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. 


Other panellists include Pushpa Wood (representing the Hindu community), Jocelyn Armstrong (Christian), Anjum Rahman (Muslim), Nura Taefi (Baha’i) and Todd Nachowitz (Judaism).   Prof Peter Lineham from Massey University gave a plenary address on the myths around religion and war and ways in which religion can be a potent force for peace.   The panel discussion was facilitated by SGINZ Public affairs coordinator, Joycelyn Raffills.


About 70 people attended the panel discussion, including Wellington Mayor Celia Wade Brown and Lower Hutt Mayor, Ray Wallace.

Positive feedback was received about the panel discussion with members of the audience commenting on the panel’s diversity, proposals and optimism. 

The over 200 participants at the peace conference also enjoyed a spirited performance by SGINZ Victorious March Brass Band during a morning tea break.   The Everything You Treasure Exhibition was shown at the AUT during the conference.

The peace conference is one of a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 in New Zealand.   SGINZ is a co-sponsor and co-organiser of the conference, together with the NZ Peace Foundation, Auckland University of Technology and the University of Otago NZ Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.