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SGI-New Zealand Co-organizes Concert Celebrating 30 Years of Wellington's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration

Warren MaxwellWarren Maxwell performing

On April 14, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the city's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration, Wellington City Council and SGI-New Zealand Aotearoa (SGI-NZ) organized a public concert which was held in the city's Civic Square. Award-winning musicians Don McGlashan and Warren Maxwell, among others, performed.

SGI-NZ membersSGI-NZ members celebrate the anniversary

Over 400 people attended the concert, including Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown and Councilor Helen Ritchie, who moved Wellington's Nuclear-Weapon-Free Declaration on April 14, 1982.

In conjunction with the concert, SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace" was on display in the Civic Square.

Sir Geoffrey PalmerSir Geoffrey Palmer speaks at the reception

SGI-NZ representatives also attended a Mayoral reception marking the anniversary of the declaration. The event was held at Wellington City Council Chambers and Councilor Helen Ritchie was also present. Guest speakers included Sir Geoffrey Palmer, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Graham Kelly, former Labour Cabinet Minister; renowned peace and women's rights campaigner Dame Laurie Salas; and long-time anti-nuclear activist Laurie Ross.

The reception concluded with a "passing of the flame" ceremony, symbolically entrusting youth with the responsibility to continue to work toward a nuclear-weapon-free world. Councilor Ritchie, who passed on the flame, said, "Now is the time to pass the flame on to a new generation of young activists who will 'think global and act local'."

[Adapted from articles from the SGI-New Zealand (SGI-NZ) website: photos courtesy of SGI-NZ]