What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (21/07/15)

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA

Thursday, July 23, 5pm, Lecture Theatre 4, Owen G. Glen Building (260-073) the University of Auckland
You are invited to her public lecture, “Syria, Ukraine, the Pacific: What Feminist Investigations Reveal About Current Militarizations.” Professor Enloe will discuss the politics of gender at work in Syria and the Ukraine and the Pacific and asks how we are more likely to effectively grapple with the causes and impacts of current militarizing developments in each of them if we take women’s diverse lives seriously. Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and the Value of the Arts lecture series; the School of Social Sciences; Politics and International Relations; and the Conflict, Terrorism and Peace study group.

Tuesday, July 28, from 6:30pm to 8:15pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

CPAG’s Annual General Meeting. Nominations are currently open for the 2015-2016 CPAG Management Committee to be appointed at the AGM and will close on the 21 July. Followed by: A talk by Dr Simon Denny on "Teenagers and Poverty". Simon Denny is an Associate Professor and Paediatrician working at the Centre for Youth Health in South Auckland and University of Auckland. He completed his adolescent training in the USA where he was a 2000-01 Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy. He was the Principal Investigator of Youth’07 which was New Zealand’s second National Youth Health and Wellbeing survey. He has published extensively on youth health issues in New Zealand and is currently chair of the Adolescent Health Research Group and Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa New Zealand. For more informatiom

Wednesday, July 29, 6pm St John’s Hall Willis/Dixon St, Wellington
Get Smart! The people’s review of the intelligence agencies. The Government’s review of the intelligence agencies is widely seen as hobbled before it even begins, but it does provide us with the impetus to review the intelligence agencies ourselves. Come along to have your say about what should happen to the GCSB, the SIS, and New Zealand’s participation in the Five Eyes spy network. Hosted by the NZ Council for Civil Liberties. Please help us to spread the word.

Thursday, July 30, 7-8.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City.
The Peace Place invites you to spend an evening with Ahmed Zaoui (in conversation with Fr Kevin Toomey op). Algerian-born Ahmed Zaoui applied for asylum in New Zealand in 2002. He was imprisoned for two years at the behest of the NZ Security Intelligence Service until being granted bail in 2004. While on bail Zaoui lived at the Dominican Priory in Auckland. He went on to publish a book of poems about his experiences in prison and is now a NZ citizen. To register please call 377-5541 or email thepeaceplacenz. Please register by 3pm on Wednesday 29th July.

Saturday, August 1, 2-3pm, Downtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Queen and Customs Streets,Auckland
Rally for Palestine. Add your presence and make a difference at the only regular public display of support for Palestine in Auckland!

Monthly Rally at Downtown Shopping Centre Cnr Queen and Customs Streets 2pm to 3pm, 4 July 2015 and every first Saturday of each month.

Sunday, August 2, 12:00am to 5:00pm, Mt. Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Road, Mt. Eden, Auckland
The Auckland Multicultural Society invites your group to take part in the Multicultural Expo 2015 on Sunday 2nd. August 2015. The Expo 2015 theme: Traditional children’s rhymes. Information Stalls: We will provide a table, two chairs and display board for your group to promote your activities. Your group can display photos and a couple from your group dressed in traditional clothes. Your stall will need to be attended at all times (you might like to use a roster system). Each group will be allocated 8 minutes spot on stage to explain their activities. This is a great opportunity to attract new members. You might include a short performance in your 8 minutes spot. The information stalls are not allowed to sell any products. Food: 3 selected cultural groups representing three different continents will be selling food in the kitchen area. Ana Maria anamaria.devos

Monday, August 3, 7pm, The Atrium Christchurch Netball Centre, 455 Hagley Avenue, Christchurch
Is democratic control possible for the GCSB and SIS. Hear Nicky Hager on the issues that really matter for the ‘Independent’ Review of Intelligence and Security. Christchurch Progressive Network August Forum, in conjunction with the Anti-Bases Campaign. Submission to the ‘Independent’ Review of Intelligence and Security close on the 14th of August. What are the key issues? Is democratic control of spy agencies with a record of spying on those they are specifically excluded from spying on even feasible. Details of the reviews terms of reference, submission forms and time frames are available here https://consultations.justice.govt.nz/independent/iris/ We’ll add more resources shortly. https://www.facebook.com/events/850342468348466/

