What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (7/4/15)

Wednesday, April 8, 7-8.30pm, WEA Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

Land Day Commemoration event, Christchurch Palestine Association. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChchPA/
The newly formed Palestinian Solidarity Group supports the struggle for a free, non-racial and democratic Palestine State for all who live in it. Land Day Commemoration event will be our very first event where we will acknowledge the rights of the indigenous people of Palestine, celebrate their resistance and culture. The event will feature Guest Speaker Nijmeh Ali who grew up in Haifa; her family are internal refugees originally from Mia’ar in the Galilee. She is currently working on her PhD at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University, New Zealand. Her focus is on the Palestinian citizens of Israel as an indigenous people, with an emphasis on the tension between citizenship and nationality in prolonged conflict. Nijmeh, who holds an M.A in political science from Hebrew university, and is a social justice activist, is interested in civic education and its impact on forming and framing diverse citizenship contexts, as well as in social and political movement theory. The event will also feature a Land Day History exhibition, along with recognition of famous Poets and Artists and their association with Land Day, we will also introduce Christchurch to a Palestinian Symbol called Handala. Refreshments will be served at the end of the event.

Wednesday, April 8, 6pm, Peace Palace, 22 Emily Place, Auckland Central City
The Peace Place Book Club. When: 6pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month (starts 8th April). For further info call 377- 5541, email thepeaceplacenz take a look at our Facebook Page or check out our listing at www.eventfinder.co.nz

Saturday, April 11, 11am, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
INEQUALITY AND EDUCATION: The Quality Public Education Coalition invites members and friends to a forum on this important topic. Speakers: Max Rashbrooke: Inequality in New Zealand; Liz Gordon: Inequality under Tomorrows Schools; John O’Neill: Charter Schools, Charities and Change. Lunch will be available at 12.30 for a gold coin donation. This will be followed by the AGM which is open to members only.

Sunday, April 12, 9.30am -4pm, Ferndale House, 830 New North Road, Mt Albert.
Women’s Studies Association: Reclaiming our herstory: New Zealand women and World War I. Speakers include Sandra Coney and Jane Tolerton

Monday, April 13, 6pm, Grey Lynn Community Centre, Auckland

‘Progress and possibilities: a left wing think tank for Aotearoa’: Speaker: Sue Bradford. Since Sue finished her PhD thesis A major left wing think tank in Aotearoa: an impossible dream or a call to action? (kotare for more information.

Thursday, April 16, 6:30pm, Kelly Tarlton’s, 23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland
Book Launch – High Water: You are invited to attend the book launch of ‘High Water,’ a graphic anthology that explores our warming world. Drop in and meet some of the artists and help us celebrate the launch of this book in style, with guest speakers and drinks in our special underwater location. The book includes artwork from Dylan Horrocks, Sarah Laing, Chris Slane, Toby Morris and more.
Please RSVP to Damon Keen damon

April 17-19, St Andrew’s on The Terrace

Remembering war / ending war: challenging militarism and building peace: National Peace Workshops, 17 – 19 April 2015

Links to share: https://www.facebook.com/events/972037769491199 and http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/npw2015.htm
A reminder that ‘Remembering war / ending war: Challenging militarism and building peace’, the 2015 National Peace Workshops (NPW) will take place in Wellington on Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 April 2015, organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa in conjunction with St Andrew’s on the Terrace who are hosting the NPW. The programme – which includes a mix of speaker and presentation plenary sessions, workshops, a ‘Poets for Peace’ evening event, stalls with peace resources, and more – is currently being finalised, and an outline of what is happening is included below. Programme updates will be added on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/972037769491199 and on the web page at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/npw2015.htm
Registration for the NPW is $10 or $30 (whichever you can afford) – registration is essential for catering purposes and the registration form will be available next week. If you would like to be sent a registration form, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email pma with ‘2015 NPW registration’ in the subject line of your message, thank you.
Saturday, 18 April

