Mary Evans and David Hoskins of Heron’s Flight Matakana would like to invite you to be part of a discussion on the nature of ethical and sustainable investment.
Between 10.00 and 1.00 pm on Friday September 15th, 2006, at the Rotary Hall War Memorial Park, State Highway One in Silverdale; we are hosting a presentation by Catherine Austin Fitts called "Navigating the Shift to Sustainability." Workshops will be held at on Friday afternoon, evening and all day on Saturday at Heron’s Flight Vineyard Café in Matakana, where you are most welcome to join in with dialogue and discussion.
Catherine is visiting New Zealand to holiday and because she has an instinct that New Zealand is a good place to invest.
She has analysed the current systems for investing and saving in our global economy and found them wanting. She is in the process of working out more sustainable systems. She will talk about these in her presentation.
Catherine Austin Fitts, President of Solari, Inc., served as Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of the Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co., Inc. and as Assistant Secretary of Housing/Federal Housing Commissioner at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the first Bush Administration and was President of Hamilton Securities Group, Inc., a broker-dealer/investment bank and software developer. Catherine serves on the board of the Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee, which seeks to end the manipulation of the gold and precious metals markets, and publishes a column, Mapping the Real Deal, in Scoop Media in New Zealand.
Catherine's presentation will focus on what individual investors and citizens can do to help themselves, their family and -- in collaboration with those they know and trust --- their network and their community build a more sustainable and financially intimate economy and, in so doing, survive and thrive in uncertain times.
The sustainable bottom lines: economic, environmental, cultural and social are something we all aspire to.
However, if we aren’t able to meet our economic bottom line it’s impossible to preserve and sustain our environment, our culture or our social fabric.
At Heron’s Flight we have almost completed construction on a building in which we have attempted to meet the four sustainable bottom lines. Our goal is to create a welcoming and stimulating environment where we can share: our respect for the land and its products, our love of food, our enthusiasm for NZ wine and especially the Italian Grape Varieties of Sangiovese and Dolcetto, and the stories of the people of the land.
This project has engaged us in the implications of what it means to be sustainable. It means investing time, energy, vision, imagination and money, and being as clever as you possibly can in carrying out every action that helps you to reach that goal.
Like many others, we have had to find a circle of optimistic investors. We couldn’t have done this without them. Our Ruth Kreigel angel wall is a testament to those people who have just given openheartedly to us over the years in many different ways. Thanks also to Neil Brown of the Whangarei branch of the National Bank of New Zealand and SBS in Invercargill. We have been lucky enough to borrow from banks to meet our dreams.
People who want to invest in the development of their land or in creative and cultural projects find it very difficult to find investment. We think Catherine’s visit to New Zealand is a great opportunity to be as creative and passionate about our local economies as we are about our other projects.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to be involved in this challenging dialogue. We would appreciate koha for the hiring of the hall in Silverdale, and you can buy grape juice, wine and food at Heron’s Flight Vineyard Café to help with Catherine’s expenses and to help us meet our economic bottom lines!
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