A new arrival to these shores, whether by birth emigration or a short visit should start the clock on becoming a
New Zealander/ Aeoteaaroan
For me that means to feel a special bond with all that's around me past and present ! While here they will be instructed on and expected too participate in the foundation principals ! while becoming better equipped to protect and enhance the environment around them and that of the original inhabitants of this land. .The time of appearance within these shores should give guidance as to priority's and or resources allocated to protect ,enhance and even create new environments . I would be heartened too find if large scale plantings and expansion of native forests were occurring alongside rivers and lakes, estuaries. While eradicating the more recent arrivals such as willow trees gorse and broom , allowing for a better chance of producing thriving safe and healthy ecosystems For the original inhabitants . (void of noxious plants ,predators not of there time ) returning the land to what it once was pre human.
The seas and oceans inhabitants are in need of some respite as well but for now I am commenting on that which i can see and live with?
Systems and practices in place today do not allow for this to occur ,in fact globally pressures put on the few remaining original habitats is leading to the extinction of more and more (known and i am sure as yet undiscovered species !) I hear the destruction of hundreds of square km's of life filled forests occurring daily yet will take hundreds of years to replace that same environment !dispossessing the majority of that life of the means too continue ! I might also add ,only if the area is reseeded at the time of destruction with naturally occurring plants to that area , will there be any hope of eventually getting back that lost .
Personally I feel a greater variety and diversity is a good thing! Yet history and today's systems and ideologies, point to continued and rapidly destructive processes being adopted and even encouraged! Becoming industry standards and recommended practices?
e.g..Radiata pine forests, cultivation of vast areas for single crop production
reclamation of swamp areas for grass growth all have the effect of putting unbearable pressures upon the original species and evicting them from what was once the place they thrived
There are numerous reasons why this madness has continued to occur ! Economic,cultural,religious,greed...to name a few.... .however if it is not addressed and pathways formulated to stop or time allocated to heal the destruction our own existence as “humans” will seriously be impacted on ,and the quality of life drastically reduced for future generations !
I am sure, you like me have put faith in and with people in a governing position specifically designed to address issues that they have been educated in, are knowledgeable about and eager to advance the public will.. .I am not as sure today having tried on several occasions over the years .unless the concept ,idea what ever ,fits in with a predetermined problem ,programme or processes you will find you are alone to push your own barrow .Hence this web site .
Plant growing platform
Plant grower /stock feeder
This devise I see as a positive alternative in the production of plant/vegetables for human and stock consumption .Its unique features should provide the ultimate growing conditions for most plants grown today .But here are a few of its advantages I see to be superior too, over methods and practices used today.
First up the plant boxes have multiple layers ,increasing the land available for growing vegetation, (fields are one layer) while isolating it from the stock or pests until it has matured or is needed.
An extra benefit of a multi level planter box system , being its height and mobility allowing the planter boxes to be grown in more favorable climatic conditions, then transported to were needed or designed to withstand the harsher conditions on site .In most circumstances though its design allows unaffected growth through unusual weather events like flooding ,snow ,and to a lesser degree frosts depending on the planter box design. While the sun shines it will grow .!!!
Where as the present practices used today cultivate large areas of land using numerous implements (tractors ,ploughs , irrigators etc. ) this system can have the soil prepared and even created from such places like dumps/effluent ponds etc..(no reason to mix shit with water !) Then placed in planter box's ,seeded with single or multi seed types, depending on the requirements .all occurring in a factory setting, transported to the racks placed on unused or unproductive , dead areas were they are left to grow. The water tanks attached to the boxes allow for the regulated hydration of plants through adverse weather (drought /hot winds ) and depending on the design can supply all that the the plants need to grow to maturity !
The racks themselves have a rather interesting design feature as well ,a latch on the central pillar (when released ) allows the shelves to pivot on the outer pillar which in turn will allow the shelves to tilt downward at the center pillar, and the planter box to roll/slide on to a lower level .This feature provides a seesaw action for the water to drain from one side to the other by a series of hollow wicks running through the soil.
A fields soil make up is determent by its location and its fertileness can only be improved by adding nutrients to it ,this devise can have the soil type reproduced at will to suit the various plants requirements with nutrients added easily (I have medical applications in mind) .
