A peace flotilla will come together in Waitemata harbour on November 17th to meet the arriving international warships. This flotilla is part of the ‘Week of Peace’ – a series of organised public demonstrations to challenge the business of war and send a message that peace is not just the absence of war, it’s something we must work actively towards. Please join us on the water – if you don’t have a boat, find someone who does to take you out, or borrow a kayak!
We will be assembling on the water between Mission Bay and bean rock lighthouse from 9am, hoping to move off together by 9.30am into the inner harbour.
In 2011 Auckland was declared a city of peace. Yet this year, from November 13-20th, we are hosting a massive celebration of war. New Zealand is preparing to host major naval training exercises in the Hauraki Gulf with 17 countries including the US, Australia, and Indonesia. The government has committed an additional $20 billion to military spending over the next 15 years, and a major weapons expo is being held in Auckland to provide an opportunity for arms dealers to showcase their wares to potential customers.
Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest arms dealer, is a major sponsor of the Auckland weapons expo. The weapons business makes a few people very rich at the expense of the lives of millions around the planet. This flotilla and the Week of Peace will call out this glorified display of the repugnant commercialism of war. Preparing for war perpetuates war – we don’t want it, and we don’t need it.
You should be aware of the restrictions to public movement in the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf during this time. Theoretically, if we observe these restrictions, we can’t be apprehended or moved on by police. This includes NO SWIMMING or diving at all within the ‘red zone’. Restricted areas are: 60m distance from anchored warships, 60m from the Auckland waterfront, roughly from the end of Wynyard Wharf to the Commercial Wharf Area (Ports of Auckland), 200m from Devonport naval base, and from moving warships the distance is 100m beside and behind, 500m in front.
Technical details here:
Full list of confirmed visiting warships (and other craft and personnel) here:
For more details on the ‘Week of Peace’ go to www.aucklandpeaceaction.nz