Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #70

Published: Sat 2 Oct 2004 09:22 PM
Global Peace And Justice Auckland Newsletter #70
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Dear friends,
NB: GPJA FORUM CANCELLED. The GPJA forum scheduled for this Monday (Oct 4) has had to be cancelled as speakers were not available. We hope to be able to reschedule the Pacific Forum to Monday, November 1. However on Tuesday night there is an important launch of a book about Ahmed Zhaoui by Scoop co-editor Selwyn Manning. Check out the details below. Two international speakers are coming to Auckland this month – the Cuban Ambassador on Sat October 9 and a Philippines human rights activist on Wed Oct 13.
Monday, October 4, 6pm, Maidement Theatre, Princes St, Auckland University University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Political Studies Department Presents the 2004 Chapman Lecture. Associate Professor Elizabeth McLeay "Studying New Zealand Politics". Elizabeth McLeay discusses the contributions made to the knowledge and understanding of New Zealand politics through its academic study. In doing so, she outlines some of the challenges faced by political scientists, both within and beyond the universities. Although scholars who work on the politics of their own country have a particular responsibility to contribute to public debate, this is not always an easy task. Some of the problems they encounter can be explained in terms of the nature of New Zealand politics itself. All welcome.
Tuesday, October 5, 6.30pm, Western Springs Garden Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs, Located opposite Western Springs Lake, MOTAT and the Auckland Zoo You are invited to attend a Book Launch announcing the publication of a major investigation into the Ahmed Zaoui case. Title: "I almost forgot about the moon" Subtitle: The Disinformation Campaign Against Ahmed Zaoui. Authors: Selwyn Manning (Scoop Media co-editor) - Yasmine Ryan - Katie Small. The launch will feature an introduction to the book, music, conviviality, interviews… RSVP: to or phone or txt Selwyn on 021-664286.
Friday, October, 8, 11am, Nine to Noon, Radio NZ Linda Clark interviews Marie Hilao-Enriquez (see below)
Saturday, October 9, 1pm, Rationalist House, 64 Symonds St, City (opp top of Wakefield St) "The Flowering of Cuban Culture". Hear CUBAN AMBASSADOR Miguel Angel Ramirez speak on the effect of the Cuban revolution on cultural life. The meeting is timed to coincide with the Cuban film festival and is the first time Ambassador Ramirez has been able to speak in Auckland. For further information contact Janet 525-5412 or Malcolm 276-2054 or email
Wednesday, October 13, 7pm, Trades hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn MARIE HILAO-ENRIQUEZ, FILIPINO HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER TOURING NZ OCTOBER 2004 THE PHILIPPINES IN THE FIRING LINE - AMERICA'S "SECOND FRONT IN THE WAR ON TERROR’ "AND THE IMPACT ON HUMAN RIGHTS. Marie Hilao-Enriquez is the head of Karapatan, one of the biggest and best known human rights groups in the Philippines, and also of Selda, the organisation of former political prisoners from the 1970s and 80s martial law dictatorship of the late Ferdinand Marcos. Marie herself was a Marcos prisoner and her family suffered badly (one sister was murdered by the military, another two siblings were imprisoned). Marie has been a leading figure in the Philippine human rights movement for the past 30 years. For Auckland details contact: Luke Coxon; ph (09) 8276059; mobile 027 2487005; e-mail: Donations are welcome, to help with costs. Please make cheques to PSNA, with a note saying that it is for the Hilao-Enriquez Tour. Or you can make a donation directly into our bank account. If you do so, record it as a donation for the Hilao-Enriquez Tour and include your name. Send us an e-mail to tell us and let us know your name and address. Our account details: Philippines Solidarity Network, Kiwibank, 155 The Terrace, Wellington. Account number 389000 0792619 00. Details re other centres contact Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa, Box 2450, Christchurch, New Zealand THERE WILL BE A TV TO WATCH ENEMY OF THE STATE’ (see below) FOLLOWING MARIE'S MEETING.
Wednesday, October 13, 8.30pm, TV1 Enemy of the State. Ahmed Zaoui has been imprisoned in New Zealand for nearly two years without charges and without trial. But is he the terrorist the Government and the SIS would have us believe... or is he simply the victim of a military dictatorship? Reporter Alex van Wel and Director Mike Valintine travel into Algeria to investigate Zaoui's life. With hidden cameras they probe the allegations made against him and discover who made them. Enemy of the State follows the trail of evidence against Zaoui through five countries in Europe and Asia in an investigation which raises serious questions about the credibility of the case against him. Alex van Wel also talks to the Algerian military, the French Secret Service and to Zaoui's family, friends and colleagues.
Thursday, October 14, Village, Queen St, City THE CORPORATION is coming to NZ. Winner of 22 awards including AUDIENCE AWARDS for DOCUMENTARY in WORLD CINEMA at the 2004 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL and for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the recent Sydney Film Festival. In today’s context it is a political act to see a film like The Corporation in a commercial movie theatre. Please go see it during it's first week run. If enough people go to the film it will be held over. This is the only way it will remain in theatres and therefore reach the widest audience possible. THE CORPORATION is resonating with audiences all over the world. Analyzing the very nature of the corporate institution, its impacts on our planet, and what people are doing in response, filmmakers Mark Achbar (co-director of MANUFACTURING CONSENT), Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan provide a darkly amusing account of the institution's evolution as a legal "person," and a powerful indictment of the roots of corporate power. For more information visit
Saturday, October 16, 10am, Queen St to Bastion Point. Hikoi commences 10 am HIKOI TAKUTAIMOANA II. No Confiscation! No Privatisation! He karanga tenei! Nau mai! Haere mai! Tautoko mai! ASSEMBLE: Mayoral Drive Auckland. ROUTE: Down Queen Street, Customs Street, Quay Street, Tamaki Drive (escort by waka taua), then up Kitemoana Street to Orakei Marae (Bastion Point) Parking at Bastion Point. Shuttle service for drivers back to Mayoral Drive. Dress: Best for the Day. BYO: food, drink, caps, sunblock, umbrellas etc. Buses will be available for Kaumatua from the bottom of Queen Street to Bastion Point. Questions? Contact Nga Tai o Te Reinga: Bernie Hornfeck 025 612 5313; Kiri Potaka Dewes 027 4788 328; Te Ururoa Flavell 027 295 6135; Annette Sykes 021 243 2172; Teressa Te Moni 07 348 3552; Te Orohi Paul 027 255 3658 Or watch for weekly updates on our website: ALL Koha gratefully accepted to: Kiwi Bank Te Ngae Account Number: 389002-0653401-00
Sunday 17th October 7pm, the Comedy Classic, 321 Queens St. INDYMEDIA DOCUMENTARY FILM NIGHT "OUTFOXED: Murdoch's War on Journalism" examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. The film explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person. Prominent Media experts provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society. This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed." Director/Producer Robert Greenwald is the Executive Producer of Unprecedented which Aotearoa Indymedia screened last year. 74 mins. More info:
Wednesday, October 20, 7pm, Wellpark College of Natural Therapies, 6 Francis St, Grey Lynn Join the Food Revolution - change the world one bite at a time with Green MP Sue Kedgley and runner Alison Roe. Find out what's really in your food and what we can do to ensure it is safe:sustainably produced; accurately labelled; free from disease and antibiotics; ethically marketed. The purpose of the campaign is to ensure through consumer pressure that all food sold in New Zealand is sustainably produced, accurately labelled, drug free and ethically marketed. The campaign is largely web-based and allows concerned consumers to send e-cards to manufacturers and the Government calling for safe food. E-cards have already been developed for mandatory country of origin labelling, drug-free food and a call to stop the importation of irradiated fruit. Come along to this meeting to find out what you can do to ensure all food in this country is SAFE. To find more about Join the Food Revolution, go to food-revolution For more information about the meeting, contact or call (04) 381-4640.
Thursday, October 28, 7.30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. FOUNDING GENERAL MEETING OF PRIVATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOLS TEACHERS ASSOC. All teachers welcome to join and help improve the situation for teachers in the industry. For further info contact
December 2-5, Massey University, Albany An International Interdisciplinary Conference on Restorative Justice to be held at Centre for Justice and Peace Development Massey University Albany Auckland. "NEW FRONTIERS IN RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: ADVANCING THEORY AND PRACTICE" To express interest in attending and/or to offer a presentation email or write to Dr. Warwick Tie, Centre for Justice and Peace Development, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Massey University, Private Bag 102 904, North Shore MSC, Auckland. Closing date for the submission of abstracts is the 31st May 2004. Conference URL:
CUBAN FILM FESTIVAL STARTS SEPTEMBER 30 - AUCKLAND INFORMATION The primary intention of the inaugural New Zealand-Cuba Film Exchange is to increase understanding between the peoples of the two countries through the medium of film spanning the last ~50 years. New Zealand and Cuba are both island nations with histories of colonisation, and bigger neighbours against whom they frequently struggle to assert and maintain their independent identities. Despite their small sizes and limited resources, both countries have created and sustained world-class film industries, producing international award-winning films, yet maintaining their unique cultural identities. MUESTRA DE CINE DE NUEVA ZELANDIA, held in Cuba in February 2004, introduced Cubans to New Zealand through film, and we are pleased to now invite New Zealanders to Si! Cuba! The film exchanges offer the opportunity for these two countries, who have taken very different political paths, to become aware of each others social, political, and cultural development as reflected not only in the storylines, but also in the sets and settings, fashions, soundtracks, even dialogue of the films. VENUE: All sessions will be held at the Academy Cinema, Library Building, 64 Lorne St, Phone (09) 373 2761. TICKET PRICES: WEEKDAY SESSIONS PRIOR TO 5.00 PM. Adults - $10.00; Students/Film Society - $9.00; Senior Citizens - $7.00; Children (15 and under) - $7.00. EVENINGS (FROM 5.00 PM) WEEKENDS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. Adults - $13.00; Students/Film Society - $9.00; Senior Citizens - $7.00; Children (15 and under) - $7.00. BOOKINGS: Advance ticket sales are now available at the Academy Cinema. Bookings can be made daily from 30 minutes prior to the first session until 8.30 pm. Phone reservations accepted and will be held until 20 minutes before the screening. Only complimentary passes marked Cuban Season will be accepted. SATURDAY OCTOBER 2: 4.00 pm Vampires in Havana; SUNDAY OCTOBER 3: 4.00 pm Life Is to Whistle MONDAY OCTOBER 4: 1.00 pm Life Is to Whistle; 8.30 pm Memories of Underdevelopment TUESDAY OCTOBER 5: 1.00 pm Maluala; 8.30 pm The Last Supper WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6: 1.00 pm The Last Supper; 8.30 pm Maluala THURSDAY OCTOBER 7: 1.00 pm Lucía; 8.30 pm Hurricanes FRIDAY OCTOBER 8: 1.00 pm The Days of Water; 8.30 pm Plaff! SATURDAY OCTOBER 9: 3.30 pm Lucía; SUNDAY OCTOBER 10: 3.30 pm Lucía MONDAY OCTOBER 11: 1.00 pm Plaff!; 8.30 pm The Days of Water TUESDAY OCTOBER 12: 1.00 pm Hurricanes; 8.30 pm Portrait of Teresa WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 13: 1.00 pm Portrait of Teresa; 8.30 pm Plaff!
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