GPJA #468: Whats On / Aotearoa news / International



Saturday, July 13, 12pm, Upper Hut Library
A cultural and artistic event celebrating the life and work of Nobel Prize Chilean poet – Pablo Neruda. This year marks the 40-year anniversary of his death and the 40-year anniversary of the military coup in Chile – this event is framed within this context and will showcase some of his poetry through both narrative and music (in Spanish and English!) as well as some music from Chilean singer/songwriter, Victor Jara, who was killed in the early days of the military dictatorship also. Entry is free so hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 16, 6pm, Caseroom3, Auckland University Owen Glenn Centre
Dr Geoff Bertram – “Is there a regulatory compact on electricty gentailer asset prices? If so, what does it say?” I would like to invite you to the above lecture by Dr Geoff Bertram of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University, to be held in Caseroom3, Auckland University Owen Glenn Centre, on Tuesday 16th July at 8pm. Over the past twenty years residential electricity prices have doubled in real terms, driving many households into energy poverty. The Electricity Authority has argued in a recent paper that the resulting windfall profits and asset revaluations secured by the five large generator-retailers are in accordance with an “implicit regulatory compact”. Geoff Bertram believes that in fact the original regulatory compact renders the asset revaluations illegitimate, and that asset values ought to be rolled back to historic-cost with price reductions to match. Up to $1.5 billion per year is at stake (nearly $1,000 per year per household). Labour and the Greens propose to claw back only about half of this from the companies, which means their policy proposals are quite conservative – certainly not extremist and revolutionary as some business spokespersons have claimed. All welcome. Please register here.

Wednesday 17th July, 7pm, Unite Union, 6A Western Springs Road, Kingsland.
Palestinian Solidarity Meeting: Following the hugely successful Conference on Palestine two weeks ago there is a follow-up meeting for groups and individuals to build a strong, national Palestinian Solidarity Network to build support for the Palestinian struggle here in New Zealand and promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against apartheid Israel. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday, July 17, AAAP office, 6-8pm, 86 Princes St, Onehunga.
Workshop with Sue Bradford: Challenging Capitalism. AAAP will be holding a workshop this Wednesday the 17th of July on Challenging Capitalism at the AAAP office, 86 Princes St, Onehunga. To seriously and effectively combat poverty requires us to question and challenge the assumptions of capitalism. At this participatory workshop we will discuss the issues beyond reforms within the system, looking forward to an economics as if ordinary people and the environment mattered. This workshop is not academic, it is open to everyone who is interested in jobs and welfare activism. Snacks and drinks will be offered from 5:40 pm, with the workshop itself running from 6-8 pm. There are limited places so please register your attendance by emailing contact, including whether you will be coming for snacks prior. We look forward to seeing many of you then and we’ll be in contact next week about our next wider meeting.

Monday, July 22, 1.15pm-1.45pm, Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, 2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Mangere.
Fairness at Work Campaign Launch Auckland. You are invited to send a delegation to this campaign launch in support of fairness at work and opposing the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. Helen Kelly, CTU President will be one of the speakers. Please liaise with Georgina McLeod on Georginam about your delegation.

Wednesday, July 24, 5.30pm, At the Gus Fisher Gallery, Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland St., Central Auckland
Auckland book launch of Fighting to Choose by Alison McCulloch. Speakers: Former cabinet minister Laila Harré and author Alison McCulloch. We hope you will join us for some drinks, nibbles and conversation. The Women’s Bookshop will be selling books on the night. Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand chronicles an important yet neglected chapter in New Zealand’s recent history by taking a close look at the abortion rights struggle, from the 1970s, when our current conservative law was passed, to the present day. Thanks to: Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ; Gus Fisher Gallery; Victoria University Press; Women’s National Abortion Action Campaign; Auckland Medical Aid Trust; The Women’s Bookshop

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30pm-8.30pm, Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs
A winter’s night with CPAG. 6.30pm: AGM. 7.30pm: Launch. Please join us for: CPAG’s Annual General Meeting. Followed by the official launch of CPAG’s two-part series on: Child Abuse and Poverty: What are the links? Come along, meet the CPAG team, chat to fellow supporters, learn more about what we’re doing, hear from great speakers and enjoy some drinks and nibbles! Please remember to RSVP for catering purposes. If you have any questions about the event or how to RSVP please contact our office on 09 303 9260. Marianna Munting, Child Poverty Action Group, admin 09 320 5260

