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National - what’s on ..

28 September 1999

This what’s on has two sections :

1) national and local what’s on; 2) vacancies - Executive Director, YWCA; Researcher, CID.


~ Proposal to form a National Human Rights Network - next meeting

* WELLINGTON : THURS 7 October, meeting to discuss the proposed Human Rights Network will take place on Thursday 7th October, from 5.00 - 6.30 p.m. (with drinks and nibbles afterwards) at VSA Meeting Room, 4th floor, Rossmore House, 123 Molesworth Street, Wellington. Please RSVP by Tuesday 5th October, either to Richard Bennett: tel (04) 934-2959 or; or Bev Watson tel (09) 298-1870 or

~ FROM 28 SEPTEMBER TO 1 OCTOBER - NZ Council of Social Services will be holding seminars around the country to raise awareness of housing issues facing low income households. Speakers At Each of the Venues Will Include:

1. A NZCCSS representative on the impact of and alternatives to current housing policy in NZ;
2. Social Service providers involved with housing issues in the local community;
3. Representatives from the major political parties. AUCKLAND - Oct 1st, 9 - 12pm, Fickling Convention Centre, 546 Mt Albert Rd, Three Kings, Call Dave Tolich (09) 302 5390. MANUKAU CITY - Sept 29th, 3 - 5:30pm, Friendship House, Putney Way, Manukau City Centre, Call Anne Hurley (09) 263 6464. HAMILTON - Sept 27th, 5:30-8pm, Hillcrest Baptist, Cnr Clyde St / Knighton Rd, Hillcrest, Call Andrea Page (07) 858 3468. WELLINGTON (in association with Capital City Forum) - Sept 28th, 5:30-8pm, St John's Conference Centre, Cnr Willis St / Dixon St, Call Adrian Whale (04) 473 2627. DUNEDIN - Sept 29th, 2-5pm, Presbyterian Support Centre, 407 Moray Pl, Call Chrissy Anderson (03) 477 7115 7115. Entry by Koha / Donation, NZCCSS, PO Box 1937, Wellington, tel / fax (04) 385 3358,

~ 30 SEPTEMBER - 1 OCTOBER - NZ Council of Social Services / NZ Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations, joint conference in Wellington, range of speakers to be confirmed. For more information contact NZCOSS, tel / fax (04) 385 3358,

~ 12 to 14 NOVEMBER - National Treaty Workers Gathering - ‘The Heart of the Matter - the decolonisation of Pakeha and Tauiwi’, hosted this year by Network Waitangi Otepoti, PO Box 1375, Dunedin, tel (03) 477 3395, fax (03) 474 0736,


*** AUCKLAND ***

~ THURS, 30 Sept - Free Mordechai Vanunu Rally - Queen Elizabeth Square at 12.30pm.

~ MON, 4 Oct - Political Forum on Mental Health, Speakers:  Phillida  Bunkle, Mark Gosche, Ken Shirley, Belinda Vernon, 1pm to 3 pm, at Mt Albert War Memorial Hall, Cnr  New North Rd  & Wairere  Ave.

~ SAT, 9 Oct -  Award winning film " Life is Beautiful ", WILPF fundraising dinner and film evening, 5pm at Westwind Theatre,177 Riversdale Road, Avondale. Tickets available from Rae Martell tel (09) 828 6165  or Joan Macdonald tel (09) 360 8001.


~ THURS, 30 Sept - Free Mordechai Vanunu ! vigil outside the Israeli Embassy (DB Tower, 111 The Terrace), from 11am to 1-30pm, for more info about the Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu or the vigil, contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.

~ FRI, 1 Oct - WINZ & workfare action - Christine Rankin is talking to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce about WINZ's success with the Community Wage and how she manages their $12 billion budget. October 1 also happens to be a year to the day since work-for-the-dole was introduced. Show your support for unemployed workers by joining the protest outside the James Cook Centra Hotel (The Terrace) at 7am against WINZ's corporate culture and the government's treatment of beneficiaries. For more information or to help out, please contact Alice or Karen on 475 9739,

~ SAT, 2 Oct - The Great Magdalena Aotearoa Garage Sale ! The most amazing garage sale of the century - lots of lovely domestic and theatrical junk, cake stalls, sausage sizzle, entertainment, special Auction of Artifacts of the Stars ... 10am in the Trades Hall carpark (access from Marion St or alley beside 126 Vivian St). If you can contribute any unwanted junk or tat, tel Magdalena Aotearoa, (04) 385 0777.

