Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish-Iranian journalist, writer, human rights activist and film producer. He currently holds the role of Senior Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Canterbury and has won awards for both his journalism and his 2018 book No Friend But the Mountains. Behrouz will speak on Saturday afternoon of the camp, but he will be staying for the full camp and looks forward to meeting people there.
Laura O’Connell Rapira, (Te Ātiawa, Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa) is a grassroots activist, community organiser, and speaker, and has been the director of campaigns at the social justice campaigning organisation ActionStation since 2014. She is a perfect example of the good kind of leader, and she will be speaking about leadership on the Saturday morning of the camp. We are especially fortunate to have her with us as she leaves these shores for a new role in Australia soon after the camp.
Anjum Rahman is used speaking up on difficult issues. She is a political and human rights activist, a writer, a founding member of the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand, as well as of the Inclusive Aotearoa Collective Tūhono, a community led initiative set up to help combat discrimination. She is also a founding member and trustee of Shama (Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Centre), and an active member of the Waikato Interfaith Council for over a decade. As a spokesperson following the Christchurch mosque attacks, she strongly criticised the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service for failing to take concerns about violence towards the Muslim community, Islamophobia and the rise of the alt-right in New Zealand seriously. She will be speaking at the camp on the Sunday morning, andwill be staying at the camp on the Friday and Saturday as well, so there will be time to meet and talk to her.
John Campbell, TV and radio broadcaster, is an outstanding example of a journalist who tries to make a difference (and does). Long after other media lost interest, he went back again and again to give a voice to people in need following the Christchurch earthquakes. He travelled the length of the country asking ordinary people what they felt about new legislation giving more intrusive powers to the GCSB intelligence agency- and much else. We are thrilled he has agreed to come to the summer camp (speaking on the Friday night).