Rally for Democracy

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The Rally for Democracy is an event to bring together people and organisations in a movement to focus on the TPPA, workers’ rights, climate action, the environment, te Tiriti, poverty and homelessness, peace and social justice.

Our issues are connected, but our voices are not. We need to build a movement to demand real change.

Our rally is about demanding change but also celebrating the work of local groups who are building change from the community level.

Come to Victoria Park on the afternoon of 10 September. Hear great music and speeches, enjoy workshops and stalls. More details on the line-up will follow, but put it in your diary now!

Facebook event details are here.

14 comments on “Rally for Democracy”

  1. Tautoko Mangō Mata 1

    See you there.

  2. Stunned Mullet 2

    Who’s bring the soap ?

  3. mosa 3

    I hope a lot of concerned kiwis come out and attend this rally.
    Change can be effected with strength in numbers and this is a good place to start..talking and a plan for action with one voice.

  4. Pasupial 4

    For details of nonAuckland events on this day protest, see:


    TDB has a guest post by Barry Coates giving the Auckland schedule, which looks good. He will be the MC, and it’s smart of the GP to get him out there to raise his profile with Hague leaving parliament.


    In fact, all the politicians involved in Auckland (except Sykes from MANA) seem to be from the GP. Can Labour really not be bothered with fronting up to the public on these issues, or weren’t they asked?

  5. Don't worry. Be happy 5

    Just back from local rally. About 50 people, including kids… and three dogs. Average age (of the people) 70. Speeches (dull). Coffee in take away cups. Polite applause….and five cops. Seriously, five cops! One of whom had a taser slung across his belly from a belt in decidedly Freudian way. I asked him why, given the Police were allowed tasers to use in place of guns, he thought it was necessary to be displaying this menancing weapon in a situation where, presumably, he would not be arming himself with a gun. He said it was for his “protection and for ours.” When I laughed he added he “might be picked up and have to go to a job.” I suggested that in that case his little friends might have one in the car for him and he started to go red. He looked about to be barely old enough to shave….A little later I saw him talking to a more senior looking cop and then pull his hi viz vest over the Taser so that it could not be seen. That horse had left the barn however. Interested in what people have to say about this….

  6. mauī 6

    About 100 people in Wellington in chilly conditions. The speakers were varied and spoke well and I thought Grant Robertson got the biggest cheer (he is a good speaker). Thanks to the organisers for making it happen.

    • Red 6.1

      100 people? I would suggest most of them where people watches and tourists , what is this little rabble up to, I wonder if there is free coffee, well not free, left free, some one else pays for it

  7. SJW 7

    Let’s all drive our cars made by robots that have replaced workers who cost too much in countries that may sign the TPPA, burn some fossil fuels and leave behind our warm middle class homes to gather on land stolen from Maori and shout and yell a bit. What fun. If it rains that will be John Keys fault.

  8. Philj 8

    Around 50 at Nelson rally, including three police in hi viz vests. Attendees were older and seemed unlikely to revolt. I was tempted to ask the police if they would be better employed catching burglars or Panamanian tax evaders.

    • Red 8.1

      that would have been original, I bet they have never heard that before from every second drunk, speeder and ranting activist in need off a shower

  9. James 9

    They all sound like they were abject failures. Hell with numbers like that – I can have that many people for around for a BBQ.

    As for DWBH – sounds like you were just being a pain for the poor cop who was just doing their job.

    Who the hell cares if cops carry tasers – most people understand that people who are tased are generally asking for an attitude adjustment anyways.

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