The Significance of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987
(2017) NZLJ 295
4 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2017
Date Written: September 2017
The Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 was an important statement of New Zealand’s determination to stand up for a principle in which its people believed-that New Zealand should be free from the nuclear weapons. This article based on a speech given at the New Zealand Parliament on the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the legislation. It sets out the background to the passage of the legislation, the political developments that led to it and the significant dispute that arose over it with the United States. It traces developments since then up to and including the admission of United States military vessels to New Zealand ports in 2016 under the provisions of the legislation. It concludes with some discussion of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons agreed in New York on 8 July 2017 and the prospects for its ratification.
Keywords: Nuclear Free, New Zealand, Disarmament, Arms Control
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K19, K3, K33, K39
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