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May Day: What's On Where On 1 May

*** AUCKLAND

~ protest in support of the Palestinian people, 4-40pm outside the US consulate. Organised by the Free Palestine Campaign which is sponsored by the Anti-Imperialist Coalition, for more info contact janetbogle@hotmail.com

~ International Workers' Day March, this year we are marching to oppose the privatising plans of Mayor John Banks and his Council; to defend workers' rights: scrap all anti-strike laws; to oppose New Zealand's involvement in US-led wars of aggression; and in solidarity with the Palestinian people; speakers include Rana, a Palestinian woman; Sigrid Shayer, from Wake Up Auckland; Ron Miller, from the PPTA. March starts at 5-30pm, then along Queen Street to Aotea Square. 7pm - social at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn. For more info contact Daphna Whitmore wpnz@clear.net.nz or tel 025 262 9927.

*** PALMERSTON NORTH (on 4 May)

~ SAT, 4 May - MayDay Concert 2002, 7-30pm at the Regent Theatre. Contact Dion Martin tel (06) 356 9658.

*** WELLINGTON

~ Mayday 2002 Carnival Against Capitalism: 12 noon - gather at Manners Mall for shared munchies; 12-30pm - Manners Mall Mayday rally, with speaker Erwanto, the International Representative of the Aceh Peoples Democratic Resistance Front; then march on Business NZ (corner of Hunter and Victoria Sts); 4pm - Kensington Gardens, Reclaim the Streets Party and magical mystery anti-bypass Reclaim the Streets tour. For more info check out http://aotearoa.wellington.net.nz/mayday/ or contact Pete tel 021 107 6755.

~ May Day Launch of 4 weeks Annual Leave Campaign, speakers, fun, political entertainment and a cash bar, from 6pm - Laila Harre will formally launch the campaign at 6-30pm, First floor gallery, Turnbull House, 25 Bowen Street. Organised by Laila Harre's office, for more info contact anna.sutherland@parliament.govt.nz

~ Mayday Social with live music, refreshments, international visitors and more, 8-30pm Turnbull House, Bowen Street. Organised by Wellington Affiliates Council NZCTU.

*** CHRISTCHURCH

~ Mayday March - 12 noon, meet at the corner of Cashel and High Sts, bring costumes, banners, flags, placards, whistles, claxons, musical instruments, inflatables, balls, nets and other props. Make food and bring it to share. Consider the possibilities! For more info contact interactivechch@yahoo.co.nz or check out http://www.anarchist.orcon.net.nz/mo2act.html

~ 'NZ's Rich - Poor Gap ..... Too Wide?', a public forum featuring up-to-date census information from Dr Frank Nolan (Manager, Population and Census, Statistics New Zealand) and social and theological comment from Campbell Roberts (Chair, Housing and Poverty Committee, Council for Christian Social Services); with discussion facilitated by Chrissie Williams (Christchurch City Councillor); 7-30pm at Oxford Terrace Baptist Church Lounge. Organised by the Christchurch Methodist/Quaker and Presbyterian Social Issues Committees, for more info contact chchsthmeth@xtra.co.nz

~ Video Evening/Social Gathering, screening of 'Rocking the foundations' , which focuses on the NSW BLF's environmental protection activities in Sydney in the 1970s (the Green Bans) which curbed rapid re­development of the inner­city area, "a fascinating account of the internal and external politics of a union that became a significant social force in the 1970s, its achievements and eventual demise", 7-30pm at InterActive, 4th floor 222 High St (Cnr Cashel & High Streets). For more info contact anroundtable@hotmail.com or check out http://www.anarchist.orcon.net.nz/mo2act.html

*** DUNEDIN

~ protest outside one of the great icons of capitalism, have fun telling capitalism that we're not happy, and celebrate the collective might we have in this regard, if you've got information to distribute, or instruments to play, please bring them along; 12 noon outside the George Street McDonalds. Organised by International Socialists, for more info contact Penny tel (03) 471 7448 or penhays@es.co.nz

~ May Day Politics in the Pub: 'Globalisation ­ What about the Workers?' with Maxine Gay and/or Robert Reid, and $2 pints, 7pm ­ to 9pm at the ReFuel Café and Bar, Otago University Union, in the back room. Organised by Staunch, for more info contact Sam Huggard tel (03) 477 2343, 021 181 0508 or samhuggard@yahoo.co.nz

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