In June 7, 2008 an article titled:
Was submitted by a reader. The article’s sub-headline read:
No other nation [with the possible exception of Israel] is so pathologically violent!
Here’s the first paragraph from the article:
“Aside from possible [some say obvious] genetic reasons, the psychopathological effects of hormone disrupters like dioxins, PCBs, and various relatives of DDT, which are found in abundance in New Zealand, seem to be among possible explanations for the unprecedented level of violence in that country. On the other hand, it is conceivable that New Zealand is being used as a testing ground for mind-altering biochemical weapons.”
The writer asked:
“Is New Zealand a testing ground for biochemical weapons?”
We’ll try and answer that question in due course! For now, however, the following story provides yet another compelling reason why YOU should keep out of New Zealand. [Never, never take your children to New Zealand, or have babies after visiting New Zealand without first undergoing thorough medical checkups!]
NZ families win legal battle with US chemical giant
July 18, 2008, 8:31 am – NZPA – http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/4799861
Two New Zealand families have won a 12-year David versus Goliath-style legal battle against United States chemical giant DuPont after their children suffered serious birth defects.
Karen Ison’s son Blake was born with no eyes and a double cleft palate after she was exposed to the fungicide Benlate while working as a Christchurch City Council parks worker before his birth in 1993, The Dominion Post reported.
In 1997, the Isons and another former council worker, Andrea Reilly, whose son, Jesse Hanham, died in 1998, aged seven, filed a lawsuit against DuPont, with four British families who also had children with eye abnormalities.
The case went to the US Supreme Court three times before DuPont announced a tentative settlement of $US9 million (NZ$12.4 million) last May for the six original plaintiffs and another 26 families who said Benlate had caused defects in their children.
Fourteen-year-old Blake’s family moved to Queensland last year from where father Mark Ison said he could not discuss details because of a “media freeze” decreed by the American lawyers. He denied that the final payout, made this year, was lavish.
“It will give Blake a buffer but that’s it. It was to shut us up and they got away with the minimum amount possible.”
The families who took the case had succeeded in their main aim, however — to have Benlate taken off the market, he said.
“We think our action played an important part in that … We didn’t want anyone else to go through what we had.”
Mr Ison said he and his wife were naive when they set out to battle a huge multinational.
“We thought once the company could see our children had been damaged they would take it off the market immediately, but it was only when the cost of litigation became bigger than profit margins that they did something.” Copyright: The respective author, or news agency. See NewZeelend fair Use Notice!
That, of course, is the tip of the New Zealand Poisoning Syndrome iceberg!
Young People: Causes of Deaths [in New Zealand]
Young people in the 10 to 14-year age group were more likely to die of cancer and a range of diseases which afflict various sites and systems of the body (nervous system, sense organs and endocrine system). In 1994, 62.7 percent of deaths of 10 to 14-year-olds were the result of chronic illnesses or diseases, while 77.9 percent of 15 to 24-year-olds died from external causes, particularly due to accidents, suicide and self-inflicted injury, and non-motor vehicle accidents.
(Source: Statistics New Zealand: Young people: causes of deaths, URL: http://www.stats.govt.nz/analytical-reports/young-new-zealander/cause-of-death.htm; accessed 27 March 2008 ).