Friday 2nd August to Sunday 3pm 4th August, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Waikato University, Knighton Road, Hamilton.
Want to Learn the History of the Treaty? Te Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty education hui. Kia ora koutou, The intention for this hui is to provide a safe, supportive space for anyone looking to begin or continue their journey of mātauranga/knowledge in and around Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi, colonisation and Māori-Pākeha/tauiwi relationships. We are wanting to create an opportunity for people of any age or descent to come together and have a good ole’ kōrero/chat so we have teamed up with Tangata Tiriti, a Treaty education project to bring you this hui. The programme will be facilitated by Ingrid Huygens, national director of Tangata Tiriti and Lawrence Jensen, a community development consultant, Ngati Porou. It includes activities and roleplays about the relationship between Maori and Europeans before the treaty, the Declaration of Independence, the language of the treaty, and the impact of the laws passed during colonisation. Participants will become ‘informed citizens’ who understand how the Māori-Pākeha relationship has developed to how we stand today. Ingrid and Lawrence will work together to bring out possibilities for action and new relationships. Certificates are also available upon completion of the workshop for those who want to add the experience to their CV! To read more about the facilitators, logistics or register, click HERE. Registrations close July 18th and there is a limited number of spaces, so jump on board this waka sooner rather than later! Nga mihi, Phoebe and Alejandra


Witness a people’s revolution in action. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 14th international solidarity brigade to Venezuela this December is a very special opportunity to observe, learn about and be inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that is transforming Latin America and challenging the greed and exploitation of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible. The brigade itinerary is being planned in consultation with our partners in Venezuela, but during the 10-day visit, participants will:

  • visit social missions, communal councils and communes, as well as production cooperatives, public health and education services, sustainable development projects, community controlled media stations, and women’s and Indigenous organisations and projects; and
  • meet with a wide range of grassroots organisations, community activists, trade unions and government representatives to learn more about the “socialism of the 21st century” being created by the Venezuelan people; and
  • spend time in the capital, Caracas, and travel to a regional area of Venezuela.

Brigade registration and costs
The registration deadline for the 2013 brigade is September 1, 2013. Accommodation, transport within Venezuela and English-Spanish translation throughout the brigade will be organised for all participants by the AVSN. Participants will need to book their own international airfares. Please do not purchase your tickets before the registration deadline of September 1. In addition to your international airfare, you will need to budget for approximately $1200. This will cover your brigade registration fee ($500 for waged workers or $350 for students/pensioners), and your food, transport and (shared) accommodation in Venezuela.
To register or for more information: EMAIL: brigades



Hi folks in aotearoa, Five weeks before I land in Christchurch, and then ramble around the south and north islands of New Zealand, before then going to tour Australia, starting in Perth and then moving on to drive from Adelaide to Brisbane, including lots of cities in between, such as Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney… At this point the tour is looking good, but there is still a heck of a lot of room for improvement! More gigs on both islands of Aotearoa and in the smaller cities anywhere in southeastern Australia would be very, very welcome indeed. I hope to hear from some of you who might be up for organizing something, and I hope to see many of you on the upcoming tour! Please let people know about all this if you see fit. That’s the only way this works, I’ve discovered… Details of what’s definite so far below and of course on my website…
Saturday, August 17th: The Free House, 95 Collingwood Street, Nelson
Monday, August 19th: Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 8 pm! Puppies, Wellington
Friday, August 23rd: Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei
Saturday, August 24th: Thirsty Dog, Auckland

Robert Wade, Professor of Political Economy, London School of Economics, will be visiting New Zealand inJuly, speaking on:Inequality and the West –
Capitalism at a Tipping Point”. Free public lectures will be held in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington. A New Zealander, Professor Wade is a leading international writer on globalisation, inequality and world financial systems, and the author of the award-winning workGoverning the Market. Professor Wade was the winner, with José Antonio Ocampo, of the Leontief Prize in Economics in 2008. Professor Wade is also a contributor to “Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis”, edited by Max Rashbrooke. Please click on the links below for more information:
megan. We do not require confirmation of attendance for these events. Robert Wade’s tour is supported by the J. R. McKenzie Trust and the BWB Publishing Trust.

