What’s on in Aotearoa/NZ (04/06/15): Meet Cuban leader Kenia Serrano in Auckland Wed


Saturday, June 6, 2-3pm, (and every first Saturday of each month), Downtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Queen and Customs Streets

Rally for Palestine: Add your presence and make a difference at the only regular public display of support for Palestine in Auckland! Monthly Rally at Downtown Shopping Centre, Cnr Queen and Customs Streets. Join the Palestine Human Rights (PHRC) Campaign Auckland. www.palestine.org.nz

Monday 8 June at 7pm at Kelston Community Centre, Kelston, ASuckland
Titirangi R&R Assoc are hosting another public meeting, this time on kauri dieback disease – and trying to focus on the practical things people can do to better protect their trees rather than just doom & gloom. We want to encourage anyone living or working in areas with kauri to attend. Contractors such as plumbers, builders, fencers, gardeners, landscapers, arborists, road workers may all be at risk of spreading the disease & we encourage them to attend. Ditto dog walkers, runners, mountain bikers, trampers.
If you have healthy or sick kauri on your land there are things you can do to help your trees – so come along to find out.

Wednesday, June 10, 6.30pm, Western Springs Garden Community Centre, 956 Great North Rd, Western Springs, Auckland


Meet Cuban leader Kenia Serrano in Auckland. The Cuba Friendship Society invites you to a public meeting on June 10 with Kenia Serrano, the president of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and a member of Cuba’s parliament. Kenia is a dynamic leader of a new generation helping to build ties with the Cuban revolution around the world. The meeting is on Wednesday, June 10 at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road. The evening begins with a reception at 6.30pm, Kenia will be welcomed and then speak at 7pm, and there will be an opportunity for questions and answers afterwards. There are also a couple of opportunities to meet with Kenia on Thursday, June 11. A meeting for union activists is being hosted by First Union at 10.30am and a round table discussion is being hosted by the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Auckland at 4pm. The publicity for the tour is below with a pdf file attached. You can share the event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/832262166853709/ The Auckland Cuba Friendship Society is covering the cost of Kenia’s travel from Australia, where she is a guest of the Australia Cuba Friendship Societies. We are appealing for funds to help us make this visit possible. We anticipate the visit will cost about $1,000. If you wish to donate online, the New Zealand Cuba Society account number is 02-0159-0200303-00. Please drop us an email so we can confirm that donations have been received.

Wednesday, June 10, 7.30pm, Community of St Luke Church, 130 Remuera Road

The Economics of Child Poverty. Cost: $20 or $15 with student ID or Super Gold Card. Actively addressing child poverty as an individual or group. The second seminar considers ways we as citizens can act to help address child poverty in New Zealand. In doing so it debates the question of ‘giving’ in a social democracy. Please contact Carol: 09 520 0199 for bookings and more details.

Wednesday, June 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 at Hum Salon in Grafton, Auckland

Tackling Root Causes With Barry Coates. Our third winter workshop is coming up next week with Barry Coates. These workshops feature some of the most popular speakers from Step It Up and other local heros. Tackling the Root Causes of Poverty, Injustice and Unsustainability. Barry Coates was Executive Director of Oxfam New Zealand for 10 years before stepping down to stand as a candidate for the Green Party. He has devoted his career to poverty reduction and sustainable development, with a particular focus on tackling the root causes of poverty, injustice and unsustainability. This workshop will focus on lessons we can learn from from recent campaigns such as against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment and TPPA, WTO and Pacific Trade campaigns, Make Poverty History, and Climate Change. The focus will be on some of the issues for linking campaigns internationally, the global/local dilemmas and issues of global justice. Please come along to the workshop with examples of issues you have had working at the local level on global campaigns so we can discuss better ways to communicate and organize. $5 koha for the sessions is requested to cover room rental and light snacks.

