days' magnitude 1+ quakes converged on northern Alpine Fault - 2012-08-08

14 days’ magnitude 1+ quakes converged on northern Alpine Fault – 2012-08-08

An amateur, observational view, with civil defence needs in mind: The obvious stresses, from the two magnitude 7.1 earthquakes south and north of the past two years, are building north and south of the northern end of the Alpine Fault – south of the Blenheim-Wellington line and east of Christchurch respectively. The torsion on this zone – pushed east in the north and west in the south is what creates both our earthquakes and our land. The greater ability for movement of the eastern North Island is what opens up deep crust in its wake, allowing volcanic vents like White Island, Tongariro, and the whole Taupo-Kermadec zone. The New Zealand reality, of its outstanding newness as an above-water dynamic mass. Kia kaha. Kia manawanui. Kia tupato. Ka kite ano. Kia ora.

25,000 sq km sea of pumice floats off New Zealand traced to 17-18 July event Another volcano in New Zealand waters could be active “GNS scientists think they have tracked down the source of a huge raft of pumice drifting towards New Zealand, to a volcano that may have errupted for the first time ever.”

Pompeii Supervolcano Could Mean Doomsday For Millions, And It’s Not The Only One “A caldera is [a] cauldron formed by land that has collapsed after a volcanic eruption.. Fortunately, it is extremely rare for these areas to erupt at their full capacity.. The real danger of a supervolcano is the ash, which — in large enough quantity — can collect in the atmosphere and block out the sun, causing severe global climate changes” 08/08/2012

Global earthquakes not linked says “John Townend, a seismologist at Victoria University,” on state broadcaster Radio New Zealand National 13/4/2012, about recent “triggered earthquakes” near Aceh, Indonesia – but of no bearing in Christchurch, New Zealand: “No.. what we are seeing is just the regular month to month level of earthquake activity around the world.. in New Zealand.. we are [just] particularly attuned to earthquakes at the moment” – such that the 12/4/2012 offshore Christchurch magnitude 4.6 aftershock, fifteen hours after the Indonesia 8.6, was not triggered too? … ???


Offshore Sumatra magnitude 8.6 aftershock series - GIM 120412

Offshore Sumatra magnitude 8.6 aftershock series - GIM 120412

Here are the offshore Sumatran magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 earthquakes as recorded on New Zealand seismographs, and canterbury-quakes/drums :

Offshore Sumatra magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 earthquakes - GNS seismographs 110412

Offshore Sumatra magnitude 8.6 and 8.2 earthquakes - GNS seismographs 110412

Sumatra magnitude 8.6, 8.2 quakes - Canterbury seismograph drums 110412

Sumatra magnitude 8.6, 8.2 quakes - Canterbury seismograph drums 110412

These charts clearly show the distant energy impact upon our – highly destabilised and currently fluid – local fault system. An imminent effect was entirely predictable, but the state authorities are in complete denial. ‘What we don’t know can’t hurt us’, they would have us believe. The primary role of the state is to keep its citizens safe; the New Zealand state is failing badly at this.

By basic study of the geological dynamics behind the 4 September 2010, 7.1 Canterbury earthquake, it was very easy to discern that another serious shock would soon follow. But what did local and central government do to protect people here? – Absolutely nothing! – On 22 February 2011, 185 died. Shame on this Government and its local lackeys! Shame on them.

Now there is a new enquiry starting into the shocking neglect of community preparedness here: Fire Service’s quake response to be independently reviewed “The Fire Service has confirmed an independent review will take place into its immediate response to the Christchurch Earthquake, following criticism from its staff. In August last year, an internal review found that the national deployment and response went well, and that many front line staff put their lives at risk to save others. However, it found there was disconnect between management and staff, and a lack of planning after the February quake that killed 185 people. The Fire Service says it has since implemented about half of the 42 recommendations in that review. One firefighter, Darren Aitken, has said fire staff in the central business district were barely able to help because their managers had limited their actions” RadioNZ 15/4/2012 + Fire service launch quake inquiry TVNZ story from The Longest Night Sunday feature research.

