Mayoral Candidates Forum

Making Sustainability Happen

Come along and find out mayoral candidates’ long term view for Otautahi-Christchurch and how they see their responsibilities to future generations.

The Local Government Act 2002 makes it clear that:
The purpose of local government is … to enable democratic local decision-making and … to promote the social, economic, environmental, and cultural well-being of communities, in the present and for the future … taking a sustainable development approach.

How are we doing as a city?
What are candidates’ ideas for making sustainability happen?

7.30pm, Wednesday 8 September,
Christchurch Girls' High School Auditorium
Matai Street, Riccarton
All welcome – Come and find out!

Organised by Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch (SOC) in association with the Canterbury Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

Contacts:
www.sustainablechristchurch.org.nz phone (03) 322 4614 email [email protected]
www.cwea.org.nz phone (03) 366 0285 email: [email protected]

Hands Up for World Teachers Day at Aorangi School


Hands up for World Teachers' Day @ Aorangi School,

36 Colwyn Street, Bryndwr, Christchurch

Please come and show your support for Aorangi School!

This Friday - 30 October - it is hands up for learning - Kia Mau Ki Te Whakaako - World Teachers' Day. To celebrate, the Teachers' Union - NZEI Te Riu Roa - is bringing a bus load of around 80 or so members from around the South Island, to our school at around 12.15. At 12.30 there will be a countdown and everyone will raise their hands up to show support for learning.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU HERE TO RAISE YOUR HANDS UP TO SHOW NOT JUST SUPPORT FOR LEARNING BUT ALSO FOR OUR SCHOOL. After this you could come along to assembly for the Kiwanis Terrific Kids 2009 awards.

The more people we have here, the better! This could be the last chance we have to show the MOE, Anne Tolley how much wider Christchurch values the Aorangi community! It's also an opportunity for you to do something to help highlight a commitment to the children's learning.

Aorangi Primary School in Bryndwr is home to a fantastic group of people–awesome students, committed and well qualified staff, supportive multicultural families and a wider community who add much value to this Christchurch school. However, because of pitiful class biased excuses, which benefit the rich and further exclude the poor this community is suffering. To actively remove Aorangi school from a community that supports it, is unjust!

See www.aorangi.ac.nz for further information on School Values, Bilingual Unit, School Rebuild Tribulations, Rap to John Key, Community Support. We need your support to keep our school open.

Sorry for cross posting,

Please forward through your networks.

National Day of Action - Stop ACC sensitive claims funding cuts!


On October 12th funding cuts to ACCs sexual abuse counseling will require survivors of abuse to be diagnosed with a mental injury under the US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Version 4 (DSM-IV) in order to obtain ACC covered counselling.

This new rule will seriously limit the ways that survivors seek support. Many counsellors who already oppose the rule say they will refuse to do ACC funded counseling if the new rule goes ahead.

The purpose of the Hikoi (in Wellington, see below for other national events) is to raise political awareness about the changes made to the ACC Sensitive Claims Process and deliver our message to ACC demanding fair, equal, and safe access to appropriate treatment models for abuse survivors.

We believe that the changes currently being implemented are anti-therapeutic and reinforce the abusive power dynamics of sexual violence. We demand ACC halt the implementation of the new Clinical Pathways and resume processing claims under the current system, whilst working with actual survivors and specialist service providers to develop a model that actually works.

"Despite a common sense and measured approach from counsellors and psychotherapists throughout New Zealand ACC continues to ignore their voices. All they are asking for is meaningful consultation to take place so that the guidelines can deliver support and care to victims and survivors of sexual abuse– this is clearly not the case under the new proposals.

This is an appalling approach by ACC. ACC’s proposed changes mean that many will not be eligible for counselling under ACC. To add insult to injury ACC have admitted that there has been no discussions with Ministry of Health or Rape Crisis Services about extra capacity or funding in their services to support clients who would have been previously been funded by ACC .

ACC’s attitude is an insult to victims and survivors of sexual abuse and the professionals who are working with them and are advocating on their behalf.

I note that complaints have been laid with the Privacy Commissioner over the proposed changes by ACC which appear to be in breach of the Privacy Act and ACC’s own Codes of Claimants Rights.

I commend everybody who is working tirelessly in their support of victims of sexual abuse – who are all too often unable to have their voices heard."

- Lynne Pillay

Labour MP

Associate Justice Spokesperson – Victim’s Rights
Protest to stop the funding cuts to ACC sexual abuse counselling.

