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Action Alert - What's on - National

Peace Movement Aotearoa

PO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173, pma@apc.org.nz

Issued 15 June 1999


  • 19-20 JUNE , BEWARE THE MISS-LEADERS : FOURTH WOMEN'S CONFERENCE AGAINST APEC , in Wellington. There is a full and fascinating lineup of speakers and topics for this conference (available in a separate message), range of entry fees. To register, contact Fourth Women's Conference Against APEC, PO Box 50-216, Porirua. Tel (04) 237 5062, fax (04) 237 8157.

  • 27 JUNE -3 JULY, BELIEF AND EXPRESSION: HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE ENVIRONMENT, in Otautahi / Christchurch, Student Christian Movement national conference, contact Michael Perkins, tel 03 359 8518 or 021 805 941, or MWP21@student.canterbury.ac.nz



  • ~ 21 June , Women Against APEC, Albert Park @ midday, for more info contact APEC Action, Sarah Helm 09 377 1966.

  • ~ 24 June , 'APEC, the Free Market and Democracy', public meeting, 7-30pm, Pioneer Womens and Ellen Melville Memorial Hall, cnr High Street and Freyburg Place. Speakers : Eliza Tita Lubi (GABRIELA, Philippines), Jane Kelsey, John Minto and Syd Jackson. For more info contact APEC Monitoring Group, PO Box 106 233, Auckland, tel 09 846 3227, or <notoapec@clear.net.nz>

  • ~ 24 - 30 June, 'APEC comes to Auckland', demonstrations organised by Auckland Coalition Against APEC as follows : 26 JUNE, 3-30pm, meet outside the library, Lorne St, City (to protest APEC business Symposium discussing privatisation of welfare); 28 JUNE, 12 midday, meet outside the library, Lorne St, City (to protest the APEC Trade Liberalisation Seminar); 29 JUNE, 12 midday, meet outside the library, Lorne St, City (to protest the APEC Trade Ministers Meeting). For more info contact Auckland Coalition Against APEC, PO Box 3813, Auckland 1. Tel 09 302 2496, fax 09 377 4804.

  • ~ 17th June , Wellington Animal Action meeting on the pig factory farming, 7pm at the Newtown Community Centre, (Corner of Colombo and Rintoul Streets). Everyone who is concerned about factory farming and wants to help abolish it is welcome to attend. The meeting will feature video footage taken on local pig factory farms, speakers from Wellington Animal Action will explain why factory farming should be stopped, and how you can help stop it. Yummy vegan food will be served afterwards. For more info contact Wellington Animal Action (04) 385-6728.

  • ~ 19-20 June , Beware the Miss-leaders : Fourth women's conference against APEC , in Wellington + Mid Winter Solstice Celebration, see under 'national'.

  • ~ 21 June , Wellington women-only action against APEC Women Leaders' Meeting (Wellington), meet 11.30am, in Te Aro/ Pigeon Park (Manners St, just down from Manners Mall). For more info, transport or childcare needs please contact Alice or Karen 04 475 9739.

  • ~ 23 June, Opposition parties present their policy on welfare, speakers: Grant Gillon (Alliance), Robyn McDonald (NZ First), Steve Maharey (Labour), 9-30am to 11-30 am, Meeting Room, Level 7, 75 Ghuznee St. (next to Glover Park). For more information, contact WELCOSS, ph 04 385 3518, fax 04 385 3564.

  • ~ 30 June , Wellington action against APEC Trade Ministers' Meeting (Auckland), meet 12 noon Wednesday 30 June outside Work and Income NZ Work Services (Upper Willis St, by the motorway off-ramp). For more info please contact Chris, Alice or Karen - APEC Action ph 04 475 9739, or alice.revell@vuw.ac.nz


  • ~ 15 June, 'Palestine / Israel - peace and nationhood ? ', Dr Andrew Ladley speaks at the Waiwhetu-Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting, 8pm, Epuni Baptist Hall, 108 Waiwhetu Road. Contact, Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.

  • ~ 17 June, 'The Failed Papakura Experiment' Steve Baylis (Papakura District Councillor) Public Meeting, 7 pm at the Dowse Art Gallery. The sale of the Pencarrow Group on 21 June by Mayor John Terris and the City Vision Team is largely based on the failed Papakura model. Now they are threatening to do the same with other Hutt City assets. The meeting is organised by the Positive Focus Group.


  • July 25 - Power Vigil by Candlelight (Social Services Sunday), all parishioners in the Christchurch Diocese are asked, on the night of Social Services Sunday, July 25, 1999, to reduce their power consumption where possible, for the evening. As part of this, parishioners are also asked to replace their electric lighting with candles for this special evening as a shared silent vigil witness with other parishioners.

    Parishioners are asked to do this as part of their shared action to tell Southpower that its recent 13% increase in power charges is not acceptable, especially for the many on low and very reduced incomes. From JUST Concerns Christchurch. For more info, please contact Rev Jim McKenna, tel 03-389-8660, fax 03-389-8655.


*** Information Officer, International development, Development Resource Centre.

The Development Resource Centre is a non-government organisation (NGO) providing information, education and training services on international development. We work with development practitioners, NGOs, universities, private sector, the media and schools. We are seeking an additional person, with a strong interest in and knowledge of international development, to join our team. You will:

- enjoy managing and searching for information; be able to use the Internet and related information technology; believe in a just and people-centred world; enjoy working in a small team.

Salary is $30,000-35,000 per annum. Applications close on June 23 1999.

For a job description and further information on how to apply contact: Development Resource Centre, tel 04 472 9549, fax 04 472 3622, drc@apc.org.nz

Philip Hewitt, Programme Manager, Information Services.

*** Volunteers sought, Peace Brigades International : East Timor Project

Peace Brigades International (PBI), an international, independent non-governmental organization working for human rights and nonviolent conflict resolution since 1981, has been invited to establish a long term presence in East Timor. In April PBI sent an exploration team to East Timor to determine the feasibility of doing such work, and is now reviewing the request.

It is proposed that an initial team be sent in time to observe the referendum on autonomy currently planned for August 8. PBI would then remain on a long term basis to conduct ongoing protective accompaniment of local activists and assist in non-violence training and education.

PBI will be seeking applications for the long term team from people experienced in non-violence and human rights work with competence in Indonesian or Tetun languages. Volunteers should be over 25 years old, able to live in rural areas under conditions of stress, and able to work in a non-partisan way in situations of extreme civil conflict. Minimum time commitment for the team would be six months. PBI covers living expenses for team members plus a modest allowance.

If you are interested please contact PBI East Timor Project including information on your relevant experience and possible period of availability for the team.

Send to PBI East Timor Project, c/o Winnie Romeril, 6354 Ridge Road, Prattsburgh, NY 14873-9444, tel + 1 607-566-3453, wromeril@aol.com;

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