Bright new future post Brexit

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Just like the discovery of The New World in 1492 by the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and started a new age of discovery It’s time Britain looks past the EU controlled Europe and the future.

I personally think the first steps we should be taking is to set up Free Trade Agreement and
immigration deals between  Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and United Kingdom even the United States if they wanted to,  I think the    New Zealand – Australia Closer Economic Relations (CER) is a good foundation where Kiwi’s and Aussies have a Free Trade Agreement and the ability to live and work in each other nation, in generally speaking Schooling some medical cost and university fees (but no student loans) are set the same price as their own citizens but things like benefits housing and other Government payments can only be accessed after living, working and paying tax for five years and it’s something you have to apply for you don’t automatically get.

I don’t want to see a British Empire or European Union 2.0 each nation needs  to have the right to govern themselves, seek new Free Trade Agreement, control their own laws and land, we work together yes, we help each other yes but for example if the  if the UK wants to set up a new Free trade agreement with France or any type of Agreement the UK should have the freedom to as the some for the rest of us.

Unfortunately the European Union and some media outlets out to make some quick money want to brand us with the same stick, saying we are all Right-Wing Crazies, uneducated, post-imperialist and racist. But we are most certainly not we are a broad church of people, coming from all sorts of  economic, education, ethnicity political  and religious backgrounds.

We need to make it clear that we as a movement will  fight racism wherever it not matter if it comes from our ranks or others, we need to make it clear that our immigrants and their communities are always welcome not matter if you come from China, Poland the EU or Middle East that we will always respect you and fight racism and sexism, and we expect all our communities know matter their background or believes to live by these standards.

What’s our Battle Plan 

So what’s our Game Plan and how can us little people make a difference for a change and the good of our people’s

  • First of all The Commonwealth Freedom of Movement Organisation have an online petition that have already received over, 150,000 signatures. Join them Click here to add your voice

  • Post to your Facebook and other Social media Positively about the British Exit from the EU there is a lot of negative media and misinformation out there, let’s post about our unity, our diversity, our values and our love and respect for Freedom.

  • Let’s let the Remain campaign know we hold no bad feelings they were only doing what the thought was best for all of us, let’s extend a friendly hand and get down to work making this a better place for all of us.

  • Let’s flood our all our MP’s and media not matter what side of the house they are on with the messages we want unity, peace, freedom,  free trade and freedom of movement between our four-nation. Not a British Empire or European Union 2.0

  • I know politics is not everyone’s cup of tea (personally I would much rather spend time with friends and family) but get involved with parties on all side if they House are on Labour or conservatives  or other and work within them to make spread our message and make them accountable to the people again.

I strongly believe this dream is in our reach we only need to take action but there are people who gain a lot of money and power from stopping us, we won’t attack them we will be better then them.

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The World is watching

 

The world is watching and hoping we can solve our housing crisis, it’s time for action we need to stop debating laws that have little effect like a land tax  or income ratio leading restriction, all we will be doing is passing the cost on to people that can least afford it and as you can see from the story below by Eleanor Ainge Roy from The Guardian kiwi working families are not coping hundreds of full time working people are living in there car or substandard  housing.

New Zealand housing crisis forces hundreds to live in tents and garages

Full Credit to The Guardian & Eleanor Ainge Roy

Property prices in Auckland have increased by nearly 80% in five years, leaving some families unable to buy or rent.

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Garage accommodation in Otara, south Auckland, New Zealand. Photograph: Michael Clatworthy

Hundreds of families in Auckland are living in cars, garages and even a shipping container as a housing crisis fulled by rising property prices forces low-income workers out of private rental accommodation.

Charity groups have warned that, as the southern hemisphere winter approaches, most of the premises have no electricity, sewage or cooking facilities.

“This is not people who haven’t been trying. They have been trying very hard and still they’re failing,” said Campbell Roberts of The Salvation Army, who has worked in South Auckland for 25 years.

