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PMA National What's On

31 May 2001


*** NATIONAL ***

~ until 24 June - Matariki, the new year! is celebrated at Te Papa with the Matariki Festival on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, a full programme of events, lectures, and performance - you can get all the details online at

~ until 28 June - the government’s Rio +10 series of debates on the topic ‘Our environment – trash can or treasure?’ in the main centres, still to come: 30 May, 7pm in Hamilton at The Performing Arts Centre; 13 June, 7pm in Auckland; 28 June, 7pm in Palmerston North at the Palmerston North City Council Chambers. For more info about the debates and about the government’s response to Rio +10, check out ~ Sundays until 1 July - 'Ngä Tamatoa -The Back of a Whale', ten part series on National Radio. Still to be aired: Rawiri Paratene - Sunday 3 June, 3-04pm; Taura Eruera - Sunday 10 June, 3-04pm; Larry Parr - Sunday 17 June, 3-04pm; Pauline Kingi - Sunday 24 June, 3-04pm; Conclusion - Sunday 1 July, 3-04pm.

~ SAT, 23 June and SUN, 24 June - Womenspirit rising! a weekend of workshops for women on all sorts of peaceable topics, at the Hutt Valley High Petone Campus, North Street, Petone. For a copy of the programme write to Womenspirit Rising, 63 Wades Street, Wadestown, Wellington or tel (04) 472 6425,

***** LOCAL *****


~ SAT, 2 June - Palestine/Israel Rally for Peace to support justice and peace based on - removal of Israeli Occupation; right of return of refugees; sharing Jerusalem; cessation of Jewish only settlements in occupied Palestine, from 1pm -2pm in Aotea Square. Organised by the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, contact David Wakim tel (09) 09 520 0201 or Tuma Hazou 09 473 8677.

~ TUES, 5 June - Human Rights Division of MFAT consultation with interested NGOs and individuals on international human rights issues, topics include: UN Commission on Human Rights, UNGA Special Session on Children, World Conference Against Racism, Indigenous and Asia-Pacific regional issues. From 1pm to 5pm at the Human Rights Commission, level 4, Southpac Tower, Queen Street. If you are planning on going, you must RSVP to Si'alei van Toor or tel (04) 473 2076 now!

~ TUES, 5 June - The Fourth Annual Great Peace Debate presented by the Peace Foundation as the opening night attraction for ignite 2001, a youth festival being held by the British Council from 5 - 12 June. The moot ‘that only conflict can ignite the flames of peace’. Debaters include, Ben Zephaniah, James Elliott, Michelle A'Court, and Roanna Dalziel. From 5pm to 7-30pm in The Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall. Tickets from Ticketek tel (09) 307 5000, $22 / $15 or $10 each for school groups.

~ FRI, 8 June - ‘Family Violence Policing: Responsiveness in the Pacific’, discussion with Inspector Rob Veale from Police Headquarters in Wellington who has been working for MFAT in the Pacific for the past 4 years, from 9-30am to 12-30pm at Northcote AH 214 (upstairs in Sports Centre), AUT Akoranga Campus.

~ MON, 11 June - Tamaki Treaty Workers meeting, 7-30pm at the Pt Chevalier Community House, Huia St. Contact Joan Macdonald (09) 360 8001.

~ TUES, 19 June - Abolition 2000 Auckland Group meeting, 12-30pm at the Peace Foundation office. Contact Marion Hancock (09) 373 2379.

~ SAT, 23 June - WILPF Winter Solstice Lunch, with speaker Matt Robson, Minister of Disarmament, 12 noon, all welcome, for more info contact Edna Butterworth tel (09) 378 1732 or Joan Macdonald (09) 360 8001.

~ SAT, 23 June - honouring the Decade for Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World 2000-2010, with keynote speaker Dr Linda Berne (University of North Carolina) on ‘Human Rights and the Girl Child’, and workshops. From 9am to 4-30pm, at Somervell Church Centre, 497 Remuera Road. Registration $10 includes lunch, please register by 18 June, contact Bridgebuilders Trust tel (09) 524 5379 or (09) 528 3727.

