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More! Peace rallies, vigils and meetings

Updated 29 November 2001 - with changes to listings for Whangarei and Dunedin.

* 1 December - National day of action to oppose the war against the people of Afghanistan, see Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin listings.

*** WHANGAREI

~ SAT, 1 December - Rally for Peace! as part of the National Day of Action, focussing on 'The Many Faces of Terrorism'; Coalition for Peace Whangarei has surprisingly managed to secure the presence of President George W Bush, and invited him to present a rethink the policy of his 'War Against Terrorism' at the Rally, from 11am in the Cameron Street Mall, all welcome.

~ TUES, 4 December - Coalition for Peace Whangarei meeting, 5pm at the Trade Union Centre, 7 First Avenue, all welcome. The Coalition will meet every Tuesday, same time same place, until further notice.

*** AUCKLAND

~ THURS, 29 November - 'Peaceful Living' peace from war, weekly meetings which are open to all and will offer support, stress reduction, alternatives to violence, emotional management and greater self esteem. Every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the Ranui Community Centre, 474 Swanson Road, Ranui. The meetings are not affiliated to any church and all are welcome, no charge for attending the meetings, but donations are appreciated. For more info contact Tim Tipene, warrior.kids@xtra.co.nz

~ SAT, 1 December - National Day of Action! picket the Labour Party Conference, from 8am at the Bruce Mason Centre, corner of Hurstmere Road and The Promenade, Takapuna, organised by the Anti War Coalition, for more details tel (09) 267 7737 or check out http://www.geocities.com/aklantiwar/

~ SAT, 1 December - picket at Devonport Naval Base, either catch the 10am ferry across to Devonport, or meet at the end of the Devonport wharf at 10-30am, organised by the Anti War Coalition, for more details tel (09) 267 7737 or check out http://www.geocities.com/aklantiwar/

~ TUES, 4 December - Women4Peace group, every Tuesday at 7pm, at the Shakti Asian Women's Centre, 138 Church St Onehunga, in the conference room. All women welcome, the Women's Centre is women-only space. For more info tel (09) 636 8512.

~ THURS, 6 December - 'Peaceful Living' peace from war, weekly meetings which are open to all and will offer support, stress reduction, alternatives to violence, emotional management and greater self esteem. Every Thursday from 7pm to 9pm at the Ranui Community Centre, 474 Swanson Road, Ranui. The meetings are not affiliated to any church and all are welcome, no charge for attending the meetings, but donations are appreciated. For more info contact Tim Tipene, warrior.kids@xtra.co.nz

~ SUN, 9 December - World peace festival, a day of Peace, Freedom, Tolerance, Love and Contribution to humanity, with a parade of children from local primary schools singing peace songs, a uniting of religious leaders from different beliefs and faiths, the Chilli Club World Peace Fire Breathers, and guest speakers, from 11am to 4pm in Jellicoe Park, Onehunga. Organised by Sisi Motu and friends, for more info contact tel (09) 625 7322, mobile 029-ChilliClub.

~ SAT, 15 December - Peace in the Park (free Anti-War Concert), with various bands and groups performing, from 1pm onwards at Myers Park (just off Queen St). Organised by the Anti War Coalition, for more details tel (09) 267 7737 or check out http://www.geocities.com/aklantiwar/

*** HAMILTON

~ SUN, 2 December - 'Protest for Peace' for Sunday, 3pm meet at Garden Place, followed by march to the Cenotaph to lay a wreath in memory of the victims in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Organised by Hamilton Peace Movement, for more info contact Bruce at krunch@free.net.nz

*** ROTORUA

~ WEDS, 5 December - Rotorua Peace Coalition meeting, 5-30pm at the Rotorua Trade Union Centre (86 Pererika Street, opposite Boys High), the RPC will meet every Tuesday, same time same place, until further notice.

*** WELLINGTON and HUTT Valley

~ THURS, 29 November - vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, the vigils will be held every Thursday at the same time and place until the bombing stops. Planning meeting after the vigil. For more info contact c/o PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ SAT, 1 December - Say NO to the war, be part of the National Day of Action - information stall, sign the 'Justice not revenge' banner, come and talk about the war against the people of Afghanistan; leaflets with details of where you can get more info, sign-up to be part of the group planning Wellington events, and more! from 12pm to 4pm, in Civic Square (as part of Exposure: carnival of respect and compassion for animals); organised by Peace Action Wellington, for more info contact PAW, c/o tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ SUN, 2 December - Thorndon Fair - can you help collect signatures for the Petition calling for peaceful resolution? from 9am to 3pm, in Tinakori Road (or Westpac Trust Stadium if wet). If you can help, please leave a message for PAW on tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ THURS, 6 December - vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, the vigils will be held every Thursday at the same time and place until the bombing stops. Planning meeting after the vigil. For more info contact c/o PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ SAT, 8 December - Peace Action Wellington strategy meeting, everyone with campaign ideas or interest in planning anti-war actions is welcome! We will be formulating a vision for the group, and setting a longer-term strategy in response to changing international and local events, creating a context for discussing achievable goals. Please come and share your ideas! from 10-30am to 3-30pm, at Athena College (Southmark House, 203-209 Willis Street), please bring food for shared lunch from 12-30pm to 1-30pm.