“A few years ago people in this situation were largely unemployed or on very low-incomes. But consistently now we are finding people coming to us who are in work, and have their life together in other ways, but housing is alluding them.”

Auckland’s housing market is one of the most expensive in the world, with property prices increasing 77.5% over the last five years (this growth has now slowed), and the average house price fetching over NZ$940,000 (£440,000), according to CoreLogic, New Zealand.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/17/new-zealand-housing-crisis-forces-hundreds-to-live-in-garages-tents-and-cars?CMP=share_btn_fb

Stop the blame Game and build

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Let’s stop the blame game and build new homes already, It’s time we stop blaming each other and just build new homes.

I do not believe a land tax or income ratio leading restriction will help solve the Auckland housing crisis. This issue is much bigger than blaming each other and most impotently of all the foreign land tax will only effects 4% of all homes sold in Auckland and 3% nationally, so this tax will not cool the markets but will just hurt our international reputation.

images10The other proposal of new income ratio leaning effectually makes it impossible for average kiwi first home buyers to buy their first home.  What this restriction means is you will no longer to be able more than five times your household income, meaning the average kiwi household would be blocked from getting a mortgage of more than $405,000 under income-related lending restrictions being considered by the Reserve Bank     

As you can imagine it’s next to impossible to find a house to buy in Auckland for that price, and before you “say just move out of Auckland if you want to own” the job options in the regions are simply not there so young Auckland families are left with a damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

I think we are all aware of the problems I don’t need to tell you that kiwi investor make up over 50% of all homes sold in New Zealand I don’t need to tell you about the cowboy real estate agents we have in Auckland or that the average house price increases nearly $1,000 per week. I don’t need to tell you that we export most of our building materials overseas and this current monopoly or Fletcher and Carter Holt Harvey means that over 70% of the costs of a new house is building materials and  let’s not forget about the “Consulting Fees” that need to be “Paid” looking at you Nick.

So what would happen if we had a land tax on overseas or all buyers at the point of sale or calculated yearly the cost would be passed on to people that can least afford it, if the land tax only applied to overseas buyers that’s only 4% in homes sold in Auckland the cost of implementation would outweigh the benefit that’s not taken into account our international reputation so either way it’s a dud. and the income ratio leading restriction won’t hurt investors it will only hurt first time buyers, you try to find a house on a $405,000 budget in Auckland.

So what can be done, we need to build new homes we need to build them to the heavens and keep building, we need to build new homes like we have never built  them before at a speed we have never seen before this will cost us and as a nation we need to understand this. we also need to target kiwi property investors they make up over 50% of all home sold in New Zealand overseas

We target these investor in a fair way, we need to look at the ghost homes in Auckland numbering 40,000 these home are unoccupied by anyone just sitting empty collecting the capital gains we should be taxing this we also need to look at some sort of tax credit for landlords willing to rent out homes at affordable rate simply put we need to put people in these 40,000 homes and if the investors don’t want to rent them then they should pay a substantial fee to have their homes sit empty.    

People have to understand the Auckland housing crisis has the ability to tank out entire economy and the longer we leave it the more our children will pay.

 

Understanding the TPP

 

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We are a peace loving, environment worrier, humanity  helping, free trading people but   I believe over the last few years we have seen a great deal of misinformation and scare tactics out there about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement,  driven by meanly by politics, lobby groups now I am all for having a open debate about the TPPA. But I want to have a debate about what the TPPA is not what it is not. This agreement  will to help so many people and businesses not only in New Zealand but also help millions in developing markets.  The TPPA represents nearly  40% of total global GDP and about 1 billion people, so let’s take the time to remove the misinformation the scary so-called global corporate takeover of New Zealand by the 1%. look at what we know about the TPPA and what we can expect and why the TPPA benefits kiwis but millions around the world.

