National Peace Workshops 2003
9 to 11 May, Otautahi / Christchurch
After a two year absence, the annual gathering of peace and anti-war people is back! Since the last National Peace Workshops, a number of new peace and anti-war groups, coalitions and local networks have formed. This will be the first national meeting to bring together people from established peace and social justice groups with those from the groups which formed after 11 September 2001.
National Peace Workshops 2003 will be hosted by Peace Action Network Otautahi, in association with Peace Movement Aotearoa, at the Coppertop Conference Facilities, Second Floor, Commerce Department, University of Canterbury, Ilam, Christchurch.
Friday, 9 May
7.30pm - Introductions, getting to know each other, and screening of 'Not in Our Name'.
Saturday, 10 May
8.00am to 9.00am - Registration
9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome/housekeeping, programme review
9.15am to 10.45am - Panel One
The American Agenda - David Small;
New Zealand's involvement in the US military and Intelligence alliance - Nicky Hager;
History of the colonisation of the Middle-East - speaker to be confirmed.
10.45am to 11.00am - Break
11.00am to 12.30pm - Four simultaneous workshops:
Palestine - Grant Brookes, Socialist Worker, and a speaker from the Wellington Palestine Group (to be confirmed);
Iraq: sanctions, no-fly zones, current war - Middle-East Collective;
Non violent direct action and the peace movement - Edwina Hughes, Peace Movement Aotearoa, and Moana Cole, Christchurch Catholic Worker;
The 'war on terrorism' in the Asia Pacific region: the Philippines - Murray Horton, Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa.
12.30pm to 1.30pm - Lunch
1.30pm to 2.15pm - Panel Two
2.15pm to 3.45pm - Four simultaneous workshops:
Humanitarian Assistance: Should the Military Be Delivering It? Jill Hawkey and Mary Cavanagh, Christian World Service;
Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the peace movement and social justice in Aotearoa - ARC and others;
Campaign strategy and planning - Nicky Hager;
Skills based workshops - Indymedia, chalking, banner making etc - Jo, Kerry, Leith, Peace Action Network Otautahi;
The US military base at Christchurch Airport: NZ does its bit for the war - Bob Leonard, Anti Bases Campaign.
3.45pm to 4.15pm - Break
4.15pm to 5.15pm - Panel Three
The Role of labour in the anti-war movement, links between workers movements and peace and justice issues - Don Franks and Maxine Gaye, Clothing Workers Union / Alliance.
Evening: 'Arts as Action' - a peace concert in conjunction with the National Peace Workshops, all are welcome to come to this concert that aims to support, encourage and teach peace through the power of music and voice; from 7-30pm at the Music Centre, 140 Barbados Street.
Sunday, 11 May
8.30am to 9.00am - Registration
9.00am to 10.30am - Panel Four:
10.30am to 10.45am - Break
10.45am to 1.00pm - Strategy: where do we go from here? in groups then as a whole; closing.
The National Peace Workshops 2003 are non-residential, but there are some billets available. If you wish to be billeted, please register as soon as possible. If you wish to have lunch provided on Saturday, or would like child care, we must receive your registration before 5 May. Registrations at the door will be accepted, but you will need to bring your own lunch on Saturday.
When we receive your registration, you will be posted the details of the venue and a map (also available on-line, see below), and a tax-deductible receipt for your payment. After the costs of this year's National Peace Workshops have been met, any surplus funds will be held in trust by Peace Movement Aotearoa for the next National Peace Workshops.
How to get to the venue - the Coppertop Conference Facilities are on the Second Floor, Commerce Department, University of Canterbury, Ilam. To get there, turn left off Clyde Road into Arts Road, the Commerce Building is at the end of Arts Road on the right.
For people coming from out of town the following links may be helpful: on-line map of Christchurch, for the location of the University, click on section 12 to enlarge, or go directly to this map; on-line Christchurch bus timetable.
If you have a general enquiry or an enquiry about your registration, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa, tel (04) 382 8129 or email;
If you have an enquiry about the venue, please contact Dan tel (03) 388 8923;
If you have an enquiry about billets, please contact email;
The emergency contact telephone number to reach someone attending the National Peace Workshops is (03) 332 2403.
Anti Bases Campaign
Association of University Staff, Lincoln Branch
Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa
Christchurch South Methodist Parish
Christian World Service
Disarmament and Security Centre
Peace Action Network Otautahi
Peace Movement Aotearoa
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Aotearoa section
National Distribution Union
NZ Council of Trade Unions