Moira Thomson (left) and the Rev Anne Thomson, of First
Church, place candles at a peace vigil at Dunedin's
Cenotaph last night. Photo by Craig Baxter.
They were there to honour the fallen, but there were no
brass bands, no 100-gun salutes, no nationalism and no
xenophobia at the Cenotaph in Dunedin's Queens Gardens last
Instead, the aim of a peace rally 100 years on from the
declaration of a war that killed more than nine million
people was to honour the dead of World War 1 by making
efforts to ensure there are no more wars.
Led by University of Otago foundation chair of peace and
conflict studies Prof Kevin Clements, the vigil, which drew
about 120 people, left First Church on a candlelit walk to
There, Prof Clements called for a full 10 minutes' silence,
before speeches, followed by another three minutes of silent
Prof Clements the world needed to find ''totally different
ways'' to stop war occurring.
He said despite the call for no more wars, conflict was
raging in areas like Gaza, Syria and Libya.
''We haven't learned our lesson - slaughter generates
The vigil included Quakers, Presbyterians and Buddhists.