EXCLUSIVE: What you are not being told about the most recent migration surge (Part 3 of 4)

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For the 23 months through to June 2016, each month saw annual numbers of permanent and long-term (PLT) migrants increase. The June annual net gain figure of 69,100 was also a new record. This involved a record 125,100 PLT arrivals less 56,000 PLT departures.

Reasons for the most recent increases include the following:

  • The economy appeared to be stalling in 2013 and again in early 2015 after an initial period of recovery following the 2008 financial crash and subsequent recession. A positive migrant inflow of labour and cash could mask the economic slowdown that was occurring.
  • Foreign labour was deemed important for the rebuild of Christchurch following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
  • An aggressive recruitment of overseas students was agreed on in October 2013, which included liberalising the right to work while here saw numbers increase 25 per cent to over 100,000 in a few years.
  • Tourist numbers have been boosted by making it easier for Chinese and others to travel here. The June 2016 year saw a record 3.31 million visitor arrivals, with Chinese numbers up 83,600 to 396,900. Additional labour would be needed to service this sector.
  • Employers in certain industries (tourism, hospitality, farming, horticulture) were complaining that they couldn’t attract enough staff (at the wages they were offering). In some industries that Unite Union represents staff, such as tourist hotels and fast food, the bosses confessed that 30 to 40 per cent of their staff were on temporary visas.
  • Some industries including hospitality, dairy farming and aged care have come to be permanently dependent on workers on temporary visas.

The government has massively increased the number of student and temporary work visa holders. Initially there was also a tightening of the numbers being given permanent residence, especially in the skilled migrant category from around 30,000 a year to 20,000. Overall numbers are increasing again and 52,000 residences were approved in 2015/16 – close to the 2001/02 record. The skilled migrant category however is still 6000 below the 2001/02 peak.

The government has removed a range of categories that were able to be used to get a residency visa including that of “restaurant manager”. We had members of Unite who had spent tens of thousands of dollars on dodgy courses and worked for companies like McDonald’s and Restaurant Brands to get promoted to a manager’s role, only to be told that it was all a waste of time and money.

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No free market for labour

Employers always argue that they need to have the complete freedom to import labour at will. At the moment, tourism operators are screaming that they need more temporary workers and the government should allow more in. In an article in the New Zealand Herald on November 10, 2014 headlined “Foreign worker limits ‘choking tourism’” industry bosses complained that New Zealand workers didn’t want to go and work in the regions. The general manager of Goldridge Resort, Penny Clark, “said the ‘ideal’ of having Kiwis filling housekeeping or hospitality roles didn’t fit reality.”

Of course there is a simple answer to the problem of a labour shortage in places like Queenstown – pay better wages to attract the staff. When the market doesn’t respond to the price being offered – raise the price. It never seems to occur to the business operators that paying the minimum wage for work that can be very heavy and skilled like housekeeping and hospitality, located in parts of the country that are extremely expensive to live like Queenstown, just doesn’t add up.

It used to be a standard condition of employment in hotels like those in Queenstown that board and accommodation was provided. In those circumstances, there was no problem attracting labour. Those conditions were eliminated along with set hours, overtime rates and much else during the dark days of the Employment Contracts Act in the 1990s, and they have never returned. It is no wonder the employers now rely on temporary migrant labour that they feel they can use and abuse.

The real beneficiaries of this system of indentured labour are often the biggest companies in New Zealand. We know that all the hotel chains rely on temporary labour. SkyCity uses them extensively as do all the big fast food chains.

It is also the entire dairy farm sector which claims it can’t survive without recruiting labour from the Philippines – even when dairy prices were at

record levels. The dairy farm owners through their associations are strong advocates of letting the free market work when it is to their  advantage. But when it came to having to pay higher market prices to attract labour to work on their farms in Southland, they got the government to allow them to recruit in the Philippines instead.

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Filipino dairy workers

 

Hospitality industry

MBIE is consulting on whether to continue to include “Chefs” in the category of “Essential Skills” that allow employers to bring staff in from overseas on temporary work visas for up to five years.

