Category: New Zealand

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Brad Wilson: Family Farm Diabetes: Foodies, Farm Justice “Allies” and “The Big Hog”

(Regarding this blog, see also the recent blog by Jen Dalton, "Untimely Loss of Dairy Activist is Call to Arms," at Civil Eats, and my comments there.) Foodies, Farm Justice “Allies” and "The Big Hog"1   At the recent “Assembly” of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance in Oakland California, some progress was made on principles Read more…

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Andrea Brower: Food, Farmers and the TPP

I write this as an American living in Aotearoa who is deeply concerned by the ‘trade’ deal being negotiated between our countries (or more correctly, between our countries corporations and their political cronies). On America’s side, Monsanto, Big Pharma, and Wall Street are attempting to manipulate New Zealand’s laws to eliminate anything that might get Read more…

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Fred W.M. McElrea: Twenty Years of Restorative Justice in New Zealand

New Zealand has run its entire youth justice system in a nonadversarial manner since 1989. It provides the world’s strongest example to date of how a national juvenile system can transition to something incorporating restorative justice. It has also inspired restorative approaches in New Zealand’s adult system, resulting in less reliance on prisons and a far Read more…

Annemarie Thorby: The Wheels of Justice in New Zealand

The Simple Facts Over four years ago in New Zealand, on October 15th 2007, more than 300 police carried out dawn raids on scores of houses.   That was the day more than 60 homes up and down the country were raided, 17 people arrested and the Tuhoe community of Ruatoki, a small rural town Read more…

Grant Brookes: Introducing the Robin Hood Tax

Notes from a talk at Occupy Wellington on October 29, 2011, to coincide with the #RobinHood global march    The campaign for a Robin Hood tax began a little over 18 months ago with a little-noticed launch in London. Supporters from a handful of British charities, faith groups and trade unions projected images onto the Bank Read more…

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Simon Kaiwai: Democracy is not the problem: pure representation is!

  TAU PARAPARA (proverb) Hutia te rito o te harakeke (if u take the centre shoot out of the flax) Kei hia te komako e ko (where would the bell bird go?) Ki mai ki ahau (If you were to ask me) He aha te mea nui o tenei ao (what is the most important Read more…

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Simon Kaiwai: Intro to Simon Kaiwai with Kiwicando attitude, March 2011

Simon Kaiwai applies a kiwicando attitude to addressing the problems in today's society with a view to returning sovereignty back to the hapu (village of families) through the national political vehicle in New Zealand with PALParty. PALParty is a unique hybrid of popular and representative govermenance built on lawful and moral principles formally giving power Read more…

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Simon Kaiwai: Launch of a model community currency

Launch of the Koha Cooperative community currency model. In New Zealand, as with many places with a central bank, the population has lost control of it's money issuance and banking industry to private persons. This creates a dynamic of opposing interests between banking, which uses legal tender, and family wealth.  Centralisation and globalisation are tools through Read more…

Will Watterson: What’s wrong with being the world’s most peaceful country?

As a New Zealander, I was both delighted and concerned to discover that my country is considered the most peaceful in the world by the 2010 Global Peace Index (GPI), a publication developed by an international panel of peace experts in collaboration with the Economist Intelligence Unit and published by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Read more…

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Mandisi Majavu: From Protest to Resistance

John Minto is a political activist who was spokesperson for HART, a New Zealand Anti-Apartheid Movement, during the 1980s and a leader of the campaign to stop the 1981 Springbok (South African rugby team) tour to New Zealand. Early in 2008, Minto was in the South African news for rejecting a nomination by the South Read more…

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