Voices from Aotearoa-New Zealand

Broadcast on February 11, 2012
With Alyn Ware & Jonnie Black & Natasha Barnes

Alyn Ware

International Representative - Peace Foundation, International Coodinator - Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament

Alyn Ware is the International Representative of the Peace Foundation. He is also the International Co-ordinator for the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament, and Consultant for the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. Alyn was the UN Co-ordinator for the World Court Project, which led the effort to achieve a ruling from the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons. He was one of the co-ordinators for the drafting of a model Nuclear Weapons Convention, a treaty on the abolition of nuclear weapons, which has been circulated by the United Nations. Alyn is currently a vice-president of the International Peace Bureau. Alyn has been a member of New Zealand government delegations to a number of inter-governmental meetings and is co-author of a number of books including Parliamentarians and Nuclear Weapons, Security and Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, and Our Planet in Every Classroom and the Cool Schools Peer Mediation Programme. In 1986 he was awarded the UN International Year of Peace (Aotearoa) prize for his peace education work with schools in the Mobile Peace Van.  In 2009, he was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for his effective and creative advocacy and to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Jonnie Black

Maori Programme Coordinator at The Peace Foundation

Jonnie Black of Nga puhi and Nui Tonu descent is currently studying at Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiārangi completing a Bachelor of Education to compliment his passion for education and teaching. Jonnie has a committed goal of ensuring younger generations to gain a higher level of education and to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Jonnie currently dedicates his working time to The Peace Foundation having previously been a full time volunteer for one and a half years where he is now employed as the Māori Programme Coordinator, undergoing the development of a holistic approach to conflict resolution. Giving skills to youth to enable them to respond to conflict in a constructive way, without resorting to violence.   He also served on The Peace Foundations Council as the Youth & Māori Representative and is currently sitting on the Youth, Education, and Auckland Committee at The Peace Foundation.

Public speaking comes naturally to Jonnie, which includes being guest speaker at the bullying forum 2010 held by the Mental Health foundation, speaker at the Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland symposium held by the Peace Foundation and Youth Summit Whangarei 2011. He has also recently attended The Aspiring Leaders’ Forum 2011, held in Wellington.

Jonnie supports all kaupapa (purpose) that promotes anti-violence, and is committed to his work to create a better future for the youth of today. In his personal time Jonnie is committed to his whanau (family) and enjoys playing sports including rowing and is regarded as a person of integrity and respect.

Natasha Barnes

Education and Communications Officer at the Disarmament and Security Centre

Natasha Barnes is the Education and Communications Officer at the Disarmament and Security Centre. She is a graduate student in the Political Science Programme in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She has written her dissertation on the dynamics of nuclear disarmament, under the supervision of Dr Tanya Ogilvie-White. Natasha is involved in the Pacific Forum Centre for Strategic and International Studies Young Leaders Programme and has contributed to the Asia Pacific Handbook and Action Plan to Prevent WMD proliferation, which is currently being compiled by the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP). She recently co-published an article in the Non-Proliferation Review and was the NGO Youth Adviser to the New Zealand delegation at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.