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PMA National - what’s on where listings

Updated 30 August 2002

National - what’s on where listings


~ 11 September - peace groups around the world respond to the call from Peaceful Tomorrows for events which honour the universality of grief and the hope for a peaceful world, more than 170 events are now organised in various countries overseas. For what’s happening here, see 11 September local listings below for Wellington (two events) and Lyttelton; and 8 September for Auckland.

~ 5 to 7 October - Pine Gap Protest! desert camp - national convergence on Pine Gap - major days of action being planned now - workshops - creative actions - music - give the land back to the Arrernte people! Pine Gap is a military spy base for the United States, it is located at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia. It has been there since the 1960s and has played a major role in many US military operations (including the Gulf War and the current 'War on Terror'). "It will be an integral part of the proposed US star wars system enabling the US to dominate and control space. Its very existence on Australian soil makes us complicit in the military strikes of America and makes us a nuclear target. We don't want it. Help us expose it and shut it down this October." For more info check out http://www.foe.org.au/nc/nc_pine.htm

~ anytime - you can report suspected terrorists to the FBI on-line at https://www.ifccfbi.gov/complaint/terrorist.asp George Bush and Tony Blair spring immediately to mind as possibilities, for their various acts of terror against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq (both for ongoing terrorist activities, as well as plans for future terrorist acts). If you want some ideas about specific crimes they should be charged with, check out ‘Wellington People's Court finds warmongering governments guilty of violations of international law’ at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/cra0011.htm For information about the effects of their crimes, you could look at some of the articles listed on the index pages at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/usatresp.htm or http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iraqa.htm As you may be daunted by the enormity of the evidence against them, for a succinct summary you could look at 'The great charade' at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/cra0671.htm or 'Not in our name' at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/cra0312.htm ...

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~ 2 to 8 September - Soak up the challenge! Wipe Out Poverty Week - Christian World Service (CWS) has launched an exciting new youth initiative with the first ever Wipe Out Poverty Week; a fun filled week of water, washing, cleaning and shining - all to aid projects supported by CWS and get youth groups, schools and young New Zealanders involved in the fight against global poverty and injustice. Young people will be sponsored or collect donations for the cleaning they do; the only limit is kiwi kids imagination. For more info or to get your free fundraising kit, contact Belinda Le Lievre, CWS, email belinda.lelievre@cws.org.nz or tel (03) 366 9274.

~ 9 to 21 September - 'Globalisation, Women Workers and the Struggle for Justice', national speaking tour by Emilia Dapulang, vice president of the KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno, or May First Movement), the best known Filipino trade union confederation. Dapulang has been a leader in her own union, in the semi-conductor industry, since the 1980s and has risen through the KMU leadership since the mid-1990s.

For local details please contact the following: * 9 Sept to 11 Sept - Christchurch and Dunedin, Christchurch contact Murray Horton, e-mail cafca@chch.planet.org.nz tel/fax (03) 366 3988; Dunedin contact Campbell Duignan, e-mail campbell@sfwu.org.nz tel (03) 472 7031 (h), (03) 477 1711 (w); * 12 Sept - Nelson, Brian Turner, e-mail stjohns@ihug.co.nz tel (03) 546 4395 (h), (03) 548 0558 (w); * 13 to 16 Sept - Wellington, Maxine Gay, e-mail clothing.union@clear.net.nz tel (04) 237 5062 (w); * 16 and 17 Sept - Palmerston North, Dion Martin, e-mail dmartin@nduunion.org.nz tel (06) 356 9658 (w); * 18 Sept - Hamilton, Radha D’Souza, e-mail r.dsouza@waikato.ac.nz tel (07) 8384466 x8219 (w); * 19 to 21 Sept, Auckland and Whangarei, Auckland contact, Luke Coxon, e-mail luke.coxon@finsec.org.nz tel (09) 8451323; Whangarei contact, Tim Howard, e-mail the-farm@ihug.co.nz tel (09) 4376474 (w). If you can assist with the costs of this tour, please make cheque payable to PSNA, with a note saying that it is for the Dapulang tour, and send to PSNA (Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa), Box 2450, Christchurch.