~ TUES, 26 June - report back on the Asia Pacific Peoples’ Solidarity Conference in Jakarta (7 - 10 June) by Maire Leadbeater, and screening of a short video about the terror campaign of 1965-66 which led to millions of deaths in Indonesia and allowed General Suharto to take over from President Sukarno. From 7-30pm at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road. Organised by the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, contact tel (09) 376 9098.

~ FRI, 27 July and SAT, 28 July - 1981 The Tour - 20 Years on, anniversary programme. FRI: 7-00pm , drinks/nibbles, 7-30pm, screening of PATU with opening comments from Tom Newnham Entry by Koha (donation to cover expenses). SAT: 9-00am to 7pm, photo exhibition from the tour will be open all day for viewing along with various memorabilia from the tour protests; 1-00pm to 4pm, impressions of 1981 and South Africa today - open mike (5 mins max each person) and opening remarks by John Minto; 4-00pm to 6-00pm, Where are the front lines of struggle in 2001? open mike for groups and individuals to present issues/ideas in a soapbox forum (5 mins max time each person); 8-00pm to Midnight - Party! musical items from various groups with dancing and celebration. Entry by Koha (donation to cover expenses). All on at the Grey Lynn Community Centre, Richmond Road. For more info or to help with the organising, please tel Margaret (09) ) 838 5881 or If you are coming from out of town and need a billet, tel John (09) 846 3173.


~ TUES, 5 June to SAT, 9 June - ‘Wild Civility’ is Merenia Gray’s new show, dance theatre exploring “the impact of globalisation on our cultural identity, looking at the connection between people, the earth and the soul.” $20/25 at Te Whaea Theatre, for booking contact Ticketek tel (04) 384 3840, for other enquiries call Chloë Laing 021 163 4998.

~ WEDS, 6 June - meeting with Jose Ramos Horta, Cabinet Member for Foreign Affairs in the East Timor Transitional Administration, from 9-30am to 10-45am at Caritas, in the Catholic Centre, 22 - 30 Hill Street, Thorndon. If you intend to come along, you need to let Michael Hartfield know as space is limited, tel him at CID, (04) 472 6375.

~ WEDS, 6 June - ‘Without a Vision the People Perish’, Gregory Fortuin the Race Relations Conciliator speaks at a meeting of the NZIIA, 5-30pm to 6-30pm at the Lecture Theatre 4 (1st floor), VUW Law Faculty, Old Government Buildings.

~ THURS, 7 June - ‘A Life for a Life: The Death Penalty Debate’, speakers include Mark Middleton, Georgina Beyer, at 6-30pm, in the Memorial Theatre, Victoria University; students $5/ $8. Organised by the Victoria University Debating Society and Victoria University Amnesty International.

~ TUES, 12 June - Preview Screening of ‘Thirteen Days’, the Roger Donaldson movie about the Cuban Missile Crisis starring Kevin Costner; organised by Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament and the Peace Foundation. The screening, 6pm at the Beehive, is primarily for Members of Parliament, but there are a few extra seats for others. Tel (04) 499 3443 if you would like an invitation. The film opens in public cinemas on July 12.

~ SAT, 16 June - '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'.

~ WEDS, 20 June - Mr Ahmed Qurie (Abu Ala), Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, speaks at a meeting of the NZIIA, 5-30pm to 6-30pm at the Lecture Theatre 1, VUW Law Faculty, Old Government Buildings.

~ FRI, 22 June to SUN, 24 June - Alternatives to Violence Project, advanced workshop - for people who have already participated in an AVP Basic Workshop. For more info contact Myra tel (04) 384 8896, or Ralph tel (04) 383 6986.

~ Every Sunday, ‘Peace Report’ on Wellington Access Radio (783 AM), broadcast at 11-45am, brought to you by the Peace Council, funded by PADET. If you or your group wish to make a free programme to be broadcast in this slot, please contact Des Brough tel/fax (04) 388 3173.


If you would like your events or meetings advertised, just send them to and write ‘for what’s on’ in the subject heading.


Peace Movement Aotearoa
the national networking peace group
PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand.
tel +64 4 382 8129, fax 382 8173,
Internet Peace Gateway

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