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You & The Guerrilla Poets…something fun for a Saturday afternoon

Auckland Poets Get on Board with the Largest Poetry Event in History

– Are You In? 

600 events in 450 cities and 95 countries will take place on September 24 to promote environmental, social, and political change. Poetry demonstrations are being organized in political hotspots such as Cairo, Egypt. A poetry and peace gathering is planned in strife-torn Kabul and Jalalabad. In Mexico there are over 30 events. To date there are over 250 events in the United States. More examples of events can be found at the 100 Thousand Poets for Change website at www.100TPC.org. 

In New Zealand there are two events – both in Auckland. You & The Guerrilla Poets sees the Guerrilla Poets and The Literatti banding together to bring poetry to the central city streets with a poetry march that follows the footsteps of the 1969 demonstration that saw thousands of hippies take over Albert Park as a space for the people.

Everyone is invited to join the poets at midday at Meyers Park. Armed with chalk, poetry banners and their voices they’ll process along Queen Street, up Wellesley Street and into Albert Park, chalking, performing and handing out their poetic messages of change as they go. The event finishes up with a soap-box reading in Albert Park and an attempt to completely fill in the area around the fountain with poetry. Chalk is provided and it’s free to take part, people need only bring their outside voices or a spare hand to write with and something to say. Musicians and visual artists welcome.

The Literatti’s involvement also fitted perfectly, their current project reTHiNK Possible Worlds, seeks to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ‘illness’, so that is one theme passers-by can expect to see transforming the cityscape on the 24th – though participants are encouraged to share whatever message they wish. Their last mission saw the Henry Atkinson statue and an entire block in Titirangi filled in during the night. For You & The Guerrilla Poets they are coming out in broad daylight in a true celebration of poetry, change, and the spirit of ‘What If…?’

For those looking for something a bit more traditional, Printable Reality is hosting a free poetry reading at Pah Homestead, which kicks off at 2 pm with some of the city’s best including the hilarious Brad McCormick (2011 Going West Slam Champion) and the esteemed Murray Edmond.

Immediately following September 24th all documentation on the 100TPC.org website will be preserved by Stanford University in California, which has recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. The Guerrilla Poets will be uploading photos immediately following the event so our local messages of change will go down in history.

Facebook Event www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=226384740730007

Eventfinder www.eventfinder.co.nz/2011/you-the-guerrilla-poets-join-100-thousand-poets-for-change/auckland

The Literatti www.theliteratti.com

Printable Reality www.printablereality.co.nz

September RCNet Forum

The Auckland Regional Consumer Network invites everyone to attend a forum that provides opportunities for the sharing of information from the mental health and addictions sectors.

WHERE:  Western Springs  Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Rd  Western Springs
WHEN:  Thursday 15th September  9.30am – 12.30pm
WHAT:  Bronwyn Clark will be talking about her survey results looking at the role of spirituality in recovery.  And RCNet presents their Membership survey

For further information, contact staff at the Regional Consumer Network on 623.1762 or office@rcnet.co.nz

Seniors Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Expo

GCC Seniors Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Expo!

Saturday October 1st, 2-4pm!

Seniors include anyone from age 60 plus,and of course their friends, or carers if they have one.

It is shaping up to be a fun and interesting  day,with a range of different craftspeople displaying and talking about their Artwork, crafts and hobbies!

It will also be followed by a delicious High Tea! (no charge).

It’s a totally free event. If anyone needs free transport please RSVP at our contact details on the flyer, and we will organise that for them.The only transport they cant provide is mobility taxis-sorry.

For more info please contact us on seniors@gcc.org.nz

The Law Commission is seeking community views on the legal structure

The Law Commission is seeking community views on the legal structure and rules that should govern community organisations.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in the way your community is run. Many of our mental health services are run by Charitable Trusts and will be impacted by any changes to legislation – for better or for worse. If you have a stake in these services – as a person using them or as a person working for them, we encourage you to get yourself along.


  • The century old Incorporated Societies Act 1908 is in need of major reform and updating.
  • It doesn’t relate to the needs of the thousands of existing Incorporated Societies and Charitable Trusts.
  • This important review affects Charitable Trusts also because the Commission is considering whether a new Incorporated Societies Act should also replace incorporation under the Charitable Trusts Act.
  • The Community Sector has an opportunity for input into the Law Commission’s review and to influence the recommendations it makes to the Government.

WHEN: Thursday 8th September, 10am – 12.30pm
WHERE: Waitakere Community Resource Centre, 8 Ratanui St, Henderson (up the service-lane behind National Bank)

Tea & Co ffee will be provided. No carparking available onsite
3hrs free parking on Henderson Valley Rd–next to the Railway Bridge. Paid parking in multilevel carpark, entrance on Trading Pl

For more info or to RSVP by 6th September contact Mandy on 09 838 7903 or mandy@communitywaitakere.org.nz.

If you are unable to attend, invite another person from your organisation to take your place.

Visitors Needed

Age Concern urgently need visitors all over the Counties Manukau region and specifically a Cantonese speaking person close to Clover Park, Manukau who would be interested in training to be a visitor. Or a Croatian speaking visitor in Highland Park, Samoan in Mangere or Manukau, Punjabi in Otahuhu. Hindi in East Tamaki Heights, Mangere and Mangere East.

Wendy Bremner

Chief Executive Officer

Age Concern Counties Manukau Incorporated

Ngaa Take O Ngaa Kaumaatua/Kuia O Te Rohe O Manukau

Cambria Park Homestead, 250 Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe, Manukau 2025

PO Box 53 155, Auckland Airport, Auckland 2150

Office Hours are : 9am-4pm Mon-Thursday  9am-1pm Friday.

Tel:+64 9 2794331 ext 810 I Fax: +64 9 279 4334 I Mob: 021 2139087 I

email: wendyb@accm.org.nz

website http://www.ageconcern.org.nz/council/counties-manukau  I www.agewell.org.nz