GPJA #478: What’s On / News from Aotearoa and the world (18/9/13)



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:

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.


The deadline is approaching for the Bruce Jesson Foundation journalism prize competition, offering funding for high-quality critical journalism. The 2013 competition opened as recent winner Max Rashbrooke unveiled a new book supported by his Jesson award: Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis – and what we can do about it (Bridget Williams Books, 2013).

Entries for the 2013 Bruce Jesson Journalism Prizes are now invited both from self-nominating senior journalists and the Heads of New Zealand journalism schools. Entries will be assessed by members of the Foundation’s Journalism Sub-committee: Geoff Kemp (convenor), Camille Guy, Joe Atkinson, Simon Collins, and Jon Stephenson.

Details are available on the Foundation g.kemp). The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 5pm, Monday, September 30, 2013.


  • Artful Transnational Tax Dodgers: Squeeze Them Until The Pips Squeak by Murray Horton
  • I’ve Had A Guts Full Of Lowlife Bludgers by John Minto
  • Roger Award Event: Wellington Put On A Great Night by Murray Horton
  • An Anti-Bullshit, Demystification Exercise by Murray Horton
  • Failure In Health & Safety Shows Lack Of Respect For Workers by Joe Fleetwood
  • NZ’s Workplace Health & Safety System “Not Fit For Purpose” by Victor Billot
  • An Unholy Alliance? Why One Union Is Teaming Up With The Face Of Foreign Capital by Alastair Duncan
  • The Business Of Inequality by Brian Easton
  • Justice For Poor Children A Long Time Coming by Susan St John
  • Throwing The Baby Out With the Bathwater: Asset Sales And The Decline Of Popular Control And Responsibility by Quentin Findlay
  • Blackmail & Corporate Welfare: Government Plays Monkey To Rio Tinto’s Organ Grinder by Murray Horton
  • An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World: Escaping The Constraints Of Orthodoxy by Bryan Gould
  • A Contemptuous Process by Jane Kelsey
  • Outsourced! Privatisation Of State Power Extended To Treaty Negotiations by Jane Kelsey
  • The Idiot’s Guide To The GCSB by Liz Gordon
  • GCSB Bill A Threat To Anti-TPPA Campaigners by Jane Kelsey
  • Insurance, Potentially One Of Mankind’s Greatest Inventions! by Sarah Miles
  • Anchors by Fiona Farrell
  • Reviews by Jeremy Agar – Hidden Agendas: What We Need To Know About The TPPA by Jane Kelsey; Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis edited by Max Rashbrooke by Cybele Locke; Enough Is Enough by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill; Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss.
  • Living Wage Recommended For Organiser by Brian Turner


Thursday, September 19, Unite Union, 6a Westedrn Springs Rd, Morningside, Auckland

Socialist Aotearoa Film Screening – The Shock Doctrine: On September 11, the people of the South American country of Chile marked 40 years since the murderous CIA-backed coup overthrew the democratically elected Marxist government of Salvador Allende and installed General Pinochet into power. Last week Auckland’s Chilean community gathered to remember those who were persecuted because of their support for Allende’s government and opposition to Pinochet. Auckland Chilean community leader Esteban Espinoza gave this speech at the event which we published on our website. This Thursday as part of our branch meeting we will be showing Naomi Klien’s film The Shock Doctrine which examines the significance of the Chilean coup as the beginning of neo-liberalism – a topical issue in New Zealand politics with the recent election of David Cunliffe as Labour leader promising a rollback of neo-liberalism if elected. Watch the trailer here. As will as watching the film we will be discussing the state of the struggle in Aotearoa, how we can build the resistance to the National Government this Spring and support the Minto for Mayor campaign.

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.

