Peace Movement Aotearoa: What's on and where...
*** INTERNATIONAL ***
~ MON 25 November - International Day of Action to End Violence Against Women.
~ MON, 25 November to SUN, 1 December (in Auckland) - 'Courageous Women in Dangerous Times: Women Working for Peace', the Gertrud Baer Seminar 2002, “from banners, blockades and bolt cutters to interventions at the United Nations, women working for peace use a variety of ways and means to get the message across”; an opportunity for young women to be part of the first International WILPF meeting to be held in Aotearoa/NZ. The seminar weaves in and out of the WILPF meeting - a chance to learn from each other and from peace women from around the world; includes a two day seminar ‘The Impact of Colonisation on Indigenous Women and the Environment’, with workshops with indigenous women from Aotearoa/New Zealand and other parts of the Pacific. $250, cost includes seminars, workshops, meals and accommodation. Restricted to 25 young women, registration for accommodation and subsidies has closed, but if you do not require accommodation you can still register up to 8 November. For more information or a registration form, contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org (please put GB Seminar in subject line) or Gertrud Baer Seminar, c/o PMA, PO Box 9314, Wellington.
~ TUES, 26 November and WEDS, 27 November (in Auckland) - ‘The Effects of Colonisation on Indigenous Women and the Environment’, a two day seminar with indigenous women from Aotearoa/New Zealand and other parts of the Pacific, begins at 9am on the Tuesday with a pöwhiri, closes with a poroporoakï at 4-30pm on the Wednesday, includes a bus tour showing the effects of colonisation on the environment in the Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland area, hangi, workshops and discussion groups; $112 all inclusive cost (excluding accommodation) - all women welcome. Registration for accommodation and subsidies has closed, but if you do not require accommodation you can still register up to 8 November. Part of the International WILPF 2002 meeting; for more information or a registration form, contact mailto:email@example.com (please put Colonisation Seminar in subject line) or WILPF Aotearoa, PO Box 47-189, Ponsonby, Auckland.
~ SUN, 1 December - Prisoners for Peace Day - the English version of the Prisoners for Peace Day material is now online in the first edition at http://www.wri-irg.org/news/2002/pfp02-en.htm This year the focus is on two regions, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
~ THURS, 16 January 2003 - 12th anniversary of the start of the Gulf War; 18 and 19 January - Stop the war on Iraq! the next day of action scheduled by the International ANSWER coalition, to coincide with the anniversary. For more info check out http://www.internationalanswer.org/ See Wellington in local listings below.
~ Ongoing - Veterans for Peace Iraq Water Project - which sends teams of veterans/activists into Iraq to renovate water treatment plants in protest at, and to assist alleviating the effects of, the sanctions - is looking for volunteers from other countries including NZ. If you are interested in helping or would like more information, please check out http://www.iraqwaterproject.com.
*** NATIONAL ***
~ FRI, 8 and SAT, 9 November - ‘Then and now - the theology of armed violence’, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship National Conference and Open Day, speakers include Rev Geoff Haworth, Dr Margaret Bedggood, and Dr Chris Marshall; there is a session on ' Seeking Peace in Israel-Palestine' with Boris Lubetzky of the Auckland Jewish Community and Tuma Hazou, a Christian Arab and former Middle East correspondent for BBC, NBC and ABC. From midday Friday to evening Saturday at the All Saints Church, Ponsonby, Auckland. $25 including lunch, please RSVP by 2 November if you’re planning on going. For more info or to book please contact Chris Barfoot, tel (09) 575 6142, fax (09) 575 4836 or e-mail mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~ FRI, 8 to SUN, 10 November (in Wellington) - Aotearoa People's Global Action Convergence! Peoples Global Action is a worldwide network that works towards a durable, peaceful, social, borderless and directly democratic alternative to capitalism and all systems of oppression - the PGA Convergence in Wellington will include strategic sessions on * opposing militarism, contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email@example.com * Tino Rangatiratanga, contact Aotearoa Educators mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org * strategising against privatisation, contact Anti-Bypass Action mailto:email@example.com * constructing alternative models to the capitalist system, contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org * Indymedia, contact Windymedia collective mailto:email@example.com The Convergence is for everyone who has an affinity with the PGA hallmarks and the PGA Organisational Principles, for more info check out http://aotearoa.wellington.net.nz/mayday/converge.htm Hosted by Te Mana Akonga and Ngai Tauira, Wellington collectives and groups including Aotearoa Educators, Windymedia, Anti-Bypass Action, Committee for the Establishment of Civilisation (CEC) ... the PGA Convergence will be in the Student Union Building, Victoria University, Kelburn Parade, Wellington
~ FRI, 15 November - is the final deadline for submissions on the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (Genetically Modified Organisms) Amendment Bill, which allows for open field trials and commercial releases of GE crops. For more information check out http://www.gefree.org.nz (scan down the page until you reach the relevant text); you can download a simple submission as a Word document at http://www.gefree.org.nz/HSNoForm.doc The official Public Discussion Paper 'Improving the Operation of the HSNO Act for New Organisms; Including Proposals in Response to Recommendations of the Royal Commission on Genetic Modification' is available at http://www.mfe.govt.nz/about/publications/hsno/discussion-paper/index.html
~ SAT, 16 November - National GE Free March and Rally, in Auckland - see local listings below.
