Oceania

Photo Of The Day

Immigration poster

New Zealand was not known to Europeans until 1642. Over 150 years later, settlers started to arrive from England, Scotland, and Ireland. The journey was long, arduous, and uncomfortable, but they came in the hope of a better life.

In the 1850s Auckland province offered 40 acres (16 hectares) for any immigrant to the province who was likely to become a ‘useful colonist’, plus another 20 acres (8 hectares) for any child aged five to 18. Such immigration advertising helped to establish the idea that New Zealand was a pastoral paradise where there was abundant fertile land for farming.

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Slavery in New Zealand, yes really.

Slave ship

Slave ship

New Zealand has a low level of modern slavery but people are still being exploited and changes need to be made, a global survey has found.

“Modern slavery for us is any situation where one person deliberately takes away another person’s liberty for some sort of profit or gain,” Walk Free Foundation global research executive director Fiona David says.

Modern slavery traps 35.8million people

This includes human trafficking, forced labour, forced or servile marriage, and the sale and exploitation of children.

New Zealand is estimated to have 600 people in modern slavery, the fourth lowest prevalence of 167 countries in the Global Slavery Index.

The known cases involved workers in modern slavery with the most widely documented being on fishing charter vessels in New Zealand waters, Ms David told NZ Newswire.

Their situations have included being subjected to violence, sexual abuse, being fed stale bread and fish bait, working 30-hour shifts and even being paid 35 cents an hour.”

New laws clamping down on fishing boat conditions come into force in 2016, which was “really positive”, she said.

-NZ Newswire

 

So who in New Zealand are responsible for modern slavery? I did a bit of digging and came up with this…

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Photo Of The Day

New Zealand troops and the tank "Jumping Jennie" in a trench at Gommecourt Wood, France, on August 10, 1918. (Henry Armytage Sanders/National Library of New Zealand)

New Zealand troops and the tank “Jumping Jennie” in a trench at Gommecourt Wood, France, on August 10, 1918.
(Henry Armytage Sanders/National Library of New Zealand)

100-year Anniversary Of The Great War

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Map of the Day

1984_fictious_world_map

George Orwell?s dystopian novel ?1984?, the world is ruled by three superstates:

– Oceania (ideology: Ingsoc, i.e., English Socialism); its core territories are the Western Hemisphere, the British Isles, Australasia and Southern Africa.
– Eurasia (ideology: Neo-Bolshevism); its core territories are Continental Europe and Russia, including Siberia.
– Eastasia (ideology: Obliteration of the Self, i.e., “Death worship”); its core territories are China, Japan, Korea, and Indochina.

Another Global Warming Disaster

So another Global Warming catastrophe……. ? for the Warmists: ?to go with thriving polar bear populations; increasing sea-ice, and 15 successive years of stable temperatures, the Chicken Little faction has now learned that Pacific Islands are actually GROWING rather than sinking beneath the waves as predicted.

Climate scientists have expressed surprise at findings that many low-lying Pacific islands are growing, not sinking.

Islands in Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia are among those which have grown, largely due to coral debris, land reclamation and sediment.

The findings, published in the magazine New Scientist, were gathered by comparing changes to 27 Pacific islands over the last 20 to 60 years using historical aerial photos and satellite images.? Read more »

David Rankin reckons that Maori are not the indigenous people of NZ

Maybe David Rankin is on to something here, if he is, can Maori please refund all money they have claimed under the treaty, as its obviously the proceeds of crime, given that it was received for the land they claimed they owned, but probably stolen from previous occupants…..

The status of Maori as the country’s indigenous population could be in danger if research, which suggests previous civilisations lived in New Zealand before Maori arrived, is proved true.

Ngapuhi leader David Rankin said books by authors such as investigative journalist Ian Wishart and historian Noel Hilliam presented “clear evidence” that some of New Zealand’s earliest residents might have arrived before the Polynesians.

He pointed to numerous Maori oral histories which referred to people being here when the first Maori arrived, including fair-skinned people.

“If we believe our histories, then we as Maori are not the indigenous people of New Zealand.”

The archaeological evidence in some research was a potential challenge to the status of Maori as indigenous, which was why he believed no other Maori was prepared to speak publicly on the issue, Mr Rankin said.

Details of much of the country’s past was being concealed by academic historians, he said.

“I would say it’s a conspiracy. They are worried that their own research will be exposed so they have worked hard to ridicule and suppress any Maori history which disagrees with their views.

“However, the tide is turning and more people are now seeing that there is a whole history of our country that has been concealed and which will have major implications for Treaty settlements for example.”

Fiji ending martial law

Frank Bainimarama is making progress in Fiji despite the best efforts of New Zealand and Australia to hinder his every step. He has announced that martial law will cease on 7 January.

Bainimarama, who seized power in a military coup in 2006, says he will hold elections in 2014.

He claimed that the existing voting system was racially based with indigenous Fijians having greater voting power than the ethnic Indians who make up around 35 per cent of the 900,000 people.

