GPJA #513: Superfund protest 2pm Saturday
August 21, 2014 Leave a comment
WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA
Friday, August 22, 6.30pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland, NZ
We need your support – to help save Fiji children with heart conditions. We are sending a charitable mission to Fiji next month to help perform heart surgery on children who are critically ill and cannot afford treatment. Headed by two of NZ’s top cardiologists, Dr Kirsten Finucane and Dr John Wright, this mission will help save the lives of up to 19 children, who will die if they do not receive treatment. The Friends of Pacific Foundation is having a fundraising dinner this Friday 22 August 2014 from 6:30pm at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Auckland, NZ. I have 60 Tickets to sell. They are $50 each. Even if you cannot make the dinner, a donation will go a long way to helping with this trip. The heart surgeons, nurses and technicians are doing this free of charge. However, support is needed for freighting of equipment and medical supplies. We need to raise $40,000. Your support will be appreciated. Please spread the word.
And for those of you kind folks who have already bought tickets and made donations, thank you very very much. Here’s some related news items:
Saturday, August 23, 2pm, Queen Elizabeth Square, Downtown CBD.
NZ SuperFund: Divest from Israel’s war machine: JOIN THE AUCKLAND PROTEST: At the NZ SuperFund office, this Saturday 23 August from
The NZ Super Fund continues to invest in companies which supply Israel with the means to attack civilians, and in companies which profit from the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. These investments are an affront to international law and the principles of human rights. The NZ Super Fund website claims that: “The [NZ Super Fund] Guardians are one of 27 founding signatories of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI). The UNPRI provides a framework for shareholders to work together to engage with companies and to improve investment analysis of ESG risks. The UNPRI conducts an annual assessment of progress against its six principles for responsible investment by signatories. From 2008 it was compulsory.”
AOTEAROA – STAND UP FOR HUMANITY – #FREEPALESTINE
#Kiwis4Palestine Live twitter: #NZ4GAZA
Palestine Human Rights Campaign – http://palestine.org.nz/phrc/index.php
Global Peace and Justice Auckland – https://gpjanz.wordpress.com/
Kia Ora Gaza- http://kiaoragaza.net/
Students for Justice in Palestine- http://uoasjp.wordpress.com/
Coordinated in cooperation with the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network: psn.net.nz
Saturday, August 23, 1-2pm, By the Bucket Fountain, Cuba Mall, Wellington
Medical Students for Global Awareness: (MSGA) is a nationwide network of medical students who are passionate about addressing health inequities on a local and global scale and are advocating for an end to unhealthy housing. Operation: Housing Saturday 23 August, 1-2pm by the bucket fountain. A public demonstration to raise public awareness will involve a pretend operation taking place beside a model of a crappy house. We need lots of people dressed up in scrubs/wearing blue supporting the stunt. the more people the more impact! Click here for more information.
Sunday, August 24, 2pm, Western Springs College, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs
Everyone is welcome, bring your friends and family, this is going to be awesome! For more details here’s a quick message from Chris Yong and Miriam Pierard… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hb-sjgM3jL0
Sunday, August 24, 1-2pm, University of Canterbury, 20 Kirkwood Ave, Upper Riccarton
Tuesday, August 26, 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre OGGB Level ‘0’, Room 260-098 Owen Glen Building University of Auckland. Parking available under the OGB building.
Alan Johnson – What might social housing become? Social housing has been on the back foot since the emergence in the early 1950’s of housing policies which preferred to support home ownership. Today social housing remains of residual interest even to left wing governments – it is too important to those who depend on it to dismantle but not important enough in terms of votes to do much else but coax it along to an uncertain future The present Government’s social housing reform agenda is long overdue. It is however by no means clear whether the true intention is to develop a more effective social housing system or to quietly privatise it. Alan Johnson’s presentation will provide some analysis on the current progress on the Government’s social housing reforms and speculate on where these might lead us. An alternative vision for social housing will also be presented. Register here. A Fabian Society Event
Tuesday, August 26, 5-7pm, NZ Film Archives, Taranaki St, Wellington
Election forum on public health: The Wellington Branch of the Public Health Association invites you to a pre-election forum on public health. Great line-up of candidates and Linda Clark will be the MC. Click here to find out more. Where: NZ Film Archives, Taranaki St, Wellington
Tuesday, August 26,9am-4pm, 92 Vivian St, Wellington
Wednesday, August 27, 6pm, Rowandale Primary School, Rowandale Avenue, Manurewa
Inequality in Education: A discussion with Local Politicians about the Living Wage. Catherine Delahunty MP will be the Green Party spokesperson.
