Kick your week off with a bit of democratic participation by learning how to write submissions on the upcoming Social Services Select Committee Inquiry on the funding of Sexual Abuse Services. The Green Party, Wellington Rape Crisis, the Wellignton Sexual Abuse Help Foundation and the Wellington Young Feminists Collective are running a workshop on Monday night to clarify and explain the process. If you can’t make it, you can always write submissions indepedently, just remember the deadline is the 10th October. It’s from 5-7 at St John’s in the City. All the details are on this handy poster which you can also share around.
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.
The ProChoice Highway is continuing on it’s way around New Zealand. This week it’s locations are:
Wednesday 9 October, Hastings: Stall; Author talk & discussion on reproductive rights issues and NZ law. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Heretaunga Women’s Centre, Corner Eastbourne and Russell Streets, Hastings.
Also if you have any ideas for a good stall spot or would like to arrange a meet up in Whakatane, Gisborne, Napier or Hastings then you can get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s the last week of the Auckland Heritage Festival this week as well. If you haven’t been along to any of the events yet, you should check out the programme and make the most of what’s on offer. There are lots of free and cheap events throughout all of Auckland. If I had to make one pick it would be (weather permitting) heading out on the Ted Ashby to check out the Harbour on a beautiful heritage yacht.
Lastly, this week is also the final week of Young and Hungry which is a wonderful celebration of young creative types being youthful and creative. Check out Auckland’s next generation of theatre makers do their thing. There’s a review here of the two pieces.
If you know of anything else coming up, this week or in the coming months, please comment below and let everyone know. Include links if you can and if it’s far enough out we’ll include it in the blog post for that week.
Have a good week!