And David Shearer makes 12 – the full line up of the GCSB Urgent Public Meeting @ Auckland Townhall


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And David Shearer makes 12. Each speaker will have 7 minutes to articulate their opposition to the GCSB mass surveillance Bill.

The meeting starts 7pm sharp, so ensure you are there early to guarantee a seat, once we hit capacity, that’s it, we won’t be able to fit any more in.

If you can’t make it, the meeting will be streamed live on The Daily Blog and will be available on demand afterwards.

The opposition to this terrible legislation is building by the hour, as more NZers start questioning the need for the GCSB to spy on all of us, they are less and less convinced of Key’s justifications.

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The sheer arrogance of the man to tell us all that we care more about bloody snapper quotas than the intelligence apparatus going 1984 on our civil liberties is breath taking and any NZer who honestly believes the snapper quotas ARE more important than the GCSB Bill don’t have the intellectual requirements for citizenship as far as I am concerned.

We can’t let this pass. Be there.

Facebook details here.

Donations: The cost of hiring the Town Hall is astronomical – if you are in any position to donate, here is the Bank Account Number 38-9000-0099726-00, the account name is Global Peace and Justice Auckland


  1. It will be interesting to hear the results of the nation wide poll “Campbell Live” is conducing this week.

  2. I just read a Facebook rant by someone who does care more about snapper than spying – a self proclaimed life long national voter, he threatened to vote for any other party that would protect his right to fish recreationally by reining in commercial fishing… Of course he might baulk at doing so once he realises that might mean voting green.

  3. Not denying the GCSB bill sucks, as we have been saying – as society carries on down the peak oil cliff this sort of thing is guaranteed ie the ‘1%’ hanging on to power till they can’t.
    But on Snapper etc? Watch this.

    Published on Jan 9, 2013
    Evening Lecture | Jeremy Jackson: Ocean Apocalypse | January 7, 2013

    What are the impacts of overfishing? (10:55)

    What if the world’s garbage, sewage and toxic waste had been piled up on land instead of dumped in the ocean? (17:40)

    Global Warming: Are the penguins and polar bears doomed? (28:22)

    How much will the sea level rise in the 21st Century? (41:07)

    Can we avoid Ocean Apocalypse? (54:35)

    Jeremy Jackson is Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution and Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He studies human impacts on the oceans and the ecology and paleoecology of tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems. Jackson is author of more than 150 scientific publications and eight books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jackson has received numerous prizes and awards including most recently the Peterson Medal from Harvard University, the Paleontological Medal, the BBVA International Prize in Ecology and Conservation, and the Society for Conservation Biology LaRoe Award for Outstanding Contributions to Conservation Biology. Jackson’s work on historical overfishing and the collapse of coastal ecosystems was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding scientific achievement of 2001. Island Press just published his latest book, Shifting Baselines: The Past and Future of Ocean Fisheries, in August 2011.

  4. Crispy skin snapper with caper and lemon salsa

    Snapper fillets, skin on
    2 small tomatoes, finely chopped
    1 shallot or small red onion, finely chopped
    2 tbs of finely chopped capers
    Small handful of parsley
    1 lemon, juice and zest
    Olive oil

    Score the fillets lightly in a criss-cross direction without cutting to deeply then fry, skin side down, in the butter halfway before turning the fillets and finishing on the other side.
    Combine all the other ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.
    Place snapper on a serving plate with the salsa either placed on the fish or next to it. Crusty bread goes really well with this.

  5. I’m sorry that the serious issue of sustainably fishing Snapper has been caught up the GCSB debate. It’s quite a serious issue as are all issues concerning our oceans.Gareth Morgan has an interesting article on the issues surrounding recreational fishing of snapper here –

    He argues that the number of recreational fishers catching snapper is increasing exponentially and fishers need to take some of the responsibility for fish numbers being maintained.

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