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Peace rallies, vigils and meetings

Updated 4 December 2001

Reminder! Petition calling for peaceful resolution - the next batch of signatures for the petition calling for peaceful resolution will be presented to parliament on Thurs, 13 December (see Wellington listing below). If you have any signatures, please post them as soon as possible to PMA, PO Box 9314, Wellington. If you need to print off more copies of the petition, it is available online at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/pet001.htm There will be another presentation to parliament early next year, so please continue to collect more signatures!

*** WHANGAREI

~ 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.

~ TUES, 11 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

~ 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 - Silent Peace Vigil from 9-15am to 9-45am, outside the Quaker Meeting House, 113 Mt Eden Rd. These silent vigils will be held at the same time and place while the war continues. All welcome. For more info contact gaelhowell@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.

~ TUES, 11 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, 13 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

~ 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/

~ SUN, 16 December - Silent Peace Vigil from 9-15am to 9-45am, outside the Quaker Meeting House, 113 Mt Eden Rd. These silent vigils will be held at the same time and place while the war continues. All welcome. For more info contact gaelhowell@xtra.co.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.

~ WEDS, 12 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

~ WEDS, 5 December - Down With US/NZ Imperialist Attack! Hands Off Afghanistan, 6pm, Connolly Hall, Guilford Terrace, Thorndon. Forum organised by the International Bolshevik Tendency, for more info contact John Moore tel (04) 3877 297 or 0211149221

~ 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; 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), the reaction from NZ churches, and were there alternatives to war? Speakers include Robert Reid (Arena), Don Carson, Stephanie McIntyre (Anglican Social Justice Commission) and Edwina Hughes (Peace Movement Aotearoa); 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

~ THURS, 13 December - Say NO to War! march and rally at Parliament, meet at 12-30pm at Midland Park, march to parliament, rally with speakers and presentation of second batch of signatures for the petition calling for peaceful resolution. Organised by Peace Action Wellington, for more info contact PAW c/o tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ THURS, 13 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

*** NELSON

~ 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

~ FRI, 14 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

~ 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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