Author Archive: Liz Willoughby-Martin

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The best dressed protests of 2010

The best dressed protests of 2010

by / 11/10/10 / No Comments

It’s the last column of the year. Instead of me vaguely encouraging you to get active in various worthy causes, let’s sit back, pour a couple of G&Ts and survey the last twelve months of activism in Aotearoa. After much serious contemplating I’ve compiled a brief list of my top three protests of 2010: 3. [...]

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Oil spills and drills

Oil spills and drills

by / 04/10/10 / No Comments

For me, many of most poignant images of 2010 have been of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April. Multi-coloured metallic rainbows sinking toxically into the waves, a birds-eye view of an ominous ring expanding further across the ocean, pelicans snapped mid-flap, wings soaked with black goo. It was all quite upsetting, really. Tears [...]

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A little less conversation, a little more action

A little less conversation, a little more action

by / 27/09/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

I’ve talked a lot in these columns about how environmental and social justice problems are intrinsically linked; two sides of the same systemically awful coin. Like a terribly PDA couple at a party, it seems to be impossible to detach one from the other. While it’s all very well to bitch about their dependency issues, [...]

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Radical academia

Radical academia

by / 20/09/10 / No Comments

Half the time I think being a postgrad student is the best thing ever. Life revolves around sitting in your office, drinking endless cups of coffee, reading (ostensibly) fascinating articles. The rest of the time I spin 180 degrees and consider postgrad-ship the crappiest thing ever, for exactly the same reasons. There’s that feeling of [...]

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When good environmentalism goes bad

When good environmentalism goes bad

by / 13/09/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

I’ve got a confession to make. While I try not to be overly negative in writing, in real life I often find myself complaining loudly about environmental groups. At parties you’ll find me leaning on kitchen benches, glass in hand, espousing an ill-remembered web article on ‘green capitalism’. Perhaps I’ll move on to conspiratorially criticising [...]

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The soundtrack to struggle

The soundtrack to struggle

by / 06/09/10 / No Comments

I used to go to a lot of gigs. I would buy a single over-priced drink and nod vaguely in the direction of whatever band was playing, nonchalantly stepping from side to side in companiable disdain with casually disheveled indie girls and pointy-shoed indie guys, all immaculately coiffed. While enjoyable in some respects, my gig [...]

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Craftivism

Craftivism

by / 16/08/10 / No Comments

Once I started knitting a scarf for my boyfriend’s 22nd birthday. This didn’t end well. We broke up three years ago and the half-formed scarf is still sitting belligerently at the bottom of my wardrobe. That was my sole foray into knitting. In third form (that’s Year 9 for you young’uns) I would stagger out [...]

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Search and Surveillance Bill skulks back in through side-door

Search and Surveillance Bill skulks back in through side-door

by / 16/08/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

In May this year, after displays of public concern, the Justice and Electoral Select Committee sent the Search and Surveillance Bill back to the drawing board. In the last fortnight the bill has swooped back into the parliamentary picture. The Justice and Electoral Select Committee has released recommendations for the bill in an interim report, [...]

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Everyday revolution

Everyday revolution

by / 09/08/10 / 1 Comment

Consensus decision-making: not a cult In early 2009 I arrived back from my first Camp for Climate Action get-together. I’d been remarkably cheerful the entire bus ride home: gossiping with middle-aged women, smiling at dairy owners, not even scowling at small children. My joy was almost tangible: I couldn’t wait to tell everyone what I’d [...]

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Guerilla Gardening

Guerilla Gardening

by / 02/08/10 / [ 2 Comments ]

A seed is a pretty nice metaphor for activism and societal change; all those nutrient-rich cells forming the nucleus of life itself, just waiting to spring forth as new bodies of life. You water a seed, give it a nice food and a warm home, and then BAM! Fruitful resistance blossoms. I’m not saying that [...]

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