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~ SAT, 9 August - 58th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki; see Kapiti Coast in local listings below (there were commemorations for Hiroshima on 6 August in Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch).

~ THURS, 11 Sept - 'Circles of Hope: A Healing Memorial to 9/11', Peaceful Tomorrows (the US group comprising families whose relatives were killed in the 11 Sept attacks on New York and Washington) this year invite you to commemorate the anniversary with Circles of Hope. "We plan to encircle the World Trade Center site with a candlelight vigil on the night of September 10, 2003. Gather with us in New York City or create a Circle of Hope candlelight vigil in your own community." For more info see Peaceful Tomorrows http://www.peacefultomorrows.org/ If you are planning a Circle of Hope or other 11 Sept commemoration here in Aotearoa / New Zealand, please send your details as soon as possible for inclusion in PMA's what's on where e-listings, and on the web page at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/sept1103.htm See local listings for Wellington below.

~ SAT, 13 September - Worldwide Day of Action Against Corporate Globalisation and War: "From September 10 to 14, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) will hold its Fifth Ministerial meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Pushed by multinational corporations, the United States, the European Union, and other developed countries are seeking to launch a new round of 'free trade' negotiations and expand corporate globalisation - further eroding human rights, workers' rights, environmental protections, and democracy - in the interest of corporate control. Popular movements in Mexico and their international allies will mark these meetings with massive demonstrations to demand a world that puts democracy and human dignity ahead of corporate profits. Solidarity actions around the world will focus on September 13 as a Worldwide Day of Action Against Corporate Globalisation and War." Another world is possible - "We have before us a choice: the world of militarism and corporate globalisation, or a world built on global solidarity, rooted in a foundation of democracy, dignity, sustainability, and cooperation." For more info see United for Peace http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=1857

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~ SUN, 10 to THURS, 21 August - 'Focus on West Papua - Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific' - national speaking tour by John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate, of the West Papua Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy (ELS-HAM); ELSHAM has been at the forefront of efforts to establish Papua as a Zone of Peace, an initiative involving Papua's governor, key officials, church and other civil society leaders - it is internationally respected for its human rights monitoring work but has been under strong pressure from the Indonesian military, its people, including John, have received death threats and been subject to violence, intimidation and harassment. John is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University's Center for Human Rights Study, where he is also a Director of the Papua Resource Center. See Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in local listings below.

~ MON, 11 August - Deadline for entries to this year's Media Peace Awards, recognising media work that works for peace. Sections are: print, radio, TV and film, advertising and public relations, media professionals and tertiary students. For more information or entry form contact the Peace Foundation tel (09) 373 2379 or email peace@fps.pl.net

~ MON, 18 to FRI, 22 August - Stop animal experiments! The New Zealand vivisection industry conferences are in Christchurch. Join animal rights campaigners in a week of protests, public meetings and other events aimed at confronting and exposing the cruelty involved in animal experiments. A full timetable of events is available on-line at http://www.stopvivisection.org.nz For more info contact Save Animals From Exploitation, tel (03) 379 9711 or email safe@chch.planet.co.nz

~ FRI, 22 and SAT, 23 August - 'Creating a peace-based society' is the theme of the Pax Christi 2003 Assembly * Fri - Mass, AGM, then shared supper, 6-30pm to 8-30pm, St Benedict's Crypt; * Sat - Assembly with speakers Yvonne Duncan on 'Peace-making in Education', Bunny McDiarmid on 'Peace for the Environment', Keith Locke on 'Creating Peace among Nations'; Phyllis Short on 'A Church of Peace', Manuel Beazley on 'Towards a Post-Colonial Society, and David Tutty on 'Theologising Together for a Peaceful Society'; 9am to 3-30pm, St Columba's Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland. For more info contact Pax Christi email paxnz@xtra.co.nz

~ SAT, 30 August - 'The changing face of war' is the theme of the Peace Open Day at the Anglican Pacific Fellowship Annual Conference 2003; with speakers Dr Colm McKeogh, Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at Waikato University, on 'The Christian Attitude to War - A Historical Perspective'; Treasa Dunworth, Lecturer in International Law in the Faculty of Law at Auckland University, on 'War and Peace in International Law'; Dr Ron Smith, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at Waikato University, on 'The Changing Face of War'; and Revd Roger Barker, a former senior parliamentary counsel and Chairman of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship, on 'The Changing Face of Pacifism?'. From 9-30am to 4-30pm, at Houchen House, Houchens Road, Hamilton; $20, includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, please pay on the day. If you are planning on attending, please book by Saturday 23 August with Revd Roger Barker email roger-patricia.barker@xtra.co.nz or Chris Barfoot email barfoots@xtra.co.nz

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~ MON, 11 August - 'Focus on West Papua - Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific' - John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate (see more details in national listing above), speaks at 7pm, Pat Irving Lounge, St John's Church Centre, 149 Kamo Rd, Kensington; for more info contact Tim Howard tel (09) 434 6633.


