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Conversation:The Spirit Of Aotearoa

Published on Jul 24, 2013 

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Spoken Word piece written and performed by Te Kahu Rolleston

Shot and Edited by: Te Rawhitiroa Bosch www.rawhitiroa.com

Sound Captured by: Erana Walker

Raranga he tira Rangatira! Te RārangaTira e!

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Kia Ora,

New Zealand is not just rugby and shrimps on the barbie. Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand, is the land of the people of this great country. The Maori people who have welcomed all of us immigrants.

Maori custom stands for human dignity, freedom and liberation of the mind ultimately. It is not about appointed overlords dictating ‘law’.

Te Kahu Rolleston embodies this spirit like none other as he works to lift the young men and women so that they may rise and claim their seat in their country.

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Conversation: New Zealand’s National Poet lays down the law on the TPPA

Source: Te Kahu Rolleston

Te Kahu Rolleston is Aotearoa’s (New Zealand) National Poetry Slam champion and has one hell of a penchant for weaving words with devastating effect.

Watch him lay down the law. The people’s law.

In the words of uncle Bob:

“Get up Stand up, Stand up For ya rights, Get up Stand up, Don’t give up the fight”

Mohsin Siddiqui

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Kiwis come out to exercise that thing called freedom, by Mohsin Siddiqui

Anti-TPPA protesters in Auckland on 4 Feb 2016
Anti-TPPA protesters in Auckland on 4 Feb 2016

Today was a good day to be out and about in Auckland. A bouquet of human values was on display that is usually confined to that, overtly distorted, place called ‘personal space’ in this ever shrinking public space.

The protests in Auckland were anticipated by the vast majority of the population in this truly unique Island in the Pacific. There is an almost electrifying blend of people from all walks of life who came out to voice their dissent.

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was signed despite the opposition of the majority of the population. It does not ,however, surprise as precisely such an outcome was predicted at last week’s Auckland Town Hall meeting. The intent of the protesters was more to do with the assertion of their right to dissent and to mark a start to their struggle as renowned New Zealand journalist and film maker Bryan Bruce noted.

Queen Street, Auckland, NZ
Queen Street, Auckland, NZ

Signing the TPPA is merely symbolic and no matter what the state propaganda machine regurgitates (from PR coaches), the truth is that the majority of a nation cannot be silenced. And as such, a piece of paper is meaningless. The people do not want the TPPA and they will not allow for it to steal their right to life,dignity and freedom.

The Establishment should simply give up pushing through a corporate takeover of sovereign Aotearoa. What is the point? Do they never expect to interact with the common man? Do they really think human spirit can be crushed by politics of fear,lies,intimidation and injustice?

Last night the Auckland Transport Authority ‘mysteriously’ announced that buses will not be running from 09:00am to 03:00pm. That just happened to coincide with the peak commute time for protesters from around Auckland.

This is Aotearoa and its people cannot be dominated by corporations:

To their credit the people were 100% peaceful with their protest and civil disobedience. Men, women, children and the elderly marched in solidarity cheerful,hopeful and dignified as their rights were being signed away at a casino. The government decided to sign a fundamentally undemocratic treaty in the one place they could.

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“Democracy” for the plebs

This is how “Democracy” currently works in many parts of the world. Kudos to the people for, either willingly or unwillingly, highlighting the mechanisms of actual power.

This is by no means a condemnation of the people, quite the opposite. It is an attempt to properly create context for what is happening:

Citizenry, abandoned by elected (read: Selected by Big Money) officials, has taken it upon itself to gather signatures on a piece of paper stating its opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (Read: Fire sale of sovereignty of countries party to treaty to global transnational corporations) being signed against the wishes of the majority of the people.

The piece of paper is being handed to an Imperial Mouthpiece who is the – this is the best part – representative of another Imperial Mouthpiece. The latter mouthpiece supposedly is on this tiny Island to protect the plebs on behalf of an unelected monarch usually seen in colourful hats.

The plebs will now wait for justice, which is unlikely to be delivered.

This cycle has been in play for a few hundred years and the human species has convinced itself that this is the best system of government. This is just one visual representation of how power actually works pretty much all around the world. When challenged with logical conclusions of the absurdity of the majority seeking approval from the 0.001% , the usual response is anger and condemnation with labels of “Communist”, “Utopian” and other assorted terms being readily assigned.

It beggars belief why in the 21st century with all the accumulated knowledge, technology, skills and intellect the human species displays its incapacity to establish a method of governance that merely functions as a conduit to fulfilling the needs of the governed population.

Primary on the list of goals would be the following:

i) Food & Water

ii) Shelter

iii) Medicine

iv) Education

vi) Technological benefits

This is not a call to move back to the cave/tent/choose your appropriate cultural analogy. Society itself will determine via equal representation what it wishes to manifest in it’s physical environment. It is merely a thought on a different method of resource allocation.

With us racing into the 21st century with more and more open conflict and a mass extinction underway, I truly wish us good luck.

Mohsin Siddiqui

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Glenn Greenwald exposes wholesale New Zealand spying on a National Scale

New Zealand has been a puppet state of the US for a long time, the legalization of spying last year cemented this relationship further.

Today Julian Assange, Glen Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Kim Dotcom were at the Auckland Town hall this evening. Here is what they had to say. For the fun stuff start at 48 minutes onwards.

The public has never been so polarized in New Zealand, the majority last year was opposed to the law but it was passed anyway. “…enormous amounts of data about the activities of New Zealand citizens” was handled by Edward Snowden himself as revealed by Greenwald in Auckland today.

What is now happening in New Zealand is that Kim Dotcom is not letting go, he is not giving up. This event is nothing short of a PR coup by Dotcom. Think about it, he was in court not long ago on the orders of the US. Now he has National political presence via the Mana Party, has kept the privacy debate alive and then this right before the elections.

He has a lot to loose no matter how you see him. Of course he is a shrewd businessman but that is not relevant. Privacy is a human right and right now, no matter what Kim Dotcom’s politics, he is advocating something important: Our freedom.

Kim Dotcom summarised the objective here by saying: “…we are going to do everything we can and we are going to work really really hard to prevent this country in participating in mass surveillance and are going to close one of the five eyes.”

AE

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