He said Fiji had been mismanaged and hindered by greed and selfishness.

“You and I must not allow a few to dictate the destiny of our country for their own selfish needs,” he said.

He warned features of a new constitution will be non-negotiable.

“The constitution must establish a government that is founded on an electoral system that guarantees equal suffrage ? a truly democratic system based on the principle of one person, one vote, one value.

“We will not have a system that will classify Fijians based on ethnicity….”

Consultation would begin next month: “To facilitate this consultation process, the Public Emergency Regulations will cease from 7 January 2012.”

Sounds like he?s doing better than New Zealand to remove racism from politics.

The Aussies get it, why can't McCully

I have been saying for many years that our policies over Fiji, whilst deeply hypocritical, are also not working and allow China to increase its influence in the Pacific to fill the void left by Australia and New Zealand. It turns out that i ahve been right all along. China is funding huge amounts to Pacific nations.

China’s secretive aid programme to Pacific nations over five years totals just over $800 million, according to the latest Lowy Institute report on assistance from the communist state.

And the institute’s estimate for 2009, the most recent review, is that China pledged almost $270 million in loans and aid grants to Pacific nations that year.

Australia, at least the Liberals in Australian have woken up to this fact with their spokeperson for Foreign Affairs calling for a change in policy.

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Julie Bishop said Australian aid money was spread too thinly in the region, allowing China to fill the void and gain greater influence through “diplomacy dollars”, as the influence of Australia and New Zealand fell.

“I don’t see it as a threat as such, but we should be very well aware of what is going on, and the significant influence China is able to achieve through aid and development projects . . . and the role it has throughout the region,” Ms Bishop told Sky News’s Australian Agenda. “What I would do is, with New Zealand, look to see if we could joint-venture some project development assistance in the Pacific with China.

While our policy and Australia’s has been to tut-tut over Fiji and to wag?the?finger at other Pacific nations, Chinas policy has been to shower them with money. Little wonder that our freezing out of Fiji has largely been ineffective. The failure of the policy is most stark in regards to Fiji.

The Deputy Opposition Leader has also called for a new approach to Fiji.

She says while the Government should not condone the country’s military regime, it was clear the current approach had failed.

“It’s some years since we imposed sanctions and we have to ask, are they being counterproductive?” she said.

“Are we actually achieving a return to democratic rule? I don’t believe we are.”

Fiji was suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum and the Commonwealth in 2009, over its refusal to hold elections, since the 2006 military coup.

Last year Fiji’s military ruler, Frank Bainimarama, said he wanted to ditch ties with Australia and New Zealand and align his country with China.

Ms Bishop says sanctions have not managed to bring about democracy in Fiji.

“I would engage with Bainimarama on the question of electoral reform, provide assistance to draft a constitution, provide assistance to hold an election, so we could see a return to democratic rule,” she said.

Julie Bishop is dead right. For the all the hubris, finger-wagging and tut-tutting over Fiji not a single thing has been done to assist Fiji to return to democracy. Meanwhile China has assisted where we refused to. The policy wonks in Canberra and Wellington who thought that these actions would work clearly need to be fired.

 

 

Winston too lazy to stop a coup

Wikileaks is fascinating. What we have found out today is that Winston Peters was too lazy to try to stop the coup in Fiji. (Emphasis?mine)

The surprising part of the approaches is revealed by then US Ambassador Bill McCormick who advised Washington on what was to be said to Bainimarama.

He revealed that Winston Peters was “on travel in Auckland” and was too busy to see Bainimarama.

Unusually, New Zealand’s “talking points” were then put to Bainimarama by the British Defence Attache based in Wellington, Nigel Lloyd, at a lunch.

The sharp tone of the “talking points” and the open threat over grandchildren probably explains Bainimarama’s now abiding hostility toward New Zealand.

The lazy prick lived in Auckland, in Argyle Street, and yet he was “on travel” and “too busy”. He was the Foreign Minister and he was too busy to meet someone who had stated publicly that he would conduct a coup in November 2006.

We also know now from the cable that New Zealand’s sole response to the threat of ?the?coup?was to threaten to withhold access to Bainimarama’s grand-children. What an embarrassment. Not only that they didn’t have the gumption to tell him to his face, instead enlisting the aid of the wife of the British Defence Attache.