Public showers close down “Public showers set up in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs for earthquake victims are closing down because they are now mainly used by people ‘that may be homeless’.. ‘vulnerable people’ using the showers were being referred to welfare agencies like the Salvation Army and the Christchurch City Mission” The Press 02/04/2012

Govt could help ease rental crisis – Christchurch mayor “the council approached the Government a year ago about building extra accommodation to prevent rents getting out of control. It is predicted rents will be pushed even higher, with 24,000 tradespeople due to arrive in the city for the rebuild” RadioNZ + Chch leaders at loggerheads over city’s state “’Is it a crisis or not?’ asks Mr Parker. ‘I think it’s a very difficult situation and I think there are a number of people who are in what they would describe as an absolute crisis.’ That’s in stark contrast to Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee who has been saying for days there is no housing crisis” 3News 14 Apr 2012

Extraordinary earthquakes in the Indian Ocean offshore of Aceh, 11-April-2012 “ evidence that this strain is reactivating a system of faults on the deep seafloor.. The largest strike-slip earthquake ever recorded?.. Earthquakes come in cycles; the modern cycle is not finished yet..” Earth Observatory of Singapore : Research on Volcano, Earthquake, Tsunami and Climate Change Science

Pegasus Bay magnitude 4.6 aftershock - GNS 120412

Pegasus Bay magnitude 4.6 aftershock - GNS 120412

Offshore Sumatra magnitude 8.2 (top lefts), Christchurch 4.6 and Westport 4.0 earthquakes, 11-12 April 2012

The Earth is warming, accelerating ground movement through crustal expansion, but capitalist governments strip science assets and disable human knowledge to profit from hiding their super-destructive effects – drilling, mining and burning ever more of the problem cause instead, and ignorantly and callously refusing to join the dots or be accountable.

M 7.8, Dusky Sound, July 15 2009 earthquake in Fiordland was New Zealand’s largest for nearly 80 years, and moved the southwest South Island tip a full 30 centimetres westward / Earthquake brings New Zealand closer to Australia “the changes showed the immensity of the forces involved” – this lateral force is the ongoing cause of the Canterbury earthquakes, and no one else is explaining this or integrating the implications of increased tectonic movement! New Zealand earthquakes are multiplying in the 21st century, which synchronises tightly with the global warming trend built on the increasing greenhouse gas emission and aquifer depletion caused by dairy farm intensification here – Historic Earthquakes:

M 6.3, Christchurch, February 22 2011 The city of Christchurch experienced a major earthquake centred south of the city; severe damage and casualties occurred.
M 7.1, Darfield (Canterbury), September 4 2010 This earthquake caused severe building damage in mid-Canterbury, particularly to the city of Christchurch.
M 7.8, Dusky Sound, July 15 2009 This earthquake in Fiordland was New Zealand’s largest for nearly 80 years.
M 6.8, Gisborne, December 20 2007 This offshore event caused buildings to collapse in the Gisborne CBD.
M 6.7, George Sound, October 16 2007 Fiordland was shaken once again by a large earthquake centred off the coast of the South Island.
M 5.4, Lake Rotoma, July 18 2004 This earthquake shook up the Bay of Plenty area in July 2004.
M 7.2, Fiordland, August 22 2003 This severe earthquake generated over 200 landslides and several small-scale tsunami on the South Island’s west coast.

Of course the thieves’ government don’t want you understanding or prepared for this disaster escalation – they’d rather make you malleable victims supplying equity to their takeovers.

Larger continents have proportionately larger climate problems:

14-Apr-2012 Wild Weather Forecasted for Midwest only the second time in US history that warning was given 48 hours out from a threat of this scale + Violent, ‘Life-Threatening’ Storms Pound Midwest ABC news + Two killed as nighttime tornado strikes Oklahoma “..a number of others were injured.. an apartment building was badly damaged by the twister, which caught many residents unaware after storm sirens failed to sound.” TVNZ news + Midwest Tornadoes: Authorities Say 5 Dead in Okla. ABC news 15-Apr-2012 …

Justice is nigh – #ConnectTheDots Climate Impacts Day 5/5/12 – honour ChristChurch 185

Asset sales for irrigation scheme funds - Moreu Nov11

Asset sales for irrigation scheme funds - Moreu Nov11

What a revealing week in New Zealand politics: integrity is rare and most needed, a qualitative cultural deficit, that few parties promise to fill.

