Patricia (Tricia) Mary Reade
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.
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.