GPJA #483: Sat Nov 16 – Day of action against rape culture!



Auckland: Queen Street, 12:30pm, [Facebook event:]

Hamilton: Garden Plac, 7.30pm

Palmerston North: The Square 2pm [Facebook event:]

Wellington: The Bucket Fountain, Cuba Mall, 2.00pm, BYO Placards, noise makers. [Facebook event:]

Nelson: Friday 8.30pm Church Steps, Trafalgar Street, Nelson

Christchurch: Bridge of Remembrance, 12pm. [Facebook event:]

Dunedin: Museum Lawn, Dunedin, 11am-1pm [Facebook event:


PSNA Members, You don’t need me to tell you about the utter catastrophe that has just devastated the central Philippines. It is receiving unprecedented saturation coverage in the NZ media (which shows just how bad it is, because the NZ media usually ignore the Philippines). This was a storm like no other, with wind speeds higher than ever before recorded and a storm surge that was basically a tsunami. The Filipino people continue to pay the ultimate price for global climate change. And the situation is made much worse by the unjust structure of Philippine society. In recent days media reports have described it as “an impoverished country”. On the contrary, it is a very rich country, with a huge number of very poor people.

The Philippines suffers from criminal, wilful negligence by local and central government – they do not build or maintain infrastructure to control floods and provide protection from storms, so this catastrophe has caused massive loss of life and damage, impacting most on the poor. A lack of care by the ruling class rich for the vast majority who are the poor; institutionalised corruption; and skewed priorities, whereby the military gets the lion’s share of the national budget, mean that millions of Filipinos are left exposed and in harm’s way. PSNA is not a relief agency or a development agency but we can’t stand idly by while poor Filipinos suffer in huge numbers. If you wish to donate, do so via PSNA and our good friends at Christian World Service will transmit the money to the National Council of Churches of the Philippines for us, in one lump sum (doing it that way means that none of the money raised has to be spent on the extortionate international money transfer fees charged by banks). You can send your donation by cheque to: PSNA, Box 2450, Christchurch 8140. Accompany it with a note saying “disaster appeal”, and include your e-mail address, so that we can acknowledge it. Or you can deposit your donation directly into PSNA’s bank account: Philippines Solidarity Network, Kiwibank, 155 The Terrace, Wellington. 389000 0792619 00 Include your name and “disaster donation”. And please e-mail us, at this address, to tell us that you’ve made the deposit, so that we can look out for it online.

This is no mere academic exercise for me. My in-laws live in the Philippines and my wife Becky is currently there with them (she has e-mailed me distressingly graphic details from Philippine media coverage). Fortunately they all live just outside Manila, so they weren’t hit by the storm (well, not by the full murderous force of it). The immediate family are all OK but in the wider family I have a brother-in-law who is from one of the worst affected islands and, last I heard, he couldn’t get hold of his family to see if they’re OK. And we have friends in Auckland whose family lived in Tacloban City, which was absolutely decimated, and they have no idea if any of their family has survived. Once again the long suffering Philippine people, through no fault of their own, need the help of their foreign friends. Speaking as a resident of a city that was very glad indeed to be helped by our foreign friends when catastrophe struck Christchurch in 2011, I know how much these practical gestures of international solidarity are appreciated.

Murray Horton, Secretary, PSNA

Saturday, November 23, 8am-1pm, 11 Tableau Plce, Totaravale
Auckland Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan victims : Garage sale, yummy food and live music. To donate go to


This is by postal ballot so you need to be on your local electoral roll at your current address for the information and voting papers to be sent to you. Make sure you and your family are enrolled to have a say in Keeping Our Assets. If you have moved house since the last election and have not re-enrolled you need to do so. Enrolments close on Thurs 21 Nov 2013. Go to, call 0800 36 76 56, or get a form from your local Post shop or branch of Auckland Libraries.


A new book by Maire Leadbeater, published by University of Otago Press ( November 2013. The following events are being held to launch this book and to celebrate our nuclear free movement.

