The Liberal Agenda: 9th-15th September




There are 2 more hustings for the Labour Party leadership challengers. They are on Monday in Blackball (7pm-9pm, Blackball Workingmen’s Club, 19 Hart St, Blackball) and then the final one is Tuesday in Christchurch (7.30pm-9.30pm, Christian Cullen Lounge, Addington Raceway, Christchurch). And then I suggest the three of them sit down with a nice cup of tea after what has been a crazy schedule over the last 10 days.


I went to an Open Late session at the Auckland Art Gallery a couple of months ago for the California Design exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The final one of these series is happening on Tuesday this week. This time round, the lovely Wallace Chapman is speaking about one of the objects in the gallery and Tyra Hammond will be performing in the North Atrium. If you haven’t seen the exhibition, I HIGHLY recommend it. It has something for everyone and is also very accessible for those who find the art world a bit intimidating. Going along in the evening and having a drink and a nibble and a stroll around the exhibition is also a particularly lovely mid-week outing.

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On Wednesday JustSpeak are holding a discussion called ‘Breaking the Binaries’, looking at the intersection of Gender and Sexualities and Criminal Justice. Associate Professor Elisabeth McDonald will give a speech entitled “Motivation as mitigation? Hate crimes and the killing of gay men,” after which there will be a workshop session on Trans* people and the prison system in Aotearoa. Entry is free and pizza is provided.

On Thursday, Gareth Hughes is in Tauranga for a public meeting entitled Protect Our Beaches- Stop Deep Sea Oil Drilling. He will be joined by Al Fleming (Forest and Bird Central North Island Field Officer) and Julian Fitter (Bay of Plenty Mining Watch). The meeting is taking place at 6.30pm in the Aihe Room, Papamoa Library, 15 Gravatt Rd. Learn more about what deep sea drilling means for New Zealand and what you can do to fight it.


There’s a big treat for those creative types out there too. Survive & Thrive, an initiative from the Arts Regional Trust Te Taumata Toi-a-iwi (ART) in partnership with The Big Idea. Survive & Thriven is a whole weekend of speakers, networking and workshops for people working in the creative sector or who are interested in incorporating arts-led practice into their work. This year’s theme is ‘fuelling the business of creativity’. There are different strands of speakers and workshops for people with different areas of interest, there are sounding boards, practical activities and presentations from a wide range of companies and organisations.

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