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International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2014

Audio from the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, held on Te Marae at Te Papa on 18 May 2014 in Wellington. Parts of the service have not be included in this recording. A special thank you to the organisers and speakers for allowing us to record and share this memorial service.

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  • 0:00:05 - Welcome
  • 0:01:15 - Waiata, Tiwhanawhana
  • 0:02:16 - Rangimoana Taylor
  • 0:06:37 - Waiata, Tiwhanawhana
  • 0:07:43 - MC Michael Bancroft
  • 0:14:35 - Message from Governor-General Jerry Mateparae
  • 0:17:48 - Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington
  • 0:24:04 - MP Claudette Hauiti, National Party
  • 0:30:50 - MP Grant Robertson, Labour Party
  • 0:36:25 - MP Kevin Hague, Green Party
  • 0:41:15 - The Glamaphones
  • 0:44:52 - Bruce Kilmister, Body Positive
  • 0:55:35 - Rodney Mugadza, NZAF
  • 1:01:07 - Paul Boland, Body Positive
  • 1:23:05 - Michael Bancroft
  • 1:27:27 - Waiata, Tiwhanawhana
  • 1:30:00 - Closing

Summary

The "International AIDS Candlelight Memorial (2014)" was an event dedicated to honoring and remembering individuals who have succumbed to HIV/AIDS. Held at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the memorial assembled a host of speakers including Bruce Kilmister, Celia Wade-Brown, Claudette Hauiti, and several others who have engaged in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic or have supported the LGBTQ+ and intersex communities.

The recording captures the commemorative activities and the messages from various dignitaries and community leaders. Michael Bancroft served as the master of ceremonies and highlighted the vital work done by Body Positive in organizing the event. Speakers addressed the ongoing challenges facing individuals with HIV/AIDS worldwide, including continued stigma and discrimination despite advances in treatment.

Moreover, the event emphasized respect and celebration for lives lost, the significance of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt housed at Te Papa, and the maintenance of hope and support for those living with HIV/AIDS. Speakers recounted personal stories of loss, activism, and resilience; they called for solidarity in sustaining awareness and education regarding HIV/AIDS. The importance of the memorial itself was underlined, stressing the need for such events to both honor past victims and inspire ongoing work towards eradicating the disease.

The event also recognized the role of Te Papa as a guardian of the AIDS quilts, asserting the museum's commitment to preserving both the memory of victims and the history of the struggle against HIV/AIDS. A message from then-Governor General Sir Jerry Matarae was delivered, addressing the global disparity in HIV treatment and the necessity to keep the issue in the public eye.

Furthermore, the memorial spotlighted discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, particularly in countries with harsh anti-LGBTQ+ laws. A call to action was made to oppose all forms of discrimination and to remain unwavering in the battle against AIDS-related stigma.

In honoring the past, speakers articulated their personal journeys, including Bruce Kilmister's story of living with HIV and the impact AIDS has had on their lives. They also pointed out the strides made in treatment and the need to confront stigma. The diverse voices of parliament members echoed similar messages, sharing the resolve to remember and to support those affected.

Concluding, the ceremony urged attendees to remember those lost to HIV/AIDS and to carry on the fight against the virus. The memorial aimed to highlight the theme of keeping the light on HIV/AIDS, encouraging vigilance in education, advocacy, and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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Record date:18th May 2014
Location:Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (OHDL-004322).
URL:https://www.pridenz.com/international_aids_candlelight_memorial_2014.html