UN Day of Nuclear Abolition

Peace City event in Waitakere celebrates UN Nuclear Abolition Day
September 2014

Children released Peace Dove Blessings at the Titirangi War Memorial Hall to celebrate Auckland Peace City. The event held on Saturday 27th September marked the 27th Anniversary of Nuclear Free New Zealand. It is also the first observation of the UN Nuclear Abolition Day which is being celebrated throughout the world.
 
"We are cultivating a culture of peace and hope for future generations that humanity can live without the constant threat of nuclear annihilation." says Laurie Ross, coordinator of the event on behalf of The Peace Foundation in collaboration with Waitakere Ranges and Whau Local Boards.

"West Auckland has always been at the forefront of the Nuclear Free New Zealand movement and it is important to rekindle civic pride to honour this milestone in our country's history."  says Mrs Ross.
 
The cultural programme featured a range of local performers including the Mhara Marimba Band, Green Bay High School contemporary dance troupe and Avondale College Choir, plus singer songwriter Sarah Macombee.

The internationally recognised exhibition 'Everything You Treasure-for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons' was on show from the local Soka Gakkai Buddhist group.
 
A highlight of this community event was the Peace Poppy Parade led by Mackenzie Mabey from Titirangi Primary School which passed through the Village led by a flaming torch bearer from the World Peace Harmony Run plus a Scottish Piper.
 
Speakers included Waitakere Local Board members Denise Yates and Steve Tollestrup plus Catherine Farmer and Ami Chand of Whau Local Board.

Sir Bob Harvey, former Mayor for Peace of Waitakere City, and MP Phil Goff talked about New Zealand's ongoing role to support the UN process for disarmament and the Global Parliamentary Appeal for a Nuclear Weapons Ban.
 
The event provided an opportunity for people to hear about how the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is leading the mobilisation of civil society throughout the world to achieve this goal at the third Humanitarian Conference on 8/9 December in Vienna, Austria.