GPJA #520: October 25 – March against war and for civil liberties

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!

Saturday, October 18, 1pm, Cuba Street Stage, Wellington
Power to the People: a rally against prisons and police brutality

Saturday, October 18, 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:

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:


Tuesday, October 21, 1pm, The Quad, Auckland University

Rally for a living wage for our cleaners

Tuesday, October 21, 6pm, Pioneer Women’s Hall, 2 Freyberg Place, Auckland Central

Investigative Journalist, Nicky Hager, will speak at the Human Rights Foundation’s AGM. (Drinks and nibbles from 5.30pm). All welcome. If you wish, you can join the Human Rights Foundation online or join or renew membership at the meeting.

Wednesday, October 22, 5.30pm, Museum of Wellington City and Sea
In the next few weeks the National Library, Wellington Museum of City and Sea, and the Labour History Project will be collaborating on a series of talks with the broad theme of migration history. The first one (with apologies for the touch of self-promotion) is on Wednesday 22 October: JIM MCALOON: ‘COOK STRAIT IMMIGRANTS IN THE 1840S AND 1850S’. Labour Day commemorates the struggle for the 8 hour day. The first demand for an 8 hour day in New Zealand was, apparently, made by Samuel Duncan Parnell at Petone in January 1840. Who were the immigrants to the Cook Strait settlements of Wellington and Nelson in the 1840s? The New Zealand Company founded both settlements, intending to replicate a stable and hierarchical slice of a mythologised England. The Company didn’t recruit everyone who came to Cook Strait, though, and even those whom it did recruit often had diverse ideas about what sort of society New Zealand should become. This talk will look at these themes, with some emphasis on democracy and dissent. All are very welcome

Wednesday, October 22, 12:00pm, Corner of Coronation Ave and Rogan St, New Plymouth
Join our protest against the Oil and Gas Expo. We will meet at 12pm at the corner of Coronation Ave and Rogan St (across from New Plymouth Boys’ High School) and then walk to the TSB Stadium. Bring the whole whanau! Stand up for climate justice. We have to leave fossil fuels in the ground and stop the drilling to transition to a low-carbon economy based on justice and not greed. Organised by Climate Justice Taranaki –

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.


AUCKLAND : 22nd Oct WELLINGTON : 24th & 25thOct CHRISTCHURCH :: 29th Oct Abrupt Climate Change NZ Speaking Tour – Dr. Guy McPherson. Guy McPherson is Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona where he has taught for over 20 years. He is an internationally renowned climate scientist and speaks out about the latest findings of the scientific community and his own research. Dr. McPherson is an energetic, entertaining speaker and moderator. He addresses the two primary consequences of our fossil-fuel addiction: global climate change and energy decline. His scholarly and research work focuses on the conservation of biological diversity. He lives in an off-grid, straw-bale house where he puts into practice his lifelong interest in sustainable living. Guy developed durable living arrangements in response to the ongoing collapse of the industrial economy and global climate change. “An increasing number of scientists agree that warming of 4 to 6 degrees causes a dead planet. They go on to say, we’ll be there much sooner than people realize." Interviews: Contact Kevin Hester 027 440 6999 CONFIRMED NEW ZEALAND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS: Auckland: Wed 22 Oct, 7.30pm, Pacific Media Centre, AUT Auckland. Facebook:
Wellington: Friday, 24 October, 7.30pm, The Downs Art Museum 45 Laings Road , Lower Hutt. Facebook:
Wellington: Saturday, 25th October, 2pm, Tapu te Ranga Marae. Facebook:
Christchurch: Wednesday, 29 October, 7.30 pm, C3 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury. Facebook

Thursday, October 23, 7pm, 6a Western Springs Rd, Morningside "Kurdistan, ISIS and Imperialism". Socialist Aotearoa discussion with Joe Carolan.

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!


Tuesday, October 28, 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui / Wellington Central Library (Ground Floor), Wellington.
He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni / The Declaration of Independence, with Moana Jackson, Ngati Kahungungu / Ngati Porou, and Dame Claudia Orange. Free entry, RSVP at The poster for the forum is attached and available online at
Organised by the Wellington Treaty Educators Network. – on your page, thank you.

Wednesday, October 29, 7pm, The Roxy Cinema, Wellingon
Beatriz’s War – media luna new films (rated M). East Timor’s first feature fi lm, BEATRIZ’S WAR, is the haunting, passionate story of a woman’s conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. It is a bold reworking of the 16th century French ‘Martin Guerre’ story. In this adaptation, it’s transposed to Portuguese Timor during the Indonesian occupation. Sixteen years after Beatriz’s husband disappeared during a brutal massacre by Indonesian forces, she is troubled by his mysterious return: Is he the young man she’d lost or is he an impostor? Tickets cost $25 and include pre-screening nibbles. See more details and buy your Wellington tickets now.

Thursday, October 30, 7-8.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central
You are all invited to the latest in our series of Eco-Spirituality Talks. October’s talk is about how we can reverse current climate change trends. The challenges facing us are explained in simple terms with suggested solutions that are common sense but not commonly applied! The intention is to complement the God’s Earth program with solutions that hopefully people will embrace as commitments. Climate change is real and we can and must make a difference, where we can and no matter how small a contribution. Our presenter is Stephen Lincoln (professional engineer, MBA, technical manager in manufacturing, town Councillor, concerned environmentalist, member of Greenpeace and member of the Environmental Committee for Catholic Diocese of Auckland). Cost: Koha. Please reply to this email or call 377-5541 to register. Please feel free to forward this email & the attached poster to your networks.