Andrew Little got into trouble recently for questioning whether this was a category of labour that was genuinely in short supply. He was made to appear as if he was against migrant workers coming to New Zealand.

Chefs have been one of the largest groups receiving these essential skills visas. There were 7000 visas issued in the last two years alone. In the 2013 census there were only 16,218 people employed as chefs in New Zealand so the annual intake is about 20% of the total!

One of the reasons used to justify bringing in labour from overseas is the alleged urgent skills’ shortage. If there was such a shortage it would be reflected in rising wages for the industry or occupations concerned.

With this fact in mind I thought it useful to look at the wages being paid to chefs. The Restaurant Association of New Zealand used to produce an annual report but this was discontinued in 2013. The data I have goes back to 2007.

If we compare the rates being paid chefs in 2007 and 2013 we see that there was a real wage decline for every category over those years. The rates paid in the surveys of April 2007 and April 2013. I then adjust the 2007 rate by the 16% inflation that occurred over those years and find the rate should have been significantly higher just to match price increases. Real wages had declined. The minimum wage increased 22% over the same period.

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Occasionally, Unite gets consulted by MBIE over whether a company’s application for the right to bring in labour from overseas should be approved. In November 2014, we got one about the SkyCity Casino. It seems they wanted to bring in about 40 chefs of various sorts. I assume SkyCity, too, are claiming they can’t find people in New Zealand to do this work. Fourteen of the positions were commis chefs, a junior position that SkyCity was paying $15.69 an hour for. That was $1.24 an hour above the minimum wage.

I thought it would be useful to look at the “market rate” for this position. The law of markets says that if something is in short supply (including labour) then the price will rise.

The Restaurant Association of New Zealand annual survey on wage rates had the commis chef rate increasing only one cent an hour between 2009 and 2013. The 2013 rate of $15.80 was also above that being offered at the end of 2014 by SkyCity. It seems that the industry is not pressured by shortages of labour to offer higher wages.

The hotel and hospitality sector was turned into a minimum wage industry not by importing migrants but by destroying unions in that sector in the 1990s under the Employment Contracts Act. It is a fact, however, that the industry would not have been able to keep it at minimum wage when unemployment began to drop again in the late 1990s and early 2000s had it not been able to use temporary migrants.

So if you hear anyone from the tourism, hotel and hospitality sector complain about the lack of skilled staff, they need to be told to start training staff and paying wages that will make that job worth doing.

Big companies also use migrant labour to reduce the wages of management staff in New Zealand. In the fast food industry, wages for managers have declined by at least a third in real terms over the last couple of decades. Migrant labour has been used extensively to achieve this result. Management visas were good enough for permanent residence in the past. Running a McDonald’s, KFC, or BK store is a complex undertaking. There are usually between 50 to 100 staff and the outlets often operate 24/7. The average wage for a manager today is around $40,000 a year. Twenty years ago, the average was over $60,000 in today’s dollars.

Some fast food companies have recruited directly from overseas for managers in the past. Information obtained by the Green Party in 2012 showed Burger King was given approval to employ 641 non-resident workers between 2007 and 2012, including 146 on “essential skills” work visas. They claimed at the time that they no longer recruited from overseas. BK have around 2000 staff.  

One positive side benefit to the withdrawal of the pathway to residency for a restaurant manager that the fast food industry had been offering is that more of these workers now have nothing to lose by joining the union. The companies had used the carrot of possible future promotion to keep people in line and stop them joining the union, but with the carrot gone, our job at Unite has been made easier.

One thing trade unionists must never do is give up on any group of workers. At Unite, we know from experience that as soon as migrant workers are confident we can protect them, they can and will become Union members and activists. With protection, migrant workers will find their voice and help lead the fight against exploitation of themselves and others.

