The Peace Foundation is holding the World Without War: Action for Peace Conference on the 19th and 20th of September in the Sir Paul Reeves Building, Auckland University of Technology. A number of speakers will share their knowledge as the basis for understanding the threats and developing realistic actions that might make a difference. We would be delighted if you were able to join in this quest with us.


World  Without  War: Action for  Peace  Conference
19th   -  20th September 2015
Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University, Auckland 
PURPOSE: To develop action proposals for creating a peaceful world
+ Conference Fees: $10 per day for unwaged,    $30 per day for waged
+ Funded as a First World War Centenary Project
+We have a limit of  400 participants
DAY ONE: Saturday, 19 September 2015
 8 – 8.30am     Registration
8.45 am  Mana Whenua - Bob Hawke and Arohanui Hawke
9am  Session A: Opening Programme
Opening Remarks - Dr John Hinchcliff, President Peace Foundation
Len Brown, Mayor of Auckland
Professor Rob Allen, Acting Vice Chancellor, AUT
Sir Bob Harvey, former Mayor of Waitakere City Council
Alida Newman  and Patrick Dale
Dr Roderic Alley
Joseph Llewelyn
Professor Alexander Gillespie
FACILITATOR: John Hinchcliff
11am  Morning Break with the SGINZ Victorious Band
11.20am  Session B:  Peace Making by Community Groups
Thomas Owen - Society of Friends
Craig Horrocks – Rotary
Steve Abel, Greenpeace
Anna Lee -  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Margaret Taylor - Amnesty International
Edwina Hughes - Peace Movement Aotearoa
Amanda Aye - Red Cross
Sally Angelson – Child Fund
Laurie Ross – Nuclear Free New Zealand
Damon Birchfield - EcoMatters Trust
Lisa Er - Peace Foundation
12.40pm Lunch Break (WWII veterans and actors in attendance)
1.40pm    Session C1:  The Role of United Nations in Peace Building
Dr Kate Dewes 
Diane Marama Winder
Alyn Ware, via video link
Carsten Bockemuehl, Amnesty International
1.40pm Session C2:  Challenges to Peace From New High Technologies
Dr John Hinchcliff, Peace Foundation
Edwina Hughes, Peace Movement Aotearoa
Dr Shaun Hendy
FACILITATOR:  Dr Lina Gonzalez  
3pm Afternoon Break  
3.30-4.30pm  Session α1: “Soul of Fire” 
The life of the passionate and humanitarian Austrian Pacifist and first Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bertha Von Suttner, is portrayed in a moving and humorous performance.  The internationally acclaimed Austrian actress, Maxi Blaha speaks and sings about aspects of this heroine’s life in a solo perfomance.
Tickets $20 unless enrolled in the Conference when it is free.
Facilitators: Gary Russell & Kate Dewes

'Soul of Fire': Monologue and Musical Performance on Bertha van Suttner
3.30-4.30pm  Session α2: Dialogue for Peace  
Participants are invited to explore a profound process of listening and exchanging what is core for them regarding the issue of peace.
Dialogue is a shared exploration towards greater understanding, opening up wellsprings of resonant thought for all. Never before has there been a greater need for deep listening, trust, and mutual understanding.
FACILITATORS: Jon Winder, Diane Marama Winder & Christopher Le Breton
5pm – 7pm   “The Man who Saved the World”
Australasian premiere film Show: Few people know of him. Yet millions of people are alive because of him. The actions of Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer, prevented the start of a worldwide nuclear war in 1983 and the devastation of much of the Earth.
Tickets: $15.   (50% of proceeds raised go to the film production company,  50% to The Peace Foundation)

Australasian premier of a remarkable film, “The Man Who Saved the World”
It features a Russian who arguably saved the world from nuclear warfare in 1983.

