Peace Foundation

The Peace Foundation (Foundation for Peace Studies Aotearoa/New Zealand) offers innovative and quality programmes, services and resources that are used in many schools, homes and communities – both in New Zealand and overseas. It helps to establish and maintain peaceful and non-violent relationships by teaching skills that encourage better communication, co-operation and non-violent conflict resolution.

The Peace Foundation draws on the knowledge, skills and energy of a team of highly qualified and experienced individuals who are committed to meeting the aims of the organisation – a number of whom are acknowledged both nationally and internationally for the role they have played and are playing in creating a more peaceful world.

The Peace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and relies on public support for its work. It has been a membership organisation since it was established in 1975.

Visit Peace Foundation website or Facebook page.

Projects 2012
Celebrating Auckland City for Peace

The Peace Foundation and the Auckland Peace City Committee, have been working with Auckland Council to organise a Community celebration of Auckland becoming a City for Peace which will be officially acknowledged in a civic event on 8 June. Peace Foundation members have been instrumental in achieving the city’s commitment to this declaration, which was formalized by Auckland City at the end of last year.

The community event is to be held in Aotea Square, The EDGE, on Saturday 9 June from 12 – 3 pm and will kick off with a short celebratory parade followed by the official opening at 12.30. This will be a great opportunity to engage the community in peace-related activities and to acknowledge the heritage of New Zealand’s nuclear-free status and peace advocacy.

Join us for an afternoon of music, entertainment, speeches, peace education stalls and activities for the whole family.  Find out how you can play your part in making Auckland a City for Peace!

Special guests include:

-          Singer/songwriter Shona Laing - famous for her hit ‘Neutral and Nuclear Free

-          Roots of Babylon (May-Jah7) – Acoustic

-          Fraser Bruce and the Maha Marimba Band

-          SGINZ Brass Band 

-          Peace Poet Ron Riddell

-          The Baha’i Choir

-          Miranda Adams, violinist from the Jade String Quartet


Keynote speakers include:

-          Maire Leadbeater, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

-          Lachlan McKay, United Nations Association New Zealand

-          Steve Abel, Greenpeace

-          Alyn Ware, International peacemaker and advocate for the abolition of nuclear weapons

-          Bob Harvey, Former World Mayor for Peace and Recipient of the United Nations Peace Award

-          John Hinchcliff, President of The Peace Foundation

-          Jonnie Black, White Ribbon Ambassador 2012 

For more information about the event please visit or contact or (09) 373 2379

Schools Peace Week Aotearoa 6-10 August

This year’s theme for Schools’ Peace Week Aotearoa/New Zealand is Music for Peace. Peace Week is a national week designed to help schools educate students about peace issues. The Peace Foundation has a number of Peace Week materials and activities for schools which be easily incorporated into the classroom and school environment in a variety of informative and enjoyable ways. Schools are encouraged to make it fun by organizing activities such as competitions for designing your  own ‘Peace Week’ banner, organizing ‘Peace’ presentations for your assemblies, planting a ‘Peace Garden’ or coming up with your own unique way of learning about ‘Peace’,

This year, the Peace Foundation is also challenging all schools to participate in the Peace Week Songquest Competition –  by creating and submitting your own song (with original lyrics and melody) based on the theme ‘Music4Peace: Music Heals the World’.

Schools’ Peace Week Secondary Symposium Auckland/Northland 17 August

The Peace Foundation’s Secondary Symposium is part of annual Schools’ Peace Week and is open to all Auckland and Northland Secondary Schools involved in the Cool Schools’ Peer Mediation Programme. It’s a great opportunity for peer mediators in various schools to do presentations and to discuss peace-related topics. Schools must register for the Symposium by Friday 27 July 2012.

Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme

The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme is a whole schools programme that was developed in 1991. It aims to train students in the skills of mediation and conflict resolution, whereby children learn to mediate conflict amongst their peers. It is now in over half of the schools throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Cool Schools Programmes aim to:

•    Help individuals develop life long conflict management skills
•    Focus on building positive relationships with others
•    Create win/win situations for students, teachers, parents, caregivers and the wider community
•    Provide life skills for school, home and the workplace
•    Empower students to help other students
•    Be proactive, helping to prevent bullying and other levels of conflict
•    Provide a peaceful and safe learning environment
•    Encourage students to develop the value of service leadership

The Cool Schools Programmes develop key skills such as:

•    Active reflective listening
•    Using “I” statements and affirmations
•    Recognising different types of responses to conflict
•    Effective questioning
•    The role of the mediator
•    The mediation process (including a process for junior students)

Schools successfully implementing the programme report that 80-85% of minor disputes are settled permanently by peer mediators helping to make the school environment (both playground and classroom) a happier, safer, more peaceful place to be. Students are providing a service for other students as “peace-keepers”. They are modelling skills and processes, which will last a lifetime and are readily transferable to the home, workplace, community etc.

New Zealand is becoming increasingly multi-cultural. This cultural and ethnic diversity is often reflected in schools. The Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme training increases the students’ awareness of cultural differences and fosters understanding and respect of diversity so that every child’s uniqueness is recognised and embraced. 

Cool School Kura Kuapapa Maori Programme

This programme has been specifically developed for Maori as a conflict resolution programme which encompasses Te aho matua (TKKM Fouding/ Philosophical Document) as its basis and the Te whare tapa wha Maori model of health, encompassing Te tana tinan – Physical, Te tana hinegaro – Mental and Emotional, Te taha wairua – Spiritual. The pilot programme will be launched into 3 Kura in early 2012, with funding from the Ministry of Health.All material used in the programme conforms with the criteria stated in Te Tiriti O Waitangi.


Claire Speedy or Christina Barruel christina@peacefoundation.


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