Auckland Activist Fortnightly Newsletter #42


Kia ora whānau, we're now at Alert Level 2! You can find the most up-to-date information at Unite Against COVID-19 ( Stay safe!

Due to Alert Level 2 only just beginning as well as due to the social gathering restrictions ( there will continue to be a lot fewer events in this and future newsletters either until social gathering restrictions at Alert Level 2 are reduced or we or go to Alert Level 1.

If you have an event that you want added to the next newsletter, which will be released on Sunday 31 May, then please email your event details to

Within the Auckland context, there are several Facebook groups that have been created to bring Aucklanders together to engage in mutual aid and community support. These include Auckland Covid 19 Community Support ( and Aotearoa Helping Each Other Through COVID-19 ( which has a pinned post containing links to additional mutual aid groups based on their location or specific groups (e.g. the disabled, hospitality workers etc).

In our previous newsletters we have talked about the recently formed group Rent Strike Aotearoa. Since our previous newsletter, they now have now released a guide on how to organise rent strikes ( If you want to get involved in rent strike organising, then and sign the rent strike pledge:

Lastly, there are a few events happening in the rest of May. These include the Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown workshop monthly until Wednesday 24 June from 2pm online by Pachamama Alliance Aotearoa, Laura O'Connell Rapira interviewed by Stacey Morrison on Tuesday 26 May from 7.30pm online and the Matike Mai reading group on Monday 1 June from 7pm online by Tauiwi mō Matike Mai Aotearoa,

Upcoming Events on the Left in Auckland

Occupation @ Ihumātao, Oruarangi Road, Ihumātao
Occupation and blockade of the Ihumātao site. Family-friendly. Check facebook for updates on situation, material needs and carpooling etc.

Ongoing Monthly on Saturdays until Saturday 6 June, 10am-11.30am
XR North Shore Meet Up, Glasshouse Cafe
Come along to help work on upcoming (mainly) North Shore based actions, and create new ones! Free. RSVP.

Ongoing Monthly from Sunday 19 April until Wednesday 24 June, from 2pm
Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown, online via Zoom
A workshop by Pachamama Alliance Aotearoa where you can learn about a comprehensive scientific study from Project Drawdown of 100 solutions that together could actually begin to reverse global warming by 2050. Free. RSVP.

Ongoing Monthly on Thursdays until Thursday 24 September, 7.30-9pm
Introduction to Extinction Rebellion, Gribblehirst Community Hub
An introductory session of Extinction Rebellion, its history, current activities and future plans. Free. RSVP.

Ongoing Monthly on Thursdays until Thursday 26 November, 6.45-8.30pm
XR Auckland Central - Social, Fhloston Paradise
A regional induction where new Extinction Rebellion members can meet existing XR members and ask questions and discuss what’s going on. Free. RSVP.

Wednesday 20 May, 9am-5pm
Activating Community-Led Change Workshop - Auckland, TBC
A day long workshop where you can learn how to engage in community-led development. Free. RSVP.

Monday 25 May, 6.30-8.30pm
How to run a rad community event! Online via Zoom
Have you ever thought about running a class, workshop or event in the community, but you weren’t sure where to start? Eryn and Ellie, the (self-proclaimed) Community Queens of the Newtown Community & Cultural Centre, would like to share tehir expertise in community events with you! Free. RSVP.

Tuesday 26 May, 7.30-9pm
Laura O’Connell Rapira interviewed by Stacey Morrison, online via Zoom
An interview of ActionStation Director Laura O’Connell Rapira by Stacey Morrison on the future for women, particularly wāhine Māori, after COVID-19. Free. RSVP.

Monday 1 June, 7-9pm
Matike Mai Reading Group, online via Zoom
The online Matike Mai reading group is going through a second reading, with fortnightly calls.The intention is to support tauiwi to grow our understanding of Matike Mai and explore how it affects our actions. Free.


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