How We Take Action

Every day, people leave Work & Income feeling humiliated and harassed because the current welfare system is complex and unfair. Successive governments have cut benefits but failed to create decent jobs. The narrow focus on pushing people into paid work, any job at any cost to their welfare, has created a culture which punishes people for being unemployed.

We don’t accept that this is the way things have to be.

Instead, we stand up, speak out and fight back through street actions, pickets and demonstrations.

If you would like to get involved in our actions, sign up to our supporter list by clicking on the 'get involved' button.

Take a look at some of our actions from the AAAP media team

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PAST EVENTS

Friday, May 01, 2015 at 08:30 PM through May 02, 2015
Whammy

May Day Benefit Gig

Tourettes and the PCP Eagles will be among the acts to play a May Day benefit gig for Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP). They will be joined by Louie Knuxx, Gina’s Revenge and the Vietnam War.

Details of the gig are as follows:

 

MAY DAY AAAP BENEFIT SHOW:

Whammy Bar, Friday 1 May, doors – 8.30pm

$15 waged/$10 unwaged

 Tickets are available on the door (if not sold out) and through undertheradar:

http://www.undertheradar.co.nz/ticket/4432/May-Day-AAAP-Benefit-Show.utr

Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey – Tourettes is a poet who writes about politics, childhood and his girlfriend (mostly his girlfriend). He's released two poetry books and four studio albums and has just finished his first novel.

Louie Knuxx - Louie Knuxx is a member of art collective YGB, he's toured the world and has lots of tattoos. His second album PGT/GRR is out now.

Gina's Revenge - Gina's Revenge are four ladies and a gentleman from AK City who play Rock n Roll music. Former members of Rebelles, Wildwood Lights and Wolfie play songs to drink, dance and be a brat to.

The Vietnam War - The Vietnam War are currently working on a new album to follow up their self-titled debut, widely regarded as the best album of 2012.

PCP EaglesPCP Eagles grew up in Punk Rock City and spend most of their time at Whammy and New Flavour. The follow up EP to 2013’s I Hate The Mall is out soon.

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:30 AM
Sky City Conference Centre in auckland central, New Zealand

Post-Budget Picket 2015

AAAP are holding a protest at John Key's post-budget lunch speech to business leaders at Sky City on May 22nd.

Key and co. are arriving for 12pm so let’s make sure we're there to give them our policy recommendations first hand. The business elite aren’t the only people in our society who should have their reactions to the 2015 Budget heard.

Facebook event details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1434269566875330/

Why the Budget?

Year after year, the Nats have shown their commitment to promoting the interests of the rich while beneficiaries, low paid workers and students pay the price.

We know this Government's budget will again have no solution to the poverty affecting thousands of New Zealander's. We’d love to see decent job creation, support for education and students, higher benefit payment rates, a living wage and policies that promote social security as a right. That won't happen. Come protest.


See you there.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Auckland Action Against Poverty

NZ Welfare & Unemployment/politics in the 1990s and 2000s - Workshop with Karen Davis

There will be pre workshop snacks provided from 5.30-6pm.

Please RSVP if coming for food.  contact@aaap.org.nz

Workshop will run from 6-7.30pm.

 

Monday, June 15, 2015 at 05:30 PM
Auckland Action Against Poverty

Workshop: How we can conceptualize power in the world and how we change it

This workshop will focus on different ways in which we think about power as activists including the role of parliament, civil society and capital.

These institutions will be looked at and we will explore models for viewing the power and how we create change.

Workshop will be facilitated by Oliver Christeller.

We will provide light food from 5.30-6pm. For catering purposes please RSVP via email, contact@aaap.org.nz if you're planning on coming for food.

The workshop will run from 6-7.30pm.

Friday, November 06, 2015 at 08:00 PM through November 07, 2015
Kings Arms in Auckland, New Zealand

From the streets to the stage - AAAP fundaiser gig

Auckland Action Against Poverty move from the streets to the stage, hosting a Fundraiser Gig next month. Street Chant and LarzRanda will be joined on-stage by Tourettes, Rackets, Cool Runnings and SoccerPractise.

“AAAP have a history of attracting talented musicians to take part in our fundraisers – but also our actions with Street Chant performing 'There is no recession in NZ' at last year's 'Block the National Party' protest',” says AAAP coordinator, Sarah Thompson.

“Tourettes has also taken it to the streets with us, including this year at our 'Crash the (National) party' protest where he performed 'John Key's Son's a DJ'

“Music and carnival are great ways of making protests powerful.

“We are grateful to these fantastic musicians for offering their time and talent both on the streets, and for our upcoming fundraiser at the Kings Arms.

“In addition to pushing for systemic change through action, AAAP work with over 1,000 families and individuals each year ensuring they receive their full welfare entitlements.

“Activist groups like ours have few sources of funding for our work, so this fundraising gig will be an enormous help to us, our activism and advocacy work.”

