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PMA what's on where listings


~ International Days of Action Against War - there are currently no international days of action as such scheduled; national events in the US and Britain are: * 21 June - Stop the War Coalition Activists Conference in London, Stop the War Coalition http://www.stopwar.org.uk/

* 4 July - National protest against Bush and the unconstitutional policies of his administration, demanding a total change in priorities: an end to US occupation of Iraq - bring the troops home; no endless wars, occupation, colonialism or US empire; repeal the USA Patriot Act, restore civil liberties, end election fraud and corruption; no to racism, sexism, and attacks on immigrants; no to privatisation, cuts in education, welfare, veterans and other benefits and services; money for human needs - not the Pentagon war machine; for more info see Justice in July http://www.justiceinjuly.org/ ANSWER Coalition http://www.internationalanswer.org/campaigns/j4/index.html and United for Peace and Justice http://www.unitedforpeace.org

*** NATIONAL ***

~ FRI, 27 to SUN, 29 June - ECO Annual Conference 2003, with the theme 'Getting Results!' - a great opportunity for people from New Zealand's environment and conservation groups to gather to share ideas, discuss key environmental issues, learn valuable skills and be energised and inspired. The programme is available on-line at http://www.eco.org.nz/prog2003.asp and includes a mix of dynamic speakers and interactive workshops covering marine protection, environmental education, the workings of the media, multi-cultural environmental perspectives and having fun; there will be an Auckland flavour, including a local tour with an environmental twist. Fully catered with delicious food (we care about our food!) at the welcoming Awataha Marae on the North Shore, within easy bus and car access of Auckland's centre, you are welcome to stay at the marae during the conference. For more info or to get your registration pack, contact Ginnaya Turner, ECO Conference Coordinator, tel (09) 630 6317, fax (09) 630 7121, or email registrations@eco.org.nz

~ FRI, 4 and SAT, 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.

~ Ongoing - Not in Our Name (Aotearoa / New Zealand) - War without end? not in our name ... at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/nionnz.htm

~ Ongoing - Buy USA? No Way! Boycott US brands, we can help peace every time we go into a shop and we can choose where to spend our money. We can send a message to Bush and his band of bullies that is strong and clear and effective. For more info check out Spend for Peace Boycott at http://www.spendforpeace.co.nz

***** LOCAL *****


~ MON, 16 to SAT, 21 June - Matariki: 'Remembering the past - Rejuvenating the present - Revitalising the future' - celebrating the Maori new year. Plenty of events around Kaikohe and on Otiria marae; for more information tel (09) 401 0259, or email moemilne@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.

~ MON, 16 June - Human Rights Network (Auckland) meeting, 5-45pm to 7pm, in the Staff room, Centre for Language and Languages, 2nd floor, A block, Auckland College of Education, Epsom (entrance via Gate 3 at 74 Epsom Avenue - car parks are readily available as staff leave around 5-30pm). For more info or to add items to the agenda, contact email manager@nsa.org.nz

~ MON, 16 June - 'Aceh - the new East Timor? What must we do?' - the political background, the human rights crisis and how New Zealand can help; with speakers including: Margaret Taylor, Amnesty International; Maire Leadbeater, Indonesia Human Rights Committee; Keith Locke, Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for the Green Party; and a video about the Aceh People's Struggle. At 7-30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby (easy access to venue with ample parking behind building). Organised by Pax Christi and Indonesia Human Rights Committee, for more info contact email paxnz@xtra.co.nz or email maire@clear.net.nz

~ MON, 16 June - 'How poverty is affecting the health of our children and young people' - Professor Innes Asher, Head of Department Paediatrics at Auckland University and Specialist Respiratory Medicine at Starship Hospital, speaks at the Child Poverty Action group AGM; 7-30pm at the St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby (easy access to venue with ample parking behind building); all are welcome to attend - the business of AGM will be conducted prior to the presentation, with supper will follow. For more info contact Janet McAllister, tel (09) 363 5503 or email janetm_work@yahoo.com

~ TUES, 17 June - 'Who owns New Zealand's news media - can we afford to let them own our news', a special Global Peace and Justice Auckland forum with guest speaker Bill Rosenberg. "Most of our news media are owned by three - shortly to be four - transnational media empires. Most of the owners have their own public, right-wing, political agendas. Who owns our news media and does it matter? Bill Rosenberg researches and writes on foreign investment, trade and New Zealand's economic relationship with the world for CAFCA and other organisations. His articles have been published in newspapers, magazines and books in New Zealand and overseas. He has a broad knowledge of overseas investment in New Zealand, writing a monthly commentary on the decisions of the Overseas Investment Commission. At 7-30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn; for more info contact John Minto tel (09) 846 3173 jbminto@xtra.co.nz

~ WEDS, 18 June - 'Who owns New Zealand's news media - can we afford to let them own our news', a repeat of 17 June Forum with guest speaker Bill Rosenberg (see details above); 12 noon to 1pm, WT1406, School of Communication Studies Arts Faculty Building, corner Rutland and Wakefield Streets, Auckland University of Technology.

