'Kia kaha, kia kaha maia, kia manawanui - Be strong, have confidence and determination. Life is what you make it...'

Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017

Open for applications 17th July 2023

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If you have any questions, please contact: awards@newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz

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Purpose of the award

The Sonja Davies Peace Award was set up to remember the contribution of Sonja Davies, trade unionist, first woman member of the Federation of Labour Executive, founder of the Working Women’s Council and Labour MP. Sonja Davies was the author of Bread and Roses, a fascinating political autobiography that was later made into a movie. She died in 2005 at the age of 81.

The award promotes initiatives that advance peace in New Zealand. The award is available to a woman or group led by a woman who is developing an initiative that will help them create a more peaceful world at home, school, the workplace, or in the community.

Peace is defined as the elimination of violence within families, lessening conflict between groups within society, freedom from civil disorder, and cessation of war. It extends to activities which foster mediation or resolution of conflict by means other than violence.

Value of the award: Up to $4,000

Eligibility criteria 

A woman or a group led by a woman, who are:

  • New Zealand citizens (or hold a resident class visa)

  • Intend to use the award to carry out an initiative which advances peace in New Zealand, OR

           intend to use the award to undertake training that on completion will be applied to a peace-related activity in New Zealand

  • Live in New Zealand

Tertiary study or research projects are NOT eligible for this award nor are previous award winners of this award. 

Selection criteria When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following:

  • The benefit to the advancement of peace in New Zealand; and to women and/or girls in New Zealand

  • The relevance of the initiative to the advancement of peace in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • The experience of the applicant(s), particularly their capability to carry out the initiative

  • Evidence of planning, financial need and budget sustainability

If you are eligible for this award, please complete the online application form from 17th July 2023 and submit it by the closing date 16th August 2023.

Sonja Davies Peace Award
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Sonja Davies Peace Award 2021 information for applicants.pdf