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Peace Movement Aotearoa - What’s On Where Listings


Updated 21 August 2003

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PMA what's on where listings
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*** INTERNATIONAL ***

~ 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 and Peoples' Global Action http://www.nadir.org/nadir/initiativ/agp/free/cancun/callcancun.htm

*** 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 Dunedin in local listings below.

~ Ongoing 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

~ THURS, 28 August to end October - Seed Carriers Hikoi - Te Ika a Maui: "this Hikoi has been born out of a heartfelt need to find a way to protect our seeds. Seeds that represent the cumulative experience and wisdom of our ancestors, and are our gift for future generations. The release of genetically engineered organisms into the field in Aotearoa, will take away our ability to ensure our seeds are safe. In our walking we wish to meet with gardeners and others that nurture and appreciate the sacredness of the seeds. To share our stories and gather support for a submission to Parliament." The Hikoi will be walked in a spirit of peace under a simple banner of the Seed Carriers." For more information, to view the calender of events, and to find out how you can join or support the Hikoi, contact The Seed Carriers, c/o Koanga Gardens Trust, RD 2 Maungaturoto; tel Gail (09) 431 2204, Jude (09) 431 2765, email seedcarriers@pl.net or check out http://www.koanga.co.nz/hikoi/index.html

~ FRI, 29 August to SUN, 31 August - 'Cultural Provocation - Art, Activism and Social Change Conference' - "Inviting discussion and debate around recent strategies in contemporary art that 'provokes' culture, Cultural Provocation is a marae-based hui and conference bringing together leading theorists, critics, artists and activists. Local and international contributors include project collaborator, writer and cultural theorist John Welchman (UK/USA), film maker Merata Mita (Ngati Pikiao) (NZ), art historian and critic Grant Kester (USA), Yes Men initiator, artist and activist Andy Bichlbaum, Parihaka (Taranaki Iwi) musician, activist and historian Te Miringa Hohaia (NZ). Aotearoa/New Zealand's social and political history has been punctuated by dramatic acts of 'cultural provocation', symbolic gestures that have continued to challenge the values of the dominant culture. From the invasions of Parihaka and Maungapohatu, through to the 1981 Springbok Tour, Bastion Point, and a Nuclear Free nation, Aotearoa/New Zealand's distinct political identity has been fueled by and articulated through the images and iconography of artists. From Hone Heke to Tame Iti, Maori have been at the forefront of this tradition in Aotearoa/New Zealand and have played a central part in its examination, pointing up the conflicting values of coloniser and colonised." For more information, and to register, check out http://www.manukau.ac.nz/visual_arts/home2.asp

~ 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

~ Friends of Tibet are currently fundraising to send Thuten Kesang to the Fourth International Tibet Support Group Conference (to be held in October 2003 in Prague); sets of Free Tibet stamp-stickers (10 sheets per set) can be purchased for $5 from Friends of Tibet, PO Box 66 002, Beachhaven, Auckland 1310. Any donation towards Thuten's fare would be appreciated.

***** LOCAL *****

*** AUCKLAND

~ 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

~ SAT, 23 August - The Biggest Rates Revolt Ever March! Assemble at 12 noon, Lower Queen Street / Fort Street, march to the Town Hall. Organised by Auckland City Residents and Ratepayers, for more info contact Elaine West tel (09) 360 2771 or email aucklandcity_elainewest@yahoo.co.nz

~ MON, 25 August - Bill Hamilton, educator for the Human Rights Commission, speaks about the HRC's Human Rights and Treaty project at the Tamaki Treaty Workers meeting, 7-30pm, Pt Chev Community House, 24 Huia Road. For more info contact Christine email cherzog@manukau.ac.nz

~ WEDS, 27 August - demonstration outside NZ Herald offices against the dismissal of cartoonist Malcolm Evans, 10-30am at 46 Albert Street (corner of Wyndham Street); please bring placards on these themes - Freedom of Speech, Censorship, Israel/Palestine. For more info contact email wakim.fam@xtra.co.nz