Monday, August 3, 7pm, St. Heliers Community Centre, 100 St. Heliers Bay Road, Auckland
Film Showing for Amnesty International. Cost: $10 suggested donation. Bookings essential. Reserved seating for those who have pre-paid. Pray the Devil Back to Hell, is an inspiring and uplifting documentary of grassroots activism altering history. This award-winning hour-long film details the activism of women, Christian and Muslim, who united to overthrow dictator Charles Taylor and his ruthless warlords, bringing to power Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Sirleaf. MP David Shearer has agreed to lead discussion afterwards, since the film centres on Liberia where he has served for the United Nations in the 1990s. This is the first in a planned five-part film series dealing with women’s activism in wartorn countries. For more information Contact: Richard or Jeanette at rebgjfm

Monday, August 3, 7:30 – 9pm, St Marks Catholic Church, 334 Pakuranga Road, Pakuranga
Laudato Si – Acquaint yourself with Pope Francis’ latest encyclical, Laudato Si. Please join the Justice & Peace Group as we learn together this groundbreaking document that anchors the environmental dialogue in our faith. Facilitated by Maria Bautista.

Tuesday, August 4, 6.30pm, Unite Office, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Remember Hiroshima and Ban Nuclear Weapons.
Come and hear Tim Wright –Asia Pacific Director of ICAN .Find out what we can do to help the international community negotiate a nuclear weapons ban. New Zealand must endorse the Humanitarian Pledge to close the legal gap to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons . More information contact: Laurie Ross ph: 818 0696 laurie-ross

Tim Wright is Asia Pacific Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a global coalition of non-governmental organisations working to achieve a treaty banning nuclear weapons. The campaign was instrumental to the success of three recent diplomatic conferences held in Norway, Mexico and Austria on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons.

Wednesday, August 5, 6-7pm, Lecture Theatre 039, Clock Tower Building, University of Auckland
Transformative Potential of a Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons: Lecture by Tim Wright. Sponsored by the Faculty of Law, the International Law Association and the NZ Institute of International Affairs, Tim Wright, Asia Pacific Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will talk about the need for a Treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Despite the nuclear non-proliferation treaty there is no ban. Tim will talk about the global and humanitarian advantage to promoting the development of a nuclear weapons ban. RSVP to lawevents

Thursday, 6 August 6:30pm Grey Lynn Library Hall 474 Great North Rd, Auckland

Get Smart! The people’s review of the intelligence agencies. The Government’s review of the intelligence agencies is widely seen as hobbled before it even begins, but it does provide us with the impetus to review the intelligence agencies ourselves. Come along to have your say about what should happen to the GCSB, the SIS, and New Zealand’s participation in the Five Eyes spy network. Hosted by the NZ Council for Civil Liberties. Please help us to spread the word.

Thursday, August 6, 5.3opm, Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford St, Auckland

Friday, August 7, 8-9am, Nga Tapuwae Community Centre 253 Buckland Road Mangere, Auckland
Love Your Neighbour: Briefing on the Climate Crisis from Pacific Leaders. Cost: $18 per person for breakfast and meeting.
Hear Rev Lusama (Tuvalu) and Pacific Climate Warrior Starling Konainao (Solomons) speak on their experience of how climate change is already affecting their nations. Be challenged to join Christian leaders taking action. For tickets, simply click on the link below: http://www.loveyourneighbournz.org/#!find-events/cz37

We have some exciting news! In August we will be bringing you the Love Your Neighbour, Pacific Leaders Climate Tour. We have teamed up with Oxfam, Tearfund, and the Auckland Diocesan Climate Change Action Group to bring Reverend Lusama of Tuvalu, and Pacific Climate Warrior, Starling Konainau of the Solomon Islands, to speak about how climate change is already affecting their nations in Pacific, and how we, as neighbours, can address this injustice and New Zealand’s contribution to it.

