#ANFS - J14 - Day of Action against asset sales
Tomorrow - 14 July - will see an unprecedented coordination of protests, theatrical performances and hui against asset sales in 16 different towns and cities across New Zealand. In Auckland, we will meet at Britomart at 2pm for music (King Kapisi) and conversation, march up Queen St to the Town Hall for a hui, and hold a meeting at the Pioneer Women’s Hall following the action. Other actions will be happening on this day in Wellington, Dunedin, Christchurch, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Nelson, Palmerston North, Tauranga, Timaru, Hokianga, Takaka, Whanganui, Whangarei, Raglan and Napier.
"All Aotearoa/NZ has accomplished since they started selling off publicly owned assets in the 1980s is to substantially increase the now massive gap between rich and poor. This process has been greatly aggravated by trade liberalisation that has virtually shut down manufacturing in this country and by tax cuts that benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor. We need to organise in our workplaces and our communities to make sure that social justice is not just a vague hope, but that it becomes a reality. Aotearoa is not for sale!" said an organiser of the New Plymouth protest.
Links: Aotearoa Is Not For Sale | Interview (MP3) | Water wars: the New Zealand Maori Council at the Waitangi Tribunal | Details of protests below
Join an action at a place near you!
- Hokianga: 12pm at the Town Hall Square, Rawene Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Auckland: 2pm at Britomart, Queen Street, Auckland Central Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Hamilton: 10am until 12 noon at the Corner of Te Rapa Road & Avalon Drive, Hamilton Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Raglan: 2pm, Ngarunui Beach
- Tauranga: 10am at Red Square, Tauranga City Centre Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Napier: 2pm at the beach end of Clive Square, Napier Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Taranaki: 12pm at Huatoki Plaza, Devon Street West, New Plymouth Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Whanganui: 10am at Pakaitore (Moutua Gardens), Whanganui Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Palmerston North: 2pm at the Square, Palmerston North Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Wellington: 2pm, Cuba Street by the Bucket Fountain Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Nelson: 10.45am on Trafalgar Street entrance to the Nelson Markets Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Takaka: 1pm, Main street
- Christchurch: 2pm at the corner of Deans Ave & Riccarton Rd, Christchurch City Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
- Timaru: 2pm March from The Piazza Facebook Event Page
- Dunedin: 11am at the Octagon, Dunedin City Centre Facebook Event Page (Calendar)
"It is unfair to sell assets that currently belong to all New Zealanders to a small minority who can to afford to buy shares," says Miriam Pierard, ANFS Spokesperson. “Only 10% of New Zealanders invest in the stock market, and the rest of us struggle to pay our power bills that will only rise as these SOEs are sold and shareholders will demand increased profit. The bill has passed in the House, yet the majority of New Zealanders oppose the Government’s plans. We will make it clear to potential buyers that if they purchase shares, they do so against the wishes of most of the population."
A Request for Guidance
The Auckland ANFS Campaign Committee has requested guidance from all Electoral ANFS Organising Committees in New Zealand, in order to determine the Official Policy of the Movement.
The ANFS Campaign is organised along the principles of Direct Democracy. The Auckland Organising Committee does not and cannot formulate policy, or presume to speak for all New Zealanders. The Auckland Organisers therefore humbly request that EACH ELECTORAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE SHOULD HOLD A PUBLIC VOTE during the Hui conducted at their protest on July 14.
Please vote on and inform us of your collective decision on the following propositions:
Proposal #1: That all shares in Mighty River Power/Mercury Energy should be declared to be “Unethical Investments”.
The majority of the people of New Zealand believe that these assets are being sold against their will. Selling another person’s property against their will or against their interests is generally regarded as theft. That would make investing in these privatised assets an “Unethical Investment” by most internationally accepted standards of ethical investment behaviour.
Proposal #2: That all persons opposed to Asset Sales should refuse to buy shares in the assets sold.
If buying privatised shares in Mighty River Power/Mercury Energy is an Unethical Investment, then all persons of conscience should refuse to buy these shares, but most especially, all persons opposed to these asset sales.
Proposal #3: That all persons opposed to Asset Sales should boycott Mighty River Power/Mercury Energy, and if possible switch to another NZ Owned Energy Retailer.
You can signal your displeasure before the asset sales begin by switching from Mercury Energy to another SOE power company, as a protest.
We request that you please nominate a spokesperson who will be responsible for publishing your decision.
We request that you fairly and openly debate each question before voting.
We request that your decision should be by simple majority (51%) of those adults present.
If you cannot decide fairly and firmly, you have the right to abstain on any one or more proposals.
We request that your spokesperson should inform us officially of your decision by no later than 8PM, the evening of July 14, 2012. We will count your votes and our own, and we will tabulate the results. For openness and transparency, please post your results on your Facebook Event Page. (Please note: this Facebook Event Page must have been created before the event, and must be the generally accepted Event Page for your Event). This voting mechanism is only temporary until we can create a better system.
The Auckland ANFS Organising Committee has agreed to formally bind itself according to the determination of the national body.* This is because we truly believe in the principles and power of Direct Democracy. We humbly ask that as you vote, you should please be aware that the hopes and well-being of a very large number of people depend upon your decision; your vote is a sacred trust.
We agree to publish the results of the national vote no later than 6PM, Sunday, 15 July on the http://aotearoaisnotforsale.com/ website.
Thank you all for your terrific support and your kind assistance.
Most Humbly and Respectfully
The Auckland Organising Committee.