Critically, National are authoritative robbers, in dire need of opposition, but the Green-right is happy expanding work with them. Why? What is the substance of this burgeoning match? It is essential to expose all deception: the rightward drift is doing real harm. The Green leadership must be brought to account, alongside the pillaging National’s.

Conflicts of interest – such as those over industrial resource management and hidden through National’s takeover of Environment Canterbury – are not opposed by the Greens. Why? Because conflicts of interest are normal within the Greens’ own ranks, shamefully. There is now accruing evidence of an internal culture of ethical blurring, to match the drift right; ref. Greens Tickled by Sharks “we need to learn to love their insidious ways and blank stares” Daily Bullshit 2 November 2011.

For example, in Canterbury (Aoraki province, for the Greens) a co-convener assiduously controlled selection of election candidates, so that in 2011 he could emerge as one with less competition himself. Shocking self-interest prevails, in what is mostly an electoral list-generation machine, focused intently on this competition. The same co-convener actively shut down the remnant of public Environment Canterbury civil defence representation after 4 September 2010 – precisely when it was needed most – so shares the tragic blood on penny-pinching National’s hands, when the Fault research funding bid failed here. Token protests around vague judicial and parliamentary conflicts are what we have seen instead of applied principle in Canterbury, as wispy Green smokescreen from Wellington.

Indeed, the Greens betray their own cornerstone “appropriate decision-making” principle in their sacrifice of Environment Canterbury. They are – like most parliamentary parties tend to be – a centralist executive; which means they support an Environmental Protection Authority run out of Wellington – towards putative national standards that may or may not work – over substantive decision-making by affected locals. The Green-right is thus definitively taking us all backwards, in return for more vote and salary contributions.

For example, the questionable deal struck with closed-shop Labour – for equally closed Church connections and more electoral opportunity – has seen position of principle abandoned in Canterbury. Greens would rather tory conservatives won council seats than a more effective conservationist ally brand (ref. Hagley-Ferrymead ward 2010). In this way the Green + Labour package of mutual conflict-cover is toxic to open democracy and the environment, served up by partial, unprofessional and ultimately corrupt news media: ref. Budding MPs out chasing votes The Press 12/11/2011 – “The smart thing about the Greens.. is their marketing never strikes you as marketing and their radicalism no longer sounds like radicalism.”

One reason for low tactical alliance is clear: scratch a Green and you will often as not find a migrant underneath, who requires shallow bogus branding to sell themselves into representative work. They could get it nowhere else! They tend not to be from the region or country from where they seek support, and rely on slick advertising thus. Look closely, we ask.

Beneath the misleading bush colour-scheme, Green politics just get murkier. As within Labour and the Church, a Faustian deal has been struck to gather the funds and the politically correct plaudits that tangata whenua approval might deliver – but uncritically from the corporate Iwi and not from the people. This despite – in fact to cover up – more conflicts: of both corporate Iwi and the Church, active, in their own interests, in public politics. A plague on both their houses has already been visited. Tihei mauri ora.

A country that has lost its way – like all cut from colonial template – the hopeful New World is pending …

A people whose collective founding myths are mostly land theft and overlay lies – so well represented by declining hero, John Key.

Parliamentary democratic parties that have altogether lost their script, jettisoned by participants backsliding over many years, no longer seeing need to explain. Historical consciousness lost.

Whereas Green campaign 2008 was the Green New Deal – honestly modeled upon Roosevelt’s US Depression-era 1930s fix – the branding and historicism has been sleekly subsumed in 2011; though not the token remedial policies. Substantively, nothing changes, and therein lies the rub. Let us look:

solutions to bring 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014: require more tax
clean up New Zealand’s rivers and lakes: requires more tax
green jobs for New Zealanders: require more tax

Green policy costings and expected revenues have been provided – Fiscal Summary – but the productive changes and ability to pay are unclear. A transformation of land use is the only prospect for putting us on a path to all forms of sustainability, so where is the opening to develop this? The Green Party is simplistically and conservatively not interested. The Green Party has knifed effective water rights fight-back, in order to further hegemony of their brand, through corporate partnerships. They are not up to the fight (on principle).

The Green Party are still ready to hit ordinary consumer need, with no amendment proposed for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Green tax policy: “collecting taxes from a broad-base treating different sources of income equally.. the tax base will be broadened and hence made more resilient.”