So what is the TPPA, well the TPPA is a free trade  agreement that keeps getting better over time between twelve member nations around our friendly Pacific ocean, hopefully more will join in the future, but let’s talk  about the agreement we have now and what it will do for us . Firstly  what are the benefits to New Zealand up to 93% of all trade barriers will be removed for all member nations, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru,  Thailand,  South Korea, Singapore United State and Vietnam. but all APEC nations are potential members
TPP-map-nn- ForbesThe TPPA will help investment in our economy and will help kiwis sell overseas. Worth about $250 million a year or about $2.4 billion buy 2030, Yes I know that might not seem like a lot, but like I said the TPPA gets better over time, what we are doing is setting up a Pacific trade community and we will always be looking at ways to improve the way we trade. Not to mention the special special exemptions around protecting our environment, the sovereignty of The Treaty of Waitangi, and intellectual property laws in regard to Maori cultural resources and design that will stay no matter what.

Some people have worries and they need to be addressed, some of the worries are about the right’s of overseas companies to sue our government for laws that are passed. Well every member of the TPPA will still retain the right to pass laws as they see fit, we will still have the right to pass laws that will protect our public health, our education, environmental laws and Labour laws and so on all business. But companies multinational  or not will still have to obey all our laws. will not have the automatic right to sue our government they will have to meet number of conditions, and in fact multinational companies as well as kiwi business already have the right to use our government, this part of the agreement is about setting up a stranded so a kiwi business will get a fair deal if it’s trading here or overseas.

Other areas people are concerned about Intellectual property laws and foreigners buying up our land and homes, I would first like to talk about all foreigners buying land or homes in New Zealand will be subject to approval of the Overseas Investment Office and all foreigners must abide by all our laws and regulations. now let’s look at Intellectual property laws, will IP laws are very complex and I am not a layer and there are many advantages and disadvantages to extending IP laws, but the reality is the IP chapter is still yet be be agreed, we probably will see a small increases to Pharmac and we might find it harder to download our movies and songs from the internet.  

Now I know the TPPA is not a perfect deal I know there are parts of the deal that I personally don’t like for example the IP Chapter, I do like my Netflix after all and increased cost to Pharmac worries me. but I want to take some time and talk to you about the bigger picture what the TPPA means for New Zealand and the Pacific Community 50 years down the road and a bit about the economic history of New Zealand.

Well New Zealand is a exporting nation still dominated by the primary sector,   we sell manly selling Milks and Cheeses, Meat and other food products I know there is much more to our economy like a large service sector tourism and much more but the primary still makes up a big part and important part of our economy.

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Well New Zealand is an exporting nation still dominated by the primary sector,   we sell manly selling Milks and Cheeses, Meat and other food products I know there is much more to our economy like a large service sector tourism and much more but the primary still makes up a big part and important part of our economy.

Simply put in the past we have had a habit of putting all our economic eggs on one bracket, so when our trading partners take a hit we really feel it at home. times a good when the UK was buying all our products we had some of the highest living standards in the world in the 1950s but the UK joined the European Economic Community (EEC) and our living standards started to fall, when we signed the FTA with China a few years later we were the Rock Star economy of the world but now the Chinese markets is starting to slow. So what do we need to do to solve this economic roundabout we are on, we simply need to trade with more people sign more FTA’s and work at growing our economy outside the primary sector like the IT, Education, Financial services this list is endless. We need Economic diversification fast as well as supporting our exporters.

 

If you wish to know more about the TPPA  or contact me about this blog please check out there see link below.

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TPPA Information

The APEC Business Advisory Council: tradeworks.org.nz

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZ GOVT)

http://www.tpp.mfat.govt.nz/

 

 

 

 

Open Letter Unity Not Sanctions

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In this changeling world we need unity not sanctions in this world  we are now facing a world with increased threats of Globe Warming, Global Poverty, Fighting Hate and the Refugee Crisis.

