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Transparency and UNA sign affiliation Agreement

Aug 06 2018

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) and the United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) have made an agreement to fully affiliate and co-operate with each other. 

PRESS RELEASE – New leadership at the United Nations Association of New Zealand

Jun 15 2018

The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) welcomes the appointment of Mr Peter Nichols as the new National President of the United Nations Association of New Zealand. Peter was appointed National President at the recent Annual General Meeting on 19 May 2018, following the presidency of Mrs Joy Dunsheath J.P. for the past two years. Mrs Dunsheath will continue her involved with the UNA NZ as immediate past President on the National Executive and Special Officer for Liaison with the World Federation of UNAs – WFUNA. “We thank Joy for her inspired leadership and enormous time and effort expended throughout her Presidential terms, and realise the challenges she had met to sustain the organisation which is reliant on the energy of its volunteers and paid part-time staff, prudent financial management, and raised public profile via news media, and new ventures”, Peter says about his predecessor. He was also pleased to inherit a vibrant organisation in a healthy financial state with a bright future.

Besides his new presidential role, Peter works at the Environmental Protection Authority. He has worked overseas in a variety of countries including in Australia and Asia. He took a keen interest in issues in East Timor leading up to its independence and worked as a team site leader in 1991/92 to implement the peace accords with the United Nations Angola Verification Mission ll. He led a team as part of New Zealand’s Provincial Reconstruction team in Afghanistan in 2005/06. In New Zealand, Peter has worked for 2 Governors General, worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the Domestic and External Security Group, has managed teams of 100 plus on several occasions, been responsible for security at Parliament and managed the Otaki Children’s Health Camp. He has a first-class honours Master’s degree in Strategic Studies, is an Associate Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management, and is a graduate of the Australian and Indonesian Command and Staff Colleges. He is a past Chair of the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, a member of the New Zealand Indonesia Association and Council, and has been actively involved in the Scouting movement. Mr Nichols is married to Dr Ruth Nichols and they have two adult children, Emma and David. He enjoys walking, plays golf, reads and enjoys family time.

Peter can be contacted via email at [email protected]and via phone at 027 548 4519.

Peter has been joined on the National Executive (NX) by two new Vice Presidents, Dr Kennedy Graham, Director of the New Zealand Centre for Global Studies and former Member of Parliament, and Dr Clark Ehlers, who holds a doctorate in microbiology and a law degree and is also the Wellington Branch President. Arielle Tracey joined UNA NZ as an intern last year and was elected Secretary at the recent AGM. Dr Mere Skerrett is from Ngai Tahu, Te Arawa, Mataatua and Waikato Maniapoto, and is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. She was appointed National Council Representative on the NX and also holds the new position of Special Officer Tangata Whenua. Pauline McKay and Paul Oliver continue their positions as Vice President and National Treasurer respectively. Peter Cowley will replace Paul Oliver later this year.

Premiere Screening – Rt Hon Helen Clark in conversation with Audrey Young (2017) on 21 April

Apr 16 2018

We'd like to invite you for the premiere screening of "United Nations: Sustainability for All?’ – Rt Hon Helen Clark in conversation with Audrey Young at the 2017 United Nations Association of NZ Conference", on Saturday 21 April at Te Auaha Cinema, NZ Institute of Creativity, Whitireia NZ (corner of Dixon St and Cuba St with entrance on Dixon St). Refreshments from 5pm followed by the film.

Please register at https://premierescreeninghelenclark.eventbrite.com/

The screening is free for UNA NZ & UN Youth members, and $15 for others. Limited seating so we suggest you book your seat soon. 

For any questions please contact the organiser: Joy Dunsheath. email: [email protected]

Race Relations Day 24 March

Mar 22 2018

We look forward to your support at our PEACE WALK and FESTIVAL in Wellington Aotearoa. Come and join the New Zealand Human Rights Commission , Wellington City Council, NZ Police, Office of Ethnic Communities, and the Chinese Cultural Centre and all of Wellington City and "Give Nothing to Racism" on RACE RELATIONS DAY 2018!

UNA NZ Secondary Student Speech Award Opens for Registration

Feb 05 2018

Registrations are now open for this year's Speech Awards. Please register directly at http://bit.ly/UNANZspeechaward 

 How should we balance climate change issues versus economic growth in New Zealand? Are they mutually exclusive?”, is this year’s topic for the United Nations Association of NZ’s annual Speech Award. Regional events will be held in late March/April and branch winners will be funded to attend our National Conference on Friday, 18 May in Wellington to compete on a national level.

Questions can be sent to [email protected]


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