Peace Stories


Peace People 2004 Documentary by Kathleen Gallagher and Ruth Greenaway, National Radio, Environment Show, 2004.

Featuring a compilation of interviews with peace activists: Rev. Alan Brash, Jack Rogers, Mary Woodward, Dr. Kate Dewes, Jules and Lynda Topp, Maire Leadbeater, Larry Ross and Pauline Tangiora


Bunny McDiarmid

Bunny McDiarmid

Bunny McDiarmid Deckhand, Eyes of Fire.

Bunny McDiarmid takes top international Greenpeace role, Rosa Davis, Gulf News, 21 January 2016.

Bunny McDiarmid - Life and Influences, from Sunday Morning, 5 July 2015.

Interview with Bunny McDiarmid by Kathleen Gallagher, for the film Tau Te Mauri Breath of Peace, 2004.


Reverend Dr. George Armstrong

George Armstrong, photo by Gil Hanly

Interview with George Armstrong transcribed oral interview by Ruth Greenaway, 21 July 2003.

"Dr George Armstrong, New Zealand renegade priest, human rights and nuclear protester, trendsetting humanitarian" interviewed by Tim Lynch, GreenplanetFM, 25 August 2016.

"The Peace Squadron Revisited" by George Armstrong in Pursuing Peace in Godzone, ed. by Geoffrey Troughton and Philip Fountain, 2018, pp. 56-73.

"Turn this bloody thing around!" interview with George Armstrong by Justin Gregory, Eyewitness, Radio New Zealand, 26 October 2016.

'Feature Guest - George Armstrong' interviewed by Kathryn Ryan, Nine to Noon, Radio New Zealand, 12 August 2011.


Maire Leadbeater

 Maire Leadbeater, photo by Gil Hanly

Interview with Maire Leadbeater, interviewed by Sarah Greenaway, 21 May 2004.

"Maire Leadbeater on Peace and Social Justice" interviewed by Tim Lynch, GreenplanetFM, 25 October 2015.

"Maire Leadbeater, PMC research associate" Pacific Media Centre.


Larry Ross

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace City Award Larry Ross

Nuclear Free Peacemaker - Video celebrating 30th Anniversary of Nuclear Free NZ, June 2017. A tribute to the late Larry Ross.

Leading figure in NZ anti-nuclear crusade Obituary, The Press, May 5 2012.

Larry Ross Obituary by Murray Horton Foreign Control Watchdog 130, August 2012.

History of New Zealand's Nuclear Free Zone, The life and work of Larry Ross - an autobiography, Nuclear Free Peacemakers, 2006.

Interview with Larry Ross, interviewed by Ruth Greenaway, 2nd June and 9th June, 2003.

New Zealand Nuclear-Free Peacemaking Association Brief History of the New Zealand Nuclear-Free Zone by Larry Ross, 1992.


Mary Woodward

Woodward -1969 SA Parl steps anti-Nixon demo

Edited transcript of an interview with Mary Woodward, interviewed by Ruth Greenaway in Auckland, 23rd July, 2003.

Mary Woodward's Life talk by Jack Woodward

Mary Woodward by Bobbie Woodward, an article published in the Aotearoa New Zealand Friends Newsletter May 2012 issue.

Mary McMillan's Story, an autobiography of Mary's early life.


Muriel Morrison

Muriel Morrison

The Life of a Woman - Muriel Morrison Part 1 - Part 4 by Elwyn Clements, 1994.

The Life of a Woman - Muriel Morrison Part 5 - Part 12 by Elwyn Clements, 1994.

A lifetime devoted to the peace movement, Muriel Morrison Obituary by Olwen Palmer, Star, September 10 1986.


Katherine Knight

Katherine Knight

In Search of Peace A Chapter in the life of Kath Knight, by Don Smart, Wordsell Press, Auckland, 2012.
Published with permission from the author Don Smart and the publishers Wordsell Press, Auckland, 2009.

Peace - The Impossible Dream N.Z.W.W., September 9 1985.

Testimony to the Grace of God New Zealand Friends Newsletter, October 2001.


Mia Tay

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace City Award

Mia Tay
Mia Tay Obituary The Press, July 19 2014.

Mia Tay Obituary by Kate Dewes, 2014.

"There But for the Grace of God go I" Mia Tay's story as told to Susan Bourke, 1998.



Murray Horton

Murray Horton









Patricia Morrison

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace City Award Patricia Morrison

Interview with Patricia Morrison by Ruth Greenaway, 13 January 2001.





Rosa Oliver

Rosa OliverRosa Oliver obituaries, 2012.






Dr Neil Cherry

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace City Award

Mayor Garry Moore presents Peace City Award to Dr Neil Cherry

Life Story of Dr Neil Cherry

Obituary for Neil Cherry by Kate Dewes, 2003.

Determined Campaigner, Neil Cherry Obituary, Press, 25 May 2003.


Jack Rogers

Jack Rogers

Conscientous objector suffered for his beliefs The Press, 16 March 2018.

Jack Rogers Man of peace prepared to suffer for his convictions

Stand against war Christchurch Star 12 August 2005.

Interview with Jack Rogers by Kathleen Gallagher, 31 March 2004.


Colin Ayers

Colin Ayers

Colin Ayers Interview by Kathleen Gallagher, 2005.






Jim Chapple

Jim ChappleInterview with Jim Chapple interview by Ruth Greenaway, July 25 2003.





Lindsay Crozier

Lindsay CrozierLindsay Crozier 1914 - 1992 - a Christian Pacifist who stood up for his beliefs NZine, 18 January 2008.




Peace Group histories

Voices Against War

Details many stories of women, men and their families throughout Canterbury who opposed conscription and militarism, supported the conscientious objectors (COs), and campaigned for a new world order before during and after World War I


The Nuclear-Freeing of Rangiora

by Chris King, 1997

Chris King






Christian Pacifist Society

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace AwardChristian Pacifist Society

Christian pacifists challenged morality of war by Christine Nielsen-Craig, Touchstone, August 2004.

Archie Barrington discusses conscientious objection, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, updated 15 Jul 2013.

The Second World War at home In dissent, Ministry for Culture and Heritage, updated 20 Dec 2012.



Anglican Pacifists

"To Leaven the Lump": A Critical History of the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship in New Zealand by Zane Mather, Masters Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, 2011.



Permission has been granted either by the interviewee or their families for the publication of the interviews by Kathleen Gallagher and Ruth Greenaway. The original tapes and transcripts will be stored at the Macmillan Brown Library at the University of Canterbury.