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Peace Celebration at Te Papa on International Women’s Day

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Peace Celebration at Te Papa on International Women’s Day

Show the world that Wellington is a Peace city by joining in a walk or attending a Peace Celebration at Te Papa on International Women’s Day Friday, March 8th.

This is the second year a group of international women called ‘Wellington Women Walk 4 Peace’ have joined together to organise a march that starts at Parliament and finishes at Civic Square with singing and self defence. “Last year we had nearly 200 women and men on the march,” says organiser Belinda Bonzon-Liu. “This year we hope to double that. We have incorporated a visit to some of the key Wellington peace memorials on the way to Civic Square and for the first time we have the support of Te Papa to hold a celebration at 6.30pm in Te Marae.”

Deb Moran, who is the Director of Policy for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs will launch the Peace walk and British High Commissioner Vicki Treadwell will be a keynote speaker at the Te Papa Peace celebration. Musicians, singers and a children’s choir are also part of the celebration and a message from Helen Clark will also be presented. Artworks, donated restaurant meals, and other great prizes will be part of a silent auction to raise money for Women’s Refuge, Shakti of Wellington and the Daya Trust.

Members of the public can join the march by assembling in front of the Parliament library at 12.15 Friday March 8th. That night they are welcome to come to the Te Papa Mare from 6.30pm for entertainment, refreshments and to bid on the silent auction.

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