This of walling up Russia and this Trade War the US thinks it in with China is not working and only harming but slowing the march of our people’s living in prosperity and peace, we have a to choose to go forward in to a world where we deal with or problems and help each other or we go backwards to blaming our unemployment on China, blame the scary Russians for terrorists and all go and buy guns.russia-usa

This is the type of thinking that will lead to a world were our children will be worse off then we are. But it dose not have to be this way “look I am not saying the US and NATO is perfect or Russia and China dose not have their own problems because let’s face things can really suck” and I know that is a understatement. But let’s stop blaming each other and get down to making this world we live in a better place because we only have one.

So what needs to be done

First let’s take a look at fighting hate or some like to call the War on Terror now I don’t like that name because we have come use to hearing this name only related with Muslim terrorist in the Middle East well yes in my opinion there is a big problem and we need to declare war and need boots on the ground to fight groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, but there are some miss understandings about fighting hate first of all someone like Donald Trump is more dangerous, Trump seem to take is election campaign right out of the Fascist handbook.

 

This type of hate is more dangerous and is in our homes but it dose not need to be that way we don’t need to let the fascist win we can chose unity it’s obvious the US and Russia want’s almost the something in the fight against ISIS and we need to work together not just in this war but most importantly the re-build to truly stop hate we need to be a real friend and learn to forgive, we need to be their to re-build their home, town lives and schools but not just in Iraq, Syria and North Africa but at home as well we need to stop the blame game tackle the real issues like Affordable Healthcare and Homes, Unemployment and Education and  Globe Warming if we put half the attention we put in the cold war I know we can make our world a better place. Let’s end this age of war and start a new age of trade and peaceful prosperity.

 

 

Let’s Devote Friday to Mocking ISIS

New Zealand Needs Special Economic Zone

We know New Zealand needs to be more productive we need more overseas investment, in housing supply jobs and business,  we also need  economic diversification away from our over reliance on the primary sectors such as beef and dairy. To do this we need to set up special economic zones to encourage overseas investment kick start growth in our regions and help solve Auckland’s Housing crisis I think the Government and our parties on the left and right need to be a bit more proactive in the area of economic planning.


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I am a fan of setting up a limited special economic zones in parts on New Zealand to support growth in the regions provide much needed jobs and opportunity to locals and businesses,  with a final TPP agreement ready to be signed and with the FTA with China, New Zealand is in  a special portions to take advantage of both markets in the east and west,  should and need to capitalise on both these markets and set up the  New Zealand special economic zones.

At the same time there needs to have some over watch so international companies don’t miss you use this policy and the special economic zones. This is where parties from all sides of the House need to find a way to work together for a long term unified economic policy or we will never get past the same old routine of spend cut and promise every three years.

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Special econmic zones may be needed across NZ 

Credit to : Act Party NZ DAVID SEYMOUR   

A New Zealand Initiative report on special economic zones (SEZ) has been welcomed by ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Letting local authorities opt in or out of certain policy settings could provide a low-risk alternative to the one-size-fits-all regulatory approach. Read more

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Laisvoji Economic Zone 

The Laisvoji Economic Zone is a Lithuanian free economic zone and a example for New Zealand to Look at: 

The Laisvoji Economic Zone
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New Zealand Initiative

Credit to : NZ Initiative

Top Key Points of the NZ Initiative Report;

  • Special Economic Zones (SEZs) could provide New Zealand’s cities and regions with the policy tools to pursue growth and a greater financial stake in the benefits of growth. The approach can allow Auckland to solve its housing crisis, allow regions to find the solutions that work for them, and end much of the current adversarial relationship between central and local government.
  • Localised policies are suited to local conditions, cost less, and are easier to revert. They can act as case studies for other areas, demonstrating what works.
  • China’s Shenzhen SEZ has proven to be a spectacular success and showcases the possibilities of an SEZ. Shenzhen itself was partially inspired by Hong Kong’s example. Innovations developed in Shenzhen spread outward, benefitting broader regions.
  • SEZs are not economic concession zones, where governments seek to direct investment to particular areas through tax or regulatory concessions. Reforms applied in any SEZ should be available to any other district or regional council requesting them. SEZs can work well in recognising regional differences and testing reforms; concession areas are less well supported.

To read the full Report click here