Thursday, October 30, 7pm, WEA, 59 Gloucester St, Christchurch

Flyer attached and links to other propaganda below.
Facebook Event page

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)

Thursday, November 6, 7pm, Springs of Life Church, 126 Pt Chevalier Rd, Auckland
You are invited to a screening of the award winning documentary MARY MEETS MOHAMMAD. Tasmania’s first asylum seeker detention centre opens and local knitting club member and staunch Christian woman Mary is not welcoming of the 400 male asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Mary unexpectedly finds herself in regular contact with Mohammad, a 26 year old Muslim, after her knitting club donates beanies to the asylum seekers. Mary has many of her prior beliefs challenged as her relationship with Mohammad deepens. Parking available at the Church,+Point+Chevalier,+Auckland+1022/@-36.867023,174.707708,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0d473ce61f00e9:0xf31844bed7c875a9
Buses operate from Pt. Chevalier Rd. Cost of Tickets: $25 per person. To purchase via internet banking please go to the following account: ASB 12-3011-0762215-02. Please put your name and the number of tickets you wish to purchase in the reference code. Then e mail us at arci.refugee with the details and we will send your tickets out electronically. For further information phone 378 7434 or e mail arci.refugee. We look forward to welcoming you to this event. The ARCI Team. Auckland Refugee Council Inc. Tel: 09 378 7434, PO Box 78 024, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245.
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Friday, November 7, 7pm, Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga
Book launch for a book of petry by Esteban Espinoza

Friday, November 7, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture: "Looking back on world war 1 one hundred years later" by Professor Richard Falk, formerly UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Free entry.

Saturday, 8 November, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland

Study Day – World War I: How shall we remember them?

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.

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 for both events, including the programme, is available at and the Facebook event is

November 8

On 8 November 2014 Kiwis will kickstart the global day of action against the TPPA. TPPA poses an enormous threat to NZ’s ability to regulate for itself, and gives foreign investors and multinationals new rights to control our laws. This could mean losing the ability to regulate our workplaces, our environment, our health and education systems and much more. For more information on the TPPA head to

Current list of events (more to come):
















November 27-29
Political journalism in the Asia-Pacific
. A three-day human rights, social justice and media freedom conference is being hosted by the Pacific Media Centre at AUT University next month to mark 20 years of publishing the Pacific Journalism Review research journal. A special edition is being distributed at the conference and a book issue will be published early next year drawing from papers at the conference on November 27, 28 and 29. Papers include asylum seekers, state surveillance, climate change, murders of journalists with impunity in the Philippines and other countries, e-martial law, Fiji’s return to “democracy”, Māori and indigenous representation, West Papuan self-determination and a host of other issues. Two feature films are also being screened, Cap Bocage and Hot Air. Conference website:
Registration: id=7090112&s=_OQG0YBM4T
Inquiries: pjreview



We are thrilled to announce PRIDE will open in NZ cinemas on October 16.

Pride is a feel-good movie about the 1984 miner’s strike. It is a tender portrait of the real people who stood up and fought for their place in society – full of witty humour, personal and universal stories of triumph and touching moments of humanism. Starring Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and Imelda Staunton (Maleficent) Pride is based on an incredible true story about two seemingly disparate communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

We thought this film would be of interest to your group/union and we encourage you to spread the word! We would be happy to provide you with some in season passes to giveaway via social media channels/newsletter if you are interested. Or if you have a suitable event/meeting coming up we could provide a number of 2-4-1 passes. Just let me know – happy to hear your suggestions.

View the trailer here:

About the film: Based on an incredible true story, Pride is a film about two seemingly disparate communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

Set during the Thatcher era, the Welsh mining community of Dulais face dark days as they struggle to make ends meet during the 1984 mineworkers strike. Recognising the sting of marginalisation and driven by a sense of solidarity, a group of gay and lesbian activists in London decide to raise funds for the striking miners and their families. The group call themselves ‘LGSM’ – Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners – and approaches the Mineworkers Union to pledge their support.

But there is a problem – the Union seems unwilling to accept their help. Undeterred, the LGSM members travel to a small village in Dulais to make their donation in person. Initially, they are met with scepticism. But championed by an open-minded few, including local leader Dai and the formidable village matriarch Hefina, the two communities soon overcome prejudice to forge an extraordinary bond.

A terrific ensemble cast portray an array of richly drawn characters in this tender portrait of the real people who stood up and fought for their place in society. A rousing British crowd-pleaser in the spirit of Billy Elliot and The Full Monty, starring Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton, Pride is a funny, affecting and truly inspiring film about how the unlikeliest of unions can bring about the greatest change.

For more information contact Kylie Leggoe <kylie>


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

One Response to GPJA #520: October 25 – March against war and for civil liberties

  1. Mary Anderson says:

    Whereabouts is the march against war, on Saturday 25 October starting in Auckland? Thanks.

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