What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (29/07/15) – Sat: Prison protest & vigil on worker deaths

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA

WORKING TO STAY SAFE ACTIONS ACROSS NZ FROM TODAY
http://union.org.nz/health-safety-campaign/towns-were-visiting

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.

Thursday, July 30, 7pm, Unite Union, 6a Western Springs Road, Kingsland, Auckland
Deabte- The Future Utopia – Technosocialism Or Primitive Communism? Capitalism threatens civilisation and climate with its runaway addiction to fossil fuels, consumption and profits. We need a revolution to put people and planet before profit. But after the Revolution, what kind of society should we build? Come here two visions and join in the debate. Hosted by Socialist Aotearoa.

https://www.facebook.com/events/903934863021257/

Saturday, August 1, 11am-1pm, Boston Road, Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand
Serco have repeatedly demonstrated across their many international prison and other outsourced services that their cost saving, profiteering tactics dramatically reduces the quality of public service taxpayers fund while creaming millions in profit. Prisons should not be for profit, the only dividend should a be a social one where prisoners leave prison less brutalised than when they went in, ready to contribute to society. Join outside Mt Eden Prison on Saturday 1st August and make your voice heard. No to profit in prisoners, no to Serco in Aotearoa.
https://www.facebook.com/events/888830091201398/

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.

Saturday, August 1, 1-4pm, 367 SH 16, Kumeu, Auckland
Vigil for killed workers at John Key’s office. Help us set up and pack down 290 crosses outside John Key’s electorate office in Helensville. The crosses represent workers killed at work since John Key promised to improve our health and safety legislation in 2010. He’s broken his promise and wants to make the law worse.

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 – 8.30pm Lecture Theatre 3, Owen G Glenn Building, Auckland University
Sustaining the way we care; the funding future for social services in New Zealand. The funding models for our traditional range of social services in New Zealand are likely to change. Some will be renegotiated but government has signalled they want to change the fundamental way the arrangements work. These are tricky times for agencies, staff and of course the people who depend on the services. It is time for a discussion, so we have put together a panel of experts:
Mike O’Brien, University of Auckland
Eileen Brown, Council of Trade Unions, Wellington
Trevor McClinchey, NZ Council of Christian Social Services
You can read more and register for this Auckland event here.

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

Wednesday, August 5, 7-9pm, Pt Chevalier School, 7 Te Ra Rd, Pt Chevalier, Auckland
The Coalition of Selwyn Supporters is calling for dignity, equality and a Living Wage at the Selwyn Foundation. Come along to hear about the aged care industry and why the Living Wage is important for Selwyn residents, families, workers and communities.
Keynote speakers:
Professor JUDY MCGREGOR – author of ‘Caring Counts’ – the report of the inquiry into the aged care workforce
http://bit.ly/1KjD6wT
Dr JACKIE BLUE – Equal Opportunities Commissioner – Jackie works closely on issues to do with fair pay for carers.
Rev. CHARLES WALDEGRAVE – Researcher on the Living Wage calculated rate.
http://www.livingwage.org.nz/reports_and_research

Thursday, August 6, 12.15pm, Peace Palace, 22 Emily Place, Auckland
Pray with us on Hiroshima Day. Thursday 6 August is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, "Little Boy" on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, an event that launched the horrific prospect of catastrophic nuclear war on the world. Join us at the Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City at 12.15 pm on Thursday 6th August as we pray for the victims of Hiroshima and all nuclear weaponry and reflect on what we can do to ensure that such weapons of mass destruction are never used again. A poster advertising this event is attached. Please feel free to forward to your networks.

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.
Speakers – Thomas Beagle – NZCCL/Tech Liberty
Maire Leadbeater – Indonesian Human Rights Committee, author of Peace, Power & Politics
Other speakers to be confirmed
More information: http://nzccl.org.nz/content/get-smart-intelligence-review

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

Thursday, August 6, 11am, Peace Pole, Otago Museum Reserve.
“Remember Hiroshima – Ban Nuclear Weapons!”. Peace Vigil. We encourage you to join us in a public ceremony to commemorate the dropping of the nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 at the exact time of the bomb – which here in NZ is at 11:15am. As people gather for the ceremony the O-Taiko drummers will perform. Richard Jackson, director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, will introduce the ceremony. Marian Hobbs, fomer Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, will offer her reflections on this important day and role of NZ in anti-nuclear advocacy. The ceremony will conclude with a poetry reading by a member of Dunedin’s Japanese community, and a moment of silence.

Thursday, August 6, 17:15-19:00, Student Union, Main Common Room. Otago University, Dunedin
NCPACS Public Discussion: From Nuclear Free NZ to Nuclear Free World. We encourage you to join us in a public discussion on the status of, and prospects for, global nuclear disarmament. This event is one in the series of events leading up to this year’s celebration of World Peace Day at Forsyth Barr Stadium. The first portion of the event will be an exchange of views between Dr Kennedy Graham and Tim Wright. Dr Graham holds the global affairs, and defence and disarmament, portfolios of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. Tim Wright is the director (Asia Pacific) of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Dr Sungyong Lee of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies will facilitate. In the seond portion of the event members of the public will be given the opportunity to ask either participant questions.