~ MON, 4 Oct - commemorating the centenary of the birth of Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), His Excellency Dr. Enrique de la Torre, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, will speak on ‘Borges as an Argentinean’. This lecture will be in English, 1-10pm to 2pm in Maclaurin LT102, Victoria Uni. All welcome. For more information contact Dr Sarah Leggott, Italian and Spanish Section School of European Languages, tel (04) 463-5765.

~ ONGOING TO 23 Nov - Community Training Programme including ‘Strategic Planning’, Negotiation and Conflict management, ‘Management Committees / Boards’, for details contact WELCOSS, PO Box 11-706, Wellington, fax (04) 385 3564.


~ WEDS, 29 Sept - The Beneficiary Action Collective (BAC) needs YOU ! We're calling on WINZ to "clean up its act" and agree to free access for beneficiaries to its toilets at the High St branch, so the theme of the day is toilet cleaning. Bring your toilet brushes, rags, toilet cleaner, toilet paper, toilet seat, anything you can get your hands on and get down to WINZ! Help us get manager David Rhodes out of the (water) closet and back to the negotiating table NOW! General mobilisation of beneficiaries and supporters for an hour from 12 noon outside WINZ High Street branch. Wednesday's picket will feature a special appearance by the BAC toilet paper mummies. Not to be missed.

~ MON, 4 Oct - Dr. Sharon Beder public meetings - from 1pm to 2pm, at University of Canterbury Lecture Theatre E1, AND 7pm to 9.30pm at the WEA 59 Gloucester Street. Sharon, originally a graduate of the Engineering School at the University of Canterbury, is now Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong, widely published and highly regarded for her challenging publications and research. She is probably best known as author of ‘Global Spin’, as well as ‘The Nature of Sustainable Development’, and ‘The New Engineer’, and more.

~ WEDS, 6 Oct - ‘"Affluenza" - A tale of rampant consumerism and it's impact’ alternative video evening, 7pm, first Wednesday of each month at Corso (206 Barbados St). Entrance free (donations accepted).

*** DUNEDIN ***

~ every TUESDAY, FRIDAY AND SUNDAY - the Embassy of East Timor will be open in the Lower Octagon at the following times : Tues and Sun, from 11am to 3pm; Fri from 11am to 8pm. This will continue indefinitely, to volunteer to staff the embassy or for more info tel CORSO (03) tel (03) 477 3395, fax (03) 474 0736,

~ FRI, 8 Oct - Rally for East Timor, 6pm in the Octagon. For more info tel CORSO (03) tel (03) 477 3395, fax (03) 474 0736,


*** Executive Director, YWCA - The YWCA of Aotearoa-New Zealand seeks an Executive Director to provide support and leadership for local YWCAs, to coordinate strong advocacy for women within the context of the YWCA Purpose and strategic plan and to build and maintain a secure financial base for the YWCA. This is a full-time position based at the YWCA national office in Wellington.

Kei te kimi te ropu YWCA o Aotearoa i tetahi Kaiwhakahaere hei tautoko i nga ropu-a-rohe o te YWCA, a, mana te mahi mangai mo nga wahine e pa ana ki te mahere rautaki o te YWCA. Ka taea e tenei tangata te whakanuitia me te tiakina nga putea o te YWCA. Ka mahi te tangata i roto i te tari matua o te YWCA i te Whanganui-a-Tara. He turanga wa kiki tenei.

For further information please contact the YWCA national office. Tel: (04) 384-8117, fax: (04) 384-3301, <> Applications close on October 10th 1999.

*** Research Director, Part-time (20 Hours)

The Council for International Development is the umbrella organisation for NZ international aid and development agencies. The Council wishes to appoint a Researcher to enhance its work with member agencies and to support its advocacy to government on their behalf. This is a new position.

The Researcher will: 1.. Gather and collate information about CID members and their contribution to international aid and development; b.. Investigate issues in Official Aid from an NGO perspective; c.. Provide background information on issues of interest to domestic and international NGOs. The successful appointee will also be expected to provide some assistance to the NGO Disaster Relief Forum which provides coordination and support for NGOs involved in disaster response.

We are seeking someone with a sound understanding of international development issues and the role of NGOs. This position requires a person with good communication skills and an ability to synthesise issues for speedy consumption by busy people. The successful appointee will need to be a self-starter with flexibility and adaptability. The appointment will be until 30th June 2000 after which it may become permanent depending on funding.

For further information contact the Council at P O Box 12-470, Wellington; Phone (04) 4726375, Fax (04)4726374, Applications close Friday 15th October 1999.

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