Full cable below (page 344 of Bryce Edwards pdf);

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SUBJECT: GNZ TO DELIVER STRONG POINTS TO FIJI’S BAINIMARAMA
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(b) and (d).
1. (C) The GNZ MFAT has prepared strongly worded points,?which it has passed to the British Defence Attache Nigel?Lloyd (DA), who will convey them to Commodore Bainimarama at?a private lunch with Bainimarama on November 23 at the DA’s?residence. (The points are repeated below at para 3).?Foreign Minister Winston Peters, who had originally planned?to deliver the points, will be unable to do so personally?before November 24, as he will be on travel in Auckland.
2. (C) MFAT has also informed Poloff that they are?approaching the President of the UN Security Council, UN?Peacekeeping, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and?the EU to encourage them to press on Bainimarama to abandon?his stated plans to remove the Fijian government in early?December. MFAT is also seeking the assistance of the British?DA’s wife to emphasize to Bainimarama’s wife that should?there be a coup, the Commodore and she would no longer be?able to travel to New Zealand to visit their grandchildren.?MFAT indicates that GNZ’s strategy is to focus on the?consequences of a coup to both Fiji and to Bainimarama?personally.
3. (C) Begin talking points for Foreign Minister Peters’s?discussion with RFMF Commander Frank Bainimarama:
— I gather you are down here on a private visit for your?grand-daughter’s first communion – a significant family?occasion. I hope you enjoy your visit.
— You have stated publicly that you are planning to make?certain demands of the Fiji government when you get back, and?that if those demands are not met that you will take steps to?remove them on 4 December.
— I would counsel you very strongly against taking such?steps. You need to understand that there would be serious consequences if you do go ahead.
— New Zealand unconditionally supports the rule of law, and?the right of a democratically elected government to govern?without coercion — and there is no question that the Fiji?government is democratically elected. We would not be able?to stand back and let that happen without responding.
— We would be obliged to take steps to underline our utter?disapproval of any unconstitutional action and we would do so?in close collaboration with our friends, the Australians, the?British, the Americans and the region.
— From a military perspective this would include suspension?of all defence ties. That would include any training or?assistance with peacekeeping activities, regionally and?internationally. The MAP programme would be discontinued.
— We would moreover encourage like-minded countries to take?similar steps, and seek international condemnation of yourBryce Edwards ?Wellington US Embassy cables Page 345 of 613?actions, including in the UN Security Council and the?Commonwealth. We would urge the Commonwealth and the Forum?to take the strongest possible steps to register the?unacceptability of such actions.
— New Zealand’s relationship with any government installed?as a result of a coup would be correspondingly restricted.
— You need to understand that if you do something stupid?you will not be able to operate around the Pacific. Neither?we, Australia, Britain nor the United States would be able to?work with you, or offer any assistance.
— Your reputation and that of the RFMF would suffer?irreparable damage both within the region and as a?participant in international peacekeeping operations.?Without the support and training of the Australian and New
Zealand defence forces Fiji’s deployment in international?peacekeeping operations would become very difficult.
— We are considering the level of our travel advisory in?the light of the threats you have been making. Upgrading our?travel advisory would have a significant impact on tourist?flows to Fiji and significantly affect Fiji’s economy.
— There would also be personal implications for you and?your family. We would ban you, as well as others associated?with a coup, and possibly your family, from entering New?Zealand.
— The Government permitted your entry to New Zealand on the?basis that yours was a private visit. That does not sit well?with the public threats against the Fiji Government that you?have been making since arriving in New Zealand. Consistent?with the purpose of your visit we require you to make no?further public statements during your stay.
End points.
4. (C) Embassy Wellington has sought to contact Bainimarama?through his personal assistant Ben Naliva, who said?Bainimarama is on “private leave and does not want to be?disturbed.” When told that Washington regards the?conversation as extremely important and reminded that?Bainimarama has spoken to the NZ press so his visit is no?longer private, Naliva said he would check. A half hour?later he called to again say the Commodore was not available.?Naliva did not answer any of our follow-up calls.?Ambassador McCormick has discussed the matter with Minister?Peters, who has admitted he’s had trouble getting an?appointment as well and encouraged us to be persistent. We?continue to work with MFAT and our defense attache to?identify a way to deliver reftel demarche to Bainamarama.
McCormick

That cable makes for sorry reading. If you look at all the threats New Zealand has pretty much failed to deliver on any of them except the spiteful travel ban. Is it any wonder that Commodore Bainimarama has little time for the New Zealand Government?

What this shows though is a complete mis-understanding?of Fiji, Fijian politics and a typical bully-boy attitude from the US, New Zealand?Britain?and Australia over Fiji. Little wonder then that Fiji is now essentially a client state of China, driven there by our foreign policy and attitude, a policy and attitude that Murray McCully has continued to this day.

Lucky Kris was there

Three boys in an aluminium dinghy drifted 1300 kilometres across the South Pacific, resorting to drinking seawater and devouring a seagull to survive.

On Wednesday, a New Zealand fishing boat in a lonely part of the ocean spotted the tiny boat carrying the three Tokelauans who were thought lost forever.

They had eaten just one seagull in 50 days adrift.

“We got to them in a miracle,” first mate Tai Fredricsen of the Bay of Islands said from the Sanford tuna boat San Nikunau yesterday as it headed to Fiji with its extra cargo.

The boys, Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, had disappeared from Atafu Island on October 5. An extensive search by a RNZAF Orion failed to find any trace of them.

All I can say is that they were lucky fellow Tokelauan Kris Fa’afoi was there to help rescue them. I bet they are looking forward to a feed of McDonalds.

Kris Fa'afoi at the rescue of 3 Tokelauans

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