These companies now have a genuine crisis on their hands. The truth is they have been paying well below market rates for management staff because the workers were focused on future residency, not their current wage. It will be very hard for the companies to get anyone who is New Zealand-born or has permanent residence to run a 24-7 store with up to a hundred staff for a salary of only $40,000. Unite has evidence that companies are already being forced to adjust salaries upwards. One major company has already changed their remuneration model in a way that delivers increases worth thousands of dollars a year to their staff – the first substantial increase in years.

Unite Union is trying to organise the managers in the fast food industry as well. At Restaurant Brands, we are in negotiations over a collective agreement for managers. We actually have a higher union membership density among managers than we do for the overall workforce at KFC because there is a lower turnover among them compared to the non-managerial staff. And most managers who received promotions from crew to the manager role remain members of the union because they trust us to do the right thing. We take that as a significant vote of confidence in a job well done.

28 COMMENTS

  1. Government promoted slave labour at work under the table, so where is the MSM on this Government undermining our citizens her who are priced out of the employment market?

    More shameful destruction of our once proud egalitarian society, Government should be thrown out of office as soon as we can do it.

  2. Labour should have known about this and should have been ripping the shit out of National over it.

    Hey wait, Labour probably did know about this, and used what is basically a ponzi scheme to its own advantage. The only reason they could have is that they wanted to look good with sham GDP figures themselves.

    The Greens are silent too.

    All we have is NZ first, who are probably right for the wrong reasons.

    We are screwed, and we can’t even move to Australia now, because the Aussies caught on to our rort, and closed what had become a back door.

    We live in interesting times.

    • Labour, Greens and even NZ First are like Nats all chasing the “middle ground” and “centre” voters, whatever that may include or exclude.

      Basically they are competing for votes with National, who got some increased “centrist” votes in 2008 and even afterwards. That is while an increasing number of voters have become disillusioned or simply have no interest in politics, as it is perceived as “dirty”. When parties only really discover voters from whatever social background right before and election, try the lolly scramble approach, and show smaller or larger carrots mostly to middle class voters (many owning property, being professionals, small business owners), then people become damned cynical.

      There are over 280,000 on benefits at any given time, and still a lot of them unemployed and basically “work ready”, as MSD would see it, but they do not feel inclined to vote, while their numbers could make the difference.

      When you have Labour and to a lesser degree even the Greens sideline them, offer no strong voice and defence for them, same as the working poor, no wonder they do not bother voting.

      That near one million that no longer vote, while they could and should, that is where some attention needs to go, not just a month out from election time by sending them email messages or stuffing leaflets into their letterboxes.

      As long as these “opposition” parties do not try harder, and focus on the same pool of voters that bother to vote (too many National), as they have property and business interests and so, we will get nowhere and have no chance.

      The MSM is the other problem, serving the status quo, and being soft on government and too often just mud slinging towards the opposition. They also just focus on the “middle class”, mostly white, above 40 years of age, and able to spend, having good credit ratings, property and bla, bla, bla.

      I cannot get it why Labour is so useless, but their spokesperson for social security has convinced me, she is one of the problems that party has, largely present in inaction and offering just the odd symbolic action in “opposition”.

      • Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, I recall some of the reasoning behind high immigration was that we needed quite a few more people if NZ Super was going to continue in it’s current form.

        The major parties don’t want to touch it with a ten foot pole, and they will have to pry it out of Winston’s cold dead hands – no way will he let go of what drives his party vote.

        • When they come with that argument, we may as well go back to medieval times, and tell mums, have babies, have more babies, as we need more people to look after you when you are old.

          While I can accept that an ageing population (baby boomers) will need to be looked after, which requires some resources, that will only be a temporary problem, if at all. Smart economic and social management will see to it that it will not be such a great problem.

          A basic universal income, and top ups for those in need, and some incentives for those able to, to continue working after 60 or 65, that will resolve much of the challenge there.

          But such “radical” changes are not fitting the present lot’s ideology, so it is no go area.

          Auckland City follows the same BS ideas, thinking they get more “efficiencies” by nearly doubling the population to pay for the needed infrastructure and more housing. But they forget, those same new people will also get old, sick and some unemployed, will also need housing and transport and last not least more water, this will then just create more costs further down the track in the future.

