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Students invited to “ideas and politics” summer camp

Students and others up to 30 years of age are invited to join human rights lawyer Deborah Manning, political writer Morgan Godfery, and author Nicky Hager at the Ōtaki Summer Camp for three days of ideas, politics, discussion, music, comedy, bush, rivers, and sea in the beach community of Ōtaki, 75 kilometres north of Wellington.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Ōtaki for the three-day political summer camp, from 19-22 January 2018. The organisers hope the summer camps will become a regular event.

The summer camp is for any people who care about ideas and political issues: justice, environment, housing, history, freedom of speech. It is a chance to hear and discuss interesting ideas, to meet and get to know other people who care, and (for half a day) to visit local mountains, forests and rivers with experienced guides.

The cost of the summer camp has deliberately been kept as low as possible, $95 for the three days. This includes accommodation, food, entertainmen, concerts, and bus travel for the mountain, forest and river trips.

There is a history of political summer camps in New Zealand. Each summer from 1949 into the 1970s, there was an annual “congress” at Curious Cove in the Marlborough Sounds organised by the New Zealand University Students Association, which “endeavour[ed] to obtain the best speakers in various fields of knowledge and thought.” In the 1970s there were two other influential political youth conferences held at a health camp in Ōtaki. In each case, many of the people present went on to play important parts in the life and politics of the country.

Registrations now open on the Ōtaki Summer Camp website.

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Kimberley Collins
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