About

What we do

The Aaiotanga Peace Place is a brand new not-for-profit organisation focused on building skills for peace with a regenerative approach. We also operate as an event venue and shared office space. 

We are currently developing our shared office capacity as a hub for like-minded people working in complementary fields. With a total of 8 desks, we are looking for up to five more people to join our already established group of three from June 2019. (Please send us an email if this sounds like you!)

In the evenings and on weekends, the Peace Place is available for workshops and events with a varying capacity. Perfect for intimate small group gatherings it can also comfortably hold up to 70 people seated.

As a Trust, we seek to provide an inclusive and welcoming space for all people and seek to regenerate connection with our natural environment and context of community. We especially acknowledge Ngāti Whātua as the Mana Whenua (indigenous people) of the land we occupy in Emily Place and the Tuku Whenua (gift of reciprocity) nature of our place and opportunity here in Tāmaki Makau-rau Auckland. 

 

 We promote peace, non-violence, social justice and inter-faith dialogue. People of all faiths or of no faith are welcome to use our space.

Above: Emily Place Reserve - Te Rerenga-ora-iti 

History

The Peace Place (Aaiotanga) was originally envisioned and brought into being by the community of Dominican Friars- well-known for their active presence and voice on matters of social justice. 

Events relating to peace and justice issues have been hosted at the Peace Place for over five years under the banner of the Dominican Friars and Pax Christi. 

 

As part of a natural coming of age, the Dominican Friars have seen it fit to hand over governance of the Peace Place to a new Board of Trustees on 15 August 2018, and to allow a new dream for peace building and community to unfold. 

 

The Dominican Friars are the owners of the property at Emily Place and have gifted use of the space to the work of the new Aaiotanga Peace Place Trust. They also provide the funding for a single part-time employee.