GPJA #499: Two Book Launches: Tuesday – Bill McKay on Housing / Thursday – David Robie on the Pacific



Tuesday, April 22, 6.30pm Where: Room 3, Owen Glenn Building, City Campus, University of Auckland
BOOK LAUNCH, State Housing: An Active Hand in Government. Come and be enthralled by the history of state housing. Bill McKay will talk about his book ‘Beyond the State, New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern’. New Zealand’s distinctive state houses from the 1930s and ’40s are an enduring symbol of this country’s egalitarian values. Modest houses, they were built from quality materials and with an emphasis on family and community. More than seventy five years since the first state houses appeared, they are enjoying a renaissance as new generations of homeowners find ways to adapt their sturdy form for a more contemporary way of living. Beyond the State pays tribute to the New Zealand state house – and explores what it still offers us today. You may already have heard this talked about on various programmes on Radio New Zealand. Click here for one of the interviews.

Thursday, April 24, 4-6pm, AUT Library Foyer, Level 4, WA Building, City Campus, Auckland
BOOK LAUNCH: Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific Publisher: Little Island Press. Pacific Media Centre supporters are invited to the launch of PMC director Professor David Robie’s new book on the media, politics and the Pacific, with a foreword by Kalafi Moala. Guest speakers: Dr Sitiveni Ratuva and TVNZ Pacific affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver, who will launch the book.

April 25-27, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT city campus, Auckland
Militarisation in the Pacific: Women, Peace and Security. A regional meeting convened by WILPF Aotearoa. The meeting will comprise two days of information sharing through panels, workshops and presentations, and one day of work on WILPF activity in the region. Women from around the Pacific will be coming to the meeting to share information about issues, such as foreign military bases, being under military occupation, the links between globalization and militarization. It will be a great opportunity to meet our sisters from around the region and learn firsthand about issues of peace and security in the Pacific.
The programme:
Friday 25 April: 12 noon
– a welcome followed by lunch. 2.00pm – an informal information sharing session for WILPF women to speak about the situation in their country. In the evening there will be a public screening of the documentary, Noho Hewa by film maker Anne Keala Kelly. The film is about the effects of militarization and historical and ongoing colonization on Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaii.
Saturday 26 April 9.00am – 5.00pm. There will be a mixture of workshops, plenary presentations and panel discussions.
Sunday 27 April will focus on WILPF business, in particular, the 100th birthday in 2015 and the possibility of the Asia-Pacific WILPF sections working together as a regional grouping within International WILPF.
For further detail go to (The site is being regularly updated).
Registration now open via wilpfaotearoa

Sunday, April 27, 2-4pm, Thorndon School Hall, Wellington
Memorial Service. Part of the Workers Memorial Day events. We are having three events – the forestry memorial service on 27 April and the collection and procession to Parliament on 28 April to remember all workers killed at work. Plans are shaping up well for the three events to mark workers memorial day but we need some assistance from affiliates to ensure that these Wellington events are great for members from all unions.

Sunday, April 27, 10.30-12.30, Kelly Tarlton’s SeaLife Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Dr, Auckland.
You’re invited to an Election year Oceans Forum. Hear oceans experts talk about our marine challenges, and hear from political parties what they’ll do in response. Register to attend at either mauisandhectorsdolphins or on the fb event, or via ‘Eventfinda’. Entry is free but numbers are limited. It would be great to see you there and everyone is welcome.

Monday, April 28, 2 noon, Wellington Railway Station, Bunny St to Parliament
Workers Memorial Day procession

Thursday, May 1, Blackball
Damien O’Connor MP opens a new public art exhibition. Runanga Miners Hall 4.00pm. Meet and greet Damien O’Connor MP at Runanga Workingmen’s Club. Refreshments served. 7.00pm. followed by the inaugural Schools Debate Grey High School versus John Paul II: Voting is no longer relevant. Young people can make change in other ways. Runanga Workingmen’s Club 7.30-9.00pm.
Friday, May 2, Blackball
The annual Blackball versus Runanga debate: You can’t vote Labour because it means the bloody Greens could be in government. Runanga, current champions, will be arguing the affirmative. Chaired by Denise Roche, MP Green Party. Blackball Workingmen’s Club, 7.30pm All welcome.
Saturday, May 3, Blackball
Exhibition Opening, You & the Boss: Employment Relations and the coming election. Blackball Museum 5.00pm. Performance of the play based on the Spring Creek Mine closure and the proposed workers co-operative The Judgement of Ben Alder, script by Paul Maunder, performed by Kiwi/Possum Productions at Blackball Community Centre 6.30pm followed by dinner 7.30pm with keynote speech by Kevin Hague, MP Green Party, on the topic of Just Transition from fossil fuels. There could even be some singing. Dinner and play $20. Please book wkcultur; Play only gold coin/koha at the door.

Saturday, May 3, 7.30pm,Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
May Day Concert.

Saturday, May 3, 10am-3pm, Corbans Estate, 426 Great North Rd, Auckland
West Fest For A Living Wage

Saturday, May 3, 6:30 for 7pm start. St. Heliers Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Road
Amnesty International Quiz Night. Hosted by the Remuera Group of Amnesty International. Tickets: $25/single or $150/table of 8. Discounted tkt prices for pre-purchase. Food and beverage available for purchase. Raffle and prizes too. Contact Jeanette or Richard at 09-521-2050 for more information.

