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National listings

  • Thursday, 17 April to Thursday, 24 April - White Poppies for Peace Annual Appeal, details are available on the White Poppies for Peace site.
  • Saturday, 18 April - is the deadline for applications for White Poppy Peace Scholarships to assist with research in the 2014 academic year, more information is available here.
  • Ongoing - WWI anniversary discussion meetings for peace groups and peace communities, information is available here.
  • 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 - 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.
  • 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.
  • 'Law into Action: Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand' - edited by Margaret Bedggood and Kris Gledhill; a comprehensive reference work for lawyers, policymakers, activists and all those interested in the history and protection of economic, social and cultural rights in New Zealand. More information on 'Law into Action' is available here.
  • 'Lines in the Sand' - directed by Carol Archie, produced and presented by Hinewehi Mohi, first screened on Maori Television on 25 September 2010 - more information, including how you can borrow a copy for personal / educational non-commercial use, is on this web page.
  • Book - 'A Thorn in Their Side: The Hilda Murrell Murder', by Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret'd). From the foreword by Michael Mansfield QC: "This is a tale of mystery and intrigue which touches all our lives. Carefully researched and lovingly told, you cannot remain unmoved. The questions come thick and fast ... Echoes of the death of Dr David Kelly. It is a story which uncovers the life-threatening risks that have to be endured by a few for the many who 'dare not speak'." More about the book and the postal order form is available here or you can order a copy online here.
  • Book - 'Security without Nuclear Deterrence' by Commander Robert Green, Royal Navy (Ret'd) was launched in Wellington on Wednesday, 2 June 2010. Information about the book is available here and copies are available from the Disarmament and Security Centre for $25 + $5 p&p each: if you wish to pay for your order by cheque, please send a note with your postal details and how many books you wish to order with your cheque made payable to 'Disarmament and Security Centre' to Disarmament and Security Centre, PO Box 8390, Christchurch or use the order form available here; if you wish to pay for your order by direct credit, please credit the Disarmament and Security Centre's account 020820 0261855 03 and send a message with your name, postal details, the date and amount credited, to email.
  • '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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  • Thursday, 3 April - 'Disarmament - Prospects, possibilities and potential pitfalls', a public lecture by Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. UN disarmament chief Angela Kane will give an account of recent disarmament achievements - and look towards those that may lie ahead (including hopes for the Arms Trade Treaty and an assessment of the prospects for nuclear disarmament). Angela Kane is the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. In that capacity, she leads the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. Prior to this appointment in 2012, Ms Kane held a wide range of senior positions in the United Nations during a long career in the organisation. She was Under-Secretary-General for Management, following a term as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. She has also held leadership positions in peacekeeping and public information, and worked on disarmament issues earlier in her career in relation to the World Disarmament Campaign. Hosted by the Faculty of Law (Auckland University), Department of Politics and International Relations, Auckland Branch of the NZ Institute for International Affairs and Auckland sub-branch of the International Law Association. From 6pm - 7pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Faculty of Law, 9 Eden Crescent, University of Auckland; please email your RSVP. Publicity flyer is available here.
  • Saturday, 7 December - 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.
  • Monday, 14 April - WILPF Tamaki Makaurau and Pax Christi will be handing out Global Day of Action leaflets from 4.30pm to 5.30pm in Queen Elizabeth Square, Britomart; for more information, or to help, please contact WILPF.

Wellington area

  • Monday, 4 April - End NZ support for the 'war on terrorism' peace vigil, this month from 5pm to 5.30pm at the Cenotaph, corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street. The vigils are held on the first Thursday of each month except January, for more information contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email.
  • Monday, 7 April - 'Disarmament: The Balance Sheet', a public lecture by Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament. UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon has said our world is over-armed and peace is under-funded. Are we any closer to nuclear disarmament since New Zealand took its stand in the 1980s? How realistic is a Middle East Zone free of Weapons of Mass Destruction? Why did Assad agree to give up chemical weapons? Is the Arms Trade Treaty all good news? The UN's foremost disarmament expert will talk about these and other disarmament challenges and successes. Angela Kane assumed the position of High Representative for Disarmament Affairs in March 2012. She heads the United Nations office that promotes nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and supports disarmament regimes involving other weapons of mass destruction. It also promotes disarmament efforts in the area of conventional weapons, particularly small arms which are the weapons of choice in contemporary conflicts. You may have seen Ms Kane feature prominently in the news in recent times. In 2013, she travelled to Syria to negotiate access for United Nations chemical weapons inspectors with Bashar al-Assad. This process culminated of course in the finding that chemical weapons had in fact been used- and resulted in Syria agreeing to rid itself of chemical weapons. Ms Kane is also the United Nations' points person in the negotiations aimed at moving forward on a Middle East Zone of free of weapons of mass destruction. Ms. Kane has held a wide range of high positions in the United Nations during her long career. Prior to assuming her current post, she was Under-Secretary-General for Management, following a term as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs. She has also held leadership positions in peacekeeping and public information, and worked on disarmament issues earlier in her career. Her field experience includes stints in Ethiopia and Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and postings in Indonesia and Thailand. She has also held the positions of Director in the Department of Political Affairs and Director in the Department of Public Information. Organised by the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs 2014 Foreign Policy Lecture, co-hosted with the United Nations Association of New Zealand. From 5.40pm to 6.40pm, Lecture Theatre Two, Rutherford House (ground floor), Victoria University Pipitea Campus, 23 Lambton Quay; RSVP required by 3 April, The publicity flyer is available here.

  • Monday, 14 April - 'Dollars and sense' lunchtime forum on government spending priorities, this year's Global Day of Action on Military Spending forum in Wellington will discuss: Children's wellbeing, with Deborah Morris-Travers, Advocacy Manager, UNICEF NZ; Social Spending, with Paul Barber, Policy Advisor, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services; Military spending, with Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa; and A living wage for all workers, Living Wage Campaign, speaker to be confirmed. From 1pm to 2pm, First floor conference room, St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington (entry via the stairs at the back of the car park on the south side of the church) ~ BYO lunch, tea / coffee available at 12.50pm ~ RSVP on Facebook. The A4 poster for 'dollars and sense' is available here.


  • Ongoing - Port Otago dredging: a campaign to raise public awareness about Port Otago Ltd’s 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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