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Sailing Offshore and Why Some Men Hate Women

Just the two of us alone on the open sea far from the distractions of land, giving us time to think, we pondered the question of why some men hate women…

16 June 2020


RFK’s Moving Words on MLK’s Death Still Apply Today (Video)

It was on this day, in 1968, that Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed. The moving words he spoke in Indianapolis the day Martin Luther King was gunned down (two months before his own death), still apply today – even more so in the face of polarized riots across America that had their genesis in the fifties.

5 June 2020


The 5G Trojan Horse (Documentary)

The 5G Trojan Horse is a 96-minute documentary by Derrick Broze that exposes the truth behind the global “Race to 5G”; the health, privacy, and local power concerns; and the corruption between the ‘Big Wireless’ industry and the U.S. government. It is a wake-up call that should set our alarms ringing for us to take urgent action.


Peace on Earth: An Interview With Daisaku Ikeda

Japanese peace builder and Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda has a unique perspective on the path humanity needs to follow to achieve Global Peace. Ikeda is President of Soka Gakkai International ( SGI ) a Buddhist Association founded in Japan in…


Non-violence or Non-existence?

On this day in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. It seems ironic that only the night before he told hundreds of people in a speech at Mason Temple in Memphis, “It is no longer a choice between violence and non-violence in this world. It is non-violence or non-existence.” Words that are still painfully true today, rang…

4 April 2014


Harold Pinter: Art, Truth and Politics (Video)

Pinter’s pre-recorded speech for his Nobel Prize in Literature Award is riveting. It would shake up a person who still believes the lies the media spin about war. Yet for those of us who are awake, it injects a sense of urgency to go into action…to pull apart the curtains on our world stage to reveal the truth about America’s wars.


Mothers Who Play With ‘Dolls’

“Here comes Pretty Woman…Paisley…” announced the host on Toddlers and Tiaras.  Out struts three-year-old Paisley dressed as Julia Roberts who was a prostitute in ‘Pretty Woman’. She is wearing a look-alike outfit… The crowd explodes into applause and catcalls of approval as she struts the sexy walk her mother taught her. At such a young age, has she already become objectified?


Cruel Sheep Shearing Practices Exposed

Shearers in Australia are shown punching, kicking, throwing sheep about, and cutting them so badly they require stitches, in a video made by PETA. Investigations and prosecutions are now taking place.


Welfare Policies Need an Injection of Compassion

The ignorance of how and why people end up on Welfare can further negatively impact their mental and physical health and well-being, so let’s look at why they are caught in this trap. With newly gained understanding that leads to compassion, we can put an end to the disturbing and growing trend of ‘beneficiary bashing’ and learn instead to care for the most vulnerable among us.


New Zealand’s Social Crisis

When governments remain fixated on reducing debt and growing the economy, they ignore the core social problems that cost billions and create ongoing cycles of poverty, violence, child abuse, health problems, and drug and alcohol abuse.


Misogyny: Hatred, Entreched Prejudice, Or Both?

Australia’s former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, made a riveting speech in parliament about sexism and misogyny and double standards. It was a riveting speech because it came from a fire in her belly that finally said…


Ramsay Flies into “Paradise” for a First Class Meal

When Gordon Ramsay recently surprised staff at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant on Waiheke Island with a request for a late lunch for his party of five, everyone went into a panic. Restaurant owner Tony Forsyth didn’t believe his wife, Moira, when she interrupted…


Cooking for Ramsay was Chef’s Dream Come True

When Sophie Cannon, acting head-chef at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant, was told that she would be cooking for celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, a dream collided with reality.  She shook with great excitement until tears came to her eyes. To cook for Ramsay had…


Making Dreams Come True

For many years, as Mark Sommerset wrote songs and played his guitar and drifted through life, he had a dream of writing children’s books. Then one day he wrote the first few lines of a story about a boy who saw a magnificent cherry tree on the other side of a river. Each day when the boy stopped to admire it he said, “If only…


How ‘Losing’ is also A Win

An email from an American friend, who once ribbed me about Australia losing the America’s Cup in Perth, made an important point about this year’s cup final: Up 8 -1 and then loss, unbelievable. And the founder of Oracle only spent 500 million to secure the cup. I don’t know why anyone even bothers to watch, it’s as bad as our elections. But there is something important to learn from this…