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About The Disarmament & Security centre

From left, Dr Lyndon Burford, Lucy Stewart, Programme Manager, Dr Kate Dewes, Director and Commander Robert Green RN (Ret’d) Advisor

About us

The Disarmament and Security Centre (DSC) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Aotearoa New Zealand. The DSC was established in 1998 in Christchurch. Today, we operate as primarily a virtual Centre connecting disarmament experts, lawyers, political scientists, academics, teachers, students and disarmament proponents. To read more about our work, please see our Annual Report here.

DSC team at the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in NYC. Meeting with Disarmament Ambassador Dell Higgie to discuss the draft Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

What we do

The DSC provides a resource centre for alternative thinking on disarmament and security issues, both within Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally. Currently the work focuses on reinvigorating public awareness on disarmament issues by implementing the recommendations from the 2002 United Nations Study on Disarmament and Non Proliferation Education. Examples include educating about New Zealand’s nuclear free legislation, the World Court's 1996 Advisory Opinion on nuclear weapons and its implications, the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the fallacies of nuclear deterrence, and offering safer alternative security strategies. To read more about our work, please see our Annual Report here.

Disarmament and Security Centre Programme Director, Lucy Stewart, and Dr Lyndon Burford, speaking with students from Westlake Girls High School in Auckland.

Our Team

Lucy Stewart
Programme Manager (On maternity leave until July 2023)

Lucy Stewart holds a Masters of Professional Studies degree in International Relations and Human Rights (MPSIRHR) from the University of Auckland. She spent three years teaching children and adults in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. She was on the New Zealand civil society delegation to the United Nations for the negotiations on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in 2017. Lucy was awarded the Quaker Loxley Peace and Service Award in 2017 for her work with the DSC. Read more about Lucy’s work here.

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Kate Davidson
Programme Manager - Disarmament

Kate Davidson has a Master of International Law and Politics and studied nuclear disarmament in her undergraduate and postgraduate study at the University of Canterbury. She also holds a postgraduate diploma in Public Health from the University of Otago. Kate has worked in communications and community engagement for United Nations Women, local government in New Zealand, and in earthquake recovery in the Canterbury region. After working in international, central, and local government Kate decided she wanted to work within Aotearoa New Zealand at the community level focusing on family violence and became a Constable with New Zealand Police in Auckland from 2018 until 2022.

Connect with Kate on LinkedIn.

Megan Blakie
Programme Manager - Organisation

Ko Megan ahau. I’m excited to be on a learning curve with you all, celebrating Aotearoa’s anti-nuclear past and being part of the centre’s proactive work towards a peace-filled future. I look forward to hearing about what rangimārie means to you and what motivates you to be involved in this mahi. My background is in communications, fundraising (in a former life in Auckland) and project management, and my role with the centre is to maintain the day-to-day ‘stuff’ so that the organisation runs smoothly. My happy place is spending time aboard Bee’s Knees, a yacht that is my second home and which my husband and I lived on for 2 years while cruising offshore. It may not come as a surprise that we renamed her from her original French moniker before we set sail round the South Pacific!

Dr Kate Dewes ONZM
Former Director

Kate Dewes has co-directed the Christchurch Disarmament & Security Centre (DSC) with her husband Robert Green since 1998. She was on the International Steering Committee for the World Court Project; a member of the Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control; part-time lecturer in Peace Studies at the University of Canterbury for 20 years; the NZ government expert on the UN Study on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education 2000-2002, and a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters 2008-2013. In 2021, Kate was appointed to the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.

Commander Robert Green RN (Ret’d)
Advisor

Robert Green served for twenty years in the British Royal Navy from 1962-82. As a bombardier-navigator, he flew in Buccaneer nuclear strike aircraft and then anti-submarine helicopters equipped with nuclear depth-bombs. On promotion to Commander in 1978, he worked in the Ministry of Defence before his final appointment as Staff Officer (Intelligence) to the Commander-in-Chief Fleet during the 1982 Falklands War. Robert Green chaired the UK affiliate of the World Court Project (1991-2004) and he is the author of Security Without Nuclear Deterrence.

Pauline Tangiora
DSC Kuia

Pauline Tangiora (J.P, Q.S.O, Q.S.M) is a Māori elder of Ngāti Rongomaiwahine descent from the East Coast of Te Ika a Maui, the North Island of Aotearoa. She is a Justice of the Peace, a former President and current Vice-President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Aotearoa, the former Regional Women's Representative for the World Council for Indigenous Peoples, and a former Earth Charter Commissioner. She is a life member of the Māori Women's Welfare League and a Patroness of the Peace Foundation. She has represented Aotearoa at many international fora and was a Consultant at the International Steering Committee of the World Court Project. In 2017 she was awarded the International Bremen Peace Award in Germany, and in 2018 she was the recipient of the Wisdom Fellowship Award in the US. Click here to read the 2003 oral history interview with Pauline by Kate Dewes.

DSC Council Members

Dr Kate Dewes
Dr Treasa Dunworth (Chair)
Zahra Emamzadeh

Mere Ratuva

John Ruane (Treasurer)
Prue Stringer (Secretary)
Dr Peter Wills
Angela Woodward