April 15, 2010

Don Franks

According to a feature in today’s Dominion Post, “one in five Kiwi workers suffer from workplace bullying, one of the worst rates in the world”.

The claim’s made by a Minister of Labour commissioned university survey, released on 16/4/2010.

A joint university research team – from Auckland, Waikato, Massey and London – polled more than 1700 workers from the health, education, hospitality and travel sectors asking how frequently they were exposed to “negative acts” at work.

Overall 17.8 per cent of respondents were identified as victims of bullying.

The international range was claimed to be between 5 per cent and 20 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

India’s Maoist spokesman interviewed in The Hindu

April 15, 2010

The Communist Party of India (Maoist) is a banned revolutionary party leading a revolutionary movement which has  support in more than a third of the country.

The party’s spokesman, Azad,  has been interviewed by The Hindu, a widely read publication. In this interview Azad talks in detail about the armed struggle,  how and why it developed.

You can download the interview  here: Azad’s Interview with The Hindu

or read it on line here:


Wgtn: Ben Peterson speaks on Nepali revolution

April 13, 2010

Christchurch’s free health center to close

April 10, 2010

The Spark April 2010
Byron Clark

Christchurch’ s free youth health center known as 198 is likely to close at the end of this month due to a funding shortfall. The center has delivered health services to young people since 1995. In 2008-09 the center received $553,087 from the District Health Board but it was forecast to receive the lesser amount of $461,114 this year and unable to find alternative funding to make up the difference and will be facing bankruptcy if it doesn’t close. Read the rest of this entry »

Protest against India’s state terror

April 9, 2010

One of India’s leading Maoists Kobad Ghandy is facing charges under India’s repressive laws which have been denounced by human rights activists.

Kobad is a campaigner for liberation against Indian state terror.

Join the demo to free Kobad Ghandy and protest against Operation Green Hunt, India’s war on the poor.

12 midday Thursday 29 April

High Commission of India, 180 Molesworth Street, Wellington

The need for a farm workers union

April 7, 2010

The Spark April 2010
Byron Clark

Recently released figures from Federated Farmers have shown that although the number of farms with written contracts between the farmer and farm employees grew by 9% since last year, fewer than a quarter of farms have a contract with their employees and only 40% keep records of the hours their employees’ work. Read the rest of this entry »

Planned economy not planned unemployment

April 6, 2010

The Spark April 2010
Jared Phillips

In the first part of its first term the current National government strengthened its centrist positioning with a job creation agenda (national and regional job summits), redundancy packages (Job Support Scheme, transitional relief packages), and youth employment incentives (youth opportunities package). As was the international order-of-the-day, corporate welfare pervaded most of the policy that emerged. Now, outside of National and Labour’s struggle for the political centre, New Zealand’s increasing margins – the unemployed, the underemployed, the transient workforce – are up for direct punishment.

Key and Bennett launched Future Focus (aka beneficiary bashing)

As  soon as John Key and Paula Bennett announced Future Focus benefit reforms in late-March 2010 One News let the game begin with a headline story about Work and Income NZ fraud by an ex-gang member’s partner, who they’d ambushed with cameras at her court appearance. On queue, The New Zealand Herald (25/3/10) chimed the bell with its editorial ‘Benefit reform a step in the right direction’, in which there was a mouth-off about `Young women who regard the domestic purposes benefit as an open-ended career choice’, and a citation of John Key’s ‘breeding for business’ theory in regard to ‘unmarried women’ who ‘get pregnant’. This is the way in which the government has come out to front the mass unemployment problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Search & Surveillance Bill - public meetings

April 5, 2010

Wellington Public Meeting: April 8th:

What’s all the fuss about the Search & Surveillance Bill? Public meeting 8 April 2010 at 7pm Old Government Building Lecture Theatre 2 (VUW Law School)

Chief justices, the privacy commissioner, Amnesty International, the Council for Trade Unions and the Human Rights Commissioner have all come out in opposition to the Search and Surveillance Bill saying it is a major threat to human rights and a major attack on fundamental freedoms. This bill is now before parliament and will be reported back on 1 May. Find out what is going on.

Speakers include: Warren Young, deputy president of the NZ Law Commission and Michael Bott, Chairman of the Wellington Council for Civil Liberties.

The moderator for the programme will be Dr. Sandra Grey, Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Cultural Studies, Victoria University. http://stopthebillnow.blogspot.com StopTheBillNow@gmail.com

Auckland Organising Meeting

Saturday April 24th is going to be a national day of protest action to oppose the Search and Surveillance Bill.

We will be having a meeting to plan an Auckland protest for the national day of action on:

7pm Thursday the 8th of April, Meeting room one in AUSA house, University of Auckland,Alfred Street.(That is the big old wooden house on Alfred Street, across the road from the University General Library).

A land grab, or just free trade?

April 3, 2010

Ever since the global food crisis of 2008, countries such as China, as well as South Korea and the oil-rich but food-poor nations of the Middle East, have been buying up large amounts of land for agricultural production in places like sub-Saharan Africa, sparking concerns about a “new land grab” and “re-colonisation” of the continent. These terms certainly appear to be accurate, the neo-colonial relationship African countries have shared with the West since the end of colonialism proper has kept them poor and susceptible to unequal trade relationships, not just with the Western world, but with emerging economic powers as well. It is surprising however, that similar rhetoric has been used to describe the announcement that Chinese company Natural Dairy NZ plans to buy NZ$1.5 billion worth of farmland, cows and milk processing plants in New Zealand. Read the rest of this entry »

No Israeli Embassy in Wellington [NIEW] Mission Statement

April 1, 2010

Alastair Reith


On 26 March 26th 2010, Palestine activists from around Wellington met to plan a campaign of resistance to the re-opening of an Israeli embassy in our city. The decision was made to form a coalition involving all interested groups and individuals.

We are calling on all groups opposed to the Israeli occupation and specifically to the opening of an Israeli embassy in our capital to sign on and declare support for this mission statement, and to contribute in whatever ways they can to this campaign. Read the rest of this entry »


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