GPJA #481 (9/10/13): What’s On / Local & International news



Saturday, October 12, 10am, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, (near the Westlynn shops), Auckland

Public Meeting “Where is New Zealand’s Asylum Seeker Policy Headed?” Panel of speakers: Green MP Jan Logie, Labour MP Phil Twyford, Lawyer Deborah Manning & Journalist Tracey Barnett. Hosted by the Auckland Refugee Council & to be followed by their AGM.

Monday, October 14, 7am – 8.15pm, Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland Central

Green Party: Gambling Laws are Not for Sale – A Pop-Up Installation in Aotea Square. Facebook event page:gambling

Wednesday October 16 & Thursday October 17

‘Pedalling for Papua’ comes to Wellington. Jeremy Bally from Pedalling for Papua is coming to Wellington for two amazing performances on Oct 16 & 17th. As you know, the people of West Papua have experienced ongoing human rights and environmental abuses for the last 50 years. Jeremy is traveling the world raising awareness about what’s happening in West Papua on a a 12,000-kilometre international cycling and performance tour. Raising awareness about West Papua through ukelele-based hip hop & spoken word

In early 2013, Jeremy conducted a series of interviews with members of the West Papuan diaspora. Those interviews were recorded with permission, and have been transformed into a story of West Papua by West Papuans. Now set to original animation, their story is narrated on stage through ukulele based hip hop and spoken word. Join Jeremy for one or both of the following events (below), and please share with your networks if appropriate. Papua Merdeka!

Pedalling for Papua – Wellington, Wednesday 16 October, 7pm, 19 Tory St

Entry by koha.

VicIDS Performance: Pedalling for Papua Excerpts, Thursday 17 October, 5:15pm, CO304, Victoria University of Wellington. Excerpts from full performance. Free entry, fairtrade tea and coffee provided.

Find out more about Jeremy’s journey at:

Pedalling for Papua Facebook Page

Pedalling for Papua Twitter feed

Media release:

Thursday, October 17, 6pm, St John’s Presbyterian Church, 422 Mt. Albert Rd, Mt. Roskill, Auckland

remebering the life and martyrdom of Fr fausto “Pops” Tentorio, PIME. Fr Fausto Tentorio was a Catholic priest murdered in the Phillippines in 2011, apparently because of his strong stand for Catholic Social teaching. He took a stand with the indigenous people to help them protect their ancestral domain and human rights from the loggers, land grabbers and mining corporations.See:

For further information contact: Rev. Kyoung Gyun Han (09) 6206726 / 021977158, Asian Ministries Co-ordinator, Presbytarian Church, Aotearoa/NZ.

Cameron Walker 0212949254, Auckland Philippines Solidarity

Saturday, October 19, 7pm, St Heliers Bay Community Church, 100 St Heliers Bay Rd, Auckland

Amnesty International Remuera Film Fundraiser ‘No Fire Zone’. ‘No Fire Zone’ is a documentary, told by the people who lived through it, about the final brutal months of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009, in which thousands of Tamil people were killed. Since then, the Sri Lankan authorities have tried to create an image of human rights progress. Instead torture, crushing of dissent & disappearances are an everyday reality. The film shocks & informs & is particularly relevant as Sri Lanka hosts the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in November. Admission is $20 (eftpos available) & a light supper is included in the price. Vanushi Walters, a Sri Lankan human rights lawyer will speak briefly after the film. Contact: Jeanette Miller 521 2050, Christine Brett 576 1235.

Sunday, October 20, 7pm, The Capitol Cinema, 610 Dominion Rd, Balmoral, Auckland

Film Premiere ‘The Battle of the Sexes’. When: 7pm to collect tickets and a drink. 7.30 start. A captivating documentary on Billie Jean King’s eponymous historic game to fight for sexual equality. “A look at the events leading up to the 1973 tennis match between retired men’s champ Bobby Riggs and the current women’s Wimbledon winner Billie Jean King.” IMDb Brought to New Zealand by The Auckland Women’s Centre. Cost: $20 per ticket or $25 per ticket including an icecream or glass of wine. Tickets are available from: Auckland Women’s Centre info Ph: 376 3227 ext 201 or The Women’s Bookstore, 105 Ponsonby Rd Ph: 376 4399. For more info please contact Sophie Richmond, Fundraising Coordinator & Funding Administrator, Auckland Women’s Centre, 6/4 Warnock St, Grey Lynn, Auckland. Ph: 376 3227

