GPJA #433: Part 1. News from Aotearoa New Zealand – 5/7/12

GENERAL

Gay man flees to NZ under threat of execution http://www.nzherald.co.nz/human-rights/news/article.cfm?c_id=500838&objectid=10816570

Welfare reform: Back to work By Simon Collins http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816460

Women being ‘driven to abortion’ by welfare reform http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816486

Fail a drugs test and lose your benefit, job seekers warned http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816778

Snapshot of Maori statistics launched http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/7181187/Snapshot-of-Maori-statistics-launched

We Remember Blair Peach http://www.isonz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/we-remember-blair-peach.html

Southall police riot where Kiwi expat Blair Peach was killed

MARRYATT MADNESS http://nzagainstthecurrent.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/marryatt-madness.html

Chris Trotter: This Is New Zealand: Anna Stretton http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/this-is-new-zealand-anna-stretton.html

Increasing prescription charge threatens access to medicine http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/7188592/Increasing-prescription-charge-threatens-access-to-medicine

Corruption rife in pokie trusts system: Former director http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816475

Ignorant Rodney Hide misses the point http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Ignorant-Rodney-Hide-misses-the-point/tabid/428/articleID/28977/Default.aspx

No fracking until report completed http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=28305

Fiordland protest aimed at minister http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/7202671/Fiordland-protest-aimed-at-minister

Solidarity with the Egyptian and Syrian Revolutions (23 June 2012) http://vimeo.com/44657222

Womens’ Rights Slipping In New Zealand – Updated http://emigratetonewzealand.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/womens-rights-slipping-in-new-zealand/

UREWERA 4

TUHOE (PRISONERS IN AOTEAROA!!!!)

Urewera and Dotcom investigations similar, says Maori lawyer

Court hears bail applications for Tuhoe activists http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10817109

DOTCOM

Dotcom victory ’embarrassing’ for US http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816280

What did Key really know about Dotcom? http://thestandard.org.nz/what-did-key-really-know-about-dotcom/

Dotcom’s lawyers apply for charge dismissal http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816516

Gordon Campbell on the Dotcom/Obamacare rulings and Star Trek http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2012/06/29/gordon-campbell-on-the-dotcomobamacare-rulings-and-star-trek/

ASSET SALES

Napier marches against sale of State Assets http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00396/napier-marches-against-sale-of-state-assets.htm

We Can Still Stop Asset Sales: Law Passed But Issue Not Over http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00411/we-can-still-stop-asset-sales-law-passed-but-issue-not-over.htm

Joe Carolan Mercury Energy Protest 20120626

The Auckland ‘Aotearoa is NOT for sale’ Campaign http://aotearoaisnotforsale.com/

Asset Sales? Renationalise, Without Compensation. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2012/06/asset-sales-renationalise-without.html

HOUSING

Abandoned homes preferred to cars http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/7190202/Abandoned-homes-preferred-to-cars

Hardship but no housing crisis, says Key http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/christchurch-earthquake-2011/7190205/Hardship-but-no-housing-crisis-says-Key

Rental rises called obscene http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/7190199/Rental-rises-called-obscene%E2%80%99

Sharples suggests homeless sleep in red zone http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/1752088842-Sharples-suggests-homeless-sleep-in-red-zone

Generating momentum for more affordable and social housing http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00422/generating-momentum-for-more-affordable-and-social-housing.htm

NZ kids suffering in cold homes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/energy/news/article.cfm?c_id=37&objectid=10816439

EDUCATION

Students prepare to protest with ‘Education Show & Tell.’ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00402/students-prepare-to-protest-with-education-show-tell.htm

Students Interrupt John Key at Medical School opening http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1207/S00040/students-interrupt-john-key-at-medical-school-opening.htm

League Tables Will Lead to Children Missing Out – NZEI http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00420/league-tables-will-lead-to-children-missing-out-nzei.htm

Pasifika expulsions drop 40 per cent http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10816732

BROADCASTING

Peter A. Thompson: Viewer choice sacrificed to commercialism http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10780430

Sky TV’s hold on the NZ market http://www.listener.co.nz/entertainment/sky-tvs-hold-on-the-nz-market/

Public Service Broadcasting Matters http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00370/public-service-broadcasting-matters.htm

Maori TV dumps ads for lessons in language http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10815726

Hearse, coffin protest mark death of TVNZ 7 http://www.newswire.co.nz/2012/06/two-four-six-seven-hearse-coffin-mark-death-of-tv7/

More corporate welfare for Mediaworks? http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/more-corporate-welfare-for-mediaworks.html

Speech to TVNZ7 mourners at funeral for public broadcasting http://tumeke.blogspot.co.nz/2012/07/speech-to-tvnz7-mourners-at-funeral-for.html

WORKRIGHTS NZ

ACC cuts carer’s pay under minimum wage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10817475

The Union Report with Lesley Harry from NZNO & Robert Reid First Union. Issue 1: Are the Governments 10 KPI’s for the Public Service achievable or fanciful? Issue 2: Secret briefing papers to Steven Joyce show the govt’s 100,000 promised new jobs will largely go to highly-skilled professional males. Is this employment policy for everyone or just the few? and Issue 3: Pay equity, when will it be taken seriously?

Coming up… . 9th July – Helen Kelly & Garry Parsloe from MUNZ; 16th July – CANZ & ?; 23rd July – Annie Newman from the SFWU & Laila Harre; 30th July (filmed on the 27th) – Helen Kelly and James Ritchie from NZDWU.

Residents march over home http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/7190247/Residents-march-over-home

Shop workers welcome bill defeat http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/shop-workers-welcome-bill-defeat-4948977

CTU: More support, not less please Minister! http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1206/S00414/more-support-not-less-please-minister.htm

NZ ECONOMY

Regulate beneficiary banks By Tapu Misa http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10816708

CTU Economic Bulletin: This month, in answer to an affiliate’s question, the commentary has a look at the accuracy of forecasts of wage increases made by Treasury and by various forecasters averaged into NZIER’s Consensus forecasts. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/18076151/CTU-Econ-Monthly-136-June-2012.pdf

Pensions and the retirement age: the problem is capitalism, not an aging population http://rdln.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/pensions-and-the-retirement-age-the-problem-is-capitalism-not-an-aging-population/

Price of progress hurts Kiwis: The rampant cost of living means two-income families are increasingly worse off than single-income families were a generation ago – and it is threatening to put them under. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/7201901/Price-of-progress-hurts-Kiwis

A dangerous investment: Australia, New Zealand and the Trans-Pacific Partnership http://theconversation.edu.au/a-dangerous-investment-australia-new-zealand-and-the-trans-pacific-partnership-7440

Employer stance at ILO forum hypocritical by CTU president Helen Kelly http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/7208334/Employer-stance-at-ILO-forum-hypocritical

Farmers right to be wary of shareholders’ lust for short-term gain http://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=10816533

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