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


Reverend Dr. George Armstrong

George Armstrong, photo by Gil Hanly"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.

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

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

Speech by George Armstrong at the Canterbury Museum Opening of Nuclear Free New Zealand, an exhibition and celebration of the 20th anniversary of New Zealand's Nuclear Free Legislation and the beginning of the World Court Project, 7 May 2007.

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


Jocelyn Armstrong

Jocelyn Armstrong

Christians, morality and the nuclear issue by Ken Coates, The Press, 21 March 1985.

Working For Peace With Justice - The National Council of Churches an interview with Jocelyn Armstrong by Marjorie Pierce, Peacelink, October 1985.





Colin Ayers

Colin Ayers

Interview with Colin Ayers by Kathleen Gallagher, 2005.





Mary Baker

Mary Baker

Mary Baker - Honouring the Prophets The Common Good, No. 29, 2004.

Interview with Mary Baker by Kathleen Gallagher, 23 February 2004.




Millicent Baxter

Millicent Baxter

The pain, fear and joy of being a life-time pacifist by Sue Stover, The Press, 17 November 1979.





Jim Chapple

Jim Chapple

Peace activist on mission, Southland Times, 16 September 1988.

Interview with Jim Chapple by Ruth Greenaway, 25 July 2003.




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

Neil Cherry Obituary by Kate Dewes, 2003.

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



John Curnow

John Curnow

John Curnow Obituary, The Press, 30 July 1991.

John Curnow Obituary, by Murray Horton, July 1991.





Lindsay Crozier

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






Wilfred (Will) Foote

Will Foote

Four years hard labour for refusing to fight Will Foote Obituary by Mike Crean, The Press, 27 September 2014.

No More War by W J Foote, The Glen Press, Christchurch, May 2014.

Passing Bells by W J Foote, The Glen Press, Christchurch, April 2009.

Veteran peace activist writes 12th book by Chris Tobin, Nor' West News, 29 April 2009.

The Peace Movement In Christchurch A Memoir by W.J. Foote, The Glen Press, Christchurch, November 2007.

Veteran points the way to a peaceful world by Kate Shuttleworth, Nor' West News, 9 August 2006.

In good conscience by Mike Crean, The Press, 6 May 2006.

Bread and water: The escape and ordeal of two New Zealand World War II conscientious objectors by WJ (Will) Foote, with Chris Palmer and Merv Browne. The free audio book read by the publisher Philip Garside is downloadable from this website or click here for the direct link.

In Memory of Will Foote, Peace Movement Aotearoa



Hilda Halkyard Harawira

Hilda Halkyard Harawira

Committed to Peace, The Press by Mavis Airey, 13 June 1987.

Making Aotearoa Nuclear Free: Hone Harawira, Press Release by the Maori Party, Scoop, 12 June 2007.

Aim not just nuclear free but independent, Waateanews, 8 June 2017.

Te Kawariki protest group led by Hone and Hilda Harawira Waka Huia Archive, 11 April 1999.



Murray Horton

Murray Horton

Horton's latter-day pilgrim's progress by Chris Trotter, The Press, 13 May 2014.

Interview with Murray Horton by Greg Jones, November 2008.

The Campaign Against Conscription by Murray Horton, 1974.

The Secret History of WWII, by Murray Horton, 1974, (originally published in Canta the University of Canterbury student newspaper which Horton edited at the time).




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.


Maire Leadbeater

 Maire Leadbeater, photo by Gil Hanly

Interview with Maire Leadbeater 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.



Bob Leonard

Bob Leonard

Veteran protester learned activism in 60s California by Mike Crean, The Press, August 24 2013.

Campaigner at peace by Murray Horton, National Business Review, August 23 2013.

Bob Leonard,Veteran Anti-Bases Activist, Died Last Week by Murray Horton, Scoop, 20 August 2013.


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.


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.


Patricia Morrison

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace City Award Patricia Morrison

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




Rosa Oliver

Rosa Oliver

Rosa Oliver obituaries, 2012.






Fred Page

Fred Page

Fred Page: anti-war movement founder,The Press, 13 November 1991.






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.


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 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.



Bill Sykes

Bill Sykes

Bill Sykes: a botanist-activist, by Derrick Rooney, The Press, 11 February 1993.

Man of peace, insects and expert on weeds, by Grant Rosoman, Christchurch Star, 7 November 1992.



Connie Summers

Connie Summers

Connie Summers: The only NZ woman to be jailed for speaking out against WWII by John Summers, North and South, 29 January 2018.

Frank pacifist stuck to anti-war beliefs by Mike Crean, The Press, 17 January 2009.

Celebrations of war anger pacifist Connie by Mike Crean, The Star, 6 January 1993.

'Conshies' get-together—war-time comrades with a difference recall their battles by Garry Arthur, The Press, 14 October 1986.

Standing up for peace by David Grant, NZ Listener, 19 July 1986.



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.



Diana Unwin

Diana Unwin

Remembrances, WILPF Aotearoa Newsletter, 2015.

Tribute to Diana Unwin by Chris Greenwood, "WILPF Aotearoa Newsletter", 2014.

The woman behind Mrs Wilf, Philanthropy New Zealand, 2014.




Mary Woodward

Woodward -1969 SA Parl steps anti-Nixon demo

Edited transcript of an interview with Mary Woodward 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.


Owen Wilkes


Owen Wilkes obituary by Simon Cuming, July 2007.

Collection of Obituaries dedicated to Owen Wilkes in Peace Researcher 31, October 2005.

"Better to go now": Owen Wilkes 1940-2005, by Neville Ritchie, Archaeology in New Zealand 48(3): 221–241, 2005.

Tributes to Owen Wilkes



Helen Yensen

Helen Yensen

Helen Yensen Obituary by Maire Leadbeater, Foreign Control 138, April 2015.







Peace Group histories


Peace Foundation

Aotearoa/New Zealand Peace Foundation History: The First 20 YearsPeace Foundation


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





Golden Bay Peace Group

Golden Bay Peace Groupd

Interview with Golden Bay Peace Group Members, Spectrum RNZ, 20 February 2011.







Nuclear Free Nelson

The Path to Nuclear Free Nelson, by Richard Frizzell, 2015.

The Power of People: How Nelson Province Became Nuclear Free by W.J. Foote, March 1999.




Sumner Peace Group

Recipient of 2002 Christchurch Peace AwardSumner Peace Group

Sumner Peace Group History narrated by Jean Thompson, written by Linda Persson, 2003.








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.


Baptist Pacifists

Early Christian Pacifists In Christchurch: Creating Division In The Fight For Peace, by Dr Laurie Guy, paper presented in Christchurch at the Anglican Pacifist Society meeting, 26 August 2006.



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.