GPJA#476: What’s On, NZ & International News



Kia ora koutou, Auckland Action Against Poverty’s beneficiary IMPACT is fast approaching, and we’re doing everything we can now to spread the word. Beneficiary advocates from around the country will be coming together for three days to work with beneficiaries and low-wage workers to ensure they receive the full financial support they are eligible for.

Outside New Lynn Work and Income 5/9 Hugh Brown Drive, New Lynn, Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th, & Thursday 12th of September. 9AM to 4:30PM. Beyond the one-on-one level this Impact will help us make the connections between the individual and the wider structural issues strengthening our critique of this Government’s agenda on welfare and the recent welfare reforms. We’re asking your help in getting the word out about this event to the people who need it the most. You can help by watching and sharing this video on Facebook or Twitter (, printing out and posting up this poster, or through word of mouth. Tell your friends and whanau that our advocates can work with them to ensure they’re receiving their full entitlements, food grants, benefit advances, essential items such as washing machines, TVs and more.


Max Rashbrooke will be touring parts of New Zealand in September talking about New Zealand’s rising income inequality. Max is the editor of a highly acclaimed new book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. Please click on the links here for more information on each regional event:

Napier: Thursday 12 September, 5.30pm, Venue: Beattie & Forbes Booksellers, 70 Tennyson St, Napier

Gisborne: Friday September 13, 5.30pm, Venue: Muirs Bookshop, 62 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne. Please use the shop’s back entrance, from Gisborne Herald car park, off Lowe Street.

Rotorua: Monday 16 September, 5.30pm, Venue: Bainbridge Centre, 187 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua, Supported by McLeods Bookshop

Hamilton: Wednesday 18 September, 6pm, Panel discussion with Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Bill Cochrane, and Max Rashbrooke. Venue: PWC lecture theatre, University of Waikato

Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. Supported by Wrights Bookshop

Whanganui: Thursday 19 September, 5.30pm. Venue: Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Queen’s Park, Corner Campbell and Cameron Terrace, Whanganui. Supported by Paige’s Book Gallery

New Plymouth: Friday 20 September, 5.30pm. Venue: Hatherly Hall, 37 Vivian Street, New Plymouth. Supported by Benny’s Books

Nelson: Friday 27 September, 7.30pm. Venue: Victory Community Centre, 2 Totara Street, Nelson. Supported by Page & Blackmore Booksellers

Note we do not require a RSVP to attend these events.

Max Rashbrooke’s tour is supported by the J. R. McKenzie Trust and the BWB Publishing Trust. Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis was published with the support of the New Zealand Council for Christian Social Services.



Kia Ora Koutou,

Next month on the 18th and 19th September the Petroleum Summit is set to take place in Wellington.

Our oceans are being sold off, seismic surveying is set to take place in the Pegasus Basin and exploratory drilling in the Great South Basin and off Taranaki within months, onshore oil and gas production including fracking is expanding and our right to protest and privacy is being removed.

This Petroleum summit comes at a time when our climate, livelihoods and environment are being threatened like never before.

With representatives from the oil and gas industry and Government coming together for two days with the purpose of the expansion of this destructive and unsustainable industry, now is the time to act. Now is the time for us rise up and voice a collective NO to fossil fuel extraction agenda, and YES to a sustainable and equitable future.

Therefore, we are calling for action and solidarity from our allies around Aotearoa to join us in Wellington to stop this summit from it’s business as usual.

With the industry behind this summit threatening our future, and with summit sponsors such as war-mongering corporate giant Halliburton, we hope that groups and allies in peace and social justice movements will also join in this action.

We will meet on Wednesday 18th at 7.15am sharp outside the Railway Station (next to the Gandhi statue) and march to the Petroleum summit at Westpac Stadium. We will voice our opposition powerfully, creatively,and peacefully. We know it’s early, but we’ll have coffee on hand. Please be on time so we can march together.

