GPJA #447: Part 2/3 – News from Aotearoa New Zealand (5/12/12)

Also a reminder for the protests this week, some new events, and a correction to a couple of What’s On items from Part 1.



We are after a final push to at least get to 3/4 million when we present this petition on Saturday. Please send it around your networks and urge them to add it. Just that extra few thousand will make a big rhetorical difference. Thanks, Jane Kelsey (NZ campaign)

What can you do to help sink the TPPA? Sign the Avaaz petition and get us to the 1 million mark before 8 December 2012 – the National Day of Action for the Auckland round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Currently it stands at 722,000. Presenting the petition will be the centrepiece for the Auckland action on Saturday 8 December.

Sign One Million to Stop the Corporate Death Star at :

The petition reads: To all the governments negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: As concerned global citizens, we call on you to make the TPP process transparent and accountable to all, and to reject any plans that limit our governments’ power to regulate in the public interest. The TPP is a threat to democracy, undermining national sovereignty, workers’ rights, environmental protections and Internet freedom. We urge you to reject this corporate takeover.


  • A mobile billboard featuring one of the winning cartoons and advertising the Dec 8 rally will be driving around Auckland from 4-12 December. The billboard will incorporate a scroll for public comment, which will be displayed outside the media briefing on 12 December. Details tba, contact Stephen Parry 021 039 0284.
  • to 8 Dec Auckland. ‘Having fun with TPP’ Cartoon exhibition, BizDojo.Co.Space, Karangahape Road, Auckland.
  • 7 December Auckland. Aotearoa Is Not For Sale: The Big Push. March against Asset Sales, meeting 6pm at Britomart.
  • 7 December. The TPPA and labour relations: overseas and NZ unionists talk on the TPPA. 6Pm, venue TBA
  • Auckland: Aotearoa Is Not For Sale: Shut Down the TPPA. Direct Action:
  • Major rally and presentation of Avaaz petition on TPP as a threat to democracy, meeting at Aotea Square at 2pm, marching to entrance of Skycity casino, Federal St.
  • TPPA? No way! Awareness raising concert at St Kevin’s arcade, 6-9pm. Featuring bands Steve Abel, Tono and the Finance Company, and Luckless. Speakers: New Zealand and international activists against theTPPA
  • Nelson. March up the main street on 8 December, followed by speeches and maybe even a picnic! Contact Mary Ellen O’Connor at oconstance Meet at Noon: Trafalgar Street from I-Site by the Maitai River. Speakers including at least one Member of Parliament.
  • 10 Dec Auckland “Trading away our future: TPPA and the Environment”, featuring: Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network), Gareth Hughes MP, and Nathan Argent (Greenpeace). Refreshments provided. 5.30 at Green Party offices, 17 Mercury Lane, Newton.
  • 12 Dec Wellington. Aotearoa Is Not For Sale demonstration at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Details to be announced (AINFS meet at Trades Hall each Wednesday at 5.30).

Please share TPPA activities or good articles: Contact Stephen Parry stephenparry1985; Facebook page ItsOurFutureNZ; and website

From nuclear-weapons free Aotearoa New Zealand to a nuclear-weapons free world. Come along to the NGO Forum in Wellington or Auckland (see details below) for a report on the Australian Red Cross conference ‘Towards Eliminating Nuclear Weapons’, and an update and discussion on: · the Red Cross ‘Make Nuclear Weapons the target’ campaign; · the government conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons that will be hosted by Norway next year; · the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (iCAN), the Norwegian government’s civil society partner for the conference, and iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand; and · the New Zealand government’s position on a global ban on nuclear weapons, and what we can do about it.
Wellington: Thursday, 6 December 2012 – Presenters: Gabrielle Emery, Advocacy and Policy Manager, NZ Red Cross, and Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa. At 12.30pm, Room 2, First Floor, St Andrew’s Conference Centre, 30 The Terrace (entry via the pathway on the north side of the church)
Auckland: Tuesday, 11 December 2012 – Presenter: Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa. At 5pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City. |
Organised by iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand, please RSVP by email to icanz or at The A4 poster for the NGO Forums is available at,forums.pdf

Thursday, December 6, 7.30pm, Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland
Come and hear American worker-organiser Erik Forman talk about Occupy, the rebirth of the IWW (a grassroots anti-capitalist union) and class struggle in the US of A. Unite union presents: “From Precarity to Power: Class Struggle in the USA and the Return of the IWW”. The global economic crisis of 2007 has increased the misery of life under capitalism for workers around the world, particularly the already poor and precarious. However, amidst the tragedy of increased exploitation and poverty, new struggles have erupted, each with their own potentials for human liberation as well as limitations. In this talk, US labor organizer Erik Forman will discuss his experiences rebuilding the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) at Starbucks and in the the US fast food industry, IWW participation in the grassroots workers’ movement in Wisconsin and in the Occupy protests, and the potential for revolutionary unionism in the United States of America. See:
More on the IWW:

Monday, December 10, 6.30pm-9pm, Freeman’s Bay Community Hall, 52 Hepburn St, Auckland
My ‘Voice’ Counts – Join us to celebrate Human Rights Day! All Welcome! The Human Rights Commission and EventX are hosting a free concert to celebrate our ‘voices’! Featuring Sam RB, Phillip Patston, Jodi Pringle, Panther and the Zoo, Johnny Matteson & Friends, Tommy Hamilton and Paul Gibson (Disability Rights Commisioner)

Tuesday, December 11, 12noon to 2pm, across the street from the Onehunga Work and Income.
Auckland Action Against Poverty Recession Buster Rally. More info at

Wednesday, December 12, 2-4pm, Mangere Budget Advisory Service, 59B Mahunga Drive (next to KUMFS Shoes), Mangere Bridge, Auckland
An open meeting will be held for all organisations involved in the Living Wage Aotearoa New Zealand.

