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Ministry of fear now hiring!

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The front page of Saturday’s Dominion Post renamed government employment as the ‘Ministry of fear and job insecurity’ and notes that ‘Thousands of state servants wait for axe.’ Indeed, with budget cuts to the public sector close to $1 billion dollars, there are many people who will be getting the proverbial pink slip in the next few months from government departments and agencies.

But one agency who doesn’t seem hard hit by budget cuts is the Government Communications and Security Bureau (GCSB), the country’s electronic spy agency that operates the ECHELON listening post at Waihopai and the signals interception station at Tangimoana.

Book Launch: 'Remains to be Seen' - Joe Hill, censorship & the NZ IWW during WW1

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Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill's ashes in New Zealand—an easy-to-read account of censorship and radical labour during the First World War—will be launched in Christchurch on Thursday June 30 at Beat Street Cafe (Corner Barbadoes and Armagh), at 5.30pm.

Jared Davidson, author and designer of Remains to be Seen, will share a few thoughts on his research, and copies of the book will also be available for purchase. It is also available to purchase from Rebel Press: http://www.rebelpress.org.nz/publications/remains-to-be-seen

A Facebook page has been created for the event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=230051713673932

Queer the night! Hundreds march in Wellington

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Between 600-800 people were on the Queer the Night march in Wellington on Thursday night. The march was a response to recent violent attacks on members of the queer community.

Attacks based on an individual’s perceived sexuality or gender are an attack on us all. The intention is to rein in our various identities and orientations, to keep us off the streets and in the closets. Its intent is to make queer and trans-people live in fear. We do not intend to help maintain this order. The only real way to battle community violence is through community action.

Links: Dominion Post | The Hand Mirror | Video | Queer the Night

Obscene Pay Rises For Bosses, Pay Cuts For Us

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The bosses of New Zealand’s biggest companies (including state-owned enterprises) received a massive average pay rise of 14% in the 2010 financial year. This has bumped up their already whopping salaries – some earn as much as $5 million per year – earned by profiting off our labour.

At the same time, the average wage rise for all wage-labouring New Zealanders for the year up to March 2011 has been a paltry 2%. This is actually a pay cut, because the rate of inflation for the year up to March 2011 has been 4.5%. For the million of us who are beneficiaries, our paltry benefits are also being effectively cut, as benefits increased by only 1.96% in April 2010.

Links: Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement

Opposition at oil and gas conference

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Around 25 people gathered outside the ENEX oil and gas conference in New Plymouth yesterday afternoon to show opposition to the massive expansion of petroleum exploration across Aotearoa/New Zealand.

“We are concerned about our kaimoana and whether our great-great-grandchildren will still be able to gather seafood” said Maata Wharehoka, kaitiaki of Te Niho o Te Ati Awa at Parihaka.

“We are against the mass expansion of petroleum exploration in our area because of the damages of oil spills, toxic drill wastes and climate change” said Climate Justice Taranaki spokesperson Emily Bailey.

Protests across Aotearoa mark anniversary of the BP Gulf Oil spill

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New Zealanders from Dunedin to Auckland led globalised protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of BP's Gulf Oil Disaster by demanding an end to the environmental destruction and climate destabilization created by fossil fuel and other extractive industries. Communities of Aotearoa stood alongside environmental, climate, and social justice groups all over the world in an International Day of Direct Action Against Extraction.

New Zealanders in Taranaki, Wellington, Dunedin, Whanganui, Nelson, Auckland, the East Cape and more were joined by Gulf Coast residents fighting offshore drilling, Appalachians resisting mountaintop removal coal mining, Pennsylvania and New York residents opposing natural gas hydrofracking, Canadians fighting tar sands mining in Alberta and more across the globe.

Reports of global activities are being compiled by Rising Tide North America at the www.extractionaction.net website.

Looks like we've got a movement on our hands...

'Operation 8- Deep in the Forest' Screened Nationally

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This past Monday evening, the Auckland screening of the new documentary 'Operation 8- Deep in the Forest' informed, delighted and entertained a near capacity crowd at Skycity cinemas. The film by Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones is a detailed survey of the October 2007 terrorism raids and paints a terrifying (and occassionally a surprisingly comical) picture of police repression of political dissent in Aotearoa. 

The film is currently screening nationwide and you can take a look for  further screenings in your area below;

October 15th Solidarity  | cutcutcut filmsOctober 15th solidarity Newsletter |  Film Trailer

Action against oil drilling intensifies

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Get oil exploration out of our waters! That was the message chorused by 600 plus people who converged on normally quiet Whangaparaoa Bay on the Eastcape on Saturday the 2nd of April.

Lining the roadsides for 60kms in any direction from Whangaparaoa Bay that morning were hundreds of signs echoing this cry.

Outraged by the government's decision to allow Brazilian oil giant, Petrobras, rights to deep sea drill off their coast, locals, including iwi Te Whanau a Apanui, were joined by a large sea-bound flotilla of groups such as Greenpeace, Nuclear Free flotilla, Forest and Bird and the climate action group, 350 Aotearoa, as well as other supporters who traveled from all over New Zealand via land to voice their concerns.

“We need to stand up and say what is being risked if deep sea oil drilling goes ahead”, urged Rawiri Waititi, from Te Whanau a Apanui. “Our primary life source is the sea here in Te Whanau a Apanui. Fisheries, coastal farming, the migratory path of the sperm whale, which comes right through this area, will all be affected and thats regardless of whether there is a disaster or not”. He referred to the fact that the drilling process will still release oil into the ocean even in the best case scenario.

 

Roger Award Winners

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WARNER BROTHERS WINS

BUPA 2nd; IMPERIAL TOBACCO 3rd

JOHN KEY & HIS GOVERNMENT WINNER OF ACCOMPLICE AWARD

PETER JACKSON WINS QUISLING AWARD

 

Finalists: BUPA, Imperial Tobacco Telecom, Vodafone, Warner Brothers and Westpac. The Government (specifically John Key) was the only finalist for the Accomplice Award(as part of the nomination of Warner Brothers). Criteria: the transnational (a corporation which is 25% or more foreign-owned) which is worst in each or all of the following:  Economic Dominance -Monopoly, profiteering, tax dodging, cultural imperialism. People - Unemployment, impact on tangata whenua, women, children, abuse of workers/conditions, health and safety of workers and the public, cultural imperialism. Environment - Environmental damage, abuse of animals. Political interference - Cultural imperialism, running an ideological crusade. Judges: Paul Corliss, from Christchurch, a life member of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union; Christine Dann, from Banks Peninsula, a writer and researcher; Sue Bradford, from Auckland, a community activist and former Green MP; Joce Jesson, a Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies in Education, University of Auckland and an activist in various community organisations; and Wayne Hope, Associate Professor, Communications Studies, Auckland University of Technology. The winner was announced at an event in Auckland on April 4th.

 

Rally For Christchurch Community Assembly

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Today was a good day to be in Christchurch, at least if you attended the Rally for Christchurch Community Assembly.

Between 80-100 attended and went away inspired, energise and motivated to organise in their Communities, building on the solidarity and links made in the weeks following the quake.

What was special about the day was the absence of politicians and officials speaking at people, but really not saying anything at all. What was present was ordinary people verbalising their experiences and concerns, sharing their thoughts and issues freely,  in an open forum.

Serious concerns that were brought up and discussed included issues around sewerage, housing, heating, public transport, health and majorly the authoritarian nature of the Government and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA).

Links: Beyond Resistance | Rally for Christchurch | Call out for Funds | Wellington Fundraiser (8th April)