Auckland Activist Fortnightly Newsletter #59
Kia ora and welcome to the fifty ninth Auckland activist fortnightly newsletter!
We all hope you had an excellent Waitangi Day, and while we've had a few community cases in Auckland and Hamilton, fortunately they've been quickly isolated and contact traced, so we're still at Alert Level 1! You can get the latest updates on COVID-19 in Aotearoa here: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Take advantage of us still being at Alert Level 1 by going to the Really Really Free Market that we're organising on Sunday 14 February from 10am at the Tāhaki Reserve shade shelter and the Auckland Pride March on Saturday 27 February from 4pm at Albert Park.
There are also several educational events happening, including Accessing Trans Healthcare on Wednesday 10 February from 7pm at Studio One Toi Tū, OA Reading Group: House of Modernity on Wednesday 10 February from 7pm at 2F/22 Emily Place, the Peter Wells Lecture: Kassie Hartendorp on Saturday 12 February from 5pm at Ellen Melville Centre, So Far to Go: Refugees' and Asylum Seekers' Rights on Monday 15 February from 7pm at Ellen Melville Centre, Reel Radical: Utu on Sunday 21 February from 5pm at 2F/22 Emily Place, Moana Currents: Early Pacific migrants to Auckland City on Wednesday 24 February from 12pm at Auckland City Centre Library, and The Dawn Raids - Educate to Liberation from Thursday 25 February onwards from 6pm at Studio One Toi Tū.
It's another scorching February (thanks capitalist-caused climate change), but whether it's boiling, freezing or anything in between, there's always much to be done to make Aotearoa a better place, so get stuck in!
We are an explicitly anarchist group in Auckland, about a year old, struggling for a better, fair and equal world. We are always open to new members. To find out more, come along to a public meeting, or you can find us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Events on the Left in Auckland
Wednesday 10 February, 7-8.30pm
Accessing Trans Healthcare, Studio One Toi Tū
RainbowYOUTH, CAYAD, OUTLine and the teams at Centre for Youth Health and Auckland Sexual Health will join together to bring you an all ages accessing trans healthcare workshop filled with tips and tricks for the best care possible. Free. RSVP.
Wednesday 10 February, 7-9pm
OA Reading Group: House of Modernity, 2F/22 Emily Place
At this session of Organise Aotearoa’s regular reading group they’ll be reading the House of Modernity zine and using it as a starting point to discuss colonialism as a conceptual framework. Free.
Saturday 13 February, 5-6pm
Peter Wells Lecture: Kassie Hartendorp, Ellen Melville Centre
Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa) grew up in Whanganui and is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. She is a renowned community activist and organiser working in the areas of youth, takatāpui, anti-racism, workers rights and housing. She’ll talk about how we as LGBTIQ people have a crucial role to play in the broader movement for change. How we bring our whakapapa, our strengths, our pain, our joy and our lessons to help create a better world, how that will allow us to find home in the new world that we will birth together. Free. RSVP.
Sunday 14 February, 10am-1pm
Really Really Free Market, Tāhaki Reserve
Join Tāmaki Makaurau Anarchists as they hold a Really Really Free Market, where people bring along things that they’d like to gift (no broken or dirty items) and take home what they like. Free.
Monday 15 February, 7-9pm
So Far to Go: Refugees' and Asylum Seekers' Rights, Ellen Melville Centre
"So far to go" depicts both the distance Rainbow refugees and asylum seekers have travelled to Aotearoa NZ and the huge gaps in our immigration laws and policies that leave refugees and asylum seekers isolated with inadequate support, sometimes held in detention. Free. RSVP.
Sunday 21 February, 5-8pm
Reel Radical: Utu, 2F/22 Emily Place
Join Organise Aotearoa as they show a screening of the film Utu, which is about Te Wheke, a Māori warrior who sets out to get vengeance after British forces kill his people. Free. RSVP.
Wednesday 24 February, 12-1pm
Moana Currents: Early Pacific migrants to Auckland City, Auckland City Centre Library
Join Andrea Low and Emily Parr as they share stories and images of their Moana migrant ancestors who made their homes here. Free. RSVP.