A percentage of grass grown in a field doesn't make it to the stocks mouth as it gets trodden on or a cow pat left on it or its consumed by an unwanted pest /insect ?. Depending on the version used this devises features can eliminate these issues and provide fresh new foliage year round .whereas practices like silage and hay keep the stock alive but I feel is 2nd best
Bugs and insects can also be added to the system to help with soil conditioning as well as proving a further food source for fowl and the like . .
Weather, time of year workload are all contributing factors determining the supply of feed availability for human ,beast ,or Fowl alike this device can elevate a large amount of these issues while freeing up otherwise underutilized areas were a regeneration of the original inhabitants environment can occur .
Past experience tells me, when advances in agricultural technologies occur allowing an increase in stock levels that's what happens ! However I deplore anyone making use of the system to go back and read the primary objective ! The original inhabitants desperately need environments .Cows sheep goats and dear all survive in other countries, the native spices don't and cant !
This country already produces at least three times more than it requires to sustain the population. I advocate a maximum stock unit/farm area using todays levels as a guide not to be exceeded. With any lands that become surplus to a farmers needs after introducing the plant feeder system should be regenerated into an original habitat .I can hear all the nay Sayers arguments echoing off into the distance ? But let me say this !
Since humans first set foot on these shores(1000 years ago/accelerated in the last 100 ?) we have transformed the majority of the land from thriving abundant life filled self supporting ecosystems ,Into separated blocks of land, supporting predominantly solitary Species (a cow or sheep)that require an increasing amount of human intervention on there path through life which is costly to maintain, in time ,and energy's (financially as well) that is fast becoming dependent on ever increasing external offshore services (medications ,machinery, seeds, markets to transfer produce to) Which in my mind is unsustainable while creating an uninhabitable ,bleak future for the original spices and detrimental to our very existence !
Whole hill ranges have been planted in radiata pine at Quite a considerable cost eating into any expected profits .those trees will take 25 years odd to harvest with pruning ,Rates ,and other costs being adsorbed by the farmer/investor/council over that period .The land it occupies is out of action for that period as very little grows under a pine tree for its needles block the light while on the tree and when creating a mat on the ground it tends to repel insects and beetles .It doesn't produce any food source for an original inhabitant ,native birds avoid them and except for huhu grubs when the tree is dead have little nutritious vale at all. Then after twenty-five years, anything that has etched out an existence for itself has the prospect of the sudden destruction of its environment and total exposure too the elements which it will have to adapt to or die .I know what it is like to be dispossessed in later life and expected to start all over again as do the increasing number of homeless ! Its soul destroying and without a herculean effort near impossible to get back close to a way it once was .In the case of a pine plantation the incentive and any help has been removed over that period for any potential inhabitants and the soil has been drained of nutrients leaving it only fit for planting another crop of pine trees which is what occurs . (has any one been on a tour of a pine plantation ?)
Whereas that same hill range (coast range from Kaitangata to Dunedin for example ) were to be planted out in native flora or even eucalypts would be preferable. With walking cycling tracks and camping areas situated at strategic spots to take in the views etc. you would find in that same twenty five years you will have created a very useable productive environment for the original inhabitants and humans alike and a refuge for the animals evicted from the national parks ( which in turn creates a hunting option )A tourist destination (a scheme could be developed to have the recent arrivals pay for and plant ) which could be developed into a fun productive and educational way to regenerate the original habitats. And as these are the things needed to be involved in on there path to becoming a New Zealander I feel the benefits too all, are enormous and all close to a major population . The point being I could have plane loads of people wanting to be involved with something like this but I would be hard pressed to have any takers of a guided tour of any pine forest or dairy farm for that matter !
Also you would still have a timber option available though admittedly not as much but if a sustainable approach were adopted I am sure sufficient enough (which brings me to another point pine trees are draining all the goodness out of the land while growing and as the majority are exported not putting anything back .Leaving it less likely of a return financially the second time around if indeed there was one the first time! as I am led to believe gouging tracks out of hill sides to retrieve the logs can wipe out any profit at all ? Fire too is a major issue or rather the potential cost to put one out !. Fire risk in a pine plantation is always high but heightened in the drier months when human interaction increases. The process of pruning and maintenance on a pine plantation, leave a large quantity of dead dry fuel piled up, increasing the potential damage a fire would cause and reduce the earnings from the lumber .Where as a fire in a native forest is rear and slower to spread by its natural make up being evergreen and when the leaves do drop they are soon composted and turned to mulch by the organisms that don't exist in pine plantations. The mulch holds onto any moisture for longer adding to the fire retarding qualities of the forest floor .
