Peace meeting & actions in Auckland and Wellington Sept/Oct

Thursday, September 28th, 6pm at 19 Tory St, Welington

Speak Our Peace – Public Meeting About the Arms Trade. Join Peace Action Wellington, Nicky Hager, Gayaal Iddamalgoda and Hanaa Al-Sadoun to discuss the arms trade, militarisation in the Pacific and refugees. We will also give an overview of the upcoming Weapons Expo and what the protest against it will involve.

Sunday, October 1st, Starting 1130am at Inner Most Gardens, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Non-violent Direct Action Training. Prepare for the community blockade of the Weapons Expo with a free non-violent direct action (NVDA) training session. We will build collective understanding of what non-violent direct action is, share tactics we can use on the day, and discuss dealing with media and police. The event is open to people of all ages, abilities and NVDA experience levels who are interested in coming along to the Weapons Expo blockade. So whether you’re new to protest or you’ve used NVDA for years and fancy a refresher, nau mai, haere mai.

Thursday 5th October at 5.30pm, Owen G Glenn Building, Room 260-040B, University of Auckland

Invitation from the Peace Foundation: Please join us on for our Nuclear Abolition Day event, a partnership between the Peace Foundation, the Public Policy Institute and the University of Auckland Public Policy Club. We hope that this event may be of interest to you and your networks. We welcome a range of viewpoints and hope to have a lively discussion.

Title: Investigating the New Zealand Government stance on nuclear disarmament promotion


5.30pm – Roundtable discussion between panelists and the audience: · Richard Northey; Dr. Lyndon Burford; Lucy Stewart; Jake Bransgrove; Tamkeen Saeid; Samuditha Rupasinghe

6.30pm – NZ Premier Screening of Where the Wind Blew (Kazakh film on effects of nuclear weapons)

The event is being held as part of a threefold commemoration of Nuclear Abolition Day (Sep 26th), the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (adopted July 7, 2017), and thirty years of New Zealand being nuclear-free. Its focus will be on how the New Zealand government has advanced the cause of nuclear disarmament in its domestic activities since 1987, and what steps it is currently taking to further or maintain this cause, it being enshrined in law at both national and international levels. We welcome a range of viewpoints and a robust discussion.

Some information on this can be found here:

The Peace Foundation: PO Box 8055, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150 / Level 2 128 Khyber Pass Road, Grafton, Auckland, Aotearoa-New Zealand 1023 / T 64 9 373 2379 / F 64 9 379 2668 / Mobile +64 22 067 3517. lucy /

Tuesday October 10th and Wednesday October 11th at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Blockade the Weapons Expo: We are planning a diverse blockade and protest actions over the two day of the Weapons Expo. We want this to be a accessible, family friendly fun event so there will different activities to get involved in depending on your comfort level on both days.

10 Oct: Blockade the Weapons Expo.

Meet 7.30am: Pedestrian overbridge to the Westpac Stadium, beside 90 Waterloo Quay

11 Oct: Plans during day TBC

11 Oct: Give Peace a Dance! Party & Noise Demo against the arms trade.

Meet 5pm: Pedestrian overbridge to the Westpac Stadium, beside 90 Waterloo Quay.

Let us know you are coming!

You can register for the blockade to let us know if you need accommodation or transport, or if you have any special skills you wanna share 🙂 Register here >>

Need more info? You can find Peace Action Wellington at

Friday, 13 October, 7.30pm. Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Rd.

Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture: Nuclear Free New Zealand at 30.

Maire Leadbeater, long-time peace activist and author of How New Zealand Became Nuclear-Free speaks on the historic achievement, but one compromised by a ‘follow the leader’ foreign affairs and defence policy. Sponsor: Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust.

Saturday, 14 October, 8.30am to 5pm. Bishop Selwyn Chapel, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell Rd.

From Just War to Just Peace Study Day. Speakers critiquing the “Just War” approach, including Professor Richard Jackson (on The Pacifist State), Dr Zain Ali (on the Islamic approach to Pacifism), Dr Geoffrey Troughton (on peace traditions in New Zealand), Dr Katerina Standish (a peace educator, on “war education”), Dr Heather Devere (on the pursuit of justice: through war or peace?); Professor Peter Lineham and Graeme McCormick.

$25 including food. Register at barfoots. Pay at door.

Sponsors: NZ Christian Network, Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust, Pax Christ Anglican Pacifist Fellowship

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