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

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.

World Peace March
Wellington Events - October 1-3


Artist - John Ruth, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

October 1:
Arrival of Peace March participants in Wellington

Civic Reception
Wellington City Council Chambers

Wellington City welcomes the international team plus others who have travelled to Wellington for the first part of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence. The reception (invitation only) will be held in the Wellington City Council Chambers located in the Civic Centre. The Civic Centre also includes the city library, city art gallery, civic square, Michael Fowler performance centre, City-to-Sea bridge, and the town hall.

"Wellington is the first capital city to see the dawn, and on October 2 it will see the first steps on a 90-day march which will pass through 90 countries, taking in tropical summer and Siberian winter and everything in between. It is a great honour for Wellington to have been chosen for the start of the march and I hope as many people as possible come along in October and enjoy everything New Zealand’s arts and culture capital has to offer." Kerry Prendergast, Mayor of Wellington

See Wellington mayor welcomes World Peace March for the full video welcome from Mayor Kerry Prendergast to the World March for Peace and Nonviolence.

Nuclear Disarmament Public Forum

Turnball House, Bowen Street, Wellington

5:30 – 7pm: Depleted Uranium and White Phosphorus
Speaker: Commander Rob Green (Royal Navy ret.).

7:30 – 9pm: Nuclear Abolition and Global Peace
Speakers include: Don McKay (NZ Ambassador to the UN in Geneva)
Alexander Mora Mora (Latin American Parliament Human Rights Commission)
Rafael de La Rubia (Coordinator of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence)
Mayra Gomez (Participant in the UN Annual NGO conference in Mexico)
Dr Kate Dewes (UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament).

Organised in conjunction with the United Nations Association of New Zealand and the National Consultative Committee on Disarmament.

October 2
Day 1 of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Opening event
9:30 am

Speeches, music etc at the Gandhi statue in front of Wellington Railway Station. Co-hosted by the Indian High Commission in commemoration of the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and the United Nations International Day for Non-violence.

Start of the March and launch of Wellington
Peace Heritage Walk
10:30 am

World Peace March opens the Wellington Peace Heritage Walk and starts walking it. The route goes from the Gandhi statue past Pou Whenua (Wai-titi landing markers) to parliament grounds to visit the Women’s Suffrage garden and Nagasaki figure, then to the St Andrews-on-the-Terrace.

Peace Concert
St Andrews-on-the Terrace
12 noon – 1pm

A concert of peace songs celebrating UN International Day of Nonviolence.

Peace Heritage Walk continues
1pm – 3:30 pm

Peace Heritage Walk continue to the Botanic Gardens to visit the Peacemaker sculpture, Peace Garden, Nagasaki Tree, Hiroshima Tree and Kauri peace tree, then to the Wellington Museum of City and Sea to visit the Wellington Nuclear Weapon Free Zone exhibition and ending at the waterfront at the monument for child refugees from the second world war.

Parihaka commemoration
Parihaka memorial, Buckle Street

A ceremony to commemorate the nonviolent struggle of the Parihaka people for justice. In the 19th century Parihaka people were imprisoned in Wellington and Dunedin and forced into slave labour.

Public forum with the international walkers
Tapu te Ranga marae

An evening presentation and discussion for local people to meet the international marchers and celebrities and discuss peace and nonviolence aims and initiatives.

October 3
Day 2 of the World March for Peace and Nonviolence

Tree planting for carbon-offsetting
Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project
8:30 am

Join the peace marchers as they plant trees at the Manawa Karioi Ecological Restoration Project in Island Bay to publicise environmental protection efforts including personal actions to offset our carbon footprints.

Antarctica peace treaty commemoration
Antarctic monument, Mt Victoria

Join the World Peace March as it commemorates the 1959 Antarctic Treaty which established the Antarctic as a demilitarized and nuclear-free region. The World March will use this as an opportunity to promote environmental protection and demilitarization in both the North and South poles. Following the ceremony, the international team will travel to the airport to head for Australia – the next point on the World March route.

For more information on Wellington events contact
or call 04 496-9629


The international team stays at Tapu te Ranga marae in Island Bay.

The marae covers 24 hectares – two thirds is reforestation in native plants, the remaining third is set aside for passive recreation – walks, playing, outdoor activities and gardens. The marae also has Noho Kainga – flats and houses for the inhabitants – and a number of whare (houses) for guests and other purposes. The tupuna (ancestral) whare is Pare Hinetai No Waitaha. There are also special gardens Wahi Whenua and Wahi Pungarehu


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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