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WEAPONS INSPECTION: Civilian weapon inspectors to visit U.S facility in Christchurch

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A Citizen's Weapons Inspection Team plan to conduct an inspection of the US Airforce
base
at Christchurch Airport (Harewood) on Sunday March 2.

The inspection, which will be part of a protest against the
American-lead war on Iraq, is organised by Christchurch's Peace Action
Network. Protesters will meet at the totem pole, at the entrance to the
airport at 2 pm.

"By hosting a US base in Christchurch, the New Zealand government is
providing logistical support to the US war machine and its unjust war on
Iraq," said Mr Colyer.

Protesters will be demanding that the href="http://www.thrall.orcon.net.nz/22waristerrorism.html">Harewood
base be demilitarised, and that the New Zealand government end all
support for the war.

Update: Read the final report


[ Read the entire article | New Zealand Citizen's Weapons Inspection Team | Anti Bases Campaign ]

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: Thousands march for peace around Aotearoa

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Aotearoa has kicked off the href="http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=969">International
Day of Action to Stop the War on the People of Iraq, with rallies href="http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wkac0203.htm">all across the
country. At least eighteen different cities/centres held protest actions, ranging from vigils to protests, to concerts and peace picnics.

Saturday 15th:

People from Tauranga added their voice to the international call to find a peaceful solution with regards to Iraq, while a vigil was held in Whanganui.

The march in Wellington was so big that the venue for the rally was shifted from Midland Park to the grounds of parliament.

In Auckland the crowd of 8-10 thousand people was diverse, including Christian groups, Greenpeace, and families. The march was lead by an Iraqi nun and a samba band.

In Christchurch about 2,000 people turned out for the rally which had speakers from Iraq and Egypt.

About 1,500 people turned out for the protest in Dunedin, including a Pacific Peace Angel. Speakers included an Iraqi woman recounting her experience of the US massacre of over 400 women and children at Al Ameriyah.

Sunday 16th: Auckland followed up yesterday's massive protest with a peace concert in Potter's Park.

Plan B: Peace: Auckland Indymedia have put together a documentary from February 15th events around Aotearoa. It is currently screening on community television stations in Auckland, Hamilton and Dunedin. Copies are also available on VHS - contact us for details.


[ global indymedia coverage | Pictures from 100 Protests Around the World ]

KA WHAWHAI TONU MATOU AKE AKE AKE: Film evening to raise funds for Ngawha

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Film producer Tauni Ngatai-Sinclair will be present to have a
question and answer session about the 1998 film 'Globalisation
and Maori' that is to be screened on Monday the 17th in
Wellington.
Money raised from the film-night is to be donated to the
Ngawha noho (occupation).

The police arrested 5 members of the Ngawha occupation on the
12th of February,
several arrests were made in
January
but the occupation continues.

Vocal opposition from
other quarters
are questioning the increasingly
expensive prison.


[ Comments | neo-liberalism and Tino Rangatiratanga | Aotearoa live ]

WAR IN IRAQ: International Day of Action Against Iraq War

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February 15 will see people taking to the street around the world to show their resistance to Blair and Bush's determination to wage war on Iraq.

The International Day of Action includes mass marches organised in at least 50 cities including New York, Rome, Amsterdam and London to name just a few and organisers are saying that it will likely be the single largest day of protest in world history.

Here in Aotearoa there are rallies planned for in Hamilton , Dunedin, Wellington, Tauranga, Hastings, Christchurch and Auckland where there is also a peace concert in the park planned for February 16.

This day of action should not be seen in isolation, but rather as part of a continuing wave of actions worldwide and throughout New Zealand including well-attended marches in main centres like Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin and also in smaller cities like Wanganui and Tauranga.

Some in the mass movement, see the connections within the anti-war/peace movement and the broader anti-capitalist movement.

Video Callout:Auckland Indymedia is making a TV doco to screen on community TV about this day of action and is calling out for people around the country to contribute some footage of the events in their area.

Latest Anti-War Listings:Taken from Peace Movement Aotearoa's "What's On" listing comes the latest information regarding anti war actions around the country on or around February 15.

Add your Event:To Aotearoa Indymedia's events Calender or to find out what events are planned in your area.


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1080: A nation poisoned?

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As part of an organised resistance to the wide use of 1080 poison in the Golden Bay area, in
August 2001, a group of Golden Bay activists opposed to the use of 1080 poison
sabotaged a planned aerial drop of the
poison.

In late January 2003, Quaid Hutchinson,an anti-1080 activist denied in court a charge of wilful damage relating to the Department of Conservation-owned poison.

The New Zealand government uses 90 percent of the worlds' production of 1080 poison (sodium fluoroacetate), the majority of which is aerially applied as pellet baits for possum control. The anti-1080 campaign also say that the controversial poison has resulted in the deaths
of thousands of farm animals and pets. Yet the aerial drops of 1080-loaded pellets continues in the face of widespread protest. Hutchinson told the court that the 1080 pellets
can cause miscarriages and
heart problems along with contributing to diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome and Parkinson's
disease.

