SGINZ Confers Peace Award On Anti-Nuclear Activist

SGINZ Confers Peace Award On Anti-Nuclear Activist

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International of New Zealand (SGINZ) conferred the Aotearoa Peace is Precious Award on anti-nuclear activist, Alyn Ware in a ceremony in Wellington earlier this week. Alyn Ware is recognised as one of the world’s most effective peace workers, and has been leading initiatives for peace education and nuclear abolition in New Zealand and globally for more than 25 years.   One of his achievements is as the World Court Project UN Coordinator which achieved a historic ruling from the World Court on the illegality of nuclear weapons. More recently, Alyn Ware has been preparing a draft treaty on nuclear abolition which is promoted by the UN Secretary General.   He was the recipient of the Rights Livelihood Award in 2009, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize. SGINZ General Director…
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SGI-NZ co-organises Auckland City for Peace Declaration and the Anniversary of NZ’s Nuclear Free Legislation

SGI-NZ co-organises Auckland City for Peace Declaration and the Anniversary of NZ’s Nuclear Free Legislation

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Auckland City celebrated the launch of Auckland as a Peace City and the 25th anniversary of New Zealand’s nuclear free legislation on 8 and 9 June.  The events were organised by the Peace City Committee, including representatives from Soka Gakkai International of NZ (SGINZ) and other civil society organisations.  The Committee is headed by Laurie Ross, a long time anti-nuclear activist and an SGI-NZ member.Among those recognised with the Peacemakers Award was Larry Ross, a pioneering anti-nuclear activist, who passed away recently.  Larry’s daughter Laurie received the award on her father’s behalf. Among those recognised with the Peacemakers Award was Larry Ross, a pioneering anti-nuclear activist, who passed away recently.  Larry’s daughter Laurie received the award on her father’s behalf. SGI-NZ’s exhibition “Transforming the Human Spirit: From a Culture of…
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SGI Book donations in Fiji

SGI Book donations in Fiji

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Book Donation at Library Services of Fiji (LSF) facility SGI has a long history of donating books to public libraries, universities and schools, which in recent years has also been extended to Pacific island nations. Most recently,on May 7th 2012, SGI sponsored  book donation ceremonies were held at the Library Services of Fiji (LSF) facility and at Fiji National University (FNU), both located in the capital of Suva. LSF director Ms Merewalesi Vueti, said the books would inspire those that love reading and expressed her appreciation to SGI saying, "We are very grateful to SGI for the donation of the three cartons of books which will broaden and enhance the knowledge of those who are keen on learning about life." After the ceremony, both SGINZ Men's division leader, Ian Gordon…
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SGINZ introduced on Radio New Zealand’s Spiritual Outlook program

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Radio New Zealand’s Sonia Sly produced this program for their Spiritual Outlook series.  It aired on Sunday 20 May. Based on the weekly lunchtime chanting session at the Wellington Centre it introduces the SGINZ movement, Buddhist philosophy and peoples experience of chanting. The Buddhism for Lunch meetings are on Tuesday’s from 12 – 1pm at the SGINZ Wellington Centre, Telephone (04) 499-4420. All welcome. For information on evening meetings in Wellington and around the country please use the form at the bottom of our contact page.
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Wellington Mayor Visits SGINZ Wellington Community Centre on Open Day

Wellington Mayor Visits SGINZ Wellington Community Centre on Open Day

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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown was among the visitors at the SGINZ Wellington Centre's Open Day on 28 April 2012. Mayor Celia Wade-Brown Members presented short studies on the basics of Nichiren Buddhism and SGI's history. The Seeds of Hope exhibition and the Culture of Peace exhibition were also on display. Open Day Coordinator, Emma Willis said "It was fantastic to share the mission of what the SGI is about - peace, culture and education - and to have some great discussion with a really wide range of people as to how you bring about a peaceful society through actions in your own life. Overall really empowering and inspiring! Such a great reminder of how the desire for peace is something that we all share." The Mayor dropped in unexpectedly…
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Wellington Leaders Pass Flame for Nuclear Weapons Free World

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SGINZ in the news - Scoop has uploaded our press release from the nuclear free event, it contains pictures and comments from the SGI youth. Wellington Leaders Pass Flame for Nuclear Weapons Free World Scoop.co.nz It was held in conjunction with a public concert jointly hosted by the Wellington City Council and Buddhist group Soka Gakkai International of NZ.  To read more, click on http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1204/S00429/wellington-leaders-pass-flame-for-nuclear-weapons-free-world.htm
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Wellington Nuclear Free 30th Anniversary Celebration

Wellington Nuclear Free 30th Anniversary Celebration

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On Saturday 14 April Wellington celebrated its 30th year of being declared a nuclear free city.  The celebreation events were organsied by SGINZ and the Wellington City Council. The concert and mayoral function were both great successes. Warren Maxwell performing at the concert. Sam Manzanza's band performing at the concert. Jimi Wallace speaking at the mayoral function   In the Civic Square outside City Art Gallery Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown speaking at the mayoral function After the passing of the 'baton' of peace
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