The Liberal Agenda: 5th-9th June



Round 2 of the 2013 LATE At The Museum is happening on Thursday. This time around Hermes is inspiring a discussion about communication from Russell Brown, Rosabel Tan, Judge David Harvey and Troy Rawhiti-Forbes. Dawsons are doing some yummy catering and Orchestra of Spheres will be serenading everyone after Smart Talk.


The Auckland Festival of Photography is on this week. There is a massive programme available here. AND this coming Saturday is the Auckland Photo Day. Which means if you have a camera and live in Auckland you should get snapping and try to capture an image reflecting your Auckland. The competition is open to anyone.

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The Wellington Jazz Festival kicks off on Thursday. Featuring local and international acts playing rhythm & blues, soul, gospel, reggae, contemporary & traditional jazz. The Cuba Quarter will be filled day and night with sweet sweet jazz.


Stand Up for The Environment is happening in Whanganui this Thursday. It’s a panel discussion organised by The Greens and it’ll cover the changes to the RMA and what they mean for democracy and our communities. The Greens are also hosting a Climate Change Conference on Friday at Parliament aimed at fostering cross-party and public dialogue on climate change. Details here.


Titus continues at Q Theatre in Auckland. If you are a Shakespeare fan, or have young potential Shakespeare fan, I’d highly recommend it as a very accessible example of what Shakespeare contemporised well looks like.

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The Dalai Lama is in Christchurch on Sunday (he’s coming to Wellington and Auckland next week). As someone brought up according to Buddhist teachings and has an ongoing interest in them, I’m a bit jealous of Christchurch, because that’s the only place he’s giving Buddhist teaching (elsewhere he’s giving general lectures). At 10.00am he’ll be doing The Four Noble Truths which is a core concept in Buddhism. At 1 pm he’ll be lecturing on Compassion.

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There are still seats left at this fundraiser movie screening of The Great Gatsby being held to support the Service and Food Workers Union Equal Pay Case in the name of aged care worker Kristine Bartlett. The case is expensive so we need support to fight the latest front in the fight for fair pay for women workers. You can pay for your tickets online. Make a deposit to the NZ Council of Trade Unions 38 9007 0894028 14, using the reference 825700. Sunday 9 June, 7pm for a 7.15 movie start. Tickets $25 waged, $15 unwaged. Penthouse Cinema, Brooklyn. To confirm ticket sales or any questions, please email


Last but not least, there’s a neat-sounding performance piece on at Auckland Art Gallery on Sunday. Tūī, Tui, Tuia explores the tension between the noise of Auckland City and the regenerating biodiversity of nearby wildlife sanctuaries. Featuring conservation themed waiata by Dudley Benson, performance from Cat Ruka and sound collected by ecologist Sam Hill. This free show is on at 2pm in the North Atrium.

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