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Protest Power

WHATEVER ELSE you might think about the state of the nation, our willingness to make ourselves heard through protest seems in pretty good shape.

In recent months, we’ve had teachers and nurses on the streets demanding better pay, school students marching over climate change, crowds descending on Parliament over abortion and the End of Life Choice Bill, and a pair of anti-oil activists trussing up in climbing gear to scale Wellington’s tallest building and hang banners in support of their cause.

Most recently, Māori groups have been making themselves heard in protests against Ōranga Tamariki’s removal of Māori children from their whānau, and in the occupation at Ihumātao, near Auckland Airport, opposing a housing development on land next to the heritage landscape of the Ōtuataua Stone-fields Historic Reserve.

Having bubbled along in the current affairs

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