Bring banners, noisemakers, whistles, pots, pans, costumes, musical instruments, friends, whanau and anything else to help make this event lively and festive.

If you are travelling from out of Wellington and need a place to stay, email the address below and we can help out. We also hope to have a chance to share some kai, stories, plans and korero on the evening of the 18th. Venue TBC.

The oil and gas industry think they own Aotearoa and can carry out their national conference of polluters without a hitch. Lets show them they’re wrong.

For info or questions please email oilfreewellington

With aroha and solidarity The Oil Free Wellington Crew


Saturday, September 7, 8pm, Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Auckland
YOU ARE WARMLY INVITED TO CONMEMORATE CHILE- NZ 40 YEARS of SOLIDARITY, RESISTANCE and STRUGGLE (9-11-73 /2013). CULTURAL NIGHT ( with Special guests from Chile). $10. Music, Poetry and More. Note: Long Live the Chilean Revolution

Sunday, September 8, 6pm, The Victoria Thheatre, 48-56 Victoria Rd, Devonport
‘FRANCES HA’ – MOVIE NIGHT: Come to the movies with us on 8th September and help support us and the Auckland Womens Centre. There’s a choice of 2 tickets:- $20 Movie Ticket Only; $25 Movie Ticket + Glass of Wine or Ice Cream. Contact the Office on 444 4618 or email us at women.ctr to get your ticket. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or direct credit. Alternatively tickets can be purchased through Auckland Womens Centre Ph: 376 3227 ext 0 or email info or – if you’re in the Ponsonby area – at the Womens Bookshop. A bit about the film ….. Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption. (c) IFC Films

Tuesday, September 10, 7.15pm, Laidlaw College, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland
Standing up against poverty, violence and injustice – Helping your church get unstuck and stuck in. Public lecture by South American theologian, Ruth Padilla DeBorst. Laidlaw College, in partnership with World Vision and TEAR Fund, invite you to attend a free public lecture by South American theologian, Ruth Padilla DeBorst. A passionate advocate for the role of the church in addressing issues of social justice, Ruth will discuss how to empower (or disempower) church communities for engagement with issues of violence, poverty and injustice. Come join with others who share a concern for the church’s missional engagement with the communities of which they are a part, and gain ideas and inspiration for breathing new life into this area of Christian discipleship. RSVP: events by Friday 6 September. More information about Ruth Padilla DeBorst is at

Wednesday, September 11
LEGAL SEMINAR ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT – PRESENTED BY GALVIN LAW: This seminar will be beneficial for women who are, or have been affected by, domestic violence as well as community workers, counsellors and anyone supporting women in this situation. This seminar is a women only event. Cost: $10 (waged) or $5 (Community Services Card/Unwaged). Call the office on 444 4618 to register your place.

Wednesday, September 11, Auckland Women’s Centre – 4 Warnock Street, Grey Lynn
Women’s Talk – Everyday Feminisms: come and join our panel as we discuss, debate, and celebrate what it means to be a feminist in everyday life. Small cash bar $5.00 or free to members. The last one was humming so join in the fun . .

Friday, September 13, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture: Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the National Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Otago University: “Non Violence is an Imperative, Not an Optional Extra”. For more information contact barfoots Ph: 575 6142

Monday, September 16, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland
75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act 1938: ENOUGH OF THE BEST FOR ALL OF US – “There is enough of the best for all of us, and I want to bring about security for everyone during illness, whether it be temporary incapacity due to accident, or anything else. I should think it was the inalienable right of every person to be secured against distress of any form.” Michael Joseph Savage, Parliamentary speech during passage of the Social Security Act in 1938. Guest speakers: Associate Professor Susan St John; Māmari Stephens; Professor Paul Dalziel.