Thursday, September 19, 4-6pm, CTU Boardroom, 7th floor, Education House, Willis St, Wellington

The CTU & the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition Forum invite you to a Suffrage Day Event. Guest speaker, Lisa Heaps, the key note speaker at the PSA women’s conference next week, who is the Director of the Australian Institute of Employment will speak on landmark Australian pay equality cases and about a rights based approach to pay equity. There will be nibbles and drinks following to celebrate the recent Equal Pay Case win. All unionists welcome. RSVPs: Eileen Brown: eileenb Facebook:

Thursday, September 19, 7.30 pm at Kelston Community Centre, 135 Awaroa Road (near corner with Great North Road just above Waikumete

Cemetery), Auckland

Election Special: Conservation and the Environment. Hosted by Forest & Bird and the Waitakere Ranges Protection Society.Come and hear a diverse range of candidates for Council’s Governing Body and the three west Local Boards answer probing questions on green matters. See how they shape up on issues important to West Auckland’s environment before you cast your vote. Chaired by famous entomologist and environmentalist Dr. Peter Maddison.

Find out what your local politicians think about our precious flora and fauna.

The main meeting will run from 7.30 to 9.30 pm followed by supper – a great chance to connect with similar minded people over a free cup of tea or coffee.

For more information: waitakere.branch

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, September 21, 10am – 4.30pm, Library Theatre B10, The University of Auckland General Library (Building 109)

21st Century Women in Media Conference. Host: Paula Penfold (TV3) as Master of Ceremonies. This conference will include: A keynote address by The Honourable Margaret Wilson; A panel discussion about power and danger of 21st Century media. On the panel will be Claudia MacDonald (Mango Media), Hazel Phillips (Idealog), Jenny Rankine (TMLN), and Sandra Coney in the Chair; Tribute from Pauline Ray and Louise Callan to Marcia Russell; Entertainment by Verity George. Cost is $15 for students, $30 for non-students. Register now by emailing suffrage13

Sunday, September 22, 5pm, Rm 4, 336 St Asaph St, Christchurch

Adress by Cuban ambassador to launch one-week exhibition of the political cartoons of Gerardo Hernandez one of the Cuban 5, incarcerated in the US for fighting terrorism.

September 25-27, AUT, Auckland

Thursday, September 26, 6pm to 7.30pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Law Shool Building, 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland CBD

“The Arms trade Treaty – will it curb the power of the gun?”. Chair: Treasa Dunworth, Associate Professor of Law, Auckland University. Speakers: Prof Alexander Gillespie, School of Law, waikato University; Grant Bayldon, Exec Director, Amnesty International; Barry Wilson, President, Auckland Council for Civil Liberties.

Friday, September 27, 6.30pm, Spectrum Threatre, BP House, Cnr Customhouse Quay and Johnson St, Wellington

The Importance of Making Social Documentaries. An exclusive talk by award winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce followed by an special screening of his latest work on inequality in New Zealand – “Mind the Gap”. Tickets $20 each includes refreshments. Get more information

Saturday, September 28, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Albert Park Band Rotunda, Auckland

Pro-Choice Picnic, (The Quad at Auckland Uni as a rain venue if it’s really horrible). Come along and celebrate how choice is it to be pro-choice (and mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion) at our Pro-Choice Picnic. There’ll be a stall with baked goods for sale, the Pro-Choice Highway stall making an appearance, and general fun times with quite a few awesome people. We’re more than happy to discuss the current (crappy) status of abortion in New Zealand law and how you can help us reform it. Brought to you by Auckland Pro-Choice People, Pro-Choice Highway, ALRANZ and our friends and supporters. BYO picnic blanket, food, (or buy from the stall), and non-alcoholic drinks. More info here on the Global Day of Action:

Wednesday, October 2, 1pm, Student Union Quad, Auckland University

“Publicly funded but privately run – who really runs the university?” Tertiary Education Union Rally and AUSA are calling for a public rally this Wednesday 2nd of October 1.00pm in the Student Union Quad.

The rally is a joint action between the TEU and AUSA to bring attention to two key issues: The lack of serious Government investment in the tertiary sector; and The disturbing centralized style of management and the attack on student democracy and academic freedom at this university. The Rally theme will be “Publicly Funded, Privately Run – Who controls the University?” Speakers: TBA PS – Free food will be available on the day.

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.

