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Fri 20 April 2012

AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2012

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On 20 May 2012, New Zealanders across the country will gather to mark the 29th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. Details of the individual services are listed below.

Whangarei - Christ Church, 2B Kamo Rd, Regent - 6pm

Auckland - St Matthews in the City, Cnr Hobson and Wellesley St, City - 6pm

Hamilton - Lady Goodfellow Chapel, University of Waikato, Knighton Rd, - 6:30pm

Wellington - St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, City - 6pm

Christchurch - NO SERVICE

Dunedin - St Paul's Cathedral, The Octagon, City - 6pm

Invercargill - Knox Church, 107 Pomona St, Georgetown - 3pm


The Candlelight Memorial services are an opportunity for people to pay their respects to those who have died of AIDS and to come together to share their stories and to express their commitment to HIV awareness. The international theme for this year's Candlelight Memorial services is: "Promoting Health and Dignity Together."  For more information visit

The Memorial is one of the oldest and largest worldwide events focused on HIV awareness and advocacy and is a programme of the Global Network of People Living with HIV.  Led by 1,200 organisations in 115 countries, the memorial remembers the lost, supports those living with HIV, and moves both individuals and communities to action.

The Memorial has been organised and operated by the NZAF for several decades but with the introduction of government funding to HIV peer support organisations, it’s appropriate for the NZAF to hand the management of the Candlelight Memorial Service over to them. This year the event will be led by Body Positive in partnership with the National Collective of People Living with HIV.