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« Reply #90 on: November 25, 2013, 07:47:56 AM »

                                       Scientology's $16m statement church                                       24/11/2013

The Church of Scientology of New Zealand will make a $16 million "statement" restoring and converting a heritage-listed Auckland building into its flagship church.

The local arm of the controversial religion purchased the former Whitecliffe Art College campus in 2007 for $10m borrowed interest-free from the Church of Scientology International. It is the church's only New Zealand property.

The church, which counts actor Tom Cruise among its parishioners, said it's nearing construction on the Grafton site that includes major seismic strengthening and a new fitout.

Church of Scientology New Zealand head Mike Ferriss told the Sunday Star-Times the cost of the restoration was $16m.

More than $3.5m had been raised mostly from the church's 5000 local members, Ferriss said, but scientologists around the globe including expat Kiwis would contribute.

Non-members who wanted to see the building restored had also donated, he said.

The 2006 census counted 357 Kiwi scientologists; meaning each would need to donate more than $44,000 to reach the $16m target.

The church's annual accounts for the year ending December 2012 showed donations were down more than $170,000 to $245,253.

It booked $1.18m from members in advance payments. The church had about $300,000 in the bank and owed its international office more than $8.6m, reporting a $2m deficit.

The "huge" project is estimated to take around 12 months of construction, Ferriss said.

New Zealand's top scientologist said the condition of the building when the church purchased it was not good.

"We will save this building. There's no question about it."

The Oamaru sandstone facing the building's entranceway and windows is in need of repair.

Ferriss said internally the major work would be tying joists to the walls to give the building the ability to move laterally in an earthquake. Floors will be overlaid with ply and ceilings may need repairing too, he said.

Some walls may need additional strengthening, he said.

The church has resource consent to disseminate the "applied philosophy" of church founder and pulp fiction writer L Ron Hubbard from the site.

A building consent application is with its head office in the US pending final sign-off and will then be lodged with the Auckland Council, Ferriss said.

Once complete the 11,000 square metre site will have more than 70 rooms dedicated to spreading Scientology's message.

The prominent site will have a chapel, library, reception and waiting area, offices for upper management, public display areas, a cafe, courtyard and rooms for the church's one-on-one counselling called auditing.

The Auckland restoration is part of an international programme by the church to boost its presence with high-profile churches called Ideal Orgs.

"What we are essentially doing is like the Church of Scientology putting down roots. We have been around for 60 years; this is a statement. This is us. This is where you can find us," Ferriss said.

When asked if Tom Cruise was likely to come to the opening of the restored church, Ferriss laughed and said: "It doesn't always default to Tom Cruise."

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9438179/Scientologys-16m-statement-church
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« Reply #91 on: November 27, 2013, 06:44:59 AM »

Church of Scientology New Zealand head Mike Ferriss told the Sunday Star-Times the cost of the restoration was $16m.

-More than $3.5m had been raised mostly from the church's 5000 local members, Ferriss said, but scientologists around the globe including expat Kiwis would contribute.

Non-members who wanted to see the building restored had also donated, he said.

The 2006 census counted 357 Kiwi scientologists; meaning each would need to donate more than $44,000 to reach the $16m target.

The church's annual accounts for the year ending December 2012 showed donations were down more than $170,000 to $245,253.

It booked $1.18m from members in advance payments. The church had about $300,000 in the bank and owed its international office more than $8.6m, reporting a $2m deficit.
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John P.  noseinabk • a day ago
Excellent catch! And great interpretation of the raw data!

It's interesting to see the number of advance payments booked: $1.2 million (all figures NZ$) for 350 culties implies an average deposit amount of $3,500 per capita in 2012. If we assume that the actual number of active Scientologists is closer to 250, that still gets you only to about $5,000 per person, which is about what I have forecast for US cult members.

It would be nice to get the amount of deposits actually used up (i.e., program revenue) for 2012 rather than just the amount taken in, so we could try and estimate how fast they're piling up cash versus revenue (to think about how badly the reserves might unwind if there are successful refund lawsuits).

Anybody from NZ know anything about how to retrieve public filings like this so I could see the source documents, particularly if we can do it for a couple of years? Hello, Andrew Robertson, hello!

http://tonyortega.org/2013/11/25/scientology-declares-actress-leah-remini-a-suppressive-person/#comment-1138341372
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« Reply #92 on: December 19, 2013, 06:12:13 AM »

                                                  Jedi still believe in the Force despite census snub

....He was disappointed Jedi did not make the census list of religions. He said the Church of Scientology managed to get on the list with 315 devotees, and was similarly based on science fiction.

"Jedi is just aslegitimate, if not more so."....

.....On the other hand, Scientologists were generally genuine believers in a complex mythology and their church was an established institution...

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9533167/Jedi-still-believe-in-the-Force-despite-census-snub

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/jedi-spaghetti-faiths-rejected-in-census-5782314?ref=rss
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« Reply #93 on: December 27, 2013, 08:23:15 PM »

                                                  New Executive Director for Auckland Day

"Hello New Zealand.
I want to introduce myself and give you a brief rundown of my history in Scientology.