DAY TWO: Sunday, 20 September
9am Session D1:  Supporting Our Youth for a Peaceful Future  
Rachael Dobric 
April Pokino
Daniel Haines
Dr. Ola Johannson -  Middlesex University, UK
FACILITATOR: Steven Arnold    
9am    Session D2:  Establishing Peace: Bi-culturalism and Multiculturalism 
Sir Toby Curtis
Marama Fox MP
Hemi Pirihi Human Rights Commission.
FACILITATOR: Raewyn Bhana 
10.30am   Morning Break 
10.50am  Session E1:  Establishing Peace Through Religion
Prof Peter Lineham, History and media
Jocelyn Armstrong, Christianity
Kimiaki Kawai, Soka Gakkai
Anjun Rahman, Islam
Nura Taefi , Baha’i
Todd Nachowitz, Judaism
Robert Mackay, Parliament of the World Religions
FACILITATOR:  Joycelyn Raffills  
Session E2:      A Peaceful World: Roles of Economics, Law, Media and Business
Dr Robert Howell, Economics
Hon. Matt Robson, Lawyer
Professor David Robie, Media
Michael Snowden, Business 
FACILITATOR: Christopher Le Breton
12.20pm  Lunch
1.10pm     Session F1: Peace and Governance 
Phil Goff MP, Former Cabinet Minister & former Leader of Labour Party
Richard Northey, Former MP and City Councillor
Celia Wade-Brown, Mayor of Wellington,
1.10pm    Session F2:  Changing Mindsets and Attitudes for a Peaceful World: Roles of Psychologists, Social Scientists and Caregivers 
Dr. Jane Verbitsky
Rachel Rafferty
Daniel Friedberg
Jon Winder
2.40pm   Session G1: Refugee Experiences
Video presentation of refugee interviews
Sue Elliot tbc
Jean-Paul Bizoza JP tbc
2.40pm    Session G2:  Peace Education 
Dale Bailey
Dr John Graves
Christina Barruel
Warwick Pudney
FACILITATOR: Jack Woodward
4.10pm   Wrap up: Highlights for action from each session facilitator, and suggested ways forward.
FACILITATORS: Dr Caroline Ongleo-Calub and Christopher Le Breton
5.30pm Closure
Karakia  - Sir Toby Curtis

$10 per day for unwaged,    $30 per day for waged
Youth Voucher 2 days (Free)
*Optional Peace Foundation membership fee for Conference participants: $25 (Normally $50)
 *Movie: $15
 *Price for “Soul of Fire” $20.00 if not attending Conference
*Lunch: $15.00 per day. Available only if prepaid
 Any additional donation towards our fundraising scheme gratefully received.
* Special dietary requirements:
Please register either online:  or contacting Lucy Heald, Peace Foundation on 021 770 464.
Please pay by Bank Transfer (write Ref Peace Conference) 06 0158 0010006 00
Or, send a cheque payable to The Peace Foundation”, PO Box 8055, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150
Or, contact for other ways to pay or for any questions.
(please answer yes or no as appropriate)
  • Would you use a child Care Centre if available?
  • Would you like a summary of the Conference afterwards?
  • Would you like a packaged lunch?
  • We are expecting a maximum of 400. We cannot anticipate how many will choose either of the sessions. It will have to those whom arrive first.
  • Please be on time for sessions.

or telephone: 021 770 464
+ Nuclear Free Peacemaker Exhibition, 6th - 20th Sept.12-3:00pm, Wed.-Sun. Kinder House, 2 Ayr St. Parnell contact
+Special two day session about conflict through applied theatre workshops with Ola Johannson from the UK at Kinder House.  Contact: Gary Russell tel: 09 379
+United Nations Association book launch at the Museum, Friday 18th September.  Contact: Gary Russell by email: or 09 379 4008
+International Day of Peace - Monday 21 September.

Speakers' Profiles and Abstracts
Speakers include politicians such as the Mayor of Wellington, Hon. Phil Goff, Richard Northey, senior academics from AUT, the University of Auckland and Waikato University, experts against violence and war from Sweden and NZ, critics concerned about high tech weaponry, leaders representing our youth, the UN, Maoridom, education and religions. Click below on the video for one of the speakers Ola Johansson's message:

Mana Whenua starts at 8.45AM, and the conference starts at 9AM sharp.
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