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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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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