As a Returned Soldier having engaged in War, I can only endorse your goals of peace. However I disheartened at the deliberate and cynical timing of your fund raising campaign. Why? other than for marketing and promotional reasons, would a ‘Peace Group’ undertake an ‘Aggressive’, Deliberate and Provocative Action, which shall only garner dismay, anger and distrust within the Veteran Community. Without trust and respect you cannot have peace. By your actions you have destroyed your own credibility.
What is really sad, is your failure to identify the obvious, ”to maintain peace one needs to be prepared to ‘fight’ for that peace”. To believe that Human Kind can live in a harmonic social interface with other cultures and societies based on conflicting ideals or values, is to deny the history of humans on this planet and the reality of our current era.
Whilst your aims are laudable your goals are unobtainable. The timing of your White Poppy collection is an insult and must be treated with the contempt it deserves. Shame on you. Doc Mountain
Just a note to express my gratitude to the creators of this beautiful site. Thank you for the care and sensitivity you have applied to this project. These kiwi heroes of peace and non-violence should be household names and a focus of learning for every NZ student. Warmest regards to all involved.
In 1989 I briefly met Joe O’Neil, who was an old man then, a family friend of someone I knew. He lived in Coromandel. As a young man, he had gone to prison for refusing to fight in WWII. Does anyone know of him or anything about him? I am sure he is no longer alive, but he made such an impact on me I would like to learn more about him if there is any record. Thank you.
why the focus Anzac Day? & why the references to “anzac”? Gallipoli was only one battle. It should be “remembering peacemakers at our commemorations”. Also remember & advertise Remembrance Sunday services held at most churches. If your church doesn’t do one, contact me. 2nd Sun in Nov, throughout the world. Honouring war dead & promoting peace.
It provides an alternative or complimentary activity for the day for families that don’t want to go to dawn parades, or those who want to do that but also something remembering those who refused to fight.
To John Miller from Marianne Pedersen. Have given you my contact details at the Te Tuhi Art gallery opening in March 2014 have not heard from you. Still do not have a phone. Would be contactable at the Eastcity Salvation Army office on their number because at the moment I am living nearby.
Thank you for your excellent summary of the case ofFlight Lieutenant Dr Malcolm Kendall Smith. In view of the comments in the Chilcot Report on the Iraq War, would your organisation support a call by AT EASE, an advice service, based in Britain, for people in the Armed Forces, for a FREE PARDON for refusing orders he was convinced were illegal and were therefore his duty to refuse. gwy
So pleased to find this resource, as was blithely unaware of how hidden some aspects of our national narrative are.
It’s unfortunate Doc Mountain feels your campaign was ill-timed. This may be owing to the slight he feels to his national pride, but I would posit that until we acknowledge the darker sides of ourselves and our stories, no positive changes can be made.
Yes the timing of the campaign could be viewed as contentious – but this is how subjugated voices receive recognition – through the bravery of standing up when it isn’t pleasant or easy.
Please let me know if you need any volunteers for your next campaign.
And FYI, my sons will go to war over my dead body! I did not spend all this time and effort raising fodder for someone else’s delusions of grandeur. This is not an insult to returned soldiers either – I deplore the war dead equally, the waste of lives, both past and present.