~ MON, 10 December - the 16 Days of Action against Violence culminates in the community festival against violence, bringing men and women together in condemnation of violence in our communities and will feature local musicians, marquees, food, dancing and more ... from 8pm-1am in Upper Cuba Street. For more info contact Amy on (04) 473 5358 or 021 313 603.

~ TUES, 11 December - '11 September: three months on' - a public meeting looking at the appropriateness of the US government's response to the attacks in New York and Washington; with speakers including Robert Reid (Arena) and Don Carson on the complexities of Afghanistan, US involvement in establishing groups such as Al Qaeda, the impact of the war on Afghanistan on the Middle East, the impact on this country (including the Terrorism Suppression Bill), and were there alternatives to war? From 6pm to 8pm, Mezzanine Floor Meeting Room, Wellington Central Public Library. Organised by Peace Action Wellington, for more info contact PAW c/o tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

*** BLENHEIM

~ THURS, 29 November - 'Freedom' in the 21st Century? a meeting to discuss New Zealand involvement in international conflict, from 7-30pm at Severne Natural Health Centre, 4 Severne Street, for further info contact Kaye tel (03) 570 5711.

*** NELSON

~ FRI, 30 November - a silent candle vigil supporting the UN Commissioner for Human Rights and other humanitarian aid organisations such as Oxfam, in calling for a halt in the bombings, 5-30pm at the Church steps, please bring candles and holders; every Friday until the bombings cease. For further information, please contact Anne, Light for the World, (03) 539 0527, anne.f@clear.net.nz

~ FRI, 7 December - a silent candle vigil supporting the UN Commissioner for Human Rights and other humanitarian aid organisations such as Oxfam, in calling for a halt in the bombings, 5-30pm at the Church steps, please bring candles and holders; every Friday until the bombings cease. For further information, please contact Anne, Light for the World, (03) 539 0527, anne.f@clear.net.nz

~ ongoing - the Nelson Peace Group are going to be wearing arm bands with an appropriate message or badge until the war ends. They will carry spares to give to people who wish to do the same.

*** CHRISTCHURCH

~ THURS, 29 November - public meeting on the Middle East, the war on Afghanistan and the Terrorism Bill, with speakers: Mustapha Alzaidi (MidEast Collective) on the sanctions on Iraq; Paul Hopkinson (MidEast Collective) on the Palestinian intifada; Philip Ferguson (ex-Sinn Fein/Ireland; now 'revolution' and MidEast Collective) on building an anti-imperialist anti-war movement; and Dr David Small (senior lecturer in Education; board member, ARENA) on the Terrorism Bill; Chair: Yan Lin (MidEast Collective). From 7-30pm, at the Workers Educational Association Centre, 59 Gloucester, sponsored by Radical Media Collective organised by the Middle East Information and Solidarity Collective and 'revolution' magazine.

~ SAT, 1 December - National Day of Action events! * 11-30am - silent half hour meditation/prayer vigil, meet at the Chalice in Cathedral Square; * 12pm - march from Bridge of Remembrance to Jim Anderton’s office, 296 Selwyn St (arrive around 12-35pm); * 2pm - meet at Chalice for transport to Harewood protest, or 2-30pm meet at the Totem Pole at the airport for protest outside the US military base - bring symbols in memory of the victims of the war on Afghanistan (balloons, ribbons, poems, pictures etc), there will be brief informative speeches, free food (afternoon tea) provided by Food Not Bombs, and more! For more info on the Harewood protest tel Interactive, tel (03) 336 54068.

~ FRI, 7 December - No more War March and Rally, 6pm, meet at the Bridge of Remembrance, to the Square, every Friday (except 30 November), same time same place until further notice. Next planning meeting will follow rally at 7-30pm, at Interactive. For more info contact Peace Action Network peaceactionaotearoa@yahoo.co.nz

~ SAT, 8 December - silent half hour meditation/prayer vigil from 12-30pm to 1pm, outside the front of the Cathedral. Organised by a non-sectarian meditation group in Christchurch, who would like people of all denominations to join with them in this simple action.

*** DUNEDIN

~ SAT 1 December to MON 10 December - Anti-war tent in the Octagon, to provide a focus for opposition to the war on terrorism and on Afghanistan, as well as opposition to war and militarism generally - with a multitude of events, information, conversation, collaboration, food and fun! For more info contact Anti-War tent c/o Dunedin Environment Centre tel (03) 477 4938, or pmofd@hotmail.com

If you would like your vigil, rally or meeting for peace advertised, please send details of your event (including contact details for at least one of the people organising it) to pma@xtra.co.nz For articles and statements about the war against the people of Afghanistan, check out http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/usatresp.htm For on-line listings of peace vigils, rallies and meetings in Aotearoa, check out http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/vigils.htm

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

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