  • 9.30am to 10.00am – Registration
  • 10.00am to 12.30pm – Opening session: Introduction – Remembering WW1 in the context of ongoing militarism – Challenging militarism and building peace in the Pacific (includes a tea / coffee break)
  • 12.30pm to 1.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Workshops
  • 3.00pm to 3.30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Workshops
  • 7.00pm to 9.30pm – Poets for Peace

Sunday, 19 April

  • 1.30pm to 3.00pm – Churches challenging militarism and building peace
  • 3.00pm to 3.30pm – Afternoon tea
  • 3.30pm to 5.00pm – Closing session: ‘Make peace not war’, reflections by weekend speakers, panellists and participants

Links to share: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/972037769491199 – Web page http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/npw2015.htm

Sunday, April 19, 4-8pm, Queens Wharf, 89 Quay St, Auckland
Block Party 2015: A radical free art and music festival on Queens Wharf this April featuring featuring:

Thursday, April 23, 10am to 12 noon, Panmure Community Hall
Please come and hear 4 women’s perspectives on “What is it like to live in Auckland as a migrant woman?" There will be plenty of time for your views and for discussion after the speeches.

Tuesday, April 27, 9am to 1pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St Ponsonby, Auckland
Working Together for Vulnerable People: Progressing the Church’s Social Mission. A Workshop on Issues and Solutions. Speakers Fr Bernie Thomas ofm Auckland Tertiary Chaplain. Sr Anne Hurley Mercy sister in South Auckland. Followed by 4 workshops :  Sustainable Income/Budgeting  Housing
 Inequality/Poverty  Strategy for Action. Please rsvp by 16 April to Judith Lunny jandblunny

Friday, May 1, Knox Presbyterian Church Hall, 28 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
2014 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating In Aotearoa/New Zealand

Saturday, May 2, 9.30am-4.30pm, Knox Presbyterian Church Hall, 28 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch
THIS WILL BE A ONCE IN 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE! The theme is a combination of celebrating CAFCA’s first 40 years of history; analysing the political/economic situation; and looking forward. It is a celebration with speakers, it’s not a conference. Material on display will feature the old and the new, from CAFCA’s past and present, including screening
a short film of the 1974 Long March across Australia, which inspired the foundation of CAFCINZ (now CAFCA). And you can make a weekend of it, as the event to announce the winner of the 2014 Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating In Aotearoa/New Zealand will be held in the same venue on the previous night (Friday May 1). The cost of the day is a koha (send us a donation or pay at the door). Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided. We are also planning a social event on the night of Saturday May 2 (venue yet to be announced). It will most probably be a meal. That will be at the expense of individual participants. For catering purposes we need to have an idea of numbers, so we ask you to please register in advance.
Speakers: Bill Rosenberg – economic overview; Jane Kelsey – TPPA & investment agreements; Murray Horton – CAFCA history; Warren Thomson – military & intelligence overview; Robert Reid – where is the country going?

Registration and koha to CAFCA, Box 2258, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand Or e-mail to cafca
Online payment details at http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/join-cafca.html

Wednesday, May 6, 4.30pm, WG404, Case Study Room in the Sir Paul Reeves Building communications precinct. AUT University

AMIRA HASS: REPORTING FROM THE PALESTINIAN PERSPECTIVE: Amira Hass is an award-winning Israeli journalist and author, mostly known for her columns in the daily newspaper Ha’aretz. She is particularly well-known for her independent reporting on Palestinian affairs in the West Bank and Gaza, where she has also lived for a number of years. Hass was the recipient of the World Press Freedom Hero award from the International Press Institute in 2000. In 2001, she received the Golden Dove of Peace Prize awarded by the Rome-based organisation Archivo Disarmo. In December 2009, Hass was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Prize for Press Freedom for her "independent and outspoken reporting from the Gaza Strip" for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz during Operation Cast Lead.Organised by the Palestine Solidarity Network (PSN) and hosted by the Pacific Media Centre (PMC).

Also: Thursday, May 7, 7pm,Auckland University, Old Govt House Lecture Theatre G36. Capacity 180.

Thursday, May 21.Old Government House, University of Auckland


Mike Treen
National Director
Unite Union
09 8452132 ext 20
029 5254744

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