Thursday, August 28, 6-8pm, WG 806, level 8 Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University
Thursday, August 28, 9am-4pm, 18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington
Thursday, August 28, 5-7pm, Ferndale House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland
Dear All, I hope you are in good health and spirit. I am writing on behalf of Farida Sultana. As we already mentioned in the AGM ,I am writing to you to invite you to join us for an event that Shakti is embarking on, at an international level. While we continue with our community work in the country we reside in, we believe it is also important to work towards keeping women and children safe from domestic violence in the countries of our origins. We have begun some work in Bangladesh and we need your support. We will be holding a fundraising evening event to be held on 28TH AUGUST towards further development of our work there. In 2013, Shakti Community Council decided to establish Shakti in Bangladesh as an identified need emerged in the area of women and children’s development and safety. Currently we have a steering group in Bangladesh and a steering group in New Zealand supporting the formation. On behalf of the Steering Groups, I would like you to attend our fundraising evening and contribute to the cause. We hope to see you all at the fundraiser. Regards, Masuma
If anybody want to make donation here is AC no 02- 0183-0244496-02 (ANZ)
Friday, August 29, 7pm, cnr Alfred St and Symonds St, Auckland
Speakers at the Rally:
Kathryn McPhillips –HELP (Support Services for Sexual Abuse Survivors
Kim McGregor – Rape Prevention Education
Suman Ramavat – Shakti Asian Women’s Support Group
Kiran Foster – a founder of SOS Support our Survivors
Levi Joule – AUSA Queer Rights Officer
Meg Rayner-Thomas – Auckland Feminist Action
Saturday, August 30, 6pm, the Garden Room, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd
Book Launch Invitation: Beyond the Free Market: Rebuilding a Just Society in New Zealand. Contributors include Nicky Hager, Sue Bradford, Peter Conway, Tim Hazledine, Mike Joy, Kevin Hague, Helen Kelly, John Minto, Bill Rosenberg, The Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas, Manuka Henare, Jane Kelsey, John O’Neill – what a wonderful cast! Edited by David Cooke, Claire Hill, Pat Baskett and Ruth Irwin; supported by funding from the Council for Trade Unions and the Tertiary Education Union; published by Dunmore www.dunmore.co.nz
All welcome! RSVP to beyondthefreemarket
Saturday, August 30, 3pm, Britomart Transport Centre, Queen St, Auckland in Auckland
A30. MARCH TO BRING DOWN THIS ROTTEN GOVERNMENT. Its time to mobilise and bring down John Key’s National Party Government. Increase the protests, strengthen the campaigns, register the working class and poor to get them out. Lets organise a national day of Action on Saturday August 30th. Spread this event like wildfire.
Saturday, August 30, 12.30pm to 5pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland
Just letting you know that the Peace Place will be hosting an Introduction to NVC for Activists workshop on Saturday 30 August from 12.30-5pm. Details below: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION FOR ACTIVISTS: Embody the Peace and Sustainability You Value. As someone who values social change, you want to see a world of peace, environmental sustainability, and care for all. You probably already value nonviolence and compassion, and. . . perhaps some of this fits?
You sometimes feel very un-peaceful inside when advocating for peace in the world?
You see people with other viewpoints as “other” and have a hard time relating to them?
You are weary and want to find a way to stay inspired?
You want to be both a loving and powerful agent of change?
