Aotearoa and the Arms Trade – public talk & NVDA training

Join us for a public talk Aotearoa and the Arms Trade & non-violent direct action (NVDA) training on Tues 16th October, 6pm, at St John’s in the City (Willis Street). We’re stoked to welcome a special guest speaker MP Golriz Ghahraman.

We’ll be talking about Aotearoa’s involvement in the global arms trade, local arms companies, the upcoming Weapons Expo in Palmerston North and the planned protest against it. The NVDA training will aim to empower and prepare you for any protest! You can find out more on the Facebook event.


Aotearoa and the Arms Trade is part one of a series of Social Justice Forums from the Wellington Workers’ Educational Association, with forums from People Against Prisons and Wellington Palestine as well – head along to all three events!

After the public talk, everyone is welcome to the Double the Quota celebration party at Meow – celebrating the confirmation that Aotearoa’s refugee quota will (FINALLY) be doubled. Well done to the Doing our Bit campaign for their hard work to make this a reality!

Weapons Expo protest in Palmerston North – 31st Oct & 1st Nov

The main days of protest against the Weapons Expo will be 31st October and 1st November. We’ll be joining Peace Action Manawatū and aiming to disrupt the warmongers as much as possible. If you can go earlier, Peace Action Manawatū have a whole load of events you can join them for! Keep an eye on their Facebook here.

Travel options to Palmerston North
Here are some options for travel to Palmerston North – please let us know by Friday 19th October about your transport needs/offers.

  • Come on our bus: We’re offering transport to Palmerston North, departing evening of Tuesday 30th October and returning late evening Thursday 1st November. If you want to travel with us, please email us.
  • If that doesn’t work for you, let us know: If those times don’t work for you, but you want travel support, please email us when you plan to be there and return. We’ll try to find you a car share or look at other options.
  • Offer a car-share: If you are planning to drive to Palmerston North for the protest and you have space in your car, please email us and let us know when you are travelling there and back, and how many spaces you have to offer.

Accommodation in Palmerston North
Please register with Peace Action Manawatū as soon as possible if you need accommodation in Palmerston North.

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