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

 

Drinking Liberally has Auckland round


25 June 2008

Drinking Liberally has Auckland round

The world wide Drinking Liberally phenomenon has its Auckland premier next Wednesday night at the London Bar with special guest speaker David Slack.

“Drinking Liberally brings together people from across the left-leaning wing of the political spectrum for discussion, debate and, well, drinking,” says Auckland Drinking Liberally spokeswoman Julie Fairey.

Drinking Liberally groups began propping up New York City bars in May 2003 and the organisation now has 100 chapters across the United States. International chapters are filling pubs in the cities of Osaka, Melbourne, Wellington, and now Auckland.

Evenings consist of a well known speaker who gives a well thought out talk on a special topic of interest, and then is hounded by questions from the floor. Further debate and discussion continues well into the evening.

New Zealand’s first Drinking Liberally events took place in Wellington with Green MP Nandor Tanczos followed up by Minister of Finance Dr Michael Cullen. Both events were liberally attended and the thirst for political debate looks set to do the rounds in Auckland too.

The first Auckland event will take place from 7.30pm Wednesday 2 July in the London Bar, corner Queen and Wellesley Streets, Auckland City. Further events will take place on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

“We’re delighted to have well known blogger/author/radio commentator/all-round-nice-guy David Slack as our first speaker. David tells us he’d like to talk about the time New Zealand’s progressive project was derailed, we wanted him to talk about his favourite recipes, so the topic of ‘New Zealand the way you want it?’ seems a happy middle ground,” says Ms Fairey.

“Auckland Drinking Liberally would like to invite all like-minded, left-leaning individuals to an informal and inclusive place to talk politics and share ideas.

“The original ideals of Drinking Liberally are to give progressive people a place to raise their spirits while they raise their glass, and share ideas while they share a pint. We hope all of Auckland’s progressive community and interested people will come join us for a jolly night out.”

For more information visit www.drinkingliberally.org or join the ‘Drinking Liberally NZ; Facebook group.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Housing Issues: Fairer Rules For Tenants And Landlords

The key changes include:

- Limit rent increases to once every 12 months and banning the solicitation of rental bids by landlords.

- Improve tenant’s security by removing a landlord’s right to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement...

- Improve compliance with the law by increasing financial penalties and introducing new tools to take direct action against parties who are not meeting their obligations. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Farming Sector’s Persecution Complex

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes ... More>>

ALSO:

corrections, prisonCorrections: Independent Review Of Prisoner Mail Management

The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen the management of prisoner mail. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Unlawful Detention Of Teenager; Influence Of Investigation

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. More>>

ALSO:

SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

'Culturally Arranged Visitors Visa': Fix For Marriage Visa Issue

Earlier this year Immigration New Zealand issued guidance to front line Immigration staff that made it significantly harder for people to get visas to visit their partner. That guidance no longer applies with today’s announcement. More>>

ALSO:

Conflict Of Interest For Key Member: Budget Data Breach Investigation Shut Down

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More>>

RNZ Report: Mysterious Foundation Loaning NZ First Money

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More>>

Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission Established

“We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, even with rights of appeals, and there needs to be a chance for the innocent on the right grounds to seek a final review of their case...” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels