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Aotearoa/New Zealand2021-06-15T12:26:25-04:00

Friends from Aotearoa/NZ reach out to Indonesia, the Philippines and the Samoan Islands responding to requests for help with how to practice peace and nonviolence. In 2014, Esther Cowley-Malcolm went to Peace Place in Pati, Indonesia and to Bohol, Philippines to support AVP. In 2017, Liz Remmerswaal and Nadine Hoover met at Paul Chappel’s training on working to make war illegal, and in 2018, Rosie Remmerswaal joined the International Peace Training at Peace Place, Pati, Indonesia. Along with PLA Working Group member, Saskia Schuitemaker, Friends gathered in Aotearoa/NZ in 2018 to share mutual support for peace work at home and in the Pacific Islands.

We support AVP in Auckland and The Bay of Plenty, actively involved in peace and social justice in our community and region. Rosie is learning the in-depth training for creating cultures of peace, and learning to speak Maori. Liz serves as the World Beyond War Aotearoa/New Zealand Co-ordinator, and received the 2017 Sonja Davies Peace Award. Esther Cowley-Malcolm supports AVP with Pacific communities, Samoan returnees, church ministers and NGO representatives, and with villagers in Samoa to lead their own AVP workshops in Samoa. She also conducts brainwave workshops in prisons among men and women prisoners, teen parent units, schools, organisations, professional and community groups. Esther produced a game app called Play Kindly that giving parents concrete strategies to address aggression in children, rather than resort to violent responses. It also gives explanations to the responses along with animated scenarios to help parents address these concerns.

We struggle with getting participants and building momentum in a busy society. The Alternatives to Violence Project name carries negative connotations for some community people. It’s difficult to synchronize time and effort in a society that reinforces compensated positions in the workforce.

In 2018, two of us travelled from Auckland to Samoa to join a local Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitator, who had trained in California, to get AVP started in Samoa by completing a basic, advanced and training for facilitators. We trained fourteen Samoan apprentice facilitators. Ten new workshops are being planned with funding received from CSSP (Civil Society South Pacific). We run workshops with diverse groups: professionals, lay people, employed, unemployed, single, married, various religions, ethnicity and gender. We also work with ex-inmates in NZ and Samoa. Esther continues to offer Brainwave Workshops and develop her Kindly Play app. Rosie and Liz dedicate themselves to conscientious objection to war and establishing a public culture of peace.

Recent news from our Aotearoa/NZ Partners

Event Power of Goodness: Equality of Humanity, Bridging Divides 9pm December 4 & 9:30am December 5 Eastern Time USA

November 6th, 2020|Aotearoa/New Zealand, Asia West Pacific, AWP Other Regions, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, Northern Caucasus & Ukraine, Past Events, Peacebuilding en las Américas, Philippines, Power of Goodness|

Reflections from the 7th International Cultures of Peace Training by Kuruho Wereta, Aotearoa (New Zealand)

March 7th, 2020|Aotearoa/New Zealand, Articles, Asia West Pacific, Creating Cultures of Peace, Indonesia, International Peace Training|

An Epistle: 7th International Peace Training for Creating Cultures of Peace (CCP)

February 12th, 2020|Aotearoa/New Zealand, Articles, Asia West Pacific, AWP Other Regions, Creating Cultures of Peace, Indonesia, International Peace Training, Korea, Nepal, Northern Caucasus & Ukraine, Philippines|

EVENT: 7th International Peace Training – January 9-22, 2020, Indonesia

August 5th, 2019|Aotearoa/New Zealand, Articles, Asia West Pacific, AWP Other Regions, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, Northern Caucasus & Ukraine, Past Events, Philippines, Power of Goodness|

2019 International Peace Training: Creating Cultures of Peace

February 26th, 2019|Aotearoa/New Zealand, Asia West Pacific, AWP Other Regions, Creating Cultures of Peace, Indonesia, International Peace Training, Korea, Nepal, Northern Caucasus & Ukraine, Philippines, Power of Goodness|

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