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Release: NZ Silence on West Papua

New Zealand’s silence on West Papua’s ‘slow genocide’

Media Release: 29 June 2018

See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua by Maire Leadbeater issues a challenge to New Zealanders to acknowledge and make right the consequences of our nation’s ‘selective diplomacy’ in the Pacific region.

This meticulously researched book uncovers the untold story of New Zealand’s unprincipled and often hypocritical approach to the struggle of the people of West Papua. 

In the 1950s New Zealand supported self-determination for the former Dutch colony, but in 1962 opted to back Indonesia as it took over the territory.

The consequences of repressive Indonesian rule have been tragic for the West Papuan people, who are experiencing slow genocide, says Maire Leadbeater.

“A growing number of Pacific Island nations are calling for change, but so far New Zealand has opted for caution and collusion to preserve a ‘business as usual’ relationship with Indonesia.”

See No Evil is a powerful account by one of New Zealand’s most respected authors on peace and Pacific issues, issuing a call for a just and permanent solution – self-determination – for the people of West Papua.

Read on for details of national book tour.

See No Evil
New Zealand’s betrayal
of the people of West Papua

By Maire Leadbeater

Release Date: June 2018

ISBN 978-1-98-853121-2


See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua

National book and speaking tour by author Maire Leadbeater


Sunday 15 July 2018, 3–5pmEllen Melville Centre, 1 Freyberg PlaceRSVP: by 12 JulySpecial guest Rex Rumakiek

With music from Reb Fountain and Steve Abel


Monday 23 July, 6pmCarsons Bookshop, Pollen Street


Tuesday 24 July 2018, 5.30pmBooks A Plenty, 74 Grey Street


Thursday 26 July, 5.30pmCentury Theatre FoyerMTG Hawke’s Bay, 1 Tennyson Street


Saturday 28 July, 12.30pmOtaki Library, Cnr Main and Aotaki Streets


Monday 30 July 12–12.45pmUnity Books, 57 Willis Street


An event will take place at Parliament at 6pm Tuesday 31 July 2018.
Please contact Catherine Delahunty email catherinedele44@gmail for details and an invitation.


Thursday 2 August 12pmMeeting room, Nelson City Library


Friday 3 August 1.45pm, Lali Room PS 208,Macmillan Brown Centre, Univ. of Canterbury


Friday 3 August 5.30pm Space Academy Cafe, 371 St Asaph St


Monday 6 August 5.30pm

Dunningham Suite, 4th floor

Dunedin City Library