AUCKLAND: Meet at 12pm, Albert Park band rotunda, CBD

WELLINGTON: Meet at 12.30pm, Cenotaph

CHRISTCHURCH: Meet at 12.30pm, Speakers Corner, Cathedral Square (beside Chess
Board)

DUNEDIN: Meet at 3pm, ACC offices (Corner Maclaggan & Clark Streets)

Sign the petition at: http://www.petitiononline.com/ACC0909/petition.html

For more information: http://notoacc.blogspot.com/

Online Symposium: Seeking Justice - Social Activism Through Journalism and Documentary Practice


The Centre for Documentary Practice invites you to logon and join the world’s first online journalism and documentary conference on October 15th 2009, starting 12:01am (GMT).

This Thursday, the Centre for Documentary Practice, QLD, Australia, are hosting a free,
landmark all-day event. The event is an international online symposium on Social Activism
and Social Change through Journalism and Documentary Practice, connecting the world of journalism.

On October 15th we will connect an international community of documentary practitioners and journalists for one day, to share stories, to stimulate discussion and debate about our discipline, and to inspire each other to continue the fight for justice.

We are honored to have some of the finest photo/journalists speaking, such as Paul Fusco, Ed Kashi, Jodi Bieber, Marcus Bleasdale, Shahidul Alam, Gary Knight, Adam Ferguson, Robin Hammond, Michael Coyne, Masaru Goto, Jack Picone, Megan Lewis and others.

The conference will be run using Adobe software acrobat connect pro - on the day (this Thursday), people will be able to just go to our website (www.cdp.edu.au) and there will be a link to take them into the conference. Timezones are on our website under program. Our speakers will be showing stories, giving background info, talking about their practice in regards to social change and answer questions.

Register now for this free online conference.

Islam in Aotearoa/New Zealand

This month's magazine 'Islam in Power', raises many viewpoints and opinions about the theme 'Islam in Power'. It contains information about where to find out more information, but if you would like to find out more about Islam in New Zealand/Aotearoa, below is a great resource.

The Federal Islamic Association New Zealand (FIANZ) is the governing body of Islamic community here in New Zealand, there website is www.fianz.co.nz . They have links to other Islamic associations, as well as information about Islam in New Zealand, Islam in general and what is happening in New Zealand with Islam.

World Peace March celebrations


We invite you to bring banners and join the Christchurch walk in support of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The March will begin on Saturday 3 October at 1pm at the Tautahi Pa site on Barbadoes Street near Oxford Terrace where Maori elders will share some of their peace heritage. It will then go to the Fire Fighters' Memorial and past the Elsie Locke Park before heading to Victoria Square to the pou marking the ancient site of the Waitaha pa of Puari.

The walk will continue along the Avon River where the Lantern Ceremony has been held every year since 1975 to mark Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days on 6 and 9 August during Peace Week. Walkers will stop briefly at the WEA, 52 Gloucester Street to view an exhibition of photos of Mahatma Gandhi.

The March will end at the World Peace Bell in the Botanic Gardens about 3.30pm where the bell will be rung to connect with those who are travelling on to the World Peace March. Speakers include City Councillor Chrissie Williams, former Mayor Garry Moore and two of the international marchers.

Please visit the website http://www.fusecreative.co.nz/worldmarch/index.html for details of prominent endorsers, the international route, and other activities in New Zealand.

The uprising against Night Class Cuts

This week is International Adult Learners Week – He Tangata Matauranga, however after 100 years, Adult Community Education through schools in New Zealand will be decimated.


On Saturday 12th September, communities nationwide will protest the government decision to cut funding for night classes through schools. The decision by the government to cut 80% funding to school based ACE in 2010 has met widespread criticism with all funding withdrawn and 20% (approximately $3 million) “reinvested” into Numeracy, Literacy, Foundation skills and Sign language – schools are required to compete for funding.


In Auckland, the noon “Challenge the Change” March down Queen Street will start from Meyers Park and end at Queen Elizabeth Square with messages of support from Green Party Co-leader Russell Norman, MP Catherine Delahunty and Labour MP and Opposition Spokesperson for Education – Maryann Street.


Wellington will hold a noon Balloon Release ceremony at the Civic Square and Christchurch communities will assemble at Speakers corner at Cathedral Square at noon. The Nelson community will present a mural created by the local art night class to local National MP Nick Smith at the Nelson Markets around 11.45am along with giving away 100 balloons marking a century of Night classes.


Other planned events include a Balloon release at 1.30pm in Ashburton on Friday the 11th September at the Domain Pavilion at Walnut Ave, Petition signing on 12th September at Napier and Hasting markets and a Public Protest meeting in Dunedin at Logan Park School from 6pm on Friday the 18th September.


“These cuts are just stupid!” says the President for Community Learning through Schools (CLASS) – Maryke Fordyce. “Many school programmes without government funding will be forced to close their doors. Learners in most communities in this recession can’t afford the 300% increase in fees that schools will have to pass on to learners. User pays will affect those that need it the most. We are right behind our communities and encourage all who support accessible and affordable adult education to support local events”.

