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(en) Aotearoa - New-Zeland, Alt. Media: Origins of the Maori/Anarchist Alliance Part 2

Date Sat, 08 Dec 2007 13:35:01 +0200

After its foundation in 1998, Peoples Global Action began a series of mass
demonstrations and violent attacks on global financial institutions. --- From
Wikipedia ---- Subsequent Global Action Days have included the 'carnival against
capital' (June 18, 1999), the 3rd WTO summit in Seattle (November 30, 1999), the
IMF/World Bank meeting in Prague (September 26, 2000), the G8 meeting in Genoa
(June 21, 2000) the 4th WTO summit in Qatar (November 9, 2001), etc.. ----
Decentralised mobilisations have been accompanied by strong central
demonstrations. From the first mobilisation in Geneva, direct action was taken
to block the summits, as this was considered the only form of action that could
adequately express the necessity, not to reform, but to destroy the instruments
of capitalist domination.

By 2000, the New Zealand component of PGA, Foundation for an Independent
Aotearoa had morphed into Aotearoa Educators, a small organisation dedicated to
training a new generation of Maori activists.

Members of Aotearoa educators took part in the 2000 PGA convergence in Prague
and also in the subsequent anti World bank/International Monetary Fund protests.

At the time, New Zealand was working towards a free trade deal with Singapore, a
fact that irked the Maori activists then in Prague.

Press Release: Aotearoa Educators, 26 September 2000

"Prague Style Protests to Hit Aotearoa if Singapore Deal Continues"

"Tino Rangatiratanga advocates attending the Prague anti-World Bank, anti-IMF
protest say that New Zealand will face the same types of action if the
Government pursues the Singapore Trade deal. The Aotearoa delegation is in
Prague as part of the People's Global Action group (PGA), a coalition of
activists from around the world. The PGA meeting will coincide with that of the
IMF/World Bank annual meeting.

"The fight against globalisation and neoliberalism is the continuing struggle
against colonisation, and like our ancestors before us we will resist!" said
South Pacific Convenor Teanau Tuiono

"Instead of colonisation by countries we are seeing the colonisation by
companies this neo-colonisation is being given an easy ride by governments
obsessed with 'freeing up' the market. In Aotearoa New Zealand the Government is
making moves to take away indigenous rights to lands, rivers, fish because this
would be a fetter to foreign investment. This resulted in protest and occupation
of lands when a payout called the 'fiscal envelope' was pushed by the Government
threatened to extinguish indigenous rights. The irony of this is that it is was
less about the theft of indigenous land and more about paving the way for
overseas corporate investors. A number of tribal elites have played into the
hands of these new colonisers and will one day reap the ill seeds that they have

Fellow Convenor Waiariki Grace elaborated, "This process moves power from the
government to the private sector. This transfer of power to the private sector
reduces the role of the government, but does not inherently challenge the
statist world, although it does remove much of its monopoly power. The aim
behind this is to reduce restrictions on private enterprises to allow them to
move factors of production as they wish. The key international institutions
which encapsulate and articulate such ideas include, the World Trade
Organisation, Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC), the Asian Development
Bank, the United Nations, World Bank, the International Monetary Fund,
reinforced in different areas of the world by their regional offices, this is
not about people it is about money"

Action on the 26th of September follows the trend of growing resistance to
neoliberal policies worldwide seen most recently in Melbourne, Australia against
the World Economic Forum."

The press release listed Aotearoa Educators contacts as;

(Aotearoa/New Zealand) Tauni Sinclair
(Pacific) Teanau Tuiono
(Australia) Maria Bargh
(Hong Kong) Helen Te Hira
All have played a major role in Maori protest actions in recent years.
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