Pernicious Greens, Pike River Mine, Kapiti, Waterview.
In the light of the Pike river coalmine tragedy, let’s hope that the role of the Greens and their constant politicizing about damage to the environment – while ignoring the fact that human beings’ lives can be put in jeopardy and their homes, hopes, and happiness destroyed as a result of green fanaticism – begins to attract closer scrutiny.
However, the Green Party doesn’t get everything wrong. Of all the political parties it has been the only one to point out the dangers to national sovereignty by the present government’s sly resolve to allow Communist Chinese backed, ostensibly independent investment companies, buy New Zealand land. While our former currency trader Prime Minister, no doubt conditioned to operating largely in terms of profit-making, rounds on New Zealanders, accusing them of being North Korean in their implied “xenophobic” attitude, the Greens are the only party to have recognized that this is an issue of national sovereignty. Chinese companies actually owning New Zealand land is equivalent to the Communist Chinese Government’s being able to move in to own New Zealand territory any time it wishes to remove these and to take control of their companies. Many in fact have direct investment in them by the Communist Chinese Party.
There are no doubt many rank and file Greens with a genuine love of their environment. But they are certainly not alone in this – most New Zealanders would feel the same. However, the party has long been well described as like a watermelon – green on the outside and red inside.
This long hijacked party basically has in its sights human beings as the enemy of the environment, of Gaia, the Earth Mother, together with all the pseudo-mystic mumbo-jumbo this involves. When it comes to the dignity, prosperity, and safety of human beings, the Greens hierarchy’s record, inherited from their parent group overseas, is that of turning against their fellows and sacrificing them to their basic Marxist ideology. In this respect they operate from a set of ideological principles and beliefs far different from that mere wish to protect the environment with which few New Zealanders would argue.
Their main recruiting ground has been propagandized schoolchildren, young university students or those still working within universities, those in well-paid media positions; professionals who are agnostic or atheist in their beliefs; arts and soft-option science graduates; often those uncommitted to relationships. Moreover, here and overseas the Greens have long been infiltrated at the parliamentary level with members of the far Left whose basic aim is the destabilization of Western society. Any mischief making which can damage the structure of families, including anti-male propaganda and in particular attacking the authority of fathers, of parents generally – especially conservative parents – such as by means of the anti-smacking campaign, by left-wing propaganda inserted into school social studies, Englist teaching and sex education programmes: all of these have long been grist to the underlying ideology of ecological Marxism.
As a recent article in the Australian News Weekly illustrates (27.11.10) the first of the two core beliefs of the Greens is that the environment or the ecology is to be placed above all else. The second, a Marxist philosophy aim, displays the same totalitarian tendencies of all other forms of Marxism when applied to political movements. This is “the subordination of the individual and the impulse to rid society of all elements that, in the eyes of the adherents, mars its perfection.” To the Greens, humans are only one species among others.” In fact, when a clash of claims emerges, in Green philosophy, human beings simply don’t count.
There is no doubt that, with regard to the consents issued for Pike River Coal Ltd by the then Labour Minister of Conservation Chris Carter in 2004, the influence of the Greens, who are implacably imposed to mining, was strongly felt. I quote from a green website, the reasoning of which is so ridiculous that the word rational simply doesn’t apply.
“It is very difficult to see where the benefit [of mining] is, unless one accepts the word of the mining industry itself. The government often parrots industry figures about job creation and economic opportunities, when in fact, there are very few protections and very little economic opportunity for the broader New Zealand community.””
This evasion of reality and the denial of how much mining contributes to the economic viability of the country and to much needed export earnings could essentially be described as a madness. It is also no doubt one of the reasons why this country remains so very poor, due to the Greens inordinate influence, especially as a party of the far Left constantly pressurizing both major parties when they need the support of a minor party in our disastrous MMP environment.
Overseas, there has been mounting criticism of the fact that in an area known for the dangers of methane gas and the plague of methane buildup, what has been described as Third World mining practices have been taking place in what is meant to be a First World country. The initial restrictions imposed upon the Pike River mine are going to be increasingly questioned
It is coalmining, of course, which has sustained the West Coast community for generations, fundamentally underpinning the West Coast economy – something that well-cushioned Green media propagandists apparently don’t comprehend. Questions are going to be increasingly raised in connection with the fact that Green organizations, including Forest and Bird, and Greenpeace Aotearoa New Zealand (the radicalized version of our official name says it all) together with other far Left groups may, by their badgering and insistence on the imposing of ultimately damaging conditions, have had an inordinate and finally disastrous effect on the structure and development of the Pike River mine. Its owners found themselves having to meet the demands of the equally deep green Department of Conservation (well described as the government New Zealanders never voted for). Local Maori – never themselves historically renowned for their own conservation interests – applied constant pressure… the sort of centre staging we have become used to. (When hand-picked kaumatua were invited to escort live Archey’s frogs from the Paparoa forest area where the mine is situated, Peter Grove, a well-informed correspondent, recalls that the entire exercise resulted in disaster for the frogs in that they either died or got lost. Grove wonders whether the kaumatua concerned would have ever heard of Archey’s frogs, let alone had the slightest concern for their survival.
