Central Government Issues

This government is doing somethings extremely well and some things extremely badly! There seems to be nho ability to address real issues, make competent decisions, and implement them quickly. 

National is incompetent and inherently corrupt  - the Labour led government has handled the Covid pandemic health issues superbly but seems to have no vision, no plan, for the future and how to get out of it. The Greens are hypocrites  and should be put out to grass. When I showed them how with Supermaxx carbon emissions would be reduced by at least 50,000 tons per annum, and fares and subsidies massively reduced they refused to accept it!

New Zealand is in trouble! 

My passion is to see New Zealand develop a passion for excellence and honesty (Truth). When the going gets tough the tough get going to handle it. We need to adjust urgently to the 'new normal', which may change frequently!

Where there is no vision the people perish 

Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a shame to any people      

A nation divided against itself cannot stand. 

Five policies I wanted to introduce in 1987 and 1990 which would have had a huge influence on the nation today.  

** Social. Having the courage to fnd the whole truth of the causes of our social problems and deal to them. I worked in Supportive Accommmodation working with 90 guys for 4 years. The biggest single cause of their problems was dysfunctional or non existent parenting. That is the truth. Let's have the courage to accept and promote the fact  that if every person chose their partner carefully, committed to each other for life, and brought up children in a nurturing, caring, and positive role model environment 60% of our social problems would be over, We would live in a much happier and safer community, and cost of government would be reduced by at least $10 billion per annum!. 

** Housing. Introduce a voluntary housing saving account and encourage participation from time of starting work with savings level set so that after 10 years 2 people saving would have enough for a 50% deposit on a reasonable standard house. (i.e. 2 people each saving $250 per week for 520 weeks would provide $260.000 plus compound interest at 2%. The balance would be a loan from the government at 3% interest. This would have developed the savings habit from time of commencing work and a huge pool of savings reserves, and enable people to get into houses with much reduced mortgages and interest payments making a huge difference to retirement. 

** Health. I believe there are many more healing properties in nature than we give God credit for.  We would have gathered the best researchers from private enterprise and universities under the leadership of the DSIR (then in existence) for intensive research of all natural plants and remedies with the same intensive testing as normal drugs and patented those that worked with patents held by the government for the benefit of all. We would have drawn from the extensive experience of Maori in natural remedies. We would know by now what worked and what did not and have a wide range of effective natural drugs at minimal costs. This includes whether medicinal cannabis really works!

** Energy. We would have gathered the best technical reasearchers from private enterprise and universities under the leadership of the DSIR to make New Zealand world leaders in the capture and storage of renewable energy. After 2 years of concentrated development every building would have to meet a green standard of building both for insulation and also for gathering power from solar, and maybe wind, and also capturing rainfall for use in the brown water system. By now we would be exporting this technology, our houses would be much warmer, and no further massive power generation units would be needed.         

** Race Relations. The National Governmment accelerated the whole separatist movement of trying to develop a country with separate rights for separate people. They need to listen to thr words of Jesus "A house divided against itself cannot stand". The Treaty of Waitangi was an amazing document which met the needs then in existence and its abuse over the past few decades is tragic,. There were five realities we wanted understood. 

1. Culture changes from century to century, generation to generation 

2. In any culture at any time there is both good and bad 

3. A smart society/country draws the best from each culture available to it and melds it into a new and better culture.

4.  Everyone must be free to practice their culture and beliefs as they wish provided it does not harm others. 

5.  Everyone must be equal before the law. We do not have this in New Zealand.  

So many of our social and racial problems stem from the deification of indigenous culture (it wasn't all good - or bad), the denigraton of western culture, (It wasn't all bad - or good), and the denial of the Creators culture which transcends all earthly cultures. All the instructions we need for healthy, happy, harmonious, just, societies are in the makers instructions - the bible. When all else fails read and put them into practice. Simple - isn't it? We were created for quality relationships. We can restore them.

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Open letter to the Prime Minister, Members of Cabinet, All Members of Parliament. 30 June, 2020

New Zealand has faced up well to the health crisis of the Coronavirus Pandemic, and the Covid free status in terms of community transmission is something to be highly valued and retained.

We are not facing up to the economic fallout well. Most people recognise that the next 3 months with their normal winter challenges on top of Corona challenges are going to be extremely difficult. I am involved in tourism as well as transport advocacy and social issues and offer the following suggestions in the hope that even in the middle of election campaigning you can put the interests of the nation as a whole first and work together to cope with the realities of the present and and work for a much better future. Business needs certainty and a framework within which to plan, develop, and operate their businesses.

TOURISM

Please just establish the criteria e.g. New Zealand is happy to open a bubble with any state or country which has had no community transmission for at least 6 weeks and has their own borders secure. It is totally reasonable to suggest that the Trans Tasman bubble should be opened with covid free states in Australia from September. Tourist businesses can then plan their staff requirements and when to operate their attractions, albeit at a lower levels than normal. It will always be subject to closure should community transmission start in any country.

