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'Terror' raids what's on where this week
- More of the excellent and informative Te Ahi Kaa programmes on the "terrorism" raids are now available as podcasts on this web page - scan down the page for: 'What do you do when the authorities march into your home ... you march onto theirs' on the hikoi mo te iwi (Whiringa a rangi 18) and 'Yet more fallout from October 15th in the form of a resignation' (Whiringa a Rangi 11). 'What's the difference between Te Mana Motuhake o Tuhoe and Terrorism?' (Whiringa a rangi 04) is still available, but may not be for much longer as Radio NZ podcasts are taken offline as new ones are added.
- Saturday, 1 December - March to say "Never Again Repeal the terrorism Laws", 12 noon, Aotea Square; organised by Global Peace and Justice Auckland, for more information contact email.
- Monday, 3 December - next court hearings, protest 10am to 12 noon, Auckland District Court
- Friday, 7 December - Rise up! a fundraiser event for those affected by the state raids, with Cornerstone Roots, Unity Pacific, Batucada Sound Machine, Damn Native, Nat Rose, DLT, Miss B Me, Antonio Maioha, BT, Miss Ginger Hawaiian MC, and LadiSix. From 9pm til late, Kings Arms, 59 France Street, Newton; tickets $20 presales (from Real Groovy or Conch Records), $25 at the door. Organised by Conscious Collaborations, for more information email, a flyer for this event is available here.
- Sunday, 9 December - 'Dignity and justice for all of us? Terrorism legislation, indigenous rights and you!' a public forum to mark Human Rights Day; chaired by Margaret Bedggood, with a panel of speakers including: Edwina Hughes on indigenous rights and the UN Declaration, Greg Thwaite on terrorism legislation and human rights, Tim McBride on NZ terrorism legislation, Shila Nair on women's rights: new issues, and Kristin Ross and Cicilia Khin on youth concerns. Starts 2.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby; afternoon tea will be provided afterwards - all welcome, a gold coin donation would be appreciated. Organised by the Human Rights Network Auckland, for more information email; a flyer for this event is available here.
- Thursday, 6 December - End NZ support for the 'war on terrorism' / Honour the Treaty, respect human rights, repeal the terrorism suppression legislation: the regular peace vigil will again be focused on support for the communities, families and individuals affected by the 'terrorism' raids; from 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph (corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street). The vigils are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, for more information contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, email.
- Monday, 3 December - 'The journey of Tuhoe raupatu', Tuhoe have been labelled terrorists, hear the true stories, join us and learn from Tuhoe whaanau. From 6pm to 8pm, Hagley Community College School Cafe, 510 Hagley Avenue; for more information contact email, a flyer for this event is available here.
- Every Friday until Christmas - Vigil in Solidarity with the Tuhoe people: "each week, the vigil will feature a speaker to talk about the issues that have emerged from the raids of the 15 October. On the 15 October 2007, the Tuhoe people of Ruatoki were subject to an unprecedented police raid that targeted all their inhabitants including children and the elderly. These innocent people were subject to abuse, humiliation and terror. The police raids citing the Suppression of Terrorism Act 2002 force us to examine the context in which they occur. One cannot comprehend their implications without looking at the global context of the "war against terrorism". The "war against terrorism" has divided the world into what US President George Bush has described as "those who are for us and those who are against us". In the West, it is a simplistic worldview that has been very effective in marginalizing and labeling ‘dissenters' and those engaged in the struggle for self-determination. It has also been effective in creating a climate of fear and suspicion. We ask you respond to this climate by vigiling in a spirit of solidarity with the Tuhoe people who have resisted colonization with great patience and dignity. To vigil means to ‘remain awake’. We must remain awake to the political agendas at work in the current climate of the "war against terrorism" and demand an end to the targeting of sisters and brothers who speak truth to power. The vigil will be a peaceful and prayerful presence." From 5pm to 6pm, in Cathedral Square; for more information contact email.
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