In memory of Joan Macdonald

Joan Macdonald
In memory of Joan Macdonald, 1932 - 2016, who died peacefully on Friday, 12 August.

This is a time of deep sadness for us at Peace Movement Aotearoa, for WILPF Aotearoa, Corso, the Treaty People network, Tamaki Treaty Workers, Asia-Pacific Human Rights Coalition and Auckland Human Rights Network...more

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Jim (James) Holdem Passes Aways at 85 years of age.

Jim Holdom
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Jim Holdom died in December 2015. His funeral was held on what would have been...more

Jim's Work Included:


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IN MEMORY- Agnes (Eti) Mary Laufiso


Michael and Marie farewelled their Mum Eti, Dunedin Corso took time to reflect, grieve and support each other.

Pacific Island Affairs Director of Communications and Relationships Magila Annandale paid tribute to Agnes (Eti) Mary Laufiso, 69, a teacher and pioneer who passed away in Dunedin on the weekend - 05 August 2009. 

Photo: Rowena Sutton (left) with Eti Laufiso at a PACIFICA South Island Conference.

Mrs Laufiso became known nationally through her involvement with PACIFICA, a national Pacific women’s organisation set up in 1977. PACIFICA became the platform for self determination of many of New Zealand’s first wave of migrant Pacific women.  
“The Pasifika community has lost a champion of grassroots communities,” Ms Annandale said.  
“Eti was passionate about the importance of education for Pasifika peoples, and she demonstrated that commitment when she worked at the Ministry of Education.”  
Mrs Laufiso’s vision was to push for greater educational outcomes for Pasifika communities, through targeted Pacific educational strategies.  
She was also an early advocate for the need of early childhood Pasifika centres (ECE) and education for Pacific youth.  
Through her involvement with PACIFICA she was part of Anau Ako Pasifika, an innovative home based early childhood programme designed for Pacific parents.  
She was instrumental in establishing a number of organisations including the Pacific Aids Trust and was involved in many initiatives to further the development of Pacific women and families.  
“She will be missed immensely by the Pasifika communities and her husband Filipo and children Pip, Michael, Maria, Tilly and Mafutaga,” said Ms Annandale. 

Te Miringa “Milton” Hohaia

Te Miringa “Milton” Hohaia - 17 August 2010 passed away. He was well known in Taranaki and beyond for his activism in the tino rangatiratanga movement and as an advocate for peace in the traditions of Te Whiti and Tohu. He will be sadly missed by his whanau, the whole papakainga, by his iwi, friends and colleagues, and by the motu.


Te Miringa was the festival director of the annual Parihaka International Peace Festival. Many of you would have seen him bike around the festival site organising the whole event over the years. He worked for CORSO over a 5 year period as the Maori co-ordinator in the 1980’s.

Early Private Burial...more

Parihaka International Peace Festival...more

Parihaka: The Art Passive Resistance...more

Passing of waatara black

Waatara We also acknowledge the death on Monday 11 April of local Ngaati Te Ata woman, Waatara Black, after a short illness.
Waatara was widely known as an activist for Maori sovereignty, and for many years fought injustices locally and nationally.  She was a leading figure in the occupation of a wrongfully alienated farm on the Awhitu Peninsula, until it was returned by the Government; and was also prominent in the occupation at Maioro after human remains were dug up by New Zealand Steel.
Although at times her anger alienated local people, she could also be educative and kind.  She was a colourful and challenging character in our community. 

Hone Harawira pays a special tribute to waatara

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