As part of the tour Reverend Lusama will be speaking directly to his New Zealand peers, around 300 Christian church ministers, at breakfast events around the country to inspire them to lead their congregations to climate action. This will be a powerful moment for the climate movement in New Zealand, and couldn’t come at a better time after the Pope’s climate-focused encyclical.
There will be free public events in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, where Rev Lusama, Starling, and several other Pacific speakers will give updates from the Pacific, and give us perspective on how we, as Kiwis, can be good neighbours and tackle climate change together.
Auckland: Friday, 7th August, 6-7pm, Fale Pasifika, Auckland University
Christchurch: Monday, 10th August, 3-4pm, Undercroft, James Height Library, Canterbury University
Wellington: Wednesday, 12th August, 6-7pm, Faculty of Law, Victoria University
This is going to be a very exciting opportunity. I strongly encourage you to come along to the event in your centre.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Warm winter wishes,

Niamh and the 350 Aotearoa team

Sunday, August 9, 5pm, Auckland Domain Wintergarden, Auckland

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Tamaki Makaurau Branch Hiroshima Day Commemoration. You are warmly invited to attend this 70th year commemoration to remember those who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on their cities in 1945. Each year we pause to commemorate this occasion and to continue our work for peace, which WILPF has been pursuing for the last 100 years. The programme will include speakers, poetry, crane-making, music
and candle-floating. Candles will be supplied. Contacts : Ruth : ruth.calliope or Joan: joanmac
WILPF Aotearoa is part of the international women’s organisation established in 1915 to bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known and help abolish the causes and legitimisation of war.

Tuesday, September 8, Business School, University of Auckland
Save the date! Auckland CPAG summit on Welfare fit for families in a changing world. Welfare fit for families in a changing world
The Government has one view of the way it would like to see the welfare state transformed. If family, child well-being and changes in work patterns are put at the centre how should policy be framed and what changes must occur? Join the discussion and analysis
Speakers: Dr Ben Spies-Butcher – Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Macquarie University, Australia. Other speakers TBC.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amnesty International Campaign Director apoplications close Friday July 31.
You have a strategic head, an open heart and a relentless drive to carry out campaigns that make significant change in people’s lives. You can demonstrate sustained success in campaign strategy & implementation, your people management skills are inspiring and you wield a sophisticated understanding of message development & political frameworks. You have to join Amnesty International New Zealand now, take the leap of your career, and propel our human rights campaigning team to deliver powerful, results-oriented campaigns.

https://www.amnesty.org.nz/campaigns-director

The Roger Award For The Worst Transnational Corporation Operating In Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2015
Here is the link to the 2015 Roger Award online nomination form
http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/roger-award-2015-form.html You can also download the hard copy nomination form from there.

Filmmakers to tackle the GCSB – with your help!

The makers of OPERATION 8 are deep in the edit of THE 5th EYE – a new feature documentary that examines New Zealand’s role in the US-dominated Five Eyes alliance. The project has been a long time in the making – filming began in 2008, around the Ploughshares action at the Waihopai spy base. A crowd-funding campaign has been launched at Givealittle to help finish the film. Donations will cover essential post-production costs. All donors will receive a thank you credit in the film. You can also give anonymously. Please watch the promo video and donate to the cause! You can also spread the word by sharing the campaign with your contacts and joining THE 5th EYE on Facebook. Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones thank you for your support in getting this important documentary to the screen! https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/the5theyefilm

Campaign Bootcamp NZ – For people between 18 – 30 years – Campaign Bootcamp NZ

Learn how to effect change. Our aim is to empower the next generation of campaigners in New Zealand to accelerate the pace of change. Campaign Bootcamp NZ gets the best campaigners in New Zealand to deliver a one week intensive training to 30 young people from September. The bootcamp will run over six days, and will involve participants learning a complete set of skills to run campaigns, as well as simulating campaigns throughout the course of the training. Follow-up will involve four group follow-up days throughout the year, and a connection with a mentor who will be expected to meet four times with the individual or group to provide support. Additionally, there will be a newsletter for community updates, ongoing support and work opportunities, and if the project is successful, participants will be invited to be trainers and mentors in the subsequent Bootcamps. The boot camp will run over six days. Each day will have a specific focus. For each day we’ll bring in an expert in the relevant field who has been creating change for over a decade.

DVDs Available For Sale Of CAFCA’s 40th Anniversary Speakers

Sam Miller filmed all of CAFCA’s 40th anniversary celebration event, held in Christchurch on May 2. He advises that DVDs are available of the five speakers – myself, Bill Rosenberg, Warren Thomson, Jane Kelsey and Robert Reid. Details of cost and from where to order them are below. Please communicate directly with Sam Miller about this, not with CAFCA. Best wishes, Murray, CAFCA 40th Anniversary speakers’ DVDs available $20 for twin disc 3h 45m set inc postage/packaging and Jewel Case. Individual 2x speakers single DVD’s available for $10 on application. Orders: samuel or 021 147 4019 – payment by Internet Transfer or Cheque.

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