GPJA #514: Hear Nicky Hagar tonight 7.30pm


Wednesday, August 27, 7.30pm,
A public meeting meeting with Jesson Prize winner Nicky Hagar will be held Wednesday 27th August, 7.30pm, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall (Cnr Dominion Rd & Balmoral Rd). Chaired by Sir Edmund Thomas. Hosted by the Human Rights Foundation & Equal Justice Project.

Wednesday, August 27, 6pm, Te Manawa Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

In collaboration with Massey University, Sir Hew Strachan will be speaking at Te Manawa on the 27th of August. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear a speaker of this caliber. One of Britain’s most respected military advisors, who recently criticised the British and United States government’s strategy in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, will share his views on the First World War in an international conference here in August. Sir Hew Strachan – Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University who has advised the Coalition on its treatment of the Armed Forces and currently sits on the Chief of the Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel – is among a battalion of military and war historians and researchers who will gather at Massey University’s Wellington campus for The Experience of a Lifetime – People, Personalities and Leaders in the First World War conference from August 22-24. Sir Hew, whose presentation is titled ‘Military Operations and National Policies 1914-1918′, wrote in a Guardian newspaper column last year that World War I commemorations should be more about education than remembrance following reports that six out of ten Brits said they didn’t understand what the war was about. He also stressed the need for Britain to coordinate its commemorative efforts more closely with its Commonwealth partners. He has published a number of books on the First World War, including; The First World War: Volume 1: To Arms (Oxford, 2001; The First World War: A New Illustrated History (Simon & Schuster, 2003); The First World War (Viking, 2004); and The First World War in Africa (Oxford, 2004).

Wednesday, August 27, 5pm, Unitec Lecture Theatre (B510-B007), Waitakere campus, 5-7 Ratanui Street, Henderson
Advocacy in the Social Sector: What leads to silencing? Sue Eliot and David Haigh.
Join us at 5pm this Wednesday for the eighth session in the Winter Lecture Series. This 45 minute session is followed by a Q&A and light refreshments.
NGOs and civil society organisations provide a link between the communities they serve and government. They provide an avenue for the voices of marginalised groups to be heard and help keep government accountable. This week, Sue Eliot and David Haigh, Lecturers at the Department of Social Practice will highlight the changes in the ability of NGOs to advocate for change and highlight ways in which they are being increasingly silenced. They will argue that this has occurred as a result of growing restrictions on them as a result of the enactment of neoliberal policies.

Wednesday, August 27, 7pm, Kelston Community Centre, Sunnyvale
NZEI Tick for Kids West Auckland candidates meeting.

Wednesday, August 27, 6pm, Rowandale Primary School, Rowandale Avenue, Manurewa
Inequality in Education: A discussion with Local Politicians about the Living Wage

Thursday, August 28, 9am-4pm, 18 Allright Place, Mt Wellington

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

Thursday, August 28, 5-7pm, Ferndale House, 830 New North Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland

Dear All, I hope you are in good health and spirit. I am writing on behalf of Farida Sultana. As we already mentioned in the AGM ,I am writing to you to invite you to join us for an event that Shakti is embarking on, at an international level. While we continue with our community work in the country we reside in, we believe it is also important to work towards keeping women and children safe from domestic violence in the countries of our origins. We have begun some work in Bangladesh and we need your support. We will be holding a fundraising evening event to be held on 28TH AUGUST towards further development of our work there. In 2013, Shakti Community Council decided to establish Shakti in Bangladesh as an identified need emerged in the area of women and children’s development and safety. Currently we have a steering group in Bangladesh and a steering group in New Zealand supporting the formation. On behalf of the Steering Groups, I would like you to attend our fundraising evening and contribute to the cause. We hope to see you all at the fundraiser. Regards, Masuma. If anybody want to make donation here is AC no 02- 0183-0244496-02 (ANZ)

Thursday, August 28, 7.30pm, e Atatu South Community Centre, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South.

West Auckland Candidates meeting hosted by Waitakere Forest & Bird. The subject will be conservation and the environment. We are inviting candidates standing for electorates in West Auckland from each of the following parties: National, Labour and Greens. It will be a well-structured meeting with a focus on a few important questions which have been circulated to candidates well in advance, Contact: robert.woolf

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

Speakers at the Rally:
Kathryn McPhillips –HELP (Support Services for Sexual Abuse Survivors

Kim McGregor – Rape Prevention Education
Suman Ramavat – Shakti Asian Women’s Support Group
Kiran Foster – a founder of SOS Support our Survivors

Levi Joule – AUSA Queer Rights Officer
Meg Rayner-Thomas – Auckland Feminist Action

Friday, August 29, Auckland War Memorial Museum, entry through Atrium, Auckland Domain

Come and hear internationally renowned British historian Sir Hew Strachan, in a one-night-only guest lecture. Professor Sir Hew Strachan is an expert in military history from the 18th century to date, with particular interest in the First World War. Sir Hew is the Chichele Professor of War Studies at Oxford University and is widely published on the history of WWI. Sir Hew will present challenging and thought provoking reflections on this dramatic period in our history. Arranged in cooperation with Massey University, this event is proudly brought to you by the Auckland Museum Institute and the Museum Circle. Cost: $10 adults, $7.50 Institute and Circle members, $5 students and children. Book at ticket desks, tel 09 306 7048 or online (a booking fee of $3 applies to each offsite transaction)

Saturday, August 30, 10am-12.30pm, WA level 2 Reception, WA Building, AUT University, 55 Wellesley St E, Auckland

Your Voice Matters – Find out what the political parties have to say on the big issues that effect disabled people. Would you like to learn more about how political parties plan to support your needs if in government? We invite you to a free forum where you can hear directly from politicians. They will discuss: • health, • access, • violence prevention, • housing, • education, • employment, • paid family carers, • engagement with disabled people. There will also be a chance for you to ask questions. This is a chance to get the information disbled people need to make an informed decision at this year’s General Election on 20 September 2014. RSVP: Kylie.Elsbury-Dawson 09 950 5672 or Text 027 695 0320. Please let us know by 28 August if you have any support needs including NZSL interpreters. Morning tea provided.

