GPJA #511: Fiji protest Saturday


Saturday, August 9, 12.30pm, Manukau City Square, Manukau City Library

Please join us this Saturday 9th of August to Protest against Fiji Illegal Prime Minister and Dictator Frank Bainimarama. As publicised and announced on our local Media , Frank Bainimarama is due to speak for his Political Party campaign this Saturday at the Manukau – Vodafone Events Centre from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


Saturday, August 9, 3pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland

‘Save our State House Homes’ meeting. We are hoping to engender a political debate about the activities and intentions of Housing New Zealand currently and in the future. Denise Roche, MP, Jacinda Ardern MP, Asenati Lole-Taylor MP, Jeanette Elley, John Minto, and Corie Haddock have so far agreed to be there. More information from Deborah Yates,deborahayates

Sunday, August 10, 5pm, Wintergarden, Domain, Auckland

A Candle Floating Ceremony to commemorate the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and those who died in these cities at the end of the Second World War. Each year we pause to commemorate these tragic events and to continue our work for peace and oppose war. As well as our WILPF contribution there will be an opportunity for others to speak. The programme will also include crane-making, music and a candle floating ceremony. Candles will be supplied.

Sunday, August 10, 7pm, Capitol Cinema, Balmoral, Auckland

Film Fundraiser for Auckland Women’s Centre: The Auckland Women’s Centre is hosting a fundraising film evening. While all details have been confirmed, the film itself remains a secret. As a not-for-profit organisation, the Centre’s fundraising activities aim to ensure its continued work within the community. Guests can expect another fabulous evening of feminist cinema with the Auckland Women’s Centre, all while supporting the longevity of the Centre’s work. The film will be revealed on 1 August, but tickets are now available from the Auckland Women’s Centre, at a cost of $20 to $25. To pre-purchase tickets call info


Sunday, August 10, 7.30pm, Thames Multiplex

Coromandel Watchdog Fundraiser


Monday, August 11, 4.30pm, St Johns-in-the-City Hall, cnr Willis St and Dixon St, Wellington CBD

Debate with Craig Foss – Minister of Broadcasting, Kris Faafoi – Labour Broadcasting, Julie Anne Genter – Greens Broadcasting.

Monday, August 11, 7.30pm, Unite Union’s Office, 6a Western Springs Rd, Kingsland, Auckland

End Child Poverty Hikoi: Volunteers Needed! Mobilise 6 September. Assemble Britomart 11am Auckland. Facebook event page:

Hi CPAG supporters! In the run up to election, CPAG is organising a Hikoi for Children on Saturday 6 September from Britomart to Aotea Square in Auckland and we really want YOU to be part of it! We aim for this to be a really positive, colourful, child-friendly event, bringing together people from all sections in our society to show the nation how much we care about our children’s well-being and calling ALL political parties to come together, agree to and implement a national strategy and action plan to end child poverty in our country so all our beautiful children can reach their potential. Join us to find out more and be part of the team – all welcome!

We’ve got the basics sorted but need a big team of fantastic volunteers to make sure this event reaches true levels of awesomeness. We need lots of people on the day for jobs but also in the lead-up to help us organise transport, security, entertainment, sound and all the other logistics – and most importantly to help us bring in the crowds! Please let your friends, family and wider networks know too. Together we can make a difference.

As always, thank you for your interest and support, The CPAG Team

p.s – Can’t make it but still want to help? Why not make a donation to support this event and CPAG’s wider work? Donate Now

p.p.s – Not in Auckland but want to be involved? We’d love to make this a nationwide event – contact us about extending the event to your area.

Tuesday, August 12, 6.30pm Where: Lecture Theatre OGGB Level ‘0’, Room 260-098 Owen Glen Building University of Auckland. Parking available under the OGB building.

Sue Bradford speaking on A major left wing think tank for Aotearoa? Sue’s PhD thesis A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa—an impossible dream or a call to action? looked at why no major left wing think tank has developed in Aotearoa and whether the left in 2010-2013 was fertile for such a development or not. She interviewed 51 academics and activists from across the country and from many parts of the left, and considered the experience of a number of organisations she termed ‘nascent’ left wing think tanks, including the Fabian Society. In this presentation she will outline her key findings on the state of the left and the think tank question before welcoming questions and discussion on the issues raised. A Fabian Society Event.

Tuesday, August 12, Wellington

CPAG Wellington Election 2014 Discussion Series. Education and child poverty were the focus of a public discussion held by Wellington CPAG in early July. Our guest panel of inspirational educators, Prof Jenny Ritchie, Dr Sarah Te One and Principals Janice Shramka and John Russell, gave an overview of the impact of poverty on education and the lives of children. This was followed by a spirited discussion in smaller groups on how we, as individuals and working together, can bring about meaningful change for our most vulnerable children. The evening’s discussion notes will be available shortly. CPAG is also building an online discussion group for further action on education and child poverty – please contact wgtn to join!