          It seems all Anglo Saxon former colonies, now neoliberal economies, follow the same track, grow populations to pay for the future, instead of improving productivity by using technology and smarter systems to do things.

          Resources are finite, that has not sunk into the heads of many, that is the problem.

        • It hasn’t worked, though, has it?

          Single people on state super get barely more than people on benefits. Many have no hope at all of getting paid employment any time in the future so they are stuck with the same outgoings as people on much higher incomes and very little help to offset- apart from pledging their souls and assets to assorted vultures in the local council or insurance companies.

          Like far too many others – the choice between paying the overheads and going without food, replacement clothing, transport, or health assistance.

          Bringing in people from other countries and paying them a sinful level of income has certainly done nothing to help pensioners.

          If Winston and NZFirst can do something practical about reining in flyaway costs for rates, rents, power, medical, dental and optical it would be an enormous relief for many older citizens as well as younger people also crushed by costs set by people on the median wage or greater.

          • That is why we need further social changes than just making some needed changes to state supports (UBI, looking at retirement), we need to reinvent society, so that there will be employment and opportunities for all that can and want to work. Problem is, we have been sold a neoliberal propaganda “dream” about “opportunities” (for those “trying hard”), which will never become reality.

            Same as the BS “American Dream” the “Kiwi Dream” has become a fairy-tale for most.

            There will not be an easy fix to make everybody happy, and some jobs will always not pay the same as others, but we need less inequality and more inclusiveness. Some change also needs to happen at a global scale, as continuing with the supposed free trade and movement of capital, in order to exploit the cheapest labour elsewhere, we only have a race to the bottom.

            The result are exactly the ones like Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, Wilders and others, who ride on the wave of dissent, which the left has failed to sufficiently tap into.

            As for Winston, I fear he has too much negative “baggage” the MSM keeps reminding us, so he will never gain the same status as those populists I just mentioned in other places. He will not get more than 10 to 12 or perhaps a real maximum of 15 percent of all votes, all going well for him and NZ First. And who will he go into government with, that is the serious question?

            • Mike in Auckland;

              “As for Winston, I fear he has too much negative “baggage” the MSM keeps reminding us, so he will never gain the same status as those populists I just mentioned in other places.”

              First of all stop believing the MSM.
              Only 6% of Americans do.

              Then listen to what he is saying now, not what some lying and deceiving MSM saiz he is.
              Then go with your gut feeling honestly bias free.

              We have no choice.

              “we need to reinvent society, so that there will be employment and opportunities for all that can and want to work.”

              You’re right. Agreed.

              But we are not going to change course with the three
              other parties.
              They are bought and sold already with offshore policies we already know work against us.

              Trump was once in Winston’s shoes.
              Can we trust him? He’s not qualified, who is he?
              He’s not PC.

              Simply talking real truth to power, something most
              politicians never do,and called out the MSM for not doing their basic job.
              Trump is now a grass roots movement,surging in the polls (forget the MSM polls) and about to give the Establishment a thrashing!!

              There is a solution to turn everything around that happens to be Trump’s policies.
              This is why the ‘status quo’ is all against him with the MSM diatribe.
              Listen carefully to the last 15mins of a well researched
              piece. Start at 3.40.00.

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOlf0u9Fv5A

              Peters is sort of talking like this already.

              His message I am sure will get loader and clearer as
              we get closer to the election.
              Polices are being formulated now that I am sure will be what we are all thinking.
              Real solutions to real problems. He knows what’s happening overseas. Brexit.Le Penn,Trump.

              And stop thinking like he has to ‘go with’ someone.

              Our only chance is for NZF to out poll Labour and Greens and he is PM.
              Nothing will change otherwise.

              FFS we need to save our country not just for us but
              our children and grandchildren. Generations to come.

              Things will change with Trump President.

              Cheers.

              • “Things will change with Trump President”, oh yeah, that will be WW3 in the making, I reckon. Just have Putin and that man, and a nationalistic Mainland China, already pushing their rights in the South China Sea, facing though economic and financial crisis, front with Trump, the hard talker and nuke supporter.

