Friday, July 20, 6.30pm, Lenin Bar, Prince Wharf, 201 Quay St, Waterfront, Auckland
The weekend of July 20-22 is the National Party’s Annual Conference in Auckland. Actions are being held by the student movement and Auckland Action Against Poverty on Saturday and Sunday. The Friday night is ours! The Millionaires for Privatisation will mix and mingle with the Young Nats and some of NZ’s political, business and diplomatic leaders at 1885 in Britomart. We probably won’t get inside, but we can have our own party outside! Assemble beforehand at that uncouth LENIN Bar on the Waterfront, 630ish, then we’ll saunter down, Putting on the Ritz 😉 "Tax breaks for the rich! Tax the children!"; "Double the fees! Get rid of the riff raff!"; "Mine the lot! Frack the country!"; Dress: Chaps; Top Hats, Canes, Dickie bows, cigars, tails, monocles. Chapettes: Furs, diamonds, gowns, black gloves, cigarette holders.

Saturday, July 21, 1pm Britomart, Auckland Central
EDUCATION SHOW AND TELL: On Saturday the 21st of July we are taking to the streets for an education ‘show & tell’. We want to creatively show our discontent and tell the truth about attacks on education, through a combination of a traditional protest march and family friendly street theatre. Join us and share the event with your friends.

Sunday, July 22, 11.30am, Sky City Convention Centre, Federal St, Auckland Central
PICKET – STOP THE WAR ON THE POOR: John Key will be speaking at the National Party conference at midday. We are keen to gather at 11.30am to give the PM and his colleagues a strong message of opposition to the Government’s current and proposed welfare changes.

  • Decent jobs for the unemployed – not further harassment and drug testing of beneficiaries. Recognition that care work is real work – not state interference in women’s reproductive lives.
  • Free access to quality education and training – not youth income management

Hope you can join us – it’s time to unite and fight back.

Auckland Action Against Poverty contact

Monday, July 23, 6.30pm,

ProChoice People, ALRANZ and the Auckland Women’s Centre bring you a screening of The Coathanger Project – A documentary film about reproductive rights in the United States. Please register at so that we can contact you with venue details. See for information about the documentary. Thanks to Pro-Choice People for setting this up. There’s also a FB event page.

Welfare changes must be resisted – AAAP to picket Key Sun 22

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Less than two weeks to go! The Ministry of Justice has said that it will stop consulting with Community Law Centres by 1 August. That makes the next two weeks a really important time to explain to the Ministry exactly why we need direct specialist legal services. Here’s what you can do to help:
Come to the “Save Disability Law” public meeting 1pm – 3pm on Monday 30th July 2012. Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road. RSVP by 23 July 2012 phone: 09 257 5140 or email info Venue is wheelchair accessible and NZ Sign Language interpreters have been booked. Please tell us if you have any other access or dietary requirements. We hope to see you there. Please tell your whanau, friends and workmates to come along too.
Check out the media coverage: Radio interview:
Mental Health Foundation – press release
CP Society website:
Engage Aotearoa article on website:
It’s not to late to sign the open letter to Justice Minister Judith Collins. How to sign: Email your name to info and we will add you as an email signatory to our list. If your organisation has not yet signed, ask them to support us. If you are signing on behalf of an organisation, please include your logo. Post it to us at Auckland Disability Law, PO Box 43 201, Mangere, Auckland. fax it back to us on 09 275 4693 or scan it and email to info Finally, you can print it out and post it directly to Minister of Justice, Judith Collins
What else you can do: You can write your own letter to Minister of Justice Judith Collins or to the Minister for Disability Issues, Hon Tariana Turia.

Lobby your local MP, Councillor or Local Board. You can lobby, write to or talk to your Local MP. Click link below for list of MPs

Click here to find your local board (Auckland Council):

Let us know how your communications with them were received. Write to the newspapers, or put out your own press release.

Contact us for further information.

Follow us on Facebook: Search and click the ‘like’ button on the Auckland Disability Law Facebook page

Huge thanks to the more than one hundred individuals and all these groups and organisations that have signed so far:

Altus Enterprises; Auckland Action Against Poverty; Auckland Branch of the Association of Blind Citizens of New Zealand; Auckland Disability Providers network; CCS Disability Action; Chair, Homeworks Trust; Citizens Against Privatisation; Community Law Canterbury; DPA Dunedin; DSAG Disability Strategic Advisory Group – Auckland Council; Employment Dispute Solutions; Engage Aotearoa; Green Party of New Zealand; Justice Action Group; Kaitaia Community House; Mana Tangata Turi O Aotearoa; Mangere Community Law Centre; National Secretary behal of New Zealand Public Serrvices Association; Niu Ola Trust; People First; PHAB Pasifika; PSA Deaf and Disabled Members; Pukenga Consultancy; Rotorua District Community Law Centre; Service and Food Workers Union; Socialist Aotearoa; Tamaki Ngati Kapo inc; Taranaki Community Law; Te Roopu Waiora Trust; The Asian Network Inc.; The Auckland Deaf Christian Fellowship; Unite Union; Youthlaw;
Previous media coverage: Herald article
Nicola being interviewed on Checkpoint last week:
Further Information: If you require any further information or you are able to help the campaign in any way, please contact us: Nicola Owen, Development Manager, Auckland Disability Law, Phone 09 257 5140. Fax 09 275 4693
Mobile 0274575140. email info

To all social and trade movements of Aotearoa. The student movement Blockade the Budget is putting out an appeal for funds to help bring over a student leader Guillaume Legault from the CLASSE student movement from Montreal. He will do a nationwide speaking tour of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. It is exciting to have a member of the CLASSE movement coming to New Zealand in August. CLASSE is the largest student union in Quebec and has been on strike for over 100 days with daily rallies ranging from 5,000-500,000. The strikes in Montreal have spread to include all sectors of society and has recently caused the resignation of the education minister Line Beauchamp. This is an important opportunity to hear from a student representative who is fighting against similar cutbacks in education as we are. With the recent back down by Hekia Parata over class sizes, it shows that this government’s cuts to education can be fought and defeated. We need to learn from groups who are fighting the same fight and take the lessons they have to offer. We are aiming to raise $2,000 to help pay for international and internal flights within New Zealand. A bank account has been set up for donations. We encourage students to donate $10 each, workers $20, academics $50-$100, and unions $100. Student Movement 38-9012-0788748-00


Monday, July 23, 9am, Tauranga Courthouse
Please watch this and share widely We will be gathering outside the courthouse in Tauranga next Monday 23rd at 9.00 am in support of Elvis Teddy who was arrested defending the territorial waters of Te Whanau a Apanui from trans-national asset stripping oil companies. Length: ‎8:10

Monday, July 23, 12 noon, Room 206-201 in Arts 1 Building, The University of Auckland.
Urgent meeting to discuss Israel’s ties with Auckland University. We are calling an urgent SJP meeting for all those who want to discuss a response to AUSA President Arena Williams recent tour of Israel and its illegal West Bank settlements organised and paid for by the Israeli Government. Imagine if in 1981 the AUSA President toured apartheid South Africa courtesy of the government that had locked up Nelson Mandela. What would you do or say? This isn’t the first time AUSA has been lenient to the apartheid state of Israel. Let’s bring back the spirit of the early 1980’s in which New Zealand was at the forefront of the struggle against Apartheid South Africa through the resistance against the Springbok tours of New Zealand.

Tuesday, July 24, 6pm, 19 Tory St, Wellington
What is Marxism? The case for a socialist alternative. In the era of Occupy, the Arab Spring, and the global financial crisis, the need for fundamental change is obvious to many. However this post-Soviet generation is understandably skeptical of many "Old Left" ideas and approaches. Does Marxism serve a useful purpose, or is it an outdated label? How do we identify the wheat and the chaff, the baby and the bathwater? Should we aim to revive the Marxist method, historical materialism? Talk by Workers Party member Ian Anderson, followed by discussion.

Wednesday, July 25, 7.30pm, The Crypt, St Benedict’s Church, Cnr St Benedict’s St & Alex Evans St, Newton, Auckland
Catholic Religious Against Human Trafficking invites you to ‘Out of Sight Out of Mind: Human Trafficking in New Zealand’s Waters?’ Presentation by leading researchers Dr Christina Stringer and Mr Glenn Simmons University of Auckland Business School. “In this presentation, we apply the International Labour Organization and European Commission’s indicators of trafficking in human beings to labour conditions for Indonesian crew working on foreign charter vessels fishing in New Zealand waters. We find that New Zealand is not immune from forced labour trafficking.” Gold Coin donation – to defray expenses

Thursday, July 26, 5.30pm, Level 6 PSA House, 11 Aurora Terrace, Wellington
New Zealand’s no-fault compensation system: are we better off than the Brits? Rich and risky v simple and safe. Join us at for drinks and nibbles. RSVP: 04 473 6767 or legal

Sunday, August 5, 4.30pm, Kerr Street Artspace, Mt Victoria Summit Rd
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Tamaki Makaurau Branch: Invitation to Hiroshima Day Commemoration Sunday 5 August 2012 being held in conjunction with The Depot, Devonport at their Kerr Street Artspace, on the Mt Victoria summit road. The commemoration for Hiroshima and Nagasaki is being held in conjunction with the launch of the Peace Map and Cultural Mapping Exhibition, and the opening of the Hiroshima/Nagasaki A Bomb Photo Poster Exhibition, with speakers representing the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Shigeko Sasamori and Michimasa Hirata. The programme will start at 4.30pm and will include crane-making a candle floating ceremony, stories, speakers and music. Please join The Depot and WILPF for this important event in the peace calendar. Contacts for more information or transport: WILPF Ruth Coombes ph 445 1254 ruth.calliope Joan Macdonald ph 360 8001 joanmac The Depot email erin.forsyth

