I did not vote in the New Zealand flag referendum as neither flags were acceptable to me: the current one was dated and the new one did not represent the future I want for our country. Also, a change of flag should be accompanied by a change of the type of government, which was not the case. The flag referendum, which cost the tax payer about $26 million, was an effort by the Prime Minister at making name for himself; it failed. Similarly, I trust that the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement will not be implemented; most unlikely if Donald Trump becomes the next President of the USA. The TPPA is like prescription drugs: it addresses one symptom (not the cause) of a disease, and, comes with so many side effects that it kills off our people, silently, one at a time. Politicians, National and Labour, claim that the TPPA is a free trade agreement between 12 countries to sell and buy each other’s products to grow their respective home economies. Apart from the fact that the agreement was negotiated in secrecy, which is a crime in itself, the TPPA: (1) overrides the chances of New Zealand becoming a sovereign reign; (2) sets our nation up to be sued by other countries if there were any dispute arising from it; and (3) shuts up the voice of the individual, the family, the community. The Prime Minister, once again, sought personal fame in this; evidenced by him getting the TPPA signed in New Zealand. Then came the leak of the Panama Papers exposing New Zealand as a tax haven for the rich of the world to put their money in foreign trusts here to avoid paying tax in their countries. When the news broke, the Prime Minister’s response told me that he knew about this; unfortunately, the punishment is merely him ordering a ‘review to tighten the rules’. I believe that John Key, a multi-millionaire who made his millions as a 'money merchant', has taken this job of leading our country, to have control over more channels to make money for himself, giving his Prime Minister’s salary to charity as a smokescreen to blind people from knowing his self-interest.
|SUSANNA SUSARA KRUGER||
Author, Speaker, Educator & Entrepreneur