Available from

The divide between New Zealand’s poorest and wealthiest inhabitants has widened alarmingly over recent decades. Differences in income have grown faster than in most other developed countries. New Zealand society is being reshaped, stretching to accommodate new distance between those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’. Income inequality is a crisis that affects us all.
A diverse gathering of New Zealand scholars, journalists, researchers, business leaders, workers, students and parents share these pages. Their voices speak to the complex shape of income inequality, and its effects on the communities of these Pacific islands.

Inequality means watching people close to you … persistently struggling … to keep their households afloat, to do their best for their children and to make good decisions by weighing up the constrained range of choices on offer. Karlo Mila

The sharp increase in income concentration at the top of national income distributions over recent decades should have prompted a … public debate about the question: ‘When are the rich too rich?’ Robert Wade

While equality is highly valued, there is huge disagreement about why equality matters and what precisely should be equalised. Jonathan Boston

The future, in one sense, is now. It is not an abstract, theoretical or even visionary picture of what the world may be like in fifty years or a hundred years. It is, rather, the potential we hold now, as a society. Linda Tuhiwai Smith

Candidates will be asked by communities to step up for a Living Wage at this year’s local body elections in Auckland, Wellington and beyond. The Living Wage Movement will hold seven meetings in Auckland with communities that want to see employees and contracted workers at Auckland Council paid a Living Wage. Living Wage Aotearoa NZ will join with the following Auckland communities to call for a Living Wage and to support other critical issues that really matter to their communities:

Unions @ Papatoetoe Cosi Club | August 22, 4-6pm

Women @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 3, 6-8pm

Youth @ Auckland University quad | September 4, 12.30-1.30pm

Migrant and Refugees @ Mays Rd Memorial Hall | September 7, 4-6pm

Faith-based groups @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 10, 7-9pm

West Auckland communities & unions @ | TBA

Pacific Communities @ Pacific Island Church Otara | October 4, 5-7pm


Hi there, Just letting you know about a few of the great films we are screening in the 2013 NZ International Film Festival that will appeal to anyone with an interest in human rights. NZIFF offers great concession rates for groups of over twenty people and can also work with you to run a fundraiser for your organisation. Do let me know if you would like further information about group bookings and fundraisers. I have attached a flier with our list of human rights films, but will point out a couple in particular to you now.

Firstly, Joshua Oppenheimer’s astounding documentary, The Act of Killing, depicts re-enactments performed by Indonesian death squad members of their 1960s reprisals against communism. “If we are to transform Indonesia into the democracy it claims to be, citizens must recognise the terror and repression on which our contemporary history has been built. No film, or any other work of art for that matter, has done this more effectively than The Act of Killing. It is essential viewing for us all.” — National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia. You may have heard Oppenheimer’s thorough discussion of the film in his recent interview with Kim Hill on Radio NZ National:

We are also screening two films that portray different aspects of the treatment of HIV in developing nations. Winner of both Jury and Audience Awards for Best Documentary at Sundance in January, Blood Brother explores the idealism of a young American aid worker in India. “Engaging and joyful… Documentaries don’t come any bigger-hearted than Blood Brother.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety. In somewhat stark contrast is Fire in the Blood, which chronicles resistance to the grotesque conjunction of market forces and health care in impoverished Africa. Both these films make excellent viewing for anyone interested in the human rights and development.

These films will be shown throughout our regions and the full programme, notes and details can be found on our website, Do get in touch if you would like the full programme sent to you or if you would like to discuss the festival further.

Best regards, Catherine Swallow | Outreach Co-ordinator
DDI + 64 4 802 3140 | M 021 0429560 | SKYPE catherine_nzff
The New Zealand Film Festival Trust
WELLINGTON Level 2, 2 Majoribanks St, Wellington 6011 | PO Box 9544,
Marion Square, Wellington 6141 | New Zealand | T + 64 4 385 0162

