Through the lion’s rage, still I am for peace. – Te Whiti o Rongomai, Parihaka spiritual leader
The resistance of the people of Parihaka to violent colonialism is the foundation of the modern peace movement in Aotearoa New Zealand. Join us to honour that resistance, and build on it by working for peace and justice today. This one-day conference is an inclusive and conversational space covering topics including the legacy of Parihaka, colonialism today, global peace and justice movements, Islamophobia and militarism in the Pacific.
Speakers include: award winning Native Hawaiian filmmaker and journalist Anne Keala Kelly; MP Marama Davidson speaking on her journey as part of the Women’s Boat to Gaza; Parihaka descendant & filmmaker Paora Joseph; English professor and native Chamorro Craig Santos Perez; Dennis Maga from Auckland Philippines Solidarity and the Union Network of Migrants; Emilie Rākete from No Pride in Prisons; Faisal Al-Assad from Racial Equity Aotearoa; law professor Jane Kelsey; intersectional Muslim feminist Khayreyah Amani Wahaab; anti-colonial anti-capitalist activist Sina Brown-Davis; Pacific studies academic and writer Teresia Teaiwa; and peace activist Valerie Morse.
The sessions are intended to be Tala Noa Pacific style, which is more conversational and interactive than a lecture. At the end of the day, attendees will produce a community declaration articulating our aspirations and commitment to peace and justice.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Following the conference we will have a free BBQ outside the library from 4pm. At 5pm the Academy Cinemas will be showing the Tatarakihi: The Children of Parihaka film for $10 with a Q&A session with film-maker Paora Joseph.
Please join us: Saturday, 5 November 10am – 3:30pm Auckland Central Library, 44-46 Lorne Street