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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WW100 Commemoration Peace Conference

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SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL OF NEW ZEALAND PARTICIPATES IN THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD WAR 1   SGI at the WW100 Commemoration Peace Conference SGI will participate in the WW100 Commemoration international peace conference which will be held in Auckland on 19-20 September at the Auckland University of Technology. The conference which is entitled “World Without War – Action for Peace,” has invited Mr. Kimiaki Kawai, Programme Director for Peace Affairs of SGI Japan, who will be a keynote speaker at the interfaith session at the conference.  He will speak on SGI’s collaboration with the world’s faith communities to eliminate nuclear weapons and prevent the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of their use. Mr. Kawai was involved at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December 2014 at which representatives from a diverse…
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Nuclear Zero Petition

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BE A HERO FOR NUCLEAR ZERO STAND UP FOR A NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE WORLD. ADD YOUR VOICE. Nuclear weapons threaten everything we love and treasure in this world. Sign the petition to support the case with the International Court of Justice - click on "Read the full post" below. (more…)
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SGINZ COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

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International Women’s Day celebration On 8 March 2015, SGINZ Wellington co-sponsored the International Women’s Day celebration at the Newtown Festival in Wellington.  SGINZ representatives have been involved in the planning committee for International Women’s Day activities as part of the Wellington Women’s Walk for Peace group (WWW4P) since 2013.  WWW4P consists of a group of women and organisations including Women’s Refuge, Shanti and the Daya Trust who are committed to promoting the culture of peace.  The activities are also supported by Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown and the British High Commissioner to New Zealand. (more…)
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SGI President Ikeda interviewed by Scoop.co.nz

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On March 16, kosen-rufu day, New Zealand’s largest independent online news site Scoop.co.nz published its interview with President Ikeda. The interview covers The role of human dignity, passive violence, religious cooperation, the internet and the water hemisphere[with New Zealand in the centre] in the quest for global harmony.
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Opening of Everything You Treasure – A World Free From Nuclear Weapons Exhibition in Hastings

Opening of Everything You Treasure – A World Free From Nuclear Weapons Exhibition in Hastings

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Some 80 people gathered in the warm evening light of Hastings’ Civic Square for the opening of the exhibition Everything You Treasure – A World Free from Nuclear Weapons at 5.30 pm on Tuesday 18 February 2014. Proceedings kicked off with a speech from Lawrence Yule, Mayor of Hastings District Council. A sound system malfunction was addressed by removing microphones and speaking from the heart across the still Square. Mayor Yule mentioned his memories of the anti-nuclear struggle of the 1980s, and Prime Minister David Lange’s famous quip to his opponent at the Oxford Union Debate: “I can smell the uranium on your breath.” This, he noted, was an example of the courage New Zealand had to stand up to world powers and declare itself nuclear free. (more…)
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Inga Boyd promotes friendship through random acts of kindness

Inga Boyd promotes friendship through random acts of kindness

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Inspired by another member in her local Lower Hutt Buddhist group (Te Awa Kairangi) to break down barriers through talking to people on the train Inga Boyd came up with Giftism. Giftism is a project described as ‘Promoting joy through sharing baking with strangers’ On her blog (http://giftism.wordpress.com/) introduction she writes: For the month of December, I’m embarking on a social experiment to see if I can promote a sense of joy and connectedness in my community. I’m going to do this by giving away baking to fellow passengers during my daily commute to work. It’s the festive season, and it’s supposed to be all about giving – right? I’ve never tried anything like this before, but I do believe there is something pretty powerful in the act of giving…
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