GPJA #431: Part 1. News from Aotearoa New Zealand – 20/6/12

Port workers protest Marc 10, 2012

Matt McCarten: At last, some victories for the bosses’ victims http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10813468

Urewera issue isn’t just going to lie down and die http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/urewera-issue-isnt-just-going-to-lie-down-and-die/1422939/

Chris Trotter: Hidden motives behind superannuation claims http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/columnists/chris-trotter/7126493/Hidden-motives-behind-superannuation-claims

Gordon campbell: Playing politics on nuclear issue http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/kapi-mana-news/opinion/7082581/Playing-politics-on-nuclear-issue

Government can afford to pay whanau to care for disabled http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00229/government-can-afford-to-pay-whanau-to-care-for-disabled.htm

Defence Force connection to military violence in West Papua http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00221/defence-force-connection-to-military-violence-in-west-papua.htm

What superannuation crisis? http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/what-superannuation-crisis.html

Convention centre probe: Govt accused of arrogance http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10812732

Housing people should take priority http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/7099870/Housing-people-should-take-priority

The Struggle for Equal Marriage Rights http://isonz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/struggle-for-equal-marriage-rights.html

Mana: Shut The Pokie Takeaways – Now http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00259/shut-the-pokie-takeaways-now.htm

Agreement with US sees NZ as ‘de facto’ ally http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7133939/Closer-military-ties-between-US-NZ

ADVANCE PASIFIKA

Pacific Islanders protest against discrimination http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7115590/Marching-for-equality

‘Only the hood can change the hood’ – Justice and freedom in education, health, poverty wages and justice were the key themes of a march by 2000 Pasifika people in Auckland city on Saturday morning. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/only-hood-can-change-hood.html

Advance Pasifika march and rally in Auckland June 16, 2012 http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2012/06/17/advance-pasifika-march-and-rally-in-auckland-june-16-2012/

ASSET SALES

Aotearoa NZ Is Still Not For Sale. National Day of Action against Asset Sales, Saturday July 14 2012 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00219/national-day-of-action-against-asset-sales-july-14-2012.htm

Harawira: Mixed Ownership Model Bill – Second Reading http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00205/harawira-mixed-ownership-model-bill-second-reading.htm

National’s asset sales would mean higher power prices http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1206/S00225/nationals-asset-sales-would-mean-higher-power-prices.htm

Dunedin rallies against asset sales http://www.isonz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/dunedin-rallies-against-asset-sales.html

Dunedin rally Photos http://paulusthebrit.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/keep-our-assets/

Asset sales law should be delayed until public has say http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00192/asset-sales-law-should-be-delayed-until-public-has-say.htm

Dunedin protest against asset sales http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.448882251796559.111579.100000243649681&type=1

EDUCATION

John Minto: Minister’s rose-tinted glasses are two generations out of date http://johnminto.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/ministers-rose-tinted-glasses-are-two-generations-out-of-date/

Moving from frustration to disgust http://publicaddress.net/hardnews/moving-from-frustration-to-disgust/

School League Tables Lack Logic http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/school-league-tables-lack-logic.html

School Deciles Cause Racial Divide http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/school-deciles-cause-racial-divide.html

Parents petition for special needs kids http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/parents-petition-special-needs-kids-4920493?ref=emailfriend

Special needs units being cut in schools: The parents of Ranui special needs unit collected over 10,000 signatures to protest its (and others) proposed closure 2013. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/special-needs-units-being-cut-in.html

"A barricade made of ideas," is how one student activist (English literature) described the silent, study-in last night at the University of Auckland library. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/barricade-made-of-ideas.html

ACC

Tapu Misa: Money blinds ACC to principles http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10813637

Call for balance in ACC leadership http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00232/call-for-balance-in-acc-leadership.htm

ACC ‘cold blooded’ to victims http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/7116494/ACC-cold-blooded-to-victims

Is politics becoming too corporate? http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/dave-armstrong/7118607/Is-politics-becoming-too-corporate