An ‘opposition’ whose credibility rests upon a range of shallow deceptions? The Greens lack the ability to stand up to major wrong. It is no wonder to see – their being a significant cause of – the political mainstream lurch to the right: each out for their own interest. Details:

Greens are too conveniently willing to accede to anti-democratic action, such as that joined by corporate Ngai Tahu at ECan, just so long as they retain a seat at what table remains. They will ignore the (new?) corruption of Treaty politics, as in discussion when: Iwi agree to join forces to bid for shares in state assets 19/08/2011 as Greens, Iwi leaders debate sales of public assets – “Iwi Chairs Forum to establish Iwi co-operative to look at purchase preparations for shares in SOE’s. Waikato-Tainui chairperson Tukuroirangi Morgan and Green Party co-leader Russell Norman join the programme.” Morning Report 01 Sep 2011 (7′36″) – interview dialogue re Iwi SOE role obtaining for people assets “as a taxpayer they already own” and Tower Investment predicting strong local demand that government expects to be “85%”.

Norman: “ guarantees that the shares would be purchased by New Zealanders.. no new net savings.. there will inevitably be large amounts of overseas ownership.. slow drift of these companies into private ownership.. I think it’s great that there’s ambition from the iwi sector about playing a significant role in the New Zealand economy.. not to the extent of losing our state-owned assets.. cash cows for investors.. ambition we need.. renewable energy sector growth.. export.. market.. our next Fonterra”.

Morgan: “intelligent way forward for Iwi.. inter-generational.. long reach.. we are not like the mum and dad investors.. strategically.. seat at the board table.. significant say.. long-term investments.. we have capability and we have capacity.. in the hands of kiwi people..” When faced with power prices or job cuts? – “we will cross that bridge when we come to it”.

Note Norman’s readiness to see corporate Iwi drive economics, in partnership with Morgan’s readiness to make himself as a director, the substitute for all “kiwi people” enjoying prosperity.

Norman’s wan apologetics for regional resource thieves draws him into more cover work, where Grazing on lake edge upsets tribe – “a five-year extension to Greenpark farmer Barry Clark’s cattle-grazing concession was approved.. Green Party co-leader Russel Norman last week said the Government ‘lied’ to Ngai Tahu by suggesting the decision had not been made” – The Press 26/01/2011.

Iwi asset development neglects its supposed beneficiaries, with Kids victims of ‘brown underclass’ 02/09/2011, and Greens must be actively prevented from allying with them. They lack the conscience, or the resistance to careerism, to restrain their own profiting from corporate Iwi exploiting everything that they can.

See STOP Iwi looting ~ corporate politics #Aotearoa blog post.

Norman is ready to buddy up with all actors in ECan’s destruction, contributing to Canterbury water management in no-mans-land at “Annual General Meeting of the Water Rights Trust (WRT) in Christchurch, where outgoing Chairman Murray Rodgers gave an impassioned speech about the poor state of water resources and water governance in Canterbury”. Rodgers and WRT supported the farmers’ coup at ECan and, through their Isaac Construction link, are highly conflicted! Which leaves Norman and the Greens with no committed and capable allies for even their token waterway clean-up efforts. Riparian plantings will never be secure or suffice to decrease industrial nutrient loads. Theirs is plain environmental lip service, therefore. Green wash.

So it is again little wonder, on their current direction, to see the Green ethical failure displayed time and again: Stunt may hurt Greens – “nationwide attacks on National Party billboards.. ‘We have sympathy with what Jolyon’s saying, clearly, we just don’t think that’s the way to do it.’ Norman said he did not think it would cost Heins her job, despite knowing about the poster plans for two months and not saying anything” – The Press 16/11/2011 and Billboard vandal speaks out (4:05) “Close Up speaks to Jolyon White about the attacks on 700 National Party billboards” 8:13PM Tuesday 15 November 2011 Source: ONE News.

Norman has thus defended, for his party, the indefensible: destructive subterfuge. Norman must therefore resign his leadership position within the Green Party. It is a great pity that that will hasten the Green move even further right, but that is the lesson we most need to learn from all this INEFFECTIVENESS.

