World March New Zealand
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Welcome by M. Ban Ki Moon
Countries and territories on
the World Peace March route

Oceania and East Asia

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines.

Continental Asia

Bangladesh, China, India, Israel, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Russian Federation, South Korea, Palestine, Turkey.


Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom.


Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, CÙte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal, Togo.


Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.


The World Peace March
is supported by

Tourisim Auckland

Positively Wellington Tourisim

Fuse Creative

Website designed by Fuse Creative
New Zealand Travel &endash; Plan your New Zealand travel at the official site of Tourism New Zealand.
Abolition 2000

Abolition 2000 is a network of over 2000 organizations in more than 90 countries world wide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons.

Global March Eco-Activities


Tree-planting and carbon offset event
3 October, 8:30 am
Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project, Island Bay

Join the international team and locals to plant trees at the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project in Island Bay in order to support the ecological reserve and to publicise the need to protect the environment. For more information see the press release below.

Protect the Poles: Ceremony at the Antarctic Monument
3 October, 11am
Antarctic Monument, Mount Victoria, Wellington

Join the international team and Antarctic experts in commemorating the 1959 Antarctic Treaty establishing Antarctica as a demilitarized and nuclear-free region. The World Peace March will promote environmental protection of both North and South Poles and the establishment of an Arctic demilitarized and nuclear-free zone.

Press release:
World Peace March to plant trees in Island Bay
to promote zero carbon footprint

Members of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence, which starts in Wellington on 2 October, will plant native trees in Island Bay to promote personal responsibility for a zero-carbon footprint. The event will also draw attention to the need for global demilitarization in order to further protect the environment. The March will then travel through 90 countries in 90 days promoting various initiatives for peace and nonviolence. Similar tree planting activities will occur in other countries en route.

“Just as forest destruction has been disastrous for Wellington’s unique biological diversity, climate change seriously threatens our way of life” said Peter Russell, Coordinator of the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project where the trees will be planted. “Our forest restoration project helps to restore Wellington’s biodiversity and also creates a valuable carbon sink.”

The Project is run by the Manawa Karioi Society at Tapu Te Ranga Marae in Island Bay and is open to the public. “We established Manawa Karioi in 1990 as a place of peace and inspiration for the people of Wellington” said Kaumatua Bruce Stewart. “The dedicated and hard-working members of the Manawa Karioi Society have since become leaders in the field of urban native forest restoration.”

“The World Peace March encourages everyone to evaluate their carbon footprint – whether from travel, product consumption or energy usage – and then contribute appropriately to carbon offsetting projects,” says Alyn Ware, New Zealand Coordinator of the World March and Vice-President of the International Peace Bureau. “However we must also campaign to reduce government activities which contribute even more to climate change and environmental destruction – the biggest of these being militarism.”

“Research gathered and published by the International Peace Bureau indicates that carbon emissions and other environmental damage done by military vehicles during exercises and wartime – as well as the damage from the production, testing and use of weapons - is colossal but usually escapes monitoring or regulation. Disarmament could thus provide one of the most significant contributions to restoring our climate and environment. In addition, just a small percentage of the annual US$1.5 trillion military budget – if redirected to sustainable development programs – could eliminate world poverty and fund key programmes for replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy systems.”

The World Peace March is supported by key figures around the world including the Rt Hon Helen Clark (Head of the United Nations Development Program), eight Heads of State (the presidents of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Croatia, Ecuador, Kenya, Timor Leste and Uruguay), six former Heads of State (Jimmy Carter from the USA, Rodrigo Carazo from Costa Rica, Nestor Kirchner from Argentina, Mary Robinson from Ireland and Mario Soares from Portugal – along with Helen Clark), as well as numerous Nobel Peace laureates, movie stars (Penelope Cruz, Viggo Mortensen…), astronauts, sports celebrities (including the Inter-Milan football team), musicians (Art Garfunkel, Yoko Ono, Lou Reed…) mayors (including Mayors for Peace with 3000 cities as members) and others…


Further details:
The tree planting event will commence at 8.30am on 3 October with those involved meeting at the main entrance to Manawa Karioi, adjacent to the Marae car park accessed via the driveway at the end of Danube Street, Island Bay

Alyn Ware (World Peace March) at 021 260 3727

Peter Russell (Manawa Karioi Society) at 021 207 6211

Organisations involved in the event:

World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Manawa Karioi Restoration Project

International Peace Bureau

Tapu Te Ranga Marae

Sources on militarism, climate change and the environment:

The Military's Impact on the Environment, IPB 2002

A Climate of War : The Links Between Climate Change and Conflict, IPB 2007

Catastrophic Climatic Consequences of Nuclear Conflict, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, April 2008

Nuclear Weapons – At what cost? Ben Cramer, IPB July 2009


Nuclear Free Nation

Aotearoa – New Zealand
A Nuclear free pioneer for peace.

Bob Harvey

Video 10th World Summit
of Nobel Peace
NZ Supporters
  • Rt Hon Helen Clark

    Rt Hon Helen Clark, Head of the United Nations Development Programme. Former Prime Minister of New Zealand

  • Dr Kate Dewes

    Dr Kate Dewes. Member of the United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament

  • Kerry Prendergast

    Kerry Prendergast. Mayor of Wellington. Mayor for Peace

  • Maui Solomon

    Maui Solomon. Representative of Moriori from Rekohu (Chatham Islands)

  • Moana Maniapoto

    Moana Maniapoto. Singer/songwriter. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize - International Songwriting Competition

  • Sir Paul Reeves

    Sir Paul Reeves. Former Governor General. Former Arch-Bishop of Aotearoa-New Zealand.

  • Pauline Tangiora

    Pauline Tangiora, Maori elder from the Rongomaiwahine (Women of Peace) Iwi. Member of the World Futures Council

  • Hon Phil Goff

    Hon Phil Goff. Leader of the Opposition

  • Teresa Bergman

    Teresa Bergman. NZ Idol Finalist

Press Releases News

Massive Final Act of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

After traveling 200 thousand kilometers, the international team of the World March arrived today, January 2, at the Park of Study and Reflection Punta de Vacas in Argentina. Close to 20,000 people heard the representatives of the World March from Chile, Argentina, India, Italy, the Philippines, Spain and England that circled the globe calling for nuclear disarmament.

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