Why have we turned our back on all the original trees in favour of pinesradiata ? It is not something I personally wish to spend my time pondering. They are here now and the governing bodies have added them to this environment and continue to promote the expansion and proliferation within these shores, creating an industry around them and embedding them into our economy ? I don't like it ,I see it as a destructive path to have taken ! I hope by expressing these views and putting forward a few solutions a new direction is to be found . A lot of this has occurred to fulfil our obligations to the treaty's sighed .(Greenhouse gasses ,harmful emissions,) lowering a carbon foot print ?.By continuing as we seem to be I cant help but feel off shore entities/interests are dictating and those unaware implementing our very demise ! I would like to put a boot on that carbon foot and with considerable force, send it right back up the “jaxee” ! of those perpetuating this madness.
The community law system has proven extremely hard to write up showing its shear simplicity and effectiveness ! How ever i shall give it a go .
A person being held responsible for committing a deed (good or bad ) is bought before a group of 15 random community members . the system works just as well if the deed doer is known too these individuals.
four groups of three are assigned a category each to make judgment on (specifically if they believe the truth has been expressed )
The deed doers is then encouraged to express there story in as much detail as possible ,with emphasis put too them that the "TRUTH" from there perspective would benefit in theory and practice as that is all a community can ask of any of its citizens .(i realize lies half truths etc are sure to be spoken by some but the practicality of the system manages this aspect)
once the story has been told the groups are then asked to make judgement on there assigned category ( if it is believed to be spoken truthfully ) with the majority holding sway An undecided position is also possible .the community sets the pass thresh hold although i feel a two out of three in each category should be a minimum.
eight , yeses results in the individual progressing onward to the next stage were the final three whom have observed proceedings put forward potential solutions/punishments /extra duty's etc too the individual with the emphasis being placed on pathways to encourage and enhance the individuals growth and participation within the community .
failure to convince the majority that they have been truthful will result in the individual being detained or held back from participating with /in the community and should be seen by the community as a non citizen .When the individual feels or reaches a point that they are able to tell the truth the proceedings can be repeated ,and as the truth will eventually have to be accepted by the community and measures put forward minimizing risk of repeating problematic behaviors before the individual is allowed to participate in it again ,there should little chance of that individual becoming a liability to there community .
Proposed Transportation network
Before introducing the idea I have of the transportation of goods /passengers I would like to point out a few of the increasingly destructive and costly results of methods in use today ! (costly too economies ,environment ,individual freedoms)
Present systems have/are/and will continue to drain the public purse in there construction and maintenance as higher volumes and weights of traffic increase year on year. Greater amounts of otherwise productive land is lost as a result of roads increasing in width and numbers to cater for the increasing volumes while placing a deadly barrier in the path of our original species to navigate .The entire solar systems supply of fossil fuels (millions of years in production ) is being used in increasingly unsustainable amounts to supply the means to operate the systems in use today .And if one forward thought five generations from now (while keeping in mind the introduction of the combustion engine in 1900ish and its halved the amount available already ? ) it becomes clear too me at least, that a complete rethink is not only needed but essential for a extension too human existence and life on this planet . Personal freedoms are also being eroded as ID,s passports, licenses ,Government subsidies In the purchase of and fuel to power Vehicles for selected entities like commercial ,farming, industrial are in place paid for by all ! And restrictions to walk were you will have all been introduced so as to allow you to operate as a citizen of your environment (all delivered with a cost to you. The system I would like to see introduced, eliminates a great proportion of these issues and with a little planning could become an integral portion of a country's tool kit in it’s plight to contend with global warming.
The entire system I have in mind would have to be adapted to the needs of what it is to transport (size ,destination ect ). Here though I shall attempt to explain its basic format or overview of its basic operation ?. A series of looped /tubes are linked (ladder formation) between “A” and “B” in which to form the means of propulsion of the cargo. These tubes will be the basis of the network and contain features to allow capsules to travel through and be ejected from ,while also containing an air stream in which to provide the propulsion too move them along , The tubes dimensions I would envisage to be something like 1metre square /round (depending on designers specs? ) with a slot running along its length to allow a "T" shaped rail too be inserted ,forming a track for the capsules too run along . The construction of which could be designed to carry a means of an electrical supply, eliminating the need of batteries, as an added extra .
