Truck driver on the case of banking fraud
After a hard day at the wheel of a truck, Iain Parker comes home to Stratford - but instead of putting his feet up, he sits in front of a computer.
He is passionate - some would say obsessed - about the banking system. Mr Parker believes the system is corrupt and his aim is to get the message out so something can be done about it.
His interest began when he and wife Michele were living in Perth and expecting their first child. Realising they would have to live on one wage Mr Parker started to look into the sharemarket with the aim of growing his money.
He spoke to a former colleague who had made and lost a lot of money in the 1980s sharemarket boom.
"He said, 'Well, if you don't want to just become someone who donates to a system that is pretty corrupt pull your money out and study it for a minimum of 12 months."' So, he did.
Initially Mr Parker was interested in stories of insider trading, which was a bit like reading a crime novel, he says.
"I was talking to a guy one day and he put me on to this book called None Dare Call It A Conspiracy. I can't remember the name of the author, but it's the first I read of the banking system and that's what started my interest in the banking system."
He became more and more disgusted at the corruption in the system and how deep it went.
"I actually found out it is a mathematical pyramid scheme controlled by very few people that basically guarantees the transfer of the real wealth of the world to the few who own the financial stocks."
Most of the research is done, he says. Now it's about any new information that comes to light.
He has spent more than a decade and thousands of hours, either researching on the internet, reading hundreds of books or watching documentaries. He has even completed NZQA level 3 certificate of New Zealand public sector knowledge online with Weltec.
There is a large community on Facebook that is becoming more aware of flaws in the banking system, he says.
"There is also a new political party called Our New Zealand, which is the only political party in New Zealand that wants to divulge the banking fraud but it's completely split down the middle on the solutions. Half of the solutions I agree with, the other half I don't."
Mr Parker hasn't joined the party. He wants to remain independent, he says, so he can say what he wants, when he wants.
How long he spends researching depends on the varying hours he works. For six months he works about 45 to 55 hours a week and the other six months about 55 to 70 hours a week. During his shorter working weeks he would spend about 25 hours a week researching. When he works longer hours he manages around 15 hours a week at the computer.
"In some holiday periods at my keenest I would have hit 50 hours."
His family has now limited his time on the computer to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The limit was put in place about two years ago, after his wife became concerned that the research was limiting the time he spent with his two children and what impact burning the candle at both ends would have on his health.
He's "lucky" is wife is still here, he says.
"I'm probably lucky she's got more patience than most. And in recent times, as pretty much what I've studied and exposed has become obvious to more and more people and I've had support from higher levels, she realises what I'm on about is quite important. At one time, she probably didn't realise the importance of it."
But his obsession has put a strain on their relationship at times, he says.
Mrs Parker agrees. But, at least he is trying to do good, she says.
"Other people sit on their arse and don't do anything. Iain's trying to do the right thing."
He is doing it for his kids.
"As we're selling assets because of these bogus loans, that are unrepayable because they are allowed to circulate as our entire money supply, we are going to have no public services left. We are ending up looking more like Europe. Even if you have been a casual observer you can see they have nothing left. We'll see it in my lifetime, I'm 43. We'll have very few public services. We'll be paying through the nose for private services. Those countries in Europe have nothing left and they are saying the way to address their ever-compounding interest is to increase taxes."
The banking system isn't Mr Parker's sole interest in life. He enjoys fishing, golf and gardening.
"When this is over and hopefully the economic reality gets exposed and the banking system reformed, I just want to enjoy my family, my kids."
At the beginning most of his friends and family thought he had gone slightly mad. However, now his family and friends openly support him, he says.
Read Iain's feature on the banking system here
Taranaki Daily News