~ SUN, 10 August - 'Focus on West Papua - Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific' - hear John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate (see more details in national listing above), and other delegates to the International Solidarity Meeting for West Papua; 7-30pm at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, entrance and parking at the rear. For more information contact Kevin McBride, Pax Christi Aotearoa, tel (09) 377 5541, Maire Leadbeater, Indonesia Human Rights Committee, tel (09) 815 9000, or David Tutty, Catholic Justice and Peace Office, tel (09) 360 3037.

~ THURS, 14 August - Vigil for West Papua as the Pacific heads of government arrive for the opening ceremony of the Pacific Island Forum, to remind them of their responsibility to work for justice and freedom for West Papua; 5-45 pm, outside the Sheraton Hotel Symonds Street, City. For more info contact Indonesia Human Rights Committee email maire@clear.net.nz

~ FRI, 15 August - Human Rights Commission Forum with Martin Lee, the founding Chairman of the Democratic Party which is the largest and most popular political party in Hong Kong, who will be speaking about human rights in Hong Kong and Article 23 - a mechanism which may be introduced to limit human rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. For background info check out his web site at www.martinlee.org.hk At 4-15pm,10th floor, Tower Center, 45 Queen St. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to Jan email janb@hrc.co.nz

~ MON, 18 August - 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, contact email manager@nsa.org.nz

~ TUES, 19 August- Mothers Against Genetic Engineering (MAdGE) meeting, 7pm, upstairs at Kocket Restaurant, 118 Ponsonby Road. Come along and get involved because there's a lot to be done and we need everyone to be active as the lifting of the moratorium looms closer; for more info contact email madge@paradise.net.nz

~ THURS, 21 August - 'What the future holds for refugees/migrants in Aotearoa/New Zealand', the Refugee Council of NZ AGM, with guest speakers Lianne Dalziel, Minister of Immigration, and Winston Peters, Leader New Zealand First Party; 6pm at Eden Roskill Activity Centre, 489 Dominion Road (upstairs). All welcome to attend, for more info contact tel (09) 376 9680 or email rcnz@pl.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


~ SAT, 9 August - Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Peace Vigil, 3pm to 4pm at the Kapiti Lights. Organised by Peace Action Kapiti, for more info contact Wickham tel (04) 904 0409.

~ SUN, 17 August - 'Prostitution: social ill or social service' with speakers Gordon Copeland MP, deputy leader of United Future; and either Catherine Healy, national spokesperson for the Prostitutes Collective or Tim Barnett MP; from 5pm to 7pm, Kapiti Uniting Parish, 27 Raumati Road. For more info contact email kapiti@paradise.net.nz


~ SAT, 9 August - 'A Night for Aung San Suu Kyi' - Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is currently being held incommunicado in South East Asia's most notorious and barbaric prison in Rangoon after being arrested at a support rally on May 30. The show will feature musicians Burmese dancers and readings. Proceeds from 'A Night for Aung San Suu Kyi' will be used to fund a postcard campaign sending support back to Burma; 3pm to 6pm at the Aro Valley Community Centre. Tickets $5 each, available on the door or from Real Groovy Records, Able Smith Street. Organised by the Serious Fun Committee, for more info contact Sandi tel (04) 973 0048.

~ MON, 11 August - screening of 'The Oil War' video, followed by Jeanette Fitzsimons presenting 'A Power Full Future - Generating a 'Power Shift'', 7-30pm, Lecture Theatre 3 (follow the signs at the door), Wellington College of Education, Karori. For more info, or if you are interested in the topic but cannot attend the meeting, contact Sandi tel (04) 973 0048.

~ TUES, 12 August - 'Beyond the Bypass' - a public meeting for those interested in lobbying, media, creative actions, sustainable transport, heritage or who just think the whole bypass is an idea past its use by date; 7pm at Thistle Hall, corner of Arthur and Cuba Streets. Organised by Campaign for a Better City, for more info email speaker@cbc.org.nz

~ TUES, 12 August - 'The UN must survive the war on Iraq', Terence O'Brien speaks at the meeting of the Waiwhetu-Lower Hutt Peace Group, 8pm, Waiwhetu Uniting Church Hall, 6 Trafalgar Street, Lower Hutt. For more info contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.

