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 nominations open for one vacant position

A position on PACDAC has become vacant following the resignation of one of its sitting members. The Government is seeking nominations of suitably qualified people to be considered for appointment to this vacant position.

Prospective Committee members will ideally have experience and knowledge in the area of peace and disarmament, however experience in international affairs, non-governmental advocacy, education and community-building would also provide useful background.  Experience in governance and distribution of public funds is desirable. 

In keeping with Cabinet guidelines, it is important the Committee has due balance in terms of gender, age, geographic and ethnic representation.

A potential nominee will be required to declare any perceived, actual or potential conflicts of interest. 

Committee members receive an honorarium of $190 per meeting, plus reimbursement of expenses.

Nominations process

Those interested in submitting nominations for the Committee can send them through to by Friday 29 July 2022.

Nominations will need to include the following details:

  • Residential address, email and phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Ethnicity / affiliations
  • Significant career history and current / most recent employment
  • Any government, private or voluntary sector board appointments currently held
  • A statement of the candidate’s suitability for the role

There is no requirement that nominees be contacted at this stage of the process.  Short-listed candidates will be contacted and asked to confirm their availability in due course.

If you have any questions about these positions, enquiries can be sent to

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 disarmament and arms control
  • make recommendations for granting money to projects that promote 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 for the 2022-2024 term are:

  • Edwina Hughes
  • Mary Wareham
  • Andrew Chen
  • Kevin Clements
  • Martin Donoghue
  • Jamila Homayun
  • Dylan Maynard
  • Lucy Stewart

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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