Change Everything – Gathering

Saturday 12 December 2015

St John’s in the City

Register here!
Oil Free Wellington warmly invites you to attend our climate justice gathering; as part of Change Everything, our weekend of discussion and action.
The gathering will be a day of workshops, discussions, and speeches on the root causes of climate change and climate justice based solutions. The morning involves plenary sessions on capitalism, colonialism and the climate, as well as peoples’ solutions to climate change. The afternoon involves workshops exploring radical solutions in more depth.
Please register to attend, take a look at our safer spaces policy and read our programme below.
Change Everything
The weekend of Change Everything will be the weekend that climate change negotiations in Paris end. It will be more important than ever to empower our own communities to take the action needed to address climate change, and to send a strong message to the oil (and other fossil fuel) industries who are planning to expand their fossil fuel extraction that they are not welcome in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
There will also be an action happening the following day. Further details about this are on our website and facebook. This and the upcoming action are public so please tell your friends and family!


  • 8:30 Registration
  • 9:00 Mihi whakatau & mana whenua perspective                                                                                    Speaker: Mark Ormsby
  • 9:30 welcome & an introduction to climate justice                                                                                  Speakers: Zoe Deans and Jessie Dennis (Oil Free Wellington
  • 10:00 Plenary 1: Resist Capitalism, Colonialism and Climate Change.                                               Speakers: Pala Molisa, Trish Tupou and Jean Kahui
  • 11:00 Beautiful Solutions, Climate Justice Aotearoa launch                                                                  Speakers: Sam Oldham and Robin Wilson-Whiting

11:15 Morning tea

  • 11:30 Plenary 2: Build Real Solutions Anti-capitalism, decolonisation and the climate                 Speakers: Emily Bailey, Frances Mountier (Oil Free Wellington) and James Barber (Oil Free Wellington).

12:30 Lunch
Afternoon Stream 1

  • 1:30 A Direct Action Approach to Climate Organising                                                                           Speakers: Urs Signur and Jessie Dennis (Oil Free Wellington)
  • 2:30 Work, Poverty and Housing                                                                                                              Speakers: Conor Twyford (Union Greens) and Nadia Abu-Shanab (Auckland Action Against Poverty), and Jordan King (Renters United)

Afternoon Stream 2

  • 1:30 Local Radical Solutions                                                                                                                       Speakers: Arthur Price (Mechanical Tempest),  Christian Williams, Julia Milne and Babs Lake (Oil Free Wellington), and local groups
  • 2:30 Tino Rangatiratanga, oil claims and resistance                                                                              Speaker: Catherine Murupaenga-Ikenn

Afternoon Stream 3 (Outside in Courtyard)

  • 1:30 Action prep: Placard and Banner Making                                                                                                 Host: Jerome O’Connor
  • 2:30 Action prep: NVDA Practical Skills                                                                                                           Host: Jerome O’Connor

3:30 Afternoon tea

  • 4:00 Plenary 3: Action prep Debrief and prep for Day of Action

Please read the Safer Spaces guidelines before registering.
The venue is St John’s, cnr Dixon and Willis Streets, Wellington. It is an accessible venue.
Register here!
We also hope you can join us for the Day of Action on Sunday 13 December
If you have any questions, please get in touch on