Wednesday, August 13, 6.30pm, University of Aucklad Business School

How Green is our Valley? What are the policy implications for New Zealand’s environment? The last event in this year’s Ballot Box panel series that has aimed to deepen our understanding of some major issues facing New Zealand as we approach another general election. The latest lecture is on the environment and the impacts the policies have on that. For all the details, see: Highly recommend registering and popping along

Wednesday, August 13, 7-8.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central.

Eco Spirituality – a Mercy Response. Sisters of Mercy Teresa Anderson, Bridget Crisp & Rosemary Revell will deliver a talk that: shares the vision and mission of Papatuanuku ki Taurangi Earth Promise Centre; reflects on the Centre within the wider context of Mercy; and looks at the Centre in the light of Catholic social teaching. Cost: Koha. To register please call 377- 5541 or email thepeaceplacenz

Thursday, August 14, 12-1pm, Aoraki Room, #10 Manchester St, Christchurch Central

CPAG Pulblic meeting on housing and child poverty.

Saturday, August 16, 2.30pm

CHRISTCHURCH NATIONWIDE DAY OF ACTION: End the Massacre in Gaza – Aotearoa Solidarity with Palestine

Tuesday, August 19, 1pm, Undercroft (bottom floor James Hight building), Canterbury University

Public meeting against state surveillance and the GCSB. Speakers: Russel Norman, Mike Treen, Murray Horton from ABC, Labour, MANA and Internet Party.

Tuesday, August 19, 7pmk, Cardboard Cathedral, Latimer Square, Christchurch Central

Public meeting against state surveillance and the GCSB. Speakers: Kim Dotcom, Russel Norman, Mike Treen from GPJA, Murray Horton from ABC, plus Labour MANA and Internet Party.

Tuesday, August 19, 7pm, Lecture Theatre B28, Main Library, University of Auckland, Princes St, Auckland

What should the Government do to advance gender equality?

Wednesday, August 27, 6pm, Rowandale Primary School, Rowandale Avenue, Manurewa

Inequality in Education: A discussion with Local Politicians about the Living Wage. Catherine Delahunty MP will be the Green Party spokesperson.

Friday, August 29, 7pm, cnr Alfred St and Symonds St, Auckland

Saturday, August 30, 6pm, the Garden Room, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd

Book Launch Invitation: Beyond the Free Market: Rebuilding a Just Society in New Zealand. Contributors include Nicky Hager, Sue Bradford, Peter Conway, Tim Hazledine, Mike Joy, Kevin Hague, Helen Kelly, John Minto, Bill Rosenberg, The Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas, Manuka Henare, Jane Kelsey, John O’Neill – what a wonderful cast! Edited by David Cooke, Claire Hill, Pat Baskett and Ruth Irwin; supported by funding from the Council for Trade Unions and the Tertiary Education Union; published by Dunmore
All welcome! RSVP to beyondthefreemarket

Saturday, August 30, 3pm, Britomart Transport Centre, Queen St, Auckland in Auckland
A30. MARCH TO BRING DOWN THIS ROTTEN GOVERNMENT. Its time to mobilise and bring down John Key’s National Party Government. Increase the protests, strengthen the campaigns, register the working class and poor to get them out. Lets organise a national day of Action on Saturday August 30th. Spread this event like wildfire.

Saturday, August 30, 12.30pm to 5pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland

Just letting you know that the Peace Place will be hosting an Introduction to NVC for Activists workshop on Saturday 30 August from 12.30-5pm. Details below: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION FOR ACTIVISTS: Embody the Peace and Sustainability You Value. As someone who values social change, you want to see a world of peace, environmental sustainability, and care for all. You probably already value nonviolence and compassion, and. . . perhaps some of this fits?

 You sometimes feel very un-peaceful inside when advocating for peace in the world?

 You see people with other viewpoints as “other” and have a hard time relating to them?

 You are weary and want to find a way to stay inspired?

 You want to be both a loving and powerful agent of change?

Nonviolent Communication (NVC, developed by Marshall Rosenberg) can help you connect with what really matters, dialogue with people who disagree, access energy to fuel your social change work, and embody your values even more deeply. We will explore how to be both real and compassionate, stay focused on what you want, and come from the heart. This will be an introduction; no previous NVC experience required; those who have it will benefit from more tools and integration. We warmly welcome all!

Please pre-register for this workshop as we need a certain number of participants for the workshop to proceed. To register ring thepeaceplacenz

About Jean (Majida) McElhaney: peace activist, ordained interfaith minister, licensed professional counselor and clinical social worker (U.S.), and CNVC-certified trainer of Nonviolent Communication. She offers workshops, mediation and conflict coaching, classes, empathy circles, and individual sessions to help you integrate your values into your communication.

