What we do
The Aaiotanga Peace Place Trust is a one year old not-for-profit organisation focused on building skills for peace with a regenerative approach. We also operate the Aaiotanga Community Space as an event venue and work space in service of the Auckland city centre neighbourhood.
The Aaiotanga Community Space can accommodate groups of varying sizes. Perfect for intimate small group gatherings it can also comfortably hold up to 50 people seated.
As a Trust, we seek to provide an inclusive and welcoming space for all people and seek to regenerate connection with our natural environment and context of community. We especially acknowledge Ngāti Whātua as the Mana Whenua (indigenous people) of the land we occupy in Emily Place and the Tuku Whenua (gift of reciprocity) nature of our place and opportunity here in Tāmaki Makau-rau Auckland.
Above: Emily Place Reserve - Te Rerenga-ora-iti
The Aaiotanga Community Space was originally named 'The Peace Place' and operated as a community drop in centre with the intention of providing a place of calm, respite, dialogue and study in the busyness of the city centre for over 12 years. When the new Aaiotanga Peace Place Trust was established in 2019, the Peace Place was renamed as Aaiotanga Community Space in the are sponsored by the community of Dominican Friars as a gift of service and outreach.
Events relating to peace and justice issues have been hosted at the Peace Place for over five years under the banner of the Dominican Friars and Pax Christi.
As part of a natural coming of age, the Dominican Friars have seen it fit to hand over governance of the Peace Place to a new Board of Trustees on 15 August 2018, and to allow a new dream for peace building and community to unfold.
The Dominican Friars are the owners of the property at Emily Place and have gifted use of the space to the work of the new Aaiotanga Peace Place Trust. They also provide the funding for a single part-time employee.