The fact is that New Zealanders have become tired not only of the constant posturing involved, but of the excessive demands of the green environmentalist movement which is not only damaging the economy, but destroying people’s own personalised environments, those they have long cared for with love and attention, even with their whole lives’ investment – their very own homes and those of their families and friends.
A very good example of this at the moment is the current proposal for a revised route for the planned Kapiti Coast express way. New Zealand Transport Agency regional director Jenny Chetwynd is reported as announcing that up to 86 properties, including 50 houses would be “ affected” by the changes. This bland bureaucratese avoids the fact that people who own these homes will be utterly devastated. Their houses will be destroyed to make way for the new southern route of the expressway. “We have planted trees and seen them mature,” said one desperate homeowner. “We do not want to go. We are happy here and want to stay.” His neighbour, who received a guarantee from the district council five years ago, before buying his property, stating that there were no roading claims that would affect his own four acres, bought his property thinking that they would be there for ever. An elderly couple have spent 20 years developing their house and garden.
Too bad about their environment. Who cares? Not the district council who spent about 10 years “negotiating with iwi to avoid “an urupa” near the Waikanae river. Well, obviously they got their priorities right –“ iwi sensitivities” now invariably come first, in the minds of politicians and of officialdom, over the rights of all other New Zealanders. You don’t know what “an urupa” is – and the council doesn’t bother to explain in its media report? The answer is that a “urupa” is a Maori burial ground. But haven’t either burial grounds elsewhere in New Zealand been simply moved to make way for new roading? Ah yes: but this is a Maori burial ground and Maori are apparently entitled to a more special consideration regarding the bones of their ancestors than Europeans. However, any sympathy we might feel or might not for such a notion should certainly invoke a niggling doubt whether the bones of dead ancestors should take priority over the lives and loving care put into their homes by those who are alive, paying taxes and rates, and deserving of protection both from the State and from their local councils.
Furthermore, why have both central and local governments not been informed that – (according to Jean Jackson, a highly ranked historian of Ngai Tahu descent who has considerable doubts about the activities of this opportunistic tribe, writing knowledgeably concerning both these and tribal history – there is evidence that Maori willingly sold graveyards, removing both chiefs’ bones and the tapu placed there, before they departed.
One would think there must be an extraordinarily important reason to remove both families and elderly New Zealanders from the homes and environment they have loved and cared for. The explanation of the council, which has of course not spent 10 years negotiating with the homeowners concerned, is that in this way “several key areas, including conservation land and sensitive iwi land have been avoided.”
New Zealanders at large should not be putting up with this. Quite simply, people, all people, not simply and primarily radical Maori activists (by no means representing majority of Maori) and deep Green fanatics, should take priority in decision-making have their wishes respected. However, highly politicized representations take priority over so-called ordinary New Zealanders – home-makers, garden lovers. The capitulation of councils and government to this kind centre-staging and politicized arm-twisting is contemptible.
So, too, with the proposal for the Waterview Connection as part of the Auckland Southern Western motorway extension which blithely opted to destroy people’s homes in order that a very small part of the mangrove swamps around Auckland should not be disturbed. Vigorous opposition by local residents trimmed back the proposal, but houses are still to be needlessly taken with the same disregard for everything a home means to families and individuals.
With the next election looming in 2011, New Zealanders need to be increasingly aware that the Green Party actually views people as more expendable than the environment, an extremist position which deifies the environment and ethnic minorities over civilized values and societies which can only ever be self-sustainable in terms of their productivity, of industries (including mining) of manufacturing, and farming. The Green belief in what has been called “a coercive utopianism” basically “advocates high levels of state ownership in the economy and an expanded role for the bureaucracy, including an extensive international regulatory bureaucracy” – i.e. our former socialist Prime Minister Helen Clark’s One World Government.
The Greens are by no means a harmless group of well-meaning tree huggers, though they no doubt harbour many of Lenin’s “useful fools”. They are a high tax party constantly advocating increased taxation with punitive outcomes attached to wealth generation and economic growth. Their excessive prioritising of the environment over people has lead to the adoption of quasi-fascist anti-people policies. For example, not only are open fires to heat homes in winter now disallowed, but even the installation of clean-air wood burners in new homes is banned by both Nelson and Hawke’s Bay city councils, due to the pressure of leftist council bureaucrats. Yet the Greens are well aware of the punitive price of electricity -and even its unavailability, with the failure of electrical supplies in winter, a most important part of the year for the elderly, for families, for the ill and for the frail.
When it comes to the point that people are disregarded in value, their lives, livelihoods and homes endangered because of the Greens’ advocacies, and because of their pressurizing of government and local bodies, then we should be well aware of the damage their fanaticism is causing the country. All other New Zealanders should be questioning the consequences of their prohibitive interference in development and industry, in their opposition to mining and other wealth-generating industries, in their undue prioritizing of conservation land, of mangrove swamps and long-past Maori burial sites from which both tapu and bones can be removed – over, in essence, what ET once described in the phrase that resonates in all our minds as quite simply “home”.