CTU: Full Funding for ACC is a political swamp that should be drained http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00266/full-funding-for-acc-a-political-swamp-that-must-be-drained.htm

POVERTY & INEQUALITY

Spay the Rich and Free the Poor http://mana.net.nz/2012/06/spay-the-rich-and-free-the-poor/

WORKRIGHTS NZ

‘Secret’ breakthrough at port http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10813550

Union calls for rule change over SkyCity Bible row http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/union-calls-rule-change-over-skycity-bible-row-4938108

Breakfast video http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/reaction-worker-warned-over-bible-video-4938092

Casino Bible worker could be fired for fanning http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10814253

Sky City worker speaks out on Bible http://www.3news.co.nz/Sky-City-worker-speaks-out-on-Bible/tabid/309/articleID/258313/Default.aspx

Casino worker ‘sorry’ over Bible http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7127749/Casino-worker-sorry-over-Bible

SkyCity worker threatened with sack over bible – union http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/skycity-worker-threatened-sack-over-bible-union-4935598

No action over worker carrying Bible http://www.3news.co.nz/No-action-over-worker-carrying-Bible/tabid/423/articleID/258347/Default.aspx

Casino worker faces action over Bible at work http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10813873

Tuni Parata

Waitress fired for serving boss wrong drink http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10811628

Dismissal of bar manager justified – ERA http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10811453

Fired security guard thought aftershocks triggered alarms http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10811246

Oceania Rest Home Dispute Settles http://newsroom.co.nz/stories/oceania-rest-home-dispute-settles

The Union Report – Education Special http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/the-union-report-education-special/

NZ ECONOMY

Austerity no antidote if rest of economy falls ill http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/213599/austerity-no-antidote-if-rest-economy-falls-ill

Bernard Hickey wonders how New Zealand will break its investment drought when households and businesses are hoarding cash. Should govt do it? http://www.interest.co.nz/opinion/59774/bernard-hickey-wonders-how-new-zealand-will-break-its-investment-drought-when-

Gordon Campbell on blaming the Greeks, and on David Cunliffe http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/06/19/gordon-campbell-on-blaming-the-greeks-and-on-david-cunliffe/

CTU: Government should review options not just target date http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1206/S00596/government-should-review-options-not-just-target-date.htm

TPPA DEBATE

Jane Kelsey: Secrecy in investment talks mocks democracy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10814123

National Says ‘Yes’ to Investor Rights to Sue – Press Release: Professor Jane Kelsey http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00186/national-says-yes-to-investor-rights-to-sue.htm

Leaked draft of trade deal exposes risks – professor http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10812873

TPPWatch Action Bulletin #12 – 17 June 2012 http://tppwatch.org/2012/06/17/tppwatch-action-bulletin-12-17-june-2012/

Professor Challenges Groser to Public Debate on TPP Investment Rules http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00196/professor-challenges-groser-to-public-debate-on-tpp-rules.htm

If Tobacco Policy is Protected in TPP, Why is US Proposing a New Exception? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00217/if-tobacco-policy-protected-in-tpp-why-a-new-us-exception.htm

"The Green Party says the Trade Minister Tim Groser, is misleading the public over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. …

http://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20120615-0709-government_told_to_back_away_from_tpp-00.ogg

Gordon Campbell on the leaks about the Trans Pacific Partnership http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/06/14/gordon-campbell-on-the-leaks-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

househol

CTU seeks answers over trade agreement http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/7102015/CTU-seeks-answers-over-trade-agreement

First Union: TPPA should not cut off government options on jobs http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00197/tppa-should-not-cut-off-government-options-on-jobs.htm

CULTURAL DISSENT

Recognising and protecting dignity: E W Thomas reviews Law into Action: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand (The Human Rights Foundation Aotearoa New Zealand and The Law Foundation, 2011) edited by Margaret Bedggood and Kris Gledhill http://www.nzlawyermagazine.co.nz/CurrentIssue/Issue186/186F3/tabid/4379/Default.aspx

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