~ ongoing to 8 December - Taiawhio: continuity and change - celebrating the rich traditions of Maori visual culture, both customary and contemporary, at Te Papa (Wellington), for more details check out http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/whats_on/short_term1.html#Taiawhio
~ ongoing to 19 December - Mataku! a series of contemporary tales of the unexpected and unexplained, ordinary characters encounter mysterious phenomena of Mäori mythology, presented by Temuera Morrison; 9-30pm on Thursdays on TV3. To congratulate TV3 on this series, and encourage them to screen more Mäori programmes at a reasonable viewing hour, you can use the feedback form at http://www.tv3.co.nz/corporate/faq.cfm or fax TV3 Programming at (09) 302 2103, or write to TV3 Programming, Private Bag 92 624, Symonds Street, Auckland.
~ FRI, 24 to SUN, 26 January 2003 - Waihopai Spybase protest! NZ is one of George Bush’s most enthusiastic allies in his apparently endless and borderless 'war on terror' - the public face of that is the involvement of the SAS in the war in Afghanistan; but New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that war, and any other wars waged by our Western allies, is the Waihopai spybase. Even though the Government is not so keen on following the US in its plans to wage war on Iraq, Waihopai will play a key role in that too, because it is controlled by the US, with NZ (including Parliament) having little or no idea what goes on there (let alone any control). Waihopai does not operate in the national interests of New Zealand or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed! We invite people from around the country to join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. For more info contact the Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch; email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or check out http://www.converge.org.nz/abc
***** LOCAL *****
~ THURS, 7 November - Whangarei Peace and Justice Planning Meeting, 5pm for a cuppa, 5-15pm to 6-15pm for the meeting, at The Anglican Church Hall Lounge, corner of Kamo Road and Deveron Street, Regent. For more info contact Moea tel (09) 436 1679 or Tim (09) 434 6633.
~ THURS, 7 November - Public meeting on the STV voting system with guest speaker Rod Donald MP, 7-30 pm, The Bounty Room Forum North.
~ MON, 4 November - 'The WTO, Gatts and Privatisation',. with Jane Kelsey (ARENA), Penny Bright (Water Pressure Group) and others - a WTO ministerial meeting is planned for November in Australia and pressure is building for extending privatisation (in the form of so-called public-private partnerships) into roading, water, health and education services. What’s wrong with these plans and what can be done to stop it? 7-30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd. Organised by Global Peace and Justice Auckland, for more info contact Mike Treen mailto:email@example.com or John Minto mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~ MON, 11 November - public lecture by Amory Lovins (Time Magazine's Hero of the Planet), sponsored by the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development, Meridian Energy and AUT, free to the public, 5pm to 6pm, Lecture Room WA 220, Auckland University of Technology, Ground Floor, Learning Centre, A Block, 55 Wellesley Street. For more info contact Claire McShane on (09) 363 3308 or email mailto:email@example.com
~ MON, 11 November - 'NZ Showing the Way' - the recent Johannesburg United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development put the spotlight on the sustainability challenge. How can we turn this into a key opportunity for NZ to lead the way and become a vibrant, sustainable society with the highest quality of life in the world? Hear from four attendees to The World Summit on Sustainable Development: Rodger Spiller, NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development; Klaus Bosselmann, Director of Centre for Environmental Law, AKU; Brendon Hoare, UNITEC, Representative of International Federation Of Organic Agriculture, Cindy Kiro, Massey, Indigenous Development and Sustainability; and Dr Morgan Williams, Parliamentary Commissioner of the Environment, on ‘Creating our Future’. 6-15pm to 8-45pm, AUT Conference Centre, 55 Wellesley St., WA Building. $20 / $15. Part of the Monthly Forum Series ‘Creating a New New Zealand’, organised by Anew NZ. For more info check out http://www.anewnz.org.nz or contact Greg Liggins tel (09) 413 9146.
~ THURS, 14 November - the Peace Foundation's 19th Media Peace Awards with guest speaker Tom Scott, and MCs Carol Hirschfeld and John Campbell; 7-30pm at the Maidment Theatre. Tickets $25 waged and $15 unwaged, available from the Maidment Theatre (09) 308 2383. For more information contact the Peace Foundation (09) 373 2379.