Thursday 25 February to Thursday 25 March, 6-8pm
The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate, Studio One Toi Tū
Documenting the courageous activities of the Polynesian Panthers and their fight for social justice, The Dawn Raids – Educate to Liberate highlights and acknowledges the group’s place in the social and cultural history of Aotearoa. Free. RSVP.
Saturday 27 February, 4-6pm
Auckland Pride March, Albert Park
The Auckland Pride March is an energetic display of unity and community, showcasing the rich diversity of our communities, amplifying the calls from our grassroots community organisations, and celebrating the uniqueness of who we are. The March calls us together to make ourselves heard across Aotearoa. Free.
Disclaimer: inclusion of events in this message is not necessarily an endorsement. We try to only include events of relevance to members from groups we know & trust. However, we may miss some events or include some by organisers we don’t know. If you have anything to add or question the inclusion of some events, please let us know and we'll try to remedy it.
Groups in AKL
Tamaki Makaurau Anarchists, location varies
First Sunday of the Month, 2pm
Anarchist group in Auckland.
Contact: email@example.com / FB: AucklandAnarchists
Tamaki Solidarity Network, location varies
Meeting dates vary, 6.30pm
Mutual support network for workers and tenants that are being screwed over by their bosses and landlords. All workers or tenants welcome.
People Against Prisons Aotearoa, location varies
Every 2nd Monday, 7:00-8:30pm
Prison Abolitionist Group.
Contact: FB peopleagainstprisonsaotearoa
Auckland Peace Action, location varies
Every Second Thursday, 7:00-8:30pm
Group organizing against the arms trade as well as other campaigns.
Contact: FB AucklandPeaceAction
Green Living Savings Pool, 10 Rawhiti Road, Onehunga
Last Thursday of the Month (except Jan), 6pm (potluck)
Community loaning money to those in need and for good with no interest.
Ihumatao Occupation, Ihumatao
Occupation resisting the proposed development on sacred land.
Contact: FB Kaitiaki Village, SOUL.
Te Reo Lessons, Unitec, AUT, Te Wananga o Aotearoa
Anytime you want
Free te reo lessons offered by multiple institutions at multiple times in multiple locations.
Contact: Unitec, AUT, tWoA
Tāmaki Treaty Workers, Cityside Church
Network for all those working towards a healthy treaty relationship
Tumeke Bike Space, GHub Commons, 5 Cabbage Tree Swamp Drive, Gribblehirst Park, Sandringham, Auckland, 1025
Community bike workshop run and set up by anarchists.
Contact: FB Tumeke Bike Space
Pacific Panther Network, location varies
Meeting dates vary.
Group for Pacific activists.
Contact: FB PacificPantherNetwork
Auckland Action Against Poverty, 20 Church Street, Onehunga
Open Tues-Fri for advocacy, Mondays open to all for campaigning, 9:00-3:00pm
Advocacy group for beneficiaries. Volunteers welcome.
Contact: FB AAAP
Tenants Protection Association,
Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00-2:00pm
Advocacy and advice service for tenants. Volunteers welcome.
Food Charter / Sovereignty Meet, location varies
Second Wednesday of the Month, 6.30pm
Creating a food charter for NZ and then a network to push it forward.
Contact: FB Growing Power NZ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Unions Auckland, NZEI office
Second Monday of the Month, 6.30pm
Meetup for the CTU branch in Auckland. Open to all union members.
Direct Animal Action
Irregular meeting times
A group that meets roughly monthly struggling for the liberation of other animals.
Te Homiromiro Reading Group, Online
2nd Friday of the month, 1pm
Online decolonization reading and discussion group.
Tamaki Makaurau Anarchists is Live!
If you would like to join this exciting initiative, we now have a formal membership process and welcome all people who identify as anarchists in Auckland to join.
Mental Health Collective Care
If you're interested in helping develop a collective mental health care project, please get in touch with us, we are currently developing one.
Problems at work?
Contact the Tāmaki Solidarity Network, which is a network of workers helping each other to solve problems at work.