To keep people informed about our work, we publish a regular newsletter which features articles, reports, notices and updates on the work of our section, local groups and Pax Christi International. In addition, we can provide copies of articles and brochures for other sources on the various issues in which we are involved.



This e-letter aims to keep us all up to date with the activities of members and coming events that may be of interest.  It would be helpful if members could send us information to put in this e-letter by emailing Pax Christi and putting ‘e-letter’ in the subject line. We aim to send it out every Tuesday so would need information by Tuesday lunch time.

GPJA is calling this National day of action to bring NZ, US all foreign troops home from Afghanistan. 2011 will be the tenth year of war and occupation in Afghanistan. Military involvement in this war will be longer than WW1, WW2, Korea or Vietnam. It’s time to end this disaster. In Auckland there will be a march from Aotea Square – 12noon, Saturday 13 August 2011.         [GPJA]

  • Wednesday, July 20. 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
    Warm greetings reminding you of the upcoming Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) Annual General Meeting. There is plenty of parking space behind the Centre. Our speaker at the AGM is PWW(NZ) Patron, Dr Marilyn Waring, Professor of Public Policy at Auckland University of Technology (AUT), speaking on Being RAMSI Gender and Governance Coordinator – challenges and celebrations. PWW(NZ) also calls for nominations to the Board for the coming year. The programme is stimulating and action focused. We look forward to your attendance on 20 July. Please make the AGM very widely known. Pacific Women’s Watch (NZ) Working for Gender Justice 


  • Friday July 22nd 2-3pm    Department of Psychology Seminar  Room 604 HSB

Best Practices Guidelines in Post-Conflict Settings: A Case Study from Liberia

Pamela Scully Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies, Chair, Department of Women’s Studies Emory University

Since the mid 1990s various international instruments have focused on rape in war time and the experiences of women in war and post conflict–these include the Declaration on Elimination of Violence against Women (1993), Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, war and security, and subsequent SCRs such as 1820, which explicitly focuses on protecting women and girls from sexual violence in wartime. In part owing to this new focus, eradicating gender-based violence has become a key feature of development practice in the global south. This talk examines the best practices which have evolved since the late 1990s to deal with sexual violence against women, and analyzes their efficacy in the post-conflict setting of Liberia. I argue that best practices guidelines do not travel easily nor well, and that the best practices originate in the society where they are going to be implemented. This poses challenges for how we learn from one another and the extent to which models can help in combating sexual violence.

Pamela’s latest book is Sara Baartman and the Hottentot Venus: a ghost story and a biography, co-authored with Clifton Crais (Princeton, 2008). She teaches courses on gender, violence and genocide, post-colonial feminist theory, and feminist approaches to international human rights. Dr Scully serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Women’s History, The Journal of British Studies, and Social Dynamics. She is Deputy Editor of The Women’s History Review. Dr Scully is on the executive committee of the Institute for Developing Nations, a partnership between Emory University and The Carter Center, which focuses on collaborative research regarding issues of poverty and development All Welcome. No charge.

For more information: Contact Nicola Gavey (although I will be on leave until the week of the seminar and there may be delays in responding) Department of Psychology, The University of Auckland Email: 

  • Thursday, July 28, 7pm, WT1004 (AUT Tower Building, 2 Rutland St, 10th floor seminar room, next door to the new Pacific Media Centre office)

Papua New Guinea’s Tok Pisin language newspaper Wantok, founded in 1969, is one of the publishing icons of the South Pacific. Drawing on interviews with Fr Francis Mihalic and Bishop Leo Arkfeld made in the early 1990s, a manuscript history of the early days of the Wantok, written by Mihalic, and material drawn from the archives in the Society of the Divine Word’s mother house in Mt Hagen, Dr Philip Cass seeks to present a picture of a man who was at once a priest, a publisher, a propagandist, a linguist, a lecturer and often a cause of bewilderment to the very bishops whose work he was supposed to be doing. Dr Cass is head of postgraduate studies in the School of Communication Studies at Unitec. He is also a research associate of the Pacific Media Centre.      [GPJA]


Date: Saturday 30th July 9.30 a.m. – 4.0 p.m. Facilitator: Catherine Shelton rsj

Embracing non- violent attitudes and actions in conflict.

Thomas Berry speaks of compassion as the ‘new fire’ for humanity. This workshop explores the attitudes we bring to our everyday conflicts and the skills to facilitate compassionate conversation.

Venue: Mary MacKillop Centre 56 Selwyn Avenue, Mission Bay, Auckland

Cost: $20 Unwaged $30 Waged.Bring own lunch… tea and coffee provided.

