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Fighting To Be Heard - The Search and Surveillance Bill


This Saturday, 9 October a national day of action will take place against the Search and Surveillance Bill, which is due back before parliament by the end of the month. A number of speakers have lined up to speak against the bill including Keith Locke of the Green Party, Kay Brewerton from the Wellington People's Centre and Dr Sandra Grey, Secretary of the Tertiary Education Union. They will be speaking at the Wellington protest starting in Cuba Mall at 12:00 noon. The action is being organised by the Campaign to Stop the Search and Surveillance Bill - long-time opponents of the proposed legislation, which would greatly expand state powers of search and surveillance.

'Since the Search and Surveillance Bill was first introduced in August 2009, the Justice and Electoral Select Committee has obfuscated the issues surrounding the bill and acted to prevent public input and debate on it', said campaign member Timothy Evetts.

Link:  Protest Photos

Socialist Aotearoa: Which way the wind blows...


Commentary- Joe Carolan, Socialist Aotearoa

Ten million workers on a general strike in Spain. Cop cars burning in Barcelona. The biggest workers action in Spain since the Revolution. And the anger is rising.

The European Parliament barricaded in Brussels, protected by baton wielding robocops from over 100,000 workers representing unions throughout the continent. Banners flying from Greece, Italy, England, Portugal, Scandanivia- one continent, one struggle. The Peoples of Europe are rising up.

Behind the spectacle of The Hobbit


One of the most popular products exported from New Zealand has been the atmospheric Lord of the Rings films. They invoke images of a far off land called Middle Earth complete with massive mountains, panoramic landscapes, and furry wee Hobbits fighting the evil Dark Lord. The next film based in the same fantasy world, The Hobbit, is to be shot in NZ next year.

NZ Actors Equity, the union for actors in NZ, has called upon international actors unions to black the film production. Blacking is a refusal by workers to work on a particular project, in this case a film. The International Federation of Actors have agreed, and so unions like the Canadian Actors Equity, US Actors Equity, the Screen Actors Guild, UK Actors Equity, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance (MEAA, Australia) and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio have boycotted the film.

NZ Actors Equity has called for the boycott because the makers of the film The Hobbit are refusing to engage NZ performers on collectively union-negotiated agreements, thus meaning that NZ actors are being hired on worse pay and conditions than their overseas counterparts. They are seeking a collective agreement with the studio, and the studio has not agreed.

2 Oct

Say No To Kwila: Bunnings Protest


Join Rainforest Action in calling for Bunnings Warehouse to stop selling products made from the endangered Kwila tree.

*Bring a whistle and wear green*

Say No To Kwila protest: Midday, Saturday the 2nd of October Meet outside Bunnings Warehouse, 46 - 56 Tory Street

It's estimated that Kwila trees (mainly from Papua New Guinea and West Papua) will go extinct in 35 years if current rates of logging continue. Buying and selling illegally logged Kwila results in biodiversity loss and human rights abuses, as locals resisting logging have been imprisoned and tortured. In the past, Rainforest Action protests have led to New Zealand retailers stopping the sale of Kwila products.

We need to take a strong stand to halt the destruction of the Papuan rainforest and call on Bunnings Warehouse to SAY NO TO KWILA!

Links|  |   Indonesian Human Rights Committee  |  Facts on Illegal Logging

Fonterra protest highlights destructive dairy industry ahead of World Dairy Summit


Fonterra protest highlights destructive dairy industry ahead of World Dairy Summit

The Coalition Against The World Dairy Summit (CAWDS) believe that yesterday’s Greenpeace protest at the Fonterra head office in Auckland demonstrates the growing awareness of the dairy giant’s devastating practices, and are calling for more protests to come. 

Claire Dann, spokesperson for the Coalition says, “Fonterra are coming under fire for their part in the palm kernel industry and rainforest deforestation, and rightfully so. However the whole dairy industry is also responsible for animal rights abuses, increasing climate change, jeopardising human health and putting profit first before human and animal livelihoods. This is why when the industry leaders come together for the World Dairy Summit in November we need to continue protesting and let them know that this intensive dairy model has no place in our futures.”

