Monday, 29 June 2015

Safeguarding New Zealanders Democratic Right To Be Ge-Free

A very important Environment Court decision of 2015 has been the finding that regional councils now do have the right to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of GMOs (genetically modified organisms) on their regions under the RMA. L. Newhook, the Principal Judge of the Environment Court, in May actually gave a ruling that there is a jurisdiction under RMA for the regional councils to make planning decisions about the outdoor use of GMOs in their areas. 

GE Free Northland, the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand and Taitokerau mana whenua supported the Whangarei District Council in successful defence of the local authorities' right to control the use of GMOs in their areas, after the Federated Farmers sought the ruling that Northland Regional Council had actually acted outside the jurisprudence in taking the approach.

However, the Federated Farmers after losing the appeal has in fact filed another case now against the decision of the Environment Court with High Court.

Soil & Health's co-chair person Marion Thomson is very disappointed with this act of the Federated Farmers. “Soil & Health was delighted to have our view confirmed by Judge Newhook. We’re disappointed, however, that an organisation that supposedly represents farmers has decided to appeal the decision.  Why does Federated Farmers want to deny Northlanders the right to manage what happens in their own region? Is there an application in the wings for a GE field trial or GMO release in Northland?”

GE Free Northland spokesman, Martin Robinson said, “The laws around liability for GMO contamination resulting from the release of an approved GMO are non-existent and grossly inadequate for GE field trials. Because of the gaps in the law a number of councils around New Zealand are moving to protect their primary producers and communities by introducing precautionary or prohibitive policies. It is vitally important that there should be a much-needed additional layer of local protection, should there be damages caused by any outdoor use of GMOs.

Mr. Robinson even added, “In our view, Federated Farmers is stalling for time and wasting money, while hoping for a law change.  We hope that if the government is not prepared to change the law to protect innocent victims, it will at least recognise the rights of the regions to control the outdoor use of GMOs by using the RMA to include iwi and community aspirations in their Regional Statements.”

The Government is going to need the support of New Zealand First, United Future or Maori Party for changing the law. GE  Free Northland only hopes that these parties recognise the amount of support there is from Northlanders and Iwi for their councils to manage the outdoor use of GMOs.

“We urge the National Party to abandon their unhelpful proposal to include a new paragraph in the RMA, spelling out that central government will block the work of local authorities to create a much-needed additional tier of local protection against the risks of outdoor use of GMOs,” said Mr Robinson.

In 2013, Pure Hawkes Bay actually commissioned a Colmar Brunton poll where 4 out of 5 Kiwis thought that the councils must keep their districts GE-free using the local plans. After all, consumers all over the world are trying to use products that are GE-free and organic. “It makes economic and environmental sense to pursue clean, green farming, and not dice with risky GE technology that has failed to perform, and created problems overseas, said Mr. Robinson.

Emotional Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been proven to successfully treat various psycho-emotional problems. Practical evidences from the application of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and diet therapy show that TCM can effectively provide relief from stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and sleep disorders. Besides that, acupuncture is also incorporated in addiction treatment, for developing a strong will power to abstain from the addictive substance.

Physical and mental health are interrelated and mutually influence each other. In the context of TCM, the mind and the body are inseparable and a proper balance of both is essential for the well-being of an individual. Emotional stress takes toll on the body’s organ system, thus disturbing the balance of the entire system. TCM helps the organ systems to control states of diminished or aggravated arousals, which ultimately restores equilibrium. Acupuncture alone contributes significantly in treatment of various emotional issues by:

  • positively altering the production of neurotransmitters and neurohormones
  • stimulating the central nervous system for self-regulation of the body
  • releasing natural painkillers inside the brain which alleviate pain and improve quality of sleep
Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and stress disorders affect people in several countries, making it one of the most common mental illness in the whole world. They are caused because of fluctuating pressures of responsibilities at home and workfront. TCM addresses stress by resettling unhealthy responses of the body towards the causes of anxiety. It helps to calm the sympathetic nervous system, lower the blood pressure and increase relaxation of muscles within the body.


The approach followed by TCM is holistic when treating various symptoms of depression. Acupuncture can stimulate the brain to produce opioids and neurotransmitters which help to combat chronic depression and get back into balance.


TCM can help tremendously in fighting against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can calm those regions in the brain that are specifically targeted by mental trauma, that is, the entire limbic system.