~ ongoing to SAT 16 November - join the team holding banners, and leafletting, at road intersections in Auckland to advertise the GE Free March and Rally on 16 November! If you are interested in joining the Banner Vigil Schedule, please contact Karyn Amoore tel (09) 358 4105 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~ SAT, 16 November - GE Free March and Rally, demand a GE-Free Aotearoa, in food and environment. The government is ignoring majority public opinion; show them that the GE-Free movement is more powerful than ever; 12 noon in Aotea Square, Queen St. Endorsed by GE-Free coalitions and groups nation-wide, there will be people converging on Auckland from all over NZ, for more info (or to help) contact the Auckland GE-Free Coalition Karyn tel 09 358 4105 email mailto:email@example.com or MAdGE (Mothers Against GE) tel (09) 309 3838.
~ SUN, 17 November - the Government's secret agenda to involve big business in Public-Private Partnerships has been exposed … now the public debate needs to begin! A one-day seminar with speakers including Jane Kelsey, John Minto, Mered Barrar, Penny Bright and Sue Henry on topics including: what’s wrong with Public- Private- Partnerships (PPPs)? are PPPs the new wave of privatisation? are PPPs just a mechanism for corporate welfare? who are the winners and who are the losers? how are PPPs, the WTO and GATTS interlinked? How do PPPs affect our community, our country’s future and us all? 10am to 4pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, Dominion Rd (Next to KFC), lunch provided, a koha to help cover expenses will be gratefully received. Supported by Wake Up Auckland, Citizens Against Privatisation, Water Pressure Group (Auckland), Global Peace and Justice Auckland, and Action Research Education Network Aotearoa (ARENA). For more info contact Penny Bright tel (09) 846 9825 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~ MON, 18 November - Protest at the 3rd International Pacific Rim Biotechnology Conference - demand our food and environment remain free of GE, and free from the corporate agenda of the biotech industry to own the food supply, and our bodies; 8am to 11am, at the Sheraton Hotel, Symond St. For more info contact Karyn tel 09 358 4105 email mailto:email@example.com
~ FRI, 22 November - Tony Maturin speaks about his experiences as Quaker Peace and Service NZ delegate on the Belgium/Iraq Friendship Society peace delegation to Iraq in April 2002, 7-30pm, at the The Religious Society of Friends / Te Haahi Tuuhauwiri meeting house, 113 Mt Eden Road.
~ SUN, 24 November - Symposium on Palestine, with speakers, documentary films, and action workshops, concludes with Palestinian dinner, followed by Palestinian traditional dance performance (Dabkah). There will be a focus on four main issues: the NZ government's trade and commercial links to Israel; NZ companies that trade with Israel; NZ universities links with Israel; and ways to highlight NZ wide the struggles of the Palestinian people - any advance research on these topics would be appreciated. Starts at 1pm, will end around 8pm, at Waipapa Marae (also known as Auckland University Marae), in the university campus, behind St Andrews Church which is diagonally opposite the High Court. Free entry, a small koha (donation) would be appreciated. Hosted by Auckland University Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), supported by Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC), Auckland, for more info contact Zaeem email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or Suzy tel (09) 520 0201.
~ FRI, 22 November - 'Talking the Walk: filling footpaths and kerbing cars', presentation by Rodney Tolley (Director of the Centre for Sustainable Transport (CAST), Staffordshire University) - a foremost international transport and urban design analyst - which will include: creating well-designed pedestrian networks; efficient targeting of resources; identifying target markets for sustainable transport and developing pro-walking communication strategies; 4pm to 5-30pm, Environment Centre, 25 Ward St (above Air NZ office), free entry but you do have to register by contacting Rachel Dunn email mailto:Rachael.email@example.com or tel (04) 470 2226. For more info about CAST, check out http://www.staffs.ac.uk/schools/sciences/geography/cast/
~ SAT, 9 November - 'New Directions in Prison Ministry', a seminar for interested Christians to explore new developments in prison ministry, and the Prison Fellowship's core programmes which focus on three areas - transformation, restoration and reintegration; 5pm at at Good News City Church, Duncan St. Conducted by Prison Fellowship New Zealand, for more info contact Carolyn Workman, email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or tel (04) 570 1252.
~ FRI, 15 and SAT, 16 November - 'Equipping the Saints' - A Training Workshop for Prison Ministry', a ten hour training seminar for those church members who are either involved in prison ministry, or are interested in being trained in prison ministry; to be held at Central Baptist Church, cnr Wickstead and Dublin Sts. Conducted by Prison Fellowship New Zealand, for more info contact Carolyn Workman, email mailto:email@example.com or tel (04) 570 1252.
