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What's on - National

27 January 2000

* Opportunities / vacancies - see separate message following for details of Peace Brigades International volunteer training; vacancies at the Pacific Concerns Resource Centre; researcher wanted for the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust.

* Submissions due : Same-sex Couples And The Law, due 31 March, see message from Ministry of Justice after local listings in this message.

*** NATIONAL ***

~ COMPUTERS FOR EAST TIMOR PROJECT - many thanks to all who have donated computer equipment, and provided transport up to Auckland. The Project still requires computers to be transported from CHRISTCHURCH AND WELLINGTON to Auckland.

~ 6 Feb - Waitangi Day, 160th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi - Let's Get Together for Waitangi Weekend 2000 - Network Waitangi Whangarei invites you to join them in Whangarei and at Waitangi. We will be attending any forum arranged on the 5th at Waitangi and will provide accommodation, meals and transport between Whangarei and Waitangi. Costs will depend on numbers attending. For further information contact Network Waitangi, Whangarei, PO Box 1579, Whangarei 0101, (Also, see in Wellington listings).

~ 4 March - Riverside Music Festival for Environmental Peace, 12 noon to 8pm at Riverside, Moutere Valley (near Nelson). Main speaker - Nandor Tanczos; bands, soloists and DJs including Project, The New Druids, Bunyip, Rapata, Michaela and Saali plus demo tapes of loads more bands ! Stalls with info on environmental issues, speakers on aspects of care for the environment. Tickets $5 on the day at the gate. Sponsors required. For more info contact Jessie, tel (03) 526 7033 x22; fax (03) 526 7037;

~ 24 - 28 April - 'Just Peace?' conference, to be held at Massey’s Albany campus, details and a registration form will be posted to everyone on the PMA mailing list in the next few weeks with our Newsletter.

~ 6 - 8 July - ‘Treaty Conference 2000 and beyond’, to be held in Tamaki Makaurau / Auckland, details and a registration form will be posted to everyone on the PMA mailing list in the next few weeks with our Newsletter.

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~ SUN, 30 Jan - Access Radio (783AM) Peace Report, at 11-45am - Des Brough interviews Keith Locke, don’t miss it !

~ MON, 31 Jan (also Tues and Weds, 8 & 9 Feb) - you could be a film star and help fundraise for PMA ! Well, almost ... we have been offered an opportunity to raise money by providing people to work as extras on a film set. We will receive a donation of around $50 per person per session. This is a great opportunity to have fun, and help us out too !

If you are available for any of the following sessions : * January 31st (from 9pm to 2am); or * February 8th (daytime); or * February 9th (daytime) please get back to us as soon as possible confirming which session/s you can get to, tel (04) 382 8129 or; or phone Mark at the Wellington Peace and Environment Centre on (04) 385-6728. Don't forget to specify that you want Peace Movement Aotearoa to benefit from your session/s.

If you can do more than one session, you could give part of your share of the film company's donation to another Wellington Peace and Environment Centre group as well as to PMA. The groups are : Campaign for a Better City, Campaign for the Establishment of Civilisation, Native Forest Action, Stir Friday, Wellington Rainforest Action Group; Wellington Animal Action.

~SUN, 6 Feb - Waitangi Day celebrations, stalls, kapa haka groups etc, 12 noon to 5pm, Frank Kitts Park, organised by Wellington City Council. More info can be obtained from (04) 801-3500 (what’s on in Wellington hotline) from 3 February.

~ TUES, 15 Feb - Campaign to Free Mordechai Vanunu, meeting to discuss amongst other things the possibility of organising a national speaking tour by Meir (Mordechai’s brother), 2pm at the PMA offices, first floor, Trades Hall, 126 Vivian Street. For more info tel Arthur Quinn, (04) 567 0533.

~THURS, 17 Feb - Defence Policy After East Timor, an open discussion, with Mark Burton, Derek Quigley, Denis McLean, Terence O’Brien, Piers Reid, Andrew Ladley, Robin Klitsher, Jim Rolfe, David Dickens, Jack Welch and Bryce Harland. 9am to 5pm at the Victoria University Council Chamber, Level 2, Hunter Building (? Venue to be confirmed after 1 February). RSVP if you require lunch ($20 pp), NZ Institute of International Affairs, tel (04) 463 5346, fax (04) 473 1261, ON or AFTER 1 February.

~ TUES, 29 Feb - (NOTE ! the date of this meeting has been changed from 22 Feb) - Alistair Morrison, radio NZ political journalist, speaks at the Waiwhetu-Lower Hutt Peace Group meeting, 8pm, Waiwhetu Uniting Church Hall, 6 Trafalgar St. For more info tel Arthur Quinn, (04) 567 0533.


~ SAT, 19 Feb - CAFCA’s 25th birthday celebration at the Richmond Workingmens Club, February 2000 is the 25th anniversary of the 1975 South Island Resistance Ride, CAFCA’s founding event. This invitation is to all members, former members, and CAFCA supporters. For catering and organisational purposes, they need to know numbers in advance, so get in touch with them or post your $10 cheque per ticket to : CAFCA, Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa, PO Box 2258, Christchurch Don’t miss this social highlight, as CAFCA starts its next 1,000 years !


~ SAME-SEX COUPLES AND THE LAW ( Ministry of Justice) - The Ministry of Justice has released a public discussion paper on same-sex couples and the law. This will help the Ministry advise Parliament and the Government about how New Zealanders feel on such matters. The Government had requested the Ministry to prepare the paper because work done in recent years in assessing the consistency between the Human Rights Act 1993 and other legislation had revealed a number of situations in which various laws treated same-sex couples differently from opposite-sex couples. The discussion paper and a background issues paper may be read on the Ministry of Justice web site. Alternatively, write to the Communications Unit, Ministry of Justice, PO Box 180, Wellington for a hardcopy of the Discussion paper. Submissions may be made in writing to the Deputy Secretary, Public Law Group, Ministry of Justice, PO Box 180, Wellington, or the online facility provided in the web site may be used for submissions. The deadline for receipt of submissions is 31 March 2000.

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