Less amount of sleep can have an adverse impact on all aspects of life. Therefore, restoration of proper sleep conditions is essential for overall well-being. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine not only help to improve patterns of sleep, but also reduce the fatigue resulting from improper sleep.

The use of TCM for treating a variety of mental illnesses is now advocated even by physicians and doctors. Due to the extremely low risk of side-effects, oriental medicine is also commonly preferred by patients suffering from emotional problems, There are several practitioners who have taken their profession over the internet and provide effective Chinese herbal medicine online, to meet the ever-increasing demands for TCM.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

How to Pick The Perfect Wedding Gown For Yourself?

Every woman dream about how their bridal gown would be like right from their childhood days. Some even plan to put on the particular gown their mother, aunt, or grandmother dressed on on their day of wedding. No matter what the intention might be, choosing a unique bridal gown is an important part of the wedding plan for any bride-to-be.

On the wedding day, all eyes will be upon the bride when she walks down the aisle. Therefore, the bridal gown should be something that magnifies her beauty and elegance among everyone else and make her feel comfortable all the same. In order to choose the perfect bridal gown, here are some essentials that bride-to-be needs to consider. If you are planning to get married and looking for tips on how to pick the perfect wedding gown for yourself, this one is for you.

Careful Research

Go through bridal magazines or look up online to know about the trending styles. You can also check out the spring bridal shows that feature elements like strapless bodices, laces with new designs, chiffon fabrics, poshly embellished back interest, removable overskirts, and off-the-shoulder necklines, which are all common attributes of bridal gowns in Drummoyne. Capelet supplemented by a strapless gown is also a popular option to consider. You can also go for a dress with a fashionable inset. The back of any wedding gown is as essential as its facade. Keep this in mind while going through the various options. Besides looking for the various styles in trend, it is also essential to get hold of a qualified dressmaker. Perform a thorough research on the internet and locate an efficient bridal shop by going through customer testimonials and portfolios on the websites of wedding shops.


Another consideration that most brides have to deal with while looking for their perfect wedding dress is the cost. So, before you go about hopping from one speciality store to another looking for a perfect match to your requirements, set a convenient price limit. This will help you to find the best quality as well as workmanship available within your budget.

Requirements for Trial

If you are going to try on dresses at the bridal store, carry along the undergarments you would be wearing on your wedding day. Also put on shoes with appropriate heel height at the time of trial, so that the alterations made will be more accurate. Try on the veil and wedding jewellery as well to be more sure about the dress you have chosen.

Comfort and Convenience

These are the most essential things you will need to keep in mind while selecting your perfect marriage attire. Make sure that you can sit and move around conveniently in it before coming out of the store.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

5 Ideas To Spoil Your Mother On Her Birthday

Let us be honest today and admit the fact that we have actually given a lot of pain to our mums over the years. Right from the day when we were born till our university days, there has been a very few days when she had not stressed out herself for us. And now, when we have grown bigger today, we should not miss this opportunity to make her feel special and spoil her on her birthday.

Here I have discussed about some ideas, which you can follow as well to spoil her on her birthday.

Organise a surprise birthday birthday

She would love to be a part of this party, I am sure. Just tell her that you are taking her out for a dinner. Have everyone she loves and cares for wait for her at the restaurant where you have planned to throw the party. Go all with streamers and balloons and cakes. She will surely love the surprise that you have planned for her.

Take her out for a drive to her hometown

This is going to make her feel nostalic. And she may start talking about her favourite memories and would want to visit all those places where she spend her childhood like her school, the park where she used to play, the house where she used to stay and so on. She will feel like a kid once again when you take her for a trip down the memory lane.

Take her to a parlour for a make over

She might have hardly given time for herself all through these years. So, what you can do is book an appointment with a beautician and hairdresser and take her to the parlour for updating her look. She will surely feel great about herself with the make over.

You can go with flowers

You can order gorgeous and beautiful flowers online and get the flower delivery in Newborough done at the time you want it, for your mother. Make sure when the flower is delivered she is at home. If she is fond of flowers then this is going to be the best gift for her. This gift will show your love for her.

Take care of a big household job for that day

You might have heard your mom grumbling about the garage mess needing to be cleaned a few days before but because of lack of time she is being unable to do it. You can clear out the mess and take care of this big household chore either by hiring a professional for the job or by doing the task all by yourself. If you think your mom won't allow you to do all these because she loves you, then send her out for a breakfast or a lunch and get it done.

Also see this: What are the benefits of using flowers?