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.


The World Peace March
is supported by

Tourisim Auckland

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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.

Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
Whanganui* to Wellington


Starting with a festival in Whanganui/Wanganui (see ‘What’s in a Name’ below) on September 20 and 21 (United Nations Day for Peace) the Walk for Peace and Reconciliation will continue down the beautiful west coast of the lower north island arriving in Wellington in time to join the start of the World Peace March.

The festival and walk will focus on reconciling past conflicts and moving into a future of inclusion, understanding, tolerance and justice between different peoples, cultures, religions, ethnicities and nationalities. It will be a walk to celebrate the rich tapestry woven by different peoples in a multi-cultural society.

Everyone is invited to join in the festival and walk – whether it be for a couple of hours, a couple of days or for the entire walk.

UN International Day of Peace Festival
Sep 20-21

Hosted by Operation Peace through Unity and the United Nations Association of NZ-Wanganui Branch, with support from the Wanganui District Council and community groups and individuals.

Panel discussion: Reconciliation, Truth and Bridge-building
Sunday 20 September 2009, 2 p.m.
Venue: Quaker Settlement, 76 Virginia Rd

  • Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the new Peace and Conflict Studies Centre at Otago University
  • Susan Anderson, Restorative Justice
  • Antony Vallyon, National President, United Nations Association of New Zealand
  • Rosslyn Noonan, Chief Human Rights Commissioner
  • Nancy Tuaine, Transitional Manager, Whanganui River Maori Trust Board
  • Chester Borrows, M.P. for Whanganui

Walk for Peace and Reconciliation
Whanganui to Wellington

Starts Monday 21 September at 12 Noon.

Meeting at the Culture of Peace sculpture Handspan dedicated to a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World.

Following an unveiling of new hands, the walk to Wellington will commence.

Preliminary route:

Route between Paekakariki and Porirua

Route between Paekakariki and Porirua

  • Sep 21: Whanganui to Ratana
  • Sep 22: Ratana to Bulls
  • Sep 23: Bulls to Foxton Flats
  • Sep 24: Foxton Flats to Levin
  • Sep 25: Levin to Otaki
  • Sep 26: Otaki to Waikanae
  • Sep 27: Waikanae to Paekakariki
  • Sep 28: Paekakariki to Porirua
  • Sep 29: Porirua to Wellington Central

Contact: Gita Brooke Route
Phone: 06-345 5714

*What’s in a name? Wanganui or Whanganui!

The spelling of place names is a typical source of conflict and Aotearoa-New Zealand is no exception. With European settlement, many Maori names were replaced with European (mostly English) names.

In 1946 the New Zealand Geographic Board was established as the authority for naming places in New Zealand. Legislation in 1998 required the Board to recognise the Treaty of Waitangi and thus help facilitate the use of the original (Maori) names for places as appropriate. In some cases this has led to dual-naming with the Maori name first followed by the English name, e.g. Aotearoa/New Zealand, Mt Taranaki/Egmont, meaning either name can be used (See NZ Geographic Board Protocol for Maori place names)

There are also cases where Maori names were adopted by the colonisers, but were spelt incorrectly. This is the case for Wanganui – which is an incorrect spelling of the name Whanganui meaning ‘great harbour’ or ‘expanse of water’. The 1998 legislation stipulates that in general the correct original spelling should be used, but gives the Board some discretion to retain the incorrect spelling if local usage over time has firmly established this as custom.

The original spelling of Whanganui River has been restored and is now being used universally. However, the spelling of the name of the city which lies on the mouth of the Whanganui River is unresolved. The city council still retains the spelling Wanganui as do a majority of the residents of the city. Maori communities and those residents supportive of the Treaty of Waitangi mostly use Whanganui. Official uses vary, with some government departments using Whanganui and Wanganui interchangeably.

On March 30, 2009 the NZ Geographic Board commenced consultations on a submission to restore the original spelling Whanganui to the city. Until this issue has been resolved it is likely that both spellings will continue to be used.

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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World Peace March 2009 - 2010