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Sowing the Seeds of Resistance


Local community gardeners fed up with our unsustainable city took part in a 'Permablitz' in central Auckland yesterday. About 20 gardeners appropriated neglected public land for community benefit; digging up grass, planting vegetables and various fruit trees.

Support from locals was high, with many offering to lend a hand and resources for the project. The increase of support for community food initiatives is indicative of the shift in public consciousness around not only where our food comes from but on the importance of independent and healthy communties.

Summertime is Climate Camp time


It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere - and everybody is at the various Climate Camps (CC) across Europe (for example CC Scotland | CC Cymru/Wales | CC Ireland | CC London | CC Antwerpen | CC Nantes). The camp in London is still going and the Indymedia Centre is reporting non-stop. The recent camps in Ireland, Scotland and Wales were very succesful.

The camps are a step towards the massive protests planned at the COP15 climate summit in Copenhagen in December this year. "Our goal is not to shut down the entire summit. But this day will be ours, it will be the day we speak for ourselves and set the agenda: climate justice now!"

In Aotearoa, a Climate Camp will start in Wellington on 16th December 2009. Check for regular details.

Report of Hell Pizza Protest - Apologies, promises and free pizza


Friday evening saw a Socialist Aotearoa organised picket of a Hells Pizza outlet in downtown Auckland. The protest was in response to recent racist advertising by Hells Pizza. The picket had a good turn out for a Friday evening with around 20 people chanting and holding placards saying “Racists go to Hell”. Things started to go a bit odd when the Hell’s pizza employee that had designed the recent campaign got on the megaphone.

More: Tumeke Blog Report and Photos | Socialist Aotearoa

SAS in Afghanistan opposed


Global Peace and Justice Auckland held a peaceful demonstration outside the Papakura army barracks of the NZ SAS between 12:00 and 2:00pm today. Chanting protesters called for the National-Act government to pull the SAS and all NZ military personel out of Afghanistan, and devote the army deployment funding to civilian rebuilding programmes.

Army staff videod demonstraters, and police maintained a patrol line along the barracks boundary, and patrol cars at each end of Grove Rd, which the barracks are on. 52 protesters received vocal support from locals, with most passing cars cheering or tooting and waving, in stark contrast to the obscenities from a woman leaving the army base.

Stop Night Class Cuts! National Day of Action Proposed September 12th


Last night over 200 people gathered in Western Springs, Auckland to discuss the impending National government cuts in community adult education. In 2010 National has proposed to cut funding from 16 million to 3 million dollars, affecting some 220 000 adult learners nation wide.

The diverse crowd gathered to tell their stories of how community education has benefited themselves and those around them. Many spoke of pervasive isolation of our society and the importance of opportunities to meet and learn with others in the community. Whether it is a cooking class, Te Reo or maths, people understood the important of such courses beyond the bare economics that concern the National government.

Telecom line engineers - National Day of Action on Monday, 24th August


EPMU members involved in the ongoing Telecom/Visionstream dispute unanimously endorsed a National Day of Action this MONDAY, 24 AUGUST. The EPMU will send out more information shortly about events throughout the country.

On June 25th 2009 Telecom announced it was ending its network engineering contract with Transfield and Downer EDI for the Auckland and Northland regions and instead providing the contracts to Visonstream. Because of this change 700 lines engineers are now facing redundancy and are being told by Visionstream that they will only get work if they transfer as dependent contractors to Visionstream.

Links: If Telecom wins, we all lose | Take Action | YouTube | Donate | Photos | News | About

Fire in Kanaky - USTKE & French State Clash over Airline dispute


One of the Pacific rim's most militant unions the Union of Kanaky and Exploited Workers (USTKE) will hold a demonstration this Saturday (22/08) in Noumea, New Caledonia calling for the release of its President and leaders who have been imprisoned as a result of a crackdown on the union for its militant defence of worker's rights. This demonstration comes after months of clashes between the union and riot police on the streets of Kanaky.

The French territory of New Caledonia has a quarter of the population in living below the poverty threshold, 4 times more than on the French mainland. The media is heavily biased agianst the indigenous people, jails are cramped and full of young Kanaks, unemployment is rife and immigrants from France are swamping the territory.

More: Photos | Video | Labourstart

Previous AIMC Coverage: Clashes in Kanaky: USTKE calls one-day general strike | Kanaky continue the struggle against Capitalism and Colonisation | Trade unionists sentenced to jail in Kanaky | New Caledonia: Workers versus Globalisation

Dave drives to work


Mick at Grand Opening of Inland Revenue’s new 24 hr drive thru in ChchDave Theobald has worked at Inland Revenue's Christchurch office for the last 20 years. His work is valued, he is a highly intelligent literate man. And he has problems with mental illness, something the TV ads tell us happens to 10% of the population.

He was diagnosed paranoid after self referring himself to a doctor. Because of the medication his work output became low. Dave was assigned a colleague within the department and this is where the real problems began.

Self-governance for Ngāi Tūhoe “on the table”


Activist Tame Iti says that not very long ago, the Crown thought Tūhoe was absurd to think of sovereignty and self-governance, but the matter is now on the table alongside financial compensation. A meeting was held in Wellington yesterday (11 August) between 40 iwi members and the Crown to hear its first offer of settlement. It is still unknown what the offer is. Te Kotahi ā Tūhoe chairman Tamati Kruger said the offer will be taken back to the people at a series of hui on Tuesday night and on Wednesday.

Links: Te Kotahi ā Tūhoe | Te Mana Motuhake ō Tūhoe | Ngāi Tūhoe

BBQ Factory ends Kwila sales as Papuan activist tours


Major outdoor furniture retailer the BBQ Factory has commited to ending sales of illegally and unsustainably imported Kwila just days before a national speaking tour by West Papuan activist Paula Makabory highlighting human rights violations. Momentum against imports and sales of Kwila is building with the drawing of Green MP Catherine Delahunty's sustainable timber bill in Parliament.

On Monday a dozen demonstrators targeted Carters building supplies on the North Shore. Carters sells Kwila imported from a forestry concession owned by the brutal Indonesian military.

More info: NZ Herald article | Rainforest Action | How we can fight climate change without even trying

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