In December 1916, a New Zealand branch of WILPF was established in Auckland by Marianne Jones and Annette D’Arcy Hamilton. Branches in other cities were soon organised.
Meet WILPF Aotearoa online
From the 1920s until 1964, WILPF Aotearoa only consisted of an Auckland branch. The corresponding secretary, Emily Gibson, almost single-handedly kept it alive during the early 1920s and late 1930s when membership was small and there was little activity.
During World War II, activities ceased, but in 1955 WILPF was re-established in Auckland after a visit to New Zealand by Quaker physicist, Kathleen Lonsdale. A branch in Wellington was set up soon afterwards.
In 1989 the section’s name was officially changed to WILPF Aotearoa.
WILPF Aotearoa Today
WILPF Aotearoa is committed to honouring the Treaty of Waitangi as this is a positive way to prevent conflict and to remedy past and present injustices in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Here are just a few of the goals of WILPF Aotearoa:
- To work for social justice, gender equality, the abolition of nuclear weapons, and a world without violence and war.
- To organise and participate in local, national and international meetings and forums
- To campaign, lobby and write submissions and letters on a range of issues at the local, national, and international levels.
- To hold regular vigils and actions to support a variety of issues including women’s rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights, universal and complete disarmament, and the environment.
- Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland) Branch
- Wellington Branch
- Otautahi (Christchurch) Branch
- Indigenous peoples’ rights
- Opposing militarism and militarisation
- Social justice
- Women’s rights
- Human Rights
- Universal and complete disarmament
- Abolition of nuclear weapons
Address: PO Box 2054, Wellington 6140, Aotearoa New Zealand
Email: wilpfaotearoa (a) gmail.com
President: Celine Kearney
Vice-President: Pauline Tangiora
IB and Treasurer: Megan Hutching