PACDAC (Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control)

PACDAC is a committee of experts that advises the Government on disarmament and arms control. It was established by the 1987 New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act.

PACDAC's main responsibilities are to:

  • advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs on disarmament and arms control issues
  • advise the Prime Minister on the implementation of the Act
  • publish public reports about our disarmament and arms control
  • make recommendations for granting money to projects that promote the public understanding of disarmament and arms control.

The chair of PACDAC is Hon Phil Twyford, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control. Eight other members are appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for a term of three years. The current members are:

  • Treasa Dunworth
  • Kennedy Graham
  • Edwina Hughes
  • Wayne Mapp
  • Damien Rogers
  • Guy Fiti Sinclair
  • Ema Tagicakibau
  • Alex Tan

PACDAC meets in Wellington four to five times a year. MFAT provides the secretariat for PACDAC (email:

PACDAC's grant work

PACDAC is responsible for making recommendations on the allocation of grants from the Government’s Peace and Disarmament Education Trust (PADET) and the Disarmament Education United Nations Implementation Fund (DEUNIF). These funds are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Set up in 1988, the objective of PADET is to promote international peace, arms control and disarmament through education. The trust makes one-off grants for projects, and provides scholarships for postgraduate research.

DEUNIF was set up in 2004 by the Government to provide funds to non-government organisations to implement disarmament education programmes.

To find out more about these funds please refer to:


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