                That will really go well for our future.

                As for Peters, I have my view, I leave it to others to form their views on the balance of things.

    • Labour was doing this under Clark. Let’s do the math now, extrapolate on the trends and see if we can predict when the civil war WILL begin… buckle up, folks…

        • Mainstream can only see declining cycles of unemployment and rising inflation both of which is known to be cooked. So with unemployment spiking inflation should actually be deflation or shrink flation.

          The message is the same right across the country that workers have to work twice as hard for half as much.

  3. Bloody greedy b’s the whole lot of them and for too long the farmers have got away with so much polluting, subsidies, loans now they are crying out for cheap labour they make me sick maybe we need to stop eating so much meat. The government should be investing in NZers to do these jobs instead they have created a huge pool of cheap labour to keep there mates and the farmers happy.

  4. “Of course there is a simple answer to the problem of a labour shortage in places like Queenstown – pay better wages to attract the staff. When the market doesn’t respond to the price being offered – raise the price.”

    This is really the key point, demonstrating how little genuine belief the elite has in free market economics. To them, it’s a one-way street.

  5. “Reasons for the most recent increases include the following:

    The economy appeared to be stalling in 2013 and again in early 2015 after an initial period of recovery following the 2008 financial crash and subsequent recession. A positive migrant inflow of labour and cash could mask the economic slowdown that was occurring.

    Foreign labour was deemed important for the rebuild of Christchurch following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

    An aggressive recruitment of overseas students was agreed on in October 2013, which included liberalising the right to work while here saw numbers increase 25 per cent to over 100,000 in a few years.”

    Yes, the Christchurch and Canterbury rebuild was about to slow, and near the completion of certain building projects there, and then came the dairy boom to bust phase, so the Nats went into panic mode behind the scenes, and decided to pump up the economy by allowing more students in and also by generating more interest in tourism.

    Agriculture, horticulture and fisheries have traditionally been keen on cheaper, willing labour, so that was facilitated by allowing more workers come in from overseas, dangling a “permanent residence prospect” carrot in front of them.

    Construction has taken off in Auckland, so due to shortage of builders and so, there is now desperation to get the manpower to build homes, which again invites workers from various countries to come here, most on temporary visas.

    New Zealand workers have already been relatively poorly paid in many jobs, and many with skills even end up just above the minimum wage rate.

    So it all continues, and as most Kiwis from middle class backgrounds have studied or gained other qualifications that still offer them some job security, they will not complain, and do not mind leave the unpleasant, unattractive, low paid jobs to migrants.

    I see this all the time, at the supermarket checkout, at McDonald’s or Wendy’s, at the rest-homes for the elderly, and also in the health sector.

    Watching a documentary on Al Jazeera recently, showing how China is facing an economic collapse, due to excessive borrowing and debt burdening of many regional governments and their contracted construction and other businesses, I fear most here continue to live in lala land, are in total denial and will face a massive downturn not too far away. That is because we are now overly dependent on China. But China’s bust will drag down most of the global economy also.

    The present boom in immigration also brings many economic refugees and tax evaders from places like Mainland China. They know the shit is going to hit the fan, so they look for safe havens all over the show, including New Zealand. They bring their money with them, dodgy or not, and buy us up.

    I wonder, when are people in larger numbers going to bloody wake up, this is not going to end nicely?

