What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (06/05/15)

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA

May 6 and 10, 7.30pm, The Community of St Lukes Church, 130 Remuera Road, Auckland
The Economics of Child Poverty –

Part One: Post election; building on progress. Cost: $20 or $15 with student ID or Super Gold Card
This seminar follows on from our 2014 pre-election event ‘Inequality Matters’ which many of you attended. Join us to hear from our expert presenters about the research, developments and policies designed to address this issue and discuss what progress has been made since the 2014 elections.
Please see the attachment for details.
Part Two: The Power of One. Cost: $20 or $15 with student ID or Super Gold Card. Actively addressing child poverty as an individual or group. The second seminar considers ways we as citizens can act to help address child poverty in New Zealand. In doing so it debates the question of ‘giving’ in a social democracy. Please contact Carol: 09 520 0199 for bookings and more details.

Wednesday, May 6, 4.30pm, WG404, Case Study Room in the Sir Paul Reeves Building communications precinct. AUT University

AMIRA HASS: REPORTING FROM THE PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVE: Amira Hass is an award-winning Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha’aretz. She is particularly well-known for her independent reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, where she has also lived for a number of years. Hass was the recipient of the World Press Freedom Hero award from the International Press Institute in 2000. In 2001, she received the Golden Dove of Peace Prize awarded by the Rome-based organisation Archivo Disarmo. In December 2009, Hass was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Prize for Press Freedom for her "independent and outspoken reporting from the Gaza Strip" for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz during Operation Cast Lead.Organised by the Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN) and hosted by the Pacific Media Centre (PMC).

Also: Thursday, May 7, 7pm,Auckland University, Old Govt House Lecture Theatre G36. Capacity 180.

Thursday, May 7, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Lecture Theatre 5, Owen G Glenn Building, Auckland University
The Future of Journalism and our Democracy. Journalism is a critical part of a healthy democracy. But today it is under pressure from all sides – internet is changing how we consume media, entertainment is preferred to journalism, media owners scout round for new business models and the notions of a fourth estate or a public service falls through the cracks. In New Zealand, political forces are taking advantage of this weakness to control and manipulate the stories we hear. It is getting harder and harder to do good public interest journalism and keep power in check. The threat to Campbell Live is a symptom of a wider crisis within the fourth estate. Can we value journalism and informed debate in the age of the internet or must we hold to the media we have been used to while it clearly declines? Alison McCulloch​, Myles Thomas and Keith Ng will be panelists, leading a discussion on the direction of NZ journalism. You can register for this Auckland event here.

Thursday, May 7, 6.30pm – 8.00pm Lecture Theatre 5, Owen G Glenn Building, Auckland University
The Future of Journalism and our Democracy: Journalism is a critical part of a healthy democracy. But today it is under pressure from all sides – internet is changing how we consume media, entertainment is preferred to journalism, media owners scout round for new business models and the notions of a fourth estate or a public service falls through the cracks. In New Zealand, political forces are taking advantage of this weakness to control and manipulate the stories we hear. It is getting harder and harder to do good public interest journalism and keep power in check. The threat to Campbell Live is a symptom of a wider crisis within the fourth estate. Can we value journalism and informed debate in the age of the internet or must we hold to the media we have been used to while it clearly declines? Alison McCulloch, Myles Thomas and Keith Ng will be panelists, leading a discussion on the direction of NZ journalism.
You can register for this Auckland event here.

Interesting Links – Check out the ‘Interesting Links’ section on our websiteand like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to get regular updates.

Saturday, May 9, 6.30pm, St. Heliers Community Centre, 100 St. Heliers Bay Road
Amnesty International Quiz Night: Cost: $150 for table of 8, or $25 per person. Discounted prices for pre-purchased tickets. Come for a fun, mentally challenging evening to support a worthy cause. Prizes, also raffles, food and beverage for purchase. Contact: Richard or Jeanette at rebgjfm

Tuesday, May 12, 6pm, St John’s Church hall, cnr Dixon & Willis, Wellington
DIGITAL POWER & SOCIAL CONTROL – Public meeting. https://www.facebook.com/events/850275175062853/
The State and corporations have ever increasing data about us, while we know less and less about what they are doing. Come and join the discussion about collection of personal data, how we can resist this shifting form of social control and understand what’s going on.
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