Thursday, October 10, 5pm, BECA Auditorium, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland central

5.00 pm doors open (drinks and nibbles); 5.30 pm presentations; 7.00 pm event closes. Streets for People – Learning from New York. Paul Steely White – Executive Director Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives is a non-profit organization in New York City which seeks to change New York City’s transportation priorities to encourage and increase non-polluting, safer and calmer neighborhood streets, and city-friendly travel that decreases private car use. The organisation is committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people and ensuring every New Yorker has safe public spaces in which to walk and bike and access to public transport. Paul will share his first hand experience in the revitalisation of New York for place, people and active transport and take part in a conversation on key learnings for Auckland. Transportation Alternatives:

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 October 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


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


CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW! Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc



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:

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



Protesters waddle on petroleum industry’s summit

Fact checking Elizabeth Rata

Len Brown should be ashamed – John Minto

Greens make new bid to ditch ‘Skynet’ law

The Auckland Mayoralty – it’s John Minto Vs Len Brown – See more at:

Crash victim in 12-year battle for ACC compo

Alison McCulloch: abortion in New Zealand

Mangere & Otahuhu Homes Under Threat: Kings College Spared

Tony Marryatt’s $270k payout ‘disgraceful’

Espiner: Should we fund America’s Cup?

Pam Corkery: Psst, John, don’t mention flogging crown jewels

Māori women’s voices in politics – protecting our environment and our people

By Marama Davidson – See more at:

Deep sea oil and gas drilling: not in New Zealand, not anywhere

MANA raises concerns about Vulnerable Children Bill

Wellington: Homeless and poverty issues separate mayoral candidates

Dame Anne Salmond: ‘Folly’ to keep jailing Maori youth

Denying voting rights to prisoners in New Zealand: What was Parliament thinking?

September 2013 Fightback featuring coverage of local body electoral work, perspectives for the 2014 General Election, industrial struggles, solidarity with the LGBT movement in Russia, and memories of the Russian revolution.


Inequality the Most Important Problem Facing New Zealand

Tales from the precariat: AAAP

Scripts thrown out as patients struggle to pay

Was the payment to family carers ruling really a victory? – See more at:

Beneficiary ‘impact’ demonstrates reality of Nats’ war on the poor: but will Labour under Cunliffe do any better? By Sue Bradford


Matt McCarten: Taxpayers foot bill for corporates

State Leadership in New Zealand’s Economic Development

The next financial crisis by By Wayne Hope

Axe the Copper Tax

Cunliffe moves Labour off the fence on the TPPA By Prof Jane Kelsey – See more at:

Reveal TPP negotiations, Cunliffe says

Gordon Campbell on the government’s dubious mandate for its asset sales programme


CTU: Fall in ACC levies shows harsh treatment of claims unjustified

Working Safer : H&S Reforms Announced

Brian Rudman: How about a remuneration body for the poor?

An unfair burden on workers


Dawn Raids: Television, 2005 (Documentary)

Staunch: Television, 1999 (Drama, Māori)

Today in History: September 17 Ettie Rout


“Since 1993 UNITED has been monitoring the deadly results of the building of ‘Fortress Europe’ by making a list of the refugees and migrants, who have died in their attempt of entering the ‘Fortress’ or as a result of Europe’s immigration policies. More than 17.306 deaths have been documented up to now.”



John Pilger: The West’s chemical hypocrisy on Syria – See more at:

Arab Labor Leaders Ask U.S. Workers to Oppose Bombing Syria – See more at:

Chomsky: “The Mafia Doctrine,” or the Crucial Issue for the US in Syria Is Credibility


Noam Chomsky 3 Hour Discussion on CSPAN

Forty years on, much of Allende’s dream has come true – The United States no longer has the same hegemonic stranglehold over countries within Latin America.

Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet

‘Follow the Money’: NSA Spies on International Payments

Beyond the Economic Crisis: The Crisis In Trade Unionism by Sam Gindin

Slavoj Žižek Speaks At Occupy Wall Street: Transcript

2 Monkeys Were Paid Unequally; See What Happens Next


The jerks got away with it! 5 years after economic collapse, they’re still smiling

Reich: Inequality approaching a tipping point

Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg – An Economy For The 1%

David Harvey interview: The importance of postcapitalist imagination

Why Karl Marx was right – Lee Sustar explains why mainstream economists are referring to Karl Marx in discussions of the world economy–and why they won’t talk about the whole Marx.