Dunedin – Nov. 14

Hosts: Otago University Press and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. 5.30–7.30 pm, 14 November 2013, University Union, Main Common Room, 660 Cumberland Street, Dunedin. RSVP ESSENTIAL. publicity

Wellington – Nov 20

Hosts Wellington Activist Coalition and Otago University Press. 6pm, 20 November 2013. St John’s Hall, Cnr Dixon and Willis Streets, Wellington. RSVP by 15 November to: artwork

Christchurch – Nov 25

Hosts: Anti-Bases Campaign, the Disarmament and Security Centre and Otago University Press . 6.30 pm 25 November 2013, Knox Church Bealey Avenue, Christchurch. RSVP: abc
Nelson – Nov 27

Elma Turner Library 27 Halifax St, Nelson. Book talk – Wednesday 27 Nov, 12.30-2. Maire Leadbeater on her new book ‘Peace, Power and Politic: How New Zealand became Nuclear Free’ and Nelson’s role in the movement to make New Zealand nuclear free.

Auckland – December 10

Hosts: Auckland Labour History Group and Otago University Press. 5.30–7.30 pm 10 December 2013. Mt Eden Village Centre, 449 Mt Eden Road, Auckland. Speakers: George Armstrong, Claudia Pond Eyley, Bunny Mcdiarmid. Music: Caitlin Smith. (Hall entrance is off Ngauruhoe St, behind historic church). RSVP: annie.newman


Thursday, November 14, 7pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Film Screening: HABANASTATION. On December 6-13 2013, Quito, Ecuador will be hosting the WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND STUDENTS, where 5 Kiwis are going along to participate. The World Festival of Youth and students highlights our journey in our international struggle against imperialism. And continues the struggle from years into our common goal by tightening our forces and struggles into a wider festival, under an anti-imperialist slogan for the liberation and freedom of the peoples. It is a week of workshops, panels, discussions, cultural exchanges and will also be home to the Anti-Imperialist Court. We invite to our film fundraiser on Thursday November 14 for the screening of Habanastation. A Cuban film by Ian Padron(2011). It’s name derived from PlayStation as the film follows the relationship of two young boys from the two extremes of the economic spectrum. For more info: $10 on the door(or koha if you’re strapped). Doors from 7pm, film starts at 7:30 SHARP. Film is in Español with English subtitles. Stick around for a cuppa tea and some biccies afterwards.

Friday, November 15, 12.30-2.30pm, Oxfam, Level 1, 14 West St, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021
Join Amnesty International and Oxfam New Zealand for a special lunchtime session with photographer Vlad Sokhin as he takes us on a journey through PNG. Vlad Sokhin is a documentary photographer whose work documents social, environmental and cultural issues around the world, often in post-conflict and disaster zones. In this special 2 hour presentation he will share images and experiences of his time in PNG, covering issues such as Violence Against Women, LGBTI Rights, Police Brutality, Forced Evictions and Sorcery Attacks. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. Vlad’s work has been published in a wide range of newspapers and magazines including the International Herald Tribune, National Geographic Traveller, Le Monde, Paris Match, Marie Claire, The Independent and many others. This lunchtime session will give you the opportunity to see the images up close and hear the stories behind them. Visit Vlad’s website for a taster. Then hit reply by Thursday 14 November to let us know you’ll be there. Bring your own lunch and we’ll supply the drinks and sweet stuff. There is no cost for this event. Places are limited. RSVP today!

Friday, November 15, 6.30pm, People’s Cinema, 57 Manners St, Wellington
Film Screening and Discussion on the Bogey of the ‘Boat People’. the Freedom Shop will be hosting a showing of the ABC documentary ‘No Advantage: Inside Australia’s Offshore Processing Centres’ followed by a discussion on migration policy and practice in general. Just last month people around the world mourned the tragedy of Lampedusa when several hundred people drowned after their boat capsized only a few hundred metres off the coast of the Italian Island. But deaths at sea of people seeking asylum should not be news. Hundreds of people seeking asylum have already drowned in the Mediterranean and hundreds have drowned in the waters between Indonesia and Australia. Just the week before Lampedusa nearly 80 people drowned making the journey to Australia. However, instead of welcoming and assisting refugees, the focus both in Europe and this part of the world is to prevent the arrival of asylum seekers – irrespective of the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees. Australia has a particularly bad record and now has the dubious honour of practising both mandatory detention and mandatory exclusion for all asylum seekers; if the NZ National Government has its way here, we will be following suit and in the future we could also easily abolish the right to seek asylum. Come and watch ‘No Advantage: Inside Australia’s Offshore Processing Centres’, a 2013 documentary exposing the conditions inside Australia’s off-shore detention centres, and come and discuss migration practice and policy. Note: This film was originally scheduled to be shown in June but had to be cancelled at short notice.

