Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Migrants Picnic Saturday 2 Feb

Migrants Picnic Saturday 2 Feb

On Saturday 2nd February at 2pm, Love Aotearoa Hate Racism will be hosting a Migrants Picnic at Myers Park to celebrate the cultural diversity that makes Aotearoa beautiful.

On Saturday 2nd February at 4pm in Aotea Square, a group calling themselves “New Conservative NZ” are hosting a rally to protest immigration in New Zealand. This group of far right racists actively seeks to alienate and reduce the number of refugees and migrants into Aotearoa.

When similar organisations overseas have gone unchallenged, hate crimes and violent attacks against migrants, including women and children, increase and go often unpunished. Aotearoa will no longer be the safe place to live that most of us take for granted.

If this groups dream is realised, healthcare, education, and other areas such as construction will suffer as a large proportion of nurses, teachers and construction workers are migrants.


Danni Wilkinson from Love Aotearoa hate racism says “the idea that immigrants take our jobs, our houses and commit of crimes are wrong. Unemployment is extremely low at 3.9% and we have a shortage of workers in many areas such as construction, education, and healthcare”.

While there is a housing crises, this is not because of immigration, but wealthy investors ‘land banking’ - Auckland alone has 30,000 empty houses. Further, all international research into crime show that immigrants and refugees commit far fewer crimes in any country they migrate to than natural born citizens of that country.



Gem Pritchard, Industrial Support Officer from First Union and member of Love Aotearoa says “Racism in any form should be challenged. It's a capitalist ploy designed to divide and conquer us all. We need to cultivate a United front across the union movement, and wider, into our communities, so has to continue with the emancipation of all, from the tyranny people face daily across our planet under capitalism.”

Love Aotearoa Hate Racism wants to celebrate our Migrants and Refugees. We will be joined in this celebration on Saturday by other organisations such as the Unitarian Church, Unions Auckland, Mums 4 refugees, Nightingales fight for fair pay and Socialist Aotearoa.

Olivia from Mums 4 Refugees has shared her reason for supporting “We are a group of mothers from across Australia and New Zealand, united in the belief that all families deserve a safe future and a secure home. For those coming from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds, being resettled in a third country is only the beginning of that journey. A welcoming community which embraces difference is vital. That is the kind of place we want New Zealand to be.”


A member of Socialist Aotearoa has stated “we fully support the kaupapa of Love Aotearoa Hate Racism. Aotearoa is richer for the diversity that migrants bring. Aotearoa functions only because of that migration. We are all migrants here and we should embrace and welcome all that want to join us.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joseph Cederwall: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

... and the dawn of something much better?
2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally. Already in January three leading US digital outlets—BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, and Vice announced layoffs that have left many accomplished journalists unemployed. Consolidation of journalism looks set to continue unabated as larger (sharky) media conglomerates swallow up smaller players globally. We also appear to be witnessing the death throes of the concept of ‘objective’ truth in journalism. However, perhaps that is not at all as bad as it sounds, and we are just finally waking up to the reality that it never really existed in the first place... More>>

 
 

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

Party Politics In Tax Morale Survey: SSC To Seek Answers From IRD

Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins has today asked the State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes to examine IRD’s reported inappropriate use of a public survey. More>>

ALSO:

Health: Prohibiting Smoking In Vehicles Carrying Children

Under the change, Police will be able to require people to stop smoking in their cars if children (under 18) are present. Police will also be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to stop-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50... It is expected that this amendment will become law by the end of 2019. More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Day: Nationwide Events Commemorate Treaty Signing

“From large-scale events attracting tens of thousands of people such as those at Hoani Waititi Marae in Auckland and the Porirua Waterfront, to smaller gatherings in areas as far flung as the Chatham Islands and to the significant commemorations at Waitangi, these events are an opportunity for us to reflect on the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels