2017 Peace Events

2017 is looking to be a big year for peace-related events. We are planning for our now traditional peace lecture in August or September, likely to be delivered by a speaker with an international reputation in world affairs. We will also be hosting a national schools and tertiary competition for 5-minute videos on a peace-related topic (to replace the essay competition for schools), with generous prizes. Some of the other 2017 highlights will be:


  • A Mass for Peace by City Choir Dunedin, at which peace poppies will be worn, on 1 st April
  •  The world premiere of Prof John Drummond’s opera about Archie, War Hero, in Dunedin on 22nd July
  •  The centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele – more New Zealanders were killed on 12th October 1917 than on any other day in our history
  • A “truth and reconciliation” event organised by Assoc Prof Martin Tolich involving the families of conscientious objectors (October)
  • A conference on pacifism, entitled “Rethinking Pacifism for Today”, to be organised by Prof Richard Jackson (Peace and Conflict Studies) and held 22nd – 24th November
  • Prof David Tombs has written a chapter on Archibald Baxter’s Christian Faith in a book to be released in 2017; Geoffrey Troughton, ed., Saints and Stirrers (to be published by Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017)
  • Penny Griffith's book Out of the Shadows - The Life of Millicent Baxter is selling very well in bookshops and from www.penpublishing.co.nz and it is now also available from Amazon.com