Thomas Nash might have missed out on Parliament as a Green Party candidate but an advocacy group he belongs to has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Nash, from Palmerston
North, was one of thousands of people involved in the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, awarded the Nobel accolade for its part in achieving the UN nuclear weapon ban treaty.
A longtime activist, Nash co-founded Article 36, a non-for-profit organisation against harm caused by certain weapons, in 2011.
A year later Nash and Article 36 joined the steering group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Nash said he hoped the prize offered some hope during a time where there was a lot of conflict in the world.
‘‘No matter how bad we think things are and no matter how much we think we can’t change things – the evidence from this is that we can. ‘‘You can change things.’’
Nash has earlier had success in a campaign against cluster bombs, now the subject of a treaty signed by 130 nations.