*** WELLINGTON and HUTT VALLEY
~ MON, 4 November - Rotem Dan Mor, an Israeli soldier jailed for refusing to continue to serve in the Israeli armed forces, will speak about his conscientious objection and his thoughts about how a peaceful life can be achieved for the people of Israel and Palestine - "I started to understand to what extent fear and hatred had been instilled in me from a very early age. I discovered that I do not believe in the existence of an "enemy," but rather in the existence of people of different cultures, who are frightened and angry, just like me." (Rotem, on his refusal to serve, quoted in Ha'aretz, see http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=71606 ). Rotem will speak and answer questions from 7pm to 7-40pm. This will be followed by the planned 'No war on Iraq' organising meeting for an event for 14 December in Wellington, from 7-40pm to 9pm, both at Athena College, Southmark House, 203 Willis St. Hosted and facilitated by Peace Action Wellington, all welcome. For more info contact PAW email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or tel (04) 382 8129.
~ THURS, 7 November - vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at
the Cenotaph, for more info contact PMA, tel (04) 382 8129,
~ SAT, 9 Nov - Brunch for STV! with stunning French food and beautiful music, 11am to 2pm at 81a Awa Road, Miramar. A fundraiser for the Electoral Reform Coalition, tickets are $25 and are strictly limited. For more info or tickets, contact Iona tel (04) 385 3116 e-mail mailto:email@example.com
~ MON, 11 November - closing date for feedback on Wellington City Council's Chaffers design competition. The designs and models are on display at the Waterfront Project Information Centre in Shed 6 (go through the Queens Wharf plaza, under the sails, and it is just down the steps to the right after Chicago or from Ferg's Rock 'n' Kayak entrance by the waterfront, follow the building around to the right until you are at the rear). The Waterfront Project Information Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8-30am to 5pm; 10am to 4pm on weekends. You can also provide feedback via the council's website at http://www.wcc.govt.nz/news/projects/waterfront/chaffers/finalists
~ MON, 11 November - video night! 'An Evergreen Island' - in 1989 the landowners of Central Bougainville closed what was the world's largest copper mine as they believed it was destroying their land. In response, the Papua New Guinea government invaded and imposed a blockade that lasted for nine years. ‘An Evergreen Island’ is an inspirational story of communities working together to survive, and preserve their environment. Plus 'New Zealand Eksperimentet' - a look at the impact of the political and economic ‘reforms’ of the eighties and nineties on New Zealand workers, by Danish filmmaker Hans Kragh-Jacobsen. Starts 7-30pm, Wellington People's Centre, Lukes Lane, koha entry. A Left Wing Film Initiative - supported by the Alliance, for more info contact email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~ THURS, 14 November - vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, for more info contact PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, mailto:email@example.com
~ THURS, 16 January 2003 - 12th anniversary of the start of the Gulf War - all day peace vigil at the US embassy, from 7-30am to 7-30pm; rally with speakers at 6pm. For more info contact PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
~ every Saturday - 'Behind the News' on Wellington Access Radio (783 AM), broadcast at 12-30pm, brought to you by Linda Hobman and Jim Delahunty. If you have something you’d like them to cover, or a comment on the programme, please contact Jim Delahunty tel (04)938 6943 or Linda Hobman tel (04) 380 0194.
~ every Sunday - Te Aro Heritage guided walks, courtesy of Campaign for a Better City, take place each Sunday for the foreseeable future. Meet at 1pm at the junction of Cuba Street and Tonks Avenue, opposite Arthur Street; entry by koha. Contact Karen MacIntyre tel (04) 973 5355 for more information or to volunteer your time.
~ 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.
~ THURS, 7 November - Cuba Today with three speakers: * 40 years since the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 when Washington pushed the world to the brink of nuclear war - Annalucia Vermunt, Cuba Friendship Society, will speak on the events of 1962 and why 40 years later Cuba is today on Washington's list of rogue states * first hand report from Cuba - Jarrod Gilbert, sociologist based at Canterbury University, will give a first-hand account of his recent trip to Cuba * Join the work/study brigade to Cuba - Greg Kleis, a Brigade participant in 2001, will explain how the annual work/study brigades are organised; 7-30pm, at the WEA, 59 Gloucester St. For more details contact Ian tel (03) 358 3668.
~ FRI, 22 November - 'Religion / Islam / Terrorism - The Church's Response?' an interactive seminar evening with Jim Veitch (Religious Studies Department, Victoria University), from 5-30pm to 9pm, Knox Presbyterian Church, 28 Bealey Avenue. All welcome, please bring finger food for a shared tea and koha to assist with expenses. Arranged by the Christchurch Methodist/Presbyterian/Quakers Social Issues Work Group. For more info contact Christina email mailto:Xristina@xtra.co.nz
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