The Highway is Over, as of 30 November, 2013. Thanks so much everyone. We are keeping this up as a record. 


A list of events we did is below. The Highway also did street campaigning in more than 30 towns and cities across the country, and the response was great. Thanks to everyone we met!

30 November: End of the Road, uh, Highway! Thanks so much everyone!!

Wednesday 27 Nov.-Thur 28 Nov.: Dunedin to Christchurch (Oamaru and Timaru) 

Tuesday 26 November, Dunedin: 6 p.m. Quad 1, Otago University. A panel discussion on reproductive issues and where to from here with Colin Gavaghan, medical law and ethics assoc. prof; Steph Jensen from Dunedin Reproductive Justice Dr. Ruth Fitzgerald, medical anthropologist; and Alison McCulloch, author of “Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand”. Here is the Facebook Event and the peeps at Otago made a poster (pdf!).

Monday 11 November, Christchurch: Author Talk and Discussion: “Why is abortion still a Crime?” Alison McCulloch. WHEN AND WHERE: 12 noon, Upstairs (to the left) Family Planning building, 9 Washington Way, off Moorehouse. Christchurch. Here’s a link to a downloadable flier!

Saturday 9-Sunday 10: From Westport to Christchurch via Reefton and Hanmer Springs.

Thursday 7 November, 12 noon, Nelson. A talk and discussion with author Alison McCulloch; hoping other Highway Peeps will be there, including ALRANZ’s Morgan Healey and WONAAC’s Helen Wilson. Also, the Highway Stall: Women’s Centre, 44 Trafalgar St. Nelson 7010.

Friday 8 November: Westport!

Sunday 3 November, 4 p.m. [NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME] Wellington Pit Stop for the Prochoice Highway: At the Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith Street, Wellington, a table and PA for a few words from Alison McC and a discussion of the issues. Here’s the Facebook event.

Friday 25 October – 4 November: Wellington! See below for events.

31 October – 2 November: Prochoice Highway/ALRANZ stall at the Family Planning Conference in Wellington.

Sunday 27 October, 2 p.m.: Choicework, the Prochoice Highway Edition, Wellington. Southern Cross, Abel Smith Street. Organised by ALRANZ and here’s the Facebook event.

Monday 28 October (Labour Day), noon: The Pro Choice Highway’s in town so what better way to spend Labour Day than at a potluck picnic. Share some food with like-minded folk and hear from Alison of about her nationwide awareness raising tour. Meet 12pm at the tennis courts in Plimmerton on Beach Road. Here’s the Facebook event.

Tuesday 29 October, 12:30 p.m.: Some fun street campaigning through Wellington for an hour. Email for details or tel. 021-082-764-74

Saturday 19  – Wednesday 23 October: On to the Wairarapa.

Tuesday 22 October:  Carterton. Authors talk about abortion rights. Alison McCulloch and Dame Margaret Sparrow, leading authors on reproductive rights, will discuss their books and the issues at a public meeting. Tuesday 22 October, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Carterton Events Centre, Meeting Room 1; Holloway Street. Tel: 021-082-76474. Here’s a link to the Facebook event. And this will link you to a downloadable flier (PDF).

Friday 18 October, 5:30-7p.m. Palmerston North library, 4 The Square, Sound and Vision Zone: A book launch and author talk/discussion, supported by Victoria University Press, with help from Bruce McKenzie Booksellers: Dr. Alison McCulloch and Dame Margaret Sparrow, authors respectively of “Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand” (VUP, 2013) and “Abortion Then and Now: New Zealand Abortion Stories From 1940-1980.” MC will be the wonderful Deborah Russell. Here’s a link to a downloadable flyer (PDF)

Monday 7 October-15 October: On to Whakatane, Gisborne, Napier, Hastings. A few events listed below, but let us know if you’d like a get together or a meet-up, or know of a good spot for a stall.

Wednesday 9 October, Hastings:  Stall; Author talk & discussion on reproductive rights issues and NZ law. 1:30-2:30 p.m. Heretaunga Women’s Centre, Corner Eastbourne and Russell Streets, Hastings.

Friday 11 October, Napier, 4 p.m. An informal get-together with some supporters. If you’d like to come along, call Suzanne at 06-842-1267. Or contact the Highway.

