Wellington 16 October 2019

Despite professing commitment to free speech principles, today Massey University announced they would be revoking their agreement with Speak Up For Women to host their event ‘Feminism 2020’ at their Wellington Campus.

Citing “external advice on its health, safety and wellbeing obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, and its duty of care to the University community,” Massey have once more proven that they are willing to cave to activist intimidation tactics.

“The staff and students of Massey were never at any risk from our event nor from the speech of the four women speaking at it. We are a group of women wanting to talk about our rights. This should not be controversial in 2019,” says Speak Up For Women spokeswoman Ani O’Brien.

The group held an event earlier this year in Auckland at which MP Louisa Wall and decorated human rights lawyer Rosa Freedman spoke. The event occurred without any safety or security issues and facilitated constructive discussion from different perspectives. “We intend to conduct our November events in the same respectful tone as our previous events with speakers of incredible calibre and expertise in their fields and robust discussion,” says Ms O’Brien.

Massey University states a commitment “to the values of academic freedom, the freedom of speech, and the freedom of expression, as values that lie at the very heart of the tradition of a university and academic inquiry.” However, in the light of de-platforming more speakers due to pressure from activists, it appears that these statements are just lip service.

“A clear picture has emerged that shows that certain public organisations and educational institutions are completely ruled by thugs’ veto. New Zealanders should be aware that we are living in a country where a small group of activists are dictating who can and cannot speak in public spaces using threats and intimidation,” says Ms O’Brien.

“We’ve seen an extremist activist group simply threaten to protest events and in response Auckland Council cancel or move the event. Now at Massey, health and safety is being used to threaten legal action and they have cancelled. If a group of Kiwi women – mums, teachers, nurses, doctors, lawyers, unionists, professionals, students – have been deemed too ‘dangerous’ to be allowed to hold an event, who on earth will be permitted to by these wannabe-fascists?”

Speak Up For Women are determined that they will go ahead with their event nonetheless and are currently in the process of finding a new venue; “this has shown us once again how important it is that we continue to fight to speak openly about women’s rights.”



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  1. Solidarity with Speak Up For Women,terrible decision by Massey to kowtow to lying,manipulative bullies.


  2. This is disgraceful. Keep up the good work.
    Karen Belt


  3. Utter cowardice from the University authorities. I have nothing but contempt for the people who made this decision. I hope someone is brave enough in Wellington to offer a venue so that Feminism 2020 can take place.


  4. Anonymous (for obvious reasons) October 16, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    From elsewhere

    The author makes the mistake of believing progressives when they say they care about women (or anyone in their ideology in point of fact). Progressives care about the ideology. If women stand in the way, so be it. If women can be used to advance the ideology, yay. (Even in the MeToo movement isn’t about women; it’s about the ideology. Hence we are supposed to ‘believe all women’ but only when they accuse someone they want to take down, and/or someone who has no power they can use.)

    This is how they can take an ex Muslim black victim of female genitalia mutilation, and say outright they wish her vagina would fall off, or block her from speaking, or call her a ‘porch monkey,” – they don’t care that she is any of these categories because she is a walking rebuke of their ideology, which is primary.


  5. […] followed the announcement that Massey University is revoking their agreement with Speak Up For Women to host their event ‘Feminism 2020’ at their Wellington […]


  6. The power of this trans cult is terrifying.


  7. Does any one else find it ironic that transwomen (ie someone born with a penis, but identifies as a woman) is now defining what it is to be a woman. This must be the ultimate in “mansplaning”.

    Even I who is a rugby loving bloke (ok my mother and sister are flag waving feminists) wouldn’t consider to do so


  8. […] Zealand’s Massey University announces it will no longer host an event titled, “Feminism 2020,” in partnership with Speak Up […]


  9. Greetings from UK, and so saddened by the news that the amazing MM wont be speaking at Massey University.

    This is a worldwide form of madness, which would be humourous if it weren’t so incredibly derisory to adult human females, to lesbians, and also tragically dangerous to children of both sexes.


  10. This is the kind of statement a fringe group puts out. No interest in reflecting on why 6000 people signed a petition to keep you away from Massey. All thugs I suppose. You keep telling yourselves that.


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