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Below are the details of peace events around ANZAC Day – in Kaikohe today, 24 April, and in Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Dunedin tomorrow, 25 April. If you would like your peace event added to the online listings, please email the details to pma

If you would like photos of your event added to the ANZAC Day 2018 peace events album, please either email your photos to pma (with a note saying who to credit the photo to) or send us a link to your photos online, thank you.

~ Kaikohe ~

* Tuesday, 24 April – Commemoration, Peace Embassy and Film – ANZAC Day Commemoration to remember together world wars, and all past and present wars – the tragedy of so many people killed, maimed, raped, orphaned or lost children, lost homes and lost hope. Let us encourage national mourning for ALL those damaged by war. Let us not encourage present warfare while we are in mourning. A Peace Embassy with white poppies and information, free Soup & Homemade Breads. From 10am, at 1pm we will watch a DVD together: Field Punishment #1, about 14 NZ conscientious objectors in WW1. This is not in opposition to the usual ANZAC Day commemoration, more to enhance it by promoting peace. Nau Mai, Haere Mai – All Welcome. Hosted by Hokianga Catholic Workers on Tuesday, 24 April, Broadway, Kaikohe (at the old Hammer Hardware store, almost opposite ANZ Bank), RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1697997743609136

~ Auckland ~

* Wednesday, 25 April – ANZAC Day Picnic for Peace: 100 years of resistance to war – we’re hosting a peace picnic to commemorate conscientious objectors who resisted war. There will be inspiring speakers, music and food along with an opportunity for families to be part of creating a peace mural. Please bring food to share and a blanket to sit on. From 12 noon, at the Auckland Domain Rotunda. Organised by Auckland Peace Action, RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/215709719197006

* Wednesday, 25 April – Honour the War Dead by Ending War, ANZAC Day peace vigil to remember all the casualties of war, to remember all who resisted war, to call for an end to war, and to promote peace. In conjunction with peace and faith groups here and overseas who are holding vigils throughout the WW1 centenary to highlight our mutual belief that conflict must be resolved peacefully rather than by war. From 6.30pm to 7.30pm, at the Devonport war memorial, next to Devonport Library. Organised by WILPF Tamaki Makaurau, RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/239968683239672

~ Wellington ~

* Wednesday, 25 April – ANZAC Day Citizens’ Wreath-laying – We will be laying a wreath for civilian victims of war along with other groups who will be laying wreaths for the Afghan civilian casualties of Operation Burnham, the Surafend massacre and conscientious objectors. We are disrupting the mainstream narrative by bringing an anti-war message but not disrupting the ceremonies themselves. We aim to highlight the senselessness of war and challenge war glorification. Meet 8.30am at the Cenotaph, with the ceremony starting at 9am. Organised by Peace Action Wellington, further information is available at https://www.facebook.com/peaceactionwellington/photos/a.719229771473396.1073741826.170238716372507/1893462614050100/?type=3

* Wednesday, 25 April – Honour the War Dead by Ending War, ANZAC Day peace vigil to remember all the casualties of war, to remember all who resisted war, to call for an end to war, and to promote peace. In conjunction with peace and faith groups here and overseas who are holding vigils throughout the WW1 centenary to highlight our mutual belief that conflict must be resolved peacefully rather than by war. From 5.30pm to 6pm at the Cenotaph, corner Lambton Quay and Bowen Street, Wellington – please bring a candle and a reflection to share if you wish, banners and placards will be available at the vigil. Organised by Peace Movement Aotearoa, RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/958473377677103 – A4 poster is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/anzac18-wgn.pdf

~ Nelson ~

* Wednesday, 25 April – Honour the War Dead by Ending War, ANZAC Day peace vigil to remember all the casualties of war, to remember all who resisted war, to call for an end to war, and to promote peace. In conjunction with peace and faith groups here and overseas who are holding vigils throughout the WW1 centenary to highlight our mutual belief that conflict must be resolved peacefully rather than by war. From 5pm to 5.30pm, at the Cathedral Steps. Organised by Nelson Quakers, RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/226918508042475

~ Dunedin ~

* Wednesday, 25 April – ANZAC peace ceremony – we encourage you to join us in a ceremony to ‘never forget’ the full cost of war and ‘never again’ engage in violence to settle our differences. The event has been organised by members of the Dunedin community to give people an opportunity to remember all the casualties of war – civilian and military on all sides of past and current conflicts. We hope to peacefully challenge the beliefs, values and institutions that make war inevitable by providing a space for people to gather on ANZAC day and make a commitment towards peace. From 12 noon to 12.30pm, at the Peace Pole, Otago Museum, RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1640039712759435

* Wednesday, 25 April – Ormond Burton: A Christian Pacifist’s Theology – Ormond Burton left an indelible mark on 20th century New Zealand. The combatant soldier of World War 1 became the Christian pacifist of succeeding years leading, during World War II, to imprisonment, and to dismissal and eventual reinstatement to the ministry in the Methodist Church. Stephanie du Fresne discusses Ormond Burton’s free verse poem stating his final beliefs on his retirement as a Methodist Minister in 1966, followed by tea and coffee. Starts 2pm, at the Quaker Meeting House, 15 Park Street – all welcome.

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