  6. Heartened to know (@Mike Treen) that you’re on to it.
    I just replied with a big spiel but unfortunately technology failed and it went into a black hole.
    In short tho’ (my reply, now lost and now in summary) is:
    – the normality of it all (Orchardist’s Pollard rep’s desperate spin aside)
    – the under-resourcing of SS Joyc’es Labour Inspectorate (by design – as part of the bugger’s muddle we know as the Munstry of Buzzniss, Innovation(FFS!), and Employment)
    – the participation in the various scams covering underpaid workers and international students, of international student’s ‘fellow countrymen’ who justify their scamming by rationalising their actions having had to go thru’ them themselves. BUT …. also ONLY because the ENABLING machinery of WASP lawyers, consultants, public servants, and even politicians who are citizens of Nu Zull)
    – the various mechanisms used – such as payment of a minimum wage but conditional of a cash payment back to an employer, or vast sums of money for accommodation which (and which I have seen with my own eyes) can be a tin shack; or keeping ‘two books’; OR even private tertiary institution teaching staff asking for payments in cash to ensure a course ‘pass’

    Unfortunately, we have to face it now that the corruption is now so common-place that it has become normalised in some areas of NZ.
    The participants in this corruption are the greedy employer with no social conscience (does that make him/her a sociopath?); the ‘consultant’; the (usually) private tertiary education provider – some of whom have done their rip, packed up shop and moved on, and not just the bullshit con artists offshore (in places like Malaysia, the Phillipines, China, India, Brazil, etc.) but ALSO the Kiwi WASP enablers here who include lawyers, public servants, and even snivelling cowardly little pollies who know what’s afoot, but who have the intestinal fortitude of a rat with the shits.

    The good thing is that their greed and lack of a social conscience will see such a backlash later in the year/early net year that their scams will see a response (probably worse than the racist attacks affecting Indian students in Melbourne not that long ago.

    Unfortunately the bad thing is that the opposition parties in NZ will not act sufficiently enough to ensure the victims of these various scams will act to ensure adequate compensation to the victims.

    – then of course, there’s the reliance on the lack of statistical evidence: the ability of a gubbamint to claim the anecdotal evidence only; the change in measurement criteria such as Stats NZ’s measure of ‘unemployment/those seeking work/etc’). The rest of the world though aren’t as stupid as the arrogant hope for. And thankfully there are some actual surveys underway of international student/immigration worker experiences (by area – Pollard should probably be worried; Kiwifruit contractors also, and probably one or two pollies who’ll soon probably have the cheek to go seeking for FTAs in nation states whose citizens they’re entirely happy to rip off).
    This is probably enough of a rave, but I’m reminded of picking up some South American hitch hikers several years ago, around the time of Dear Leader’s visit to South America. (We’ll not get into the perceived insults of JFK around Chavez’s death et al but it still amazes me that diplomacy can be left to ex-politican McDuffs and MacKillies as a retirement plan, as opposed to professional diplomats)
    One happened to be the son of a diplomat and based on our Immigration criteria – he was about to be deported. (He’d worked in various Martinborough vineyards picking grapes. A couple of the owners of those vineyards were actually known to me. ‘OUTSOURCING’ their responsibilities to contractors operating businesses ripping off the international visitor. The once were protesting Sprinbok TOur boomer, now more worried about providing their 15yo offspring with the lates flatscreen or iPhone7 (going forward). FAT and really ugly people – and I don’t mean necessarily aesthetically – but usually that too!
    UGLY – very ugly
    Anyway – enough. But suffice to say it might take a year or so, but please don’t feel obliged to feel sympathy when the shit hots their fan.

  7. I remember listening to this story about a Filipino dairy worker, and being taken back that employers are able to bring in cheap/exploitable labour, when in actual fact, these are people with university degrees.
    I wonder how that plays out against NZ’s looking at dairy jobs.
    Do farmers really want people off the dole to train up, or would they rather university graduates going cheap??
    It seems the dairy industry wants the best qualified workers, but is not willing to pay the true price.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/countrylife/audio/201804030/climbing-the-dairy-ladder

    https://www.philembassy.org.nz/component/content/article/53-news/latest/757-av-ap-dakila-partnership-a-testament-to-a-filipino-couple%E2%80%99s-exemplary-rise-and-road-to-success-in-the-dairy-sector-in-new-zealand

  8. Thank you!

    This is something I have been concerned about for a number of years. I am a New Zealander Chef and have decided to quit the industry because of such poor wages in New Zealand. My only choices were to leave the country and work overseas or live on a pittance with terrible hours and unpaid overtime. I absolutely love being a Chef and feel disgusted with the New Zealand industry.

