Three weeks before the election, action is being taken across the country voicing a rejection of the National Government’s track record and direction. Rallies are being held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin to oppose National’s attacks on workers, abuse of the environment, inequality, cronyism and dirty politics.
“This government has increased the power of the few over the many and the ability of business to profit from dirtying our land, rivers and sea. It has dealt backhanders out to its mates while using government employees to attack and smear those bold enough to stand up for the New Zealand we used to have. Their prescription for the next 3 years is for more of the same” says Joe Trinder, Mana Candidate for Manukau East, who will speak at the rally.
The marches will include music, street theatre and speeches from some of those opposed to National’s programme for New Zealand, in a line up that includes environmental, political, social and union groups.
These include Edward Miller from Kiwis Concerned About the TPPA,
Robert Reid – First Union,
Rachel Mackintosh – EPMU,
Tim O Shea, Maui’s and Hector’s Dolphin Defenders NZ,
Ashley Tata – Auckland Action Against Poverty,
Miriam Pierard – Auckland Central InternetMANA candidate,
Michael Wood – Labour candidate for Epsom,
Andrea Rushton SFWU
and Joe Carolan -Unite Union.
and Music from Jenny Lange (folk)
Matt Billington (punk) and
Phil Thoms (Herbs – Reggae).
The Auckland rally starts at Aotea Square, Wellington at Te Papa marching to Parliament, Dunedin held at the Octagon and the Christchurch rally at Haley Park, all beginning 1pm. Auckland Event organiser Jeremy Randerson says “These rallies will unite the opposition to the current government; our strength is in the diversity of our voices brought together. For me, I am calling for leadership in the country that supports living wages, a clean environment and an independent New Zealand, rather than a programme of trashing our environment for short term gain and a steady concentration of power and resources into the hands of a select few. This is not the country I grew up in and not one I will allow to be handed on to our children”.
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