Nonviolent Communication (NVC, developed by Marshall Rosenberg) can help you connect with what really matters, dialogue with people who disagree, access energy to fuel your social change work, and embody your values even more deeply. We will explore how to be both real and compassionate, stay focused on what you want, and come from the heart. This will be an introduction; no previous NVC experience required; those who have it will benefit from more tools and integration. We warmly welcome all!
Please pre-register for this workshop as we need a certain number of participants for the workshop to proceed. To register ring thepeaceplacenz
About Jean (Majida) McElhaney: peace activist, ordained interfaith minister, licensed professional counselor and clinical social worker (U.S.), and CNVC-certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication. She offers workshops, mediation and conflict coaching, classes, empathy circles, and individual sessions to help you integrate your values into your communication.
Saturday, August 30, 2pm, St Patricks Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland 1010
A MEETING OF SOLIDARITY WITH IRAQI CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL.
إجتماع للتضامن مع مسيحيي العراق في الموصل
The organising committee wishes to invite you to their meeting expressing solidarity with the persecuted and displaced Iraqi Christians in Mosul. The meeting will be held at the undermentioned address in Auckland City on You are kindly requested to be at your seat not later that 2.00pm. The meeting is planned to end at 5.30pm followed by a walk through the city with banners. May God bless you.
Sunday, August 31, 7.45pm, The Lido Cinema, 427 Manual Road, Epsom, Auckland (venue is wheelchair accessible)
Film Night Fundraiser screening of ‘The Dark Horse’: Ticket Price: $15 Unwaged/ Student – $25 Solidarity.
“I do not say this lightly: The Dark Horse is not to be missed. It’s beautifully told, bravely executed, and truly inspiring.”- Kate Roger, TV3
This August, we worked with addressing some of the immediate needs of over 500 people in Manger in just three-days at our annual benefit IMPACT. Our on-going advocacy, direct action, education and campaigns could not happen without the generous support of individuals, unions and groups who believe in our kappa.
A group like ours is very difficult (if not impossible) to sustain out of government or philanthropic funding, so if you support our on-going work please come along and bring your friends, whanau and workmates along and enjoy this highly recommended NZ film with us!
Seats are limited. Door sales will be available, however booking ahead strongly recommended. Please purchase your tickets through online deposit:
Auckland Action Against Poverty
38 9011 0832874 00
Tuesday, September 2, 7-8.30pm, The Peace Place. 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central
The Peace Place invites you to “But is it Fair?” A series of talks on Faith Communities & Social Justice. Talks will be held on Tuesdays 2nd, 9th & 16th September 7-8.30pm. Session 1 (2nd Sept) with Neil Darragh will examine how Christians respond to unfairness and inequality in society. Session 2 (9th Sept) with Lyn Smith will focus on social justice and its implications for Catholic schools. Session 3 (16th Sept) with Helen Bergin will look at fairness in the Christian tradition especially through a Dominican lens. Each presenter will provide an introduction to their topic for about 20-30 mins and then open the issue up for discussion. It would greatly help the discussion if those attending have access to the book "But it is Fair? Faith communities and social justice" edited by Neil Darragh. This book will be available at The Peace Place before and during the sessions, or can be purchased from the Accent Publications website (for $30 + postage): or ordered by emailing info Cost per session: Koha. To register please call 377- 5541 or email thepeaceplacenz
Wednesday, September 3, 7pm, Q Theatre, Auckland
Friday, September 5, 7pm, Pompallier Tce, 30 New St, Ponsonby Auckland
Saturday, September 6, 11am, Brittomart, Auckland
CPAG Hikoi for children. Join Child Poverty Action Group in a hikoi for children on Saturday 6th September, at 11am in Auckland (and hopefully some other places too!) This is going to be a really positive, fun event to show the energy and passion of all the people in New Zealand committed to giving children the best possible start in life. We hope to see you there – more details coming soon!