~ WED, 18 June - 'When the cannons roar does the law stay silent?' International law and the use of armed force at the beginning of the 21st century, with Sir Kenneth Keith, President of the NZ Institute of International Affairs and Judge of the NZ Court of Appeal; 6pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, School of Law, University of Auckland, 9 Eden Crescent. Organised by NZ Institute of International Affairs, for more info contact tel (09) 373 7599 x87035.

~ WED, 18 June - 'The Journey to Prison: Who Goes and Why?', Movement for Alternatives to Prison (MAP) annual Allan Nixon Lecture with guest speaker Celia Lashlie; 7-30pm, Ferndale House, 830 New North Road, Mt Albert. For more info contact Jean Stewart tel (09) 846 0226.

~ SAT, 21 June- WILPF Matariki / Winter Solstice lunch, with good food, entertainment, and speakers; 12 noon at Friends' Meeting House, 113 Mt Eden Road. For more info contact Joan Macdonald tel (09) 360 8001 or email joanmac@pl.net

~ THURS, 26 June - 'Together against Torture', a seminar to discuss: what international law is in place protecting people from torture and how effective has the 1987 UN Convention against Torture been? How does New Zealand fare in the international scene? Is it supporting regimes and governments that covertly or overtly torture their citizens? How has the 'war against terrorism' impacted on people's rights and freedoms? Refugees, who have experienced torture, will tell their stories and a representative from Amnesty International will discuss the role of their organisation in the global fight against torture, one of the least reported, yet most serious, human rights violations. The seminar convener is Heval Hylan, a refugee from Iraq who is qualified as a lawyer both in Baghdad and in New Zealand, and who works closely with the refugee community and liaises regularly with the government. Organised by the Centre for Continuing Education at The University of Auckland in recognition of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. From 7pm to 9pm, Room 039, ClockTower Building, 22 Princes Street; free entry. For more info contact Jo Davies, Programme Coordinator, Community Education, Centre for Continuing Education, tel (09) 373 7599 x88693 or email je.davies@auckland.ac.nz

~ SAT, 28 June - Forum: Peace in Sri Lanka - a follow-up of the Symposium 'Land, Language and Culture of Tamils in Sri Lanka' held 17 February 2002. Asia 2000 New Zealand award winning media official Tarek Bazley of Radio New Zealand has visited Sri Lanka and will report on the ongoing peace process; 3pm in Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road, Mt Roskill. Organised by the Federation of Tamil Associations of New Zealand, for more info contact email george_nzts@hotmail.com

~ MON, 30 June - media screenings: Culture Jam, Jill Sharpe; Globalisation and the Media, Undercurrents; and CELL anti-ads, Cell Art; 7pm at Alleluya, St. Kevins Arcade, Karangahape Road. Organised by Aotearoa Indymedia (Auckland), for more info contact email bern@ihug.co.nz

~ 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.


~ MON, 23 June - 'The current crisis in Iraq and its implications', a Powerpoint presentation by Jeff Memler; 7-30 pm at the Methodist Centre, London Street. For more info contact Patricia Waugh, tel (07) 856 1001 or email davetricia@hnpl.net


~ 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


~ FRI, 20 June and SAT, 21 June - Maramatanga o te Tiriti o Waitangi / Understanding the Treaty of Waitangi. The workshop is designed for those wishing to start the bicultural journey; it provides an opportunity for people to learn about the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to our society, and is designed for people who wish to live a Treaty-based life at home at work and in their everyday life. Participants have the opportunity to reach an understanding of the nature of culture and an awareness of cultural identity, become aware of the pre-treaty history of Aotearoa/New Zealand, study both the Maori and English versions of te Tiriti o Waitangi and discuss the intentions of the Treaty, and become familiar with Treaty related events from 1840 to the present day. Facilitators are Ronni Fitzmaurice, Barbara Cowan and Helen Simmonds (Network Waitangi, Manawatu); Maori Caucus Leaders are Makareta Tawaroa and Kiritahi Takiari. Participants will be provided with folder and copies of documents used in the workshop. Cost is $60 plus GST residential (breakfast and lunch provided), or $50 plus GST non residential (bring your own lunch); tea and coffee provided. From 7pm-9pm on Friday; 9am-4pm on Saturday, at the Mount St Joseph Conference Centre, 14 Hillside Terrace. Please register by Monday 16 June by contacting Jenny or Jan, tel (06) 345 5047, fax (06) 345 8981 or email ssjoseph@xtra.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.


