Useful local resources/ community groups

Wellington People’s Centre – provides affordable health services and free advocacy services for beneficiaries, workers, refugees, migrants and ‘mental health consumers’.

Workers’ Rights Advocacy Service – free legal advice, info and advocacy for low-income workers offered through the Wellington People’s Centre.

Tenants Protection Association (Christchurch) – Christchurch based, but their website contains heaps of useful info for struggling tenants.

Wellington Community Law Centre –  provides free legal advice, education and information. It aims to satisfy the unmet legal needs of the community, to demystify the law, and empower people to solve their own legal problems.

Hutt Valley Community Law Centre provides free legal advice and info, focussing especially on helping those on low incomes or those with other significant barriers to getting ‘justice’.

Whitireia Community Law Centre – Porirua. Provides free legal information, advice, assistance and education to the the community,and produces self-help legal resources.

Minimum employment rights – from the Dept of Labour. Also check out their site for your rights at work.

News sites:

Labour Start New Zealand news

Labor Notes

LaborNet – global workers news

Labour Start – workers news from around the globe

Useful tools and background reading:

Marx and Makhno Meet McDonalds – by Loren Goldner – useful article about the Paris Solidarity Collective in 2005, a solidarity network that casualised restaurant workers successfully used.

Seattle Solidarity (Seasol) have produced a nuts and bolts pamphlet on how to organise a Solidarity Network that is a very useful read. Have a look at (pdf version) or a text only version at

Direct Action Casework Manual – Ontario Coalition Against Poverty


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