~ THURS, 14 August - vigil in support of Algerian asylum seeker Ahmed Zaoui who has been granted refugee status by the Refugee Status Appeal Authority, but is still being detained in Paremoremo on the basis of a security risk certificate issued by the SIS. Details will be finalised over the weekend - they will be available on the PMA answer phone tel (04) 382 8129 on Monday, and will be sent out to our regular email lists on Tuesday, 12 August.

~ THURS, 14 August - 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

~ THURS, 14 August - NZ Campaign Against Landmines AGM, 5-30pm, Council Chamber, first floor, Wellington Town Hall. For more info contact email s.beresford@paradise.net.nz

~ Ongoing to 15 August - art exhibitions and series of public programmes including: * 'Bombs Away ' - while the war on 'terror' is played out on the international stage, 'Bombs Away' explores the meaning and impact of nuclear power through commissioned works by six leading New Zealand artists (Fiona Jack, Jo Randerson, Tony de Lautour, Richard Reddaway and Megan Adams with Paul Redican). Responding to government, pro-nuclear films of atomic testing from the five original nuclear nations, the artists in 'Bombs Away' examine New Zealand's position in a global context * 'Remembering Toba Tek Singh', a significant new-media installation created by internationally acclaimed Indian artist Nalini Malani. Shown as part of the Asia-Pacific Triennial in 2002 at the Queensland Art Gallery, the work deals with the ongoing implications of the 1947 separation of India and Pakistan, and is a reaction, specifically, to nuclear testing in both countries. * 'Kainga Tahi Kainga Rua' which brings together, in collaboration, the artistic direction and work of Brett Graham and the research of Dr. Katerina Teaiwa. A major audio-visual installation, the exhibition centres on Banaba, a small island in the Republic of Kiribati, and explores the issue of phosphate mining undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand governments from 1900 to 1979. 'Kainga Tahi Kainga Rua' reveals the history of Banaba and its people and raises questions about the role New Zealand played in the fate of the island and the country's place in the Pacific. All at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, for more info contact Danae Mossman tel (04) 463 5229 email Danae.Mossman@vuw.ac.nz or check out http://www.vuw.ac.nz/adamartgal

~ MON, 18 August - 'Focus on West Papua - Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific' - John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate (see more details in national listing above), speaks following an introduction by Professor Rod Alley, Victoria University, at the Peace Action Wellington meeting, 7pm, Athena College, 203 Willis Street. For more info contact Mark Derby, NZ-West Papua Association, tel (04) 939 1215.

~ THURS, 21 August - 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 end of August - collection of books for the Downtown Ministry's annual book fair, to be held on 30 and 31 August at the Queens Wharf Events centre. If you have books to donate, please deliver them to Downtown Ministry, 3 Eva Street (off Dixon Street), or tel (04) 384 7699 to arrange for them to be collected.

~ THURS, 11 September - 'Circles of Hope' - the weekly vigil for peace is extended for the 11 Sept anniversary in solidarity with Peaceful Tomorrows (see international listing above), 5pm to 7pm at the Cenotaph, corner Bowen Street and Lambton Quay; please bring candles and a placard with your message of hope for a peaceful world. For more info contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, tel (04) 382 8129 or email pma@xtra.co.nz

~ Every Wednesday - Students Against the War stall, 12 noon to 1pm, in the Quad, VUW (during term time). For more info contact email valerie.morse@paradise.net.nz

~ Every Thursday - Students Against the War meeting, 4pm to 5pm, in the Common Room, Student Union, VUW (during term time). For more info contact email valerie.morse@paradise.net.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, '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, 16 August - Top of the South Regional Peace Groups meeting, 10am for a cuppa, meeting starts at 10-30am, at Jean and Chris Palmer's flat, Riverside Community.


~ SUN, 10 August - Creative Peace Concert - all are welcome to this concert featuring leading singers, poets and musicians from Christchurch celebrating peace through various creative pieces. "Just as all destructive acts are acts of war, so all creative acts are acts of Peace." From 7pm to 9pm, The Music Centre of Christchurch, 140 Barbados St (beside the Basilica); For more info contact tel (03) 348 1350 or email adrienne@disarmsecure.org

~ WEDS, 20 August - 'Focus on West Papua - Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific' - John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate (see more details in national listing above), speaks at 7-30pm, 1st floor, Trade Union Centre, 199 Armagh Street, for more info contact Daniel Rae email danrae50@hotmail.com

~ 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


~ MON, 21 to SAT, 26 July - Palestinian Week of Action, focussing on what you need to know to evaluate the Road Map; with speakers, videos, stalls, and static displays. For more info about planning meetings, getting involved, or anything else contact email fionabowker@hotmail.com

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