What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (20/11/15) – Housing protests Today!


Hikoi for Homes – Sat 21 Nov – reminder

A huge thank you to those who have been helping us spread the word about this event already! Please continue to share, so we can get as much support as possible on the day.

Auckland event will take place from 12pm-3.30pm and will begin in
Glen Innes and end at Orakei Domain

Wellington event will start in Cuba Street 1pm walking to Civic Square.

Christchurch event will meet at 12pm at 9 Buckleys Road (carpark opposite Eastgate Shopping Centre), Linwood

More information on transport, meeting locations and times is on our website andfacebook event pages.

Saturday, November 21, 12 noon, Glen Innes Railway Station

Hikoi for homes: On Saturday 21st November CPAG will join with grassroots housing and other organisations to hold a Hikoi from Glen Innes to to Britomart as a protest against the terrible housing situation the most vulnerable New Zealanders are facing right now. More details on the Hikoi will be coming soon. Campaign Asks:

– An Immediate stop and to the sell-off of state and council housing

– A $1 billion annual budget for the provision of more state, public and not for profit housing

– Setting minimum standards for all rented housing

– Greater tenure protection for tenant’s

– Rent freeze for five years

– A statutory right to be housed

– State subsidies for modest income homeownership programmes

Please share the Auckland event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1502199746744778/

There should be events in other centres too. Here’s Wellington- https://www.facebook.com/events/773917729420555/

If you would like to know more about the Hikoi, or would like to help get the word out you can access the Facebook page or read up on the issue on www.hikoiforhomes.co.nz

The Wellington event will start in Cuba Street 1pm-2.30pm walking to Civic Square.

Saturday, November 21, 6-8pm, Ponsonby Baptist Church, 43 Jervois Road/ Cnr Seymour Street, (Opposite DIDA’s)

Fundraising concert for the hikoi – 21 Nov. On the same day as the Hikoi, you also have the opportunity to attend a wonderful community fundraising concert. Or, if you are unable to attend the Hikoi but still want to show your support please come along to this entertaining musical evening. Register for the concert here. Ticket Price: $20.

‘Music from the Classic, Jazz and Beyond’

A Community Event by musical Friends

Violin: Arthur Ranford

Viola: Richard Yu

Violincello: Brigitte Sistig

Flute: Lisianne Hoch

Clarinet: Susan Hatters Friedman

Saxophone: Susan Hatters Friedman

Piano: Richard Yu

Soprano: Cecile Baude

Alto: Marie-Christine Deslandres

Tenor: Allan Patterson

Special Guest: Italian Pianist Flavio Villani (featured at the 2015 International Film Festival in the film Crossing Rachmaninov)

– The concert Followed by light refreshments –

Saturday, November 21, 7pm at Westwind Cinema, 177 RIversdale Road, Avondale, Auckland.

Still the Enemy Within. The next Auckland Welsh Club movie night and Dinner is going to take place on Saturday 21 November 2015 at 7pm at Westwind Cinema, 177 RIversdale Road, Avondale, Auckland. The meal is $25 per person. Still the Enemy Within was recently screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival. For tickets to the meal and movie night please contact Barrie-John Partridge on aucklandwelshclub or by phone on 09 524-7767

Synopsis from http://the-enemy-within.org.uk/the-film-3/

Sunday, November 22, 3pm, Kaueranga Valley Hall,

Coromandel Watchdog AGM is coming up: The AGM will include a brief overview of the years work, election of officers followed by a potluck afternoon tea. All our members and supporters are welcome.

Wednesday, November 25, 2pm, CYU, Level 5, West Block, Education House, 178 Willis Street, Wellington.

Well known New Zealand-born economist, Robert Wade, will speak at an informal session at the CTU next Wednesday on “The Future of Work and Income” (with an emphasis on income). A professor of political economy at the London School of Economics, New Zealander Robert Wade is a leading international writer on globalisation, inequality and world financial systems. He is the author of the award-winning work Governing the Market. Professor Wade was awarded, with José Antonio Ocampo, the 2008 Leontief Prize by the Global Development and Environment Institute. Professor Robert Wade has visited New Zealand several times talking about these issues, including in July 2013 when he presented several lectures on ‘Inequality and the West: Capitalism at a Tipping Point’.

Thursday, November 26, 5:30-7pm, Royal Society of New Zealand, 11 Turnbull Street, Thorndon, Wellington

He is also taking part in a ‘conversation’ with Max Rashbrooke, chaired by Geoff Bertram on Thursday next week, sponsored by Bridget Williams Books: More informatioon here

Friday, November 27,7pm, POLISH SOCIETY HALL, 1 MacDonald Street Morningside, Auckland

Songs for the Movement. An event to celebrate the solidarity of songs and singers. Fabians, Living Wage Campaign, The Auckland Labour History Group and the Working Women’s. Resource Centre invite you to an evening of talent, inspiration and unity. $25 waged $20 unwaged. + Supper and bar sales, street parking. The Musicians – please welcome and support Karen Hunter, Otis Mace and Cat Tunks plus the amazing local ‘Union Made Choir". Proceeds to Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand

Saturday, November 28, 2pm, Devonport Library, Devonport.