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.

Satuday, August 30, 3-6pm 80 Ascott Ave, Ellerslie, Auckland

Saturday, August 30, 8pm Kuaotuna Hall

It’s time for some fun! It’s really cold, we’ve been working hard and so many people have been asking us to do another so…… Greenspot Guardians are pleased to present a Greenspot Gig featuring: Soul Sax Plus, Good Gracious Annie (formerly Gentle Annie) ; The Kirehe House Band; JJK; Toya Fleetwood and guests playing a range of originals and cover music including blues, folk, rock, country/bluegrass and more. Pre-sale tickets $15 waged, $10 unwaged (not working) available from the Cave, Health 2000 and the Kuaotunu Store, you can email us or $20 on the door on the night. It’s BYO, and snacks/refreshments will be available for sale on the night – and there’ll be spot prizes! Like last time there will also be an open mic/jam session, so bring an instrument if you want! Last years was really fun – reminiscent of the anti-mining parties of the 1980’s… great vibe, great sounds and great cause! So, grab a ticket, come along and support us – and help to ensure that our beautiful corner of the world stays mine free! And have a great time doing it! The party is on and it’s is going to be a great night! Hope to see you there, Augusta, Kale and the Greenspot Guardians Team

Sunday, August 31, 6.30pm, Pioneer Women’s Hall, High Street, Auckland City

What’s Going on with Broadcasting in New Zealand? Debated by Julie Anne Genter, Maggie Barry and Kris Faafoi, moderated by Guy Williams. Brought to you by the Coalition for Better Broadcasting

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

Monday, September 1, 6.30pm, Business School, Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland
Dr Geoff Bertram – Piketty for Dummies: Thomas Piketty’s book "Capital in the 21st century" has become an international best-seller, unusual for a treatise on economics. Dr Geoff Bertram summarises it as follows – The economic logic of a capitalist market system with private wealth plus inheritance leads to a highly unequal, but stable, social order with a patrimonial rentier class at the top. Whether this social order is compatible with democracy depends on what a democratic society is prepared to tolerate. If the capitalist distributional equilibrium does not lie within the boundaries of democratic tolerance, one or the other has to give. Geoff will expand on this summary and explain why he thinks the work will earn Piketty a Nobel Prize. A Fabian Society Event. Register here.

Monday, September 1, 6-8.15pm, Takapuna Library, Takapuna, Auckland
Election Debate: "How will NZ take on the world if it wins the UN Security Council bid?". Wallace Chapman MCs as Colin Craig, Kennedy Graham, Laila Harre, David Shearer and John Hayes debate the issue. Should be a good night.

Tuesday, September 2, 6-7.30pm, Fisher and Paykel Appliances Auditorium, Level 0, Owen G Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Road, Auckland
Housing – The Election Debate: Chaired by Rod Oram. Featuring political candidates: The Honourable Dr Nick Smith (National); Phil Twyford (Labour); Julie Anne Genter (Green Party); Susan Cullen (Maori Party); Denis O’Rourke (NZ First).

Tuesday, September 2, 7-8.30pm, The Peace Place. 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central

The Peace Place invites you to “But is it Fair?” A series of talks on Faith Communities & Social Justice. Talks will be held on Tuesdays 2nd, 9th & 16th September 7-8.30pm. Session 1 (2nd Sept) with Neil Darragh will examine how Christians respond to unfairness and inequality in society. Session 2 (9th Sept) with Lyn Smith will focus on social justice and its implications for Catholic schools. Session 3 (16th Sept) with Helen Bergin will look at fairness in the Christian tradition especially through a Dominican lens. Each presenter will provide an introduction to their topic for about 20-30 mins and then open the issue up for discussion. It would greatly help the discussion if those attending have access to the book "But it is Fair? Faith communities and social justice" edited by Neil Darragh. This book will be available at The Peace Place before and during the sessions, or can be purchased from the Accent Publications website (for $30 + postage): or ordered by emailinginfo Cost per session: Koha. To register please call 377- 5541 or emailthepeaceplacenz

Tuesday, September 2, 7-9pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Election Forum – the Health of the Nation, with keynote speaker Nigel Latta. Speakers from all political parties, inc Kevin Hague MP for the Greens. Hosted by the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Diocese of Auckland, For more information please visit

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

Wednesday, September 3, 1pm, Fickling Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Auckland

Grey Power Election Candidate Meeting. All enquiries, contact Jens Meder, 846 2525 meder

Friday, September 5, 7pm, Pompallier Tce, 30 New St, Ponsonby 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!


November 8

HEADS UP – NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014. Why? The TPPA leaders are expected to meet during the next week. Obama said he wanted an outcome to present to the world. Kiwis need to say ‘NO TO TPPA!!!’ in even bigger numbers and more places than the massive mobilisation in March. More details in the next few bulletins. If you want to be involved organising in your centre, contact Edward Miller.



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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