~ THURS, 3 to SAT, 6 October - Treaty 2002 conference, for anyone who already has at least a basic knowledge about Te Tiriti and wants to strategise with others towards a Treaty-based Aotearoa; at Nga Kete Wananga Marae, Manukau Institute of Technology. For more info or to register, check out http://www.manukau.ac.nz/treaty2002

~ ongoing to 17 October - Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Exhibition - a collection of photographs and artifacts that depict the consequences of the bombings from 1945 through to the international peace initiatives of today; the exhibition aims to promote the total abolition of nuclear weapons through increased knowledge and understanding. * Auckland, 24 September to 17 October, Aotea Centre, BNZ Foyer, 9am-5pm daily.

~ 31 October - Roger Award for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2002 - nominations for the 2002 Award close on 31 October. Roger Award nomination form and criteria are available on-line at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/rog2002n.htm

~ ongoing to 8 December - Taiawhio: continuity and change - celebrating the rich traditions of Maori visual culture, both customary and contemporary, at Te Papa (Wellington), for more details check out http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/whats_on/short_term1.html#Taiawhio

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~ SAT, 31 August - 'Wealth and well-being', Radha D'Souza (Waikato University Law Faculty) speaks at the Pax Christi Annual Assembly which begins at 9am, at St Columba's Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. All welcome, for more info contact Kevin McBride email paxnz@xtra.co.nz

~ SUN, 1 September - WILPF Dinner and Film evening - roast or vegetarian dinner, please note change of film to 'Tea With Mussolini', 5-30pm, at the West Wind Cinema Club, 177 Riversdale Road, Avondale. Tickets $25; for more info contact Claire tel (09) 638 8662.

~ MON, 2 September - Tamaki Treaty Workers monthly meeting, 7-30pm, Pt Chevalier Community House, Huia Street. For more info contact Joan tel (09) 360 8001.

~ MON, 2 September - 'Poverty in New Zealand' is the main focus of the Global Peace and Justice Auckland September forum, organising against the 'war on terror' will also be discussed, from 7-30pm at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road, Grey Lynn. For more info contact Mike Treen miketreen@yahoo.co.nz or John Minto jbminto@xtra.co.nz

~ WEDS, 4 September - Peace Foundation's Celebrity Auction and Dinner 'Bid for Peace', with MCs John Campbell and Carol Hirschfeld, 6-30pm at Romfords, Tamaki Yacht Club. Tickets available from The Peace Foundation email peace@fps.pl.net or tel (09) 373 2379.

~ WEDS, 4 September - 'Building Democratic Unions and International Solidarity', screening of the video about industrial action at the Sky Tower, Auckland’s biggest worksite, and discussion lead by Nadine Rae about the struggle to create strong , active and democratic unions, she will also share her experiences of building international solidarity, including the building of links with the striking Nestles workers in the Philippines. From 7-30pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn; organised by the Anti-Imperialist Coalition, for more info contact email anti_imperialist@hotmail.com or tel Phone 025 280 0800.

~ SAT, 7 September - 'Positioning Pacific women for Progress, Politics and Peace', guest speaker Amelia Siamomua, UNIFEM Pacific Regional Programme Director, at the UNIFEM AGM, followed by light lunch and facilitated discussion on UNIFEM NZ/UNIFEM Pacific roles; 11am at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby. For more info contact Lorna McIntosh tel (09) 521 1455 or Beverley Turner tel (09) 418 0700.

~ SAT, 7 September - 'East Timor: Justice Denied', screening of the video recorded in East Timor by Max Stahl and Ross Coulthard; screening is at 4pm, with soup and bread afterwards, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road; $10. Organised by the Indonesian Human Rights Committee, for more info contact Maire Leadbeater, tel (09) 815 9000.

~ SAT, 7 September - Palestine/Israel Rally for Peace, supporting peace and justice based on Removal of Israeli Occupation, Right of Return for Refugees, Sharing Jerusalem and Cessation of Jewish only Settlements in occupied Palestine, 2pm Aotea Square, Queen Street. Contact David Wakim tel(09) 520 0201.

