GPJA #455 (part 1): What’s On and News for Aotearoa





Unite Union is looking to employ two full time organisers. Both organisers will have a primary repsonsibility for visiting, recruiting and representing workers in the fast food industry, cinemas, hotels and security.

Organisers need to have some experience as a union delegate, advocate for workers and beneficiaries or organising experience in community movements. A knowledge of current industrial law would be an advantage.

Applicants need to be computer literate. A current drivers licence is essential as substantial travel will be required.

The South Auckland/Waikato organiser would be based in the Auckland office. The South Island organiser could be based in either Christchurch or Dunedin. The South island organiser would also be working with a part-time organiser based in Christchurch.

Applications should be sent by email to Unite National Director Mike Treen (mike) by 5pm, Friday, March 1.


Well, it is census time again and New Zealanders who identify ourselves as Pakeha are once again ignored in the current census format – we have only two options: “New Zealand European” or “Other”. Those of us who don’t consider we are Europeans of any kind are denied the opportunity to describe our ethnicity accurately, in an official language of New Zealand. We may acknowledge the European ancestry of our forebears but we don’t consider that our ethnicity.

In 1996 the relevant category was “NZ European or Pakeha” but the “Pakeha” option has been removed for all censuses since – apparently because some people objected to the expression “Pakeha”. Surely it is unfair to deny those who identify with the term on the basis that other people don’t feel comfortable with it.

And recent research has indicated we are moving past those days anyway.

At the last Census, something like 15,000 Pakeha New Zealanders checked the “Other” box and wrote in “Pakeha”. Perhaps if more of us do so this time the authorities will get the message and in future include a “Pakeha” or “NZ European or Pakeha” option, as so many other surveys do.

Peter Hosking, Call Me Pakeha


Wednesday, February 27, 7pm, Waipapa Marae, Auckland University, Wynyard Street, Auckland
Next Mana Tamaki Meeting: We will be planning the year ahead and in particular looking at the local body elections in October. How should Mana be involved? Everyone welcome!

Thursday, February 28, 6.30pm, Commerce Building A (114), Room G18, University of Auckland (City Campus)
Public Meeting: Students and the Education Factory by ISO Aotearoa. Imagine a world where you could study anything you wanted without worrying if someone would employ you at the end of it. A world where university was free. Sadly this is not the world we live in. Over the last 30 years we have seen ever increasing fees set by the university and the slashing of non-profitable departments. This is the reality of the degree factory. But students around the world aren’t taking this lying down. A mass student movement in Montreal fought back fee rises; Chilean students are continuing their battle against austerity measures and in Aotearoa we have seen student activist’s groups form and protest across the country.

Saturday, March 9, 2pm, Friends Meeting House, 113 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden, Auckland
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Aotearoa Notice of Public Meeting. We will be having a speaker from PARS to tell us about the support give that organisation to women in prison and their families. All welcome. For more information contact Joan Macdonald joanmac Ph 360 8001

Sunday, March 10, 10am to 4pm (set up Saturday 9th, or Sunday morning), Olympic Park, New Lynn (area surrounding Sustainable Living Centre).
EcoDay 2013 – an opportunity to show your green credentials! Calling for Eco Expo exhibitors and stall holders. EcoDay is back by popular demand. If you would like to be part of the biggest EcoDay in West Auckland then get in touch with us as soon as possible. The details of EcoDay are: – Eco Expo featuring commercial businesses selling and promoting sustainable or environmentally friendly products; – Green Marketplace with art, craft, growers and not for profit groups; – Green Transport zone; – Free Interactive Workshops; – Kids entertainment and activities; – Food and Beverage providers. Booking deadlines: to assist with site planning we would appreciate a verbal commitment by Friday 8thFebruary. Final booking & payment by 1 March 2013. For more information and an application form please contact EcoDay Event Manager – Anna Fomison atecoday or on 021 163 7492

Saturday, March 16, 4pm, Westlake Boys’ High School, 30 Forrest Hill Road, Auckland, New Zealand
MIGRANTE: The Filipino Diaspora ( A Joel C. Lamangan Film). A touching movie about the trials, hopes and dreams of migrants working in foreign countries. Bring along your family and friends to this inspiring film about migrants helping one another in times of great need. Ticket sales will be donated to support purchase of lifeboats for communities vulnerable to massive flooding and for rebuilding of schools for indigenous people devastated by typhoon Pablo in Mindanao.