~ 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

~ FRI, 13 June - 'Battling for the Children of Gaza', Hazel Kerr will speak and show slides of the work of her cardiac surgeon husband Alan, and herself, with the children of Gaza (the pair were recently featured in the programme 'Sunday' on TV One and in an article by Bruce Ansley in The Listener; Alan is in Gaza at present, Hazel will return later in the year); 6pm, Meeting Room, Mezzanine Floor, Wellington Central Library, Victoria Street. Hosted by the Wellington Palestine Group, for more info contact email khamoun@xtra.co.nz

~ TUES, 17 June - Movies on social justice and the environment: screening of 'Young Workers' - an excellent video that illustrates the rights of young workers in their workplace,made by Educational Resources (30 minutes); and 'Creating Prosperous Communities' - which looks at the vibrant co-operative culture of Maleny, a must for anyone thinking of starting a co-operative. Its 21 major co-operatives affect every aspect of community life and include a credit union, coop health food store, coop kindergarten, coop art gallery, radio station, film society, and settlement communities (30 minutes); 7pm at the Wellington People's Centre, Lukes Lane (off Courtenay Place), koha entry; for more info contact email john@eclectic.org.nz

~ THURS, 19 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

~ FRI, 20 June and SAT, 21 June - 'Peacemaking: What on earth can we do?', a conference to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Papal Letter 'Peace on Earth' (1963). Friday, 7-30pm to 9pm: opening address Bishop John Dew, Auxiliary Bishop, Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington; Saturday 9am to 4pm - workshops : 'Peace on Earth: its relevance today', Father Gerry Burns, Chair JPD Commission; 'Action for Peace', Moana Cole, Peace Activist, Christchurch; 'Catholic just war teaching', Kevin McBride, Pax Christi, Auckland; 'International issues', Terence O'Brien, Former NZ Ambassador to the United Nations; 'Peacebuilding in the Pacific', Teresia Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer/Programme Director, Pacific Studies, Victoria University of Wellington; 'Wellington Waitangi Tribunal Report on the Tenths Trust Wellington District - Te Whanganui a Tara Me Ona Takiwa', Morrie Love/Neville Gilmore; and 'New Zealand: a just society?', Richard Noble, Downtown Community Ministry. The conference is at Connolly Hall and the Catholic Centre, Hill Street. Organised by the Justice Peace and Development Commission, Catholic Archdiocese of Wellington; koha entry. For more info and to register for the workshops, please contact Kay Smith tel (04) 496 1701, fax (04) 496 1768, or email k.smith@wn.catholic.org.nz

~ THURS, 26 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

~ SAT, 28 June - Food Not Bombs / PAW information stall - Peace Action Wellington will be having a peace information stall and giving away free food (to highlight the connections between militarism and hunger), please come and show your support and share some soup; from 11 am to 1pm in Cuba Mall (usually outside Trade Aid, look out for the banners). For more info contact email peacewellington@hotmail.com

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

~ SAT, 18 July - March against the dropping of the moratorium on the release of GMO organisms - "We are calling for the moratorium to be made permanent, for safe, controlled, laboratory-based research and for the withdrawal of New Zealand support for the US case at the WTO which demands access to European markets for GE foodstuffs." March starts at 12 noon at Te Aro Park (aka Pigeon Park), then on to parliament. Organised by the Harakeke Eco Collective, PO Box 11-964, Te Aro, Wellington; tel (04) 385 6728 or email harakeke@wildmail.com

~ 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.


~ SAT, 14 June - Prayers for World Peace, join Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche for prayers and contemplations for World Peace on the anniversary of the Buddha's Enlightenment. Rinpoche is here working for the benefit the people of Tibet and for the people of New Zealand; his aim is to teach loving kindness in New Zealand and to share his wisdom and spiritual traditions; the H.H. Dalai Lama has blessed his mission. At 2pm, Band Hall, Henley Street; for more info contact Mandy Reid tel (03) 789 6508.


~ SAT, 21 June - Celebrate Mid-Winter 2003 - 'Following in the Steps of our Ancestors Celtic Christianity and its relevance in the New Millennium', with the Rev Helene Mann (MA in Celtic Christianity from University of Wales, Lampeter); from 10-30am to 3pm, St Mary's Church Hall, corner Church Lane and Papanui Road, Merivale. Bring lunch to share, tea/coffee will be provided, $12/$10. Organised by The Call of the Wild Goose; for more info and to register contact Beryl (03) 359 5313 or Noeline tel (03) 351 0992.

~ WEDS, 16 July - 'What's really going on in a conflict?' An interactive seminar led by John and Diana Lampen, English Quakers with international experience of working in conflict situations. John and Diana provide consultancy and training in peace building skills and creative handling of conflict; they have worked with young people and adults in England, Northern Ireland, Belarus, Bosnia, Ukraine and Uganda. Further details of their Hope Project are at http://www.hopeproject.co.uk

The Conference of Churches in Aotearoa New Zealand (CCANZ) has organised this seminar as part of the member churches' commitment to the Decade to overcome Violence (DoV). The seminar is aimed at people from different churches who are willing to apply the learning from this DoV theme in their own church/parish situations. John and Diana promise that "there will be plenty of space to hear each other's views, reconsider one's own and talk together on issues which Christians and others find difficult." From 5pm to 9pm, Quaker Meeting House, 72 Cresswell Ave, Burwood. Registrations are limited to 30 people and priority will be given to ensure ecumenical balance; $20/$10 to cover costs (with any surplus going towards other CCANZ DoV projects), please register by Friday, 4 July. To register please send registration fee with your contact/email details, a brief summary of your current ministry situation, and your particular interest in this seminar, to DoV Conflict seminar, CCANZ, PO Box 22-652, Christchurch; tel (03) 377 2703 or email ccanz@clear.net.nz

~ 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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