Thursday, June 11, 6.30pm, Quality Inn (formerly Barrycourt), Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland
National Council of Wormen – Dame Dorothy Winston Midyear Dinner. Cost: $50 per person. Guest Speaker: Dr Judy McGregor – Feminist and Academic. This is a great social occasion and opportunity to mix and mingle with women from across major Auckland organisations and political action groups. Contact Gillian Dance if you want to share the same table with other Greens. http://www.gillian.dance1 but reserve your seat and pay direct (see below). Limited number of tickets available.
Enquiries to Margaret Ready Phone 626 4743 or http://www.bjdmtready .ASAP Internet banking : to 12230-180033349-00 with name, organisation and number of tickets.

Thursday, June 11, 5.30-7pm, Old Government House, University of Auckland
Public lecture by Professor James Anaya: “The Implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Implications for Aotearoa/New Zealand” http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/events-1/events/events-2015/01/06/professor-james-anaya—the-implementation-of-the-declaration-on.html

Friday 12 June 2015, 9am to 5.25pm, Waipapa Marae, University of Auckland

Symposium on Maori Engagement with the Extractive Industry: Innovative Legal Solutions. http://www.law.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/events-1/events/events-2015/01/06/symposium-on-maori-engagement-with-extractive-industry–innovati.html

Tuesday, June 16, 4.30pm – 6pm, St. John’s Conference Centre, Wellington

The Wellington W E A will celebrate being 100 years old with a function at St. John’s Conference Centre. Speakers will include: – Sam Huggard NZCTU Secretary, – Andrew Little M.P. Leader NZLP, and others. M.C will be Sandra Grey [President Tertiary Education Union]. Join us to celebrate with music & some refreshments

Saturday, June 27, Doors open at 6.30 fun begins at 7pm. Thames Cultural Centre, 604 Tararu Road.
Coromandel Watchdog Fundraiser – Food, Drinks, Spot Prizes and Entertainment. $10 entry, $5 students.
Hosted by Catherine Delahunty and Tolly Gibbons. These events are always great fun and a lovely catchup with the wider Watchdog community. Teams can be registered at the Lotus Realm in Thames or by emailing Catherine Croft at catherine.croft

Saturday, June 27, 7pm, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington
Jerusalem: The East Side Story (Documentary). Running time:57 min. Rating: Exempt. Ticket price: $10 Public $8 Concession. There will be a panel discussion after this screening of Jerusalem: The East Side Story (2007) – Don Carson will chair and speak on the panel. Other speakers include Jenny Hawes and Father Gerard Burns (the head of Caritas, Pacific). A percentage of the box office from the screening will be donated to The Jerusalem Centre for Women

Sunday, June 28, 12 noon, Rainbow Youth drop-in center, 281 Karangahape Rd, Auckland

RainbowYOUTH is holding their AGM on the 28th June 2015 and would love to see their members and community supporters there to celebrate with them! They are also calling for applicants to make up their new Executive Board. It’s a great opportunity to join RY and help make some change! For more information about the AGM, visit: http://www.ry.org.nz/agm-2015/ To apply to be on the RY Executive Board, visit: http://www.ry.org.nz/executive-board-applications/

Sunday, May 31, 3.30pm, 48 Llpyd Ave, Mt Albert, Auckland

Friday 10th July 2015, 6:45pm, Business School/Owen G Glenn Building

How does Magna Carta’s past inform our expectations of the future? What challenges await? This is part of The University of Auckland’s week long public lecture series for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta organised by Dr Stephen Winter from Politics and International Relations. Anyone can attend, but please register in advance to guarantee your place as we have limited lecture capacity: https://magnacartanz.wordpress.com/university-of-auckland-lecture-series/


DVDs Available For Sale Of CAFCA’s 40th Anniversary Speakers

Sam Miller filmed all of CAFCA’s 40th anniversary celebration event, held in Christchurch on May 2. He advises that DVDs are available of the five speakers – myself, Bill Rosenberg, Warren Thomson, Jane Kelsey and Robert Reid. Details of cost and from where to order them are below. Please communicate directly with Sam Miller about this, not with CAFCA. Best wishes, Murray, CAFCA 40th Anniversary speakers’ DVDs available $20 for twin disc 3h 45m set inc postage/packaging and Jewel Case. Individual 2x speakers single DVD’s available for $10 on application. Orders: samuel or 021 147 4019 – payment by Internet Transfer or Cheque.

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