German engineers plan to flood the rainforest of Borneo

Sarawak’s natives demand the pull out of German Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG from controversial dam project in Malaysia


The consultancy company Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG from Stuttgart has come under international pressure due to their involvement in a controversial dam project in the rainforest of Borneo. In a letter addressed to the company’s founder and chairperson Georg Fichtner, natives from the rainforest of Sarawak are demanding the immediate halt of all activities of Fichtner related to Baram dam.

The Swiss Bruno Manser Fund as well as five other environmental and human rights organizations from Germany and Switzerland support the demand and criticize Fichtner for its close cooperation with power
supplier Sarawak Energy, in charge of the implementation of the dam. Sarawak Energy is known for its non-compliance with international social and environmental standards and indigenous rights in the
context of the dam project. Copies of the letter have also reached German authorities.

1,200 MW Baram dam would flood a rainforest area of at least 400km2 and displace 20,000 indigenous people. The affected communities have been fighting the construction of the dam with letters and protests.
The government of Sarawak, however, denies the local people basic information about the dam and participation, which contravenes international standards such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples.

Fichtner was hired by Sarawak Energy to do feasibility studies for the Baram dam project. Access to the results of these studies has been denied to the affected communities. The local resistance movement, the
SAVE Rivers Network, is now directly appealing to Fichtner and wants to bring the non-compliance with international transparency standards to their attention. In addition, the natives point to the already existing power glut in Sarawak, which renders further dams superfluous. The 20,000 affected people vehemently oppose the construction of the Baram dam and the associated resettlement.

The Bruno Manser Fund therefore calls on Fichtner to immediately publish all studies done for Sarawak Energy and to withdraw from the project. Fichtner is jointly responsible for an open and fair information policy towards the affected people and for the acceptance of their rejection of the proposed Baram dam.

Please consult us for further information:

Bruno Manser Fund, Socinstrasse 37, CH-4051 Basel / Switzerland


Media Release by the Bruno Manser Fund

A couple of more old family images

 I'm currently digitising all of our family photos. This is my great grandfather James Watkin Kinniburgh. He was a civil servant most of his life. My very very dear friend Lisa author of the Heritage blog Timespanner (and an awesome blog at that!) wrote a post about him as he has a connection with the Auckland suburb of Avondale. James was the first mayor of Avondale. You can read more about him here and here

I'm not sure who this child is. The photo looks like it was taken sometime around World War 1 or possibly the early 1920's. The Kewpie doll has my interest. From what I could find on their history they appeared around 1909 a comic strip and then as dolls in 1913. Other than Wikipedia I can't seem to find too much on their history. The earliest I could find for them appearing in New Zealand was in 1914 where I found an advertisement in the Evening Post (2 March 1914) it was kind of 'kute' (excuse the pun)

A "KEWPIE" DOLL (AMERICA'S LATEST CRAZE) Ah You are always looking for something to amuse them. They are the Kutest, Kunningest, and most Kurious things you ever saw. They not only please and amuse the children, but draw peals of laughter from father and mother and all the grown-ups. You will never regret buying one Do it now. There is sure to be a heavy demand
Well I guess that's this post for now. And my youngest found a frog in her bedroom but that's another story to tell.


Winter Curlers

 It's raining with a freezing wind outside. These two have fur coats and a couple of comfortable sofas to sleep on without a care in the world. Never mind the stupid hooman is being denied a place to sit. Sofa is full call back next week signed Farm Cats


A very Kiwi Country Wedding


The person responsible for turning up back in August 2008 with a rather tiny jersey calf that would within the week be named the Terrorist and has since been the reason why this very blog began at last has got herself hitched.

Today my very wonderful and close friend Gillian tied the knot with her long term friend Alex. Alex asked Gilly back last year to marry him and she said yes. So today they celebrated their marriage to each other at a tiny little church just by the bridge coming into Dargaville township.

Family and friends came together and we all witnessed a wonderful ceremony and afterwards a great afternoon tea in the church. I'll let the Terrorist know the one who saved her from the bobby truck now has a ring on her finger and it shall not be eaten by said Terrorist next time Gilly comes to visit us.

St John Art Auction for 2012 Appeal Week in Maungaturoto

You are invited to Maungaturoto St John Art Auction for 2012 Appeal Week.

On Thursday 21st June at the Maungaturoto St John Ambulance Station at 5pm doors will open with demonstrations from the St John Youth Cadets with the Art Auction starting at 5.30pm. This Art Auction is fundraising for the St John Appeal Week.

St John Youth Cadets have been busy working on their masterpieces for this fundraiser and stunning art pieces have been donated to St John to sell at this Auction. Thanks to Richard & Diana Moore for their generous donation of art.

Maungaturoto St John Youth Division has just won 2012 Division of the Year for Northland and this is an amazing achievement considering the division is only 15 months old. Please come along to support this award winning division which is fundraising for such a good cause.

If you would like to donate pieces of art for this event or want more information contact Jodie Hosford 09 4319 090 or Nyree Alcock 09 4318 462