Dear friends, We are pleased to introduce to you People’s Solidarity and Education Tours (PSET), a newly-formed organization dedicated to solidarity building through tourism. More than offering fun and a glimpse of the country’s beauty, PSET offers an opportunity for travelers to have meaningful interaction and build solidarity with the Filipino people, especially in these times of worsening impoverishment and social injustices. Should you (or your members/contacts) be coming over to the Philippines, kindly consider availing of our heritage tours to see the Philippines’ famous historical and cultural sites from a different light, linking the country’s past and present with information and analysis that goes beyond the trivial, common, and colonial; or, to take part in our immersion programs in various communities for an in-depth understanding of the Filipino people’s plight, and direct contribution and long-term solidarity with them in their struggles. We also offer study tour programs which combine heritage tours and community exposures with formal lectures by institutions and authorities on the different aspects and issues of Philippine society. Alternatively, we can simply explore possible partnerships in the future. Please do not hesitate to email us at secretariat for more information and inquiries. Background information are also available at secretariat See the Philippines, learn and make a difference!



John Minto: Free transport an end to ‘hell on earth’

Shallow, amoral and unethical By John Minto

Four cities inspiring Minto’s Auckland – Pictures

Coromandel Watchdog Activists Camping on Gold Drill Rig

Strip mining threatens protected marine area

Aucklanders don’t want ‘dirty’ SkyCity deal

Editorial: All children should learn Te Reo Maori in school

Minto for Mayor policy launch: Free public transport, 20 000 new council homes, living wage & Robin Hood Rates – See more at:

100 Years of Anarchism in New Zealand Celebrated Today

Dean Parker: Labour must recapture the spirit of ’38

Scott Hamilton: Resisting history

Local Bodies, Freedom Of Expression, Begging Bans And Homelessness

Coromandel Watchdog Shuts Down Mining Rig for 30 Hours

Making sense of The Pakeha Party

Egalitarianism, conformism and the Pakeha Party


Campbell Live: Dissecting the GCSB bill

Campbell Live connects the GCSB dots

Law Society: Expansion of GCSB intelligence gathering intrusive

Gordon Campbell: The real flaws with the spy bill

Snowden links NZ to US spy programme

Scientist says GCSB will criminalise curiosity

Five Eyes an anachronistic setup

Kim Dotcom talks to Campbell Live after GCSB hearing

Snowden on US-NZ intelligence

GCSB spy law a slur on freedom-loving Kiwis

The real reason for the GCSB Bill.

‘The Boss’ is hell-bent on a Surveillance State

Human Rights Commission releases report to Prime Minister on security and intelligence matters


Being poor ‘a crime’ in NZ

Sleeping Rough By Martyn Bradbury

By-law banning beggars protested

Brian Rudman: Beggars need help, not a kicking

CTU: Welfare changes unfair and unprincipled

Stuart Nash: Child poverty is this nation’s shame.


Opinion: Gareth Kiernan says neoliberal economic policies didn’t die, they just got embraced and adjusted by mainstream parties


McDonald’s accused of racist hiring practices

McDonalds picket attacked by Private Security Thugs

Let Her In

No Democracy in McDonalds? Siddhata speaks.

Solidarity from the Migrant Workers Association with McDs Workers


Mike Treen: A new vision needed by labour movement

Living wage would lift economy

Teacher Aids, Underpaid and Undervalued

Pike River Compensation must be paid

Truth newspaper ordered to pay ex-employee $16,000

Helen Kelly: Forestry Deaths


Exclusive: Ecuador’s Foreign Minister on Snowden, Assange & Latin American Resistance to U.S. Spying

Edward Snowden on Why He Stood Up to the NSA: Mass Spying “Not Something I’m Willing to Live Under”

Glenn Greenwald: Snowden Encouraged by Global Outrage over NSA Spying, Support for His Plight

The world must hear from Edward Snowden again – The White House and its media allies are gradually undermining the NSA whistleblower. The cause of liberty needs his advocacy

Democracy Against Capitalism – A presentation by Brian Roper, author of The History of Democracy – A Marxist Interpretation. Brian Roper is a long-time activist on the socialist left in New Zealand and an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago. He is the author of Prosperity for All? Economic, Social and Political Change in New Zealand since 1935 (Cengage, 2005) and The History of Democracy — A Marxist Interpretation (Pluto Press, 2012).

Alain Badiou: Friend or fad?

Is Whistle-blowing a Form of Free Speech?

