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PMA What’s On Where Listings

Updated 14 August 2003

PMA what's on where listings

Apologies for reduced listings this week, time constraints have prevented us adding more than immediate events and those previously listed; more next week.

*** TODAY *** if you are in Auckland or Wellington, please come along to the early evening peace vigils in support of the people of West Papua; there is also a lunchtime rally in support of Ahmed Zaoui in Wellington today - see local listings below for details.


~ 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

*** NATIONAL ***

~ Ongoing to THURS, 21 August - Focus on West Papua - 'Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific - what are the hopes for dialogue?', national speaking tour by John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate, of the West Papua Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy (ELSHAM); 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 Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin in local listings below.

~ 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

***** LOCAL *****


~ 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 For more info on West Papua see http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wpapua.htm

~ 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

~ FRI, 15 August - 'The UN's relevance - the Millennium Development Goals and their achievability today', with speakers Malloch Brown, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Rhyl, Lady Jansen, International President of World Federation of United Nations Associations; 4-45pm to 6-30pm, Tasman Ballroom 2, Carlton Hotel, corner Mayoral Drive and Vincent Street, City. Organised by UNANZ and NZIIA (Auckland); please RSVP asap if you are planning on attending to Vivienne tel (09) 827 8830 or Monju email xplorer@world-net.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

~ THURS, 21 August - 'Women, poverty and the Pacific - what does it mean', Patti O'Neil (Specialist Advisor, Gender and International Development, NZAID, MFAT) speaks at the UNIFEM (NZ) AGM; 7-30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. Gold coin entry; for more info contact email beverleyturner@nznet.gen.nz or email dianaz@xtra.co.nz


~ 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


~ 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


~ THURS, 14 August - rally 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. Meet at 12-30pm at the Immigration Service National Office (52 The Terrace), at 12-45pm we will walk together to parliament. While the Immigration Service as such have no influence into Mr Zaoui's situation, our meeting place and walk will be symbolic of how the issue has moved from being an immigration issue as such, to becoming a political issue. At parliament we will be directly calling on the Government to release Mr Zaoui - and to accept the findings of the Refugee Status Appeals Authority. For more info contact Mike Mawson tel (04) 389 5458 or email just_mike@clear.net.nz For more info on Ahmed Zaoui see http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/az070803.htm

~ THURS, 14 August - Free West Papua now, peace vigil for West Papua, in solidarity with the people of West Papua and the Auckland vigil as the Pacific heads of government arrive for the opening ceremony of the Pacific Island Forum; 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, for more info contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, tel (04) 382 8129 or email pma@xtra.co.nz For more info on West Papua see http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wpapua.htm

~ 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

~ THURS, 14 August - Windymedia film night, this month screening 'The Leech and the Earthworm', produced by Debra Harry (IPCB) - 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'." (68 mins); and 'Stop the Crop', produced by Undercurrents UK, a short documentary of a direct action event in the UK in which a genetically modified crop was pulled up in protest to the sowing of GMO's. A portent of things to come (7 mins). Starts 8pm, Newtown Community Centre, corner of Rintoul and Colombo Streets, $5 entry. For more info contact email Wellington@indymedia.org

~ MON, 18 August - NGO forum with John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate (see more details in national listing above), 12-30pm to 1-30pm, CID Office, 5th Floor, PSA House, 11 Aurora Tce. Please feel free to bring your own lunch, tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Organised by the Council for International Development, if you are planning on attending please RSVP to tel (04) 472 6375 or email cid@clear.net.nz

~ MON, 18 August - Focus on West Papua - 'Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific - what are the hopes for dialogue?', 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

~ SUN, 31 August - He Whiti Korero Taurua / A Double Act - with Madeline McNamara and Dale Ferris (Ngati Porou) in a workshop that draws on both Maori and Pakeha performance traditions and techniques to explore Te Tiriti O Waitangi in a variety of different educational contexts. From 10am to 4pm, at the Band Rotunda, Oriental Parade; shared lunch, free entry - all women welcome. For more info contact Anne, Network Waitangi, tel (04) 384 9121.

~ 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 on 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.


~ TUES, 19 August - screening of 'Israel's Secret Weapon', the documentary by the BBC TV team 'Correspondent' on Israel's nuclear weapons with emphasis on Mordechai Vanunu the Israeli scientist who, in 1986, blew the whistle on the nuclear program and who has been imprisoned for 18 years as a result; 7-30pm, 1st Floor, Trade Union Centre, 199 Armagh Street, free entry. Organised by Peace Action Network, for more info contact Lynda tel (03) 358 1345 or email lmb65@student.canterbury.ac.nz

~ WEDS, 20 August - Focus on West Papua - 'Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific - what are the hopes for dialogue?', 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


~ THURS, 21 August: Focus on West Papua - 'Oppression and resistance: A critical issue for the Pacific - what are the hopes for dialogue?', John Rumbiak, West Papuan Human Rights Advocate (see more details in national listing above), speaks at 7-30pm, the Octagon Seniors Club, 8 The Octagon. For more info contact Maureen Howard tel (03) 477 8502.

~ 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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