While H Block/Armagh and Information on Ireland have been defunct for several years, Irish republicanism is still alive in New Zealand.
A new group “Friends of Sinn Fein” is active in Auckland and they want to bring the man himself, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, to New Zealand.
From Global peace and Justice Auckland’s latest newsletter
2007 Monday, April 9, 7pm, Tom Fordes bar, Anzac Ave, City
A Chairde, I am sending this to you all as both notification and an invitation to attend the 1916 EASTER RISING COMMEMORATION HERE IN AUCKLAND. The purpose of the commemoration is two fold, firstly to commemorate the Easter Rising and secondly to raise funds for the proposed visit to New Zealand by Sinn Féin Party President, Gerry Adams. To this end we will be holding raffles and asking for donations.
Friends of Sinn Féin would like all financial transations to be accountable and transparent to those making them, receipts will be given. In the event that the proposed tour does not go ahead we will refund all the donations made. We would appreciate any material assistance that people feel comfortable making…this could include providing music, food, posters, publicity of various sorts…please liaise with myself if you wish to make a special contribution.
I would like to thank all those people who attended the Bloody Sunday Commemoration in February. It gave me good heart that so many people turned up at relatively short notice. The movie footage of the Bloody Sunday was new to me as I’m sure it was to many who attended. I would also like to specifically thank Joe Carolan who organised it and Pat O’Dea who spoke and Dean Parker for working so hard on the magazine Saoirse and the H-Block/Armagh Committee/Information about Ireland for so long.
Friends of Sinn Féin would also appreciate it if this email were forwarded to potentially interested parties e.g. The Palestinian Community here in Auckland, the Tamil Community and other interested political groups.
Is mise le meas, Nik Warrensson, Friends of Sinn Féin.