Registration to                        Phone: 04 566 4510 

  • Saturday, August 6, 2pm, QEII Square, Customs Street and Queen St intersection, Outside Downtown Shopping Centre, Auckland
    Rally for Justice and Peace in PALESTINE On the First Saturday of Every Month. Come support JUSTICE and PEACE based on:

1. Ending 44 years of Israeli Occupation of the West Bank & Gaza Strip (including East Jerusalem); 2. Ensuring the Right of Return for Palestinian refugees; 3. Sharing Jerusalem; 4. Vacating all settlement colonies in Israeli occupied Palestine; 5. Dismantling Israel’s annexation / apartheid wall in occupied Palestine.      [GPJA] 

  • The 2011 New Zealand Diversity forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 21-22 August at the Claudelands Convention Centre in Hamilton.
    The forum is a unique national convention, now in its seventh year, at which people with an interest in all aspects of race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice. The emphasis is on practical action. It is more of a marketplace than a traditional conference, with a diverse range of government and civil society organisations hosting their own forums and events that together make up the programme. These range from professional meetings (for example for researchers, librarians, local government community staff, museum and gallery staff) to forums on public policy, language, religion, media, sport, disability, migrant and refugee settlement, and other topical issues and projects. The annual New Zealand Diversity Awards are presented at a ceremony on the Monday evening.
    The forum also presents an opportunity for government, community and business organisations that are engaged in work relating to race relations and diversity in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions to engage in a national conversation with their counterparts from throughout the country. There will be a particular emphasis in the programme on projects and initiatives that have been undertaken in these regions. At the same time, there will be forums that tackle the race relations priorities identified in this year’s race relations report.
    The forum is jointly hosted by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission and the Hamilton Multicultural Services Trust, with support from the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, the Settling In Programme of the Ministry of Social Development, Trust Waikato and other partner organisations. A national youth diversity forum will be held concurrently, with youth delegates both meeting separately and participating in the wider forum.
    For more information and registration visit or the New Zealand Diversity Forum page on Facebook.
    This message is to let you know that information about the Me Rongo 2011 Peace Congress – ‘Peace, Sustainability and Respect for the Sacred’ – the registration form and draft programme are now available. Below is the welcome message from the Congress hosts, an outline of the purpose and vision of the Congress, and an invitation for peace to groups to present workshops at it. The document with more information, the registration details, draft programme and contact details for the organisers, is available as a pdf file at and as a Word document at This message is available online at
  • The Trafficking Forum this December, Hurry!

People trafficking is big business. An estimated 2.5 million people are in forced labour around the world at any given time as a result of trafficking. ‘Human trafficking affects every country of the world,’ says the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime. The illegal trafficking of people for profit affects New Zealanders and the Pacific; whether through direct exploitation, or the consumption of goods that rely on trafficking. This is the second trafficking in persons forum, and is hosted by The Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit of the Salvation Army NZ, working in cooperation with Hagar New Zealand, ECPAT Child ALERT NZ, and Stop the Traffik UK.
Key note speaker: Ruth Dearnley CEO, STOP THE TRAFFIK UK.
When: Friday 2–Saturday 3 December 2011
To register: The forum will be limited to 150 participants.
Please register soon to reserve a place! Contact Chris Frazer today.
Phone: 04 8026269 ext. 24661 (+64 48026269 ext. 24661 for overseas calls)


[We rely on you for news of local or national interest which we can include in this e-weekly. Please mail or phone items of interest to Pax Christi members, by Monday of each week.] 

  • We are STILL continuing to look for volunteers to assist with:
    • Fund-raising
    • Managing our soon-to-be-opened website*
    • Exploring the production of a Pax Christi Facebook page
    • Producing the e-weekly

Who is willing to make a move on one of the other needs?? Please register your interest in any or all of these roles with the office 09 3775541 or email: 

* Please check out the following transitional websites: The Peace Place at and Pax Christi’s emerging site at Check out both sites and let us know how you feel, what improvements, additions enhancements etc can be made. 

  • Advance notice that the biennial Pax Christi Assembly and AGM will most likely take place on 3 and 4 September, venue to be decided but possibly the Peace Place. These dates immediately precede the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) to be held in Auckland from 6 – 9 September so a major theme will be linked to West Papua which will be once again seeking observer status at the Forum. We are expecting visitors from Australia and West Papua so please think about the possibility of hosting guests over the time of the Assembly and possibly PIF. Watch this space for further details. WATCH THIS SPACE.
  • Richard Archer has sent a report from the recent Pax Christi International AGM held in Brussels. He enjoyed the time there, particularly meeting with those attending from various sections and associates. He is now back in the UK and helping out at the Ammerdale Retreat Centre near Bath.
  • BE ON THE LOOKOUT: for our annual appeal which will be coming to an address near you over the next few weeks. Many thanks to those who contribute by direct credit – it is our lifeline. But we also depend upon the generous donations of all our members and friends for critical events like our coming Assembly, our campaigns at home and in the Asia-Pacific Region and also for our participation in Pax Christi’s world-wide Prayer, Study and Action for Peace, the Peace Of Christ.

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