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PMA what’s on where listings

PMA what’s on where listings

Kia ora,

PMA is now back on-line, but we have a rather large backlog of email messages which have accumulated over the past couple of weeks still to sort through ... this weeks listings are therefore restricted to what’s on in the very near future; the full listings will resume next week.


~ 4 and 5 July - Proposed National Day of Action against US economic and military dominance - Peace Action Wellington brought a proposal to the National Peace Workshops that 4 July (US Independence Day) or 4 and 5 July (to include the Saturday) be National Days of Action against US economic and military dominance, with the general themes (at this stage) of whose independence? - US independence at whose expense? - independence for all. In the cities with a US military or diplomatic presence, protest will be mainly focussed around that. In towns and cities with neither of those, then around a symbolic or actual example of US imperialism, KFC, McDonalds, a petrol station ... Or you could use the day/s to educate around independence, what does it mean for Aotearoa / NZ, what kind of independence do we want, what positive alternatives are there to corporate globalisation ... whatever you like! Don’t forget to send details of what you’re planning to do to for inclusion in the ‘what’s on where’ e-listings.

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~ FRI, 6 June - Vigil for human rights in Aceh - the last of three held today, each held with a backdrop memorial wall featuring the names of 100-plus people from Aceh who have either 'disappeared' or been killed in the past five years and who are representative of some 10,000 mostly civilian deaths during the past 10 years; from 4pm to 5-30pm, corner Victoria and Hobson Streets (outside TVNZ). Organised by Amnesty International, for more info contact Stephen Connelly at conob@clear.net.nz

~ SAT, 7 June - Palestine/Israel Rally for Peace: supporting peace and justice based on Removal of Israeli Occupation, Right of Return for Refugees, Sharing Jerusalem and Cessation of Jewish only Settlements in occupied Palestine, 2pm to 3pm, Aotea Square, Queen Street. Contact David Wakim tel (09) 520 0201.

~ WEDS, 11 June - Citizens Against Privatisation will be addressing the Waitakere City Council, which is reviewing its policy on user pays for water; go and support the CAP people, 6pm, at Waitakere City Council Offices, Moselle Ave, off Lincoln Rd, Henderson. For more info contact c/o email pennybright@xtra.co.nz

~ WEDS, 11 June - Water Pressure Group meeting to focus on signing up street delegates and boycotters following the successful launch last week of the Water Pressure Group (Auckland)'s campaign to build the water bill boycott at street level; the focus of this meeting is on Avondale, but if you want to sign up as a boycotter, and you live outside the Avondale area, you are very welcome! If you want to sign up as a boycotter, bring a copy of your last rates demand, and last 4 Metrowater bills - you need this to fill in your letter of dispute with Metrowater, and to 'register' with the WPG as a boycotter. At 7-30pm, Avondale Primary School Hall, Crayford St West (Avondale Primary School is in Great North Rd, opposite the old 3 Guys site, but the School Hall is around the corner, about 100 metres up Crayford St West). For more info contact Water Pressure Group (Auckland) email pennybright@xtra.co.nz

~ THURS, 12 June - 'The History of the Treaty of Waitangi 1840 -2003', with Dr Claudia Orange, 7-30pm, Salvation Army Hall, 87-91 Clevedon Road, Papakura. Light supper provided, entry by gold coin donation, students free. Organised by Papakura Franklin National Council of Women, sponsored by South Auckland Charitable Trust; for more info contact Vivian Pollock tel 09-298 6781.

~ Every week day - anti-war vigil / service with Rev Craig Forbes, 12 noon to 1pm, at the Pitt Street Methodist Church, Newton.

~ Every Wednesday - Direct Anti War Action meeting, supper provided, all welcome! 7-30pm, at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. Organised by Direct Anti War Action, for more info contact email euphemiak@yahoo.com

~ Every Saturday - picket at 12 noon, outside the US Consulate, Citibank Building, Customs St East, because the US is still occupying Iraq and killing Iraqis. Organised by Direct Anti War Action, for more info contact email euphemiak@yahoo.com

~ Every Sunday - Silent Peace Vigil, every Sunday from 9-15am to 9-45am, outside the Quaker Meeting House, 115 Mt Eden Rd. All welcome, for more info tel Friends Centre (09) 630 6834.


~ Every Saturday - silent vigil for peace, 9-15am to 9-45am, outside St James Church. For more info contact tel (07) 868 9914, email bellbird@wave.co.nz


~ Every Sunday - Peace Vigil: silent meditation and prayers for world peace, from 5pm to 5-30pm at the Cenotaph, Masterton Park, until the invasion ends. Bring a cushion, candles and flowers if you wish. For more information contact Guusje tel (06) 379 5047.


~ TUES, 10 June - Bob Rigg, who resigned in protest from his position at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (which monitors compliance with the Chemical Weapons Convention) when the US administration forced the Director Jose Bustani out of office last year, speaks at the Waiwhetu - Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting, 8pm at the Epuni Baptist Church Hall, 300 Waiwhetu Road, Lower Hutt. For more info contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.


~ FRI, 6 and SAT, 7 June - 'Tug of War' - war is history - war is romantic - war is personal - war is destruction - war is death - dedicated to all of us as victims of war - a play presented by Phil Peleton and Nicola Belsham, directed by Steven Arnold; preceded by 'The Line', a psychodrama; from 7pm ('The Line' runs to approx 7-30pm, then 'Tug of War') at Athena Montessori College, 203 Willis Street. For more info contact tel (04) 801 7001.