Monday, November 18, 5.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Gey Lynn
Closing the Gap in Auckland: Come and hear: Max Rashbrooke, editor of Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis, on the growing gap between rich and poor. First Union’s Ed Miller on food security. Living Wage campaign coordinator Annie Newman on the latest campaign developments. The meeting is organised by Auckland Closing the Gap, the Auckland, Labour History Group and the Working Women’s Resource Centre, Closing the Gap is a network of activists dedicated to reducing inequalities in New Zealand and creating a fairer, more equal country. Come along and help us to start close some of those gaps.

Friday, November 22, 7.30 – 11pm, Where: Galatos (off K Rd, Newton) Auckland
The Sea Shepherd Fundraiser for 2013 with Te Radar as MC for the evening, music by Tama Waipara, Hopetoun Brown & more. Plus a performance by Jahra Rager. Captain Peter Hammarstedt from the Sea Shepherd ship ‘Bob Barker’ will be speaking along with our very own dolphin defender & conservationist Christine Rose. Canapes by Divine Foods. Live and silent auctions with some great items you can check out at our fundraiser website: Tickets are limited. Get them from Eventfinda or our Sea Shepherd NZ page: For more info please contact Michael Lawry, Coordinator Sea Shepherd NZ Ph: 021 747861

Saturday, November 23, 8am-1pm, 11 Tableau Plce, Totaravale
Auckland Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan victims : Garage sale, yummy food and live music. To donate go to

Saturday, November 23, 2.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland
Invitation to the Peace Movement Aotearoa Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be followed by a preliminary update on the initial World War One (WWI) discussion meetings with peace groups and communities around the country to share common concerns about the government’s WWI centenary programme and to develop a range of alternatives to it – further information about the discussion meetings is available below this notice and online at pma

Monday, November 25, 6.30pm, Alice’s Cinema, Tuam & High Sts, Christchurch
5 Broken Cameras, a Palestinian film by Emad Burnat, nominated for a 2013 Academy Award. A Palestinian farmer is given a video camera which he uses to record the ongoing non-violent popular resistance of his village, Bil’in , to the IDF (Israeli army) to the ongoing expansion of the Wall, stealing village land and water sources. The IDF smashes his camera; he manages to get another & continue filming. The Guardian , in its review, said that 5 Broken Cameras “gives us a direct experience of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness. But it isn’t vindictive and has a sense of destiny.” Martin and Lois Griffiths went to Bil’in on an October 2012 Friday to witness events and found themselves caught up in a tear gas barrage. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. For the latest news re Bil’in, the IDF has shot the star of the film, Emad Burnat’s brother. Tickets available at Alice’s or online

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

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!

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.
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



War Comic Script: Mainlandia Invaded in ‘Exercise Southern Katipo 2013′ – Timaru Liberated!

Why John Key should not go to Sri Lanka

Calls for Key to boycott Sri Lanka trip

Grim picture of health for intellectually disabled Kiwis

GCSB’s powers extended even further

GCSB assurance it hasn’t ‘conducted surveillance’ of me isn’t the end of the story By Keith Locke – See more at:

Anti oil-drilling flotilla bound for Tasman showdown

Protest flotilla to take on Anadarko

Fear of Maori driving seclusion rates – health provider

NZ women spending more time on unpaid work


Property rich list: MPs with most valuable land portfolios

Kids To Breakfast At Parliament

Group welcomes first reading of Mana’s Feed the Kids Bill

Policy Watch: Welcome to POLICY WATCH, the fortnightly e-newsletter from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services. POLICY WATCH (ISSN 2253-489x) provides a smorgasbord of the latest news, research reports and policy developments relevant to the core of work of NZCCSS. We endeavour to highlight issues that affect our mission “to work for a just and compassionate society in Aoteoroa New Zealand”.