Air is then circulated round each individual loop, that's separate from each other and only connected to the next in line when a capsule passes through on its journey. Capsules of less dimensions than the tubes (that carry the smaller payloads ) will travel inside the tube, and will be described in more detail at a later stage . As air will be constantly circulating within the tubes(supplied by electrical fans situated periodically along the network too replace and keep the system charged) propelling the capsules on to there destinations were they can be expelled from the looped tubes . The next idea is a little trickier to explain but if you could imagine a sail which could be manually manipulated to increase /decrease its surface area connected to a carriage /trolley running along the “T” rail which in turn has a hook connected that travels on the outside of the tube ("t?" like this ) .So the sail (inside tube ) is joined to the carriage that will roll between the outside of the tube and the underside of the “T” rail carrying a hook so as they all move as one . The air will carry the sail along inside the tube at a speed determined by the surface area being exposed and the air circulating in the tube.
A few of the benefits with a system like this would be less weight in the vehicles needed ,and as the capsules travel with the wind it reduces energy losses due to pushing vehicles through the air .Savings in the construction of river crossings and other barriers will be dramatically reduced as existing structures can be utilized in conjunction with the tubes tunnelled under the rivers. Safety also is greatly enhanced as traffic is all travelling in the same direction separated by the rungs of the ladder .A third dimension of travel can also be added as it will allow vertical movement as well ,for instance up the side of high rise buildings. Construction of this type of net work opens itself to so many advantages over todays options I am confident that if a will to change was to be implemented ,within five years a network connecting the main centre's can be up and running and paid for with money saved in the first weeks of operation !. And I might add with the technology & resources already available in this country .
The hooks running along outside of the tubes are to connect the passenger vehicles and larger freight in providing a towing force ! The potential here is enormous as it could be adapted to take any number of vehicle types such as past vintage and todays vehicles right up to specially designed winged capsules doing away with a need of roads /tires and even drivers making the whole system very versatile and efficient in suppling your transportation needs.
Other ideas I've had to remove the dependency on fossil fuels would be to revert back to steam /electrical motors were instead of burning a fuel to provide the heat ,a simple adaptation to the household Jug could be all that is needed ? When One thinks of the resources used to date in advancing the combustion engine? I cringe at the prospect of doubling up in the knowledge that it will be all for naught ! As one day fossil fuels will run out and the production of bio fuels take over destroying what's remaining of areas like the Congo and amazon forests for there production, Mackenzie basin and the high country are places closer to home you can see original species being evicted and there very existence threatened in favor of agriculture .
My thoughts on religion are outside the norm, Yet have been gained from varied sources and perspectives. I have found I am unable to put my trust/faith in any of the religions Known of by me For the mere fact that all claim to be the recordings of unverifiable mystical “i”dentities or prophets.
The bible in particular has its origins with a group of peoples from a relatively small area of the world (not encompassing what we now know to be ) recording their history and then having it passed on word of mouth, not only once but multiple times across language and social barriers over a time span of thousands of years (initially verbal and later written ) to the point that if i were to take it as a truth ! Or a collection of truths ? I know I would be left searching and disappointed . I have found it so wildly open to interpretation its usefulness to me is practically nil ! .And that is as either a research source or a moral compass ?
Were as lessons ive picked up from Asian deity's (Budda,Krishna) carry a greater weight with me, as the little I know has given guidance to my own self improvement .In saying that I also realize if I were to be living in a community solely buddist the same justifications for skepticism would arise and I would come to the same conclusion and that is all religious teachings are a form of mind control and should be taken on as such . GOD' s handy work is acquired without instructions. while paths to understanding (what ,where .how) they are ? Is gained from within the individual,and in my case I feel they are internally embedded with us all .( Eg Thought ,breathing ) .
I have a few yarns i could pass on to clarify the above if any wish to hear .And even the most ardent dictator of religion would be hard pressed to debunk the simple "truth's " that exist but are untold to maintain the status Quo .I often ponder on the quip " While you talk you teach and learn while listening but nigh on impossible to do both at the same time" !.