Fri – West Papua Flag raising / Sun – Israeli Author Gideon Levy Meeting

12 noon, December 1, Aotea Square, Auckland City
West Papua Solidarity Flag Raising Event in Auckland.
56 years ago the Morning Star flag was raised in the capital of West Papua Hollandia (now known as Jayapura)
The people of West Papua were on a clear path to independence.
West Papuan freedom aspirations were dashed in August 1962 when the Dutch reluctantly agreed that Indonesia could take over after a brief UN transition period. The US played the key role in brokering the agreement, but New Zealand went along with it, and has failed to stand up for the rights of the indigenous people despite decades of ‘slow genocide’.
Indonesia’s repressive rule has led to alienation from their traditional lands, environmental devastation, human rights abuses and poverty amidst plenty.

However, more and more Pacific peoples and governments are taking a stand on behalf of West Papua.

Join us in an important solidarity action: Aotea Square = at the flag pole in front of Aotea Centre – near the Box Cafe – we will raise the flag and conduct a short ceremony.

The flag will be lowered again at 4-30 and we will then join Oceania Interrupted for their solidarity event at Wynyard Quarter.

#Action 11. Reformation Reclamation – Free West Papua start time to 5:30pm.

Location to meet: by the playground at Wynyard Quarter, off Jellicoe and Hamner Street, Auckland CBD.

1pm, Friday, December 1, Parliament, Aotearoa New Zealand
West Papua solidarity in Wellington

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You are invited to join the annual gathering on Friday, 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. Since then, 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.

Sunday, December 3, 3pm, Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, 489 Dominion Rd, Auckland

Thursday, 7 December, from 5.30pm to 7pm, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, Dunedin
Five experts from the University and beyond have the challenge of explaining, in only 10 minutes, the significance of the 2017 Nobel Prizes in Peace, Literature and the Sciences. This exciting event is in its third year and is run by the Otago Institute for the Arts and Sciences and supported by iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand, the Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technology, the Otago Museum and the University of Otago.

This year’s speakers are: Edwina Hughes – Coordinator, iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand; Dr Jörg Hennig – Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Otago; Dr Alexander Tups – Department of Physiology, University of Otago; Dr Josie Carter – Department of English and Linguistics, University of Otago; and Dr Mihnea Bostina – Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Otago.

A gold coin donation to support the Otago Institute is kindly requested. The poster for ‘Inside the Nobel’ is available at

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