GPJA #518: What’s On in Aotearoa/NZ (2/10/14)


Saturday, October 4, Nga Kete Wananga Marae, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
‘Being True to the Gospel and Honouring the Treaty’ hui. Please forward on through your networks, and share the link – – on your Facebook page, thank you. Being True to the Gospel and Honouring the Treaty listening together, working together. A reminder about the inter-denominational ‘Being True to the Gospel and Honouring the Treaty’ hui, which will take place on Saturday, 4 October 2014 – if you would like to participate and haven’t yet registered, please do so as soon as possible, the registration form, programme, and speaker biographies are available at – the final deadline for registration is Wednesday, 1 October. Nau mai, Haere mai, Being True to the Gospel and Honouring the Treaty. Guest speakers: Te Aroha Rountree, Kukupa Tirikatene, Keith Newman, Manuka Henare and Mark Grace. Tauiwi panel: Glyn Carpenter (Chair), Wendy Fowler, Paul Long, and Nick Tuatasi. Speaker biographies are available at Kaupapa: Reason for the hui – This year, 2014, we celebrate 200 years of the Gospel coming to Aotearoa New Zealand. Next year, 2015, is 175 years since the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Christians were closely involved in the events around the Treaty signing and have, therefore, a special role of guardianship for the Treaty relationship. This hui is an opportunity for Christians to consider together what honouring the Treaty partnership means for us today. All welcome. Ecumenical Organising Committee for this hui: Angela Yerkovich, Mary Moeke, Ricky Waters, Wendy Fowler, and Susan Healy. Publicity material: A4 posters for the hui can be downloaded from – please help publicise the hui by forwarding this message through your networks and sharing the link – – on your Facebook page, thank you.

Monday, October 6, 7pm, 163 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland
Launch of Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 with the Grand Opening of the CCHR NZ Mental Health and Human Rights Exhibition 6 October at 7.00pm (doors open at 6.30pm).
Dear Friends, CCHR NZ is dedicated to the belief that everyone has a basic human right to obtain safe mental health care and not be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. Therefore as we approach Mental Health Awareness Week (6-12 October 2014) and as part of raising awareness in Mental Health, CCHR NZ will hold a Mental Health & Human Rights Exhibition from 7 – 31 October with the grand opening of the exhibition on 6 October at 7pm. The exhibition seeks to confront the extent of abuse within the field of psychiatry which has dominated the mental health industry for more than a century with abhorrent treatments such as the rack, ice-baths, electroshock, brain surgery and mind altering drugs, not to mention the behaviourist theories and treatments. We are also interested in the many non-intrusive solutions available. We are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week this year with increased protections in place for victims of crimes of torture in places of detention. We have also seen the support of the United Nations Committee Against Torture backing CCHR’s calls for more rights for victims and more accountability on perpetrators of abuse within State care. If one were to combine these measures, coupled with the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this signals a turning point to a more positive future for human rights in mental health. We would like to invite you to attend. Please RSVP to paula to secure your seat. Kind regards, Steve, +64 21 254 3633

Saturday, October 11, 9am to 4pm, First Union office, 120 Church St, Onehunga, Auckland

Saturday, October 11, 10am to 1pm, Garden Room, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn

The Auckland Refugee Council Inc AGM 2014. This year we are delighted to host Guest Speakers Alia Bloom from ChangeMakers Refugee Forum and Dougal Ellis from Immigration New Zealand. Alia will be speaking on the research discussion document “Marking Time” – Experiences of successful asylum seekers in Aotearoa New Zealand with Dougal presenting insight to this topic from the perspective of Immigration New Zealand. As always light refreshments will be on offer after the conclusion of the AGM. Would you please be so kind to RSVP your attendance to assist us with the catering. arci.refugee

Wednesday, October 15, 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Cnr St Stephens Ave and Parnell Rd, Auckland
Just Prison Seminar: PFNZ and JustSpeak have the privilege of hosting the former president of PFI International, Ron Nikkel. This is a rare opportunity to hear from a leader that has decades of engagement with prisoners, prison officials and all those affected by crime. We would love you to join us for an engaging evening with Ron, PFNZ and JustSpeak.

