2016 – Second meeting of the year – Kurdistan.

February 10, 2016

Our speaker did not make our March meeting so he is coming along for our second meeting of the year.

The second public meeting of 2016 will be held on Tuesday May the 10th at 7.30pm. The venue will be the Waiwhetu Uniting Church Hall foyer, Corner of Grenville and Trafalgar Streets in Woburn.

Dr Alexander Maxwell, of Victoria University, will, offer us a presentation on the dilemma that is Kurdistan. Dr Maxwell is a Senior Lecturer at the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations.


Dr Maxwell will speak for forty minutes on Kurdish history, and take questions afterwards.

November the 10th – Behaviour Change and Energy Use.

November 3, 2015

The next meeting of the Waiwhetu Lower Hutt Peace Group will be held on Tuesday 10th November at 7.30pm. The venue will be the Waiwhetu Uniting Church Hall, Corner of Grenville and Trafalgar Streets in Woburn.
Speaker : Dr. Sea Rotmann. An internationally recognized Marine Biologist.
Dr Sea Rotmann
Dr Rotmann’s Topic “- Behaviour Change and Energy Use.”
Dr Rotmann will speak with reference to her extensive study and understanding of environment issues in many parts of the world.

Falun Gong.

July 2, 2015

Our next meeting, on the 14th of July 2015 at 7.30pm, will feature a talk by Falun Gong practitioner Margo MacVicar.

Falun Gong are variously described as a spiritual movement and a religious sect. They have suffered much repression inside China. Particularly since April 25th 1999 when about 15,000 members demonstrated outside the Communist Party of China’s headquarters at Zhongnanhai in the heart of Beijing.

Falun Gong even encounter resistance, from the Chinese state, within New Zealand.

MPs told to avoid Falun Gong events due to Chinese ‘sensitivities’

Falun Gong - Glenmore Street, Wellington, NZ.


Organ Harvesting in China – a documentary

June 24, 2015

In the run up to the Peace Group meeting on the 14th of July on the Falun Gong movement in China the following
documentary will be screened in Wellington. (Details of the meeting will follow separately.)


To be screened –
6.30pm Wednesday the 1st of July at Victoria University,
Faculty of Law, Lecture theatre GBLT4
Level 1, Old Government Buildings, 55 Lambton Quay,

Includes Q&A panel discussion led by David Matas.
Hosted by Catherine Delahunty MP.
An investigation into the organ harvesting trade in China.

In attendance will be…
David Matas – International Human Rights Lawyer.
Catherine Delahunty – Green Party MP.
Kerry Gore – Barrister – Immigration Law Specialist,
Dr Tony Ellis – Barrister.
Dr Damon Nato – Doctors against Forced Organ Harvesting.

RSVP – by June 29. Reply Margo MacVicar margaretann@xtra.co.nz or call 027 248 6551

Nicky Hager – November 11th.

October 21, 2014

Nicky Hager has agreed to speak at the next meeting of the Waiwhetu/Lower Hutt Peace Group. His topic – New Zealand in the Five Eyes Alliance.
Nicky Hager - Dirty Politics
This will be on Tuesday the 11th of November at 7.30pm. Admission is open to all. Koha. Click about for venue location.

October newsletter.

September 19, 2014

Waiwhetu / Lower Hutt Peace Group

Our Election Event went well.
There was a good turn out and my job chairing was made easy by the way the candidates responded to questions, and how the audience framed and asked their’s. The quality of the questions in most instances were very good with some being well thought out, but I give top marks to the two young lasses sitting near the front who asked for each of the candidates to answer and it was. “What is your vision for New Zealand? Where do you see us going?”

I have no idea how many elections it is now, that our group has been  hosting these events, but it is quite a few, and I am confident all will take satisfaction from our small contribution to democracy.
If anyone has comment to add to the format we follow and or ways we can increase the attendance, I will always be pleased to hear them.

The speaker for our next meeting, Tuesday the 14th October at 7.30pm is Associate Professor Elizabeth Stanley. (For venue details click on ABOUT above.)
Me grad

Elizabeth is from Victoria University and  I heard her speak at a seminar in Auckland. Elizabeth is going to going to repeat, with a few adjustments, that Auckland talk. So, it will be called ‘The Continuum of Repression and Impunity from Timor-Leste to West Papua’.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Stanley is a ‘Reader in Criminology’ at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington. Her research focuses on state crime, human rights, and issues of social justice. She has written over 30 journal articles, book chapters and reports on these issues with regard to events in New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Timor-Leste, West Papua and the UK.
Her publications include ‘Torture, Truth and Justice’ (Routledge, 2009) and ‘State Crime and Resistance’ (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Jude McCulloch). She is currently completing a monograph on those who were victimised in New Zealand’s Social Welfare institutions. This
book explores the violence against children in state-run institutions, its long-term legacy, and the ways in which victims/survivors have sought to gain recognition. In July 2014, she commenced a five year ‘Rutherford Discovery Fellowship’. Her project will examine the changing nature of human rights in New Zealand in relation to prisoners, children in trouble, and asylum seekers and refugees.

I am confident of a very interesting evening for all who attend and I have no hesitation in challenging every one to bring along a friend or two.
As you can see our speaker is a very accomplished person and has a long association with following the events which have shaped the Indonesian occupation of West Papua.

By the time you get this the election will be over and we may know who our Prime Minister is.
No matter who is successful I see three years of stormy and, I hope, revealing events ahead.  I believe our ideals of Democracy are at stake and my personal view is that so much has been revealed that anything less than a meaningful inquiry will send the wrong message to too many who occupy the halls of power in NZ.