Tuesday, October 29, 7pm, Kennedy Room, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby

Restoring social cohesion; reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act in New Zealand. The History of Social Security – Michael Belgrave is Professor of History at Massey University’s Albany Campus. He has written widely on the history of the welfare state and on New Zealand social policy. Over the last two decades he has also provided extensive research for the Waitangi Tribunal and for claimants and is currently involved in the historical aspects of treaty settlement negotiations. A Future for Welfare. What are the issues? – Associate Professor Grant Duncan completed a PhD at the University of Auckland, and has worked at Massey University’s Albany campus (Auckland) since 1993. He teaches in the politics program, primarily in the areas of public policy and political theory. He is an active commentator on public affairs in New Zealand. This seminar will be chaired by Jacinda Ardern MP, with closing remarks from Sue Moroney MP. It would help us plan if you registered your interest here.

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. The speaker, a Distinguished Fellow at the Law School at The University of Auckland, argues that the gross inequality in income and wealth which besets New Zealand is the outcome of the neo-liberal economic measures of the mid- 1980s and early 1990s and the culture of liberal individualism and unfettered free market ideology which it spawned. A breakdown in social cohesion and a sense of community is the result. Reforms to counter this inequality are widely mooted. But increasing focus and discussion on the topic is confronted by a plethora of mantras and myths purveyed by the rich and powerful. The stimulus for change is deadened. The speaker advances a strategy designed to provide a coherent impetus to reduce the rank inequality that now prevails.

Friday, November 2 to Saturday November 3, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Auckland

MARXISM 2013: Socialist Aotearoa conference on the State of unions; liberation struggles; the future of Mana, NZ’s rebel history; marx, Lenin, Zizek and Chomsky.

Saturday, November 30, 8pm, Sudio on Krd, Karangahape Rd, Auckland

Mana Up Fundraiser with House of Shem, Three Houses Down, Tyree, Tribal Connections, MC Hazaduz, Te Hamua Nikora, Natural T, Envioso, DJ Poroufessor.

Tuesday, December 10, 5.30pm, Mt Eden Village Centre, cnr Ngaururohe St and Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden

Book Launch: Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand became nuclear free. Speakers: George Armstrong, Claudia Pond Eyley, Bunny McDiarmid. Music: Caitlin Smith. RSVP for catering purposes: annie.newman@sfwu


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



Had enough of the secrecy of the TPPA negotiations? So have a number of prominent Kiwi actors, musicians and commentators. They have made a video that airs on TVNZ Breakfast and TV3 Firstline on Tuesday 1 October

calling for the government to release the TPPA text – and urging you to sign the petition to the PM now. View the video and sign the petition on Let’s make it snowball. Text, tweet, email, facebook to at least five of your friends and get them to pass it on … Together we can force the TPPA out into the daylight.


GET FREE is a call to action. A call against the reckless expansion of fossil fuel extraction in the lands and waters of Aotearoa New Zealand. GET FREE is a call for groups and individuals who want a future based on clean energy free of the harms of dirty energy and climate change. GET FREE is a call for New Zealanders to uphold their right to protest as an essential democratic freedom. GET FREE is a call to reclaim NZ’s integrity and independence and to break free from the influence of those who are now pulling New Zealand in a direction that risks our oceans, our land and our good name in the world. GET FREE is yours, it’s all of ours. Use it. Get Active and GET FREE!


Ours is a biologically complex and exquisite planet. Caring, informed people now accept that a healthy sustainable environment is integral to all life and that our future depends on having genuine sustainability as our core goal.

Today, most scientists believe critical “thresholds” are upon us, that the consequences are likely to be disastrous and irreversible if we do not make urgent fundamental changes. In this respect the links between climate change, current fossil fuel extraction and combustion, and a stable economy are deeply concerning. So far, New Zealand has failed to truly face up to such unprecedented threats to its security.

We, the undersigned, therefore call on the New Zealand parliament to face up to the situation and forthwith, dispassionately assess the risks in the following five priority areas*and from those recommendations, design cross-party policies to avert any confirmed threats to give future generations the very best chance of security, peace, social justice and opportunity.

1. Economic security: the risk of a sudden, deepening, or prolonged financial crisis.

2. Energy and climate security: the risk of continuing our heavy dependence on fossil fuels.

3. Business continuity: the risk exposure of all New Zealand business, including farming, to a lower carbon economy.

4. Ecological security: the risks associated with failing to genuinely protect both land-based and

marine ecosystems and their natural processes.