CONTACT:
Maryke Fordyce – CLASS President and Director of Risingholme Community Centre
22 Cholmondeley Ave – Christchurch 8023
Phone 03-332-7359
Mobile 021-779-974
E-mail [email protected]

Moana Papa – Campaign Manager (CLASS)
Phone 09-274-3937
Mobile 021-055-7739
E-mail [email protected]

Save Night Class Campaign Events

Auckland - Protest March 12th September noon

Wellington - Civic Square Balloon Release 12th September

Christchurch – Rally at Speakers Corner, Cathedral Square 12th September noon - 2 pm.

Nelson - Art presentation to Nick Smith (National MP) 11:45am Nelson Market

Hastings - Petition signing table at Hastings Market 12th September

Napier - Petition signing table at Napier Market 12th September

Ashburton – Friday 11th September Balloon release 1:30pm

Dunedin - Logan Park High School 18th September 5-6pm

Opening blessing ceremony for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Kia ora,

This is for anyone who wishes to participate in the opening blessing ceremony for the World March for Peace and Nonviolence*, which will take place at Kopinga marae, on Rekohu / Chatham Islands. There is a long history of commitment to peace and nonviolence on Rekohu, as demonstrated by the covenant of peace which Moriori have observed for more than 500 years, and which remains a beacon of hope today.

The opening ceremony will be part of a two day trip, hosted by the Hokotehi Moriori Trust, which will start with a charter flight from Auckland via Wellington to the Chathams on the morning of Tuesday, 29 September. On arrival at Kopinga, there will be a welcome and blessing ceremony followed by a hakaari (kai). There will be a dawn ceremony on Wednesday, 30 September, and later sight seeing for those who wish to explore; and the charter flight will return to Wellington then Auckland on the morning of Thursday, 1 October.

The cost will be $630 per person for the flight, plus accommodation at the Henga Lodge at $200 plus food, or the marae at $40 plus food; sight seeing costs will be additional. Information about the Hokotehi Trust and Kopinga marae is at http://www.moriori.co.nz with information about the Lodge at http://www.chatham-lodge.co.nz/

At the moment there are an extremely limited numbers of seats on the plane, but there is a possibility that some more may become available in the next couple of days and if there are sufficient numbers of people wanting to go, another plane may be chartered - so if you would like to be part of this trip, could you please reply to Peace Movement Aotearoa email [email protected] as soon as possible and let us know:

a) if you are definitely interested in going if a seat becomes available, or are just thinking about it; and

b) whether you would be travelling from Auckland or Wellington.

Everyone who replies will be put on a waiting list in the order that their reply is received; it would be most useful if you can reply on Thursday, 10 September at the latest. Thank you.

* Information about the World March for Peace and Nonviolence is at http://www.theworldmarch.org/ with the Aotearoa New Zealand section website at http://www.fusecreative.co.nz/worldmarch/index.html - associated events start in Whanganui on 20 September, see http://www.wanganui.com/activitieslbr-ga-events/events/wanganui-international-day-of-peace-celebration?6eea1a9fe9982ea59848074023d19e08=5be85223f5a3e652274de1591c6bd851 with events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Explosive Expression

Explosive Expression - Creative Resistance to the State Terror Raids of October '07. Art Exhibition and Auction.

Art Auction 7pm, Saturday 17 October, Thistle Hall, Wellington - or bid online at www.October15thSolidarity.info/artauction

For those in Wellington, there is a week of events (Tues 13 - Sun 18 Oct) commemorating the 2007 'terror raids'. These include the Exhibition Opening with Tame Iti, political music, a screening of the film 'Tuhoe: a history of resistance' and two free workshops on screenprinting and documentary making. For more info check out www.October15thSolidarity.info

The 'Operation 8' raids on houses in Te Urewera and around Aotearoa targeted indigenous rights, environmental, anti-war and union activists. 18 people still face politically motivated charges. Funds raised will support those affected by the raids.

Freeze for Global Poverty


15th of August we are having a FREEZE for Global
Poverty to raise awareness about the cause and the upcoming event ‘1.4 Billion Reasons’.

Start time is 1pm in the Square, and the FREEZE will start at 1.40pm sharp, we will all freeze for 1.4 minutes for the 1.4 billion people still living in extreme poverty. Come to the square in jeans and black top, please note if rainy, then this will be on Sunday.

The Cathedral have been really supportive and have agreed to chime the Bells at 1.40, to make this event even more powerful and really grab peoples attention, plus the Dean himself will be there - so WE NEED YOU!!!
Your friends, your flatmates, your family, your groups and clubs!!

There will be live music and a chance to skate at the ice skating rink there, which ties in nicely with the theme of the event.

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