~ SUN, 8 September - Solidarity March for Peace, Day of Unity, Peace and Prayer to coincide with the anniversary of last years attacks on the World Trade Centre and Pentagon, gather at 1-30pm in Queen Elizabeth Square, then march up Queen Street to Aotea Square. Organised by a coalition of Islamic groups, Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace, and Global Peace and Justice Auckland. For more info please contact Arif Rasheed tel (09) 620 5906, Kevin McBride (09) 377 65541, or David Wakim (09) 520 0201.

~ SAT 17 and SUN 18 August - 'Broad assembly of Socialist Worker', open to everyone who wants to work with Socialist Worker against capitalism and war, for more info contact socialist-worker@pl.net or Socialist Centre tel (09) 634 3984.


~ SUN, 1 Sept - Tonks Ave 1st Birthday Gardening Bee, on the first day of Spring join the 1st birthday gardening bee at the Tonks garden to celebrate the beginning of Growing Community's urban community garden movement; everyone is invited, meet between 10am and 5pm at the top of Cuba St in Tonks Ave. Bring edible plants, herbs, flowers and native plants to put in the gardens, bring a picnic lunch and some friends. Buskers very welcome. Organised by Growing Community.

~ SUN, 1 September - anti-eviction anti-bypass protest! starts at 1pm outside the Bar Bodega on Willis St. Bar Bodega is moving on 1 September because it is in the path of the proposed bypass route. The protest is to highlight what the bypass is about: destroying a vibrant inner city community for a road. For more info contact e-mail antibypassaction@yahoo.co.nz

~ MON, 2 September - 'Reflections on the role of Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade', lecture by Neil Walter (Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade), 5-30pm, Lecture Theatre 3, Ground Floor, Government Buildings. Part of the Public Office Holders Seminar Series, organised by New Zealand Centre for Public Law - Te Wananga O Nga Kaupapa Ture A Iwi O Aotearoa. For more info contact Claire Blanchfield email claire.blanchfield@vuw.ac.nz or tel (04) 463 6327.

~ TUES, 3 September - Peace Council meeting, 12 noon at 307 Willis St. For more info contact Des Brough, tel (04) 388 3173.

~ TUES, 3 September - 'Constitutional Reform in the UK and the Future of the Appellate and Judicial Committees', a lecture by Richard Cornes (University of Essex) - the Labour government's constitutional reform programme has re-ignited debate about the functions and organisation of the UK's highest courts, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. The Human Rights Act and devolution of power to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (and possibly in time, England as well) hand significant new functions to the courts, while House of Lords reform raises the very question of the Law Lords' membership of the second chamber. At 12 noon, Lecture Theatre 1, Rear Courtyard, Government Buildings. Organised by the New Zealand Centre for Public Law, for more info contact Claire Blanchfield, tel (04) 463 6327.

~ TUES, 3 September - ‘The Mystical Stories of Tibetan carpets’, opening of the exhibition by Vi Cotterell (co-founder of Trade Aid) who will tell the stories around the making of the carpets by Tibetan refugees in North India, 5-30pm to 7pm at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Gallery 3, 1 Queens Wharf. For more info contact Trade Aid, http://www.tradeaid.co.nz

~ TUES, 3 September - 'The Responsibility to Protect', a round table discussion on the Report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty led by the Canadian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr John Donaghy with contributions from David Shearer, Colin Keating, Andrew Ladley and NZDF personnel. The Report was the initiative of the Government of Canada which established the Commission in September 2000 to examine the issue of “the right of humanitarian intervention” - the question of when, if ever, it is appropriate for states to take coercive – and in particular military – action against another state for the purpose of protecting people at risk in that other state; presentations will examine the external military intervention for human protection purposes which have been controversial both when it has happened – as in Somalia, Bosnia and Kosovo – and when it has failed to happen - as in Rwanda. From 5-30pm to 7-30pm, G07, Ground Floor, VUW Law School, Old Government Buildings, Lambton Quay. Organised by the National Consultative Committee on Disarmament, in association with the Wellington Branch of the United Nations Association.

