Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome to the Pursuing Peace in Godzone website.

When we think about great peacemakers, we don’t often think of Kiwis. It turns out that New Zealand is full of fascinating stories about remarkable people who have pursued peace in extraordinary ways. This website complements the book Pursuing Peace in Godzone, which brings some of these stories to light.

The book and this website focus on Christianity. But while there is a particular conversation to have around religion and violence/peace, we hope that the stories presented here will help inspire wide-ranging discussions about how peace is envisaged and practiced.

On this website you will find videos and other resources that further explore the stories in selected chapters from Pursuing Peace in Godzone. These are especially designed for use in schools and community groups.

The website is a work in progress, and new material – including NCEA-relevant curriculum resources – will be added over time.

Dive in, look around and enjoy the site!

Book Chapters

The Pursuing Peace Project with Geoff Troughton and Philip Fountain
Restoring Karioi with Andrew Shepherd and Kristel van Houte
Ploughshares at Waihopai with Adi Leason
Maungarongo ki te Whenua with Mike Ross and Judy Kumeroa
Taranaki, Peace and Reconciliation with Jamie Allen
Revolution at the Kitchen Tables with Peter Matheson
The Peace Squadron Revisited with George Armstrong
Barrington, Burton and Christian Pacifism with Tom Noakes-Duncan