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PMA What's On Nationally

28 September 2000

National - What’s On

*** NATIONAL ***

~ Ongoing, everywhere ! - GE public meetings. 1) For details of meetings at different venues around the country organised by the Interchurch Commission on Genetic Engineering, check out 2) For details of the GM Royal Commission meetings, these provide the only opportunity for general public to address the Commission in person, check out their website at ~ ongoing to January 2001 - The Parihaka Exhibition, Wellington City Gallery - the collaborative project initiated by the City Gallery, Wellington, and the people of Parihaka Pä, Taranaki. Essential viewing for every peace person. There is a programme of free public events associated with the exhibition, you can get a copy from PMA (post or fax) or the City Gallery, PO Box 2199, Wellington,

~ 16- 21 October, Sexual Harassment Prevention Week - the Human Rights Commission aims to raise public awareness about what sexual harassment is and what can be done about it; a National Sexual Harassment Prevention Network of NZQA-qualified trainers has been set up to provide two hour workshops to workplaces, businesses, church and community groups, school committees and other interested organisations. For more information on training in the Wellington area, tel (04) 934 5559, For national contacts, tel 0800 SHP NET or 0800 747 638; for information on sexual harassment, call the Human Rights Commission Infoline on 0800 4 YOUR RIGHTS or 0800 496 877. ~ TUES, 17 October - ‘Saying NO to militarism and war’ the international day of the 'Saying NO to Violence' Week (YWCA Week Without Violence), 15 to 22 October, co-ordinated by PMA and WILPF. Get involved in saying NO to militarism and war - for more info check out

~ TUES, 31 October - closing date for nominations to The Roger Award For the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa / NZ in 2000, the criteria for judging is: the transnational that has the most negative impact in each or all of the following fields - unemployment, monopoly, profiteering, abuse of workers / conditions, political interference, environmental damage, cultural imperialism, impact on tangata whenua, running an ideological crusade, impact on women, health and safety of workers and the public. For more info, contact The Roger Award, Box 1905, Christchurch, fax (03) 366 3988, or go to This year’s Roger Award is organised by CAFCA and GATT Watchdog, and will be presented in Wellington in February 2001.

~ 17 to 19 October - ‘Poverty, Prosperity, Progress’,Biennial Aotearoa New Zealand International Development Studies Network (DEVNET) Conference at Victoria University, Wellington. Sessions include ‘Poverty, globalisation and change’, 'Aotearoa NZ perspectives on poverty', ‘Poverty and conflict in the Pacific’, 'Social change through theatre', ‘Role and future of NGOs’, ‘Participatory approaches to poverty alleviation’, Indigenous models of development’, 'The digital divide' and more. Speakers include Michael Edwards (Director, Governance and Civil Society Programme, Ford Foundation), Motarilovoa Hilda Lini (Director, Pacific Concerns Resource Centre), Manuka Henare (Maori Studies Lecturer, Auckland University), Charles Waldegrave (Family Centre Policy research Unit) and many others involved in poverty alleviation from New Zealand, the Pacific and around the world. You can register at for more info

~ 23 and 24 November - ‘Turning the Tide - a new approach to conflict resolution’, speakers include John Pilger, Judena Goldring, Professor Brice Dickson, Cameron Bennett, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait and Maire Leadbeater, ‘Turning the Tide’ aims to develop new, practical approaches to resolving conflict. A collaboration between the British Council and Auckland University of Technology (AUT). For more information, tel (09) 307 9788, or http://www.aut.ac.nz>

***** LOCAL *****

*** AUCKLAND

~ SUN, 1 October - Moses and Marilyn Havini - report on present situation in Bougainville, 12 noon, Corso/NFIP meeting at 1/5 Seymour Street, Ponsonby. For more info tel (09) 360 8001.

~ MON, 2 October - David Cunliffe MP discusses the Singapore Free Trade Agreement, 5pm at Commerce B, Room 15, 18 Symonds Street.

~ MON, 2 October - Tamaki Treaty Workers Meeting, with Carol Archie from Mana News speaking about the role of the media, 7-30pm at Pt Chevalier Community House, Huia St, for more info contact (09) 376 0530.

~ THURS, 5 October - ‘The South Pacific: A Sea of Troubles? Political & Legal Perspectives’, with a panel of speakers - Kevin Riordan Lt Col. Lawyer working for the NZ Defence Force; Hugh Laracy; History Dept University of Auckland; Gordon Shroff, Deputy Director MFAT; an International Law Association & NZ Institute of International Affairs Evening Seminar, 5-45pm at the Stone Lecture Theatre, 3rd floor, Law School Building, 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland CBD.

~ THURS, 5 October - Kathy Dunstall speaks about Issues Arising from the Referendum & the New Women’s Prison, an Allen Nixon Lecture, 7-30 pm at Ferndale House, 830 New North Road, Mt Albert.

~ THURS to SUN, 5 to 8 October - National Council of Women Annual Conference at King’s College, Otahuhu includes ...