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

AUGUST 8-14 NATIONAL ACTIONS AGAINST TPPA
http://itsourfuture.org.nz/campaigns/tppa-action-week-8-15-august/

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.

Wednesday, August 12, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Lecture Theatre 3, Owen G Glenn Building, Auckland University
Jane Kelsey on ‘The FIRE Economy’. Professor Jane Kelsey is one of New Zealand’s best-known public intellectuals. She has taught at the University of Auckland since 1979. She was awarded a Marsden Grant in 2009 to review the neoliberal project in the wake of the global financial crisis, research that forms the basis of her new book The FIRE Economy. You can read more and register for this Auckland event here.

Thursday, August 13, 6.30pm, Lecture Room J1, J Block, Auckland College of Education, 76 Epsom Ave, Auckland 1023
Max Rashbrooke on ‘Why we need to change the way we talk about poverty and inequality’. We are pleased to be able to invite you to hear Max Rashbrooke, the author of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, published by BWB, and a leading journalist and researcher on inequality and the case for reform. You can read more and register for this Auckland event here.

Thursday, August 13, 6.30pm, WG608, Sir Paul Reeves Building , AUT City Campus

NO MORE HIROSHIMAS: CIVIL SOCIETY UNITES TO ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) member Emily Watson to speak about the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the humanitarian movement for nuclear disarmament. Emily attended the Treaty Conference in New York in April/May, where she worked with WILPF’s Reaching Critical Will team.
http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/events/seminar-civil-society-unites-abolish-nuclear-weapons-wilpf

Thursday, August 20, 12-5pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Rd, Balmoral, Auckland
For the past 20 years, Shakti Community Council has been the national ethnic-specialist organisation providing leading work around safety of women and children, domestic violence intervention services and community prevention initiatives in Asian, African and Middle Eastern communities in New Zealand. From the modest start in Auckland in 1995, Shakti has now established 7 organisations (including 5 refuges and 9 other centres) throughout New Zealand. In 2011, spurred by requests and demands for our culturally specialist services in Australia, Shakti took a leap across the Tasman, and set up service centres in Melbourne and Sydney. Most recently, we launched the first multi-lingual and ethnically-specialist toll-free crisis line in Australia.
Across the other side of the globe, a seeding project has begun in Bangladesh. A group of local women as well as women from the Bangladeshi community in New Zealand is working together to establish a support group in Dhaka.
We are confident that we will be able to follow the same successful trajectory in Australia and the rest of the world, leading to better safety outcomes for women and children from Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Therefore the time has come for us to celebrate a major milestone – our total of 20 years of having serviced vulnerable migrant and refugee ethnic communities in New Zealand and Australia. It is also time to celebrate the freedom and empowerment women and children have gained through Shakti’s support; to celebrate the social impact that we have made as an ethnic organisation as well as inter-generational social change. We look forward to seeing you there!
Please RSVP to sfsss or call 09 262 0487 by 11th August, 2015

Thursday, August 20, 7pm, The Peace Palace, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City
The Peace Place invites you to join us for the talk Pilgrimage to the Unholy Land – reflections on a recent visit to Bethlehem.
This talk will be given by Kevin and Barbara McBride and Mike and Liz Beazley, two couples who recently attended the 70th anniversary of Pax Christi in Bethlehem (13 – 17 May 2015).
During their visit they were exposed to the current situation in what we are used to calling "The Holy Land". But what they saw in places like Hebron, Jericho and the Palestinian villages of the West Bank was far from holy. Instead they witnessed the daily oppression of military occupation and the unrelenting assimilation of traditional Palestinian villages,grazing lands, plantations and city environments into Israeli settlements and military reserves.
They also shared time and experience with Christian volunteers, Israeli opponents of their government’s policies (such as ‘Breaking the Silence’) and Palestinian townspeople and villagers striving to develop and maintain non-violent resistance to their exclusion from the right to control their own lives and future.
In addition, they saw how Israeli control of water and land resources is being used against traditional land-owners in a very fragile ecological environment and how the land-owners are resisting this.

Friday, August 28, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Caseroom1, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, Auckland University

Bassem Eid – ‘Can the plight of Palestinian rights and justice be resolved by the UN and international level initiatives?’. You are invited to a seminar by Bassem Eid, a human rights activist, political analyst and commentator on Palestinian domestic affairs, at the University of Auckland. Born in Jerusalem, Bassem spent the first 33 years of his life in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Shuafat refugee camp. He became a prominent figure during the Palestinian uprising from 1987 to1993 as senior field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli information centre for human rights in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. His views are based on years of systematic research of Palestinians, including during the 2014 fighting in Gaza. He speaks about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement and discusses why Europeans stopped funding his Palestinian NGO.
You can read more and register for this Auckland event here.

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.

Friday, October, 16, 6-8.30pm, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University, City Campus
SEMINAR: EFLIDA BAUTISTA OF PEOPLE SEARCH PHILIPPINES
Eflida will be addressing issues relating to disaster relief in the Philippines, in particular associating it with the misdirection of funds provided for relief purposes and corruption at various levels of government. Given the rise in the frequency of such events, almost certainly related to climate change, this is a topic very relevant to civil society groups who are often heavily engaged in relief efforts. Organised by the Asia-Pacific Human Rights Coalition (APHRC). Supported by the Pacific Media Centre

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

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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