GPJA #522 (30/10/14): Day of Action against TPPA Sat Nov 8

New Zealanders in at least sixteen different locations around the country are organising for an International Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) on 8 November, co-ordinated by It’s Our Future NZ.

This is part of an international day of action to coincide with the next gathering of TPPA ministers and leaders around the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in November. Simultaneous actions are expected in Australia, Malaysia, Japan, Canada and the United States.

While there is huge pressure to conclude from participating governments and corporate lobbyists, more and more New Zealanders are starting to realise the significant impact the TPPA could have on their everyday life, according to It’s Our Future NZ spokesperson Edward Miller.

"When Prime Minister John Key met President Obama in June this year, the pair discussed a November deadline to release a final outcome. We’re now days out from that deadline and the US and Japan are still locking horns over agriculture," said Edward Miller.

"Trade Minister Groser has overestimated his negotiating prowess when he says that Tokyo and Washington will need Wellington’s approval before finalising a deal; once the majors have settled then our input will be little more than an afterthought."

“Putting New Zealand’s name to such a deal would come at serious costs to internet freedom, affordable medicines, the right to regulate industries like mining, forestry or finance more tightly, and much more’.

"Concerned citizens around the country have been organising actions for 8 November to get the message out there that they don’t want secretly negotiated deals that could endanger their jobs, their health, their livelihoods, their environment and their democracy."

“We are urging the government to listen to the will of the people on 8 November and not to sleepwalk into the TPPA corporate trap."

The sponsors of the 8 November action are Actors Equity, Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa, First Union, Greenpeace, Maritime Union of New Zealand, New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Oxfam, Post Primary Teachers Association, Public Service Association, Tertiary Education Union.

Actions have been planned for the following centres: Auckland, Hamilton, Raglan, Tauranga, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Napier, Palmerston North,Levin, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin and Invercargill.

Edward Miller, It’s Our Future NZ spokesperson Edward.Miller


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)

Wednesday, November 5, 12-1.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central
Why Parihaka Day? Why do we at Pax Christi and the Peace Place have November 5 high up on our calendar of days to remember? On the 5th of November 1881, armed settler troops burst in upon the peaceful community of Parihaka, destroying a project whose ethic was close to that represented in the text of Isaiah: “… they shall beat their swords into ploughshares … nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah: 2:4). In his own prophecy against war, Te Whiti o Rongomai had said: “There must be no violence of war, but glory to God and peace among men. You are a chosen people and none shall harm you. Formerly you have been advised to fight, but the weapon of today is not the weapon of former years. All fighting must cease.” (Te Whiti, on the release of his ploughmen, May 1881.) Te Whiti and his co-worker, Tohu Kakahi, represent an earlier version of the non-violent resistance to violence later used by Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King to liberate their people from colonial oppression and racism. Next Wednesday, November 5 2014, we will reflect on the efforts of Te Whiti and Tohu to oppose the violent seizure of their lands in Taranaki and to promote peaceful co-existence in this land. We will share prayer, reflect on their goals and find ways to promote the spirit of their work in our present day. You are welcome to join us and to help make November 5 a day in our history to remember and a day on which to publicly celebrate the heritage of Te Whiti and Tohu. When: Wednesday 5th November 12-1.30pm (Tea & coffee provided, bring your own lunch).

Thursday, November 6, 6.30pm, St Joseph’s Church, 42 Ellice Street, Mt Vic, Wellington
No NZ support for War in Iraq: Public Meeting – The government will shortly be making a decision about NZ’s involvement in another war on the people of Iraq. Come along to a public meeting with Nicky Hager speaking on New Zealand’s involvement in the War on Terrorism and another speaker (tbc) on the rise of ISIS +Q&A and discussion time. Organised by Peace Action Wellington
Please pass this on through your networks..thanks!


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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Thursday, November 6, 7.30pm, AMRF Auditorium (Room 505-011) Medical School, Park Road, Auckland
"Prospects for Peace in the Middle East": Public lecture by Professor Richard Falk

Thursday, November 6, 7-8.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central
The Time for Action is Now! There is every indication that November will be a BIG MONTH in negotiations towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. With another of the secrecy-shrouded meetings taking place in Australia and President Barack Obama rumoured to want to announce a TPP deal when he’s in Asia for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in mid-November. Our trade minister, Tim Groser, has recently clouded the issue by saying that New Zealand may not be able to sign up to the initial deal; his comments could be seen as a smoke-screen, leaving him open to signing later once the dust has settled. It is a time to be even more vigilant. The Peace Place will be hosting a talk on Thursday 6th November from 7-8.30pm to bring us up to date with the latest developments, including ways in which we can continue to pressure our government in favour of more open consultation and away from continued participation in dodgy deals which reduce our sovereignty even further. You are invited to join us, to hear what Edward Miller (Strategic Adviser at First Union) has to share about the TPPA and to help plan decisive action next month so that this latest threat to control of our economy can be averted once and for all.

