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

About Us

This website, and the resources it contains, represent the fruit of a partnership between the Presbyterian and Anglican Church Schools’ Offices and the Religious Studies programme at Victoria University of Wellington. The website was built by Lu Tang and Sharon Ross Ensor.

The interviews with authors were all conducted by Philip Fountain with Geoffrey Troughton, and filmed and edited by Nathan Stewart and Warren Butcher, with Matt Dennes, from Image Services at Victoria University of Wellington. We gratefully acknowledge their work and that of the authors. We also acknowledge Victoria University, Te Herenga Waka Marae, St Michael’s Anglican Church, Kelburn, and the Leasons and Troughtons for permission to film in their spaces.

Other groups, institutions and individuals have provided support at different points. In particular, we acknowledge the Royal Society of New Zealand, which has supported Geoffrey Troughton’s research on Christianity and peacemaking in New Zealand through the award of a Marsden Grant.


Contact Us

This site is intended to be dynamic, and to develop over time.

Curriculum and NCEA-relevant resources will be posted as they become available. Users are encouraged to share such content, and to share links to other information about the stories. We welcome feedback about the website.

For tips, suggestions or feedback, contact:

Director, Presbyterian Church Schools’ Resource Office



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