My name is David Beck  ....(Photo David and Kylie Beck)
and I am now the Executive Director of Auckland Day Org.

I have transferred from Melbourne day org to help enable Auckland to achieve the target
of getting their Ideal Org done and opened!

I first joined staff in 1989, one day after I first walked into the Melbourne org and have been on staff ever since.

The posts I have held in that time are all executive posts. Tresury Sec, Deputy ED, HCO Executive Secretary, LRH Communicator and Executive Establishment Officer....

....My wife, Kylie is a long term Scientologist, a trained Supervisor and is working with me as Organization Executive Secretary, with the same purpose I have...."

Much Love,
                    David Beck.
"

No mention of what has become of long suffering ex ED AK Day Marion Moffatt.

So This means in recent weeks both AK Day and Fdn E.D`s have been replaced.

 Wins wins and more WINS. !!
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« Reply #94 on: January 22, 2014, 06:32:08 AM »

                                                     The New Ideal Org Strategy

January 21, 2014 By Special Correspondent

From Mike Rinder`s blog. Auckland Org is the topic.

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/the-new-ideal-org-strategy/
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« Reply #95 on: July 20, 2014, 06:17:44 PM »

Some of you may know Warren Portsmouth...
Old time scio Auckland. 80`s
He made the cover of the Western Leader.
Local west Auckland newspaper...

http://westernleader.realviewdigital.com/?iid=97580#folio=1
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« Reply #96 on: August 14, 2014, 08:09:03 AM »

I have posted the latest org newsletter here...




http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26605-AUCKLAND-Org-Newsletter-Promo-Leak-Thread/page7

It is the very last message on the page.

Page 8 has the next newsletter. Very theta. Very sad.
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« Reply #97 on: August 16, 2014, 07:37:19 AM »

   Another newsletter from the org.

Short on facts.... Huge on bullshit !

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26605-AUCKLAND-Org-Newsletter-Promo-Leak-Thread&p=955567#post955567
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« Reply #98 on: August 20, 2014, 05:54:55 PM »

                                            Auckland org`s Affinity mag makes a rare appearance.

Affinity is still going.
"Our bio chemical society" by L.R.H, two success stories.
And 38 purif completions completions... Did I say that twice?

Here are the names.

Michelle Owen ...................... Tony Johnson
Daryn Leaity .........................Kathy Swords
Michele Burnside ....................... Mark Swords
Dauren Saparov .........................Susan Giles
Gail D`Audney ......................Sam Swords
Tristan Woodhead ........................ Anne Carmichael
James Ferriss .......................... Sancia Rooney
Elliot Jones .............................. Dana Lee
Claudia Jones ............................. Simon Lee
Elva Perkins ............................ Kyle Beck
Lizzie Perkins ............................ Matt Fraser
Greg Martin ..................................Ramon Brandt
Mitch Martin ........................... Gaylene Fraser
Karen Rigg ............................Stephan Hokke
Robbie Rigg ............................ Nick Green
Stephanie Rigg ............................... Jim Hartley
Dave D`Audney .............................. Felicity Philip
Ben Van den Berg
Rebecca West


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« Reply #99 on: August 26, 2014, 07:42:52 AM »

  Latest Auckland newsletter.

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26605-AUCKLAND-Org-Newsletter-Promo-Leak-Thread&p=958267#post958267
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« Reply #100 on: October 04, 2014, 08:20:08 AM »

                                                      Mental Health Awarenes Week exhibition opening


 Friday, 3 October, 2014 - 21:13

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (6-12 October 2014) the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is holding an exhibition entitled "Mental Health and Human Rights" documenting the dark side of psychiatric treatment.

The exhibition which opens on 6 October at 163 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland, confronts the extent of abuse within the field of psychiatry which has dominated the mental health industry for more than a century with abhorrent treatments such as the rack, ice-baths, electroshock, brain surgery and mind altering drugs, as well as behavioural theories and treatments that have been adopted by fascist and totalitarian regimes.

"The purpose of the exhibit is to raise awareness," said the Commission's director, Mr. Steve Green. "Many people are familiar with New Zealand cases of psychiatric abuse and this display gives an insight as to why psychiatry has been tarnished with labels of torture and cruel, degrading and inhuman treatments."

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has been the most vocal campaigner against psychiatric abuse in this country. In 1976 they exposed the child abuse and torturous treatment of young people in Lake Alice psychiatric hospital which culminated in the Government paying out over $12 million in compensation to 200 of the victims. CCHR took the matter to the United Nations Committee Against Torture who made various recommendations to the NZ government so that victims would be listened to, obtain adequate redress and perpetrators of the abuse would be prosecuted. Changes to the Crimes of Torture Act now allow independent inspectors to look into, report and prevent ill-treatment against the mentally ill and others in state care.

