PSNA National Meeting – 27/28 March in Auckland – please note the change of venue!
More details have been worked out for this first post-Covid face-to-face PSNA national meeting to be held on 27/28 March.
The main details are:

Saturday 27 March and Sunday 28 March, Grey Lynn Library Hall, 474 Great North Road, Auckland.

As we reported in the last newsletter, details of the agenda are still being worked through but it is shaping up like this:

Saturday Morning
Keynote speaker Annette Sykes. Annette is a Maori human rights lawyer at the heart of indigenous struggles here. She is an inspirational speaker who will talk about the connections between indigenous struggles here and in Palestine.

This will be followed by workshops on improving our local organising, BDS campaigning, linking the Springbok tour protests (40th anniversary this year!) to apartheid in Palestine/Israel, activism on social media etc

Saturday Afternoon:
Workshops on organising in our local networks through religious groups, unions, student groups etc

Updates on the ICC decision to investigate war crimes by Israel; the latest flotilla to Gaza; Covid 19 in Palestine and working alongside the Palestinian community of New Zealand.

Saturday Evening:
Palestinian meal (a special highlight of the meeting!), Film screening of the marvellous movie “Gaza Fights for Freedom” and a Dabka Dance group. We will also have Palestinians joining us on-line from Palestine.

Haneen Zoabi
One of these speakers will be Palestinian Israeli Haneen Zoabi who has been a determined fighter for Palestinian rights and was a former MP in the Israeli parliament – the Knesset.

Sunday Morning
Review of our strategy, elections for national committee and a political panel of New Zealand MPs and former Australian Labour Party minister Bob Carr – on zoom from Australia.

We encourage as many people to come as possible to what will be a marvellous get together.

We are continuing to monitor the situation in Auckland closely and we will need to reschedule if Auckland is not at Covid Level One for the national meeting.

However remember if the worst happens you won’t lose any money from booked tickets that have to be cancelled – the flight credit will be able to be used for at least 12 months.

Please register as early as you can with our National Secretary Neil Scott at so we know numbers for catering purposes and if you are from out of Auckland please let Neil know if you require a billet so these can be arranged as early as possible.

Remember we are happy to help with travel expenses for petrol and flights as is necessary. Please don’t let the cost be a barrier to coming! Book your travel now to keep the cost down.