History of The Peace Foundation Part 2

The Foundation has played a major role in the provision of peace education resources for schools from its inception in 1975 and especially since the directive from the Minister of Education of the then Labour Government in 1985 that 'peace studies' be integrated into the school curriculum. It has been able to bridge the gap between supply and demand for many teachers and educationalists, and continues to be the only organisation capable of fulfilling this role. The Foundation sought valuable advice from Dr Norman Alcock, Founder and President of the Canadian Peace Research Institute, who visited New Zealand for the Foundation's inauguration, and gave the first of its Annual Peace Lectures. Patrons over the years have included U Thant, then General Secretary of the United Nations, Sir Guy Powles, New Zealand's first Ombudsman, Archbishop Sir Paul Reeves, Dame Catherine Tizard, Cardinal Thomas Williams, Dame Miraka Szaszy, Judge Mick Brown, Susan Satyanand, and other distinguished New Zealanders. Current patrons are Professor Noam Chomsky, Dr John Hinchcliff, John Pilger, Dame Laurie Salas, Jack Shallcrass, Pauline Tangiora, Dr Marilyn Waring, Richard Northey, Sir Jerry and Lady Janine Materapae, and Lady Beverly Reeves.

Presidents over the years have included John Male (founding President), Leslie Clements, Brian Davis, Ron O’Grady, Joan MacDonald, Kim Tay, Peter O’Connor, Alan Webb, Bob Harvey, and Yvonne Duncan. Since 2010, Dr John Hinchcliff served as President of the Foundation. In late 2009, the Foundation had significant organisational changes brought about by government funding cuts. This had reduced staff from 11 to 4 staff in its Auckland office, however retained its range of programmes and services in schools and communities, and running the peace education resource centre with the leadership of Caroline Ongleo. Its Wellington branch, previously headed by Alyn Ware offered schools in the region the Schools Outreach Programme, and provided disarmament advise to the NZ Ministry of Disarmament, United Nations and other countries. However, due to funding constraints, the Wellington office was closed in mid 2011. The Peace Foundation’s South Island office was run as a branch, in the home of Kate Dewes, from 1980 until 2004, when it was established as a separate legal entity - The Peace Foundation Disarmament and Security Centre, and is under the management of Kate and her husband Rob Green. Their main focus is international disarmament.  They also mentor a number of young people to work on youth issues and involve them in disarmament work. The Foundation, in its formative years, received no Government funding, and depended solely on grants, fundraising, subscriptions and donations from its members. From 1988 onwards it has received grants from the Peace and Disarmament Education Trust and the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund, which was established with compensation money from the French government following the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour in 1985. From mid 1990s, it has been supported by the Ministry of Health for its school programmes, and from 2009 by the Ministry of Social Development for its Family Programme.