Wednesday, October 15, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland. The Maidment Bar will open from 5.30pm
The 2014 Bruce Jesson Lecture: Mike Joy – Paradise Squandered; New Zealand’s Environmental Asset Stripping. New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and most of our groundwater are in a critical state. Decades of misguided regulation and a free-for-all on diffuse pollution have encouraged agricultural intensification and driven our increasing reliance on imported feed and fertiliser. The inevitable consequences have been devastating environmental impacts as well as increasing economic and biosecurity risks. The solutions are many but require a paradigm shift; a move away from dependence on imported feed and fertiliser to keeping nutrients on farm and adding value to products, and strong leadership to move away from short-term thinking that accepts the massive ecological debt we are running up. Mike Joy MSc(Hons), PhD in Ecology is a Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environmental Science at the Ecology Group-Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North. He has received a number of awards, including the Ecology in Action award from the New Zealand Ecological Society; an Old Blue award from the Royal Forest and Bird protection Society; Environmental New Zealander of the Year from North and South magazine and the Manawatu Evening Standard Person of the Year. Presented by Politics and International Relations and the Bruce Jesson Foundation

Thursday, October 16, 6.30-8.30 Where: University of Auckland Business School, Owen Glen Building, 10 Grafton Road, Auckland
Narratives from the 2014 Election: What do we learn? – Sue Bradford, Russell Brown & Kirk Serpes discuss. A Fabian reflection on Dirty Politics, Dotcom and Labour’s worst result. You are invited to attend a debrief of analysis and lessons for the 2014 election campaign, a campaign that had so much to offer on so many levels and continues to remain fascinating. The panel for the session are: Sue Bradford is a well-known figure in the New Zealand political landscape and a recent speaker on the research she has done on the New Zealand Left. Sue has been keen on this debrief for some time. There is so much we need to think afresh. Russell Brown, with his Public Address site and the very significant Media Take programme on Maori TV, provided the best place to go throughout the campaign to make sense of it. He has used the word shellacking to describe one part of the election outcome! Kirk Serpes, is Executive Director developing material on inequality at the Centre for New Zealand Progress, and also providing support on social and environmental issues. He is a founder member of Generation Zero, has worked for Oxfam and led New Zealand delegations on climate change. You can register here. A Fabian Society Event.

Saturday, October 18, 1-5pm, Te Aka Matua o Te Pou Hawaiki, in Epsom
Effective education for social justice for the 21st century (with panellists Tanya Newman, Paula Bold-Wilson, Alex Barnes & Gayathiri Ganeshan). The constant and changing aspects of AWEA’s 100 year history of education for social justice will provide a basis from which speakers and symposium participants will consider what aspects might be central to effective education for social justice for the next 100 years. A party! Saturday 18 October 7.30-9.30pm. Hear some of the great stories from our past, connect with people associated AWEA, enjoy retro food and music, and eat cake!

Sunday, October 19, 1-5.30pm, Te Aka Matua o Te Pou Hawaiki, in Epsom, Auckland
Treaty education – reflections and future directions with guest speakers Mānuka Hēnare and Mitzi Nairn). This symposium provides an opportunity to reflect on the last 30 years of tauiwi Treaty education, and consider future directions that might be taken to support Treaty relationships. The full programme see:


Saturday, October 19, 1-4pm Where: Arataki Visitors Centre, 300 Scenic Drive, Oratia: downstairs lecture room.
Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network Seminar/Workshop: Do you dream of a Waitakere Ranges free of animal and plant pests? Would you like to connect with others who think the same and are working towards the same end? Then join us for the first seminar/workshop of the Waitakere Ranges Conservation Network. This workshop has been initiated by people from various conservation groups with support from the Waitakere Ranges Local Board. Groups are asked to send 2 or 3 representatives. Individuals welcome. Afternoon tea provided. Please reply by email to brutrix or here on our Facebook page:

Wednesday, October 22, 5.30 pm, Where: WG126, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University City Campus, Mayoral Drive

Public lecture: Abrupt climate change – evidence and options for the future by Professor Emeritus Guy McPherson. Abrupt climate change is under way. Earth has warmed only 0.85 C since the Industrial Revolution began, but considerable evidence points toward increasingly rapid warming in the near future. For example, industrial civilisation has produced about twice as much atmospheric carbon dioxide since 1970 as before that time. There is about a 40-year lag between carbon dioxide emissions and warming, suggesting abundant warming is already locked into the planetary system. In addition, atmospheric methane has joined carbon dioxide as a major contributor to planetary warming. It appears the much-dreaded “clathrate gun” has been fired in the Arctic Ocean. This presentation presents evidence regarding abrupt climate change and poses a few questions for consideration: Shall we respond to anthropogenic climate change? If so, how? What tools can be employed by society and the media to positively alter the future? What role do individuals play? How shall we live in light of this information? Organised by the School of Public Policy and Pacific Media Centre at AUT University, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand.

