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Confrontation at Paula Bennet's Office


Today members of Auckland Action Against Poverty and their allies marched and attempted to occupy the office of Paula Bennet, head of the Ministry of Social Development.  Initially, about 15 activists occupied the lobby while two protesters climbed onto the roof and dropped a banner that read; "If we canceled many would starve to death?  Bugger all" - John Key.  The police were quick on the scene and pushed the initial occupiers back while the rest of the picket made its way from the local WINZ office around the corner. 

Auckland Action Against Poverty | Photos of action | Global Peace and Justice Auckland | Socialist Aotearoa

Response to Govt Welface Working Group report



Our latest information is that next Tuesday at midday the Welfare Working Group, led by former Commerce Commission chair Paula Rebstock, will issue its final report.

Given papers already released by the WWG, and various statements by John Key and Paula Bennett, we are quite apprehensive about what the report will recommend. We expect to see proposals to:

· Place most working age beneficiaries into one work tested benefit category, at a rate lower than the current invalids benefit.

· Maintain a small number of people – who will not be work tested – on a higher incapacity benefit.

· Place further work testing requirements on DPB recipients, & tighter sanctions and harassments on unemployed, sick, injured and disabled beneficiaries....& a lot else besides.

We want to let John Key, Paula Bennett and all political parties which are part of the current Government know that we don’t accept these attacks on people who are already struggling to survive.

Auckland Action Against Poverty | Alternative Welfare Working Group | Ten Myths about Welfare

SIS annual report - I spy with my little eye something beginning with ... R!


The unclassified version of NZ Security 'Intelligence' Service (SIS) annual report for the year ending 30 June 2010 has recently been published on their website. The 29-page document is dry and boring and follows the same structure with more or less the same content as every SIS annual report. A few 'highlights' are documented here.

More: Submissions due on SIS - SIS info stall | OASIS - Submissions Against SIS Amendment Bill | Organising Against State Intelligence Services

Tamati Kruger on the negotiations, the raids and Mana Motuhake


Tamati Kruger has been the face of the Tūhoe negotiations in the media over the last few years. In the interview below, he gives an update on where the negotiations are at and shares his views on Mana Motuhake and the October 15 raids.

"Tūhoe have inherent powers of self government, despite the fact that capacity has been denied and impaired by Crown colonisation, today, Tūhoe communities consent to Mana Motuhake, and it is their natural orientation to have maximum autonomy, to live by their own traditions, way of life and aspirations. [...] We would expect of ourselves excellent welfare and social care services, self directed development opportunities and fair distribution of wealth system."

Links: Oral testimony of Tamati Kruger presented during the Te Urewera Inquiry of the Waitangi Tribunal | Tamati Kruger and the Nation of Tūhoe | 'The Nation': Tamati Kruger interviewed by Garner | Te Mana Motuhake o Tūhoe

Large Solidarity Protest with the Egyptian Uprising


Today in Auckland about 1000 people took part in a solidarity march with the current uprising in North Africa and the Middle East. The march began in Aotea square and marched down to the American consulate under the watch of the police whose presence was noticably large. Chants of “out out Mubarak!” and “long live Egypt!” were common as the crowd took over all of Queen Street on the way to the consulate.

Tunisian Intifada Spreads like Wildire |  SA-Stand in solidarity with the Egyptian People

From Tunis to Cairo - Revolution in the air


Yesterday, we were all Tunisian; today, we are all Egyptian, and tomorrow, we will all be free!

((i)) - 29.01.11: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and in many Egyptian towns and cities in one of the biggest protests seen so far in the country and with intense confrontations with state security forces. Major protests started on January 25 and hundreds were wounded during street battles with the police with five confirmed deaths. [ CONTINUE ]

((i)) - 16.01.11: Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali has been overthrown by a people's power uprising that has built momentum over the last 4 weeks, culminating in a large rally and protest on January 14 that was attacked by riot police. Ben Ali attempted major concessions, but they were too little and too late. After 23 years in power, Ben Ali and family fled the country to Saudi Arabia, joining former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin who was also given refuge in this middle eastern state. [ CONTINUE ]

Links: Socialist Aotearoa - Stand in solidarity with the Egyptian people | Why Egypt’s popular rebellion is the greatest historical event in a decade, and how Barack Obama missed the boat

More cruelty exposed in pig farm investigation



New Zealand Open Rescue recently investigated a North Island intensive piggery where we documented disgusting conditions inside farrowing and fattening buildings. Sadly these conditions are nothing out of the ordinary - in fact they are the norm. The problem is not with isolated farms but with systems that treat animals as units of production - animal machines.

Piglets in the fattening rooms were filthy and covered in flies. They were confined to pens in decrepit rooms inside a building that looked like it should be condemned.

The sows confined to farrowing crates were clearly suffering. They all looked like they'd lost the will to live and were merely existing. They too were covered in flies and many had contact wounds on their backs from where they constantly rubbed against the crate bars confining them. Again they were imprisoned in a series of rooms that could only be described as miserable. Years worth of cobwebs and filth hung from the ceilings.

'Red Ruffians': online archive of Aotearoa's anarchist and syndicalist past



‘Red Ruffians’ is an online archive of writings, pictures and other goodies on Aotearoa’s anarchist and syndicalist past. Such a tradition did (and does) exist, but records of it are fragmented across different websites, books or archives — making them hard to find and accessible to only those in the know. The role of this site is to compile these fragments into one easily accessible location.

The Struggle Continues - ((i))ndymedia review of 2010



What a year 2010 has been. It all happened so quickly: another year of attacks on the poor, the environment, on dissidents, unions, beneficiaries, all in the midst of a global financial crisis the scale of which has not seen since the Great Depression. But it has also been a year of increasing momentum of resistance. Consequently, it's been a busy year in Aotearoa.

So sit back and have a look at our compilation of what you all have published in the Indymedia newswire in 2010.

Previous years: [ 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 ]

Union fireworks at SkyCity on New Year’s Day


SkyCity Casino in Auckland will be the scene of union organised action on January 1 starting immediately after the traditional fireworks display.

Unite and the Service and Food Workers Union are organizing a series of joint stop-work meetings starting at 12.30am on New Year’s day. The meetings will be voting on a resolution from the union negotiating team rejecting the company’s offer in the Collective Agreement negotiations and empowering the unions to organise continuing industrial action until a suitable offer is received.

“This stop work meeting will the world’s first industrial action in 2011”, said Unite National Director and lead union negotiator Mike Treen. "We are holding the meetings on New Year’s day because by then the Collective Agreement will have expired and yet the company refused to allow the unions to consult their members on the company offer before that date."