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“Nuclear Reaction: The Peace Heritage of Christchurch" - an annotated film screening

October 6, 2020

“Nuclear Reaction: The Peace Heritage of Christchurch" - an annotated film screening as part of the Christchurch Heritage Festival. We'll be showing excerpts from a number of New Zealand films alongside discussion that helps to paint the picture of how Ōtautahi/Christchurch became New Zealand's first Peace City built on a strong heritage.

The Canterbury region has a long, rich history of peace and anti-nuclearism. The city at its heart, Ōtautahi/Christchurch, has been a focal point for citizens’ resistance to military conscriptions in the two World Wars, New Zealand involvement in overseas conflicts, visits by nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed ship, and French nuclear testing in the Pacific. It has also been a place of peace, hosting the peace talks which ended the Bougainville civil war in 1998, being a Vice-President city of the Mayors for Peace network, hosting New Zealand’s only World Peace Bell, and becoming the country’s first Peace City in 2002.

Through film and discussion we will travel the journey as to how such milestones were achieved, highlighting the role of Cantabrians in these achievements and revisiting why these issues are important for us in the present day. Come along and join us at the Canterbury Workers Educational Association on Thursday 29th October at 7pm. This event will be a part of the series ‘Christchurch The Peace City: Radicals, Pacifists, and Social Movements’. Free entry! Tell your friends and come along, we look forward to seeing you there. More details on our Facebook page, here

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