~ WEDS, 4 September to 15 September - ‘The Mystical Stories of Tibetan carpets’, carpets made by Tibetan refugees in North India, 10am to 5pm daily at the NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Gallery 3, 1 Queens Wharf, all exhibits are for sale. For more info contact Trade Aid, http://www.tradeaid.co.nz

~ THURS, 5 September - candle lit vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, for more info contact PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ FRI, 6 September - Hotwaterz Concert! a fundraising, education, entertainment night to promote the kaupapa of Ngapuhi in their opposition to the prison at Ngawha; with an update on the campaign so far, speakers on Te Tiriti and restorative justice; lots of performers and music - all broadcast live on iwi radio stations! Details of speakers and entertainment to be confirmed, but book the date in your diary now - an evening not to be missed! $15, doors open at 7pm, entertainment and speakers from 9pm, in the Student Union Building, Victoria University.

~ SAT, 7 September - 'Kiwi kids are becoming poor kids - why? with Brian Easton, Economist, and Gay Keating, Public Health Association, 2-30pm at Wellington People's Centre, Lukes Lane.

~ MON, 9 and MON, 16 September - seminars with Lord Johan Steyn (House of Lords, London) - Seminar 1 (9th) is on 'Interpretation (Treaties, Constitutions, Statutes & Contracts)', Seminar 2 (16th) is on 'Composition & Operation of Final Courts'; 12 noon to 1-30pm, Moot Room, Third Floor, Old Government Buildings. Light lunch will be served, $25 per seminar, space is limited so you must RSVP to Claire Blanchfield, NZ Centre for Public Law, email claire.blanchfield@vuw.ac.nz or tel (04) 446 36327.

~ WEDS, 11 September - No NZ support for the 'war on terrorism' - presentation of the first signatures on the new national petition (and the final signatures on the previous national Petition calling for peaceful resolution), with speakers including Keith Locke (Green Party spokesperson on Foreign Affairs) and music from Brass Razoo. From 1pm to 2pm, on the steps at Parliament, all welcome to come and join us in saying no to terrorism and war. For more information contact Peace Action Wellington, email peacewellington@hotmail.com or tel (04) 382 8129. The petition is available on-line at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/pet003.htm

~ WEDS, 11 September - 'Reflections on 11 September: Visions of a Peaceful World' with Hinemoana Baker (singer and writer), Rev Margaret Mayman (St Andrews on the Terrace), Tim Jones (author), Jan Logie (Executive Director, YWCA Aotearoa / New Zealand), Don Franks and Jill Brasell (folk singers), and Dr Ramon Das (Lecturer in Morality and International Relations, Victoria University). From 6pm to 7pm, at St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace. Organised by St Andrews on The Terrace, in association with Peace Movement Aotearoa, in response to the call from Peaceful Tomorrows for events around the world on 11 September which honour the universality of grief and the hope for a peaceful world. Peaceful Tomorrows is a US group comprising families whose relatives were killed in the 11 Sept attacks on New York and Washington; they "firmly believe that the real lesson of September 11 is that war and violence are the problems, not the solutions". For more information contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, email pma@xtra.co.nz or tel (04) 382 8129.

~ THURS, 12 September - candle lit vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, for more info contact PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ SUN, 15 September - Pablo Neruda: the poet (1904 to 1973) - recital of work from renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1971 Nobel Prize for Literature) with Bill Manhire, Ian Wedde, Rolando Olmeda, Mika and music from the folk group Los Andes, 1pm at the Marae, Te Papa, free entry.

