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- Wednesday, 11 November - Armistice Day, 97th anniversary of the "war to end all wars". Peace vigils will be held around Aotearoa New Zealand, details are available here.
- Tuesday, 1 December - West Papua Independence Day, details are available here.
- Ongoing - From nuclear weapons-free Aotearoa New Zealand to a nuclear weapons-free world: join the call for action!
- Wednesday, 11 November - Nationwide peace vigils on Armistice Day 2015, details are available here.
- Ongoing - World War I Centenary Peace Project, information is available here.
- Ongoing - White Poppies for Peace: are available at any time during the year for a donation to the White Poppy Peace Schlolarships, or you can order poppies for your peace event then send us the donations collected afterwards. You can order white poppies by post, please use the form available here, or by email. All proceeds go to the White Poppy Peace Schlolarships, more information is available on this web page.
- Time for change: A framework for community discussion on values-based and Treaty-based constitutional arrangements, published by Peace Movement Aotearoa, December 2012.
- Ngapuhi Speaks: He Wakaputanga and Te Tiriti o Waitangi - Independent Report on the Ngapuhi Nui Tonu interim hearings, November 2012 - Details on Facebook - A4 poster
- Ongoing - From nuclear weapons-free Aotearoa New Zealand to a nuclear weapons-free world: Time for action on a global ban on nuclear weapons, find out more on the iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand site.
- 'Treaty of Waitangi: Questions and Answers' - the revised and updated edition of 'Treaty Questions and Answers' which was first published by Network Waitangi in 1989. Covering many historical and contemporary issues, it is for people who would like to gain a basic knowledge about the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications, as well as for those who wish to refresh and update their understanding. The publication includes a summary of legislation and actions since 1840 which have breached the Treaty, and a comprehensive reading list. The online version of 'Treaty of Waitangi: Questions and Answers', together with information about where you can get hard copies, is on this web page.
- 'Pou Korero: A journalists' guide to Maori and current affairs' - by Carol Archie. While written primarily as a guide for journalists, 'Pou Korero' is an excellent resource for anyone with an interest in how Maori are portrayed by the Pakeha media and how this affects the way Maori are perceived by other New Zealanders - and, most importantly, how this can be improved. As well as practical guidance for journalists, such as reporting Maori occasions and including Maori perspectives in news rounds, 'Pou Korero' contains reflections and ideas which are valuable for anyone wanting to move beyond the dominant mono-cultural ways of thinking and behaving, it provides useful insights that are applicable in any profession or area of work. More information about the book, and how you can get a copy, is available here.
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- Friday, 6 November - Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture The Supreme Sacrifice? New Zealand Chaplains and Churches and the Construction of Death in the First World War by Reverend Dr Allan Davidson, ONZM, a Presbyterian Minister, historian, lecturer in Church History, St John's Theological College, for 27 years, and author of many books including 'Christianity in Aotearoa: A History of Church and Society in New Zealand' and 72 academic papers. At 7.30 pm in the Auckland War Memorial Museum Auditorium, Auckland Domain. Arranged by the Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust, and supported by the Auckland War Memorial Museum. No entry charge but for catering purposes, please register by 5 November online here. Links - Facebook event - A4 poster
- Saturday, 7 November - War Remembrance and Reconciliation Study Day, focusing on three wars: Musket Wars, New Zealand Wars and the First World War, all of which are remembered on the Auckland War Memorial Museum site. It introduces to the act of war remembrance the search for reconciliation. Is acknowledgment of failures in the past a part of this reconciliation? Is it compatible with respect for those who died? Programme: * Remembering the dead and reconciling the past in the present for preparation towards the future, from a Maori cultural paradigm, Margaret Kawharu, MNZM, and Bernard Makoare, Ngati Whatua * Peacemaking in the Musket Wars - the impact of the Christian Gospel, Keith Newman, author of 'Bible & Treaty', 'Beyond Betrayal' and 'Ratana the Prophet' * Gate Pa and Gallipoli: How do we Remember and Reconcile? Reverend John Hebenton, Vicar of St George's Gate Pa, and Dr Cliff Simons, church warden and military historian * The other side of the Gallipoli story, Negat Kavvas, formerly Turkish Consul-General in New Zealand * Did New Zealand war memorials encourage war? Jock Phillips, ONZM, historian, author and encyclopedist * War, Remembrance and the Pacifist Alternative, Professor Richard Jackson, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago University * How can reconciliation with the history of Parihaka contribute to a national conversation of peace and remembrance? Tonga Karena, Ph.D student from the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University. From 9am to 5pm, at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Auditorium, Auckland Domain. Cost is $30 (concession $20) + $3 booking fee including lunch and teas, and booking is essential for catering purposes - please book by 5 November online here or at the museum (no booking fee). Arranged by NZ Christian Network, Aotearoa New Zealand Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust, Pax Christi, Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and Auckland Labour History Group, and supported by the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Links - Facebook event - A4 poster
- Saturday, 7 November - Rally for Justice and Peace in Palestine: come and support
justice and peace based on an end to 46 years of Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (including East Jerusalem), the right of return for Palestinian refugees, sharing Jerusalem, vacating all settlement colonies in Israeli occupied Palestine, and dismantling Israel's annexation / apartheid wall in occupied Palestine. Starts 2pm, QEII Square, Customs Street and Queen Street intersection, outside Downtown Shopping Centre. Organised by the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, for more information contact email or go to this web site.
- Thursday, 5 November - 'Military deployment? Not in our name' peace vigil, from 5pm to 5.30pm at the Cenotaph, corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. The peace vigils are held on the first Thursday of each month, for more information please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email.