~ SAT, 7 June - Te Papa's Matariki celebration - events from 11 am; including the Hirini Melbourne Tribute Concert: Richard Nunns, Waimihi Hotere, Whirimako Black and Justin Kereama perform a tribute to Hirini's musical legacy, 1pm to 1-45pm at Te Marae, Te Papa, part of Te Papa's Matariki celebration. For more info check out http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/whats_on/se_Matariki.html

~ MON, 9 June - Screening of 'The Leech and the Earthworm' - a documentary on GE and Indigenous Peoples where Indigenous peoples voice their views on Western science, its vision of a genetically engineered future, and its deep links with corporate profits and globalisation. "The Leech and the Earthworm is a journey that combines passionate critiques of a future threatened by genetic engineering, and shares living alternatives to a globalised monoculture, with stunning visuals and music from around the world. The Leech and the Earthworm is a provocative film that inspires us to ask serious questions of the collective illusion we call 'progress'." 'The Leech and the Earthworm' is by Max Pugh and Marc Silver, a Yeast Directions and IPCB (Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism) production, produced by Debra Harry (Run time: 68 mins) from the IPCB who will be present to answer questions. Screens at 6pm, at Athena College, 203 Willis Street. For more info contact Val tel (04) 383 9315 or email valeriem@paradise.net.nz

~ TUES, WEDS and THURS, 10 - 12 June - Women wanted! for 'Ladies in Luncheon' street theatre to support the GE court case against ERMA, brought by MAdGE's lawyers asking the High Court to conduct a Review of last year’s decision which approved AgResearch to insert genes from different species, including humans, into cattle; from 11-45am to 12-30pm in Midland Park (Lambton Quay, outside Astoria). If you want to be part of the street theatre, please contact Kara tel (04) 387 5785 (work) or email kara@wetafx.co.nz for more info, and to let her know if you wish to wear a cow's head mask. Please bring a passive activity with you each day such as a newspaper, knitting, laptop, children, etc to complete the theatrical experience!

~ TUES, 10 June - 'World trade - Current Issues and Future Directions', discussion with Alan Oxley (Chairman, National Australian APEC Study Centre, Monash University, Melbourne) which will include Doha, bi-lateralism, and the implications of any Australia-USA agreement on CER and NZ. From 10am to 12 noon, Seminar Room, Institute of Policy Studies 6, Waiteata Rd, Kelburn, coffee served at 9-45 am. Organised by Institute of Policy Studies; if you are planning on going, please RSVP by 6 June 2003 to Maggy Hope (04) 463 5307 or ipos@vuw.ac.nz

~ TUES, 10 June - Why is Mäori news ‘bad news’? with Dr Judy McGregor, the EEO Commissioner and a former journalist, speaking about the media’s portrayal of Mäori, women and minorities. She will examine why we get the news we do, and discuss strategies to help improve the news media’s selection of news and the representation of Mäori, women and minorities in New Zealand society; from 12-30pm to 2pm, Conference Room, Human Rights Commission, L8, Vogel Bldg, 15 Aitken St. A Wellington Human Rights Speakers Forum; if you are planning on going, please RSVP to Narlene Ioane by 2pm on Monday 9 June tel (04) 473 9981 or email Narlenei@hrc.co.nz

~ THURS, 12 June - candle lit vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, for more info contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, tel (04) 382 8129 or email pma@xtra.co.nz

~ Ongoing to 30 June - Celebrate Matariki at Te Papa - for more info check out http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/whats_on/se_Matariki.html

~ Every week day - St Andrew's on The Terrace is offering a quiet space for anyone to participate in offering ecumenical peace vigil. Everyone is invited to share in a quiet meditative time, offering prayers for peace before going to work; from 8am to 8-30am, Monday - Friday. For more info contact email office@standrews.org.nz

~ Every Saturday - 'Behind the News' on Wellington Access Radio (783 AM), broadcast at 12-30pm, presented by Don Franks, Victoria Quade 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.

~ 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.


~ Every day - people of faith and no faith are invited to join us for a half hour prayer service for peace, with prayers from Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities from around the world; 12 noon at St Marks Methodist Church in Somerfield (corner Barrington and Somerfield Streets). For more info contact tel (03) 332 5202 or email ChChSthMeth@xtra.co.nz

~ Every week day - Peace Sanctuary, all are welcome to pray for peace, be still and quiet, or light a candle, from 12 noon to 2pm, at St Luke’s in the City, Anglican Church, corner Manchester and Kilmore Streets. For more info tel (03) 366 2253.

~ Every Friday - Christchurch Catholic Worker invite you to join their vigil at the US Air Force base at Harewood, flights from the base serve the vast US military/intelligence bases at Pine Gap and Nurrungar. Meet at 4-30pm, at the Airport Roundabout (where the totem pole is). For more info contact Christchurch Catholic Worker email mmc62@student.canterbury.ac.nz


~ Every Friday - prayers for peace, 12 noon at the stone cross outside St Mary's Church, Church St. For more info please contact Nance Hammond tel (03) 684 4608 or email nancehammond@hotmail.com

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