Donations to 'pillar of peace'

University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne and National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies director Prof Kevin Clements talk to Hiroshima Prefecture trustee Reiko Fukutake about ways the donation she presented on Tuesday can advance peace and justice work. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
University of Otago vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne and National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies director Prof Kevin Clements talk to Hiroshima Prefecture trustee Reiko Fukutake about ways the donation she presented on Tuesday can advance peace and justice work. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
A cup of tea and the first installment of $540,000 in donations to promote peace were shared between a Hiroshima resident and University of Otago staff in Dunedin on Tuesday afternoon.

Hiroshima Prefecture trustee Reiko Fukutake presented a $60,000 donation to the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago.

New Zealand was one of the most peaceful nations in the world so other countries would listen to graduates from the centre, which was a ''pillar of peace'' in New Zealand, Ms Fukutake said.

The donations from the Global Future Charitable Trust include this week's initial $60,000 donation, another $120,000 next year and donations of $180,000 in the third and fourth year, a total of $540,000.

Prof Clements said the generous gift would ''recruit and retain'' students to be effective future peace and justice workers.

A PhD scholarship fund would be made available for post graduate research within the centre, he said.

shawn.mcavinue@odt.co.nz