Anneleise Hall: A broader perspective of Community and Neighbourhood Building and innovation across NZ.

Interviewed by

Tim Lynch

Anneleise Hall: A broader perspective of Community and Neighbourhood Building and innovation across NZ.

There is a tendency for MSM mainstream media even in NZ to portray that Europe and America are in many different ways - falling apart. That there is increasing social breakdown and pressure and that communities are struggling to fulfil the needs of people.

Though overstated, it has for an increasing number of New Zealander’s given us a wake up call - as to what do we want for our families and particularly our children in our country - so as to make our communities more resilient, and viable, but more so - economically, more friendly, as well.

Towns, Villages and City Suburbs working to becoming closer and safer.

Scattered throughout many of our cities - and in towns and villages across NZ there is an unheralded movement towards ‘re-localisation’ where people are committing to work closer together, to communicate, share and do business based on goodwill and win win outcomes.

From ‘transition everything’ to, farmers markets, time banks, permaculture, holistic health, homeschooling, garage sales, and food buying co-ops - Communities are realising that localising as much as possible especially cooperative events, business and around food, learning and backyard growing activities …. It’s making small towns, city suburbs and rural villages far more cohesive and enjoyable. People are discovering their neighbours and creating deep connection and relationships.

It’s about innovation and integration of small business modals and setting the template for a regenerative 21st Century where families and communities can thrive together.

These growing number of aware NZers are realising that the global corporate era (error) is grinding on towards a very uncertain future – for not only our civilisation but the whole biosphere as well, So as a result of ‘thinking globally but acting locally’ many thoughtful NZers are taking an in-breath and renewing their focus on what is happening in their own neighbourhood and in particular to their local community.

This re-localisation of group energy is unfolding many innovative ideas and models of working in collaboration. As previously mentioned in other GreenplanetFM.com interviews - a lot of focus is based around farmers markets, food growing, timebanks, buying and selling and cooperating at numerous innovative tiers and levels.

Social Media Fundraising

Some are using social media like Give a Little - Kick Starter or Pledge Me to start businesses and the result is that the pledgers within the community can become shareholders in that communities construction for instance - like shops etc this gives locals a stake in what is happening in their immediate area.

Thus less money flows out of the community to banks or insurance companies – mostly overseas and instead gives the residents a stake in their local community.

Relocalising is also very involved in food production

Growers markets and organics extending into permaculture – including food forests, planting fruit trees on council land and in parks. Especially in Christchurch as there are large orchards and food forests as a result of people having to leave their houses and property due to the earthquake. These initiatives are sparking enthusiasm with locals and especially the youth.

Having a Champion

All you need is one champion and a movement can take place. Usually this comes about from someone having an enthusiastic idea and drawing people to assist and a way you go. Have a ‘Give a Little’ web page … many project like this can start quickly – once they get some momentum - with people coming together over shared or common interests – at a potluck get togethers … and it draws the community closer together.

Anneleise says it’s taking responsibility and making an investment in your community and also meeting your needs. Including involving oneself with ‘time banks’ or ‘exchange systems’ – that includes community education projects sharing ideas, and company.

Transforming Towns & Villages

Rural Towns NZ a are in decline as well, how do we restore them again?

People are rising to the occasion to innovate. Forging a renewed sense of identity.

Around: Handcraft, wine, local tourism, wool products, pottery, cheeses – protecting a water way, riparian planting, picking up litter. All these projects build up the mana of the town and give cause for celebration and connection.

Like Oamaru in the South Island and their Victorian Festival, utilising the old architecture that they did not demolish - Pulling everyone together due to shared values or interest or attraction of their town. Giving the town a sense of identity and growing the best of us on many multiple levels. This is part of mitigating this traumatic contractual decline that we are in - collectively.

Tirau in the North Island where 30 years ago it transformed itself from a very uninteresting village on the main arterial route from Auckland to Wellington by having all the exterior cladding of buildings being made out of painted corrugated iron - fashioned into the form of huge farm animals. This totally invigorated the village turning it into a roaring success and now is an important stopover for local and overseas travellers.

Housing

This interview also covers Affordable Housing – Lyttelton is looking seriously as a community at this important topic. Top down and bottom up - Council and community are working towards a common aim.

Listen to a new commercial development in Lyttelton that is very unique cultivating a win win win for the town and people - a community investment.

Crowd funded and the people who put money forward as investors become shareholders – and pays dividend back to the community investors – thus the ownership of the business is retained in the community.

The Commons – commonly held land and resources become community held resources.

Hemp

Another ‘out there' community experiment is in Ruatoria near Mt Hikurangi in the East Cape of the North Island. Where a large commercial hemp farm is in progress. It was pulled together via another web based money raising exercise - and there is now the possibility of this working model - to be the initiator of a NZ wide hemp revolution across the whole nation. This is huge, as NZ has not been as fast on the uptake of hemp a it could, solely because of a countrywide conservative attitude. Hemp will definitely be a great financial motivator, as it sequesters Co2 out of the atmosphere, it can be used for a huge number of products, clothing, textiles, block building and halting erosion too - so this is an important environmental enterprise.

Values within our Communities - this is a very dear subject that Anneliese went at length to talk to.

The diminishment of values as a result of an economic system that has winners and losers and also that over the last three terms of Central Government leadership being divisive and not telling the truth comes up in this interview.

With poverty there was the scapegoating of minorities and the poor – who have been demonised – yet Anneliese states it is a manufactured situation.

Listen this as gets really interesting.

It is about Safer Communities for Children

  • About the deeper level and the underbelly of NZ.
  • Depression, violence plus bullying from higher levels of leadership.
  • Gas lighting – the discord

Covering the; #metoo movement and #timesup - as this sexual abuse pattern has been brewing under the surface across NZ.

From the Wall St Occupy Movement – when people said - enough of the exploitation!

This interview continues to cover certain psychopathic tendencies of the successful businessmen at the top of most corporations or countries.

Then Anneleise passionately states that ‘when we are a village – when we see a starving person we don’t deny them or blame them - ‘we help them!’

She gives us statistics that 60% of our NZ state wards have been abused … by people who are paid by taxpayers to actually care for them.

Most NZers have no idea or any concept of the degree of child abuse that has been happening across the whole length and breath of our country.

This silent horror has actively been engaged in for generations and for all children has been a nightmare that has traumatised their whole life.

This is a shocking indictment on the NZ psyche as we are lead to believe that we are a good upright moral country, but behind closed doors another insidious dimension is being perpetrated on innocent children.

That 1 female child in 3 is abused and 1 male child in 6 is very upsetting.

So what this interview brings to our consciousness, is for we as a people need to courageously and honestly face the future, become engaged, have a strong and loving heart and realise that it is urgent for us to deal with all the challenges that surround us.

When we engage with our neighbours and friends in community, this also care and love to be expressed in action. With the biosphere at multiple tipping points, be it ecological, economic or societal - the urgency is now. We have to care for todays and tomorrows children - because we were once children too

This is a lovely open-hearted narrative of being vulnerable in sharing her story.

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'

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