There is a small but important market of reasonably wealthy europeans who come to New Zealand for a few months and would be prepared to go into self funded quarantine for 2 weeks on arrival. Just establish the criteria – tested 7-10 days before departure from their home country, tested again the day before departure and not being allowed to board until negative results received, covid free transit routes to New Zealand, and 2 weeks self funded quarantine with tests at 3 and 12 days as at present.

STUDENTS.  

The same criteria for testing should allow long term students to start coming back immediately at manageable levels and with self funded quarantine.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Post Covid recovery offers huge opportunities to 'do things differently, and better' than in the past. We do not have the best possible public transport at the lowest possible cost in any city or town in New Zealand. In 2007 I presented a totally new template for Auckland under the SUPERMAXX brand and also developed SUPERMETLINK and SUPERMETRO templates for Wellington and Christchurch, and regional options for Northland and Otago. SUPERMAXX offers better services at lower cost reducing subsidies needed in Auckland by $100 million per annum and based on a primary fare unit of $75 for 30 days unlimited travel on an integrated network between Wellsford and Waiuku. Auckland Transport and Auckland Council have been unable, or unwilling, to prove my claims wrong but refuse to implement it and refuse to say why. In the current economic climate reducing costs and improving service is critically important. Supermaxx can be rolled out across Auckland within 6 months leaving $100 million in subsidies from NZTA and Auckland Council available for other purposes.

Enclosed herewith is the complete proposal from 2017 along with a Post Covid update. Check out the financials!

Supermetlink and Supermetro can be rolled out within 6 months and one pass can be used in all cities.

Supermaxx will also reduce carbon emissions by at least 27,000 tons per annum helping government to achieve its carbon reduction targets – as well as saving money and providing better services.!

SOCIAL ISSUES

The Government moved quickly to provide support in the wage subsidy and to accommodate the homeless. However the new reality will set in over the next few months with higher unemployment and issues surrounding housing the homeless in motels and hotels without dealing with the underlying problems. We decry deplore the problems of youth suicide, addictions, violence, trolling, bullying, child abuse, homelessness, and all the other social problems besetting society. Until we have the intelligence, integrity, courage, and compassion to deal with these issues in the spiritual dimension of life we will never resolve or reduce them. Money alone will not fix the problems.

I enclose herewith a paper I wrote a few years back on THE SECRET OF A SUCCESSFUL NATION. I invite you to read it and think about it. Two things that should be implemented immediately are:

Community gardens where people who are struggling can do 4 hours work as directed, obtain a credit of 4 hours at the minimum wage, and take the credit in fresh food. The gardens would have to be professionally operated and the benefits received by the participants would not affect any other benefits received from the state. There are huge benefits in people being self sufficient - mentally, financially, and physically.

Whanau Te Mana Whakaora communities where homeless and those struggling with life could be provided with warm. dry, safe accommodation and be introduced to the routines of self sufficient community living. It is much healthier and more successful than just giving people accommodation in motels etc.

Check it out on this link

https://www.newzealandtours.co.nz/tours/society-religion

We need to re-establish the three 'R's' of a successful community

Responsibility – for ones self and others

Respect – for ones self and others

Resilience – coping with the challenges life throws at us.

I will be very happy to discuss any of these issues with you and assist where possible

 

Yours sincerely,

Stephen Greenfield

Auckland Transport Consultancy/New Zealand Tours

 

 

My history in Central Government politics 

I have always been interested in the way nations and empires rise and fall and the part religion and culture play in forging societies. Travel in 90 countries has opened my eyes to a wide variety of governments and societies. In 1984 I decided to enter politics in New Zealand. My philosophy of life and understanding of the way nations and people function best is shaped by my christian faith however with a complete understanding of the words of Jesus Christ 'give to Ceasar the things that are Ceasars and give to God the things that are Gods. We have 2 responsibilities in life - to God - and to each other.  

In this life we live in communities - family, town/city, nations, and world. Our responsibility in this life is to live in peace with everyone, respecting ourselves and others, taking responsibility for ourselves and others, and building resilience to cope with what life throws at us. Everyone must be free to believe what they wish provided that does not harm others.  

We pass into the next life as individuals and Christians, Moslems, and Jews all believe we have to give an account to God of how we have acted in this life which should be a modifier for the better of how we behave!  It is each individuals responsibility to decide whether or not there is a God, and if there is, who he is, why did he make us, what is our future.