Monday, September 16, 5.30pm, Object Space, 8 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Attached an invitation to the Auckland launch of my book, Rebellious Mirrors, community-based theatre in Aotearoa, at Object Space, 8 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Monday 16th Sept.,5.30pm-7.00pm.Please feel free to flick this invitation on to anyone you feel may be interested. Paul Maunder

Wednesday, Septembert 18, 6-8pm, Rm 808, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University
Invitation to the public launch of the ASIA-PACIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION: Panel Discussion: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Human Rights and Sri Lanka. CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. Every two years the meeting is held in a different member state, and is chaired by that nation’s respective Prime Minister or President, who becomes the Commonwealth Chairpersonin-Office. The first meeting was held in 1971. The CHOGM meeting this year is being held in Sri Lanka in November. Sri Lanka has a poor human rights record on the treatment of the Tamil Tigers. In association with the Pacific Media Centre, AUT University.

Thursday, September 19, 12.30-1.30pm, Khartoum Place, off High St, Auckland Central.
Suffrage Day Celebration. 2013 marks 120 years of women’s suffrage. In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. Suffrage Day is a significant day in New Zealand’s history. This year the 120th anniversary will provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate New Zealand’s suffrage achievements and look for ways to make further progress to benefit women.

Friday, September 20, 7pm, 3 Pearce St, Onehunga, Auckland
You are invited to join us for an exciting night of Culture, Live music with Calle Latina, Cuban Accent, with Special guest Mallarauco and Traditional dances by Macondo , The Cuban Grove , food, bar and much more!! Estas invitado a participar en la celebración de la Fiesta de Chile que estará llena de cultura, música en vivo con Calle Latina, The Cuban Accent, tradicionales música con Mallarauco bailes con Macondo y Bailes de Salsa con The Cuban grove, comida, bar y mucho mas… buy you Ticket now!! $10 Entry only cash

Saturday, October 5, 4 pm, Trades Hall 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Jeremy Bally is Peddling for Papua. West Papua Action Auckland and Global Peace and Justice Auckland invites you to an event with Jeremy Bally a young Canadian who is “Peddling for Papua” through 7 Countries and 12,000 kilometres. Jeremy has been inspired by his visit to West Papua to tell the story of the West Papuan struggle for freedom from genocide and Indonesian occupation He offers a one man multi-media show which highlights the voices of West Papuan people. He will be cycling the North and South islands promoting awareness of the hidden conflict in West Papua.

Wednesday, October 30, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, Auckland University
Jesson Memorial Lecture: Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas on “Reducing Inequality – A Strategy for a Cause”. Bar opens at 5.30pm.

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.
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

December 7-13, 2013
8TH WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND STUDENTS – QUITO, ECUADOR. The Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with youth and students from around the world to discuss how to advance social and political struggles today on an anti-imperialist axis. It will be held in Quito, Ecuador this December 7-13 and will be hosted by the Ecuadoran government. They are ready to receive thousands of young people. The 17th Festival was in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 with some 12,000 participating. Discussion and debates will take place at the Festival on the fight against the consequences of imperialism and the worldwide capitalist economic crisis, the struggle for democratic rights and sovereignty, how to advance culture and education, and protect the environment. For more information email: nznpc18wfys.

January 24-26, 2014
WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST: CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW! Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc



Please see attached our Winter Newsletter. It has been a busy year for Hauraki/Coromandel with the Manaia campaign, closely followed by the Regatta and most recently the protest to protect Parakiwai, as well as expanding threats of mining in areas that are totally inappropriate. The government continue to present short-sighted committment to facilitating the mineral industry over and above communities and the environment. Thank you for being part of protecting the Coromandel, we know that communities deserve better than short-term unsustainable economic solutions and together we can save the Coromandel from this. Do not hesitate to get in touch with your ideas and/or to volunteer your time.
Kind Regards, Renee Annan, Coordinator, Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki. m: 0220181764 Newsletter:


Nominations are open for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa – New Zealand in 2013. Download a nomination form here


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:

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

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

West Auckland communities @ Tuvalu Church, Aetna Pl | September 18, 6-8pm

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

And for Wellington they are:

