New Zealand continues to help plunder Western Sahara.

April 8, 2016

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The above link goes to P FOR PLUNDER 2015. This is a comprehensive report looking at phosphate being shipped from Western Sahara. Once again New Zealand is shown to be conspiring against the people of Western Sahara by participating in the plunder on one of their natural resources.
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Western Sahara – New Zealand Government’s position.

April 8, 2016

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This is the current NZ Government position on Western Sahara. Dated 30/03/2016.
Morocco has, in a fit of pique, expelled 84 UN peacekeepers from the region.

The UNSG Ban Ki-moon used the word ‘occupation’ which upset the Moroccan government. However, it was just an excuse as the first time I can find the word used was in 1979. That word OCCUPATION. Second page. look for point five.

This Reuters article will give you the flavour of what has been happening.


Western Sahara – a Radio NZ interview.

April 3, 2016

Dr Stephen Zunes, from the USA, is in New Zealand at the moment. We helped to get him an interview on Radio NZ’s Sunday Morning. Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco. ( http://stephenzunes.org/about/ )

Stephen Zunes has spent much time championing self-determination in Western Sahara. This work Western Sahara: War Nationalism & Conflict Irresolution, available at the Lower Hutt library, is recommended.

The interview is here.


West Papua – a new NZ short film on the genocide.

March 2, 2016

The film was written and directed by Tere Harrison who was inspired by a protest rally by the Hunters Rugby League Club Wellington in support of West Papua.

Harrison says, “It’s rare to see a sports club protest but I saw league players, their whānau and Pacific Island students in the rain outside the Indonesian Embassy demanding freedom for West Papua. It was powerful.

I was also surprised at how little the public knew, how little Māori knew of the issue of West Papua. The Pacifica community had turned out but Māori, known for protest action, were notably absent. It was a clear indication that we didn’t know enough about this and I wanted to change that.”

Featuring Māori and Pacific commentators Dr Maria Bargh, Dr Teresia Teaiwa and Dr Pala Molisa, Run It Straight is a mash up of drama, poetry and documentary footage wrapped in a large dose of Māori humour and emotion.

Renowned Māori rights activist, Hone Harawira also makes an appearance.

Harrison says, “It made sense to invite someone who has stood up for peoples around the world. It made sense to invite Hone Harawira and he didn’t hesitate he was on set within a few weeks of asking him and drove from Kaitaia to Wellington knowing we had no budget to pay him.

Most of those who contributed to the film did so without payment. This was the level of support I received when we approached people. The support from everyone was overwhelming.”

https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/nz-film-run-it-straight-addresses-issues-west-papua


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.

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


Radio New Zealand International made it to West Papua.

November 9, 2015
West Papua has been a theme that we have carried through several meetings. Theo and Mike from the Peace Group have been in contact with Jonny Blades, from Radio New Zealand International (RNZI) and the following, a little belatedly, note is from Jonny.

In short Indonesia has been extremely reluctant to grant visas to journalists. Jonny and a colleague applied and were successful. This is his email to us.

“Just a quick message to say Hi and give you the heads up about my Insight programme about West Papua tomorrow (Sunday) morning after the news at 8 o’clock on RNZ 101.3FM.
There’s a whole series of interviews and packages that I’ve already broadcast/published. But the big one is tomorrow, for which I will send you the link because it comes with an article, photographs and some interviews on video.
Also, here’s a wee video report we put out yesterday:
Please pass it on to friends and family who may be interested.
Hope you’re well.

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.


The Politics of Peace

September 2, 2015

On Tuesday September the 8th the Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard will talk on the Politics of Peace.
The meeting will start at 7.30pm.

Venue reminder:

Waiwhetu Uniting Church, (Foyer)
6 Trafalgar Street,
Waiwhetu (corner of Grenville St. and Trafalgar St.),
Lower Hutt
Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Followed by supper: All welcome.


Weapons Conference – oppposition to.

August 11, 2015

Dear Friends in the Lower Hutt Peace Group,

I am writing on behalf of Peace Action Wellington to seek your support for our campaign opposing the weapons conference planned for Wellington’s TSB Arena on November 17-18.

What is the Weapons Conference?

The weapons conference is a meeting of 200 of the world’s largest weapons manufacturers. They are here for two reasons: first, the conference is a showcase for local and international suppliers of weapons, tanks, helicopters, drones, rocket launchers, army uniforms, aircraft simulators and other military support systems and equipment to market themselves to the New Zealand Defence Force for lucrative government contracts, and second the conference creates opportunities for these same companies to work together to bid for overseas military contracts.

The conference’s main sponsors include Lockheed Martin, Babcock and Thales – some of the world’s leading nuclear weapon manufacturers. Under the name ‘the Defence Industry Conference’ these companies come to town to meet and plan how to make money from war.

What’s the problem?

      These companies are involved in supplying weapons to the illegal occupation of Palestine, and to repressive regimes including the governments of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United States, all with well-documented human rights abuses.

      Many of these companies are key players in the nuclear weapons establishment – as producers of nuclear weapons and managers of nuclear weapons facilities.

      Money spent on weapons takes money away from essential basic services. The upcoming purchase of two new planes for the NZDF will cost $600 million – one-half of what is needed to refurbish all state houses in New Zealand.

      On the same day the Child Poverty Action Group’s report Our Children, Our Choice: Child Poverty and Health was launched, the government announced “the prime contract for the frigate combat systems upgrade” was awarded to Lockheed Martin Canada – at a cost of $446 million, part of the 16.5% increase in military spending over the next four years.

      These weapons manufacturers are fueling conflicts around the world – many of them resource wars for oil and natural gas – because they profit from war. The US military is the single largest user of fossil fuel in the world. Our climate & environment are under assault from the massive militarisation of the world.

What can you do to help?

We will be campaigning against the conference both in the intervening months and on the days of the conference itself. We seek you and your organisation’s support for our position and activities.

Promotion

-Publicly condemn the weapons conference in a press release from your organisation
Encourage your organisation’s members to participate by publicising it among your groups and networks.
-Like our Facebook page & follow us on Twitter (@PeaceActionWGTN) we will be developing social media actions around the conference so keep an eye out for how you can take part!
-Download, circulate, print and poster weapons conference materials from our website
Arrange a visit by Peace Action to your organisation and where we can make a presentation specifically tailored to your members.
Invite us to write an article for inclusion in your newsletter linking the weapons conference to issues of importance to your supporters.

Endorse

Please email us to endorse our statement of opposition to the weapons conference (below) and please encourage others to do so too:

We say “No” to Wellington City – capital of nuclear free New Zealand – hosting a defence industry weapons conference sponsored by Lockheed Martin, an international nuclear weapons manufacturer. We support action to stop the weapons conference. 

Participate

We are organising specific actions at the conference. We want different groups represented there with their own specific reasons for opposing the weapons conference. We invite you to bring your banners and messages of opposition.

Join our Facebook event here:

Other ideas?

Get in touch if there is something you think we can do.

Get involved and let’s stop the weapons conference for good.

Thank your for your support.

Ngā mihi,

Valerie Morse
for Peace Action Wellington


Falun Gong meeting – 14th July 2015

July 14, 2015

We had some technical problems at tonight’s meeting. Here are the two videos that we could not display.

Dr. Damon Noto – House Hearing on Organ Harvesting

Organ Harvesting – European Parliament Resolution