David Harvey – Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism


The First World Is Destroying the Third World Through Climate Change

The 5 stages of climate denial are on display ahead of the IPCC report


Russell Brand and the GQ awards: ‘It’s amazing how absurd it seems’

Mischa Hiller brings Palestinian heroes alive in stylish spy thriller

Springsteen’s Tribute to Victor Jara—Forty Years After He Was Killed in the Chilean Coup


Racism in the ranks – Are Victorian police biased against people of particular ethnic backgrounds? A chorus of voices is speaking out about racism and the force is taking steps to tackle the problem.

The Racist Bully In The Pacific

Refugee shock over Aussie role in Chile coup


‘CP Rail, CP Fail’ say Calgary residents following another oil train derailment in the city

Interview with L Bonin and F Levesque-Nicol on the Quebec Student Strike


Remembering Chile’s 9/11: democracy’s final triumph over General Pinochet


Rich Tales: On China’s rich list, billions beyond compare


Uncovering The Buried Story Of The Cuban Five


Egypt After the Clampdown – Life here has shrunk politically, geographically and socially, with the vast majority of the public high on fascistic nationalism.

The Egyptian Military and the 2011 Revolution

The cruel optimist: Haytham Mohamadeen is not happy. He has caught — or rather, been given — a cold. “It was the district attorney who did it!” he proclaims, nasally. The labor lawyer and activist was pulled off a microbus on his way to Suez…


Greek crisis: Mass strikes over civil servant job cuts

Greeks protest against Golden Dawn attack on Communists – Thousands demonstrate in Athens after supporters of neo-Nazi party leave nine seriously injured amid fears of civil war


Workers Unions in Jakarta march for better wages


Teachers resist neoliberal attacks

Mexican Teachers’ Massive Strikes Crescendo to a Showdown – See more at:

What Greece’s and Mexico’s teachers have in common


Fijian sugar workers face threats, intimidation

Tribute to the ‘female Pied Piper’ of Pacific nuclear justice


Israel Refuses To Ratify Treaty Barring Chemical Weapons

Oxfam: Israel Is Responsible For “Two Decades Of Obstruction And Broken Promises” – See more at:

Slow death……The collective punishment of Gaza has reached a critical stage

Tale of Two Cities: Ramallah, Gaza and the Identity Crisis

Under lockdown: Palestinians in Gaza fear the worst


Philippine Activists Fightback Against Corporate and Military Forces


A Week in August in South Africa – The Factions in COSATU, Economic Fear-Mongering and the State We’re In by Leonard Gentle


Catalonia: Huge pro-independence ‘human chain’ sharpens crisis – See more at:

Sister Teresa Forcades: Europe’s most radical nun


The novelist vs. the revolutionary: My own Syrian debate

In Syria, Follow the Money to Find the Roots of the Revolt


Struggle for imprisoned Thai labour activist continues


Tunisian union calls general strike after detention of journalist


In Turkey, the Protests Continue


Terry Bell: A world of fragmentation, infighting — & hope

Defending immigration in the age of austerity

Why labour law reform will be at the heart of the next general election

The coalition has overseen a vicious circle of declining wages, the growth of zero-hours contracts and social inequality


The American Way of Poverty: As Inequality Hits Record High, Sasha Abramsky on the Forgotten Poor

Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy

An Open Letter from 60+ Climate Justice Organizations to the AFL-CIO:

“Terrorism is Part of Our History”: Angela Davis on ’63 Church Bombing, Growing up in “Bombingham”

Larry Summers: Goldman Sacked

What’s the War About? by David Finkel

America’s Rich Are Getting Richer Even Faster Than You Thought


Job Loss at $15 an Hour: Real Problem or Big Whopper?

In Historic Move, AFL-CIO Expands Ranks With Vote to Include Non-Union, Immigrant, Low-Wage Workers

Yesterday’s Internment Camp – Today’s Labor Camp

#829Strike New York City

House of Labor Needs Repairs, Not Just New Roommates – See more at:

Tips and Poverty


More than 1000 communes registered

A Half-Year without Hugo Chávez and Critics Close In

Venezuelan Complexities

Venezuelan School Year Begins with Free Books and Laptops

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