Elsewhere debate is raging about the spraying of the fully undisclosed pesticide
foray 48B, the spray used in the eradication of the painted-apple moth in Auckland. However a number of Auckland residents have suffering symptoms
like shortness of breath, dermatology irritability, sore eyes, nose bleeds and
increased and severity of asthma. [ href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/sundaystartimes/auckland/0,2106,2223202a6016,00.html">1
| 2 ]

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CIVILIAN WEAPON INSPECTIONS: Activists say many arrests at US embassy avoidable

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Activists say police over reaction led to 23 people being arrested at an anti-war demonstration at the United States Embassy in Wellington today.

"Police demonstrated a complete inability to deal with symbolic, non-violent protest in a professional manner," said Sam Buchanan of the Weapons Inspection Arrestees Legal Support Group.

"Wrestling people to the ground before dragging them away was unnecessary and provocative. The police showed an astonishing ability to turn a quite light-hearted protest into a confrontation."

Peace activists were making a theatrical 'inspection' of the US embassy, saying they wanted to ensure the US was not keeping any of its weapons of mass destruction on the premises. A small group of activists were arrested when they moved towards the embassy fence after claiming they need to enter the compound to check for weapons.

Read the full report

Wellington arrestees need witness statements | Comments and updates | New Zealand Citizen Weapon Inspection Team | TV1 footage | Images

GULF WAR: Protest Against Te Mana and New Zealand's Military Presence in the Gulf

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A protest is being organised in Auckland to oppose the sailing of the New Zealand Navy frigate, Te Mana, which will leave Devonport Naval Base (to replace the frigate Te Kaha) for duties in the Gulf region on Tuesday 28 January.

The government has stated that the frigate will be involved in anti-Taleban/Al Qaeda activity as part of Operation Enduring Freedom's Maritime Interdiction Operation and says the frigate will participate in monitoring shipping activity and, escorting US and other coalition vessels through the Straits of Hormuz, gathering intelligence, intercepting and boarding shipping, and identifying and detaining Al Qaeda and Taleban personnel.

While the government has denied the frigate will be involved in any way in the war on Iraq, opponents fear the frigate will have a back-up role in any conflict and that its presence will constitute tacit approval for, and involvement in the war.

The planned protest will be both on land and sea. Groups supporting the action include GPJA, Palestine Human Rights Campaign, SJP and the Anti-Imperialist Coalition (among others).

PROTEST: Devonport Naval Base, 1.00 pm Tuesday 28, January, Te Mana Leaves AT 2.00 pm.


[ comments and updates | photos | protest report ]

SURVEILLANCE: Waihopai spybase protest

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People from all around New Zealand will be converging at the Waihopai satellite interception spy base, in Marlborough, on the weekend of January 24-26.

The Waihopai spy bases covers Pacific surveillance and relays the information to the UKUSA intelligence-collecting branch named Echelon. The base receives all e-mails, faxes, international phone calls and any other form of satellite communication.

The Anti-Bases Campaign points state the Waihopai spy base is New Zealand's most important contribution to the American war machine, and has been protesting regularly since the bases construction in 1989.

Two Members of the Australian Anti-bases Campaign Coalition will be attending this weekends protests along with many others from around the country.

"Waihopai does not operate in the national interests of New Zealand or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil, paid for with our tax dollars, and directly involves us in America's wars. Waihopai must be closed." - Murray Horton for ABC

Photos of protest camp | Photos of Blenheim march | Photos of Waihopai protest | Eyewitness report | Report 2 | Anti-Bases Campaign | Comments

WEAPON INSPECTIONS: Inspection Team targets US Embassy

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On January 16, the New Zealand Citizen Weapon Inspection Team sent an open letter to the U.S Ambassador based in Wellington.

Information has been requested concerning U.S installations that may contain weapons of mass destruction and support systems that are owned and operated by the U.S on NZ soil.

January 25 is the designated deadline in which the US Ambassador is required to hand over the requested information. The inspection will take place on February 2, 2003. There is still plenty of opportunity for anybody interested in becoming a participant in the weapons inspection.

The US has been targeted by Civilian weapons inspectors the world over [ 1, 2 ], and several people from Aotearoa/NZ are joining the international human shield being established in Iraq.

[ UN weapons inspection | Engineers for Social Responsibility | Team arrives in Wellington | Comments

WAR IN IRAQ: Peace rallies spread throughout Aotearoa

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Anti war protests have been spreading throught out Aotearoa, with recent actions in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Wanganui.The latest actions mark the anniversary of the beginning of the Gulf War in 1991, and come at a time when war seems increasingly likely.

In Christchurch about 2000 people came along to hear an impressive array of music, speakers and poetry.This is possibly THE biggest antiwar march anywhere in New Zealand going back to the Veitnam era of protests.

Actions in Wanganui showed that even in a small city people can arrange a protest, while Dunedin had a good turn out too. In Wellington actions began with a 12-hour vigil at the US embassy, followed by a rally at the Cenotaph and a march to the US Embassy .

Other actions included an open letter to the US Embassy and a Weapons Inspection Ultimatum.

Meanwhile Christiaan Briggs, from Napier, is heading to Iraq to act as a human shield.

Read more: Dunedin photos | Christchurch photos 2
| International actions | Comments and updates | United for Peace | Iraq Journal

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