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National - What’s On In July / August

National - What’s On In July / August


~ 6 August is Hiroshima Day and 9 August is Nagasaki Day, the 55th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs: is your group planning any commemorative events ? Please let us know so they can be advertised ! (plus see under local listings, from 4 to 6 August).

~ 31 August - registrations close for the fifth meeting of the Asia-Pacific Military Operations Research Symposium (AMORS) which will be held in Wellington from 7 to 9 November. If you would like to go and meet with defence and defence related personnel who are active users or managers of OR/OA applications in the solution of military problems; defence planners and defence policy officials who deal with force development, capability planning and resource allocation decisions; defence force officers who are involved in force planning activities or defence academics who may be focussed on force structure and resource allocation issues using OR/OA techniques then this is the conference for you. The theme for AMORS V will be ‘Operational Research: An Indispensable Partner for Meeting Asia Pacific Security Challenges in the New Millennium’. For more information about the conference contact: Dr Eric Assendelft, tel (04) 496-0621, fax (04) 496-0859, , for information and registration, contact: Nadia de Blaauw, tel (04) 496-0607, fax (04) 496-0859,

*** NATIONAL *** ~ 26 August to 26 November - The Parihaka Exhibition, Wellington City Gallery - the draft release from the City Gallery reads [edited] a collaborative project initiated by the City Gallery, Wellington, and the people of Parihaka Pä, Taranaki. It will be the most dynamic and dramatic exhibition the City Gallery has ever undertaken ... it is a project of immense importance, not only to the arts community but to people from all walks of life. Importantly, it explores and illuminates the cultural realities of both Maori and Pakeha. It also brings to public attention one of the darkest moments in New Zealand's history: the invasion of Parihaka Pä by colonial forces on 5 November 1881, and the imprisonment to exile of its people, in an attempt to crush the heart of Maori independence. The Parihaka exhibition gathers together some of the greatest art works produced in this country in the last few decades. Through the eyes and minds of some of our great artists we experience and begin to understand the legacy of Te Whiti, Tohu and the Parihaka Pä. More info as it comes in, in the meantime the City Gallery has put together a handy list of urls which have info about Parihaka and related issues, and it is available from PMA by email on request.

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~ THURS, 27 July - Bridgebuilders Mid-year Programme 2000, an interactive presentation on Restorative Justice, Judge Stan Thorburn, Bruce Cropper mediator and barrister Anne Hayden are presenters, 7-30pm at Somervell Church Centre, 497 Remuera Road.

~ MON, 31 July - ‘Justice in the 21st Century’, speaker Nandor Tanczos MP & Green spokesperson on justice, part of the Allan Nixon Memorial Lecture Series, 7-30pm at Ferndale House, 830 New North Road, Mt Albert.

~ MON, 7 August - Tamaki Treaty Workers evening meeting, contact (09) 376 0530 for details.

~ THURS, 10 August - ‘The Future of New Zealand: Four Possible Scenarios’, speaker Prof. Jane Kelsey, Women’s Resource Centre Mid Winter Lecture, 6-30pm light meal ($15), 7-30pm to 9-30pm Lecture, at the St Lukes Community Centre 130 Remuera Road. Register with WRC. Private Bag 11903, Ellerslie, tel (09) 525 4179, fax 525 4346,

~ SAT, 12 August - ‘Challenge for Workers Beyond the Employment Relations Bill’, speakers Jane Kelsey, Radha D’Sousa, Syd Jackson, Luci Highfield, from 10am to 1pm at the Methodist Central Mission, Queen Street.

~ TUES, 15 August - Report on UN General Assembly Special Session on Women from non-governmental participants, 7-30pm at Somervell Church Centre, 497 Remuera Road.

~ THURS, 17 August - UNIFEM Auckland Regional Committee AGM with guest speaker Areta Koopu and Sou Chiam, Human Rights Commission; plus report back on Beijing +5 Review Conference, 6-30pm at Auckland Girls Grammar Administration Building, Howe Street.

~ MON, 21 August - Auckland Human Rights Network, ‘Children’s Rights’, speaker Dr Ian Hassall, 6pm at the Race Relations Office, 3rd floor, Norwich Building, cnr Queen St and Durham St West.


~ THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Wellington Peace and Environment Centre Street Appeal. Around $3000 was collected, this will be shared equally among Peace Movement Aotearoa, Eco, Committee for the Establishment of Civilisation, Wellington Rainforest Action Group, Campaign for a Better City and the Centre itself.

~ TUES, 25 July - ‘The 1997 Fiji Constitution - and how we got there’, speaker Paul Reeves formerly Chair of the Fiji Constitution Commission; Governor-General of New Zealand, 1985 - 1990, from 5-30 to 6-30pm at Lecture Theatre 1, VUW Law Faculty, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. Organised by Wellington Branch of the NZ Institute of International Affairs.

~ WEDS, 26 July - Protest against Factory Farming! The factory farmers are having their AGM on the 26 July, come and send them a strong message against factory farming! Bring whistles, drums and other noise makers, 12 noon outside the Novotel Hotel, 345 the Terrace. Contact Wellington Animal Action, , tel (04) 385 6728.

~ THURS, 27 July - ECO Organic Drinks Tasting Fundraiser with Special Guest the Honourable Marian Hobbs, Come join our celebrations ! We have an evening of organic nibbles, provided by Gretta and Melissa Carney of Organic Cuisine, a wide selection of Organic beverages, an opportunity to discuss the Environment with Marion Hobbs and a commentary by Larry McKenna, Wine Specialist. All this plus more in a convivial setting with friendly company, from 6pm - 8.30pm, at The Large Gallery, Turnbull House, Bowen Street, $15 unwaged/ $20 waged. If you would like to invest in a ticket for this event, contact Lynda Sutherland at the ECO Office tel (04) 385 7545.

~ SAT, 29 July - 'Iron Fist or Velvet Glove? Human Rights and Foreign Policy’, speakers are Matt Robson, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Michael Gilchrist, from TUF, talking about workers rights; and Ramon Das, Philosophy lecturer talking about Iraq and Fiji sanctions, 2pm at Crossways, a Wellington Alliance Forum.

~ WEDS, 2 August - Forum on nuclear disarmament, speakers Matt Robson and Llyn Richards, part of VUWSA’s Politics Week, 12 noon in the Exhibition Foyer, Victoria University Student’s Association building. For more info contact Andrea tel (04) 471 1122 or 470 6664.

~ THURS, 3 Aug - Wellington Peace Lunch Forum - an informal lunch time session to exchange peace news, bring your lunch, your leaflets, your news and views, tea and coffee provided, 1pm to 2pm on the first Thursday of each month at the PMA offices, Rooms 16 and 17, Trades Hall, 126 Vivian Street, Wellington. If you are not able to attend in person, or live outside Wellington, you can send leaflets, notices, whatever you want to share to the lunch forum via PMA, PO Box 9314, Wellington, tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173,

~ FRI, 4 Aug - Hiroshima Day Commemoration - Lantern Floating Ceremony to commemorate those who died in the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japanese Women's Choir followed by peace lanterns at the Civic Square pool between the library and City Art Gallery, 6-30pm, meet at the Wellington Public Library meeting room (mezzanine floor). For more info contact Chris Greenwood, tel (04) 934 9103, organised by WILPF (Wellington).

~ SAT, 5 August - ‘Behind the News’ the new monthly programme on Wellington Access Radio (783 AM), broadcast at 12-30pm, brought to you by Jim Delahunty, producer of ‘Dig’.

~ SUN, 6 August - Hiroshima Day Commemoration - with keynote speakers from St Mary’s and St Patrick’s Colleges, Peter Dunne MP, the First Secretary from the Japanese Embassy and the First Secretary from the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. 3pm at the Peace Flame, Botanic Gardens, if wet it will be held in the Botanic Gardens Begonia House. For more information contact Barney Richards, Peace Council, tel / fax (06) 364 8940.

