Communities all around New Zealand are preparing for the Global Day of Protest Against 5G on Saturday 25 January 2020. From a lively educational market stall in Kaitaia to a solid protest in Invercargill, people all over the country will be mobilising against the imposition of 5G networks.
To date, Vodafone has switched on 5G in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown while Spark has started up 5G in parts of Alexandra, as well as in areas of Westport, Clyde, Twizel, Tekapo and Hokitika.
Irresponsibly, the New Zealand government is allowing this technology to be deployed here – despite the fact that it has not undergone any pre-market safety testing. Health minister David Clark, and minister for broadcasting communications and digital media, Kris Faafoi, have steadfastly ignored our concerns.
The Telcos and Ministry of Health are trying to cover up the lack of safety testing by saying that existing research applies to 5G. This is inaccurate and misleading as the characteristics of higher frequency 5G radiation are very different from existing 3G, 4G and wi-fi.
Catherine Giorza, one of the organisers of the peaceful protest for Auckland, where Vodafone has already begun deploying 5G, says she is “hoping that the Auckland community will support our event on the corner of Queens St and Wakefield St, beginning at 12pm on Saturday 25 January, then engage others on the walk to Britomart.”
“The event is specifically intended to be family-friendly “because a safe and healthy environment is important for everyone in NZ, but especially vital for babies and children,” she said.
“We need to send a clear signal to the NZ government and Spark, Vodafone, and 2Degrees that New Zealanders do not want or need 5G. Our children’s and grandchildren’s health is more important than the latest wireless gadgets,” Lisa Er, one of the organisers said.
“Telcos are trying to force 5G radiation into everyone’s environment even though thousands of doctors, engineers and scientists have signed petitions against the deployment of 5G, because it is likely to damage people’s health and the environment. We must employ the precautionary principle, Er said.”
Protest marches, rallies and other events will occur at: Kaitaia, Whangarei, Auckland, Waiheke Island, Hamilton, Te Awamutu / Kihikihi, Gisborne, Paraparaumu, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Oamaru / Waitaki, Queenstown, and Invercargill / Southland.
Details are listed here https://www.5g.org.nz/global-protests/
As it is Auckland Anniversary Weekend, and there are a number of anti war protests in Auckland and Wellington, numbers may not be huge, but this is the start of a global movement and New Zealand has the privilege of kicking it off.
According Kelvin Davidson, our NZ senior economist, it was another intriguing year for NZ’s property market in 2019. And for 2020, he’s predicting even more ‘swings and roundabouts’ for the market.
Kelvin Davidson writes: Activity was relatively subdued last year, partly due to controlled credit conditions as well as a tight supply of listings, and values had an early-year lull (centred on Auckland) before reigniting late in 2019. The year ahead looks set to see sales volumes rise gradually, with values also likely to increase further too.
The macroeconomic environment looks supportive for property in 2020. Admittedly, GDP growth will probably be slower than it has been recently, at 2-2.5% annually. However, that is still a decent pace, and should help to create more employment. Net migration is also likely to remain elevated, as NZ remains an attractive destination for work and living. All of this adds up to further growth in property demand, both rented and owner-occupied.
Credit conditions also eased towards the end of 2019 (e.g. the banks’ internal serviceability tests) and although the loan to value ratio rules aren’t likely to be relaxed any further this year, mortgage lending activity looks set to continue to rise for at least the first half of 2020. This will help sales activity levels to improve, although it remains to be seen how much of a rise is actually possible in the current listings-constrained market.
We wouldn’t be surprised to see the recent rebound in mortgaged investors’ activity (as shown by the CoreLogic Buyer Classification series) continue in 2020. The scrapping of the capital gains tax proposals back in April last year has bolstered investors’ confidence, while the low returns available on alternative assets (e.g. term deposits) are likely to continue to make property look relatively attractive. Investors don’t have it all their own way, however, with first home buyers holding their ground in many parts of the country.
By contrast, movers (i.e. existing owner-occupiers who are relocating) are fairly quiet at present, in many cases because they are concerned that the lack of available listings will mean they can’t find their ideal next property (which if course further restrains listings).
New Zealand Asset Classes:
· Residential Real Estate: $1.2 trillion
· ($277 billion in home loans)
· Commercial Real Estate: $223 billion
· NZ Stocks: $167 billion
· NZ Super & KiwiSaver: $106 billion
Report Includes the following:
· NZ and Australia GDP growth
· NZ Population
· Regional Building Consents
· Consumer Confidence
· Interest Rates
· Lending conditions
· Sales Volumes
· House Price Index
· House Price Index
· Buyer Classification
· Auckland Market Activity
· Auckland Values
· Auckland Suburb Value Change
· Current Suburb Values: ‘Mapping the Market’
Being a young woman in a male-dominated field hasn’t stopped Bella Franks carving out a successful international career as an engineer.
