GPJA #486 (1 of 2): Special Memorial for Nelson Mandela – Rugby Park Hamilton 8.30pm this Sunday

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 486, DECEMBER 11, 2013

Special Memorial for Nelson Mandela – Rugby Park Hamilton 8.30pm this Sunday
The time and place are very significant because it was events on 25 July 1981 on the field at Rugby Park Hamilton which brought such joy and jubilation to Nelson Mandela who by that time had spent 17 years in prison on Robben Island.
As we all now know when Mandela heard that this Springboks Versus Waikato rugby game (the first ever televised live to South Africa) had been stopped by anti-apartheid protestors invading the field he said the prisoners gripped the bars of their cell doors and rattled them around the prison in sheer delight. He said it was like the sun came out.
The timing of the event is to coincide with the burial of Mandela in his home town of Qunu.
There will be an opportunity for those who wish to say a few words as part of this event.
Speakers will include:

  • Former HART Chairperson John Minto
  • Green MP Kevin Hague

Discussion is underway for authorised access to the ground rather than the unauthorised access in 1981…
The facebook link to the event is here https://www.facebook.com/events/559889594085123/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Regards,
John Minto
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WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Thursday December 12, 7.30pm, Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside
Mandela, Apartheid and the South African Revolution – a Socialist Aotearoa forum
https://www.facebook.com/events/668693506484530/

Friday, December 13, 7pm, Unite Office, 6a Western Springs Rd, Kingsland, Auckland
Bernadette – a film. A fearless, fiercely articulate Irish Republican firebrand in a miniskirt, Bernadette Devlin became Britain’s youngest elected female MP at 21 in 1969. Her maiden speech was a stinging attack on the British in Ireland; and when Home Secretary Reginald Maudling claimed that the British army had fired in self-defence on Bloody Sunday she strode across the House of Commons and punched him. Veteran Irish producer Lelia Doolan, a significant mover and shaker herself, has worked for ten years to produce a rousing and thorough picture of this woman who was once recognisable throughout the Western world as the embodiment of politicised youth in revolt. She’s survived imprisonment, a near-miss assassination attempt and years of struggle within and on behalf of the Republican cause. She remains a committed activist and organiser. Doolan builds the film around her own interviews with an often wry, but enduringly passionate, Devlin. The wealth of archival footage should convince any newcomer to her remarkable story that she was once a riveting fixture on the nightly news and an unstoppable force for change

Wednesday, December 18, 5.30pm to 7pm, Community Hall, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

Hot Topics in Humanitarian Disarmament. You are invited to a public forum on: incendiary weapons, killer robots, and nuclear weapons. An update on recent international developments, future possibilities, and discussion on New Zealand’s position, with:

Mary Wareham: Advocacy Director, Arms Division, Human Rights Watch; Coordinator, Global Campaign to Stop Killer Robots; and Edwina Hughes: Coordinator, iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand and Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. Entrance via pathway on south side of St Andrew’s On The Terrace. Please RSVP to Peace Movement Aotearoa pma tel 04 382 8129 or at www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa/events

The A4 poster for this event is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/hd-forum,wellington18Dec13.pdf

Friday, December 20, 6pm, People’s Cinema, 57 Manners St, Wellington

The Freedom Shop is ending the year with a film that is less overtly political and a little more entertaining, but not without a moral or two…. ‘What to Do in Case of Fire’ is set in Berlin. It’s 1987 and six young squatters are busy fighting street battles with police, smoking a lot of dope and then film themselves making a home-made pressure-cooker bomb. But the bomb is a dud and soon forgotten. However, 12 years later it does go off – but the group have long since disbanded and some of them are a bit more conservative and traditional than they used to be… So come and join us for the last film screening of the year – ‘What to Do in Case of Fire’. Time: Doors open: 6pm – Film starts: 6.30pm. Entry by Koha Links: http://freedomshopaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/https://www.facebook.com/PeoplesCinema

January 24-26, 2014

CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW! Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc www.converge.org.nz/abc

Saturday, January 25, 10am, Nativity Church Hall, 76 Alfred St, Blenheim

Blenheim public meeting on the morning of Saturday January 25th, on the wider issues of spying, to put Waihopai into context. We see this as a continuation of the 2013 protests and meetings about the infamous GCSB Bill (and its companion TICS Bill). SPIES AND LIES

WAIHOPAI AND GLOBAL SPYING. Speakers at that public meeting will be Jane Kelsey, John Minto and ABC’s Warren Thomson.

Murray Horton, ABC. Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand. abc / www.converge.org.nz/abc / https://www.facebook.com/AotearoaABC

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UNION ORGANISERS WANTED FOR SOUTH ISLAND AND WELLINGTON

Unite Union is looking to employ full-time and part-time organisers to be based in Wellington and Christchurch. Both organisers will have a primary repsonsibility for visiting, recruiting and representing workers in the fast food industry, cinemas, hotels and security.