~ THURS, 10 August - ‘International Human Rights’, Andrew Butler, Crown law Office and Anthony Shaw, barrister and law lecturer, a Human Rights 2000 seminar organised by School of Political Science and International Relations and the Centre for Strategic Studies, to be held at the Centre, 16 Waiteata Road, free parking available next door in Recreation Centre carpark. Further info from Helen Greatrex tel (04) 476-0346 (office hours).

~ THURS, 10 August - Wellington Branch of the NZ Institute of International Affairs Annual General Meeting, speaker Brigadier Martyn Dunne (Brigadier in command of operational formation in INTERFET) on the theme ‘New Zealand's military engagement in East Timor’, 5-30pm to 6pm - AGM; 6pm to 6-15pm - refreshments; 6-15pm - speaker at Lecture Theatre 1, VUW Law Faculty, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay.

~ MON, 14 August - ?! The GE Issue !? Wondering how to frame your submission to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Genetic Modification ? then this workshop may be for you - An Introductory Workshop on Causal Layered Analysis, CLA was developed by Sohail Inayatullah, an internationally recognised futures researcher based in Brisbane, who has participated in several seminars and workshops in Wellington in recent years, from 7-30pm to 9-30 pm at the Friends’ Meeting House, Moncreith St. Further information and RSVP to: Alan Fricker, tel: (04) 589 1575,

~ FRI - SUN, 25 to 27 August - ‘Exploring the treaty through Comic Performance’, a weekend workshop from Magdalena Aotearoa and Tï Kouka, exploring Päkehä and Mäori perspectives. Part of the ‘Making Waves’ workshop series, for more information contact Magdalena Aotearoa, tel (04) 385 0777,

~ FRI, 25 August - ‘Will the ENZ Justify the Genes ?’ - creating dialogue on the ethics of genetic engineering, a Capital City Forum event with speakers including Rev Dr Joseph Bush, Dr Hugh Campbell, Ms Georgina Roberts and Prof. Warren Tate. From 9-15am to 5pm, at the St John’s Conference Centre, Willis St, $15 - $50, contacts Kay Smith, tel (04) 496 1701, or Richard Davis, tel (04) 381 8295, or Stephanie McIntyre, tel (04) 384 6240,


~ ONGOING - a series of potluck dinners, organised by Friends of Tibet (Nelson) to fundraise for the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, for more info tel (03) 546 8534.

~ SUN, 30 July to SUN 6 Aug - ‘Give Peace a Chance’, a week of activities organised by the Nelson branch of the National Council of Women, including: SUN, 30 July - a community peace service at Nelson Cathedral at 5pm; MON, 1 AUG - Brother Pat Lynch, deputy chairman of NZ National Commission of Unesco, speaks at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology at 7-30 pm; FRI, 4 August - panel discussion with Nelson Mail editor Paul Thomson, Planet FM News editor Matt Lawry, employment counsellor and journalist Mere Wetere, MP for Nelson Nick Smith, and Nelson City councillor Gail Collingwood on the role of the media in the promotion of peace at the student centre of the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology at 7-30pm; SAT 5 August - family walk to the Centre of New Zealand, contact Margaret Belton 03 548 0775 for more details; 6 August - peace walk from the top of Trafalgar St to the Maitai River for lantern floating , starts at the 1903 Centre at 5-30pm, BYO candle and torch.


~ FRI, 4 August - Hiroshima Day stall in Commercial St from 10 am to 4pm, organised by Golden Bay Peace Group. During the week 31 July to 4 August, GBPG are encouraging people to sign the Unesco Manifesto 2000. Baylink Communications (between Kirks and Hammer Hardware in Commercial St) will have the website accessible free during business hours. Golden Bay High School will have Internet access open to the public in the Art room between 3-15pm and 5pm each day. Collingwood Area School will also provide access to the website for the public - details from the school tel (03) 524 8125. People can sign paper copies at the stall on 4 August and we will send them in electronically. Manifesto 2000 is a 6-point pledge of personal commitment to peace, justice and environmental responsibility. It is part of Unesco's promotion of the International Year for the Culture of Peace.


~ SAT, 12 August - Top of the South regional peace groups meeting, 10am for a cuppa, meeting starts at 10-30am, at the Riverside Community,BYO lunch to share.

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