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National - What’s On In August

National - What’s On In 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 *** ~ 25 to 27 August - ECO national conference, ‘Strategies for Environmental Gains’, to be held at Tahuna Beach, Nelson. ECO's 2000 conference is focusing on the art of campaigning, and the most effective ways to achieve our environmental gaols. Themes include: discussion of power and the impact of political and corporate forces on the environment; setting the environmental agenda through effective strategies; practical training on campaigning tools. For more info, get in touch with ECO without delay ! at P O Box 11057, Wellington, tel / fax (04) 385 7545, ,

~ 26 August to 26 November - The Parihaka Exhibition, Wellington City Gallery - the edited release reads ... 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 Mäori and Päkehä. 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 Mäori 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. 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, 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.


~ WEDS, 9 August - ‘Still Being Punished’ - Rachael Selby discussing the issues she encountered in interviewing Mäori men and women who were punished at school for speaking Mäori language from the 1930s to the 1960s, the impact on their lives, their children's lives and their grandchildren's lives; and ‘Ngä Tangata Awarua: The joys and pain of being both Mäori and Päkehä’ Am I Mäori, Päkehä, or is it OK to be both? This oral history project undertaken by free-lance writer/researcher Heeni Collins which highlights some issues on the subject of being both Mäori and Päkehä by collecting a range of life stories. 12-10pm, National Library Auditorium, Aitken St, organised by NOHANZ (the National Oral History Association) and the Oral History Centre of the Alexander Turnbull Library.

~ 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.

~ THURS, 10 August - ‘Home brewed cancer and other maladies’, speaker on the harmful chemical additives in everyday products around the home, 6pm at Green Party office, level 1, 16 Cambridge Tce. For more info tel (04) 381 4640.

~ SAT, 12 August - Critical mass bike ride, leaving Civic Square at 2pm, for more info contact Kerryn Pollock , tel (04) 4758619,

~ 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,

~ SAT, 2 Sept - ‘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’.

~ THURS, 7 Sept - 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,


~ 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.


~ THURS, 10 August - ‘Showdown in Seattle: 5 Days that Shook the WTO’ screening; 7pm at WEA (59 Gloucester St), organised by S11 Christchurch Solidarity Campaign.

~ FRI, 11 August - ‘Showdown in Seattle: 5 Days that Shook the WTO’ screening; 3pm at Lower Common Room, Uni of Canterbury, organised by S11 Christchurch Solidarity Campaign.

~ MON, 14 August - fresh from his defeat at the Battle of Seattle, WTO Director General Mike Moore will be speaking to the Canterbury Employers Assoc. at the Centra Hotel, Cnr Cashel and High Sts, and there will be protest outside from 11-30am to 2pm - join the protest to show your opposition to the WTO and the global free market economy. Bring anything that makes a noise ! Organised by GATT Watchdog.

Peace Movement Aotearoa the national networking peace group PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand. tel +64 4 382 8129, fax 382 8173, website < http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/> Internet Peace Gateway <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><>

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