Update No. 6: Wellington, the FP Conference

The Highway was in Wellington for about 10 days and there were lots and lots and lots of events. And, of course, the Family Planning conference ran from 31 Oct-2 Nov. It was a huge success: FP did a fantastic job, and ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway had a great stall that was pretty popular, if we do say so ourselves.

You can read more about the Highway’s time in Wellington by clicking here for the 6th email update, which will open in your browser.

One highlight was getting to chat and huddle with Cecile Richards, the head of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. So, of course, we couldn’t resist a photo.

(Now, it’s on to the South Island/Te Waipounamu. Check out the events!)

ALRANZ types with Cecile Richards (the woman in white!) at the FP conference in Wellington

ALRANZ types with Cecile Richards (the woman in white!) at the FP conference in Wellington

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Update No. 5: Manawatu, Wairarapa, pix, storms

Some stormy weather along the road from Hawke’s Bay to the Manawatu: Lots of wind, then lots of rain. The van held out well, only springing a minor middle-of-the-night leak in Palmerston North. Anyway, all the info is in the latest e-mail update, and if you click here you can read it in your browser.

Lots of pix and not really enough room in the updates to include them, so here’s a wee gallery of some images from Hastings through the Manawatu to the Wairarapa. Click anywhere in the gallery for a closer view and a slide show.

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September 28th. Be There!

There are some very cool events going down in Aotearoa NZ on Saturday 28 September, which is Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.

2013-Sept28-Poster-EnglishA joint media release issued by ALRANZ, Auckland Pro-Choice People and Dunedin Reproductive Justice — click here to read that — lists three that we know of.  But even if you’re not in Tāmakimakaurau/Auckland, Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington or Ōtepoti/Dunedin, the organisers of the global event would love you to take part in their Tweet-a-thon; to do a blog post; to take a pro-choice selfie; whatever! Check them out on Twitter @WGNRR  and be sure to do some prochoice tweeting, blogging, posting, writing, FBing. After all, Sept. 28 reaches us before it reaches most everyone else on the planet.

In case you missed it, AUT journalism student, Beatrice Randell, wrote a fine piece on both the Sept. 28 event planned for Albert Park in Tāmakimakaurau/Auckland and the issue of abortion rights in general. It’s great to see this issue finally being talked about! And good to see Voice for Life stating clearly they want abortion banned. Chops to Beatrice for asking the questions that made that position clear.

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