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NZ Remembers Hiroshima And Nagasaki, 4 - 9 August 2022

This year is the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (6 August) and of Nagasaki (9 August), which will be marked by commemorative events here and overseas as it is each year.

Below are the details of the ICAN Aotearoa New Zealand online forum on Nagasaki Day with the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and a live update from the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York; events in Auckland (6 and 7 August), Wellington (5 August), Christchurch (7 August) and Dunedin (4, 5 and 6 August); and some suggestions of things you can do wherever you are - including watching the Hiroshima and Nagasaki peace ceremonies live, joining the 2022 World Conference against A and H Bombs, the CWS Peace Sunday resources, and more.

>>> Online forum on Nagasaki Day

~ Tuesday, 9 August

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Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Join us on Nagasaki Day for this year's online forum to remember the atomic bombings, with the Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control, Phil Twyford, discussing progress towards eliminating nuclear weapons, and Dr Anna Hood giving a live update from the 10th Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in New York.

From 12.20pm to 1.30pm on Tuesday 9 August 2022; spaces are limited, so if you would like join us, please register at https://nomore.eventbrite.co.nz as soon as possible, thank you. Organised by ICAN Aotearoa New Zealand, icanz@xtra.co.nz

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Links to share for this event: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa/posts/5300847083295951

Tweet, https://twitter.com/PeaceMovementA/status/1552463837617479681

>>> Auckland

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Saturday, 6 August

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Opening of the “Tūmanako! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World” exhibition

: “Tūmanako! (meaning Hope!) is an annual art exhibition for tamariki/children and taiohi/young people to create works of art to share their aspirations for a peaceful, inclusive and nuclear free world in remembrance of Hiroshima Day. At a time of unrest and divisiveness, Tūmanako! enables tamariki and taiohi to learn about the root causes of violence and promote peace.” Opening and exhibition is at the Paul Reeves Building Auckland University of Technology (AUT), for details please email

tumanako.artworks@gmail.com

Organised by Soka Gakkai International of NZ.

~ Sunday, 7 August

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Hiroshima Nagasaki commemoration

: You are warmly invited to attend this 77th commemoration to remember all those who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a result of the atomic bombs dropped on their cities in August 1945. From 5pm to 6pm, at the Ellen Melville Centre, 2 Freyberg Place, central Auckland. Organised by WILPF Tāmaki Makaurau, please RSVP at

https://www.facebook.com/events/438336708176551/

>>> Wellington

~ Friday, 5 August

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Opening of the “Tūmanako! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World” exhibition

: “Tūmanako! (meaning Hope!) is an annual art exhibition for tamariki/children and taiohi/young people to create works of art to share their aspirations for a peaceful, inclusive and nuclear free world in remembrance of Hiroshima Day. At a time of unrest and divisiveness, Tūmanako! enables tamariki and taiohi to learn about the root causes of violence and promote peace.” Opening is from 4.30pm to 6pm, at the Johnsonville Community Hall, followed by a grand display at the Johnsonville Library, Waitohi Hub, from 6pm to 7pm; the artworks will then be exhibited at the Library for 2 weeks. Organised by Soka Gakkai International of NZ, if you are planning on attending the opening, please RSVP to email

tumanako.artworks@gmail.com

>>> Christchurch

~ Sunday, 7 August

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Commemoration

: Join us to remember the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 77 years ago. There will be music, speakers and candles, join us in remembrance and to say “Never again!” Starts at 11am at the World Peace Bell in the Botanic Gardens, organised by DSC, the World Peace Bell Association and WILPF Ōtautahi, RSVP at

https://www.facebook.com/events/740108677134670

>>> Dunedin

~ Thursday, 4 and Friday, 5 August

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Senbazuru (origami crane making)

: Otago University Japanese Student Association (OJSA) is contributing a senbazuru to the commemoration for Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Dunedin on Saturday, 6 August (details below). “The senbazuru was inspired by a famous story in Japan about a young girl who had suffered from the after effects of the nuclear bombing. Her name was Sadako Sasaki. She believed in the Japanese legend that if she made 1000 cranes, her wish would be granted. Unfortunately, she had passed away at the age of 12, but her story shows that she continued to be hopeful despite the unfavourable circumstances. Even now, making cranes for those who are suffering illness is still a common practice in Japan today. If you would like to help OJSA in making some more cranes for this day, come and find us in Central library in the link!” From 5pm to 7pm on Thursday, and from 10am to 5pm on Friday - updates will be posted on the OJSA page,

https://www.facebook.com/OJSA22XX

~ Saturday, 6 August

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Hiroshima Day Memorial at the Peace Pole

: Join us as we remember the lives lost because of the atomic bombing on August 6, 1945. We stand opposed to nuclear proliferation and are committed to a nuclear-free world, ceremony includes a performance by O-Taiko, Dunedin's Taiko Drumming Ensemble, and speakers from the Otago University Japanese Student Association. Starts at 11am, at the Peace Pole in front of the Otago Museum Reserve, 381 Great King Street, In case of rain, the venue will move to Church of The Holy Name, 420 Great King Street. Organised by the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies Student Association, a poster to share is available at

https://www.facebook.com/ncpacs.students/photos/a.130539049223259/378766211067207

>>> Things you can do wherever you are

~ Join the 2022 World Conference against A and H Bombs online

, from 4 to 9 August: “With the Hibakusha, Let Us Achieve a Nuclear Weapon-free, Peaceful and Just World - for the Future of the Humankind and Our Planet”. Organised by Gensuikyo (Japan Council against A & H Bombs) - full programme and zoom links for each event are available at

https://vrede.be/sites/default/files/2022-07/PrgorammaHiroshima.pdf

~ Watch the 2022 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony live

- this year’s ceremony will be live streamed from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on 6 August from 7am to 8.50am (

NZST

= 10am to 11.50am) at

https://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/site/english/175828.html

(English)and

https://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/site/atomicbomb-peace/175816.html

(Japanese) - details of this year’s ceremony are available at

https://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp/site/english/277566.html

~ Watch the 2022 Nagasaki Peace Ceremony live

: this year’s Nagasaki Peace Ceremony will be live streamed from the Nagasaki Peace Park on 9 August from 10.45am to 11.45am (

NZST

= 1.45pm to 2.45pm) at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDNGH88Z8fcQ-OH5VA6yIVg

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Join the international fast to remember the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

, from 6 to 9 August: “We are groups of citizens around the world who are fasting between Hiroshima Day, August 6th, and Nagasaki Day, August 9th, dates of the bombings of those two Japanese cities. We are staging this action in remembrance of the hundreds of thousands of victims of those bombings, the thousands of victims of the 2,000 nuclear tests, and to call for the world-wide abolition of nuclear weapons.” Please email

icanz@xtra.co.nz

if you would like to be put in touch with fasters in Aotearoa New Zealand.

~ Use and / or share the Peace Sunday resource from Christian World Service

(CWS): Peace Sunday this year is Sunday, 7 August (in the Methodist/Presbyterian calendar, Peace Sunday is the closest Sunday to 6 August, Hiroshima Day). Each year, CWS prepares worship resources to support prayers and action for peace, this year’s Peace Sunday resource is available at

https://cws.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Peace-Sunday-Resources-2022.pdf

~ Social media links: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/PeaceMovementAotearoa/posts/5314542621926397 Tweet, https://twitter.com/PeaceMovementA/status/1554295274784272384 
 

~ Updates on the NPT Review Conference, which began on 1 August and will continue until 26 August, are available on the ICAN Aotearoa New Zealand site, http://www.icanw.org.nz 
 

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