~ WEDS, 27 August - Auckland Indymedia GE-Free Film Fundraiser - an evening of independent documentaries on genetic engineering in response to the lapsing of the moratorium on the release of genetically modified organisms. Screening: 'Kia Tupato' - documentary short by local filmmaker Michelle McGregor exploring Maori views on the environment and genetic engineering through interviews with the late Sir John Turei (11 mins); 'The Leech and the Earthworm' - 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 representations of 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); 'Stop the Crop' - 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 GMOs, a portent of things to come (7 mins); and 'Homegrown - profiles the use of successful alternatives to the use of BT maize in Kenya and the reaction of the biotech companies to this use of cheap, natural alternatives to genetic engineering (8 mins). Starts at 7pm, at the Alleluya Cafe, St. Kevin's Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd; $5 /$3 entry. For more info contact tel (09) 631 5810 or email auckland@indymedia.org

~ FRI, 29 August - Auckland Premiere Screening and DVD release of 'Ngatahi - Know The Links' (parts one and two), a landmark New Zealand work by a visionary musician, artist and film maker. "Kia Kaha Productions is proud to announce the release of 'Ngatahi - Know The Links" a double disc 'rapumentary' (music documentary) produced, directed and edited by Dean Hapeta aka Te Kupu of Upper Hutt Posse. In 'Ngatahi' hip-hop, poetry, activism and music exists as one. Featuring footage and music from Cuba, Colombia, Hawaii, USA, Canada, Jamaica, France , England, Australia and Aotearoa, 'Ngatahi' is a medley of interconnected stories that tell of the history and actuality of survival and struggle in the face of colonisation, corruption and injustice. From Brixton to Harlem, Trenchtown to Waitangi, 'Ngatahi' is full of uplifting voices and stirring outpourings of many indigenous and marginalised peoples of the world. Starts 7pm sharp with part one (64 minutes), part two (94 minutes) and questions/answers with Te Kupu; Auckland City Art Gallery, gold coin / koha entry. For more info contact email matakahi@paradise.net.nz

~ FRI, 29 August - Earth Pulse Dance Party: GE Free fundraiser gig featuring didgeridoo grooves, funkadelic beat merchants, Brazilian Samba Music and multimedia show; from 8pm to 11pm at Blockhouse Bay Community Centre, 524 Blockhouse Bay Road; $12 entry. For more info contact Matt (09) 820 3207 or email morpheusdidge@hotmail.com

~ MON, 1 September - GPJA Forum: Can NZ be GE Free? Steve Abel (Greenpeace), John Clearwater (Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Genetics), and Jean Tallentyre from the Auckland GE free coalition will speak about the GE free register; 7-30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. For more info contact GPJA email jbminto@xtra.co.nz or email miket@pl.net

*** THAMES

~ 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

*** WELLINGTON and LOWER HUTT

~ 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

~ FRI, 22 August - CID lunch time forum with speakers from Burma - Dr. Myint Chom, who since 1988 been voluntarily working in various capacities for the Burmese democracy movement on the Thai-Burma border and overseas, and Mr Teddy Buri, one of the MPs elected in Burma's last free election, in 1990. The military regime refused to allow the new MPs to take their seats; many were arrested and others, including Mr Buri, have since fled the country; he now chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the government-in-exile; 12 noon to 1pm, CID Office, 5th Floor, PSA House, 11 Aurora Tce. If you are planning on going, please RSVP asap to CID tel (04) 472 6375 or email cid@clear.net.nz

~ SAT, 23 August - Strategy to elect a responsive City Council - brainstorming action plans including agreed policy, choosing candidates and campaigning under STV with speaker Shaun Devoy; Lenka Rochford will speak about 'public space' and the group responding to it; 2pm at Crossways, corner of Brougham and Elizabeth Streets, Mt Victoria. A Wellington Peoples Forum, for more info contact email jocelynb@actrix.co.nz

~ MON, 25 August - Peace Action Wellington planning meeting to discuss actions on 13 September against WTO / war / exploitation; 7pm at 203 Willis Street, all welcome. For more info contact email peacewellington@hotmail.com

~ TUES, 26 August - Latin America Committee monthly committee meeting, 5-30pm, Senior Citizen Room 1st floor, Wellington Public library. For more info contact email paul.bruce@paradise.net.nz

~ THURS, 28 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

~ SAT, 30 August and SUN, 31 August - Downtown Community Ministry Bookfair, 9am to 5pm on Saturday, 10am to 4pm on Sunday, at the Queens Wharf Events centre.

