SGINZ Presents Nuclear Zero Petition at Rotorua Peace Park Anniversary

posted on 1 October 2015

The Ikeda Hall Peace Garden

The 15th anniversary of the Ikeda Hall Peace Garden in Rotorua was celebrated on Sunday 27-September with a ceremony and presentation of over 16,000 signatures for the Marshall Islands Nuclear Zero campaign. 

The cherry blossoms were in stunning full bloom on a perfect day. Speaking to the close to 300 people in attendance were former Rotorua Mayor Graham Hall, whom the garden is half named after (and who MC’d the event), current Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick (who also attended the opening 15 years ago), 

The Ikeda Hall Peace Garden September 2015

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown (attending in her capacity as Executive Leader for Mayors for Peace), Hon Phil Goff Member of Parliament (in his capacity as current Chair of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)) and SGINZ General Director Ian Gordon. Laurie Ross, a pioneer of the nuclear free NZ movement who is also a member of SGINZ, also participated. 

The peace garden was gifted to the people of Rotorua on 8 September 2000 by SGI President Ikeda and dedicated to a culture of peace. The land and care of the garden is provided by the Rotorua District Council. 

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posted on 1 October 2015

SGI's Kimiaki Kawai speaking on the panel

Kimiaki Kawai, Director of Peace Affairs at SGI Tokyo, attended the “World Without War, Actions for Peace” Conference in the Sir Paul Reeves Building at Auckland University of Technology on 19-20 September.  

He participated as a speaker on the inter-religious panel discussion “Establishing Peace Through Religion” and spoke about SGI’s international efforts to achieve a nuclear free world. 


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70 years on from Hiroshima—Hope living in children’s art

posted on 4 August 2015

The opening of Tumanako! Children's art works for a peaceful world;

Tūmanako! (Hope!)—Children’s Artworks for a Peaceful World exhibition opened at the Wellington City Library mezzanine level on Sunday 2 August 2015.

The exhibition of artworks from children all over Wellington, plus four special guest artists from Auckland, was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan. 

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Hiroshima 70th Anniversary Commemorated

posted on 24 June 2015

To mark the 70th anniversary Wellington City is hosting events at the Botanical Gardens Peace Flame and City Library, The Library event will be based around an exhibition of artworks by children expressing their hopes and dreams for a peaceful world to thrive in.

70th Anniversary

Information on participating in Tumanako! Children's Art Exhibition is here