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Peace Movement Aotearoa

PO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173,

Issued 22 March 1999


* Fri & Sat, 23 -24 April - 'Alternatives to the APEC Agenda: Development Foreign Investment and Sovereignty', public meeting and forum with Aziz Choudry, Radha D'Souza, Dr David Small, Dr Bill Rosenberg, Murray Horton, Annette Sykes - discussion and lots more ! Contact APEC Monitoring Group, Box 1905, Otautahi / Christchurch; tel (03) 366 2803, fax 366 8035,

* 26 - 30 April - APEC Small and Medium Enterprises Ministerial Meeting; straight after that - running till 7 May, second APEC Senior Officials Meeting.

* Tues, 27 April - the Roger Award for the worst transnational corporation operating in Aotearoa in 1998. 8-00pm, Trade Union Centre, 199 Armagh Street. $10 including supper - bargain price for a great night out ! Get your ticket/s now from CORSO, Box 1905, Christchurch, tel (03) 366 2803, cheques payable to CORSO please.

* Tues, 4 May - 'The Cook, The Thief, The Spy & His Masters' at 7-30pm, 199 Armagh St, fundraising dinner for the Democratic Rights Defence Fund, with music, fun, raffles and surprises ! $20 per ticket, get yours from DRDF, Box 1905, Christchurch; cheques payable to Democratic Rights Defence Fund.


* Tues, 23 March , 'Civil Rights, Human Rights, Freedom, Peace - vital links in the chain of human welfare', Dr Jim Stuart, speaking at the Waiwhetu-Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting, 8pm at Epuni Baptist Church Hall, 308 Waiwhetu Road, More info contact Arthur Quinn, (04) 567 0533.

* Weds, 24 March - Human Rights Action Group protest at McDonalds - HRAG has a comprehensive events calendar for the year, to get yours and to find out more details about this protest, contact HRAG, tel (04) 476 4904,

* Weds, 24 March - 5pm, vigil protesting the ongoing attacks against the people of Iraq , at the Cenotaph (cnr Lambton Quay and Bowen Street). This will most likely be the last one in the current series, contact PMA for more info about the vigils, tel (04) 382 8129,

* Sat, 27 March - 'How NGOs can effectively lobby MPs' , Marion Hobbs speaking at 7-30pm, Friends Meeting house, 27 Moncrieff St. For more info contact WILPF< Megan Hutching, tel (04) 383 5688.

* Fri, 16 April - CORSO (Wellington) street appeal, HELPERS NEEDED, tel Martin Small (04) 385 0579.


* Tues, 23 March - Abolition 2000 (Auckland) meeting , 12-30pm, Old Government House. Not sure what time this is being emailed out, so you might have missed this meeting, to attend future one, contact Marion Hancock, Peace Foundation, tel (09) 373 2379.

* Fri, 26 March - Reclaim the Night march, 6-30pm meet at QEII Square, march up Queen Street, followed by a concert in Aotea Square. Speaker, Laila Harre. For more info contact Anita (09) 309 0789 x 253; or Leilani (09) 309 0789 x 337.

* Weds, 31 March, at Kohia Teachers Resource Centre, Auckland - Peace Foundation youth gathering as a precursor to the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference. Young people from 13-25 are invited to attend and make presentations around peace issues. During the day it will be to other young people and in the evening we plan to have a group of decision-makers for them to present to.

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* Weds, 24 March - possibility of demos protesting the SIS 'Break In' Bill - more follows if details are confirmed.

* 22 - 27 March - Fr Fred Kammer - 'Welfare reform, the US experience'. Workshops and speaking details - Wellington - Auckland - Christchurch :

~ Wellington, Tues 23rd March: lecture (by invitation only as it is at parliament - please get in touch with Louise for an 'official' invitation) 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Beehive Theatrette, Parliament, Wgtn, sponsored by Steve Maharey MP. ~ Auckland: Wednesday 24th March: public lecture, 7.00pm to 8.30pm, The Crypt, St Benedicts, 1 St Benedicts Street, Newton, Auckland. ~ Auckland: Thursday 25th March: workshop, 9.00am to 4.30pm, Marcellin Hall, 30 Korma Road, Royal Oak, Auckland. ~ Christchurch: Friday 26th March: workshop, 9.00am to 4.30pm, Sockburn Parish Centre (Our Lady of Victories Parish), 106 Main South Road, Sockburn, Christchurch.

Please spread this information through your networks, and get back to me if you would like to attend any of these events - Louise May, tel (04) 496 1742,

* 9-11 April, New Zealand Green Dollar Conference 1999, Masterton. Wairarapa Green Dollar Exchange members are gearing up for a stimulating and exciting Local Employment Trading System (LETS) 1999 annual conference. With a conference theme of 'Community in Balance', the keynote speaker is London-based social economist, Dr Peter North.  Guest panelists and workshop leaders include Alan Fricker of the Wellington Sustainable Futures Trust; the Mayor of Masterton Bob Francis who also heads the Masterton Business Enterprise Group and computer software inventor Vince Martin-Smith. If you have any queries and/or wish to register for the conference please contact: Helen Dew, 12 Costley St Carterton, tel/fax 06 379 8034; or Trish Walker on

* Saturday, 17 April - Play for Life AGM , to be held in Days Bay, near Wellington. New people who are interested in campaigning against violent games and war toys, and promoting co-operative and peaceful games and toys are particularly welcome. For more info, please tel Janine Reid (04) 562 7887.

Play for Life members outside Wellington who are unable to travel to the meeting may participate via a phone-link, for this, please contact Merita Holder, (04) 383 5160.


* 21 - 29 March - International Festival of Women's Performance Wellington and Paekakariki - an absolutely total extravaganza of women's performance has begun. Get the programme from Circa Theatre, call in at 1 Taranaki Street. Bookings to be made at Circa, 1 Taranaki Street, also PO Box 968, Wellington, tel (04) 801 7992, fax (04) 801 7993. You can also view the programme (but not the details of the performers) at Magdalena Aotearoa's website

For those of you who like your performance with a political flavour, you will need to attend the whole festival ! If you are particularly interested in Latin America, make a point of seeing Ana Woolf's (Argentina) new show 'Las Lagrimas / After the Tears', about Madres de Plaza de Mayo (the Mothers of the Disappeared) ... or Lucy Bolanos and Teatro La Mascara (Colombia) 'Los Perfiles de la Espera' also about the disappeared ...

From Former Yugoslavia, Dah Teatar (Belgrade) are not to be missed - as the programme says "they present theatre that has been devised and rehearsed against the background of civil war. Despite the war in Yugoslavia, Dah Teatar chose not to work in exile - but to stay put and make performances that are wise and compassionate."

Not only performances, but also workshops, exhibitions - and wait ! there's more ...

1 - 3 April - Te Ao Te Tohatoha Mohiotanga - in Paekakariki, a unique event that captures the knowledge and skill of indigenous women - performance, workshops - there will be a high level of celebration and communication among those who attend this special event ! Included in the programme available from Circa (see details above) or tel Te Itirawa Nepia (04) 385 8387.

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