World March New Zealand
World March 5 Proposals

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.


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Abolition 2000

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Rekohu (Chatham Islands)
Opening blessing ceremony – September 29-30


The World Peace March will be welcomed onto Kopinga Marae (Moriori marae) on Rekohu (Chatham Islands) for an opening blessing ceremony hosted by the Hokotehi Moriori Trust. This will include special gifts from Moriori (the indigenous inhabitants of Rekohu) to travel with the Peace March for its entire journey.

Rekohu is the Moriori name for the Chatham Islands which are about 800 kilometres east of mainland Aotearoa New Zealand. There are two inhabited islands (Rekohu/Chatham Island and Rangiauria/Pitt Island) and a number of smaller uninhabited islands.

Lying just west of the international date line, Rekohu is the first part of Aotearoa-New Zealand to see the dawning of the new day.

Rekohu has been inhabited by Moriori for hundreds of years. 500 years ago the Moriori adopted a Peace Covenant, rejecting war and violence. When Rekohu was invaded in 1835 by two Maori tribes from New Zealand (taken there by an English trading ship), despite many Moriori being slaughtered and enslaved, the elders forbade breaking with their ancient Peace Covenant.

For 170 years following the invasion, Moriori suffered terrible loss of land, life and identity. Their lands were awarded to the invaders by the Native Land Court in 1870 and by 1933, the population had reduced to one known Moriori of full blood. After this Moriori were virtually written out of history by the New Zealand education system and became the stuff of mythology. However, surviving descendants of Moriori had other ideas and in the early 1980s began a renaissance of their culture and identity which has continued to this day.

It was not until 2001 that Moriori rights were formally recognised by the Waitangi tribunal (See Rekohu: A Report on Moriori and Ngati Mutunga Claims in the Chatham Islands). The settlement of these claims is still being negotiated with the government. However, in 2008, a Moriori Identity Trust (Te Keke Tura Moriori) was launched with the assistance of a special gift from the government of $6 million to promote Moriori identity, heritage, culture and the legacy of peace. See Gift to preserve peaceful culture). As part of honouring their legacy of peace Hokotehi Moriori Trust has assisted with the development of the new Aotearoa-New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and will collaborate on teaching youth about peace including the Moriori Peace Covenant.

The World Peace March international team will also have the opportunity to enjoy some of the beauty of the island. These include Kopinga Marae, and stunning marine and island landscapes, seabirds, seals as well as rakau momori or live tree carvings made by Moriori over the centuries which can still be seen on trunks of living kopi trees (See Rekohu: Social and spiritual values).

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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