Organisers need to have some experience as a union delegate, being an advocate for workers and beneficiaries or organising experience in community movements. A knowledge of current industrial law would be an advantage.

Applicants need to be computer literate. A current drivers licence is essential as substantial travel will be required.

Applications should be sent by email to Unite National Director Mike Treen mike by 5pm, Friday, December 20.

GUY STANDING VISIT TO NEW ZEALAND FEBRUARY 2014

Guy Standing, author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class in 2011 who spoke at several events in New Zealand early this year, is coming back to NZ in February 2014. His new book A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens is due to be published in April 2014. See here. This will focus more on ‘what can be done’. As you know the CTU also published a document on insecure work in October and that included recommendations for action. A number of events are being organised (details still being finalised) including:

· Monday 24th February, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.

· A seminar in Wellington on Wednesday 26th February (time to be confirmed)

· Discussion and brief presentation in afternoon of CTU National Affiliates Council at our 27th February meeting in Wellington

· Social event Friday late afternoon/evening in Wellington.

BEST ON THE WEB

NZ & MANDELA

New Zealand’s Leader Questioned Over Apartheid Amnesia http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/yasmine-ryan/apartheid-new-zealand_b_4411734.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

Brian Rudman: NZ politicians silent on anti-ANC views http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11170398

Minto plots return to Rugby Park http://www.3news.co.nz/Minto-plots-return-to-Rugby-Park/tabid/423/articleID/324679/Default.aspx

Minto’s official statement on being excluded from Delegation – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/09/mintos-official-statement-on-being-excluded-from-delegation/#sthash.aK54rlQ4.dpuf

John Minto: A great man but not a great president http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11169600

HART founder’s memories of Mandela http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/230087/hart-founder’s-memories-of-mandela

Harawira making own way to Mandela funeral http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11170070

Opinion – Roger Fowler: Apartheid still reigns in Palestine http://www.nzherald.co.nz/element-magazine/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503340&objectid=11170828

Bryan Gould: Mandela is dead and still we sleep http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11170256

Colin Espiner: Put Minto on that plane http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/blogs/bull-dust/9498849/Colin-Espiner-Put-Minto-on-that-plane

Opinion: Key has totally stuffed up Mandela delegation http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Key-has-totally-stuffed-up-Mandela-delegation/tabid/1382/articleID/324574/Default.aspx

TV Review: Mandela By Tim Selwyn http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/10/tv-review-mandela/

Thinking like Mandela By Keith Locke http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/10/thinking-like-mandela/

The future of South Africa By Mike Treen http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/09/the-future-of-south-africa/

Nelson Mandela’s New Zealand legacy http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/africa/9485493/Nelson-Mandelas-New-Zealand-legacy

Mandela legacy to challenge NZs Constitutional design By Louisa Wall http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/10/mandela-legacy-to-challenge-nzs-constitutional-design/

NEW ZEALAND

Abortion rights in New Zealand http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/12/04/abortion-rights-in-new-zealand/

Keith Locke: More than reassuring words needed to get to the truth on spying http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11167044

Who owns NZ media? By Wayne Hope http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/05/who-owns-nz-media/

Public concern accepted http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/manukau-courier/9474486/Public-concern-accepted

ACC regrets handling of hunger striker http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9480501/ACC-regrets-handling-of-hunger-striker

Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks, and our shabby treatment of asylum seekers http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/12/10/gordon-campbell-on-the-latest-tpp-leaks-and-our-shabby-treatment-of-asylum-seekers/

Giovanni Tiso: Reversing our commitment to exclusion http://bat-bean-beam.blogspot.co.nz/2013/12/reversing-our-commitment-to-exclusion.html

New moves to detail Dotcom allegations http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11170650

Police log suggests innocents spied on http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9499682/Police-log-suggests-innocents-spied-on

Gap widens between NZ students http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11167148

Hard road for NZ’s asylum seekers http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9497304/Hard-road-for-NZs-asylum-seekers

NZ – POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

Angry protesters attend National’s Christmas function
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11169127

Village thinking shows inequities http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/chris-trotter/9482438/Village-thinking-shows-inequities

One in four Kiwi children living in poverty http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9492080/One-in-four-Kiwi-children-living-in-poverty

Dawn Raids of solo-mums deplored http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00097/dawn-raids-of-solo-mums-deplored.htm

The truth about child poverty in NZ http://www.3news.co.nz/The-truth-about-child-poverty-in-NZ/tabid/817/articleID/324096/Default.aspx

Behind the scenes at the foodbank http://www.3news.co.nz/Behind-the-scenes-at-the-foodbank/tabid/817/articleID/324486/Default.aspx

Christchurch’s state housing crisis http://www.3news.co.nz/Christchurchs-state-housing-crisis/tabid/817/articleID/324636/Default.aspx

