“Though the lions 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. The second Parihaka Peace Action conference will be an inclusive and conversational space covering topics including the legacy of Parihaka, symbols of settler-colonialism today and militarism in the Pacific. The conference is free and open to the public.
Auckland Peace Action is committed to building a peace movement that accepts as its core tenants an understanding of the devastation and destruction caused by colonialism and capitalism, and the urgency of addressing those issues as part of any genuine and lasting peace. We cannot simply “end war” or stop the global arms trade. Instead, we must seek to redress the injustices of the past and the ongoing injustices today in all aspects of life. We must also work to create a world where power is shared by all peoples, and self-determination is given real effect. We don’t think that “peace” is about being nice to each other, although that certainly makes the world a more enjoyable place to be. Peace, like war, is fundamentally about power: who has it, who doesn’t. We want to transform our world from one where a few profit from war, environmental devastation, and exploitation at the expense of the vast majority of the planet, to a society based on human needs, not greed.
We hope you will join us at the conference this year. Please see our facebook page for up-to-date info on speakers: https://www.facebook.com/events/180731979141780/