Council

The Peace Foundation Council 2016 - 2017

Tricia Reade - President

Patricia (Tricia) Mary Reade

Brief Bio:

Auckland District Licensing Board –Panel Member 2013 – to present

Waitemata Local Board – elected member 2010-2013

Chairperson - The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC)2013- present

Chairperson - Friends of Symonds Street Cemetery- 2013- present

Ponsonby Community Centre – Board member 1996- present

Grey Lynn Business Association - Board member 2014- present

My formal career has been in education as a teacher, lecturer and Director from preschool to tertiary in both NZ and the UK.

Statement :

I have been involved in Peace movements all my life and would like to support the work of the Peace Foundation and help it grow further into a strong organization taking a leading role in NZ in a drive to creating a peaceful society and country.

Like thousands of others I do not believe we can find solutions through meeting violence with violence. Now more than ever we need leadership that is committed to finding peaceful solutions to the violence here in NZ and in the world today.

“ Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert W Einstein

In NZ and the UK I have often vigorously protested with, and worked for, groups – Greenham Common, Women’s Peace Camp, Amnesty International, NZ Anti - Vietnam war campaign to name just a few, that protested against war and the weapons of violence.

The Peace Foundation’s schools project has been a great success and now we need to build on this.

I truly believe that the Peace Foundation can be a leader for our communities in NZ; drawing attention to finding peaceful solutions, calling to account practices that actually prevent peace both here in NZ and in the world, and demanding action from our politicians for policies to create a peaceful society.

Engaging and collaborating with like-minded organisations, peace projects, education in schools, and running conferences and workshops are all ways to promote the ideas and principles of peace to all New Zealanders.

This is where I see the Peace Foundation role of leadership in the future.

 

Warwick Pudney - Vice President

Warwick Pudney

Warwick Pudney has worked with communities in NZ on family violence and sexual offending issues. He set up the first men’s social service ‘Man Alive’ in Auckland. He has written a number of parenting books especially around anger issues and with the Peace Foundation published ‘A Volcano in my Tummy’. He currently leads the Post Graduate Violence and Trauma programme at AUT University.

 

Wendy Gray - Treasurer

Wendy Gray

Lawyer qualified in Auckland, practiced in London in insolvency, general practice, litigation and own private practice. Was a licensed Lloyds of London insurance broker and Claims Manager.
With Tom Ang ran Central Asia Project forging educational links with University of Westminister and academic institutions, government and financial organisations in former Soviet Central Asian republics. This work was funded in part by British Council Know-How Fund and University of Westminister. As a direct result the Westminister International University in Tashkent was developed. Also assisted creating legal institutions in Kyrgyzstan, funded by the Law Society. Currently living in New Zealand, running a small business.

Aprilanne Bronar

Born in 1966 in Melbourne, she grew up in a catholic family. Found herself in banking for a decade nurturing her love for change and project management and now she is running her own businesses over the course of the last 15 years. Also currently she is focusing on the establishment of an Eco BNB in Titirangi and Takahoa Bay ‘northandwestretreatsnz’. Her passion for the environment is something that the landscape of NZ has influenced greatly. She is a mentor of grass roots campaigns to achieve win-win and navigate the complexities of bureaucracy. Furthermore, she is the cofounder of #UrbantreeAlliance and #SaveOurKauri using her skills in social media, public speaking, change management and motherhood.

Clare Mercer

Clare Mercer

A youth worker; her last formal youth work role was in 2013 at a shelter for victims of human trafficking in Thessaloniki, Greece. This role has brought honour to build friendships with some incredible young women. After leaving Europe she enrolled in a Bachelor of Law and currently entering her fourth year of study. Her goal as a lawyer is to work towards the promotion of human rights, particularly freedom for victims of exploitation and human trafficking.
During the university semester she live in an intentional community in West Auckland then during the breaks she live on a small piece of land in Taranaki with her family. In both locations she actively work towards peace and restoration for those who are with us, for ourselves, and for the world we live in.