GPJA Special Forum: Monday 5th May 7.30pm at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road Grey Lynn.
Guest Speaker Murray Horton from the Christchurch-based CAFCA (Campaign against Foreign Control of Aotearoa) and the ABC (Anti Bases Campaign) Murray will be speaking on: “Who’s running the show and in whose interests?” and focusing on: People’s Rights before Corporate Profit; Public service, not private profit; An independent foreign policy; No unjust secret treaties. Murray’s GPJA forum is part of a nationwide tour. We don’t see him often in Auckland so we welcome everyone to what will be an entertaining, amusing and politically important presentation.

Tuesday, May 6, 5.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. at WG 126, AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, AUCKLAND.
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO in conjunction with the AUT University Pacific Media Centre has great pleasure in inviting you to join us for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Lecture 2014. The Lecture will be given by Dr Gavin Ellis, senior media lecturer at the University of Auckland and former editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Herald. The title of his lecture will be: "No-one died covering celebrity news." Please feel free to pass this invitation to your colleagues also and ask them to RSVP with their names and contact details when convenient. RSVP to: susan.isaacs by Monday 28 April.

Friday, May 9, 4-6pm, Room WG808 (Level 8), Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University
WHAT THE MEDIA DON’T TELL YOU: WHO’S RUNNING THE SHOW? AND IN WHOSE INTEREST? "We want an independent Aotearoa, based on policies of economic, military and political self-reliance, using Aotearoa’s resources for the benefit of the people of Aotearoa. "This country needs people power to let the world know that Aotearoa is not for sale." – Murray Horton, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC)

Saturday, May 10, 7.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.
DREAMS LIE DEEPER – A CONCERT COMMEMORATING MINERS EVERYWHERE. The Orpheus Choir of Wellington, the city’s much-acclaimed symphonic choir, has programmed a major concert entitled Dreams Lie Deeper, as a tribute to miners the world over. It brings together three premières of choral music dedicated to miners, inspired by historical events that recall the tragedies, the struggles and also the rejoicing when rescue from a mining disaster was achieved. The theme of the evening will be dedicated to mining communities and a commemoration of events that have irrevocably changed the course of their lives.

May 19, 21, & 23, Fisher Paykell Auditorium of the University of Auckland
Sir Douglas Robb Lectures: The Human Cost of Inequality – Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson. Lecture series to be given by the authors of The Spirit Level. Details:

Saturday, May 24, 9:45am – 5:30pm, Cityside Baptist, 8 Mt Eden Road, Newton, Auckland
Amnesty International Annual Meeting & Skillshare 2014. The date is set and the venue booked! Amnesty International is holding its Annual Meeting to celebrate human rights heroes, tell you about our priority campaigns and give you a say on important Amnesty matters. This year’s meeting will take place on 24 May and gives you the chance to participate in the direction and decision making your organisation. oin us the following day for a Skillshare where you’ll get the opportunity to exchange skills and knowledge with activists from around New Zealand. The day also includes training and more in-depth workshops on our current campaigns. Where: Auckland Venue: TBC When: 25 May 2014, 10am – 3pm.


Below is the information about this year’s White Poppies for Peace Appeal, which starts tomorrow and runs through to Thuesday, 24 April. This message is available online as follows: formatted for printing: on Facebook: on Scoop: .
If you are in Wellington: can you help with the street collection? It is on Tuesday, 22 April, and there are three collection times: from 7am to 8.30am (railway station), from 12.30pm to 2pm (central city), and from 4.30pm to 6pm (central city / railway station). If you can help with the Wellington street collection, please email whitepoppies as soon as possible and let us know what time/s you are available. Please include your phone number in your message, thank you.

The Peace Place (Aiotanga)* is a work of the Dominican Family and Pax Christi. A space in the heart of Auckland dedicated to a more just and peaceful world, it promotes inter-religious dialogue, the study of ecology, nonviolence and restorative justice. After two years of successful operation, The Peace Place requires a new Manager, creative, adaptable and with good communication skills. This is a paid position, at 20 hours per week. Expressions of interest to the secretary at: The Peace Place, 2F / 22 Emily Place, Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand. Ph) 09 377 5541. Or email: paxnz Applications will be received up to 5 pm, Friday 25 April 2014 . * a place of peace and shelter.

Please save the date for CPAG’s annual post budget breakfasts on Friday, May 16. What will the 2014 budget hold for children? Join us for breakfast to hear our analysis of how the 2014 budget affects children and young people. We’re holding breakfasts in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with the possibility of extending events to Whangarei, Hamilton and Dunedin! Watch out for more details soon.

Murray Horton is the long serving Organiser and spokesperson for two Christchurch-based groups, the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC). He has been a political activist since the late 1960s and has a national profile as a campaigner, writer, speaker, organiser and researcher. Between the end of March and the end of May he is undertaking an election year national speaking tour, from Dunedin to Kaitaia, and many places inbetween (he has been doing these election year tours for a couple of decades, most recently in 2011). The full itinerary is at

Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Registrations are now open for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 2014 solidarity tour to revolutionary Venezuela.



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