~ WEDS, 18 September - 'Mexico’s New Foreign Policy and Disarmament', His Excellency Ambassador Miguel Marin-Bosch (Under-Secretary for Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the UN System, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico) speaks at the meeting of the NZIIA Wellington branch. Miguel Marin-Bosch is a distinguished career diplomat, a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, and he currently chairs a group of government experts appointed by the Secretary-General to draft a report on disarmament and non-proliferation education; in November 1996 he visited New Zealand and delivered the first Erich Geiringer oration: 'Getting rid of nukes'. From 5-30pm to 7pm, Lecture Theatre 2, VUW Law Faculty, Old Government Buildings (gold coin entry if you are not an NZIIA member). For more information contact Anke Atkins, NZ Institute of International Affairs Wellington Branch secretary) email anke.atkins@paradise.net.nz

~ THURS, 19 September - candle lit vigil for peace, 5pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, for more info contact PMA, tel (04) 382 8129, pma@xtra.co.nz

~ ongoing to 6 October - 'New Zealand Photographers Abroad' brings together images by eight leading and emerging New Zealand documentary photographers - Bruce Connew, Glenn Jowitt, Terry O'Connor, Gil Hanly, Nicola Dove, Bryn Evans, David Gurr and Louise Hyatt - who were invited by VSA (Volunteer Service Abroad) to embark on two-week photographic assignments in the countries where VSA sends volunteers - South Africa, Tanzania, East Timor, Laos, Cambodia, Samoa, Bhutan, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Vanuatu, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. "The exhibition provides both a rich and vibrant celebration of global life and culture and an exploration of the challenges facing people living in the developing world through New Zealanders' eyes." At the City Gallery, for more info check out http://www.city-gallery.org.nz/html/exhibitions/future.html

~ every Saturday - 'Behind the News' on Wellington Access Radio (783 AM), broadcast at 12-30pm, brought to you by Linda Hobman 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 or Linda Hobman tel (04) 380 0194.

~ every Sunday - Te Aro Heritage guided walks, courtesy of Campaign for a Better City, take place each Sunday for the foreseeable future. Meet at 1pm at the junction of Cuba Street and Tonks Avenue, opposite Arthur Street; entry by koha. Contact Karen MacIntyre tel (04) 973 5355 for more information or to volunteer your time.

~ 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.


~ WEDS, 4 September - Refugee and Migrant Forum, 10-30am (or 10-15am for tea and networking) at Refugee and Migrants Centre, cnr Peterborough and Madras Streets. For more info contact Annie Davey, tel (03) 379 9489 x769.

~ WEDS, 4 September - Earthwise discusses the situation in Palestine with Philip Ferguson of the Middle East Collective, broadcast at 8-30pm on Community Radio, PlainsFM 96.9

~ THURS, 5 September - 'The World Bank in Nicaragua', with speaker Dr Julie Cupples who will discuss her personal and research experiences when writing her doctoral thesis which was based on research conducted in Nicaragua, plus screening of a video on the effect of the World Bank and Structural Adjustment Policies in Nicaragua; shared supper from 7pm, video and talk from 7-30pm, Green Rooms, 16 Bedford Row (off Manchester St). For more info contact Debs Martin email debsmartin@paradise.net.nz

~ WEDS, 11 Sept - Lyttelton Peace Parade, with speakers including Moana Cole, Ola Kamel and Howard Pilgrim plus music, from 12 noon, meet in London Street, Lyttelton. For more info contact email activepeace@hotmail.com or tel (03) 328 7722.

~ WEDS, 11 Sept - 'Globalisation, Women Workers and the Struggle for Justice', national speaking tour by Emilia Dapulang, vice president of the KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno, or May First Movement), the best known Filipino trade union confederation. Dapulang has been a leader in her own union, in the semi-conductor industry, since the 1980s and has risen through the KMU leadership since the mid-1990s; 8pm, Conference room, First floor, Trade Union Centre, 199 Armagh St. For more info contact Murray Horton, tel/fax (03) 366 3988.

~ ongoing to 3 November - Gandhi Exhibition and Seminar series - portraits and informal images of Mohandas Gandhi and a seminar series to promote non-violence as an alternative to conflict, at the Canterbury Museum. For more info contact the Centre for Continuing Education tel (03) 364 2346.

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 pma@xtra.co.nz Please put ‘for what’s on’ in the subject heading of your message.

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