Voices from Aotearoa-New Zealand
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.