St Peters on Willis, 7-9pm, Monday, 23 September

Victoria University, 1pm, 25 September

Pacific Islander Presbyterian Church, Newtown, 2-4pm, Saturday 28 September



Syria By John Minto

Protesters fight for right to protest

Protesters blast plan to deny public say on drilling permits

Cannabis activist defiant after ban

An interview with Jeff Halper, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Gordon Campbell on the asset sales referendum victory

Brian Rudman: Key in for mauling as asset sales hit centre stage

Glen Innes tenants accuse HNZ of aggressive tactics Read more:

Matt McCarten: Harness slumbering union giant

Maori Party and National gunning for the Council

Kiwi Stars Criticise Key’s Government

Stevan Eldred-Grigg’s The Great Wrong War: NZ society and WW1

Asians speak up against casino deal

Sinking islands call for NZ action

The cost of losing nature

Demonstration For Democracy In Whangarei Drew Diverse Crowd

Deep-sea oil plans anger stars

Letting the Pacific drown By Gareth Renowden

Sales soar for Waikato social housing

Question 6: Hone Harawira to the Prime Minister [View]: Question: Does he accept that his reported comments about the asset sales referendum being a $9 million waste of money are likely to be considered rude, disrespectful and insulting by the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have signed the petition for just such a referendum; if not, why not?

John Minto at the Mayoral debate By John Minto

Gambling Bill a disappointment and an embarrassment

Time to rethink New Zealand’s drug stance

Welcome to the Historical ‘Off Base” and “Peace Researcher” Blog

Where is circuit 8? Regional rates of imprisonment suppressed by VUW academics

Manager sacked over Auckland Transport corruption claims

Bryan Gould: Ignore the will of the people at your peril

Everyone involved must be prosecuted in transport corruption case



Democratic Distempers: How Labour’s Leadership Election is Unsettling the Neoliberal Establishment. By Chris Trotter – See more at:

The roots of Labour’s leadership crisis

Labour’s Leadership Battle

All that glitters…

Will Labour turn left at the crossroads? Or will the 1980s stranglehold remain? By John Minto – See more at:

David Cunliffe

Will Labour Take The Third Way? By Morgan Godfery

Labour hopefuls promise living wage

Chris Trotter: Labour returns to its roots and a plague on cynics


Brian Roper: Radio National Interview on “Spying, Lying and Democracy” (Monday, September 2, 2013)

GCSB Protest Complaint Against Police Upheld By John Minto – See more at:

Spooks & Maori: Operation Leaf

The Spooks & Maori – a brief history

Peters reveals SIS raid text warning


Wealth Defence – what you don’t know about John Key’s real agenda By Wayne Hope – See more at:

Beneficiaries unfairly targeted while inequality grows

More children than elderly living in hardship

Auckland – the Super City of poverty By Martyn Bradbury – See more at:

Jobless not bludgers

‘Mind the Gap” – the way forward

Court ruling fails to uphold equity and child wellbeing

CPAG: “Government discriminates against low-income children”

Fuel Poverty in NZ survey complete

UBI. (Universal Basic Income).


Jane Kelsey: TPPA goes into overdrive and underground

Is New Zealand About to Get Screwed on TPPA and Medicines?

It’s our future – NZ TPPA news bulletin #38 important update 31 August 2013

Youth guarantee expansion a start, but jobs still missing

Living wage will improve Current Account deficit By John Minto – See more at:

Can “we” afford a living wage?

Is the cost of broadband about to rise?