~ 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.

~ MON, 1 September - launch of Rolando Olmedo's 'Book of Poems', a Nine Eleven Seventy Three memorial for Chile event; 8pm, at the Poets Pub, Angus Inn, corner Cornwall Street and Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt. For more info contact email Rolando_Olmedo@hotmail.com

~ FRI, 5 September - action in support of the people of Aceh, including speakers, music, open mike and street theatre; 12 noon to 1pm, at Midland Park (Lambton Quay). Organised by Peace Action Wellington, for more info contact email peacewellington@hotmail.com

~ 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.

*** NELSON

~ MON, 25 August - Video Evening - screening: 'Plan Colombia' - a view of the complex drug war, US intervention and oil: 20 years of drug wars in the Andes has DOUBLED the cocaine imported into the US in the last ten years, light is shed on the complex issues of drug-trafficking and civil struggle in Colombia, the impact of the chemical spray program carried out by the US Defence contractor, Duncorps, and the multi-billion dollar aid package delivered to the brutal Colombian military; and 'Crisis in Montes Azules' - indigenous peoples threatened with forced relocation from the rainforests by the Mexican government, what's happening with the Zapatista movement, threat to rainforests, Plan Puebla Panama and other schemes that allow transnational corps to rob their natural resources. What's really at stake? Timber, water, oil, uranium, 'green gold' (biodiversity that pharmaceutical corps wish to privatise and patent for profit). From 6pm, at Yaza Cafe; invite a friend and join us for an evening of stimulating videos and discussion; meals and refreshments available for purchase throughout the evening. Organised by Nelson Peace Group, for more info contact Anne tel (03) 539 0527, email anne.f@clear.net.nz or Ted (03) 548 8707.

*** UPPER MOUTERE

~ SAT, 6 September (postponed from 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.

*** CHRISTCHURCH

~ SAT, 23 August - Learn to lobby effectively: 10am, how to lobby Parliament effectively (Tim Barnett, MP); 11am, know your Council - the who and how of influencing for change (Anna Crighton, Christchurch City Councillor); and 12 noon, how to write an effective media release (Valerie Campbell, ECan councillor and environmental campaigner); at the Waiau Theatrette, ECan, 58 Kilmore Street; all welcome, entry by koha. Hosted by Christchurch Environment Centre, sponsored by Sustainable Cities Trust; for more info contact Rex Verity, tel (03) 377 8566 or email Rex@sustcities.org.nz

~ SUN, 24 August - GE Free Canterbury campaign meeting - the group is an umbrella organisation called together as a result of the threat to our environment from the commercial release genetically engineered organisms; upcoming events include a fundraising concert, some onion gardening at Lincoln, and a protest march and gathering; 7-30pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street. Please come along and help keep Canterbury GE free; for more info contact Paul tel (03) 379 2257 or email paul@environment.org.nz

~ THURS, 4 September - 'Fools Rush In' - The GE debate updated, with Green MP Sue Kedgley and Christchurch businessperson and GE free campaigner Charles Drace speaking on the GE issue at a public forum sponsored by the Green Party; 7-30pm at the WEA, 59 Gloucester Street. For more info contact Lois email mandlgriffiths@clear.net.nz

~ 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

*** TIMARU

~ 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

*** DUNEDIN

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

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If you would like your event for peace or social justice included in these listings, please send the details (including contact details for at least one of the people organising it) to Please put 'for what's on' in the subject heading of your message.

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