Today she spoke about her experiences to a group of female students keen to follow in her footsteps.
Bella was one of four guest speakers at the Women in Engineering Canterbury (WiE Can) event hosted by the University of Canterbury (UC).
WiE Can gives 60 female Year 13 students from high schools across New Zealand the opportunity to find out more about engineering by attending a series of hands-on workshops over five days, culminating in today’s session hearing from high-profile female engineers.
Bella, who graduated from UC in 2010 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Honours and is now working for Aecom as Associate Director of Buildings and Places, says engineering offers a varied and exciting career path.
She advises young women considering the profession to “go for it”. “It’s such a rewarding career. So many of the world’s most pressing issues need smart young women to solve them and drive human innovation forward.
“It’s rare in today’s work environment to have such a tangible outcome to your efforts, such as a beautiful building or public space, so it’s very satisfying to be able to see the results of your work.”
Bella spent four years living in New York working on one of the United States’ largest private real estate developments, the Hudson Yards project in Manhattan, and she is currently working on the City Rail Link in Auckland.
The 30-year-old says there is a certain amount of “proving yourself” as a young, female engineer, particularly in the construction world. “People can be very quick to write you off as inexperienced or out of your depth and it takes time to earn respect. Young males face this challenge too but often to a lesser extent.”
Other WiE Can speakers were Transpower Chief Executive Alison Andrew, water resources engineer India Eiloart, and Larissa Wilson, a UC mechanical engineering student who recently spent two weeks at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, the United States.
UC College of Engineering Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Evans-Freeman says the WiE Can initiative is part of the university’s commitment to boosting the number of female engineering graduates and increasing diversity in the profession.
“Often young women have skills and interests that are very relevant to engineering but it might not be on their radar as a career option or they’re not sure how viable it is. The aim of this event is to let them know they are wanted and there are amazing possibilities in this field.
“We’ve invited these four speakers because they’re all brilliant role models and show the diverse career paths and opportunities available to females who choose engineering.”
Anna Manning, 18, from Whakatane, attended WiE Can last year and says it played a major role in her decision to enrol in Forest Engineering at UC in 2020.
“Engineering was one of my ideas but I never really knew exactly what it involved, and I didn’t know there were so many different types of engineering, and different career pathways you can follow.
“I’m quite focused on the outdoors, the environment and sustainability, so Forest Engineering really appeals to me and I hadn’t even known about it until WiE Can.
“The workshops gave me a clearer idea of what I would be doing on a day to day basis in an engineering career which was really cool.”
Waihopai: Assemble 10am, Waihopai Valley Road from 10 a.m
Wellington: Assemble 12 noon, Midland Park
Auckland: Assemble 2pm, Aotea Square
No war with Iraq or Iran! Troops out Now! Shut down the Waihopai Spy Base!
Support for the Auckland protest has come from the Green Party, First union, Unite Union, Love Music Hate Racism, Radio Inqilaab, Migrant Workers Association of Aotearoa, Anti-Bases Campaign and Socialist Aotearoa.
Since calling this protest we have received endorsements from across New Zealand and as a result, GPJA has changed its name to Global Peace and Justice Aotearoa. We seek to link activists from around the country to build a strong movement for peace and justice.
Those backing the protest include Golriz Ghahraman, Green Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Human Rights, spokesperson who cannot attend in person but who says: “Please note my apologies and huge appreciation for the kaupapa of the anti-war march in Auckland, especially as a victim of American war profiteering in Iran and Iraq.”
John Minto, a founder member of GPJA states: “I will be travelling to Auckland for this really important protest to begin at 2pm on Saturday at Aotea Square. All foreign troops including New Zealand soldiers need to leave Iraq now!”
Activists are invited to a follow-up meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 4 February the Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn Auckland, to help build the movement for a new decade.
Colin Foster as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer.
Mr Foster will succeed Rob Braithwaite, who has been working with the Cannasouth team since its inception and played an important role in preparing the company for its public listing in June 2019.
Cannasouth CEO Mark Lucas says the transition is a logical progression as Cannasouth grows from a purely research-based organisation into a fully commercial enterprise.
“Rob played an integral role in the formation of Cannasouth and helped us navigate our way through the complex process of becoming a listed NZX company.
“Rob has built a solid financial foundation from which we can now grow into the next phase of our business.
“Colin is a chartered accountant with strong corporate and financial management skills gained over 33 years of senior financial leadership at Tatua Dairy Co-Operative Limited and Anchor Products Limited.
“His wide general management experience will add significantly to the Senior Leadership Team of Cannasouth.”