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PMA National - What’s On

16 November 2000

PMA National - What’s On


~ 25 November - International Day of Action to End Violence Against Women, see local listings (Wellington, 24 November) for events.

~ 10 December - Human Rights Day, (see local listings, Auckland 8 December) for events.

*** NATIONAL ***

~ John Pilger in Aotearoa !

* pre-visit events: * FRI, 17 November - 'Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq', John Pilger with Denis Halliday, 9-30pm on TV1; * SAT, 18 November - at 9-25am approx. he will be interviewed by John Campbell; * ‘Paying the Price’ will be screened again in Wellington on 23 November (see under local listings);

* public events: * THURS, 23 November and FRI, 24 November - at ‘Turning the Tide’ conference (see listing below); also on * FRI, 24 November, John will be speaking and presenting the Awards at the Peace Foundation's Media Peace Awards ceremony - 8pm at the Dorothy Winstone Theatre, Auckland Girls Grammar (see listing below).

~ Ongoing, everywhere ! - GE public meetings. 1) For details of meetings at different venues around the country organised by the Interchurch Commission on Genetic Engineering, check out 2) For details of the GM Royal Commission meetings, these provide the only opportunity for general public to address the Commission in person, check out their website at , details of the Commission’s Mäori consultation programme are now available. ~ ongoing to January 2001 - The Parihaka Exhibition, Wellington City Gallery - the collaborative project initiated by the City Gallery, Wellington, and the people of Parihaka Pä, Taranaki. Essential viewing for every peace person. There is a programme of free public events associated with the exhibition, you can get a copy from PMA (post or fax) or the City Gallery, PO Box 2199, Wellington, See also local listings, Wellington - ‘Supporting the kaupapa - a concert for Parihaka', 11 November.

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~ 17 to 19 November - ‘Poverty, Prosperity, Progress’, DEVNET conference, to be held at Victoria University, Wellington. For further information, contact Gitanjali Bedi at

~ 19 to 24 November - Youth Environment Summit, YES 2000, at Lincoln University in Christchurch, for more information check out or contact tel (03) 325 2811,

~ 23 and 24 November - ‘Turning the Tide - a new approach to conflict resolution’, speakers include John Pilger, Judena Goldring, Professor Brice Dickson, Cameron Bennett, Merepeka Raukawa-Tait and Maire Leadbeater, ‘Turning the Tide’ aims to develop new, practical approaches to resolving conflict. A collaboration between the British Council and Auckland University of Technology (AUT). For more information, tel (09) 307 9788, or

~ 23 and 24 November - ‘Community Employment and economic development opportunities in the new millennium’, with speakers John Chetwin, John Stansfield, Peter Kenyon, Michael O’Meara and Hemi Toia, the COMMACT Aotearoa National Conference, to be held in Wellington. For more info contact Bronwyn Vercoe tel (03) 789 6477 or

~ 24 November - Media Peace Awards 2000, speaker John Pilger (with thanks to The British Council), the Media Peace Awards aim to recognise those in the media whose work increases co-operation not conflict, tolerance not tension, 8-00pm at the Dorothy Winstone Theatre, Auckland Girls Grammar, tickets $25 waged / $15 unwaged from Ticketek (09) 307-5000, Nga Tohu Rongomau Papaho in association with the Like Minds Award. For more information contact Peace Foundation, tel (09) 373 2379,

~ 24 to 26 November - Protecting Native Forests Within a World Trade Environment - will bring forest campaigners from around the Pacific Rim (and the world) to NZ, hosted at the Tapu Te Ranga Marae by Native Forest Network (NFN) and Native Forest Action (NFA). This 3-day hui will focus largely on trade liberalisation issues as pertaining to native forest campaigning. Contact: Garrick Martin, Native Forest Network, PO Box 2771, Otautahi/Christchurch.

~ 30 November to 1 December - ‘Children’s needs, rights and welfare: developing strategies for the ‘whole child’ in the 21st century’, conference organised by Waikato University School of Law and the Centre of NZ Jurisprudence. Speakers and panels on He Taonga Ngä Tamariki (Children are Taonga); Domestic Violence and the Child; Proactive Child Protection; Children and the Criminal Justice System; Health Rights and the Child; Rights to Adequate Education-inclusion and exclusion; and Developing Strategies for Partnership and Change: international obligations and national objectives. Registration is $40 or $25 for one day. For more info tel (07) 838 4466 ext 6734; fax (07) 838 4417; or website

~ 1 to 3 December - Gondwana Forests Sanctuary strategy meeting - this hui aims to fulfil a need for greater coordination by forest campaigners working to protect Gondwana remnant forests. A proposal for greater networking on forest campaigns in Chile, Argentina, Australia, Aotearoa and Australia was consolidated with a meeting of activists in Pucon, Southern Chile in 1998. To be held at Lake Rotoiti Lodge, Nelson Lakes. Contact: Garrick Martin, Native Forest Network, PO Box 2771, Otautahi/Christchurch.