~ SAT, 7 October - ‘Women Achieving Economic Independence’, a seminar for NCW delegates and the public, with keynote speaker Suzanne Snively, Partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers; plus workshops on Financial planning, Sexual harassment in the workplace, Financial reality in relationship breakdown, The Employment Relations Act, Combining work & family, Gender pay gap, Domestic violence & employment, What price a knowledge economy; 8-45am to 1pm at King’s College, Otahuhu, to register send $25 to NCWNZ Seminar, PO Box 9644, Auckland, cheque should be made payable to NCW.

~ TUES, 10 October - ‘Break It Down Road Show’ to celebrate the contribution people with mental illness make in our communities, concert with special guests: Jordan Luck of the dance exponents; Mike Chunn and Citizen Band, Ma Velle, Arana Pearson, Bunny Walters, Luke Hurley, 8 pm at the Auckland Town Hall. Tickets from Ticketek (09) 307-5000, $15 waged, $7 unwaged. This is part of the project to counter stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and is sponsored by the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

~ THURS, 12 October - ‘Patu!’, inside look at the opposition to the Springbok tour, video screening, 6pm at ALR5, School of Architecture, Symonds St. Organised by Staunch Alliance (the Alliance group on campus), for more info tel (09) 623-2676,

~ WEDS, 18 October - National Energy Efficiency & Conservation Strategy Workshops on Industry & Commerce; Community & Household. More info from

~ THURS, 19th October - Wag the Dog, examination of media manipulation in modern US presidential style politics, video screening, 6pm at ALR5, School of Architecture, Symonds St. Organised by Staunch Alliance (the Alliance group on campus), for more info tel (09) 623-2676,

~ TUES, 24 October - John Ondawame, veteran West Papuan leader and international representative for the OPM, speaks at a public meeting, 7-30pm in the Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Rd. Organised by the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, PO Box 68 418, Newton, Auckland; tel/fax: (09) 376 9098,

~ FRI, 27 October - Beijing +5 Women 2000, Auckland debriefing for NGOs, 11am at Parnell Room, Parnell Community Centre, Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Road.

*** LOWER HUTT

~ TUES, 3 October - ‘The Politics of Peace’ speaker Matt Robson, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, 8pm at the Waiwhetu Uniting Church Hall, 6 Trafalgar Street, for more info contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.

~ SAT, 7 October - An Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi: a workshop to explore the background to the signing, what was promised and what has happened since ... 9-30am to 1-30pm at the Lower Hutt Women's Centre, 186 Knights Rd, Lower Hutt. Bring lunch to share and a gold coin. To enrol tel Anne (04) 472 6425 .

*** WELLINGTON

~ everyday until FRI, 6 October - popular Mäori storytellers, including Hera Taute and Paora Ropata, are entrancing children and adults alike with stories and legends based on Mäori experience, from 12 noon to 1pm, upstairs in the South Gallery of the City Gallery, free, no bookings required. A school holiday activity based around the Parihaka Exhibition - see also 3 and 5 October below.

~ THURS, 28 September - Safe Food Campaign public meeting, to write submissions for the GE Inquiry, with speakers Sue Kedgely and Melior Simms, 7-30pm, at Meeting Room 2, Wellington City Council Building, Wakefield St.

~ FRI, 29 September - ‘Free Mordechai Vanunu’, 14 years in an Israeli jail for blowing the whistle on Israel’s secret nuclear weapons programme - vigil outside the Israeli embassy, The Terrace, 11am to 1-30pm, for more info contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.

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

~ SAT 30 September - Scarlet September - Global March for Women 2000 concert, with Emma Paki, Sugar Bug, Bacappella, Siulami Pereira & Mabel Faletolu, Sue Chamberlain and Fiona Luey, Strumpet, Choir Choir Pants on Fire plus many more, doors open at 7pm for an 8pm start, at James Cabaret, fundraiser for Women's Refuge and Te Whare Rokiroki Women's Refuge, Wellington. $20 waged & $10 unwaged, tickets from Lynette O’Brien tel (04) 494 6387 or

~TUES, 3 October & THURS, 5 October - Fantastic flax....and much more! Children can try out their skills in flax weaving, poi-making - then hear Mäori myths and legends read by popular storytellers, as part of the City Gallery's school holiday programme, children’s school holiday activities based around the Parihaka exhibition. Maori arts and crafts workshops: activities suitable for 5-8 year olds (10am -12pm) and 9-12 year olds (1pm-3pm). $5 materials charge per child. To book Tel: 801 4153 or call in at the Gallery front desk, open 10am-5pm daily.

~ WEDS, 4 October - World Economic Protests Forum - hear all about it from someone who was there, also video showing of the J18 protest in the financial district in London, at 6-30pm, Trades Hall, 126 Vivian Street (ring doorbell), organised by the CEC,

~ THURS, 5 October - 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.

~ THURS, 5 October - ‘Refugees and asylum seekers: New Zealand’s position’ Panel discussion. A Human Rights 2000 seminar organised by School of Political Science and International Relations and the Centre for Strategic Studies, 5pm to 6-30pm at the Centre, 16 Waiteata Road, free parking available next door in Recreation Centre car park. Further info from Helen Greatrex tel (04) 476-0346 (office hours).

~ THURS, 19 October - ‘Tibet’s Stolen Child’ showing of the video about the Panchen Lama as part of the Friends of Tibet (Wellington) AGM, 7pm at Meeting Room 1, Wellington City Council Building, Wakefield St, for more info contact Rick Sahar,

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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