When looking for a political party to join in 1974 I quickly realised that the National Party was basically corrupt and a party determined to retain power at any cost. Then along came the New Zealand Party led by Bob Jones offering policies and principles I could totally agree with. My political career started as a foot slogger in the Mt Albert Electorate. The New Zealand Party had an amazing result in the 1984 election but under the 'First Past the Post' system of government gained no seats in Parliament. In 1985 Bob Jones and the Party leadership decided to amalgamate with The National Party. Many of us said no and the party continued under John Galvin for some months until he too decided to give in and amalgamate with the National Party. A smaller group of us felt we could not do that and be true to our beliefs and principles and I was appointed leader for the 1987 and 1990 elections. We had a lot of fun and developed exciting and innovative policies which would have made a great difference to New Zealand but achieved little without the money and media attention of a Bob Jones. In 1993 the National Party showed their true colours by destroying my business of tourism and trade development with China including a $4 million a year contract with the Beijing Economic Development Commission (at a time they also took over $1 million off Chinese students under false pretences and outright stole over $5 million of Chinese students money. The former was never repaid and the latter only partly remediated with the payment of $3.2 million to the Centre for Scholarly Exchanges in Beijing)  and while we formed a Coalition of small parties for the 1993 election disbanded soon after.  

The reason given for the destruction of my business by someone in a senior Cabinet Ministers office was because of my "attempts to keep the New Zealand Party going". 

I have stood for the Conservative Party in the 2011 and 2017 elections. I still passionately believe there are better ways of running this country than offered by the past or present governments. The National Party did enormous damage to New Zealand during its 9 years in power from 2008 to 2017 and the current Labour led coalition has proven its incompetence in many issues including housing, transport, and welfare. It has handled the health issues of Covid well in most areas - except ensuring the testing regimes at the border and Quarantine Facilities were being fulfilled.  It has moved with speed to lockdowns and gives us one last chance at eliminating it if we can get on top of the present cluster. It has also moved with speed with assistance such as the Wage subsidy. Now we have to move on to the 'new normal' in a covid ravaged world. For the past 5 years i have been banging on about the dangers of an economy based on creating a desire for things we don't need, and fulfilling that need, based on the shaky sands of debt.  Now the crunch has come. We cannot afford to keep subsidising businesses which are not self sustaining in the 'new normal'. Tough but real

Stephen Greenfield 

Sins of the National Party               

** Emasculating the mines inspectorate brought us Pike River. 

** Emasculating the Civil Aviation inspectors brought us the Fox Glacier skydiving plane and helicopter crashes 

** Emasculating Maritime New Zealand brought us the totally unnecessary Rena Oil spill. At least 90% of the heavy fuel oil could have been taken off the ship within the first 3 day window of fine weather.  

** Underfunding the District Health Boards brought you leaky rotting buildings, long surgery waits, obscene waits and postcode lottery for cancer treatment, underpaid nurses and cleaners, ineffective and inadequate mental health provision.

** Refusing to introduce the suggestions of the Law Commission Report (Alcohol in our lives - curbing the harm), brought us more battered women, bashed up kids, mangled bodies on the roads, more alcohol and drug addicts, and increased homelessness. Their totally cynical and callous action in introducing Local Alcohol Plans to supposedly allow Local Bodies to reduce opening hours and take other harm minimisation measures then allow the booze barons  to sue them was utterly reprehensible, but no doubt increased the National Party finances.

** Refusing to introduce "Supermaxx" in Auckland, Supermetlink in Wellington, and Supermetro in Christchurch has brought you over $1.5 billion in excess fares, a similar amount in excess subsidies, and over 360,000 tons of unnecessary carbon emissions, but their bus owning mates have prospered! The action of Steven Joyce in cancelling the Public Transport Management Act (2008) and replacing it with the Land Transport management Amendment Act (2013) has contributed greatly to our current public transport woes. 

**   National's obsession with allowing people with money to become new residents easily instead of concentrating on good people has brought high profile issues with corruption, shonky political donations, and some very smelly relationships with Saudi Arabia and China - including Simon Bridges latest dubious visit to China in September 2019 with minimal MFAT input (as highlighted in The New Zealand Herald 10 January 2020)  

** Allowing the marketing of New Zealand (and particularly Auckland) houses overseas has contributed hugely to the housing shortage denying young New Zealanders the opportunity to own their own homes.

** Shambolic immigration policy has contributed to fraudulent applications, a huge increase in taxi drivers and cafe workers, and huge exploitation of workers.  

**  Climate change denial (no matter how it is caused) has put us on the back foot in taking harm mitigation measures.

**  Refusing to examine the underlying causes of our social problems has meant failure to provide the solutions. 

** Refusal to reverse the separatist policies causing division and unfairness between Maori and Pakeha has increased the injustices. Refusal to recognise the good that came to New Zealand with the British (as well as the bad) and Article Three of the Treaty as well as Article two has led to great injustices. Theft of the property rights of Aucklanders in handing land legitimately bought from Maori on the Auckland Maunga and managed by Auckland Council for ALL Aucklanders and giving it to Maori ownership is divisive property theft and contributes to current issues such as the removal of exotic trees on Mt Albert.

He Iwi Tahi Tatou (now we are one people) was Hobson's statement to the Chiefs at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Bolger and Graham accelerated the whole separatist movement in the early 1900's and their successors have continued it. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

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