Friday, November 7, 6-8pm, Te Puke o Tara, Newbury St, Otara

Friday, November 7, 7pm, Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga

Toccata to the Public & Other Poems is Esteban A Espinoza’s second collection of poetry published in NZ. Esteban is a former political prisoner of general Pinochet (who ruled Chile with an iron fist and committed multiple human rights abuses), and resides in Auckland since 1981. In 1989, Hallard Press published ELEGY to HOPE, a book that described through poetry, the traumatic experience of torture and exile. It was entirely in English. This new volume, Toccata to the Public & Other Poems, is mainly in the Spanish language, although its most important poems are translated into English. It is obvious that his audience is the local community as well as the over 350 million Spanish Speakers in Latin America alone. Mr Espinoza’s intention is to launch this book here in Auckland and later in his native country of Chile, in the jewel of the Pacific, as it is known by seamen, the famous city of Valparaiso, also a home for the legendary and worldwide known poet, Pablo Neruda. This book of poems is a combination of poetry and anti-poetry, a mixture of black humour and a harsh critique of neoliberalism and individualism, both very current themes here as well as in Chile. This collection has the subtitle: “One day you all will be happy” as an irony to the continuous promises made by bankers and politicians worldwide. This book also marks the launching in Auckland of the Latin American community’s own publishing vehicle: Letras Latinas Publishing House, which promises to bring more surprises to the Auckland and world readership. Tocata to the Public will be launched on Friday 7th November 2014, at Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Auckland.
For further information, please contact, E A Espinoza, fideluna or Cel: 02102278572

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):

Monday, November 10, 5.30pm, Connolly Hall, Guildford Terrace, Wellington
Fabian Debate: Fiscal Sustainability and Economic Diversity. I would like to invite you to hear Brian Easton and Wayne Mapp discuss and debate issues surrounding fiscal sustainability in superannuation and health care, and New Zealand’s economic diversification. These are highly important issues that have long-term significance for the future of New Zealand’s economy and people. While they have been discussed for many years we have not yet reached any consensus as to the best way to proceed. All welcome – please register here.
Narratives from the 2014 election – what did we learn? – Podcast. This is available on the Fabian Society website in the Publications section – you can link to it here. Our thanks are due to Catherine Hutton of Radio New Zealand for the recording – her 26 October Insight programme "Turning Labour Around" is here.

Monday, November 10, 7.30pm, St Marks, Pakuranga
Remembering Parihaka: Remembering the non-violent civil resistance of Maori Christians at Parihaka to government confiscation of their tribal lands in 1880. Theirs is an important example of Christian non-violence as humanity continues to struggle today with violence and war. We will be using the Caritas reflection booklet available online

Wednesday, November 12, 7pm, Western Springs Community Garden Hall, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs
We are excited to be bringing you this forum in partnership with the FAB Generation Zero. All welcome!
• Marama Davidson – Te Wharepora Hou: a Maori women’s perspective
• Yvonne Underhill-Sem – AssocProf, University of Auckland: gender, development and climate justice
• Fala Haulangi – ‘Queen’ of Tuvalu: rising sea levels in Tuvalu
• Carmen Gravatt – National Campaign Manager, Greenpeace, getting to the structural causes of climate change

Saturday, November 15, 3pm, Somervell Presbyterian Church, cnr Green Lane East and Remuera Road (street parking).
Auckland Welsh Choir and Devonport Chamber Orchestra Benefit Concert for Child Poverty Action Group. The programme includes Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Respighi Ancient Airs and Dances (orchestra) and Songs to Warm the Heart – choir and orchestra variously.
Tickets $25 through iticket (booking fee applies) door sales, or through choir members. Any queries, please contact Judith McMorland, MET member, 528 0252 or judith

Thursday, November 27, 6.30pm, Owen Glenn Building, Lecture Theatre 3 (level 0), University of Auckland
Professor John Morgan and Associate Professor Peter O’Connor on Whats left for Education? Neoliberalism’s core tenants of free market ideology, unfettered individualism, and choice translated into the education sector sees the development of global metadiscourses or what Stronach (2010) describes as “ hypernarratives which constitute the first global language of Education and allows politicians the world over to talk nonsense about educational outcomes, while singing from the same hymn sheet.” The common narrative is one of market force determinism, privatisation, deregulation, high stake testing, and a narrow focus on literacy and numeracy that collapses and destroys a broad and progressive curriculum. Reforms are called for on the back of government claims of a crisis in education that can only be repaired by market forces. Charter schools, heavy state investment in private schooling sits alongside an ever decreasing funding of core services in state schools, especially in special education provision. Teachers are held responsible for children not achieving in national and international testing, and outside factors including poverty and inequality impacting on student success are largely ignored or trivialised. The return of a National minority government in the election pressages a further dismantling of the state’s role in education. How the Left should or could respond is the topic of this forum. John Morgan and Peter O’Connor teach and research at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland. Contacts …. p.oconnor j.morgan

6.30pm, Thursday 27th November, 2014.

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

January 23-25, 2015
WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST: 2014 has seen further explosive revelations about the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB). Not only does it systematically spy on New Zealanders – but, as the ongoing revelations from US whistleblower Edward Snowden show, it is routinely privy to American spying on other countries (e.g. on the President of Brazil) by the US National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA spies on everyone. It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.

New Zealand’s role as an American ally is being steadily reconstituted. But our most significant contribution to Washington’s global effort to manipulate world business and diplomacy is, and has been for more than 25 years, the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with NZ (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, nor any control.
First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by the GCSB in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret Five Eyes Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, e-mail and computer data communications, including Twitter, Facebook and the like.
Five Eyes is the reason for the existence of both the GCSB and Waihopai; it is much more important than ANZUS ever was; it is, in reality, the secret ANZUS.This global spying network is accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, and certainly not citizens. Getting out of Five Eyes is vital to NZ becoming a truly independent nation
Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spy base. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires.
How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast. Follow the steep Port Underwood Road over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff. There is a DoC public camp at the bay with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head.
Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. It has no proper oversight or control from our Government. Basically it is a foreign spy base on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars and America’s cynical manipulation of business and diplomatic affairs. Waihopai must be closed!



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.

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