Jobless crisis lingers for Wellington youth


Unite Union Zero Hour Contracts Victory – Joe Carolan from Unite Union talks to Angus Thunder about the latest Unite Union victory for fast food workers.As we spoke the Union was ratifying an agreement with major employer McDonalds to combat the issue of insecure working hours. Another 95bFM exclusive! (This is the full version of the interview, an edited on air version will be broadcast on Sunday morning).,

Pursuing the right for equality a Kiwi value

Ruling may end unpaid job trials

Green Party write to KFC to oppose discrimination

Employment law changes ‘unfair’

Vulnerable workers in Government sights again

Air NZ attendant wins employment stoush

Labour hits out at ‘unjust’ KFC policy

McStriker : Backpaid in full

“Appeasement doesn’t work; the bosses and their lackeys in government always want more”: RMT organiser John Kerr

NZH Editorial: Forestry must learn from failures in mining safety





Gwynne Dyer: Vote avoids shame of unwinnable war

Divided Egyptian Capital Appears United Against U.S. Strike on Syria

Noam Chomsky Weighs In On Syria Strike

Richard Falk: U.S. War Making at the Expense of Democracy

As U.S. Pushes For Syria Strike, Questions Loom over Obama Claims in Chemical Attack

On the Wings of Empire Comes Only Grief – Letter to a Syrian Friend by VIJAY PRASHAD


How the Rest of the World Views the American Military

Neoliberalism, Migrant Women, and the Commodification of Care – See more at:

The EU is ignoring the human rights abuses behind Morocco’s razor wire

A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks?

The Pivot to Africa – The Startling Size, Scope, and Growth of U.S. Military Operations on the African Continent

Tariq Ali: A Total Mess – What is a Revolution?


A Cure for Capitalism – Palo Alto

China has overtaken the US to become the world’s largest industrial producer


Simon Butler: Marxism and the ecological revolution (audio)

The Myth of ‘Environmental Catastrophism’

The Fossil Fuels War John Bellamy Foster


Feminist parody of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ removed from YouTube for being ‘inappropriate’

New film shows sacrifice without reward for Palestinians in Lebanon


What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us?

Refugees not to blame for Australia’s problems


Climate Change and Social Change – Lessons from the oil train disaster at Lac Mégantic, Quebec by Roger Annis


40 Years of Struggle, Solidarity and Resistance

Chile 1973 – The “First” 9/11 [English]


Troops patrol Colombian capital after rioting – President orders military on to streets after two are killed in protests in support of growing national strike


The ‘Retrieval of the Revolution’ Marches – Egypt’s Dinosaurs are Gasping for Air

Egyptian judges call for Muslim Brotherhood to be dissolved

The main enemy is the state

Who wants democracy in Egypt?

Assaf Kfoury: The background to the July 3, 2013 military coup in Egypt, according to The New York Times – See more at:

Violence against Brotherhood has shifted alliances

labour lawyer Haitham Mohamedain arrested by army


The Greek Neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn – No Pasaran? Interview with Dimitris Psarras


Farming households being squeezed out by agribusiness


JEI unionists’ 6-year rally ends


A Region in Turmoil – Lawlessness and Ruin in Libya


Push for nuclear compensation in Marshalls

Fijian sugar workers face threats, intimidation


Gaza – on the ‘brink of catastrophe’

Israel/Saudi Arabis: Working Together Separately by Adam Shatz

Oslo Dead but Still Matters: Abbas’s Village Leagues and Palestinian Silence

This year (May 14 to be precise) marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel – 65 years of dispossession and repression directed against the Palestinians. The short video below provides an excellent introduction:


Motsotso wa NUMSA (The NUMSA moment): South Africa’s most radical trade union (video)

South African gold miners go on strike


Syria’s Rebels Not Unified On US Strike


The Realities of Everyday Life for the Working-class in Neo-Liberal Britain (Part 1)

How Cameron lost the battle with his party – and the country


Hunger strikers, weak and sick, transported 8 hours by bus: ‘Our strength is a reflection of your strength’


Protesting Activists’ Firings, Walmart Workers Plan the Biggest Mobilization Since Black Friday

“How do they sleep at night?” Thanks to Rick Perry, bosses don’t need to insure workers – so taxpayers foot the bill for injuries

Unhappy Labor Day – Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg

Leisure or unemployment? It’s a political question – The US is the only wealthy country in the world where workers are not guaranteed paid leave.


Venezuela’s Maduro Writes Letter to Obama, “No War in Syria”

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