Monday, April 15
2013 Global Day of Action on Military Spending: 15 April 2013 – if you would like to be involved in the 2013 Global Day of Action in Aotearoa New Zealand, or would like your organisation listed as a pma



Euchred; eclipsed: Ralph Hotere (1931 – 2013)

Annette Sykes: “We belong to the water and the water belongs to us

Christchurch shows anger at government education plans

NZEI Protest

New Blog Unites Top Left-Wing Political Commentators and Progressive Opinion Shapers

“Continue to play our part” – John Key has confirmed that New Zealand will continue to play its part in the plunder and colonial occupation of Afghanistan well beyond the promised withdraw date of 2013.

Rangi Kemara Free on 4 March

“Our friend will be free” by October 15th Solidarity: Taame Iti has been granted parole to take effect on 27 February. Co-defendant Rangi Kemera is set to have his parole hearing next week.

Tame Iti Release: Harawira

Brian Rudman: NZ can afford to care more about refugees

Michael Timmins: Key’s refugee policy misses the boat

Charter schools a ‘failed experiment in New Orleans’

Prisoners denied access to justice

17 Feb 2013 – Michele A’Court – Comedian, Writer, Actress, Blogger – I will no longer stand by while the rights and freedoms of real New Zealanders are denigrated by this sorry pack of troglodytes from Blokeistan who say stupid things.

John Minto: Special deal for privileged pupils

Committee on Racial Discrimination considers report of NZ

Lecturer urges massacre apology

Focus wrong for new victim law – Ombudsman

A true bill of health – the real costs

National kicks for touch on plain packaging

Kelly slams military course for youths

I love Lucy – you should too – Xena eco warrior deserves praise, not put-downs

CTU pays tribute to the people of Canterbury

Taking free speech too far

No rules for NZ Police surveillance drones by David Beatson

Police paid witnesses in murder case shock


Vernon Small: SkyCity stench demands restart

Sky City report ‘deeply disturbing’

No way to run a country by Rod Oram


100 jobs cut at Datam

Govt won’t let Solid Energy fail, looks to banks to wear their share

Nats’ fossil fuel bet & culture of excess bankrupted Solid Energy

Hero to zero in two years, and the kitty’s empty

Think tanks & global-local networks

Dame Anne Salmond: Separating free market wolves from the lambs

TPPWatch Bulletin # 28

TPP: a gateway to GE?

Housing: Watching the dream disappear


CPAG: Government deserves D for child poverty

Gordon Campbell on the latest spasm of welfare bashing

Poor Kiwis left behind, says Salvation Army

Salvation Army Report

Persecuting the poor

A press release we will never see by Andrew Geddis

Gareth Morgan: Benefits system needs to evolve

Beneficiaries treated as guilty, says advocacy group,-says-advocacy-group

Ministers accused of downplaying income in measure of child poverty

Poverty strikes at home, children first victims

Guilty of being a beneficiary

Government deserves the State of the Nations’ D for child poverty


Big job losses worry union bosses

Women paid less than men need better law

Tapu Misa: Moral pressure drives fight for living wage

Matt McCarten: Living wage a moral entitlement

Helen Kelly: Working for a Living

Chris Trotter: Low-paid staff need solidarity

Call for enquiry into forestry deaths

What killed Ken Callow

What Killed Ken Callow?

ANZ to cut jobs, outsource work to India

Battle for a living wage: Campaigner says mindset shift needed to accompany monetary leap

Ghosts in corridors of power highlight disparities in pay

Mareta Sinoti’s workload cleaning Parliament has doubled since she began three years ago but there’s no extra pay. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Cities agree to look into higher pay

Hard working poor families desperate for a living wage

Green Party Supports Living Wage

New Zealand Living Wage $18.40 an hour

Labour champions the Living Wage

PSA: Government Needs To Blaze The Trail On Living Wage

Industries quail at pay cost

Worker sacked after two days awarded $6000 in compensation

$18.40 an hour needed for living wage

Auckland worker (and FIRST Union member) Fa’atau Manoa speaks to One News tonight about how a Living Wage would help his family makes end meet a little easier.

More on Living Wage:

Foreign vessels bill should have more for NZers

FIRST: Secure and safe jobs would help attract primary production workers

‘Les miserables’ fight for bigger payout

Event Cinema worker Mel Johnston protests with colleagues outside the Auckland headquarters. Photo / Chris Gorman

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