Details of the gig are as follows:

From the street to the stage – AAAP fundraiser gig

Kings Arms, Newton, Friday 6 November, doors – 8pm

$15 waged/$10 unwaged

Band/Musician info:

Street Chant - https://streetchant.bandcamp.com/

LarzRanda (Mainard Larkin) - https://larzranda.bandcamp.com/

Tourettes aka Dominic Hoey https://tourettesone.bandcamp.com/

Rackets -https://racketsonline.bandcamp.com/

Cool Runnings - https://cool-runnings.bandcamp.com/

SoccerPractise - https://soundcloud.com/soccerpractise

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 10:30 AM
FIRST Union Conference Centre in Auckland, New Zealand

Intro to AAAP workshops and advocacy training

Education workshops
All advocates, activists & supporters are invited to attend two upcoming workshops:
 
Thurs 19 November    10.30am - 12 midday
 
Intro to AAAP (a)
Who we are, why we exist and what we do. How our political advocacy and beneficiary advocacy work together.
Thurs 3 December     10.30am - 12 midday
Intro to AAAP (b)
Big picture history: Unemployed and beneficiary fightback in NZ and what we can learn from the past to apply in our work today.
These workshops will take place in the FIRST Union training room 120 Church St, Onehunga.  Please RSVP by Tues 17 Nov to contact@aaap if you would like to attend.
Advocacy training
Following each of the above sessions there will be training for people who would like to start volunteering with us as beneficiary advocates.
Thursday 19 November 1pm to 2.30pm
We will discuss how and why as advocates we stand with people seeking their benefit entitlements, how to successfully challenge authority and our basic assumption that "No, is the wrong answer"
Thursday 3 December 1pm to 2.30pm
This session will focus on how to get people essential things like Food Grants and Advance Payments for essential household items (e.g. beds, fridges, washing machines etc) using what is set out in Work and Income policy and Ministerial Directives.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us and would like to attend these workshops, please contact our advocacy coordinator Alastair Russell on alastair.russell@aaap.org.nz
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Start location: 12pm - Glen Innes Railway Station (GI) and will end at Orakei Domain. Alternatively, you can join us at the corner of Kepa Road and Coates Avenue at approx. 2pm. The full walk will take approx 3-4 hours.

Hikoi for Homes

This is a CALL TO ACTION. It's time to make some collective noise about the housing crisis. We're going make it known, from Glen Innes, to the richest suburbs of Aotearoa.

Come along and bring your friends, whānau, flatmates and anyone you know who is struggling with the lack of affordable housing- that should be nearly everyone you know.

Toddlers are dying in unfit homes, homelessness in Auckland city is exploding, state tenants are being evicted, emergency housing providers are full to capacity, private rents are skyrocketing. We have a Government that insists the market can provide us affordable housing, but the facts on the ground tell us different. "The market" is forcing many onto the streets.

Join us to affirm the right to housing. Everyone deserves a home.

Check out www.hikoiforhomes.co.nz for more information on times and transport options!!

Facebook info here

-About-
Hikoi for Homes will be run by CPAG with support from many other community members and organisations, including AAAP, Unite Union and First Union. 

OUR KAUPAPA: Housing is a basic human need and access to decent quality, affordable and safe housing should be seen a human right. This means that our society and more specifically the State has an obligation to ensure that everyone living in New Zealand always has access to adequate and secure housing. We believe that this obligation means that housing needs to be considered as more than a commodity whose allocation is decided entirely by markets and the profit motive.

Start location: 12pm - Glen Innes Railway Station (GI) and will end at Orakei Domain. Alternatively, you can join us at the corner of Kepa Road and Coates Avenue at approx. 2pm. The full walk will take approx 3-4 hours.

Campaign Asks 
- An Immediate stop and to the sell-off of state and council housing
- A $1 billion annual budget for the provision of more state, public and not for profit housing
- Setting minimum standards for all rented housing
- Greater tenure protection for tenants
- Rent freeze for five years
- A statutory right to be housed
- State subsidies for modest income homeownership programmes

More information and details to come - please email admin@cpag.org.nz if you interested in getting involved.

******* Please share and invite all your friends to attend ******

Thursday, December 03, 2015 at 10:30 AM
FIRST Union Conference Centre in Auckland, New Zealand

Intro to AAAP (part 2)

Education workshops
All advocates, activists & supporters are invited to attend this second workshop.
Intro to AAAP (b)
Big picture history: Unemployed and beneficiary fightback in NZ and what we can learn from the past to apply in our work today.
These workshops will take place in the FIRST Union training room 120 Church St, Onehunga.  Please RSVP by Tues 17 Nov to contact@aaap if you would like to attend.
Advocacy training
Following each of the above sessions there will be training for people who would like to start volunteering with us as beneficiary advocates.
Thursday 19 November 1pm to 2.30pm
We will discuss how and why as advocates we stand with people seeking their benefit entitlements, how to successfully challenge authority and our basic assumption that "No, is the wrong answer"
Thursday 3 December 1pm to 2.30pm
This session will focus on how to get people essential things like Food Grants and Advance Payments for essential household items (e.g. beds, fridges, washing machines etc) using what is set out in Work and Income policy and Ministerial Directives.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us and would like to attend these workshops, please contact our advocacy coordinator Alastair Russell on alastair.russell@aaap.org.nz
Sunday, December 06, 2015 at 04:15 PM
Croatian Cultural Society in Auckland, New Zealand

Cancel the (National) party!

On 6 December National are holding their annual Christmas Party in West Auckland.

We're calling on you to help us cancel the (National) party.

Join AAAP:
4.15pm Sunday 6 December 
Croatian Cultural Society Hall, McLeod Road, Te Atatu

Help us tell John Key and his friends we’ve had enough of:
- Benefits too low to live on
- A brutally toxic Work & Income culture perpetrated from the top down 
- The homelessness crisis in Auckland which gets worse by the day

THE PARTY'S OVER - TIME FOR A CHANGE

All friends, supporters and activists welcome.  Please share the facebook event.