Saturday & Sunday, August 18-19, Rutherford House, Bunny Street, Wellington.
Supported by the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University .ANC CENTENARY: How N.Z helped to abolish apartheid. The ANC Centenary Conference Committee invite you to a conference on the 18th-19th August, 2012.A full programme of New Zealand and South African speakers will talk on these topics: 100 years of the ANC; Maori to the fore; Winds of change-the NZ movement gets organized; 1973 and Norman Kirk; International Aspects of the campaign; 1981 and Beyond; Impact on NZ society; The ANC today. There will be a reception and drinks on Saturday night. $60 Registration. RSVP Conference Coordinator by 10th of August, catts2011

Saturday, July 28, 7.30pm, Polish Society Hall, corner of Ethel and McDonald Streets, Morningside off Sandringham Road.
City Vision Fundraising Debate: You are invited to an evening of entertainment, celebration and debate to mark the halfway point of the first "Super City". Join us on Saturday 28th July when the boys take on the girls to debate the proposition "Auckland Council is the new Parliament". City Vision is delighted to have secured seasoned political raconteurs Richard Northey, Matt McCarten and Phil Twyford to square up against the charming prowess of Cathy Casey, Julie Fairey and Denise Roche with MC Laila Harre. The evening will include the launch of City Vision’s mid term report by Mike Lee and a special musical cameo from Chris Trotter. Tickets $25 (concession $10) includes nibbles. Cash Bar. Invite your friends and whanau for what promises to be a fun, social evening. Payment: Preferred option is by internet banking to the City Vision account 38 9007 0461177 00, coded with your name and number of tickets.

Monday, July 30, 1-3pm, Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road, Auckland
Come to the “Save Disability Law” public meeting. RSVP by 23 July 2012 phone: 09 257 5140 or email info Venue is wheelchair accessible and NZ Sign Language interpreters have been booked.

September 27 to October 8, NZ-Venezuela
SOLIDARITY BRIGADE TO VENEZUELA: HALF-PRICE FLIGHTS AVAILABLE FROM AUCKLAND: Join the 2012 Presidential elections brigade to Venezuela. Register now to witness the final election campaign for President Hugo Chavez and observe first-hand a living people’s power revolution. Brigade dates: September 27th – October 8th, 2012. Half-price flights Sydney-Auckland-Venezuela return are currently available through Aerolineas Argentina. The 2012 brigade is the 13th study tour organised by the AVSN. Reports from previous brigades are posted at: brigades or phone Jim McIlroy 0423 741 734, Roberto Jorquera 0425 182 994 or Lisa Macdonald 0413 031 108.

November 9-11. Waihi
REMEMBER WAIHI 9-11 NOV 2012. It will be the 1912 Waihi Gold Miners’ Strike Centenary and Commemoration of the death of Fred Evans. The phrase “Remember Waihi” was used for many years by the union movement to refer to the 1912 Waihi strike. It expressed anger at the death of striker Fred Evans, who was beaten by death by strikebreakers while the police stood by. It also expressed caution at confronting the combined might of the government, big employers and the police. The Labour History Project is remembering Waihi with a weekend-long historical seminar and memorial service in Waihi this November. It’s one of the ways we research, record and celebrate New Zealanders’ working lives, and draw on the past for inspiration and guidance for the future. A program and registration form for the "Remember Waihi" weekend is in this brochure: markderby37 Phone 04 973 8900

December 27 to January 18, NZ-Cuba
XXX SOUTHERN CROSS BRIGADE TO CUBA: Receive warm greetings from Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples (ICAP), that every year receives, with great satisfaction, all friends that spontaneously decide to join us in the Southern Cross Brigade of voluntary work and solidarity with Cuba. Main objectives of the brigade are to provide a great deal of knowledge about Cuban reality so that the visitors could understand it as well as to work voluntarily in the agricultural fields in order to help in the development and productivity of the country. The program of the brigade includes visits to historical, cultural and social places. Participants will receive lectures on national and international topics and will also interact with representatives of Cuban organizations and people in general. Each brigade member, at the moment of the arrival, is committed to follow the program and schedule, and also to have a proper behaviour, discipline and social interaction not only in CIJAM but also all over the country. For further communication: Phone numbers (53 7) 838-24 30 / 8335372 / 830-1220 / 834-4544 ext. 15 and Emails: asia.norte , director.dao and amiventas We would be pleased to have you in the XXX Southern Cross Brigade, a beautiful project that ICAP and Australia/New Zealand – Cuba Friendship Societies have proudly maintained since 1983, which has allow to show Cuban reality to more than one thousand people who have taken part in previous brigades as well as to receive their support and deep solidarity. This year program and brigade has a special aim and it is to commemorate 55 anniversary of the triumph of Cuban revolution on January 1st, 2013 and also to celebrate with every participant coming the 30 anniversary of the Southern Cross Brigade visit to Cuba. This is a formal invitation to join the brigade in order to strengthen brotherhood between our peoples. Sincerely yours, Asia and Pacific Division, Cuban Institute for Friendship with Peoples NZ Participants: Email Ina Lawrence inashina for the full programme and any other questions.



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