QPSANZ - Quaker Peace and Service Aotearoa/New Zealand
Local Peace Grants
Ruth Greenaway of Auckland was the recipient of the Loxley Award for 2008. Ruth undertook an oral history project interviewing women in New Zealand from Middle Eastern countries, and women from New Zealand who have lived in Middle Eastern countries. The project was aimed at offering a deeper understanding to New Zealanders about life in that region. Ruth intended that the information collected would form the basis of stories for a series of radio programmes, as well as being available for other researchers. Ruth also furthered her religious education by participating in a course of study at St George’s College, Jerusalem later in 2008.
2009 - Alyn Ware
The award for 2009 was to Alyn Ware who is an accomplished peace activist on the international stage. Alyn's project was to do research in Costa Rica and the USA on the abolition of nuclear weapons, and the alternatives to war. Alyn is a member of the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control, which was established under New Zealand nuclear-free legislation. For more information on his work, see the following Press release: 2009 Loxley Award Press Release.pdf [37KB]
2010 - Anna Parker
Tanya Newman is the Education Coordinator for Kotare Trust Research and Education for Social Change in Aotearoa New Zealand. Kotare is a sister organisation of The Change Agency. Her role at Kotare includes organising, designing and facilitating workshops to help strengthen the work of people who are working for social, environmental and treaty justice. Tanya's background is in working for feminist empowerment based organisations such as women's refuge and rape crisis. Tanya is passionate about social movement education and is very much looking forward to learning from George Lakey about how to do transformational work with groups. She is very grateful to the QPSANZ for making this possible and looks forward to sharing her learnings on her return from the United States.
Tanya Newman, Education Coordinator, Kotare Trust, www.kotare.org.nz
2012 - Jen Margaret
The QPSANZ administered Loxley Award for 2012 has been given to Jen Margaret from Wellington. Jen has an extensive background in social justice work and Treaty relations in Aotearoa/NZ. She will use the funding to research and publish an e-book which will document stories of non-indigenous people working as allies in support of the justice struggles of indigenous peoples in Aotearoa and Australia. While people have been undertaking this work for many years there is little documentation of approaches and few written resources to support people who work as allies. In 2010 Jen was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and the Loxley funds will allow her to consider the concepts she explored in North America in relation to allies in Australia and Aotearoa/NZ. Her plan is to interview six people or small groups in Australia and Aotearoa/NZ who work as allies. They will represent diversity in location, the work they do and the organisations they work for. After transcription of the audio recordings, the cases will be published in an e-book. The audio recordings will be kept as a historical record. Jen is well qualified and experienced to undertake this work.
Thomas is a social justice researcher specialising in news media and global crises communication. His 2013 Loxley project examines news coverage of the global HIV/AIDS medicines access crisis, in particular looking at how transnational civil society organisations helped to define and publicise the impact of patent protection on global medicines access. Thomas has researched this issue for several years as part of a PhD thesis. His project now is to update the research to the present day, using new interviews with transnational civil society medicines access campaigners to better identify effective strategies for communicating social justice concerns in the mainstream news media.
Thomas has a background in media education, having taught in media and communication departments at Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington. He also researches and writes about indigenous education initiatives in Canadian Yukon First Nations. Thomas believes firmly in the importance of progressive social justice and peace research, and is very grateful to QPSANZ for making his, and other projects, possible. Thomas’ Loxley project will be published as a book, to be included in the Peter Lang series: “Global Crises and the Media.”