Aotearoa is Not for Sale is counting down to the National Day of Action this Saturday 27 April. Some people have posted explanations of why they will be participating in the Day of Action.
My disgust at allowing those who have benefited most from tax cuts being subsidized to buy assets my mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, aunties, cousins, uncles and brothers have already paid for burns me with injustice but the main reason I am marching on Saturday is for my beautiful 3 year old daughter. (More at the above link)
Joe Carolan’s statement ends with:
“I attended the funeral of Folole Muliaga. We organised the protests outside Mercury Energy in solidarity with her family. She died because her electricity was disconnected, under a Labour government. When our assets are renationalised, it should not be under the failed Profit before People SOE model. Truly public assets controlled by the community, not the corporates, should provide cheap or free power, services and resources to the people, to ensure that the tragedy that befell Folole never happens again.
“Aotearoa is Not for Sale. The fight to take her back from Thatcher’s worshippers has begun.”
The statement by an Occupy Auckland spokesperson includes:
“All the things I had been promised began to be stripped away from us, in the attempt to line the pockets of the rich. Now I sit at 35 years old and I have nothing ,no future,no chances except for wage slavery and impossible debt from an education that I had to pay for, where our leaders didn’t. I see our government ignoring the people and destroying our country so to make profits for investors. I see a government hell bent on punishing the poor.our enviroment and our children aswell as our freedom and it sickens me.
I in good conscience simply cant let our tyrannical leader destroy my sons or any kids future. I cant look in their eyes and say I did nothing. And that’s why I’m marching on the 27th
Lisa Gibson of Glen Eden, and Mana Movement activist’s statement includes:
“I’ll be marching alongside other outraged New Zealanders on April 27th at the Aotearoa is NOT for sale national day of action not for myself, but for the countless number of ordinary kiwis who feel disempowered by this government.
Disempowered by a government hell bent on eroding the ideals that I believe New Zealanders hold dear. The ideals of being able to protest at sea, of being able to swim in oceans untainted by oil, tramp in mountains and national parks unspoilt by mines or private development, to earn a living where a fair days work means a fair days pay.
I’m glad this protest was announced well in advance, because I have been able to book some time off work on Saturday. My reasons are the same or similar to the above people’s. Also, I think that now more than ever we need to make visible the strength of opposition to the selling of our assets.
Now is the time to get out on the streets and protest.
Information about local events on Saturday are available at the bottom of the page at the above link. However, I do find it frustrating they are all to Facebook pages and require logging in. I have found some notices of local events elsewhere online:
Napier: War Memorial Square, intersection with Emerson St – 2pm
Christchurch: 2pm Cnr Deans Ave & Riccarton Road, march to Shands Cresc Park
Also Picket John Key’s speech on Sunday 28 April at Hanmer – carpooling, check above link
Tauranga: meet @ the red square 10 am marching @ 10:30.. 27 April
Dunedin: March from Dental School 1.40pm, to rally in the Octagon, 2pm to 4pm April 27th (h/t risildo)
Hamilton: (from Augery) In Hamilton there is going to be a Not for Sale banner drop of the Bridge Street bridge at 12:00 followed by a 12:30 rally at the Rotunda on the city side of the bridge.
See Facebook here.
I’ll add details of actions in other places if people add them to the comments below.