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Homeless fundraise for village
By STRUAN PURDIE
A community lunch largely atten-
ded by Auckland s homeless has
dug deep to help those living half-
way around the world with next
Around 60 people regularly
attend the weekly lunch run by
the People of Auckland Com-
Although many are on income
support, together they gave more
than $200 to buy shoes for a vil-
lage in Cambodia.
Lunch organiser Wade Gadsby
had the idea to fundraise while
planning a short-term mission
trip to Cambodia.
He says although he initially
had doubts about asking the com-
munity for money people got
behind the idea.
There can often be a bit of a
poor-me syndrome, he says.
After we gave them a bit of back-
ground about what had happened
to these guys in Cambodia, I
think it made them pretty thank-
ful of how good they ve got it.
Berhane Manna has been com-
ing to the lunch for the last two
months and says contributing to
the fundraiser was the least he
I don t have money to travel
[to Cambodia], but I do have
money to give.
As well as organising the
weekly lunch Mr Gadsby runs a
small company that takes church,
corporate and community groups
on short-term overseas missions.
Mr Gadsby says the recent trip
to Cambodia was sparked after a
village in Koh Kong province was
illegally evicted in the middle of
the night to make way for private
He says most of the children
from the village were without
shoes because they were forced to
leave everything as bulldozers
drove them out.
The community lunch raised
enough to buy 99 pairs of shoes.
Mr Gadsby says he has seen a
change since the fundraiser.
The lunch has become more of
a community now. People are giv-
ing a bit more and helping out
with the dishes.
Since the Cambodian trip, Mr
Gadsby says people from the
lunch have asked if they could
fundraise for people in other
countries worse off than we are.
Struan Purdie is an AUT
2000 protest spying bill
Controversial: Kim Dotcom addressed the crowd, calling the Prime Minister a ''puppet''.
Photo: PHIL DOYLE
THOUSANDS of protesters took to
the city streets on Saturday to rally
against the GCSB spying bill.
The protest, which was one of 11
around the country, was prefaced
with speeches outside the Town
Hall before the 2000-strong crowd
marched down Queen St.
Police had to cordon off parts of
Queen St as people flooded in to
listen to speakers discuss the Gov-
ernment Communications Security
Bureau Amendment Bill.
The controversial bill and other
related changes will expand the
legal power of the GCSB to spy on
Internet entrepreneur Kim
Dotcom was among those in Aotea
Square, while other marches took
place in Wellington, Christchurch
and other towns.
Mr Dotcom told the crowd the
bill made New Zealand a puppet for
the United States government and
called Prime Minister John Key
the biggest puppet of them all .
Labour Party leader David
Shearer, Green Party MPs and Mr
Dotcom stood side-by-side to voice
their disapproval, chanting kill
the bill in chorus with the crowd.
Mr Shearer says if Labour is
voted in at the next election there
will be a thorough review of the
spying agency and Mana Party
member John Minto went a step
further, saying they would shut the
GCSB down all together.
Lawyer Rodney Harrison QC
says the most worrying thing about
the legislation was that it opened
the door for people s private infor-
mation to be sent overseas.
He says the country had been
robbed of the opportunity to have
a rational debate on the matter
and called for the Government to
make it a conscience-vote issue.
Speaking from Seoul, Prime Min-
ister John Key says the protests
were part of a healthy democracy
with people allowed to make their
My Key says the law change is
necessary and after weeks of
controversy he has now secured the
numbers to pass it after agreeing to
a series of changes which have won
the support of United Future
leader Peter Dunne.
The law changes were sparked
by Dotcom and the raids on his
Auckland mansion requested by
US authorities who want to extra-
dite the internet tycoon.
The Auckland Theatre Company is
now within a stone s throw of
achieving its goal of establishing a
waterfront theatre thanks to a fur-
ther $1.5 million investment.
Creative New Zealand will invest
a total of $4.5m to help realise the
new state-of-the-art 600-seat com-
plex in central Auckland s
The theatre will become the per-
manent home of the Auckland
Theatre Company (ATC).
Creative New Zealand made an
initial investment of $3m in 2012
and a further $1.5m investment
has been made possible by income
from the New Zealand Lottery
This latest fundraising push has
taken the current level of invest-
ment to $33m of the $35m needed
to complete the project.
The funds will not be released
until ATC has secured all the fund-
ing it needs for the project and the
start is confirmed.
Since Creative New Zealand s
original grant was made ATC has
secured significant additional fund-
ing towards the project, including a
$5 million partnership with AUT
Other major contributors to the
project include Auckland Council,
ASB Community Trust and the
Lion Foundation, as well as private
donors and benefactors.
Auckland Council has agreed to
contribute $10 million to the cost of
the project, subject to a number of
conditions being met.
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