The Liberal Agenda: 18th-22nd June


The Auckland Labour Environment Network is hosting ‘Getting it Together for the Environment’. NGOs and Labour party members getting together to chat all things environment. Each NGO gets 3 minutes to explain what they want to see governments do fro the environment. Then Labour MPs get 5 minutes to respond. Featuring Phil Twyford (Assoc. Environment Cities) David Cunliffe, Maryan Street (Environment), and Moana Mackey (Energy). You do need to register and can do that here.  More details here.


Prof. Jonathan Boston (former co-chair, Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty) discussing “The Cost and Challenge of Child Poverty” as part of a St John’s Public Issues Forum. Attendance free, all welcome. At St John’s In The City, Wellington from 7:30-9:00pm on Wednesday night.


JustSpeak has its third and final panel discussion in the Unlocking Prisons series in Auckland on Wednesday. “Should alternatives be the mainstream” will look at creative solutions for the future. These have been a really excellent and informative series, so if you haven’t been along yet, make sure you get to this one. It’s from 6.00pm at St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd.

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There will be a Universal Basic Income workshop facilitated by Sue Bradford on Wednesday from 6-8pm at the AAAP offices (86 Princes Street, Onehunga). It will look at what a UBI is and consider what a progressive version of a UBI might look like in 2013. This workshop is not academic, it is open to everyone who is interested in jobs and welfare activism. Snacks and drinks will be offered from 5:40 pm, with the workshop itself running from 6-8 pm. If you plan on attending please register by emailing if you have not already done so. More info here.


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Wellington’s Freedom Shop will mark World Refugee Day with a film screening and discussion evening on Friday, 21 June at the People’s Cinema. In response to Parliament passing the Immigration Amendment Bill relier in June, Wellington’s anarchist bookshop, The Freedom Shop, will screen the April 2013 documentary “No Advantage: Inside Australia’s Offshore Processing Centres”, which exposes the conditions inside the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island. Entry by Koha. Friday, June 21, 6.30pm, People’s Cinema, 57 Manners St, Wellington City
Amnesty International and the New Zealand Centre for Law, Policy and Practice at Auckland University will be showing ‘No Fire Zone,‘  at 5.30pm Saturday in the Algie Lecture Theatre (2nd Floor, 9 Eden Crescent, The University of Auckland). It’s a new documentary that looks at what happened in the last few months of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Callum Macrae, the documentary’s director, will be visiting New Zealand especially for Amnesty’s screenings of No Fire Zone and will be available for a question and answer session after the screening. No Fire Zone is a meticulous and chilling exposè of alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity – told through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever recorded by those present during the violence. Cost: Koha, entry by donation.


Following on from the enthusiasm of the March against Monsanto, Green MP Steffan Browning invites you to meet Bob Mackley, an Australian Farmer, who has had first-hand experience of contamination of his farm, by genetically engineered crops. On Saturday at 4:00pm at WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch. The session will discuss the current status of GE in both countries and outline ways you can help keep GE out of the food chain.




If you haven’t sponsored anyone for Lifewise’s Big Sleepout yet, I would suggest Martyn Bradbury.