5. Genuine well-being: the risk of persisting with a subsidised, debt-based economy, preoccupied with maximising consumption and GDP.

* for further explanation on these five, refer to “The Appeal” on this website

Please add your name to the Appeal to be formally presented to parliament, and your comments for other Kiwis to read.

I support a National Risk Assessment of the five subjects identified in the Appeal for a wise political response to our deteriorating world.”


During the later months of 1913 New Zealand society was rocked to its foundations by a bitter industrial dispute involving some 16,000 workers, massive demonstrations and a wave of violence on a scale that arguably, has yet to be matched. The series of spontaneous strikes, known as the Great Strike of 1913, stretched across New Zealand and reached almost all corners of society. When work returned to normal in December and January, the strike had cost employers around £1,000,000 and labour relations in the country had been changed forever.

To mark the centenary of this profoundly transformative episode in our history, the Labour History Project Inc. (LHP)—a non-profit national organisation to research, preserve, present and celebrate New Zealand’s labour history—alongside a number of unions, local bodies, and culture and heritage institutions, have organised a range of exciting projects.

Wellington guided walks of the key sites of struggle; an interactive website featuring digitised archival records and photography; People’s History walks on the strike and other aspects of New Zealand’s past; an exhibition at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea; as well as talks by prominent labour historians, are just some of the events planned for the 1913 Strike Centennial. To find out more, please explore the projects in the left-hand menu.

October 15 2013 Looking for Māori in the Maoriland Worker, 1910-1914: ‘tatau tatau’ vs ‘half-caste Māori’ scabs (Cybèle Locke). 5.30pm at the National Library, corner Molesworth & Aitken St

October 22 2013 Reds & Wobblies: working-class radicalism & the state 1915-25 (Jared Davidson). 5.30pm at the National Library, corner Molesworth & Aitken St

During and after the First World War, the New Zealand Government enforced a strict censorship regime due to fears of political and industrial unrest. ‘Reds & Wobblies’ highlights these actions, and discusses the working-class radicalism that caused such fears – from the ashes of Joe Hill to the deportation of Noel Lyons.

October 29 2013 Dreadnoughts, picture palaces and revolutionists: 1913, Wellington and the World (Peter Clayworth). 5.30pm at the National Library, corner Molesworth & Aitken St

November 5 2013 Flashpoint of history – 1913 strike. 12pm street event starting at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queen’s Wharf.

November 12 2013 What happened to them afterwards – Savage, Fraser, Freyberg, Cullen? (Mark Derby). 5.30pm at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queen’s Wharf.

November 19 2013 1913: still relevant after all these years? (Jim McAloon, Melanie Nolan, MUNZ & RMTU). 5.30pm at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Queen’s Wharf. A packed night of talks, introduced by LHP Chair Jim McAloon. Featuring a talk by leading labour historian Melanie Nolan, and presentations by MUNZ (The New Zealand waterfront in 2013: back to the future?) and the RMTU (Development of solidarity on the waterfront since 1913).


You can access the nomination form online at (Word) or

cafca Nominations close on October 31, 2013. Please note that Fonterra is not eligible



Labour reaffirms support for unions’ agenda

More investment needed in tertiary education

Video on Demand Now Available Of Wellington’s TICS Bill Public Meeting – See more at:

TV Review: The Vote 56% losing faith in Police By Martyn Bradbury – See more at:

Brian Rudman: Infallibility myth puts too many behind bars

Big Brother knows all your personal details

The government is watching you

Hone Harawira sets the agenda for a united Mana Maori Party

Alan Cocker: No, minister, this isn’t good enough

Why I can’t vote Len Brown and why the City Rail Link is a false promise By Martyn Bradbury

Transgender Prisoner Rights Issues

Key under fire over expat welfare

Mother caregiver wins case for payment

Doing Less, For Fewer – National’s policies on refugees are an exercise in cost-cutting and officialese by Murdoch Stephens

How National Learnt to Hate Young People

Greenpeace Candlelight Vigil Outside Russian Embassy

Stars join fight to free Kiwi activists

Govt must ‘speak out’ over Kiwis facing piracy charges

Cuban ambassador in town to promote good relations

Laying the intellectual smackdown—interview with Ruthie_A

A Labour-Led Govt Must Reform Its 2007 Immigration Act By Matt Robson

Auckland students occupy office over university changes

The NZ Digital Bill of Rights By Martyn Bradbury – See more at:

Cunliffe’s first 100 days By Martyn Bradbury

Injured carpenter laments ‘profit-driven’ ACC

Kerre McIvor: $3b windfall was no accident

ACC shirking, says injured woman

Former Welly advocate fires up ACC protest

120 years of Women’s Suffrage celebrated in Auckland

Memorial to suffragettes marks 120 years


School health centre hubs ‘will help fight poverty

Bosses’ pay rises outpace workers’

More market madness

Family poverty damages teens


Crony Capitalism and Chorus

Wake-up call to National as 5000 sign TPPA petition in 3 day

TVNZ: Obama’s APEC absence could scuttle trade deal, says critic

It’s Our Future NZ – TPPA News Bulletin #40: Important Update, 5 October

Multinationals ‘find tax optional’ – Labour

Regulator accused of Sky TV cop-out

Hidden trade agendas are a worry


David Cunliffe: Minimum and Living Wage Pledge

CTU report finds over 635,000 New Zealand workers in insecure work

More Kiwis feel insecure about work -study

“Under Pressure” – A video interview with CTU President Helen Kelly

Kentucky Fried Chicken bowed to public pressure

The Parliament cleaners living on $14 an hour Read more:

Super City elections 2013: Living wage gets a big tick

Filipino workers in debt to loan sharks

CTU Supports Intention of New Immigration Law

Statistics show Government action needed on gender pay gap

Aussie wages higher because of strong collective bargaining

Unions Respond to Review of Retirement Income

Len Brown’s sudden love for a Living Wage By John Minto – See more at:

In Praise of Every Day Defiance By Tali Williams – See more at:



“Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.” – Eugene Victor Debs

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” – Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, from the Irish writer-poet’s 1891 essay, “The Soul of Man Under Socialism

“Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Wherever death may surprise us, let it be welcome, provided that this, our battle cry, may have reached some receptive ear and another hand may be extended to wield our weapons and other men be ready to intone the funeral dirge with the staccato singing of the machine-guns and new battle cries of war and victory.” Che Guevara (Killed 9 October 2007)



Terror: The Hidden Source

The Politics of Inequality in North America By Wayne Hope – See more at:

John Pilger: The party game is over. Stand and fight

Glenn Greenwald on Snowden, NSA, GCHQ and Spying – Must Watch – Video – BBC Newsnight – Full Interview.

The most embarrassing news interview ever

Noam Chomsky: The Obama Doctrine

For scientists in a democracy, to dissent is to be reasonable – Government policy in Britain, Canada and Australia is crushing academic integrity on behalf of corporate power

Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

Q and A: The modern day heroes of investigative journalism – John Pilger discusses the role of the media in the contemporary context of whistleblowers and war.

Big Bro Wants You

Obama’s Rendition Operation in Libya: It’s Like President George W. Bush Got a Fourth Term

Noam Chomsky | On Shutdown, Waning US Influence, Syrian Showdown


Winston Churchill’s shocking use of chemical weapons – The use of chemical weapons in Syria has outraged the world. But it is easy to forget that Britain has used them – and that Winston Churchill was a powerful advocate for them

Nixon and Kissinger’s Forgotten Genocide


Five Years in Economic Limbo by Joseph Stiglitz

TPP = Corporate Power Tool of the 1%

PM urged to ensure New Zealanders’ health not signed away

From Pension Fund Socialism to Pension Fund Capitalism?

DEBATE: KARL MARX WAS RIGHT – Capitalism post-2008 is falling apart under the weight of its own contradictions

World Bank Whistleblower Reveals How The Global Elite Rule The World – See more at:

Five years after the economic meltdown: Riches for some, poverty for the rest

Bernanke, banking crashes and recessions


LAST HOURS FOR HUMANITY?: The film documents how our planet has experienced five major extinctions in geologic history and how our prolific production of greenhouse gases has the ability to trigger a sixth mass extinction.

