Veteran social justice activist Maire Leadbeater’s latest book is a meticulously-researched work on the attitudes of successive New Zealand governments, both Labour and National, in relation to the independence struggle in West Papua.

In the 1950s, New Zealand supported independence for the former Dutch colony, but this changed in the early 1960s.  Since then governments here have pursued policies which have put their relationships with Indonesian regimes, including the vicious Suharto dictatorship, ahead of the right of the people of West Papua to freedom.

Maire has previously exposed NZ government collusion, by both Labour and National, with the Indonesian dictatorship’s murderous invasion and occupation of Timor Leste (formerly East Timor).  Her work around the cause of the people there led to her being awarded the Order of Timor Leste by the Timorese government last year.

Today, the ‘democratic’ regime in Jakarta pursues murderous policies in West Papua, policies about which we hear very little in New Zealand.

Maire’s new book See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua, published by Otago University Press, is an important breach in the wall of silence in this country around what is being done in West Papua by the Indonesian regime and the complicity of Labour- and National-led governments.

Maire’s 2006 book Negligent Neighbour: New Zealand’s collusion with the invasion and occupation of Timor Leste (2006)

A series of book launches/public talks are about to take place around the country where Maire will be introducing the book and speaking about what we can do to support the struggles of the people of West Papua.

Publication details
Maire Leadbeater, See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua
Published by Otago University Press, June 2018
ISBN 978-1-98-853121-2
$49.95
https://www.otago.ac.nz/press/books/otago690040.html

National book and speaking tour by author Maire Leadbeater

AUCKLAND LAUNCH
Sunday 15 July, 3–5pm
Ellen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg Place
RSVP: publicity@otago.ac.nz by 12 July
Special guest Rex Rumakiek
With music from Reb Fountain and Steve Abel

THAMES
Monday 23 July, 6pm
Carsons Bookshop, Pollen Street

TAURANGA
Tuesday 24 July 2018, 5.30pm
Books A Plenty, 74 Grey Street

NAPIER
Thursday 26 July, 5.30pm
Century Theatre Foyer
MTG Hawke’s Bay, 1 Tennyson Street

OTAKI
Saturday 28 July, 12.30pm
Otaki Library, Cnr Main and Aotaki Streets

WELLINGTON – two events
Monday 30 July 12–12.45pm
Unity Books, 57 Willis Street
Also an event will take place at Parliament at 6pm Tuesday 31 July. 
Please contact Catherine Delahunty, email catherinedele44@gmail.com, for details and an invitation.

NELSON
Thursday 2 August 12pm
Meeting room, Nelson City Library

CHRISTCHURCH – two events
Friday 3 August 1.45pm
Lali Room PS 208,Macmillan Brown Centre, University of Canterbury
Friday 3 August 5.30pm
Space Academy Cafe, 371 St Asaph St

DUNEDIN
Monday 6 August 5.30pm
Dunningham Suite, 4th floor
Dunedin City Library, Moray Place

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