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!


Wednesday, November 5,

Invitation to a symposium on Intersectionality. The AUT Pacific Media Centre, AUT Pacific Academic Staff Team, and staff in the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy, AUT University are hosting a small symposium titled ‘Intersectionality revisited – Beyond the contours of race, class and gender’. The purpose of the symposium is to discuss, debate and critique ideas, concepts and perspectives including and beyond the traditional intersections of race, class and gender and to engage with those intersections that are within themselves contested, inconsistent and contextual. The keynote speaker via live streaming is Professor Lisa Bowleg (George Washington University). The symposium will take the form of panel discussions. These sessions will provide the opportunity for you to present your research or your own developments in the area of intersectionality. If you would like to attend the symposium, please reply to this email (camille.nakhid) giving your name, institution, and whether you wish to present as part of a panel – by 15th September. If you wish to present in one of the panel sessions, please send us a brief abstract (150 – 200 words) of your presentation by 30th September. Response to your submission will be given by October 10th. We hope to write a review of the panel session discussions to submit to the New Zealand Sociology journal. Authorship will include the panellists. Please forward to your networks.

“Intersectionality is a theoretical framework that posits that multiple social categories (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status) intersect at the micro level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism)”. Bowleg, L. (2012)

November 7 & 8

Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture and ‘World War I: How shall we remember them?’ Study Day: Below are the details of this year’s Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture, which will be given by Professor Richard Falk (former UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories) on Friday, 7 November; and the ‘World War I: How shall we remember them?’ Study Day, on Saturday, 8 November. Your assistance in helping to publicise both events is appreciated – by forwarding on this message and by sharing these links on your Facebook page and website:

Dorothy Brown Memorial lecture
World War I: How shall we remember them? Study Day
A4 poster for both events
Anglican Pacifist Fellowship events page:

Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture, Friday, 7 November 2014

‘How much do present problems in the Middle East arise from the peace settlement after World War I?’, by Professor Richard Falk, formerly UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

At 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland; free entry. Arranged by the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Centre Trust, NZ Christian Network, Pax Christi, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and Auckland Labour History Group, contact email barfootsThe A4 poster for this event (and the World War One study day) is available at and the Facebook event is at

Study Day – World War I: How shall we remember them?
Saturday, 8 November 2014

From 8-30am to 5pm (registration from 8.30am, programme begins at 9am), opening prayers by the Right Reverend Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Bishop of Tai Tokerau, followed by:

  • Does the way we remember war affect our collective morality? Professor Richard Jackson, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University
  • Anniversaries of War, Remembering in 2014, Associate Professor Annabel Cooper, Otago University
  • Did the Church yield to the State and prevailing attitudes in society? If so, why? What can we learn from this? Professor Peter Lineham, Massey University
  • How do we understand the evil that led to the huge death toll? How can we be empowered to live peacefully together? Dr Andrew Shepherd, formerly Centre for Theology and Public Issues, Otago University
  • Panel: Who Chose to Resist? with Nanaia Mahuta MP on Princess Te Puea; historian Megan Hutching, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, on New Zealand women who opposed the war; Ryan Bodman on the Passive Resisters’ Union; Chairperson: Keith Locke, former Green MP
  • Enabling a century of warfare – the role of scientists, Associate Professor Peter Wills, Department of Physics, Auckland University
  • Remembering WW1 in the context of ongoing militarism, Edwina Hughes, Peace Movement Aotearoa.

At the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland; cost is $20 including lunch, to be paid on the day. Pre-registration is essential for catering purposes, please email barfoots or tel 09 575 6142. Arranged by the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Centre Trust, NZ Christian Network, Pax Christi, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and Auckland Labour History Group. The A4 poster, which includes the programme, is available at and the Facebook event is

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.



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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