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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

W.A.Y.N.C.R? Number 8, Helen Te Hira.

My eighth Where Are You Now Campus Radical?, concerns hard core activist, Helen Te Hira.

Active at Auckland University in the late '90s, Te Hira was involved in the Neo-Maoist, "Radical Society" (Radsoc) and in 1998 was editor of their national newsletter.

The same year she was on the founding executive of the newly formed UNITE union, now led by comrade McCarten.

In 1999, Te Hira was Auckland University Students Association laison officer, until she was laid off when Voluntary Student Membership was won by Graham Watson and co.

Part of that "laison" work involved helping to organise the NZ tour, that year, by Crispin Beltran, leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines aligned Kilusang Mayo Uno, trade union confederation.

Te hira also worked closely with the radical Maori students group at Auckland Uni, Te Kawau Maro.

By 2000, Te Hira was working in Hong Kong, as part of the three man secretariat running the Asian Students Association. A grouping of Maoist leaning student unions, the ASA is the leading radical student body in Asia and the Pacific. At the time ASA numbered among its affiliates several Nepali, Filipino and Arab student unions as well as NZUSA, Radical Society, the federation of Maori student groups Te Mana Akonga and Resistance, the Youth wing of the Australian Democratic Socialist Party.

That year, Te Hira took part in a protest with several Hong Kong groups outside the NZ consulate, against the killing of maori Steven Wallace, by the NZ Police.

In 2002 "Human rights advocates", "civil libertarians", Filipino migrants groups, local Hong Kong associations, and local NGOs staged a silent protest in the Netherlands Consulate in Hong Kong to protest the "unjust and inhuman actions of the Netherlands government" towards Communist Party of the Philippines, leader, Professor Jose Maria Sison.

Helen Te Hira, a protest organizer, criticised the Dutch government for what she called terrorism against political dissenters and political refugees."Since 1998, the Dutch government, together with the governments of US and the Philippines has steadily pushed for the persecution of Joma Sison. He has been denied the right to stay despite their recognition of him as a political refugee. Now he is outrightly denied of his right to life by starving him and forcing him out to live in the streets,"

Te Hira's term finished in 2003,but she found time to attend, as one of five NZ delegates, the first assembly of a world wide Maoist umbrella group, the International League of People's Struggles in.

In March 2004, in Auckland, Te Hira addressed the International Women’s Day Committee on the seabed and foreshore issue. Te Hira was then working for the Service Workers Union.

In May 2004 Global Peace and Justice Auckland and the Wellington Palestine Group hosted talks by Te Hira"a trade unionist and member of ARENA, has recently returned from Palestine where she visited the Union of Palestine Medical Relief Committees and met with youth and student organisations inside Israel and Palestine."

ARENA is a Christchurch based radical group consisty mainly of ex Maoists like Robert
Reid, radical academics like Jane Kelsey, Radha D'Sousa and David Small and ex Radsocers like Luke Coxon and Desigin Thulkanan. According to a group newsletter ARENA Advisory Board members, David Small, Helen Te Hira and Luke Coxon have all been involved in the campaign to have Ahmed Zaoui released from prison, cleared of being a‘security risk’ and granted refuge in NZ.

In 2005 Te Hira was a Planner,Awhina Takawaenga with "Safer Auckland City" working on a partnership project with the Police, Housing New Zealand and SAC to reduce crime in the residential areas of Panmure and Glen Innes.

This February, Te Hira joined the National Distribution Union as an Auckland based Education Officer. I'm sure she'll be comfortable in NZ's most Marxist-Leninist major union.


Blogger Blair said...

Trevor, I remember her well! Although voluntary membership was part of her demise in '99, once we got a majority on the executive that year and kicked the lefties off we were always angling to get rid of her. Her job was a joke, and she spent most of her time being an activist on student money. I remember her coming before us to explain what a Liaison Officer actually did. I wouldn't envy anyone defending that, but she was not convincing. We axed her.

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what did she do when she was empolyed by AUSA?

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember a great moment when Andrew Bates stormed through the AUSA building, the night the VSM result was announcing to all staff he could find (including Te Hira) that "your going to get fired and your going to get fired".

They were all in tears

12:42 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

Thanks guys, the left has been ripping off and exploiting students in this country for years. The more the can be exposed, the less power they have.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Just my opinion said...

True class. Bates always did have a way with words!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

And your point is, as I parse it,

"People should be sacked for their politcal views, and how we laughed"

12:01 PM  
Blogger Just my opinion said...

Hi Sonic, you must be exhausted after all this trolling.

The point being that she and her flunkies were abusing student funds that were forced off students for years for their pet projects. Obviously this goes over your head, or possibly you too are on the same gravy train? Can I start making up stuff about you too?

It is funny that these people were sacked. They were acting selfishly and in many cases illegally with our student money. People like that deserve no respect whatsoever.

Just like people like you who hide behind fake names deserve little to no respect.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

Three posts usually does not exhaust me mate, us lefties spend less energy posting as we are not actually spitting with rage at the screen.

Try it sometime.

As for my real name, well as I work in the private sector you don't think I'm going to tell a bunch of witch-hunting Mcarthyist wannabees that do you?

1:37 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

What the hell has working in the private sector got to do with it sonic?

Are you such a crap employee that expressing your opinions on a Blog
will get you fired?

Just a weak excuse for not having the courage of your convictions more like

3:00 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

You are not getting my name mate, I dont give it out for various reasons.

I note with interest that the normal internet conventions seem to be suspended here, why is that?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

What conventions are those o courageous one?

4:01 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

I forget you guys are new to this whole wibbly wobbly web, so I'll forgive you this time for this total breach of manners.

Imagine if the illumnati/freemason/NWO/UN/Marxist Leninist conspiracy got my name. what would I do when the black UN helicopters arrived in Epsom to take me away, sorry mate but the risk is far to great to give away my identity..

hold on, what's that noise outside..


*sotto voice*

Keep going comrades I mean chaps, they cannot get us all.......

4:36 PM  
Blogger Trevor Loudon said...

If you want to post anonymously that's your choice. I'd just feel like a bit of a gutless wonder if I were you.

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm always highly amused at the accusations of 'McCarthisim' that are thown at Trev and others like him who shine a spotlight on the doings of the left.

Do you know the most interesting thing about Joe McCarthy?

He was right. Google 'Venona' if you don't believe me.


7:58 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

If you were me you might have a clue mate.

4:43 PM  
Blogger Sonic said...

Unless of course he is accusing me of being a foot lover...

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