On behalf of the Soka Gakkai International New Zealand Buddhist community we offer our condolences and deepest sympathy to the loved ones of those who lost their precious lives as well as those wounded in the senseless act of terrible violence that occurred in Christchurch. We stand together in mourning and in solidarity with the affected families, the Muslim community and people of Christchurch. (more…)
2019 Wellington Family Camp Our family camp is open to all SGINZ families and friends from Wellington & Lower North Island. Date: Friday 5 April (afternoon/evening) – Sunday 7 April (lunch time) Location: Paekakariki Holiday Park, Kapiti Coast (about 45 mins north of Wellington) https://www.paekakarikiholidaypark.co.nz Activities can include: Ball games, River Walks, Board Games, Cycle Trial, Playground, Jumping Pillow, Beach (5 mins walk), small meetings for the children and parents AND a Family General Meeting. Fun and games for little ones, Relaxing in nature, BBQ. The camp will be self-catered and include a shared BBQ dinner Saturday. (more…)
On Sunday 26th Aug 2018, SGINZ will be hosting the New Zealand Open Day under the theme 'Peace Through Humanity and Diversity'. There will be an exhibition, games, entertainment, kids story telling, Introduction to Buddhism and more. The venue is the SGINZ's New Zealand Culture Centre at 40 Eaglehurst Road, Ellerslie, Auckland. The Open day will be from 10am until 1pm, all are welcome to attend, this event is open to the public.
Report by Laura Gow On 6 August 2017, the opening ceremony for Tūmanako was held outside Whakatāne library. It was an amazing community celebration with over 450 people attending. The ceremony began with a Karakia and blessing, and included items from the Schools throughout Whakatane. This was followed by words from Whakatāne’s Mayor, Mr Tony Bonne and a waiata sung by members of SGINZ. A representative from each of the nineteen schools that took part in Tūmanako cut the ribbon at the entrance of the library to open the exhibition. Due to exhibition space being limited, the Whakatāne District Council decided that rather than ask each child to create an artwork for peace, instead they would encourage children to design and create a peace flag for Tūmanako. Preschools and primary…
Tokyo, 13 November, 2017: Hiromasa Ikeda, Vice President of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist association, joined other participants in stressing the moral case for ridding the world of nuclear weapons and urged increased efforts in raising awareness at the conference on ‘Perspectives for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament’ held at the Vatican in Rome on 10/11 November. Mr Ikeda stated: ‘Nuclear weapons are dangerous from a security perspective. From an ethical and moral perspective, they are wrong. This renders them unacceptable in any hands. With the geopolitical risks of nuclear conflict rising to unprecedented levels, it is vital that this awareness be shared widely by all people.’ He also stressed the SGI’s educational focus on creating opportunities for dialogue. ‘This can foster a shared awareness…
In an event organised by the Peace Foundation and supported by SGINZ the 30th anniversary of New Zealand's nuclear free legislation was celebrated in Auckland with 100's of people forming a giant peace symbol. The SGINZ brass band and behind the scenes support groups contributed to the event which was covered in local media Stuff and TV1
On July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons, marking an important step toward their eventual elimination. The SGI issued the following statement applauding this historical advancement, noting the need to now create broad support for the treaty and for the ongoing global endeavour to realise a world without nuclear weapons.
TUMANAKO! Children’s art works for a peaceful world commemorating Hiroshima Day is an opportunity for 8 to 15-years-old children to create artwork sharing their aspirations for a peaceful world. The artworks will then be displayed at exhibitions around the country. There will be an opening day events in August.