Crunch Time for TPPA at Salt Lake City Meeting 19-24 November

It’s Our Future NZ TPPA News Bulletin #42 11 November 2013

Chris Trotter: “Good” Kiwi Capitalism? Only Thanks To Good Kiwi Labour! – See more at:

New Zealand/Aotearoa: Socialist solutions needed to address housing crisis

Everything you wanted to know about the Chorus deal …

More jobs but pay failing to keep up


Poorest miss out on council’s living wage

Worker exploitation investigated

Meat workers still left on the hook


Today in History: November 12 – On this day in 1912, striking-unionist Frederick George Evans was fatally wounded, becoming the first person to die during an industrial dispute in New Zealand.



‘Today, the world’s richest 1% own 40 percent of the world’s wealth. Tell me again where Karl Marx was wrong?’

“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” – Lily Tomlin (1939 – ), Actress

“I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain



Poppycock – Or Why Remembrance Rituals Make Me See Red By Robert Fisk: How come this obscene fashion appendage – inspired by a pro-war poem, for God’s sake, which demands yet further human sacrifice – still adorns the jackets and blouses of the Great and the Good? Even Tony Blair dares to wear a poppy.

The Sicilian Klan by Matthijs Krul – Founded on hostility towards peasants and workers, the mafia has always been a vicious, reactionary organization — middlemen for both landowners of the feudal era and the oligarchs of today’s capitalism.

Spying for the rich

Cannabis: The Experiment is Real


John Pilger’s first Film – Vietnam: The Quiet Mutiny (1970)

Emiliano Zapata and the Mexican revolution – Neil Faulkner looks at the rise and fall of Zapatismo: revolution from below by the common people of the countryside


The human cost of Walmart’s $5.97 t-shirt


“If Not Now, Then When?”: As Climate Talks Open in Poland, Philippines Devastated by Another Storm

Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans

Typhoon Haiyan: The Global Poor Bear the Deadly Brunt of Climate Change


The noble savage and the Toilet Club

Overt and Covert – ‘The Brothers,’ by Stephen Kinzer: Anyone wanting to know why the United States is hated across much of the world need look no farther than this book.

The Greatest Speech Ever Made – Charlie Chaplin

UK filmmaker Ken Loach: ‘There is no home but politics’

Los Angered: This new short story by Eija Hetekivi Olsson is now being used in schools in Sweden. Last year Counterfire published her In the Suburban Sauna and here we publish the first English translation of her latest work


The Scandalization of Politics: On FordLisi, HarperDuffy, and a Few Others


When a Defiant President Refuses to Go Away – Putting Egypt’s Coup on Trial


Capitalism: A Ghost Story – Rockefeller to Mandela, Vedanta to Anna Hazare…. How long can the cardinals of corporate gospel buy up our protests? By ARUNDHATI ROY

The Indian “Miracle” Video: Underneath the glittering surface of India’s economic boom lie the ugly realties of modern day India: mass suicide by debt-ridden farmers and a caste system which condemns millions to a life of servitude.


Killing Arafat – Video – Al Jazeera Investigates – A world exclusive investigation tells the inside story of the fight for the facts behind Yasser Arafat’s death.


Manila protesters demand climate action, march on US Embassy

“Stop This Madness”: Filipino Climate Chief Yeb Saño Begins Hunger Fast to Protest Global Inaction


Workers occupy TV station in battle to keep public broadcaster on air


Kurds form own administration


George Monbiot: It’s business that really rules us now – Lobbying is the least of it: corporate interests have captured the entire democratic process. No wonder so many have given up on politics

“I Won’t Back Down” – Russell Brand In Conversation With HuffPost UK’s Mehdi Hasan Video: A Brand New Politics: Here’s the full conversation between comedian, actor and activist Russell Brand and the HuffPost UK’s Mehdi Hasan.


The Untold Story of War: U.S. Veterans Face Staggering Epidemic of Unemployment, Trauma & Suicide

Bill de Blasio: harbinger of a new populist left in America

Annual American Community Survey shows New York City has the largest gap of income inequality in United States Read more:

Who are the new socialist wunderkinds of America?


Largest Civil Disobedience In Walmart History Leads To More Than 50 Arrests


Maduro, workers act to end big business’ ‘economic war’

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