“Call the blogpost ‘They Sent A Helicopter For 10 People'” #F28 #SchapelleCorby

Candlelight vigil in solidarity with #SchapelleCorby #F28 Aotea Square, Auckland, New Zealand Feb 28 2013

Candlelight vigil in solidarity with #SchapelleCorby #F28 Aotea Square, Auckland, NZ

“Schapelle, you are so important, that they sent a helicopter here. For this. For people sitting and eating together and singing songs and lighting candles…. they sent a helicopter. To hover above our heads and surveill us.” (5:24)

There are so many hilarious and astonishing quotes from the livestreams of our #F28 #SchapelleCorby candlelight vigil at Aotea Square that it is tempting to transcribe it in full.

Instead we’ll ask you to watch these two short livestream clips; the first filmed in the light; the second in the dark, during the vigil. Both with the sound of an overhead black helicopter endlessly circling Aotea Square, above the heads of participants in the vigil.

At one point the helicopter stopped and directly hovered over our head. While an “ex-military” Auckland Council security employee stood next to us, pretending it didn’t exist.

When questioned directly and repeatedly; she claimed no knowledge. The entire encounter was so ludicrous, that there was nothing else we could do but laugh at the inanity and flagrant waste of presumably public resources.

HelicopterNot only was the Police State swung into full effect, all in the honor of a dozen Schapelle Corby supporters holding a candlelight vigil, but Auckland Council conveniently walled Aotea Square off with perimeter tape and strategically placed 40′ shipping containers. This prevented line-of-sight from the main street to the Square and confused many attendees, who reported that they left after being completely unable to see where we were.

However for us this wasn’t a numbers game. As an inaugural action, even if only 1 person and 1 candle showed up, it still would have been a major increase from nothing. Instead what occurred was an extremely relaxed gathering of like-minded people that lasted over 3 hours. We created a vigil of 50+ candles and gorgeous posters of Schapelle, spread our blankets on the grass and lounged on cushions, discussing her case.


Different groups of supporters came and went, with arrivals as late as 9.30pm (the event started at 6.30pm). Some supporters had driven for over an hour, coming up from the Waikato, to participate.

There were awesome signs and a fantastic banner. Songs and heartfelt words.


It was suggested by attendees that we continue to meet monthly until Schapelle has been freed. Thus we have committed to repeat our candlelight vigil on the last calendar day of every month, until justice is done and Schapelle is released.

KiaOraSchapelleFreeSchapelleCorbyFor more details please refer to our previous post about this event

For everything you could ever need to know about Schapelle’s case visit Expendable.TV

Pics & livestream in this post by @Redstar309z

Solidarity Against Violence and Rape Culture – SHAKTI

It was a proud moment attending today’s SHAKTI event: “Rise Up Against Rape Culture – a silent protest in solidarity with women’s struggle in India.” This 20 second video of the circle of silence shows staunch anti-rape supporters of all colours, shapes and stripes, together in solidarity, demanding an end to sexual violence and sexual crimes. 

We were lucky to get a number of amazing photos of the action and to live tweet it. The live-tweet of the event is available on @OccupyNZ on Twitter.

The event was organised on short notice but carried off without a hitch. It was good to see some conventional media there – actually attending an event is a pre-requisite to writing about it, as far as we are concerned!!

We tweeted a number of great pics of various signs and hope that if you weren’t able to attend, that they make you feel like you were there.

This panorama shot is our pick of the day.


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UPDATE: hearing that there was a sister event held today in Wellington, in solidarity. Awesome!!

Proof That Technology Holds The Key To A Sustainable Planet – We CAN Do It!

No more money on wars!!! This is what we need to be investing in!!! We can do it!!

“Singapore’s SuperTrees! Enormous vertical gardens in the form of 150-foot-tall tree-like structures. The structures support solar panels, collect rainwater, provide ventilation for two major underground plant conservatories. The 18 structures are also planted with over 200,000 plants; the horticultural trimmings are composted into biofuels.

The entire “Gardens by the Bay” includes many more visionary and sustainable systems. Opens June 2012.

Designed by Grant Associates. Design video: http://www.grant-associates.uk.com/projects_77_2921.aspx

Thanks to inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/new-photos-singapore%E2%80%99s-solar-powered-supertrees-under-construction-at-gardens-by-the-bay/gardens-by-the-bay-grant-associates-7/?extend=1

Global Spring 2012 – The Call To Worldwide Action Is Out

takethesquare.net, a site inspired by the Occupy movement has put out a call for a global day of action on May 12.

The call is out to chapters of the Occupy movement worldwide to march in solidarity with the countries in which uprisings are currently taking place (Syria, Greece, Egypt, Tunisia, Iceland and India to name a few).


Secret Free Trade Agreement That Should Have All Of Us Very Worried #TPPA #ows #oo

The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement in the works between New Zealand and the US, Brunei, Australia, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia and Peru.

The details of the proposed agreement are being kept secret from the general population of all nations involved. The very notion, that our governments are not telling us what we should have a right to know should scare every single one of us.

This, as we all know has been going on since government has existed. There is no such thing as full disclosure when it comes to the governments we have had so far. This is a huge problem, and one that needs to end.

Here’s what we do know about TPPA:




May Day 2012: Global General Strike 01/05/12 #OWS #OO

On the first day of May 2012 there is a call for a General Strike. A call for workers across the globe to unify against the oppression of the 1% and to remind them that they rely on US for their survival.

Source: Twitter

#Monsanto Caught Illegally Planting GM Corn In India

Usual tactics from Monsanto, with more reports of illegal activity. One wonders if Monsanto will ever stop breaking laws internationally, for their own profit.


Monsanto has recently been kicked out of the UK due to mass protests resulting from the use of rBGH, a growth hormone given to dairy cows so that they produce more milk.


Source: Twitter

Anonymous Takes On Monsanto

Anon sends a warning to Monsanto demanding that they cease and desist their contamination of our earth; poisoning of our food source by using toxic pesticides; herbicides; GM Seeds utilising “terminator” technology (which renders the seed sterile after its first season); and many more grievances.

Their monopolization of the seed industry has led to thousands of farmers in India committing suicide where tactics of bullying and cruel legal action have been utilized to suck people dry of their livelihood and their ability to feed themselves and their families.

Monsanto… Expect Us.

Occupy Tokyo: Mass Demonstrations Go Unreported By Japanese MSM

The mainstream media in Japan has in effect created a media blackout surrounding the Occupy Movement in their own country.

As many as 60,000 people rallied in the streets of Tokyo at one particular protest. Protesters are outraged at the lack of coverage by the media as one of the main issues they are voicing anger over is the way in which the government has handled the Fukushima disaster.