The Liberal Agenda: 12th-20th Oct

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Fiesta in the Park is happening on Saturday 12th Oct. Music, food and fun. It’s in support of Mental Health Awareness Week and is all based on the theme ‘Connect’. Featuring Sola Rosa, The Desotos, Emma Paki and more, it kicks off at midday and will run all afternoon in Western Park. Fun!

 

On Sunday13th Oct Street Trash Sculpture Clash is happening. A crazy competition where creativity meets inorganic rubbish, and teams are challenged to build sculptures within a tight time limit. Get a team together or head along as a spectator.

 

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On Monday the Greens are filling Aotea Square with a cardboard casino to show just how big a concession is being made. You can add your message to the government to one of the machines. Head along and show your disapproval with our laws being sold like this.

 

The lovely folks over at 350 Aotearoa are holding a discussion on Divestment on Tuesday night. Divestment is the movement of encouraging people/companies/organisations to remove investments from the fossil fuel industry. In NZ this has recently had a boost with five anglican dioceses stepping up to do just that. Awesome stuff. The speakers will be Rodger Spiller (Responsible Investment Association), Jeanette Fitzsimmons (Former co-leader of the Green Party and Coal Action Network organiser), and Ashlee Gross (350 National Coordinator). They’ll explain the movement, why it’s a good thing and what you can do. If you’re in Auckland, head up to the Uni to find out more.

 

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The Sustainable City Showcase runs Thursday to Friday this week. This annual event is a wonderful celebration of all things sustainable. Exhibitors showcase their wares and share information about things you can do to live a more sustainable life. Think clothing, food, transport, urban living, workplace etc etc. Entrance is free and there are events happening throughout the three days which are worth checking out. I’d particularly recommend the Generation Zero speaking tour ‘What’s the Hold Up?’ They’ll be talking smart energy and transport solutions, and looking at challenges and opportunities for NZ to get past fossil fuels.  http://www.sustainablecity.org.nz/node/93

 

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There is a film Fundraiser for Amnesty International, on Saturday night. ‘No Fire Zone’ is screening at the St Heliers Bay Community Church. ‘No Fire Zone’ is a documentary about the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009 during which, thousands of Tamil people were killed. Although Sri Lanka authorities have attempted to create a narrative of human rights progress since then, the reality is a stark contrast. Torture, restrictions on freedom of speech and random disappearances are still commonplace. Tickets are $20 (eftpos is available) and this inclu8des a light supper. After the film, Vanushi Walters, a Sri Lankan Human Rights lawyer will speak briefly. Contact Jeanette Miller (521 2050) or Christine Brett (576 1235) for more information.

 

‘The Battle of the Sexes’ is premiering in New Zealand on Sunday night. It’s the story of Billy Jean King’s historic fight for gender equality in the game of tennis. It’s being brought to NZ by the Auckland Women’s Centre. Tickets are $20 or $25 including an icecream or glass of wine. They are available from Auckland Women’s Centre( info@womenz.org.nz  Ph: 376 3227 ext 201) or The Women’s Bookstore, (105 Ponsonby Rd Ph: 376 4399). For more info, call Sophie Richmond (376 3227).

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