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(en) Aotearoa, (New Zeland), The Anarchist Teaparty - Nation Symposium 2003

From YudA <kjnis@yahoo.co.nz>
Date Mon, 24 Nov 2003 07:53:04 +0100 (CET)

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[E.N: After a year's absence the national anarchist meeting is back and will be held at
Marama-iti, a rural collective near Wanganui, from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 December.]
For those who hadnt noticed, the Anarchist tea party website
(http://www.geocities.com/anarchistteaparty) has been updated
with more details on the timetable and events. (reproduced below).
Its certainly looking far better than the first timetable. eg it
now has some optional workshops with politics in them, as opposed
to none at all as it did a few weeks ago!


The Anarchist Tea Party is primarily an event for
anarchists to meet, share knowledge and skills and
leave with the inspiration and motivation to make
anarchism a central of their lives. Workshops There
will be several main workshops held each morning
followed by discussion groups on a variety of topics
that will be run according to interest.

Collectives and consensus decision making;
the in's and out's of collectives: what they're about
and how to successfully work as one. This is to
designed to help us all through the weekend and to
move on from there.

Surviving activism;
Eileen Cassidy (87) will talk about her life of
activism as an anarchist and just what motivates and
inspires her to keep agitating for change. This will
lead onto an open discussion about how to stay
motivated and focused as anarchists.

Redefining relationships;
Wendy-O-Matik from the US is here in Aotearoa on a
speeking tour to promote her book and we are damned
excited to hear that she is keen to talk about open

Education and de-schooling;
George and Shaun will give the run down on how the
state is fucking with our heads, how to shed it all
and get on with the real learning.

Common Ground;
a facilitated talk about the differences within our
movements, the barriers that exist and how we can find
common ground to work together. Why do anarchists
argue amongst them selves? Why are there so few women
and indigenous people involved? Why indeed.

Living outside capitalism;
We want your experiences, ideas and dreams! Group talk
to inspire and motivate, whether it be your work,
home, food, fun, transport. whatever, it's time to
walk the talk and live anarchy!

On the last day we want to make a commitment to set up
regional and national networks that will work together
on a variety of projects, from propaganda to
lifestyle. Some suggested ideas include: a national
newspaper, web portal for everything Anarchist related
in Aotearoa, an accommodation network, skills
register, another conference.

Discussion Groups
Discussion groups to be held over the weekend will be
timetabled on Thursday night according to interest and
the wishes of those intending to participate. Friday
and Saturday afternoon are available for these
workshops. This list is not definite as people are
still putting proposals to us as we get closer to the
conference. So far they include:
Introduction to Linux computer systems
Water privitisation
NZ involvement in the Isreal/Palestine war
Anarchist history in NZ
Cob building
Tree climbing

We will be welcoming people to Marama-iti all week so
feel free to turn up early!

4.00 introduction, house rules, volunteer roster etc
5.00 dinner
6.30 collectives workshop
This will be followed by a brief description of the
other workshops available, a decision on the
time-tabling and how to run these workshops.
Maybe a movie if it's not too late. Friday
7.30 onwards: breakfast (to early? Not in the
9.30 onwards:
redefining relationships
surviving activism
1.00 lunch
Time is available to continue with the morning's
workshops if needed.
Discussion groups. At this stage there is a request
that the anarcho-feminism workshop take place as some
people will be leaving with Wendy to travel onto
5.30 Dinner and a movie

7.30 Breakfast
9.30 Workshops:
Common ground
Living outside capitalism.

1.00 Time is available to continue with these
workshops if needed.
Discussion groups to be decided by YOU!
5.00 Dinner and a party, with rumours of a band

9.30 breakfast
11.00 Workshop on networking
12.00 BBQ lunch
Time for workshop to continue if needed.
Clean up and a trip to the beach if the sun is out!

As you can see the schedule has been left as a
skeleton as we wish this to be a collectively
organised organised event and this means your
involvement. There is ample time to hang out with
people, go to the beach etc if you want to. We are
also well situated for canoe or tramping trips if you
want to plan other activities around the conference.
You are of course welcome to stay on and help with the
many projects underway!

The cost is $30 for your food and to pay for power,
gas and some transport costs.
This is negotiable if this means you can not attend.
Talk to us!
$10 Sat or Sun only.
Free to escaped prisoners.
Cheques to C.E.C. PO Box 9263, Wellington
or cash on the day.

Rain & swimwear, tent or tarp, bedroll, sleeping bag,
cup, cutlery, native seedlings, musical instruments,
candles, torch, games, recipes. Zine submissions for

Rubbish: Please pack out what you pack in.
Let us know of any special dietary requirements.

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