GPJA #512: National Day of Action on Gaza Sat Aug 16




Here are the Faceook Events pages for each of the cities where activities are planned. As more details are confirmed, we will update this information.

It’s important that our voices are heard loud and clear. The whole world is outraged and demanding Israel immediately stops it’s genocidal war against Gaza, end it’s siege, end the occupation, stop the annexations, and release the Palestinians prisoners.

WHANGAREI: 7am Waterstreet.

AUCKLAND: 2pm Aotea Square.

HAMILTON: 2pm Garden Place, Victoria St.

HAWKES BAY: 12pm Hastings Town Clock

PALMERSTON NORTH: 2pm Cnr Fitzherbert/ Hardie

WELLINGTON: 12pm Cuba St. (Bucket Fountain)

CHRISTCHURCH: 2.30pm Cnr Deans Ave/ Riccarton Rd at Hagley Park

DUNEDIN: 11am Museum Reserve


‪#‎Kiwis4Palestine‬ Live twitter: ‪#‎NZ4GAZA‬

Supported by:

Palestine Human Rights Campaign –
Global Peace and Justice Auckland –
Kia Ora Gaza-
Students for Justice in Palestine-

Coordinated in cooperation with the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network:


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, 4-5pm AC210, North Shore campus.

“Colonialism – what part did religion play?”. ‘Colonialism is a relationship between an indigenous (or forcibly imported) majority and a minority of foreign invaders. The fundamental decisions affecting the lives of the colonized people are made and implemented by the colonial rulers in pursuit of interests that are often defined in a distant metropolis. Rejecting cultural compromises with the colonized population, the colonizers are convinced of their own superiority and their ordained mandate to rule.’ – Osterhammel, Colonialism: A Theoretical Overview. Buddhist, Christian and Islamic faith leaders will discuss the process of colonialism, its historical impact, and how religion played a part – in aligning with the colonising power, refuting the new ideas/system, bringing social justice to the situation, and/or being subordinated by the colonial process. They will also consider the contemporary faith view about colonialism? Respectful discussion encouraged, and free food supplied.

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

CPAG Pulblic meeting on housing and child poverty.

Saturday, August 16, 2pm, Aotea Square, Auckland


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. Chair: Bomber Bradbury – Speakers: Russel Norman, Green Party, Mike Treen GPJA; Murray Horton from ABC, Dennis Tegg, Lawyer; Labour, John Minto, MANA Movement, Lois McClintock, 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?

Sunday, August 24, 1-2pm, University of Canterbury, 20 Kirkwood Ave, Upper Riccarton

Tuesday, August 26, 6.30pm, Lecture Theatre OGGB Level ‘0’, Room 260-098 Owen Glen Building University of Auckland. Parking available under the OGB building.

Alan Johnson – What might social housing become? Social housing has been on the back foot since the emergence in the early 1950’s of housing policies which preferred to support home ownership. Today social housing remains of residual interest even to left wing governments – it is too important to those who depend on it to dismantle but not important enough in terms of votes to do much else but coax it along to an uncertain future The present Government’s social housing reform agenda is long overdue. It is however by no means clear whether the true intention is to develop a more effective social housing system or to quietly privatise it. Alan Johnson’s presentation will provide some analysis on the current progress on the Government’s social housing reforms and speculate on where these might lead us. An alternative vision for social housing will also be presented. Register here. A Fabian Society Event

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.

Thursday, August 28, 6-8pm, WG 806, level 8 Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University


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.

Saturday, August 30, 2pm, St Patricks Cathedral, 43 Wyndham Street, Auckland 1010

إجتماع للتضامن مع مسيحيي العراق في الموصل
The organising committee wishes to invite you to their meeting expressing solidarity with the persecuted and displaced Iraqi Christians in Mosul. The meeting will be held at the undermentioned address in Auckland City on You are kindly requested to be at your seat not later that 2.00pm. The meeting is planned to end at 5.30pm followed by a walk through the city with banners. May God bless you.

Sunday, August 31, 7.45pm, The Lido Cinema, 427 Manual Road, Epsom, Auckland (venue is wheelchair accessible)

Film Night Fundraiser screening of ‘The Dark Horse’: Ticket Price: $15 Unwaged/ Student – $25 Solidarity.

“I do not say this lightly: The Dark Horse is not to be missed. It’s beautifully told, bravely executed, and truly inspiring.”- Kate Roger, TV3

This August, we worked with addressing some of the immediate needs of over 500 people in Manger in just three-days at our annual benefit IMPACT. Our on-going advocacy, direct action, education and campaigns could not happen without the generous support of individuals, unions and groups who believe in our kappa.

A group like ours is very difficult (if not impossible) to sustain out of government or philanthropic funding, so if you support our on-going work please come along and bring your friends, whanau and workmates along and enjoy this highly recommended NZ film with us!

Seats are limited. Door sales will be available, however booking ahead strongly recommended. Please purchase your tickets through online deposit:

Auckland Action Against Poverty

38 9011 0832874 00


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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