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May 2017 Positive Money New Zealand issued a press release seeking clarity from the Reserve Bank on how our money is created.  They still refer to intermediation by the banks, which is not how our banking system works.

5th November 2016 An article in The Guardian newspaper in England argued that abolishing debt-based currency holds the secret to getting our system off its addiction to growth.

5th September 2016 KPMG released a report, commissioned by the Prime Minister of Iceland, titled "Money Issuance" The report looked at money created by the Government.

28 March 2016 Bryan Gould has agreed to be the Patron for Positive Money New Zealand.

Bryan is a respected commentator on economic matters, an author, academic and Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

31 October 2015 A monetary reform group in Switzerland has enough signatures for a referendum on who creates their money supply.

14 October 2015 The Finance Commission of the Dutch parliament discussed monetary reform.

31 March 2015. The Telegraph in London reports on the Icelandic governments plan to have their central bank issue their money supply and calls it a radical plan.

22 November. The British parliament debated money creation last week, for the first time in 170 years. There was cross-party support for a proposal to set up a monetary commission

23 September. A new generation of young people, dubbed ''property orphans'' may be destined to be renters for life.

17 September. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the bank used by central banks, confirmed New Zealand houses are among the most "unaffordable" in the world compared to people's incomes.

6 September. Bruce Bisset of Hawkes Bay today reveals the true story behind the so called Rock Star economy.

25th April 2014 "Strip private banks of their power to create money”: says the Financial Times’ chief economics commentator Martin Wolf, who endorses Positive Money’s proposals for reform

15th March 2014 - In a historic move The Bank of England quarterly bulletin explains how money is created. Whenever a bank makes a loan, it creates a deposit in the borrower’s bank account, thereby creating new money. The bank says that this differs from the story found in some economics textbooks.

16th August 2013. The retiring head of the Financial Markets Authority apologised for the mistakes made saying “You were let down”.

 

Napoleon"When a government is dependent upon bankers for money, they and not the leaders of the government control the situation, since the hand that gives is above the hand that takes… Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency; their sole object is gain.”

Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1815

Why should I worry about the New Zealand Banking System?

The impact of increasing debt levels may be lost on a lot of people.  If you can locate yourself in one or more of the following categories, this may be your future:

I am a student leaving university:

  • You find jobs scarce in a contracting economy.
  • Your student loan takes longer to pay off in a low wage economy.
  • You must contribute to “Kiwisaver” as National Superannuation may not be available in 2040.
  • You have little money left over to save for a deposit on a house and pay for the basics let alone “luxury” items.
  • You will be trapped in the debt cycle for most of your life.

I am a looking to buy my first home

  • Even if you have the luxury of two incomes, you must borrow heavily.
  • Raising the money for the deposit in a low wage economy will take you a long time while property prices keep rising.

I have bought a home in the last five years.

  • House prices are so expensive that you may only be able to service the interest on the mortgage.
  • A modest increase in the interest rates of 1% on a $250,000 mortgage will mean an extra $2,500 per year in interest payments, diverting money from other commitments.
  • After paying interest on a large mortgage you will have little discretionary money for basics: food, heating, doctors’ visits, a reliable car, maintenance on the house, your children’s education and welfare.
  • You have no money for “luxury” items.
  • Your wages do no not rise at the same rate as outgoings (rates, heating, food etc.) and you become poorer.
  • You are trapped in the debt cycle for most of your lives.

I am renting

  • You find rental properties scarce and there is intense competition.
  • You are locked into longer term leases to secure accommodation.
  • Your landlords are servicing large mortgages and have less discretionary income for repairs and maintenance.
  • Your wages do no not rise at the same rate as outgoings (rent, heating, food etc.) and you become poorer.

I am a retailer or a service provider

  • An ever increasing chunk of your customer’s discretionary income goes into servicing debt and there is less money spent on goods and services.
  • Luxury items only move during sales and there is a permanent reduction in margins. 
    Your income does not rise at the same rate as outgoings (rent, rates, insurance etc.) and you become poorer.
  • Retailers close up shop.

I am a homeowner, I have paid off my mortgage and I have children under 30

  • You may need to use the equity in your house to assist your children to purchase their first home.

I am a tax payer

  • The New Zealand government is currently paying $4,000,000,000 each year on interest payments alone.  This money could be better spent on education, health and infrastructure projects such as rebuilding Canterbury.
  • As more tax revenue is diverted to repaying debt and the accruing interest on the remaining debt, the government seeks to increase revenue through raising GST, selling off productive state assets, mining in our National forests, fracking and off shore drilling for oil.

I have paid off my mortgage, I do not have children under the age of 30, I am not in retail and the service sector and I am comfortable paying higher taxes.

  • The New Zealand economy limps along and spending on infrastructure declines.  The roads and services deteriorate and over time New Zealand sinks into “Third World” status.
  • More people fall below the poverty line as wages do not keep up with outgoings.
  • There is a loss of sovereignty as our money supply is held by private Australian banks who are in turn majority owned by American and British interests.  Should any one of these three economies fail then New Zealand’s liquidity would be jeopardised.  This almost happened during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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