GPJA #488 (1 of 2): WAIHOPAI PROTESTS JAN 24-26


January 24-26, 2014


Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. It has no proper oversight or control from our Government. Basically it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars and America’s cynical manipulation of business and diplomatic affairs.

Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc

Saturday, January 25, 10am, Nativity Church Hall, 76 Alfred St, Blenheim

Blenheim public meeting on the morning of Saturday January 25th, on the wider issues of spying, to put Waihopai into context. We see this as a continuation of the 2013 protests and meetings about the infamous GCSB Bill (and its companion TICS Bill). SPIES AND LIES

WAIHOPAI AND GLOBAL SPYING. Speakers at that public meeting will be Steffan Browning MP, John Minto and Warren Thomson.

ABC. Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand. abc / /



Guy Standing, author of The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class in 2011 who spoke at several events in New Zealand early this year, is coming back to NZ in February 2014. His new book A Precariat Charter: From Denizens to Citizens is due to be published in April 2014. See here. This will focus more on ‘what can be done’. As you know the CTU also published a document on insecure work in October and that included recommendations for action. A number of events are being organised (details still being finalised) including:

· Monday 24th February, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. hosted by University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology.

· A seminar in Wellington on Wednesday 26th February (time to be confirmed)

· Discussion and brief presentation in afternoon of CTU National Affiliates Council at our 27th February meeting in Wellington

· Social event Friday late afternoon/evening in Wellington.


Two Wellingtonians and a Christchurch resident have won the first annual “Another World is Possible” essay competition. The competition was organized by the Labour History Project, to emulate a similar event held a hundred years earlier by Walter Nash, then a labour organizer and later a popular prime minister. Mark Derby, organiser of the “Another World is Possible” competition, says it aimed “to inspire debate on alternative futures”. A total of more than 40 entries from throughout the country were received, remarkably similar to the number who entered the original competition a century ago. The oldest entrant was aged over 90, the youngest 17. A panel of three judges – Victoria University historian Cybele Locke, political commentator and trade unionist Matt McCarten, and journalist Jeremy Rose – assessed the entries anonymously, and independently of each other. Derby says, “The judges’ decisions were fairly unanimous, but they tempered their admiration with criticisms. Entrants had very different ideas about what was expected of them, and this uncertainty was reflected in the varying nature and standard of the entries.”

The overall winner, receiving the first prize of $500 cash, was Ciaran Doolin of Christchurch. One judge said this entry “hinged on a vision of how powerful participatory democracy of ordinary people could be”. Second prize winner, receiving $250, was Jane Blaikie of Wellington. A judge commented that Jane’s was “a deeply moving, personal story that gave real clout to the vision of freeing the poor.”

The youth (under 18) winner was 17-year-old Wellington schoolgirl Daisy Cadigan. Reading Daisy’s entry, said one judge, meant having “eyes opened to a brave new world where diversity and equality were not exclusive terms.”

The three winning essays appear below. The Labour History Project hopes to repeat this competition annually.

Ciaran Doolin’s essay can be downloaded here.

Jane Blaikie’s essay can be downloaded here.

Daisy Cadigan’s essay can be downloaded here.

For more information, contact: anotherworld Labour History Project, PO Box 27425, Marion Square, Wellington

Bert Roth Award for labour history: The family of the late Bert Roth, the doyen of New Zealand labour historians and a witty, wise and generous archivist-activist, has given the Labour History Project approval to use his name for a new annual award. For details go to



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