Wednesday, September 3, 7pm, Q Theatre, Auckland

Saturday, September 6, 11am, Brittomart, Auckland

CPAG Hikoi for children. Join Child Poverty Action Group in a hikoi for children on Saturday 6th September, at 11am in Auckland (and hopefully some other places too!) This is going to be a really positive, fun event to show the energy and passion of all the people in New Zealand committed to giving children the best possible start in life. We hope to see you there – more details coming soon!


23/24 October, Rydges Latimer, Christchurch
Social justice in communities – What is it? How can we build it? How can we sustain it? A conference jointly hosted by Community Networks Aotearoa (formerly NZCOSS) and the NZ Council of Christian Social Services. Social justice is vitally important in Christchurch as it is rebuilding and redeveloping; it is equally important in all of our communities. It does not happen by accident but is the result of deliberate and inclusive decision-making. Inspirational speakers from Christchurch, elsewhere in New Zealand and Australia will share their experiences in working within communities to bring about self-determination, inclusion and empowerment for community members. This conference will strengthen participants’ commitment to social justice, it will inform them of how socially just communities have been developed and will inspire them to work towards this ideal in their work and communities. Registrations are open – register now!



Lock your whiskey cabinet and grab your guns, because your friends and ours The Bacchanals are bringing an all-new, all-improved, all-singing-all-milking production of Once We Built A Tower to the South Island! We are SO EXCITED to be giving this play another outing, and SO EXCITED to be coming to some places that feature prominently in the story of how the 1935 Labour Government used the medical insurance scheme at the Waitaki Dam as their basis for creating a Welfare State that was once the envy of the world. Brought to you with the wonderful support of Emerging Artists Trust Wellington, Interislander and Coffee Supreme (and hopefully several more sponsors who can’t be confirmed at the time of this website update!), Once We Built A Tower will play a different town every night for a fortnight beginning Monday 25 August.

On MONDAY 25 AUGUST we will be in ASHBURTON at the Sinclair Centre, 74 Park Street!

On TUESDAY 26 AUGUST we will be in TIMARU at the Caroline Bay Community Lounge!

On WEDNESDAY 27 AUGUST The Bacchanals will finally realise a lifelong ambition: we will be in TWIZEL (!!) at the Twizel Events Centre, 61 McKenzie Drive!

On THURSDAY 28 AUGUST we will be in TEKAPO at the Tekapo Community Hall, Aorangi Crescent!

On FRIDAY 29 AUGUST we will be in OMARAMA at the Omarama Community Centre!

On SATURDAY 30 AUGUST we will be in KUROW at the Kurow Memorial Hall – this will be a night to remember, people!

On MONDAY 1 SEPTEMBER we will be in OAMARU at the Oamaru Scottish Hall

On TUESDAY 2 SEPTEMBER we will be in DUNEDIN at the Otago Pioneer Women’s Memorial Association Hall, Moray Place!

On WEDNESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER we will be in GORE at the James Cumming Wing Lecture Theatre, corner of Ardwick Street and Civic Ave!

On THURSDAY 4 SEPTEMBER we will be in BALCLUTHA at the Balclutha Theatrical Society Hall, 4 George Street!

On FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER we will be in ROXBURGH at Miller’s Flat Hall, 1674 Teviot Road!

On SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER we will be in the Clyde/Alexandra area, at the Clyde Memorial Hall, corner of Fraser and Newcastle Streets!

All performances begin at 7pm! We are very, very committed to this idea that theatre should be accessible to ALL and that you shouldn’t miss out on live performance just because you don’t live in a major city. To that end, WE ARE NOT CHARGING ADMISSION. (You can & probably should give us koha or a donation because god knows how we’re going to make up the balance of the $25,000 this tour is costing us. And tell your rich friends that if they want to give money to a worthy cause, they should throw some pictures of the Queen our way!) We want you to come on down, see a free play, have a cup of tea (or maybe a wine/beer/cider/absinthe) with us after and let us sing you songs and tell you tales of NZ local history! This is the mightiest army of Bacchanals ever to take a show on the road (even though we’re leaving some formidable warriors at home): Alex Greig plays Gervan McMillan, Kirsty Bruce plays Ethel McMillan, Brianne Kerr plays Frances Nordmeyer, Michael Trigg plays Arnold Nordmeyer, Michael Joseph Ness plays Michael Joseph Savage, Jean Sergent plays the Medical Association, Joe Dekkers-Reihana plays Peter Fraser, Aidan Weekes plays Walter Nash, Hilary Penwarden plays the piano, Ellie Stewart plays the fiddle and David Lawrenceplays the banjo, guitar, mandolin and clarinet.



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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