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Hikoi Against Asset Sales Arrived Wellington Today May 3rd 2012

New Zealand Protest ‘Aotearoa Is Not For Sale’. This is the main message of the Hikoi which arrived in Wellington today. This Hikoi against asset sales has been led by Hone Harawira and Mike King, all the way from its starting point in Cape Reinga, in the Far North. It is set to leave Te Papa tomorrow the 4th May, at midday, to head for Parliament Buildings, where Russel Norman, Hone Harawira, Winston Peters (hopefully), Mike King, and the other main spokespeople will deliver their speeches of objection to the Governor General and members of parliament.

John Key the Prime Minister has refused to acknowlege the Hikoi-Protest. He has refused to meet with them or hear them out. This is typical of this National, right-wing government, who believe that they have the right to do anything they wish, simply because they wear a white collar and hold the power and the purse-strings, no matter that the majority of people are against their plans to sell off our assets, and no matter how dire the consequences of their actions.

The march went through Johnsonville this morning, to the offices of Peter Dunne, another right-wing politician who sided with wheeler-dealer John Key to support his ‘quick-fix’ solution of asset sales, no matter how devastating this will be for the future of New Zealanders and all New Zealanders.

The final destination of the Hikoi-Protest, after the Te Papa meeting tomorrow, is the steps of Parliament Buildings. Join the Hikoi if you can make it. It is important that we get the numbers together and unite as one against the sale of state-owned assets which have been built up by many generations of New Zealanders so that our lives might be better. The hard work of our ancestors is about to go down the gurgler, to benefit other countries.

If the sale of state assets are allowed to go ahead, we will be tenants in our own land. The long-term result will be rising prices of everything – electricity, milk – and – wait for it – education, including all schooling, if the government get their way to run charter schools here.

The government should not have interfered with the Moerewa School in Northland. As Winston Peters so wisely said on ‘Native Affairs’ the other night, this school needs help in its community. The families need help and support. You won’t fix the so-called educational problem by trying out another method imported from overseas – another white-man’s model, another method, for running a school.

Anyway, to change the accent to a higher academic success rate in the fields of science, maths, technology, etc, is NOT necessarily going to benefit these children. Of course, these options should be available in every school. BUT – There just aren’t the jobs out there for them, and thousands of BA graduates, and MA graduates, are finding that they cannot get jobs once they leave university, in the field of study which they chose, or even in the field of hospitality. Far better idea, then, to elevate social skills, and creative skills, such as singing, kapa-haka, painting, sport, and the like, as the spiritual basis of your teaching. If schools are to be successful, then first and foremost, they should be fun places to go to. A happy environment creates the right vibration for learning. The learning will follow if the social conditions are favourable.

Come join the protest, so that our numbers are swelled and the protest is heard by the government and the media alike.

The Protest-Hikoi Against Asset Sales left Cape Reinga in the Far North around ten days ago. It was joined by Aucklanders protesting the sale of state assets last Saturday. The Hikoi is a forum for several important issues, such as the ousting of State Housing tenants, and the sale of State Housing real estate, and environmental issues such as deep sea oil drilling and fracking, both of which have been approved by the National government.

Say no to fracking in New Zealand. Say no to deep-sea oil drilling in New Zealand. Exploitation of the earth’s minerals is not sustainable. The minerals will run out one day, and so we might as well preserve what is left for the Earth itself, and get on with creating sustainable, renewable solutions for energy and industry and the economy. Best thing is to keep our land and grow organic food for ourselves, and for other countries when we have a surplus.

Many state-housing tenants from Glen Innes and other areas have been evicted from their houses to make way for the sale of the land. This is a terrible thing to do to communities. Even if you were to give these people another house in another area, it means that the community is being broken up. This will cause much distress to the many families who are involved. We should be building on things to make them better, not dismantling what was a workable system in a community where people felt at home and were familiar with their surroundings and their schools.

Plenty to Protest About. Join the Hikoi-Protest Tomorrow Against the Sale of State-Owned Assets.

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