    • Cameron;

      If you like it here why not start with your own little Food place.
      You pick the size and style
      Maybe business plan to the bank for any capital shortfall.

      Everyone needs food..

      Cheers.

    • Ah, steady on, you’re not the only one to blurt that out in a dark moment. But just don’t say it out loud or next minute we’ll have a bunch of Pauline Hansons crawling out of the woodwork.

  9. alot of these industries are totally uneconomic if farming had to pay the cost of there pollution they would be bankrupt , working and living in Auckland is fast becoming uneconomic for all workers cost of living is stuffed and some how its supposed to work well its not new Zealand is stuffed well and truly

  10. The crux of the matter is, we live in is an international money-lender empire which will use every opportunity to extract wealth from participating states.

    Bill Still’s ‘Money Masters’, though now slightly dated, is one of the best resources I know of on the topic.

    ‘The development of fractional reserve banking practices in the 17th century brought to a cunning sophistication the secret techniques initially used by goldsmiths fraudulently to accumulate wealth. With the formation of the privately-owned Bank of England in 1694, the yoke of economic slavery to a privately-owned “central” bank was first forced upon the backs of an entire nation, not removed but only made heavier with the passing of the three centuries to our day. Nation after nation, including America, has fallen prey to this cabal of international central bankers.’

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrJGlXEs8nI

    (Needless to say, most people cannot be bothered to ‘wade through’ 3 hours of highly informative documentation, so ‘the secret’ remains ‘a secret’.)

    We live on a planet ruled by bankers, who pull all the strings of government to further the short-term interests of bankers: that short-term interest is, of course, to maintain and expand their global Ponzi scheme and bring an ever-greater number of people under their control via debt-slavery and dependence on bank-owned corporations. Opportunists gather at the feast.

    Additionally, the bankers desire for ownership or control of resources -everything from land to water to oil has driven political-economic policies for around two centuries. Again, opportunists facilitate the looting and take their share of the booty.

    The surveillance state, the corrupt and ineffective education systems, the mass media brainwashing etc. are mechanisms for maintaining and expanding control of populations by the bankers. And wars are mechanisms for acquiring control over populaces of resources. Having already looted most of the planet, the system now cannibalizes itself and engages in a war on the weakest members of society.

    When this perspective is understood, many aspects of history and present-day existence become explicable.

    For instance, socialist governments throughout the world have been toppled and replaced by fascist dictatorships, or more recently replaced by chaos. Gaddafi was using Libya’s oil wealth to raise the living standards of Libyans but with as little involvement of [Rothschild] bankers as possible; he was even in the process of establishing an independent African development bank: he therefore had to be assassinated a.s.a.p.

    That is just relatively recent example of a history of manipulation and intervention that goes back to the eighteenth century, and gets repeated over and over.

    The control of societies by bankers permeates everything, including environmental policy. Thus, nothing whatsoever is done to prevent rapid planetary meltdown, and the failed scheme that was supposedly going to address emissions was simply another banker-initiated scam to generate or redistribute fiat currency. Rivers become sewers because sewer-like rivers generate the best short-term profits.

    Employment become casualised because casualised employment generates the best short-term profits.

    The incessant mantras populations are fed, that ‘population growth is good’, that ‘GDP growth is good’, that environmental destruction will be remedied by ‘sustainable development’ are all banker-instigated lies. And since infinite growth on a finite planet is mathematically impossible

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI1C9DyIi_8

    we are rapidly reaching the end of the game in which resource depletion, the accumulation of pollution and overpopulation determine everything.

    it is very noticeable that energy depletion, accumulation of pollution in the environment and overpopulation do not feature at all in any NZ government policy development, and all policies are geared to making all three predicaments far worse, as required by money-lenders to maintain the global banking Ponzi scheme just a little longer.

    We have entered the period of collapse firmly under the thumbs of international banking (and other) corporations, and with the bulk of the populace either quite ignorant or in denial.

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