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PMA National - What’s On

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National - What’s On

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*** INTERNATIONAL ***

~ 29 November - International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people.

~ 1 December - World Aids Day - for listings, see separate email following this.

~ 10 December - Human Rights Day, (see local listings, Auckland 8 December and Wellington 10 December) for events.

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~ 30 November - first meeting on: Re-evaluation of the Human Rights Protections in New Zealand Report. The Human Rights Network of New Zealand seminars about the Re-evaluation Report's key findings and recommendations are open for any interested people and groups to attend. Venues & times are as follows: * WELLINGTON - 30 November, Beehive Theatrette, Beehive: 3-30pm to 5pm; * AUCKLAND - 5 December, Room B10, Library Building, University of Auckland: 1-30pm to 3-30pm; * CHRISTCHURCH - 6 December, Oxford Terrace Baptist Church: 12-30pm to 2pm. At the conclusion of each presentation there will be time available for a question and answer session on the report which may assist you to make a written submission. For more info on making a submission, see PMA message sent earlier today.

~1 December - is the FINAL deadline for GE submissions ! the Royal Commission is putting submissions on-line, and you can check them out on the Commission’s 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.

~ 30 November to 1 December - ‘Children’s needs, rights and welfare: developing strategies for the ‘whole child’ in the 21st century’, conference organised by Waikato University School of Law and the Centre of NZ Jurisprudence. Speakers and panels on He Taonga Ngä Tamariki (Children are Taonga); Domestic Violence and the Child; Proactive Child Protection; Children and the Criminal Justice System; Health Rights and the Child; Rights to Adequate Education-inclusion and exclusion; and Developing Strategies for Partnership and Change: international obligations and national objectives. Registration is $40 or $25 for one day. For more info tel (07) 838 4466 ext 6734; fax (07) 838 4417; or website

~ 1 to 3 December - Gondwana Forests Sanctuary strategy meeting - this hui aims to fulfil a need for greater coordination by forest campaigners working to protect Gondwana remnant forests. A proposal for greater networking on forest campaigns in Chile, Argentina, Australia, Aotearoa and Australia was consolidated with a meeting of activists in Pucon, Southern Chile in 1998. To be held at Lake Rotoiti Lodge, Nelson Lakes. Contact: Garrick Martin, Native Forest Network, PO Box 2771, Otautahi/Christchurch.

~ 8 to 14 December - LITE! the Live-in Theological Experience, the biannual joint venture of the Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa and College House Institute of Theology, LITE 2000 will be held in Christchurch. For more information contact Michael Perkins, tel (03) 366 9274, fax (03) 365 2919, or check out

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*** AUCKLAND

~ TUES, 28 November - ‘Free Hate-Speech or Hate Free Speech’ public forum and panel follows the Auckland Council of Civil Liberties AGM. The panel is Tony Ellis, Barrister, Chair of Council for Civil Liberties; Francis Joychild, Barrister, Counsel for the Aids Foundation; Dr Rasalingham, President Refugee Council - AGM at 6-15 pm; public forum at 7pm, Trades Hall 147 -153 Great North Road.

~ MON, 4 December - ‘Human Rights in post-Apartheid South Africa’, Revd Dr Barney Pityana from the South African Human Rights Commission, speaks at 5-30pm, Centra Hotel, 128 Albert St, Auckland City. Light refreshments, RSVP (acceptances only) by Wednesday 29th November to Judith Howard, Human Rights Commission, tel (09) 375 8632, fax (09) 308 9905,

~ MON, 4 December - Tamaki Treaty Workers meeting, at 7-30pm, Pt Chevalier Community Centre, Huia St.

~ THURS, 7 December - Auckland Council of Civil Liberties Workshop. Writing submissions on the Human Rights Re-evaluation (see first item under ‘national’ listings), with Paul Rishworth, Margaret Bedgood and Chris Lawrence, from 5-30pm to 7pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, University of Auckland.

~ FRI, 8 December - the Annual Human Rights Day rally will be held in Aotea Square this year from 11-30am to 1-30pm. All groups with an interest in Human Rights are invited to set up a stall, put on street theatre, musical or dance events over the lunch-hour. There will be a mike for those who wish to make a brief speech about human rights and we hope that we can as usual have the event opened by the Deputy-Mayor, Bruce Hucker, supported by one of the Human Rights Commission. In association with this year's event, a children’s art display will be exhibited on the deck of the Aotea Centre. Central Auckland Intermediate schools have been invited to participate in the hope that, if successful, secondary schools can be asked to come in next year. Sponsored by Pax Christi Aotearoa-NZ, for more info contact Kevin McBride, or tel/fax (09) 377 5541.

*** LOWER HUTT

~ Tues, 12 December - ‘Living in the global village’, Ken Douglas speaks at the Waiwhetü / Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting, 8pm at the Waiwhetü Uniting Church Hall, 6 Trafalgar St. Contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.

*** WELLINGTON

~ WEDS, 29 November - ‘The Report of the Panel on UN Peace Operations’, a discussion with Dame Ann Hercus, 12 noon to 1-15pm, 192 Tinakori Road, sandwiches, tea and coffee provided. Please RSVP acceptances to UNANZ, tel (04) 473 0441, fax (04) 473 2339. Copies of the Report are at

~ THURS, 30 November - ‘Human Rights in the Pacific: Reviewing 2000’, the final Human Rights 2000 seminar with panel members Rod Alley (Victoria University School of Politics), John Henderson (University of Canterbury School of Politics) and Sipeli Havill (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade), from 5-00pm to 6-30pm, Centre for Strategic Studies, 16 Waiteata Road. Enquiries to Helen Greatrex tel (04) 476-0346.

~ TUES, 5 December - Picnic in the Park ! a celebration for the launch of the UN International year of Volunteers, for volunteers and groups working with volunteers, contact tel (04) 499 4570.

~ THURS, 7 December - Wellington Peace Lunch Forum - report back on the ‘Turning the Tide’ conference - 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.

~ SUN, 10 December - The NZ Forum for UN renewal is holding a celebration to mark Human Rights Day, at ZEAL, 50 Victoria St, from 3pm to 6pm, and invites anyone interested, particularly young people, to come along. There will be opportunity for discussion and sharing ideas on: victory over violence; where do I belong?; waging peace; and people power at the United Nations. Live music will be provided by Father Chris Skinner and others; and light food and drink will be available. Further information from UNANZ, Robin Halliday, tel (04) 938 5162

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