The Greens have been promising many things, they have never had to substantially deliver. Basic democracy and eschewing of privilege should be fundamental for them. The Mana movement has perfected the break with corporate Iwi corruption, upon which National rule rests; a new and sustainable labour/green project awaits …

Cartoon ref. irrigation – Moreu Nov11

Further news:
Red faces over billboard campaign “there would have been a time when some senior Greens would have revelled in the satire of the plot to add stickers that blended in with National’s billboards. Wasn’t Metiria Turei a femino-anarchist and McGillicuddy Serious Party member once?” Stuff 15/11/2011 + Green party link to billboard attacks “..’There is no room for negative campaigning in New Zealand.’ Key said he accepted that Norman would not have known about the vandalism and he accepted his apology. It was ‘somewhat concerning’ that Norman’s EA had known of the campaign for two months and not told him about it. The vandalism was quite a ‘sophisticated campaign. White hoped the campaign would not hurt the Green Party. He told The Press he did not personally take part in Sunday’s raids on National Party billboards. The stunt, which involved 50 people, cost $500, which White paid himself. White said he had no association with Norman – rather, he was in a relationship with someone that worked for him. ‘It would be a shame if it had blowback on any political party. I would really love this to stay about the issues rather than about personality politics,’ he said. ‘In the lead-up to the election, a slogan like ‘For a brighter future’, at the moment, simply is not for everyone.’ Asked if the stunt had backfired, he said people should move on from who was involved in the stunt to talking about the issues. ‘Even on some of the right-wing blog sites there’s people arguing and debating about whether or not the slogans are even fair or accurate – if that conversation is happening then it hasn’t backfired.’ White is a social justice enabler for Anglican Care. ‘I’m involved in the lives of a number of families that are just finding it so incredibly difficult out there and things are not looking like getting better for them. They struggle to have a voice and election time comes round.’ Norman said he was contacted by several party members who heard White talking about the billboards on Radio New Zealand this morning and recognised his voice. The protesters issued a statement yesterday saying they were making the billboards ‘more honest’. ‘The Prime Minister believes in transparency. He says he doesn’t lie. We’re happy to help.’ The statement was sent out under the false name of Jo Henky, seemingly a play on National leader John Key’s name.. Norman said his executive assistant had known about her partner’s plans for about two months and he was disappointed with her for not mentioning it. It was an employment issue but the party had not spoken to Parliamentary services about the matter..” Fairfax NZ
Greens accused of selling out over billboard stoush “Former Green MP Sue Bradford.. disputed the action was vandalism, saying attaching stickers which read ‘The Rich Deserve More’ and ‘Drill It, Mine It, Sell It’ was clever and well conceived. ‘It wasn’t vandalistic, nothing was damaged. All you have to do is take the stickers off.’ The Greens she was a part of from 1999 to 2009 would have been delighted its members were involved in such an action. ‘This leadership of the Green Party is happily dobbing in its members to the authorities and the media and condemning their own people. It goes against the whole principle of solidarity and of not dobbing in your mates which is very strong in radical activist groups but also in the New Zealand culture.’ The Greens were founded by protesters but there was no longer a place for radical activism in the party, Bradford said. ‘It is all part of the mainstreaming of the Greens. It [is] part of the process of making them palatable to National and cosying up to John Key and selling out their own people in the process.’.. [Greens co-leader Russel] Norman said today the Greens had never supported the destruction of billboards. ‘Billboards are a cost effective way for all political parties to communicate their message.’ If parties destroyed each others’ billboards they would no longer be used and the only way to communicate in the outdoor environment would be via commercial advertising which cost more than $20,000 a month per billboard. ‘There’s no way the parties with less money can afford that.’ Norman defended going to the media, saying many people recognised White’s voice when he appeared on radio discussing the raids and it was just a matter of time before someone told National who he was. ‘It is ridiculous to say we sold out Jolyon because it was inevitable he was going to be identified.’ Bradford was part of the Greens when it signed a memorandum of understanding to work with National on certain issues, Norman said. The stickers had destroyed the billboards because they stripped the paint off when they were removed, he said.” Stuff 16/11/2011 + Vandalism isn’t free speech “if you disagree, the right thing to do is to make your own argument, not illegally wreck other people’s efforts to make theirs” John Pagani blog
Iwi keen on slice of asset-sale action “Ngai Tahu chairman Mark Solomon yesterday said he was ‘perfectly supportive’ of looking into iwi involvement in National’s plan to sell down shares in energy companies and Air New Zealand.. ‘This whole trickle-down theory has been there for years [but] there’s still a hell of a lot of people waiting out there for the trickle to reach them'” The Press 29/11/2011

