1 September: Aotearoa Not for Sale takes it to Porirua (part rua)

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Continued from:  1 September: Aotearoa Not for Sale takes it to Porirua (part tahi)

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ANFS activist, Geoff, with a member of the public about to sign  the petition,

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Next to entertain onlookers, Billy Naylor, on the banjo.

Billy sang songs with a strong anti-asset sale theme and with wording to reflect our current times,

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Mike, with leaflets calling for for the Living Wage Campaign to raise incomes amongst New Zealand’s poorest families,

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‘John Key”, flaunting his loot, and taunting the crowd by demanding to know what else he could sell that belonged to them;  Kiwibank?  TVNZ? Their cars? Homes? It was all up for grabs, according to ‘Dear Leader’.

‘John Key’ (activist Steve Booth, from ‘People Power Ohariu‘) said,

I’m willing to admit we’ve got a few problems selling these assets…”

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Richard Wagstaff, national secretary  for the Public Service Association (PSA), addressed the crowd.

He informed the crowd that “government does not have a debt problem, they have an income problem“. National gave tax cuts for the wealthy, he said, “and now they’re selling our assets to pay for it because they keep cutting income for our country“.

Mr Wagstaff condemned the planned sale of energy companies saying that they were a vital infra-structure for the State to function.

He further said that no one believes that “mum and dad investors” have thousands of dollars  to spend on shares.

We can’t let this government rip us off,” he said, “Enough is enough!”

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Grace Faletutulu next sang for the crowd, her beautiful voice an absolute delight to listen to.  At around this time, the Irish dirges from “The Dog Box” began to lessen in volume,

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Following Grace, Josie Campbell, a health professional poet, and musician, was next up. Josie first addressed the crowd and said that as well as fighting asset sales, she here today to fiight child poverty.

Josie said that, working at the coal face, in her profession, she had seen first hand the effects of poverty on children.

Josie said she had watched Bryan Bruce’s documentary, “Inside New Zealand: Child Poverty”” and described to the crowd how Bryan Bruce had travelled to Sweden  where he had shown photos of scab-covered children to   incredulous Swedish health professionals.

Having set the ‘tone’, Josie then   delivered a sad, soft, rap-like song, to the accompaniment of her guitar,

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Ariana, with “Lucky”, the sound-man,

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Singer, Matiu Te Huki, delivered the last few songs for the morning’s event,

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… whilst, Matt, the Rapper, was engaging with the public to gather signatures,

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The words to a protest-variation on “Down by the Riverside“. This was one of the songs sung at recent  ‘Flash Occupations’ conducted by ANFS-Wellington,

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Shane, collecting signatures from some of the local ‘characters’ encountered under ‘The Canopies‘,

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By this time, the noise from ‘The Dog Box‘ had wound dowen to a barely audible whisper, allowing the crowd to better enjoy Matiu’s singing,

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Well known writer and poet, Tim Jones, added his signature to the petition,

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Matiu and Matt, doing an impromptu duet. These two guys are seriously talented,

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By  the end of the event, the owner of ‘The Dog Box’ had completely turned down his bar’s music-speakers. He explained that he had no argument with our cause, ands his own loud music had been part of an on-going “issue” with the Porirua City Council.

Before returning to his bar, he admitted to supporting the ‘No Asset Sales’ campaign, and happily signed the petition!

It seems the recent MYOB business survey was correct; the majority of business people do oppose asset sales as well, and this bar owner was no exception.

See: Selling state assets: it’s a crappy commercial decision – The Voice of Business

Several hundred signatures were collected throughout the morning.  The message is loud and clear from the public; these assets belong to us, The People, and are not meant to be sold of.

Are you listening, Mr Prime Minister?

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