Other hospitals and controversial treatments have been criticised by the Commission over the years. They were instrumental in the banning of Deep Sleep Treatment and are outspoken about the continued use of Electroshock (ECT) in this country, especially on the elderly, pregnant women and children.

The display also dispels the idea that mental illness comes from imbalances of brain chemicals. The Commission says the unscientific claims of chemical imbalances has led to false hope and the widespread use of psychiatric drugs.

"One of the major areas of psychiatric drugging today, and one causing the most concern, is with young children," Mr Green said. "The escalating use of psychiatric drugs as a therapy for children who have trouble learning is completely wrong-headed and a short road to trouble, both for the children and society as a whole," he said.

CCHR's main roll has been to help psychiatric victims find a voice and support them to lay complaints with various medical authorities and even criminal complaints where warranted. They help document cases with the use of patient records and corroborating evidence. Medical professionals also assist with interpretation of medical files and CCHR works alongside lawyers and other professionals who believe everyone has a basic human right to obtain safe and ethical mental health care.

"The object of CCHR is to re-install basic medicine and medical ethics into the field of mental health," said Mr Green and he cites the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to ban all forms of non-consensual psychiatric treatment as it is often seen as torture. "This signals a turning point to a more positive future for human rights in mental health," Mr Green said.

CCHR was established by the Church of Scientology and Professor of Psychiatry, Dr Thomas Szasz in 1969 and it works toward the establishment of real human rights in mental health and an elimination of psychiatric ill-treatment and abuse in all forms.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/mental-health-awarenes-week-exhibition-opening/5/203906
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« Reply #101 on: October 17, 2014, 07:37:04 AM »

                                        Seminar: Biochemical causes of mental health disorders

Friday, 17 October, 2014 - 00:29

"What are the Biochemical Causes of Mental Health Disorders?"

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights are hosting two seminars with Dr Janelle Sinclair, a Biochemist and Natural Medicine Practitioner, who will be speaking on Wednesday, 22 OCTOBER on the topic of "What are the Biochemical Causes of Mental Health Disorders?"

Dr Sinclair helped open the CCHR NZ Mental Health and Human Rights Exhibition on 6 October, marking the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, in the middle of Newmarket’s shopping district, on 163 Broadway Road.

"The purpose of hosting the seminar is to provide a place where people can find out about other options to current intrusive psychiatric practices," said Steve Green, director of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, a mental health watchdog group that was established by the Church of Scientology.

The exhibition has been travelling around the world and is currently in Auckland for the month of October. There are a mixture of information panels and video documentaries that show the history of psychiatry from the bedlam days through to Nazi Germany and their eugenics programmes, and the introduction of lobotomies, shock therapies and drugs.

The Commission, which was established in New Zealand in 1976, was the first to expose the human rights abuse and torturous treatments performed on children in Lake Alice psychiatric hospital, and it was CCHR that pursued these cases on behalf of the victims right through to a government apology and $13 million paid out in compensation in 2001 and 2002.

Because there were no real safeguards ensuring such abuse would never occur again, CCHR took their case to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and over a period of four years, the UNCAT wrote to the NZ Government requiring they adopt protective measures for all people incarcerated in psychiatric facilities and prisons so as their human rights could not be violated.

CCHR continues to investigate all forms of human rights abuse in mental health, including the use of restraints, seclusion, electric shock and the indiscriminate use of psychiatric labelling and drugs.

"It is more and more the consensus that compulsory treatment in psychiatry is looked upon as a form of punishment and even torture," said Mr Green and he would like to hear about anyone’s experience with their story of psychiatric abuse.

"People are becoming more aware of alternatives to mainstream psychiatry and their reliance on drugs and electric shock and CCHR is always keen to help raise awareness in this area," said Mr Green.

The seminars will take place on Wednesday 22 October at 3.30pm and 6.00pm. The exhibition is open from 10:30am to 8pm each day until October 31 at 163 Broadway, Newmarket. These are free events.

http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/seminar-biochemical-causes-mental-health-disorders/5/204933
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« Reply #102 on: October 21, 2014, 07:15:42 AM »

                         This is not LATEST !!!

A NZ Herald article from 2008. Worth a read for any newcommers to this site.

                                                   The faith business: Scientology in NZ

http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/features/feature-archive/271319/The-faith-business-Scientology-in-NZ
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« Reply #103 on: November 17, 2014, 07:17:08 AM »

                                                    Latest org newsletter November 2014.

Five scans can be viewed here....

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26605-AUCKLAND-Org-Newsletter-Promo-Leak-Thread&p=981466#post981466


                                               From Metro Magazine ... One year ago.
Auckland org

                                                             Scientology: inside the Auckland HQ

http://metromag.co.nz/metro-archive/scientology-inside-the-auckland-hq/
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« Reply #104 on: November 19, 2014, 03:43:03 PM »

                           More news from the org..  and it`s GREAT !  Best ever and exciting...


http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?26605-AUCKLAND-Org-Newsletter-Promo-Leak-Thread&p=981934#post981934
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