MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY Aotearoa - 1 July launch

EVERY single day, 30,000 children are dying as a result of extreme poverty.

That’s one child every three seconds.

This year we finally have the resources, knowledge and opportunity to end this shameful situation. Thousands of people in countries across the world are coming together to MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY once and for all.

Make Poverty History is part of an international campaign calling for immediate and meaningful government action against poverty. Each national campaign has shaped its platform to suit its context. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Make Poverty History is calling for New Zealand government action on:
  • Trade Justice
  • Drop the Debt
  • More and Better Aid
  • End Child Poverty in Aotearoa New Zealand

Aotearoa events from 1 July

Auckland: Main White Band Event
When: 10am, Friday 1 July
Join us at the Auckland Museum where we will be making poverty history! We have an exciting event taking place involving white bands, celebrities and speakers. Please gather outside the museum from 10:00am on Friday 1st July to take part in this event.

Other events:
When: 10am, Friday 1 July
A special service has been organised by the Mothers’ Union on Friday July 1st at 10 am. To show their solidarity with indebted nations and celebrate the 1st international White Band Day, white bands will be distributed to the guests as a symbol of Peace.

: Main White Band Event
When: 1pm, Friday 1 July
There will be an event in Wellington Cathedral which will involve wrapping White Bands and some short speeches.

Other events:
Where: Mercy Centre
When: 9.30am-12.30pm, Friday 1 July
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand and Christian World Service will be holding a seminar about MAKEPOVERTYHISTORY. Representatives from various groups will cover pressing issues such as debt, trade, aid and child poverty in New Zealand. Participation is free of charge, but subject to registration. ( / 04-496-1742)

FILM SCREENING – ‘Life And Debt’ (PG)
When: 3:15pm, Saturday 2 July
Where: Film Archive, 84 Taranaki Street
There will be a film screening of ‘Life and Debt’ (PG) where there will also be an opening talk by Wellington Oxfam Campaign Group Coordinator Liz Philips. Written information will be available about the campaign for people to take away. After the film there will be another short talk about reactions to the film.

Where: Cuba Mall
When: 11am to 1:30pm
There will be people at the table who you can talk to about the campaign, get some more information and buy your white band.

CHRISTCHURCH: Main White Band Event

People will gather outside Christchurch Cathedral at 12pm on Friday to wrap a band around Christchurch Cathedral.

July 2nd Live 8 will be broadcast live from around the world on TV2 from 2am-12pm on Sunday 2 July

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