Feeding kids through school gardens http://www.3news.co.nz/Feeding-kids-through-school-gardens/tabid/817/articleID/324487/Default.aspx

Govt failing with poverty – Children’s Commissioner http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-failing-with-poverty–Childrens-Commissioner/tabid/423/articleID/324483/Default.aspx

Animated infographic series on Solutions to child poverty in New Zealand http://www.youtube.com/user/childpovertynz

CPAG: The country’s first Child Poverty Monitor shows shocking poverty http://tinyurl.com/p5gnhp5

Researcher calls for action on child poverty http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00159/researcher-calls-for-action-on-child-poverty.htm

Child Poverty Monitor website http://www.childpoverty.co.nz/

See no poverty, speak no poverty, hear no poverty isn’t much of a social policy By Martyn Bradbury http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/10/see-no-poverty-speak-no-poverty-hear-no-poverty-isnt-much-of-a-social-policy/

Trek to stop benefit cut-off http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9472548/Trek-to-stop-benefit-cut-off

Latest proposal insidious attack on sole parents http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00039/latest-proposal-insidious-attack-on-sole-parents.htm

Judge ‘troubled’ at Work and Income charges http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/9477845/Judge-troubled-at-way-Work-and-Income-pursued-charges

Wealth gap hurting education http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11167327

Children suffering, say benefit cut critics http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9477622/Children-suffering-say-benefit-cut-critics

NZ still failing children – UN report http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-still-failing-children—UN-report/tabid/423/articleID/324007/Default.aspx

Unicef report: Kids missing out https://www.unicef.org.nz/Reports/Kids-Missing-Out

Health stats prove child poverty is real – doctor http://www.3news.co.nz/Health-stats-prove-child-poverty-is-real—doctor/tabid/1607/articleID/324538/Default.aspx

Herald on Sunday editorial: Christmas tidings of little joy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11168837

Time for action to bring down the high cost of being poor http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/9495455/Time-for-action-to-bring-down-the-high-cost-of-being-poor

Cost of home dream in Auckland – 19 incomes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11169717

The politics of poverty in New Zealand – images. http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2013/12/the-politics-of-poverty-in-new-zealand-images-.html

Christchurch

Quiet Xmas on struggle street http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9496155/Quiet-Xmas-on-struggle-street

Hunt family fights on in Waltham Park http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9496170/Hunt-family-fights-on-in-Waltham-Park

Human rights report targets family’s post-quake plight http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9501347/Human-rights-report-targets-familys-post-quake-plight

Counsellors ‘rushed off feet’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/9501316/Counsellors-rushed-off-feet

NZ – ECONOMY

Jane Kelsey: Crunch decisions on medicines in TPPA today or tomorrow http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00135/crunch-decisions-on-medicines-in-tppa-today-or-tomorrow.htm

Jane Kelsey: ‘Treaty-making 101’ for Ministers, bloggers and lobbyists http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1212/S00035/treaty-making-101-for-ministers-bloggers-and-lobbyists.htm

CTU says Joyce’s claim untrue http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11170354

Heavy-handed tactics in TPPA talks aim to isolate dissenters http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00100/heavy-handed-tactics-in-tppa-talks-aim-to-isolate-dissenters.htm

Shock trade-offs by TPPA ministers in Singapore http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00158/shock-trade-offs-by-tppa-ministers-in-singapore.htm

Simon Terry: Govt must resist foreign tribunal demands in TPP http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11170282

NZ shaping up as broker to get the US over the TPPA line http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1312/S00090/nz-shaping-up-as-broker-to-get-the-us-over-the-tppa-line.htm

Brian Rudman: When PPP ends up down the sewer http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11167704

NZ – WORKRIGHTS

Thousands sacked under 90-day trial period http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/thousands-sacked-under-90-day-trial-period-5762638

Thousands lose jobs in 90-day-trial http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9483649/Thousands-lose-jobs-in-90-day-trial

Unilever Petone workers told jobs will likely go – union http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/unilever-petone-workers-told-jobs-likely-go-union-5755257

Council may give more staff living wage http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/9483517/Council-may-give-more-staff-living-wage

Airport taxi drivers go on hunger strike http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11169430

Taxi drivers to step up hunger striken http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9499763/Taxi-drivers-to-step-up-hunger-strike

Forestry deaths unacceptable: MBIE http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9482077/Forestry-deaths-unacceptable-MBIE

Denise Roche: Dying for a job http://blog.greens.org.nz/2013/12/05/dying-for-a-job/

Ministry clamping down on forest danger http://www.3news.co.nz/Ministry-clamping-down-on-forest-danger/tabid/423/articleID/324077/Default.aspx

Jan Logie: The gender pay gap – an update http://blog.greens.org.nz/2013/12/06/the-gender-pay-gap-an-update/

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