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National - what's on

23 March 2000

*** NATIONAL ***

~ 1 April - ‘Towards Democracy in Indonesia / Seize New Zealand Suharto Assets’, all day seminar * to explore the ways in which New Zealanders can support human rights and the restoration of democracy in Indonesia * to launch the Indonesia Human Rights Committee in Auckland * to promote the campaign for a parliamentary enquiry into the Suharto family assets in New Zealand, Speakers : Dr George Aditjondro and Murray Horton. 9am to 4pm at the Conference Centre, University of Auckland, 22 Symonds St, Auckland. Contact Maire: ph/fax (09) 376 9098,, Sony ph (09) 480 4588, or Dougal ph (09) 378 8279.

~ 16 to 21 April - national speaking tour by Dennis Halliday, Wellington 16-18 April, Christchurch 19 April, Auckland 20-21 April - see under ‘local’ for public meetings in your area (they are not all confirmed yet, we will circulate the details when they are). A former United Nations assistant Secretary-general, Denis Halliday resigned in late 1998 in protest at the sanctions against Iraq, ending a long and distinguished diplomatic career. He continues to teach at the UN School and a number of US universities, and also is much in demand as a media commentator on the Iraq sanctions issue. He comes to New Zealand direct from London where he has been filming a documentary on the civilian impact of sanctions with John Pilger (for ITV). In New Zealand, Denis Halliday will address the issues of the legality of the sanctions, their humanitarian impact on Iraq's civilian population and how the sanctions have strengthened the hold that Saddam Hussein's regime has on Iraq. Dennis’s visit is being co-ordinated by the Iraq Sanctions Medical Alert Group (ISMAG), ISMAG contact - Dr. Marten Hutt, fax: (04) 463 6568,

~ 17-18 April - ‘Flaxroots Technology: Claiming the Internet for Community’ inaugural national conference for people interested in community development through the use of information and communication technologies to empower their communities. For more info contact Stephen Blyth, Community Development Group, PO Box 805, Wellington,, tel (04) 494 0580, fax 495 9444,

~ 24 - 28 April - 'Just Peace?' conference, to be held at Massey’s Albany campus, if you did not receive a registration form via the PMA mailing, their website now has a registration page which can be down-loaded and posted in

~ 28 to 30 April - ‘For Love and Money’, the national meeting of the Women’s Loan Fund to be held in Wellington, keynote speaker Prue Hyman ‘Towards a Love Economy’. For more info contact Women’s Loan Fund, PO Box 11-731, Wellington, tel (04)499 6691,

~ 1 May (MayDay2k) - a global day of action against capitalism is planned, in the spirit of the June 18 protests last year. For info on what is happening in Aotearoa, contact (for Wellington details) or (Christchurch).

~ 6 - 8 July - ‘Treaty Conference 2000 and beyond’, to be held in Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland, if you did not receive a registration form in the PMA mailing, contact Betsan Martin or Ingrid Huygens

***** LOCAL *****


~ WEDS, 19 April - public meeting with Dennis Halliday, details to be confirmed.


~ongoing - ‘Effects of Modern Warfare on Civilian Populations : What the media didn’t show about the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia’ - photographic exhibition. The exhibition continues as follows: Faculty of Law: 6 - 17 March; Wellington Central Library, 19 March - 1 April; St Andrews on the Terrace: 4 - 7 April; St Aidan's Parish Church, 8 April.

~ FRI, 24 March - protest vigils - in conjunction with the international protests called by the International Action Centre to commemorate the first anniversary of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, 12 noon to 1pm outside the US embassy (29 Fitzherbert Tce), 1pm to 2pm outside the British Embassy (44 Hill Street). Organised by Peace Council Aotearoa, bring your own placards. * PLEASE NOTE - previous circulations of this event had an error re the times of the US embassy protest, this message contains the correct times.

~ THURS, 6 April - 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, 1 pm 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 are not able to attend in person, or live outside Wellington, you can send leaflets, notices, whatever you want to share to the lunch forum via PMA, PO Box 9314, Wellington, tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173,


~ TUES, 18 April - Denis Halliday speaks about the devastating effects of the sanctions on the people of Iraq, 8pm at the Waiwhetu Uniting Church Hall, 6 Trafalgar St, Lower Hutt. For more info contact Arthur Quinn, tel (04) 567 0533.


~ SAT, 25 March - WILPF Auckland Branch AGM, 11am at 1/5 Seymour Street, St Mary’s Bay. Speaker and shared lunch.

~ FRI, 31 March - Launch of the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, Public Meeting with speaker Dr George Aditjondro on 'Indonesia Today', 7.30pm at Pioneer Women’s Hall, (Ellen Melville) High St, Auckland, opposite the Metropolis.

~ FRI, 21 April - public meeting with Dennis Halliday, details to be confirmed.

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