Fighting Austerity: Our Crisis and Rebuilding Unions from Below by Dan Gallin

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”

New publication: Ban nuclear weapons now – As part of iCAN’s Nuclear Abolition Week, 6 to 13 July 2013, iCAN’s latest publication Ban nuclear weapons now has been released and is available at


“The Free-Trade Charade” by Joseph Stiglitz

Film: BBC on Marx, Hayek and Keynes

Is the culprit just ‘crony capitalism’? In response to a reader’s comment By Jon Britton


Russell Brand – A Marxist for his time?

Latin America expert Robert Austin gives an information-packed review of the new book, Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions: The Future of Twenty-First Century Socialism, by Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes. The book is a detailed exposition and analysis of the powerful social movements challenging Imperialism across the South American continent.

NSA leaks prove MIA right

Fuck the State, Free the Arts: Government Repression and Creative Freedom

When Hollywood Held Hands With Hitler


Cuba’s ‘Yes, we can’ literacy campaign success in outback


Made in Bangladesh: Greed, Globalization and the Dhaka Tragedy


Faced with U.S. aggression against Bolivian President Evo Morales, UNASUR and ALBA hold emergency meetings

John Pilger: Forcing Down Evo Morales’s Plane Was an Act of Air Piracy

Inverted colonialism

Evo Morales threatens to close US embassy in Bolivia as Latin American leaders weigh in

Social movements in Bolivia: from strength to power


Brazilian working-class holds National Day of Struggle

Why Brazilians Are Sick of Corrupt Politicians: And Signs That Their Government is Actually Listening


Oil train disaster in Quebec as oil shipments by rail in Canada rising at ‘breakneck speed’


Army kills two protesters as peasant protests continue in Catatumbo

Two more protesters killed by government forces as peasant protest grows

Damning report documents continuation of ‘false-positives’

Colombia: Military Justice Law a Blow to Human Rights


Egypt’s revolution continues as grassroots rage against fragmented elite

The Egyptian army acted to limit the revolution, not to lead it

Warning of humanitarian catastrophe as Egypt tightens siege of Gaza

Morsi’s Faux Revolution in Peril

A victory for revolution or counterrevolution? Views from the Egyptian left

State Capital Wins Again – Class Warfare in Egypt

Three questions for liberals and progressives who support the Egyptian coup


ETAN/WPAT: Groups Urge Justice on 15th Anniversary of Biak (West Papua) Massacre

Pacific ‘free trade’ deal threatens poor


Report: Torture in Israeli Jails | The Legacy of Totalitarian Regimes

Whitewashing Apartheid: Israel’s Dirty Water

The Palestinian BDS National Committee calls for freezing “Knesset” membership in Inter-Parliamentary Union in Light of Racist Laws – See more at:

Strikes, soccer and sanctions: an interview with Mahmoud Sarsak

Alert: Save the Hares Boys: 5 Palestinian children face life imprisonment with no evidence for no documented crime

The Egyptian army and Palestinian Authority join forces to punish Gaza

A look at Israel’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ zones


Pay rises, policy alternatives & regime change

Terry Bell: Need to confront poisonous roots of the past


Australia in spying row over energy deal


Camp Nama: British personnel reveal horrors of secret US base in Baghdad

People’s Assembly, Left Unity makes steps to build fight back – See more at:


Chicago Rising! A resurgent protest culture fights back against Rahm Emanuel’s austerity agenda.

Watch This: Two American Families

How Unreasonable Searches of Private Documents Caused the American Revolution

Contracts, court rulings giving employers legal upper hand,0,2060456.story

Student Debt and the American Dream – Interview with Sam Gindin

Give me liberty: ‘Restore the Fourth’ rallies take online protests over NSA spying to the streets

Wall Street Journal says Egypt needs a Pinochet – can it get away with that?

Inside the “people’s filibuster”: Nation sports columnist Dave Zirin provides a play-by-play account of the mass outburst that set back the Texas Republican attack on abortion rights.

Tens of Thousands of California Prisoners Launch Mass Hunger Strike

30,000 California prisoners refuse meals in apparent hunger strike,0,3801154.story

Prison protests center on isolation, food, family visits,0,7876253.story

Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms

Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex – How to Turn the U.S.-Mexican Border into a War Zone By Todd Miller


Venezuela’s Maduro: Unlike US Asylees, Snowden didn’t Blow anything Up, just said ‘This is not Right’

War for oil fuels economic crisis

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