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Identity and change themes in Latin American forum

Press Release – Massey University Latin Americas colonial legacies and the impact of neoliberalism as well as food, football, film and feminism are among topics at conference of Latin American scholarship at Massey Universitys Auckland campus next week.Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Identity and change themes in Latin American forum Latin America’s colonial legacies and the impact of neoliberalism as well as food, football, film and feminism are among topics at conference of Latin American scholarship at Massey University’s Auckland campus next week. Topics close to home include the effect of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, indigenous tourism comparisons between Māori and the Mapuche people of Chile and how Spanish-speaking families in New Zealand nurture their language. Titled Transforming Legacies, the July 3-5 conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA), organised by Massey’s Spanish Language Programme and supported by the embassies of Spain, Argentina and Mexico, covers a diverse range of critical contemporary research on Latin America issues and influences. Scholars from across Latin America, the United States, Australia and New Zealand will attend. ‘Melting pot’ or ‘coat of many colours’ in Latin America? Keynote speaker Professor Saul Sosnowski, Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture at the University of Maryland, will discuss whether a ‘melting pot’ or ‘a coat of many colours’ best defines the diversity of modern societies in his talk Balancing...

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Fraught TPP process has lessons for the future

Press Release – Public Health Association The Public Health Association (PHA) has told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee that the lack of information, deliberate secrecy and poor recognition of the importance of health have made the TPP process fraught with problems, and …Public Health Association tells Government that fraught TPP process has lessons for the future Public Health Association media release, 14 April 2016 Embargoed until 10.30am The Public Health Association (PHA) has told the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee that the lack of information, deliberate secrecy and poor recognition of the importance of health have made the TPP process fraught with problems, and that there are important lessons to be learned for next time. “Every international commitment our Government signs has significant implications for the health of New Zealanders,” says PHA Chief Executive Officer Warren Lindberg. “So when New Zealand signs an agreement with a scope as broad as that of the TPP, it’s essential to carry out a full health impact assessment. “This was never done and the fact that there are gaping holes around issues like impacts on Maori health and how the TPP affects climate change clearly demonstrate that lack of analysis. This has left the Government open to considerable criticism, while angering many citizens and eroding their trust.” Lindberg said such an analysis had to be done at a...

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Government working for Pacific people

Press Release – New Zealand Government Government working for Pacific people The number of Pacific people not in employment, education or training decreased last year, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. Latest labour market figures show that for the year to December 2015, the rate …Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga Minister for Pacific Peoples 24 February 2016 Government working for Pacific people The number of Pacific people not in employment, education or training decreased last year, Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says. Latest labour market figures show that for the year to December 2015, the rate of Pacific people not in employment, education or training decreased from 17.9 per cent to 16.2 per cent. “This signals that government initiatives such as Pasifika Trades Training and Count Me In are working well,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says. The figures add to recent employment figures which showed the number of Pacific people in employment reached an all-time high in December 2015 to 130,700. “The future for Pacific people in education, training and business is bright and our government is proud to be helping people aim high.” More Pacific children are achieving better results in education from early childhood to NCEA. Some 91.2 per cent of Pacific children are in early childhood education (ECE), up from 84 per cent in 2008. Between 2008 and 2014 the number of Pacific 18-year-olds with NCEA Level...

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‘In the Eye of the Storm’ Conference Begins

Article – Thomas Leaycraft On climate change: Whats the thing before you have a WTF moment? Thomas Leaycraft On climate change: ‘What’s the thing before you have a WTF moment?’ Thomas Leaycraft New Zealand needs to acknowledge that Pacific Island nations face “ecological holocaust” and “ecocide” thanks to climate change, says Dr Pala Molisa. Dr. Pala Molisa, Image Credit: Victoria University of Wellington Molisa, a lecturer in accounting at Victoria University, will be leading the open forum at the ‘In the Eye of the Storm’ Pacific climate change conference, which starts today. Dr. Molisa is also the MC of the conference. “One of the reasons we call this … conference ‘In the Eye of the Storm’,” Molisa says, “is that the Pacific is one of the places where the impacts of climate change will be most severely felt and first felt. We’re going to lose islands – we’re going to lose whole countries – because of rising sea levels … The Pacific is one of the most vulnerable areas to these super storms and extreme weather events.” The conference, which runs Monday-Wednesday this week, will provide an unconventional look at climate change. “It’s bringing amazing leaders and frontline activists from throughout the Pacific together,” says Molisa. The conference will discuss not only the immediate causes and effects of climate change but also the systemic issues behind it. Though a...

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Little: Backing The Kiwi Dream

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party The reason I wanted to open with that is our economy is a bit like that story the machines started, theres nothing we can do to stop it, its coming towards us and weve got to decide what to do about it. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY State of the Nation speech Andrew Little, Leader of the Labour Party Auckland, 31 January 2016 Jacinda, thank you so much for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be introduced by the next MP for Auckland Central. Can I also acknowledge our Labour Caucus, including our deputy Annette King and finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. I’d also like to acknowledge Phil Goff. It’s funny, Phil seems to be at every gathering in Auckland with more than three people for some reason. Phil, this is going to be a big year for Auckland, and I know you’ll do a fantastic job as Mayor. Right, I want to tell you a quick story about the Future of Work and I promise it’s 100% true. When I ran the EPMU, I got an incredible insurance claim form to sign off from one of our senior organisers. He’d taken his union car into the carwash to have it cleaned. He’d punched his code into the computer and had driven in. The machine was running, the car was covered in soapy water and...

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