TUMANAKO! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World 2017

TUMANAKO! Children’s Art Works for a Peaceful World 2017

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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.
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Peace Essay

Peace Essay

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We are constantly confronted by images of violence but rarely by images of peace. Peace can only come about if we visualise it and make it happen at all levels of society. This essay competition is aimed at eliciting youth’s voices in the creation of a more just and peaceful world. To this end the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Otago) and Soka Gakkai International New Zealand* have launched the Aotearoa/New Zealand Youth Peace Essay Award. We invite young people between the ages of 17-25 to take part in this peace essay award by expressing your thoughts on various peace-related issues at local, national and global levels. Award To Enter the Contest Submission Theme of 2016: “Unity in Diversity” In 2016 we invite participants to respond to the broad theme of Unity in Diversity. Societies that respect people’s different identities while developing a strong sense of community are…
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SGINZ Auckland Centre Open Day

SGINZ Auckland Centre Open Day

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On Sunday July 3rd, the doors of the SGINZ Centre in Auckland will be open to friends and members of the public from 10am to 1pm providing visitors with an opportunity to see the activities that SGINZ undertakes, and meet members. The open day will include an array of engaging activities catering for all ages including information stalls, entertainment, interactive displays as well as plenty of exciting goings-on for the kids.
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SGI representatives participate in the WW100 Peace Conference

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SGI's Kimiaki Kawai speaking on the panel Kimiaki Kawai, Director of Peace Affairs at SGI Tokyo, attended the “World Without War, Actions for Peace” Conference in the Sir Paul Reeves Building at Auckland University of Technology on 19-20 September.   He participated as a speaker on the inter-religious panel discussion “Establishing Peace Through Religion” and spoke about SGI’s international efforts to achieve a nuclear free world.
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SGINZ Presents Nuclear Zero Petition at Rotorua Peace Park Anniversary

SGINZ Presents Nuclear Zero Petition at Rotorua Peace Park Anniversary

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The 15th anniversary of the Ikeda Hall Peace Garden in Rotorua was celebrated on Sunday 27-September with a ceremony and presentation of over 16,000 signatures for the Marshall Islands Nuclear Zero campaign. The cherry blossoms were in stunning full bloom on a perfect day. Speaking to the close to 300 people in attendance were former Rotorua Mayor Graham Hall, whom the garden is half named after (and who MC’d the event), current Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick (who also attended the opening 15 years ago). [caption id="attachment_244" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Ikeda Hall Peace Garden September 2015[/caption] Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown (attending in her capacity as Executive Leader for Mayors for Peace), Hon Phil Goff Member of Parliament (in his capacity as current Chair of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and…
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70 years on from Hiroshima—Hope living in children’s art

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The opening of Tumanako! Children's art works for a peaceful world; Tūmanako! (Hope!)—Children’s Artworks for a Peaceful Worldexhibition opened at the Wellington City Library mezzanine level on Sunday 2 August 2015. The exhibition of artworks from children all over Wellington, plus four special guest artists from Auckland, was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. Soka Gakkai International of New Zealand (SGINZ) is hosting the exhibition with Wellington City Council to encourage a peaceful world free of nuclear weapons. Wellington Mayor, Celia Wade-Brown, Executive Leader of Mayors for Peace, says the exhibition acknowledges that the voices and hopes of children should be heard. ‘Children often suffer in armed conflicts around the world and the exhibition provides the opportunity to express their…
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Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Commemorated

Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Commemorated

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To mark the 70th anniversary Wellington City is hosting events at the Botanical Gardens Peace Flame and City Library, The Library event will be based around an exhibition of artworks by children expressing their hopes and dreams for a peaceful world to thrive in. Information on participating in Tumanako! Children's Art Exhibition is here 
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THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR 1

THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR 1

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SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL OF NEW ZEALAND PARTICIPATES IN THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR 1 SGINZ representatives participate in ANZAC Day service SGINZ General Director Ian Gordon at the 100th anniversary wreath laying ceremony. On Saturday 25 April 2015, representatives of Soka Gakkai International of NZ (SGINZ) laid a wreath at the Wellington Cenotaph in front of the New Zealand Parliament in commemoration of the 100thanniversary of the World War 1 Battle of Gallipoli. The wreath laid in front of the Cenotaph The wreath presented by SGINZ carried the following message:They joined the solemn ceremony alongside the mayor of Wellington, Celia Wade Brown and other groups including those from the Wellington City Council, political parties, government and non-governmental organisations, schools and citizens who laid wreaths in remembrance of those who sacrificed their…
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