~ 8 to 14 December - LITE! the Live-in Theological Experience, the biannual joint venture of the Student Christian Movement of Aotearoa and College House Institute of Theology, LITE 2000 will be held in Christchurch. For more information contact Michael Perkins, tel (03) 366 9274, fax (03) 365 2919, or check out

***** LOCAL *****


~ SUN, 19 November - WILPF Breakfast, 9-30am at 1/5 Seymour Street, St Mary's Bay, $10, all welcome. ~ MON, 20 November - Chris Lawrence speaks at the final meeting of the Human Rights Network (Auckland) this year, 5-30pm at the Race Relations Office, cnr Queen Street and Durham Street.

~ FRI, 8 Dec - the Annual Human Rights Day rally will be held in Aotea Square this year from 11-30am to 1-30pm. All groups with an interest in Human Rights are invited to set up a stall, put on street theatre, musical or dance events over the lunch-hour. There will be a mike for those who wish to make a brief speech about human rights and we hope that we can as usual have the event opened by the Deputy-Mayor, Bruce Hucker, supported by one of the Human Rights Commission. In association with this year's event, a children’s art display will be exhibited on the deck of the Aotea Centre. Central Auckland Intermediate schools have been invited to participate in the hope that, if successful, secondary schools can be asked to come in next year. Sponsored by Pax Christi Aotearoa-NZ, for more info contact Kevin McBride, or tel/fax (09) 377 5541.


~ Tues, 12 December - ‘Living in the global village’, Ken Douglas speaks at the Waiwhetü / Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting, 8pm at the Waiwhetü Uniting Church Hall, 6 Trafalgar St. Contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.


~ THURS, 23 November - ‘Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq’ John Pilger's wide-ranging documentary on the Iraq situation, with speakers Matt Robson, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Ced Simpson, Director of Amnesty International, 6pm at the City Gallery, hosted by Wellington Quakers Peace and Public Questions Committee and the Iraq Sanctions Medical Alert Group. For more info contact Tony Maturin tel (04) 389 4715.

~ FRI, 24 November - ‘Reclaim the Night’ march, meet 8pm at Civic Square, then performers from 10pm at the Bluenote, women and children only, for more info contact Tel (04) 473 5358 or

~ SAT, 25 November - ‘Behind the News’ the monthly programme on Wellington Access Radio (783 AM), broadcast at 12-30pm, brought to you by Jim Delahunty, producer of ‘Dig’.

~ MON, 27 November - ‘Celebration of Pachamama - Protecting Global Forests within a World Trade Environment’ an opportunity to meet indigenous activists from Latin America attending the Protecting Global Forests Conference (see ‘national’ listings). Light meal from 6pm, events from 7-15pm with story teller and musician Yuyai Lema, Latin guitarist Jacob de Ruter, and special guests including, Carlos Beas Torres, indigenous representative of UCIZONI, from the Tehuantepec region of southeastern Mexico, Orin Langelle & Anne Petermann, US activists with ACERCA, at the St John Conference Centre, cnr Willis and Dixon St, entry $15/$10. Contact Paul Bruce tel (04) 389 8699 or Rolando Olemdo Tel 568 7095, or Supporting the Native Forest Network

~ TUES, 5 December - Picnic in the Park ! a celebration for the launch of the UN International year of Volunteers, for volunteers and groups working with volunteers, contact tel (04) 499 4570.

~ THURS, 7 December - Wellington Peace Lunch Forum - an informal lunch time session to exchange peace news, bring your lunch, your leaflets, your news and views, tea and coffee provided, 1pm to 2pm on the first Thursday of each month at the PMA offices, Rooms 16 and 17, Trades Hall, 126 Vivian Street, Wellington.


If you would like your events or meetings advertised, just send them to and write ‘for what’s on’ in the subject heading.


Peace Movement Aotearoa the national networking peace group PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand. tel +64 4 382 8129, fax 382 8173, website Internet Peace Gateway

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