Amongst the Rubble: a look at the Christchurch Earthquake from the Bottom Up



While the dust settles and Christchurch recovers from the 7.1 earthquake, people have begun to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. But for many working class people this is not so easy. Those most affected by ‘natural disasters’ — whether by the tsunami in the Pacific, earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and now Christchurch, NZ — are those already on the margins of despair.

 As the impact of the quake became known we saw the authorities rush to ‘lock down’ the CBD, and after a short time brought in the military in a quasi ‘martial law’ scenario. With the aid of the corporate media and using the odd collapsed and damaged building as a backdrop, a sensational picture was painted of a city in ruins. Their reports were far from helpful — heavily recycling dramatic images while providing little concrete advice and information for those of us on the ground. It was hard to not to get the feeling that it was little more than a ratings seeking adventure at our expense.

Video Report of the 90 day Rally in Auckland


Please view below a video produced by the Auckland Indymedia Collective covering the recent 90 day workers rally in central Auckland.

For those interested in video journalism, want to learn and would like to get involved in further projects, get in touch with us


Book launch to commemorate State Terror Raids



'On 15 October 2010 we will commemorate the third anniversary of the State Terror Raids with the launch of a new book about that fateful day. The book is a collection of stories from people affected by the raids, and includes terrifying incidents of state violence and inspiring stories of resistance. The launch will be held at Thistle Hall on Cuba Street in Wellington at 6pm on the 15th of October. All supporters, friends, fellow travellers and freedom fighters are welcome!' says editor Valerie Morse

'Most New Zealanders will remember the lockdown of Ruatoki, the nation-wide raids, the "terror" hysteria followed by arrests and detention of people awaiting the decision of the Solicitor-General as to whether charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act would be authorised. What many people do not know is that the case is still on-going with 18 people awaiting trial, that the people of Ruatoki are still awaiting an apology from the police, and that resistance to the government's phony "war on terrorism" continues.'

Christchurch crisis shows the progressive potential of state and community action



by Scott Hamilton

The earthquake that struck Christchurch in the early hours of Saturday shocked and distressed Kiwis, but the human response to the disaster has quickly become a source of pride around the country.

Last Saturday's quake was as strong as the shock that levelled Napier and killed more than two hundred and fifty people in 1931, and yet it failed to take the life of a single Christchurcher. Building and environmental regulations prevented the complete collapse of all but a few large structures, and Civil Defence workers quickly came to the aid of the injured. A network of well-resourced emergency community shelters has kept the many families forced out of their homes warm and well-fed, and thousands of workers have set about repairing broken sewage lines, fissured streets, and other legacies of the quake. Reports from Christchurch have emphasised the speed and efficiency of the response to the disaster.

Abortion On Demand? Not In New Zealand


This article is from the September issue of Solidarity, free newssheet of the Aotearoa Workers Solidarity Movement. Read the rest of the issue by clicking here.

There’s a common myth that New Zealand women have the right to abortion. However, although the law is usually interpreted extremely liberally, the Crimes Act and the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act severely limit the circumstances under which women can have abortions. This misapprehension helps to prevent real abortion on demand from being made accessible to all women in the country. As well as the law creating legal loopholes that women have to jump through, it puts significant barriers for access for some women.

Of the 21 District Health Boards in the country, 7 do not offer abortions, meaning woman in the Mid Central, Whanganui, Lakes and Bay of Plenty areas in the North Island, and the South Canterbury, West Coast and Southland areas in the South Island who want an abortion have to travel for the procedure. Some have to travel very long distances - for instance, if you live in Bluff, you’ll be forced to drive 8 & 1/2 hours to Christchurch, despite Dunedin hospital being a comparatively close 3 & 1/4 hours drive. As the process often takes multiple appointments, women seeking abortions may even have to make these long trips more than once, which means taking yet more time off work, education, or any other commitments they may have. First trimester abortion is a relatively simple procedure, and there is no medical reason why it can’t be offered in every hospital in the country.

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