23/24 October, Rydges Latimer, Christchurch
Social justice in communities – What is it? How can we build it? How can we sustain it? A conference jointly hosted by Community Networks Aotearoa (formerly NZCOSS) and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services. Social justice is vitally important in Christchurch as it is rebuilding and redeveloping; it is equally important in all of our communities. It does not happen by accident but is the result of deliberate and inclusive decision-making. Inspirational speakers from Christchurch, elsewhere in New Zealand and Australia will share their experiences in working within communities to bring about self-determination, inclusion and empowerment for community members. This conference will strengthen participants’ commitment to social justice, it will inform them of how socially just communities have been developed and will inspire them to work towards this ideal in their work and communities. Registrations are open – register now!
BREAKING NEWS – ONCE WE BUILT A TOWER IS TOURING
Lock your whiskey cabinet and grab your guns, because your friends and ours The Bacchanals are bringing an all-new, all-improved, all-singing-all-milking production of Once We Built A Tower to the South Island! We are SO EXCITED to be giving this play another outing, and SO EXCITED to be coming to some places that feature prominently in the story of how the 1935 Labour Government used the medical insurance scheme at the Waitaki Dam as their basis for creating a Welfare State that was once the envy of the world. Brought to you with the wonderful support of Emerging Artists Trust Wellington, Interislander and Coffee Supreme (and hopefully several more sponsors who can’t be confirmed at the time of this website update!), Once We Built A Tower will play a different town every night for a fortnight beginning Monday 25 August.
On MONDAY 25 AUGUST we will be in ASHBURTON at the Sinclair Centre, 74 Park Street!
On TUESDAY 26 AUGUST we will be in TIMARU at the Caroline Bay Community Lounge!
On WEDNESDAY 27 AUGUST The Bacchanals will finally realise a lifelong ambition: we will be in TWIZEL (!!) at the Twizel Events Centre, 61 McKenzie Drive!
On THURSDAY 28 AUGUST we will be in TEKAPO at the Tekapo Community Hall, Aorangi Crescent!
On FRIDAY 29 AUGUST we will be in OMARAMA at the Omarama Community Centre!
On SATURDAY 30 AUGUST we will be in KUROW at the Kurow Memorial Hall – this will be a night to remember, people!
On MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER we will be in OAMARU at the Oamaru Scottish Hall
On TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER we will be in DUNEDIN at the Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Association Hall, Moray Place!
On WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER we will be in GORE at the James Cumming Wing Lecture Theatre, corner of Ardwick Street and Civic Ave!
On THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER we will be in BALCLUTHA at the Balclutha Theatrical Society Hall, 4 George Street!
On FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER we will be in ROXBURGH at Miller’s Flat Hall, 1674 Teviot Road!
On SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER we will be in the Clyde/Alexandra area, at the Clyde Memorial Hall, corner of Fraser and Newcastle Streets!
All performances begin at 7pm! We are very, very committed to this idea that theatre should be accessible to ALL and that you shouldn’t miss out on live performance just because you don’t live in a major city. To that end, WE ARE NOT CHARGING ADMISSION. (You can & probably should give us koha or a donation because god knows how we’re going to make up the balance of the $25,000 this tour is costing us. And tell your rich friends that if they want to give money to a worthy cause, they should throw some pictures of the Queen our way!) We want you to come on down, see a free play, have a cup of tea (or maybe a wine/beer/cider/absinthe) with us after and let us sing you songs and tell you tales of NZ local history! This is the mightiest army of Bacchanals ever to take a show on the road (even though we’re leaving some formidable warriors at home): Alex Greig plays Gervan McMillan, Kirsty Bruce plays Ethel McMillan, Brianne Kerr plays Frances Nordmeyer, Michael Trigg plays Arnold Nordmeyer, Michael Joseph Ness plays Michael Joseph Savage, Jean Sergent plays the Medical Association, Joe Dekkers-Reihana plays Peter Fraser, Aidan Weekes plays Walter Nash, Hilary Penwarden plays the piano, Ellie Stewart plays the fiddle and David Lawrenceplays the banjo, guitar, mandolin and clarinet.
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JOIN THIS YEAR’S AUSTRALIAN SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO VENEZUELA DECEMBER 2 – 13, 2014
Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Registrations are now open for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 2014 solidarity tour to revolutionary Venezuela.