Thursday, December 13, 6pm to 7.30pm, The University of Auckland Business School, Case Room 1, Level 0 Owen G Glenn building, 12 Grafton Road Auckland
Roger Fowler from Kia Ora Gaza speaks. In November 2012, Roger Fowler was sent to Gaza and Cairo on behalf of Kia Ora Gaza’s website to investigate progress towards opening the besieged Palestinian enclave to the world in the wake of Egypt’s democracy revolution. He also delivered grants and aid to community organisations in Gaza and reported on Israel’s military blitz from inside the enclave. In this presentatiom, Roger will speak of his experiences. He will be joined by fellow KOG convoyers from the June convoy, Tali Williams and Hone Fowler.



GPJA congratulates government on Palestinian vote

West Papua: Break the Silence

Photos: West Papua Flag Raising at NZ Parliament

Peace Researcher Issue # 44 November 2012 Online

Sea Shepherd Vessel The Bob Barker In Wellington, December 6

Kaitiaki reveal the extent of seafood’s decline

‘100% Pure’ dissenter pays heavy price

Mike Treen, life-long socialist and national director of the Unite Union, describes what a socialist society might look like.

Aotearoa Is Not For Sale Wellington fights for democracy

Spy use ‘alarming’

TV man pleads case for gay marriage

Axed post-graduate allowances ‘threat to research’

Maori, Pacific offenders high on three-strikes watch

Report seeks action on disabled rights

‘Economic abuse’ to be put on par with domestic violence

Robin Duff: Educational equity key to success

2012 Roger Award Finalists named

Marchers seek democracy for Christchurch



Helen Kelly: How the Hobbit dispute was used to justify curbs to the actors’ union – The New Zealand government colluded with Warner Bros to give the impression that unionised actors threatened the film

The Politics of The Hobbit – images

Lest We Forget: Warner Brothers Won 2010 Roger Award For “Hobbit” Affair


Poverty action group aims to help beneficiaries get full due

CPAG: Safety net whipped away when families need it most

Punitive Approach to Beneficiaries Misguided

Charles Waldegrave and Bob Stephens: Counting the true costs of poverty trap

‘Open your eyes’ Caritas tells Committee considering welfare changes

Safety net whipped away when families need it most


INSECURITY: fightback against bully bosses at security companies.

Suitable employment

Invest in young people, don’t cut their wages

New forestry standards show nothing learned from Pike River

Why no-one blew the whistle on Pike River

Lisa Beech: Our working children deserve better

Cafe worker awarded $12,000 for sudden firing

YWCA Campaign keeps Pay Equity on the Agenda

From Now until the End of the Year, Women Work for Free

Interislander Strike Notice Lifted


Monthly Economic Review

Facebook NZ’s $14k tax bill ‘a rort’ – Labour

Taking on our local tax cheats


Free trade talks meet protests

TPPA cartoon competition winners announced

Bill Rosenberg: The TPPA and New Zealand’s experience

Werewolf Edition #36 – Trans Pacific Partnership Special

Auckland TPP trade talks spark protest

Protests outside TPP talks

Trans-Pacific Partnership secrecy draws critics

Citizen A With Martyn Bomber Bradbury, Jane Kelsey & Lori Wallach on the TPPA Negotiations

War of words in TPP public perception battle

Jane Kelsey: Pacific deal masks bigger plan

Unprecedented lockout of stakeholders from TPP negotiating venue

TPP secrecy raises concerns

TPPA = Giving Away Sovereignty for Pie in the Sky

Nicky Hagar: US free-trade deal suspect

Poll shows most New Zealanders want government to end secrecy of TPPA negotiations

Jane Kelsey: ‘Treaty-making 101’ for Ministers, bloggers and corporate lobbyists

Gordon Campbell on Tim Groser’s ‘political projectile vomiting’ about the TPPA

War of words in TPP public perception battle

PM’s claim of $3b benefits from TPPA completely without evidence

Maritime Union Links To Building “Trans–Pacific Opposition”

Here’s the interview I did for Auckland radio station 95bFM on Monday about the healthcare transparency annex and PHARMAC: Deborah Gleeson MPH PhD, Lecturer, School of Public Health and Human Biosciences, La Trobe University,209012,

TPPA gains: $1.7 billion, $3 billion – pick a number, any number ….

Gordon Campbell on the NZ Herald’s attack on Jane Kelsey

TPPWatch Bulletin #24 4 December 2012

Brian Fallow: Pharmac vulnerable in trade talks

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