Protests around world over jailed Greenpeace activists

John Bellamy Foster: The epochal crisis — the combined capitalist economic and planetary ecological crises

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, The Age of Inhuman Scale

Oceans turning Acid, Lifeless faster than any time in 300 million Years from Human CO2 Emissions

Why Climate Deniers Are Plain Wrong – Video

From Caspian Sea to Arctic to Middle East, How Oil Pipelines Threaten Democracy & Planet’s Survival


Book Review – Cloudy Sunday by Michael Kyriazopoulos

Kirill Medvedev’s Personable Provocations

Film Review: A Touch of Sin

Taking on Capitalism, U.S. Torture & Dictatorships, Costa-Gavras on Decades of Political Filmmaking


“Imperialism & Fundamentalism Have Joined Hands”: Malalai Joya on 12 Years of U.S.-Led Afghan War

Karzai Lashes Out Over Civilian Deaths

RAWA: Independence, the first condition for the prosperity of our homeland and people


West Papuan human rights tragedy mocked by new Australian PM

Denying rights for Kiwis not fair dinkum

Call for relief for struggling Kiwis in Australia


West’s Damning Silence Over Bahrain By Finian Cunningham – The despotic Khalifa rulers with their fancy titles have only managed to maintain their unnatural position of privilege through a system of persecution and state terrorism against the majority of Bahrainis.

Bank profits back to pre-crisis levels ($1 billion in three months)!


Bolivian Women’s Groups Demand Decriminalization of Abortion


‘Castrocare’ Divides Doctors In Cuba, Brazil

Massive Indigenous Rights Movement Launches Across Brazil


UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People to visit, investigate Canada Oct 7 to 15, 2013

Ontario minimum wage workers on the rise, study finds

‘Idle No More’ not going away, supporters say


Free Wu Guijun, Defend the Worker’s Right to Strike! Please Co-sign and Support!


Torture victim at pro-Morsi sit-in retracts charges against Brotherhood supporters, says accusations trumped up by police

Egypt’s ‘revolution’ is over as people accept imposition of military rule

What Happened to Egypt’s Liberals After the Coup?

More repression in Egypt during ‘Army Day’ protests on Oct 6

Blast from the past for Egyptian dissidents – Mass arrests and jail without charge hark back to Hosni Mubarak’s rule, protesters say.

Dark Clouds Over the Sinai – The military’s brutal North Sinai campaign is targeting civilians and militants alike.

Egyptian Author and Activist – Ahdaf Soueif – She is part of a movement trying to re-open the road to revolution. But is it too late?


170 participate in Gujarat’s first-ever LGBT parade


Students protest cuts in third-level education

Junior doctors explain the reasons behind today’s strike


Nuclear Engineer: Japan’s PM “Lying to the Japanese People” About Safety of Fukushima


Kampong Hakka -– when 100 years of community residence does not matter

Huge rally in Malaysia, free PSM 6 campaign grows

Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation sparks fresh anger in Malaysia


Largest teachers’ union actions in history win moral victory, struggle continues


The Norwegian prison where inmates are treated like people


Fiji, democracy, and superpower politics: a conversation with Maikolo Horowitz

Forces ‘intimidate’ Papuan students in Bali

Mass spying: how the US stamps its supremacy on the Pacific region – The US is keen to convince its Pacific friends to fear a spy-friendly Beijing. The irony? Washington’s spying network is far more widespread than anything coming from the Chinese


Students storm Gaza’s Rafah crossing gate

Israel stifles Palestinian growth, says World Bank

Will Western churches fight injustice in Holy Land?


Million People March to bring call vs ‘pork’ to Makati on Oct 4 Read more:




Raymond Suttner: ‘The ANC-SACP-COSATU alliance has sold its soul’

Very little ‘sunshine’ for workers


Attack on language rights provokes indefinite teachers’ strike, citizens’ revolt

The Story of Marinaleda, the Communist Village Against the World


A Few Referenda Ideas that Just Might Succeed


The Snowden files: why the British public should be worried about GCHQ

The Daily Mail may not realise, but Marxists are patriots – The traducing of Ralph Miliband is a reminder of how far we now are from understanding socialism

The Ralph Miliband I knew embodied the British values the Daily Mail rejects

The Daily Mail knows all about ‘hate’

‘Company A’: the telecom that coached the FBI on how to spy on me – As a reporter, I’ve had firsthand experience of how government agencies get phone company metadata without court warrants

Anti-drones protesters who broke into RAF base are praised by judge


Judge Orders Angola 3’s Herman Wallace Released From Prison

Is Obamacare Enough? Without Single-Payer, Patchwork U.S. Healthcare Leaves Millions Uninsured

Tea Party radicalism is misunderstood: Meet the “Newest Right”

The Shame of Our Prisons: New Evidence


Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity

McDonald’s worker arrested after telling company president she can’t afford shoes

7 signs America has regressed — to the 19th century – Workers aren’t unionized, and some pols are now advocating child labor. It’s like the U.S. has gone back in time


Giap: the General Who Defeated the US in Vietnam, by Chris Ray

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