Dale Hunter

Dale Hunter

Dale Hunter lives at Earthsong Eco Neighbourhood, Ranui, Auckland. Her background is in orchestral music, community development, business management, group facilitation and social ecology. Dale is a life member of the Peace Foundation and has served on Council for 7 years including 4 years as Treasurer. She is looking forward to providing input towards and oversight of a new Peace Foundation strategic plan and to monitoring improved budgeting, financial and management processes.

Dan Ducker

Dan Ducker

As the new father of a six month old, He is passionate about helping to create a fair and equitable world, filled with love and awe; as an environmental champion working in the environmental sector, he is looking for ways in which we can cross pollinate ideas to further our collective aims; as an academician, he is passionate about the development of new forms of governance which better facilitate peace; as a council member, continuing the development of a culture of collaboration within our group.

Helen Wihongi

Helen Wihongi

Helen Wihongi has two sons and four mokopuna and was born in Tolga Bay. She has a second level black belt in Aikido and is a registered psychologist. Her current employer is the Waitemata and Auckland District Health Board where she works as the research advisor Maori, giving effect to Te Tiriti in research practice. Helen has a vast range of experience in community psychology, research, ethics, health policy, funding and planning, tikanga Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. She currently sits on several governance groups and committees including the Auckland District Health Boards clinical ethics committee and Maori research facilitation committee at the Auckland University of Technology.

Rob Roche

At 86 Rob brings a wealth of wisdom and perspective that only age can offer. Rob was born in 1930, graduating from Otago Medical School in 1954 and working in hospitals across the North Island. He created the first methadone maintenance programme and subsequent withdrawal regime for 120 heroin addicts until the establishment of the Government-funded Methadone Maintenance programme.
Rob has been the Honorary Secretary to the NZ Medical Acupuncture Society. For nearly 25 years Rob was the Founder and Executive Medical Director of Urgent Medical Services, the largest after-hours medical deputising service in New Zealand. Since the mid-1990s Rob has worked to help disadvantaged children.

Roger Monckton

Roger Monckton

Roger Monckton grew up in Hamilton and went to University in Auckland, completing a degree in civil engineering. He worked for several years in a consultancy as a graduate engineer then for major construction companies as a project manager. More recently he has been involved as an investor/director in clean energy technologies, recycling, carbon sequestration and technology to find underground water.
Travelling overseas Rob came to experience the innate unity that can be reached between diverse groups of people - achievable when there is "authentic communication" that sees beyond race, religion, language and culture. Peace can be achieved by living in harmony with oneself, and by living sustainably within our environmental footprint.
Roger has an interest in the arts, having exhibited his bronze sculpture in a number of commercial galleries, and loves to get away from it all by tramping in NZ's great outdoors.

Samuditha Rupasinghe

Samuditha Rupasinghe

She is into the final year of her degree studying law, and science in environmental science and psychology. The field of international law has always interested her. According to her, law creates the institutions where people can communicate to resolve conflicts before harm is done. It creates lasting peace. She is part of the Young Innovators Collective network and she run one of the projects called My Big Dream, which is all about getting young people to find the things important to them so they can live a life that makes them come alive.
Last year, she took part in Merit360, a programme where 360 people from around the world came together to work towards the UN sustainable development goals. Together, they created a platform called Peace Is Simple and they are currently sharing stories of peace from around the world.

Tom Ang

Tom Ang

Tom Ang believes that peace with the environment is a precondition for lasting peace in human society. He photographs and shares his love of photography to help open the eyes of others to the fragile beauty of the planet, so that others may be motivated to preserve what is left. www.tomang.com
 

Dr Rod Alley (Wellington)

Rod Alley

Dr Roderic Alley is a retired Associate Professor of Politics of Victoria University, Wellington.  He has served as a member of the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and published widely on disarmament, New Zealand’s foreign relations and Pacific affairs, as well as human rights. He is a Vice President of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs.  He has authored several books and academic articles on New Zealand’s foreign relations, the contemporary Pacific, the United Nations, disarmament and conflict analysis.