Saturday 5 October, from 10 a.m.: The Highway will be around town in Rotorua.  Email if you want to meet up.

Monday 30 Sept, Auckland: Nikky Whyte and Alison McCulloch at FACE TV for part of Catriona MacLennan’s Womenpower series.  Click for a rundown of what episode is showing when!

Saturday 28 September, Tāmakimakaurau/Auckland: Highway Stall will be set up from 1-2 p.m. outside Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland/Tāmakimakaurau. Later, to mark  Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion, there’s a picnic, see below!

Saturday 28 September, Ōtepoti/Dunedin: This is a Dunedin Reproductive Justice organised event. Pro-Choice Potluck Picnic at the FARMERS MARKET or in the University Link if it is wet/super cold. 9:30am – 12:30pm. Here’s the Facebook event for more details.

Saturday 28 September, Albert Park, Tāmakimakaurau/Auckland: 2:30- 4:30 pm a Pro-Choice Picnic with baked goods to help us celebrate the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. Near the Rotunda. Rain location -if it’s really awful, across the road at the Auckland uni quad. There is a Facebook event here.

Saturday 28 September, Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington: This is an ALRANZ-organised event. Choice Work NZ, 3 p.m. on 28 Sept in the meeting room at the Aro Valley Community Centre. A get-together to do some pro-choice crafting, organised by ALRANZ.  This will be a low-key, supportive and creative form of alternative protest! There is a Facebook event here.

15 – 27 September: Heading north out of Auckland to Warkworth, Wellsford and we’ll be in Whangarei for Women’s Suffrage Day, 19 September. If you’re in Wellsford, Warkworth, Whangarei, Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Rawene, Dargaville or Helensville and would like to meet up, we’d love to hear from you. Just send us an email.

Tuesday 17 September, Warkworth: Stall and author talk “Right to Choose? Not Here.” A talk, and discussion of the issues. 12 noon, Women’s Centre, 10 Morpeth Street (off Bertrum), Warkworth.

28 August 2013: Lunchtime author talk, Hamilton. Here’s the Facebook Event, which includes details. Otherwise you can  email the Highway.

23-25 August 2013: An ALRANZ/Highway book and info stall at Labour Women’s Conference: Community Building Project, Onehunga, Auckland.

25 August 2013: Ladies’ Litera-Tea. From 1-5 p.m. Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School, Epsom, Auckland. Organised by The Women’s Bookshop, a very popular event at which Alison gets to sit alongside amazing women writers, and lots of cakes. Book now, tickets sell fast.

8 August 2013: Interview with Lindsey Dawson on LET’S TALK! on Face TV (SKY 83) and UHF 41(Auckland only) Thursday 8th  at 7pm and is repeated the following Monday, 12th, at 12.30pm.

Ongoing till end July: Donate a T-shirt for Choice.

31 July : A presentation at Otago University Students’ Association Women’s Week. 4 p.m. Castle C.

26-27 July 2013: A Highway book and info stall at the CTU Women’s Conference in Wellington. (A treat: you’re likely to get to meet Dame Margaret Sparrow!)

24 July 2013: (Wednesday) Auckland launch of Fighting to Choose. 5:30 pm for a 6 pm start, Gus Fisher Gallery, central Auckland. Here’s the Facebook Event page with  more detail. 

15 July 2013: (Monday) A wee coffee-type meet in Hamilton to try to organise a proper meeting. 11-12:30, Hamilton East. Email for details.

27 June 2013: Alison McCulloch and Morgan Healey will speak at the Wellington Rape Crisis AGM. (Not a public event.)

1 May 2013: Dame Margaret Sparrow will officially launch Fighting to Choose, by Alison McCulloch.

30 April 2013: ALRANZ AGM in Wellington will feature a talk about Fighting to Choose and the Highway. For members only, contact ALRANZ for venue details and time (or check out the subscription notice accompanying the February Newsletter).

27 April 2013: Alison McCulloch will be talking about Fighting to Choose on Saturday Morning with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand National, sometime between 8:10 a.m. and noon. Update: Here’s a link to the interview.

26-28 April 2013: ALRANZ/Prochoice Highway will have a book and information stall at the Women’s Studies Association Conference, Rutherford House, VUW’s Pipitea Campus in Wellington.