#NZ corrupt leadership fraud #Green #National

Kaiapoi EQNZ insurance claims protest - 250911

Kaiapoi EQNZ insurance claims protest - 250911

Full replacement policies paid on “secure homes” for many years by these workers – REPLACE the land lost to Act Of God earthquake at market-rate exchange, or see property rights condemned as myth and SUBTERFUGE.

Bring honesty to governance, NATIONAL, or get OUT!

Kaiapoi redzone EQNZ protest, AMI banner - 250911

Kaiapoi EQNZ redzone protest, AMI Insurance banner - 250911

Fight to stay put a call to action “A Kaiapoi couple whose home sits on condemned land are stepping up their fight against the government’s buy-out plans with a protest rally today which they hope will draw together other red-zone residents keen to stay put. Brent and Shirley Cairns say they have invested too much in their home, their business and community to simply walk away now..” The Press 25/09/2011

TV1 News coverage: Red zone homeowners protest land deal “More than 100 people gathered in the North Canterbury township Kaiapoi this afternoon to protest the government’s land buy-up deal. Issues range from the valuations used, to a lack of access to detailed geo-technical information. Protesters also want insurance companies to honour full replacement policies. Rally organiser Brent Cairns told those gathered Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee misled red zone residents by refusing to label the buy-outs a compulsory acquisition. He says Brownlee then told people if they refuse the offer, they will end up with a much worse deal..”

Kaiapoi EQNZ redzone protest, State Insurance banner - 250911

Kaiapoi EQNZ redzone protest, State Insurance banner - 250911

TV3 News coverage: Red zone home owners rally in Kaiapoi “Many people retired in Kaiapoi, north of Christchurch, before earthquakes devastated their homes and now Government offers are leaving some unable to buy a new place to live. About 200 Cantabrians rallied in the town on Sunday to draw attention to their plight. The government’s offer to pay the Rateable Value (RV) for red zone home owners’ properties will not cover the price of a property in the same area, with the property market under huge demandfollowing the earthquakes.. In Kaiapoi, the offer would leave some residents $NZ100,000 short of being able to buy a new property and many who were retired could not get a new mortgage.. People are also battling insurance companies and want more support from the government to help them do that”

Red-Zone Residents Fight Back “a tide of discontent rising” MetroNews 14Sept2011 + RadioNZ report: Kaiapoi red zone residents to fight to save their land “Red zone residents in Kaiapoi have joined counterparts in Christchurch’s eastern suburbs in fighting the government’s attempt to move them off their land” 26/09/2011 mp3 + CTV News item 26/09/2011 + Quake City sees Red redrave.blogspot 25Sept2011 + Red zone exodus ‘only way’ “The government says exceptions are impossible” The Press 02/10/2011

With the Australian real estate market forecast to soon undergo “correction” by a 50% drop in house prices, we can only expect the same – or worse – here, with more affecting factors in play (like earthquakes). What will address the growing local housing crisis is neither the National government we have now, not the Labour government of the past: indeed, for self-interested retirement fund investment reasons, it was Labour who pushed multiple home ownership business and inflated house prices more than anyone else! In this age of the bursting international debt bubble, a new scale of remedies is required like never before. Vote CHANGE!

Take our unique governance demands seriously – Vote Republic of Canterbury by promoting the – Thanks!

Join – “A place for all quake-affected homeowners to share their realities” and chat on + Avon-Otakaro Network AvON “a vision for the Avon River red zone”

Geotech assessment request info removed from CERA website? – Seek “Response information” ECan CCC etc.


National Party Welcoming Committee! - The write up After the photos were taken, backs patted and a 'job well done' the Prime Minister, the National Cabinet, Bob Parker and Councillors were sieged by a crowd of 70 angry residents outside of the Copthorne Commodore Hotel in Christchurch.  For the first time in 16 years the cabinet met outside the confines of the Beehive. The Government used the one year anniversary of the 7.1 earthquake to seal the official line that the nation has received since … Read More

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