Celebrate the right to vote for women

Monday, November 30, to Tuesday, December 1
We’re going through an age of disruption. Everything we considered “normal” for the last 100 years is going through some kind of disruption. From media and journalism, to tertiary education, to the future of jobs as we know it. As progressives, we have a choice, to continue to defend a status quo that isn’t working or challenge ourselves and inspire people with bold new ideas for the future.
Disruptive Discussions are going to be a major theme at Step it Up 2015. Here’s a taster of what and who to expect when you grab your ticket.
On education: Young people today are taking on more and more debt for something that has diminishing value. And they know it. But what are the alternatives to our current Tertiary education system? Luckily we have the brilliant Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl), Rory McCourt (from NZUSA) and Joshua Vial from Enspiral Academy with some challenging ideas.

On the news media: The structural problems with mainstream media and journalism go a lot deeper than just the axing of Campbell Live and Dirty Politics. The industry is going to massive disruption and nobody’s quite sure what the future will look like. But everyone has a piece of the puzzle, so we’re having a special side event called Journathon, that will bring together senior journalists and influences in the industry with our most creative tech entrepreneurs. And the good news is that you get the option of free entry with your Step it Up 2015 ticket.

On the economy: The neoliberal experiment has failed, spectacularly so in the Global Financial Crisis of 2007, and yet it’s core ideas still go unchallenged by the media and political elites. To challenge this bias we need more than grassroots activism, we need our own ideas for a progressive economy. Luckily we have a growing list of forward thinkers like Shamubeel Eaqub, and journalists Max Rashbrooke and Catriona MacLennan to spark that conversation. Watch this space for even more interesting speakers.
Register for Step it Up 2015 now, and join the discussion on the future of progressive ideas for society. (We have a September Special on ticket prices, so get in quick).

To complement these bold ideas, we’ve also got some of the Aotearoa’s best organisers and campaigners who know a thing or two about winning campaigns. Like Amiria Puia-Taylor and Torranice Campel from Otahuhu-Mangere Youth Group, and Qiane Matata-Sipu, Roger Fowler and Jasmine Kovach from the #SaveOurUniqueLandscape (SOUL) campaign. Or if digital is more your thing, we’ve got Shawn Moodie from NZ Human Rights Commission, and Leroy Beckett and Rosalee Jenkin fromGeneration Zero. Plus many many more. Thanks for all that you do, and hope to see you at Step it Up 2015!

Friday, December 4, 7.30pm, Auckland Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
"The Great Wrong War". Noted author Stevan Eldred-Grigg talks on the disastrous impact of World War I on New Zealand society and our human rights. Hosted by the Auckland Labour History Group. For further information contact Yvette Taylor at yvette.taylor.

Saturday, December 12, 8pm, Thirsty Dog, Karangahape Rd, Aucklanmd
Before One Direction, before the Rolling Stones, before even Elvis—there was Frank Sinatra, the first pop superstar.
No one sang like Frank.

In the 1940s, hip dolls fainted and swooned at his concerts.

Hip guys copied his looks.
Even Donald Duck dressed like Frank!
Today he’s remembered as an entertainer who sided with Republican politicians like Nixon and Reagan, hung out with mobsters and swaggered about Las Vegas with his cronies singing, “I did it my way…”
But there was another side to Sinatra, an early radical Frank.
He emerged from a political and historical context—the great flood of poverty-stricken European immigrants washed up on the shores of America at the end of the 19th century, the catastrophic economic depression that followed in the 1930s, then a world war meant to establish a peace worth fighting for…
At the height of his popularity, in the 1940s, Sinatra was branded a Red, a commo—ol’ pinko eyes.
He was one of the first major stars of the era to stand shoulder to shoulder with the poor and the oppressed.
While Bing Crosby was crooning to a Republican tune, Sinatra was backing Roosevelt’s New Deal of state-funded work schemes and nationalised industries.
Asked by a reporter in 1946 what he considered the biggest problem America faced in its post-war world he replied, “Poverty… Every kid in the world should have his quart of milk a day.”
The great bandleader Duke Ellington remembered Sinatra in the 1940s as being the leader of the campaign against race hatred.
All of this, and all Sinatra’s great songs, will be remembered at Bloomsday Productions’ December show at the Thirsty Dog on Karangahape Road, Saturday night, December 12—the very day Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, one hundred years ago in 1915.
A century later to the day, Linn Lorkin & Friends will be celebrating Sinatra— “You Make Me Feel So Young”… “Old Devil Moon” … “One For My Baby, And One More For The Road” … and the Popular Front, the United Auto Workers’ sit-down strike in Michigan, the Westfield Freezing Workers’ stay-in strike in south Auckland…
Frank Sinatra, born Dec. 12, 1915, nine-time Grammy winner, died in 1998 at the age of 82, remembered by Linn Lorkin & Friends, Thirsty Dog K Rd, Saturday night Dec 12, 8pm

January 22-24, 2016
Come To Waihopai Spy Base Protest,



Loxley Award applications, deadline 15 November
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa/posts/930339730346730
Quaker Peace and Service Aotearoa New Zealand / Te Ropu Rongomau me te Ratonga a Te Hahi Tuhauwiri invites applications for the Loxley Award – a grant of up to $15,000 established to assist New Zealand Quakers or non-Quakers to undertake a study programme or project of their choosing, in New Zealand or abroad, which promotes understanding of peace, justice and environmental issues.
The deadline for applications is 15 November each year. Information about the Loxley Award is available at qpsanz or phone 03 476 2533.


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