- Wednesday, 18 to Friday, 20 November - 'Peace, not war, shall be our boast', a conference on historical, theological and contemporary perspectives on peace and Christianity in New Zealand. What is peace? What place does it have in Christian life and witness? How have New Zealand Christians thought about peace historically? To what extent, and in what ways, have they sought to be peacemakers? What contributions have New Zealand churches made? This conference will provide a forum for critical reflection on Christian contributions to peace and peacemaking in New Zealand. It will provide an opportunity to evaluate Christian contributions historically, and to think theologically about the relationship of peace to Christianity. The conference aims to stimulate thinking about the character and significance of peace in the life and vision of New Zealand churches. The Conference is being held in Wellington at St Johnís in the City, Presbyterian Church, corner Willis and Dixon Streets. Registration will commence from 2.00pm on Wednesday and the conference will conclude by 1pm on Friday. Further information, including the registration form, is available here.
- Tuesday, 1 December - Solidarity with West Papua in Wellington on 1 December:
You are invited to join the annual gathering on Tuesday, 1 December, at 1pm at parliament to fly the Morning Star flag in solidarity with the people of West Papua. West Papua has been occupied by the Indonesian military since it was handed over, against the will of the indigenous population, to Indonesia in 1963. For the past fifty two years, the people of West Papua have been subjected to gross human rights violations including rape, torture, cultural genocide, murder and massacre - more than 100,000 West Papuans have been killed. Many live in exile because it is not safe for them to go home. Multi-national corporations in cahoots with the Indonesian authorities have exploited West Papua's natural resources to an extraordinary degree. This has caused massive social dislocation, devastation of rain forests, pollution of streams and rivers on which the local people depend for their survival, and serious human rights violations in areas where multinationals operate. 1 December is West Papua Independence Day, this year marking the fifty fourth anniversary of the day the West Papuans first raised their new flag, the Morning Star, as the symbol of their forthcoming independence from Dutch colonial rule. In West Papua, people mark Independence Day in a variety of ways, including peaceful gatherings to fly the Morning Star - despite the threat of arrest and murder. In previous years, the Indonesian military and police have responded with increased violent oppression around this day, arresting and killing those they perceive as pro-independence activists. West Papua Independence Day is marked by solidarity events around the world, including here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Please join us in solidarity with the people of West Papua on 1 December. Organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa, for further information please contact email - Facebook event
- Thursday, 3 December - 'Military deployment? Not in our name' peace vigil, from 5pm to 5.30pm at the Cenotaph, corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. The peace vigils are held on the first Thursday of each month, for more information please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email.
- Ongoing - Port Otago dredging: a campaign to raise public awareness about Port Otago Ltdís recently notified application to dredge 7.2 million cubic metres of harbour bottom. The applicant proposes to dump the spoil some 6.3 kilometres off Taiaroa Head, with a resultant sediment plume stretching many kilometres north and south of the deposition zone. The proposal is the largest and most intensive single dredging programme that the Harbour has seen in its history, and the wider environmental effects are as yet not wholly understood. For more information go to this web site or email.
- Ongoing - details of seminars and discussions at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University, are available here.
Some photos of peace and related events
More photos are available on the Peace Movement Aotearoa Facebook page ...
Women Say NO to War, March 2006 | Hikoi, October 2006 | International Day of Peace 2007 |
Hikoi mo te Iwi, 2007 | West Papua solidarity 2007 | NZ Super Fund invests in death and destruction, Wellington, 2008 | 'Pacific demilitarisation, disarmament and human security' meeting + 'Remember Lebanon: Ban Cluster Bombs', Auckland, 2008 | Waihopai Ploughares: Fundraising for Iraq, Wellington, 2008 | Russia: stop using cluster bombs, Wellington, 2008 | Waihopai Ploughshares Support, Wellington, 2008 | Presentation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' petition to parliament, 2008 | Visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Wellington, 2010 | Solidarity with West Papua on 1 December 2010 | Marking West Papua Day of Peace 2011 in Wellington | White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal, April 2011 | Global Day of Action on Military Spending, April 2011 | Waihopai Ploughshares: EnemyLove, St Andrew's on The Terrace, August 2011 |
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Aotearoa New Zealand (iCAN ANZ) launch, July 2011 | iCAN ANZ Hiroshima and Nagasaki Days event, August 2011 | Pacific Island Forum, Auckland, September 2011 - Greeting the UN Secretary-General - Greeting Pacific Island Forum leaders - West Papua public meeting | Me Rongo Peace Congress, November 2011 | West Papua solidarity, Wellington, 1 December 2011 | International Women's Day in Wellington, 2012: Wellington Women Walk For Peace - Women Say NO to War | 2012 Global Day of Action events in Aotearoa New Zealand | Act now for West Papua, Wellington, August 2012 | Hiroshima hibakusha visit Wellington, August 2012
| International Day of Peace 2012, Wellington, September 2012 | 'West Papua, gender and human rights' forum, Wellington, November 2012 | Solidarity with West Papua, Wellington, December 2012 | Banning nuclear weapons: Post-Oslo conference NGO briefing, Wellington, March 2013 | Women Say NO to War, International Women's Day 2013 | Global Day of Action on Military Spending, April 2013 | Waihopai Ploughshares action, Wellington May 2013 | Waihopai Ploughshares Court of Appeal hearing, Wellington May 2013 | Responsibility to Protect Ecumenical Study Day, Auckland, September 2013 | Trench warfare? Wellington, October 2013 | Solidarity with West Papua, Wellington, December 2013
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