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  Why The Nuclear Research Centre Needs Your Support    
  History and origin of NZ's nuclear free zone    
  Beginnings of the NZ Nuclear-Free Peacemaking Association   by Larry Ross



  New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act ( or extracts)  
Passed 1987
  Challenging Goliath     NZ verses US
New Internationalist
September 1986

  Badges Mark Anti-Nuclear Anniversary- Members of Parliament are supporting the cause, we need your support.

  Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future

US Leadership for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World - An Appeal to the Next President of the United States
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Ban the Bomb Creation on New Brighton Beach

A once in a life-time, not to be missed
February 16, 2008

Peter Donnelly, the well known sand artist, also know as the Sand Dancer, is generously donating his time and talent to honouring the 50th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament by creating the CND logo on the New Brighton beach in Christchurch on Saturday 16th of February starting at 6pm and finishing approximately 7.30

  The latest on Larry's lecture tour in NZ
Find out how you can help save the planet from U.S. nuclear destruction.

The Shocking Truth – Nuclear War With Iran The Talk in Cathedral Square, Christchurch
...People with impeccable credentials have written that the so-called terrorist attack on New York and the Pentagon on Sept 9, 2001 was an inside job. Also, that the so-called al-Qaeda terrorists were really pawns in a much bigger conspiracy, organised by the Bush Administration to create a new enemy and justify their global crusade and wars against terrorism.

  Key Points When Lobbying MP's and Others on:
by Larry Ross


  Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of New Zealand's 1987 Nuclear Free Legislation
from Larry Ross

Increasingly, it's Your Priceless Asset and Great Achievement
Everyone can help retain New Zealand 's nuclear-free policy; sponsor a Nuclear Free New Zealand 20th Anniversary Celebration during 2007; talk about it to friends, workmates, groups, local council, media and MPs. The public needs educating about nuclear war, weapons, proliferation, dangers and the benefits of NZ's nuclear free policies. Members of Parliament in particular are well-placed to educate, legislate, speak and act in many ways on nuclear issues.
It is vitally important that this message reaches everyone, so please give your most valualble help by forwarding this 2007 Nuclear Free New Zealand 20th Anniversary Celebration notice to everyone and anyone you can think of. We all need to be aware and save our planet and all living beings from possible extinction.


Television, Radio or Film Documentary Proposal

posted July 31, 2007

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of New Zealand's Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act
This is a story that has not yet been told and deserves to be seen and heard by all New Zealanders, in the 20 th Anniversary year celebrating the NZ Nuclear Free Zone Legislation of 1987.

  Nuclear Power? An Uneconomic, Dangerous Nonsense
comment from Larry Ross
July 25, 2007

This Los Angeles Times editorial is a very good summary of the relative disadvantages of investing in nuclear power reactors, versus using much more economic and available alternatives. If you add these powerful arguments to a number of others for New Zealand , the alternative energy sources win overwhelmingly. As they say: "Tax dollars are much better spent on windmills than on cooling towers"

  A Warming World: No to Nukes
The Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2007

It's tempting to turn to nuclear plants to combat climate change, but alternatives are safer and cheaper.
Japan sees nuclear power as a solution to global warming, but it's paying a price. Last week, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake caused dozens of problems at the world's biggest nuclear plant, leading to releases of radioactive elements into the air and ocean and an indefinite shutdown. Government and company officials initially downplayed the incident and stuck to the official line that the country's nuclear plants are earthquake-proof, but they gave way in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Japan has a sordid history of serious nuclear accidents or spills followed by cover-ups.

  Depression, Doomsday and Peace
by Larry Ross
July 7, 2007

Scientifically I contemplate the facts, such as:
The 9 arsenals of nuclear weapons with enough fire power to eliminate humanity many times over. Since 1945 famous people and the most informed experts have warned humanity about the nuclear arms race and the many ways it could mean sudden extinction for the human race. That's 62 years of warnings, but nuclear weapons have proliferated and criminal politicians want to use them.
That criminal minds, sociopaths and psychopaths, now control the world's greatest arsenals in the USA, UK and Israel.
... So I contemplate the race toward extinction and wonder “what can I do?”

Badges Mark Anti-Nuclear Anniversary
The Dominion Post
June 22, 2007

The original Nuclear Free New Zealand badge was designed by Larry Ross in 2002 and sent to all MPs.  A letter promoting the idea that New Zealand should declare itself a Nuclear Free Zone as an important step toward global nuclear disarmament and peace accompanied the badge and was one of many letters on this and related subjects to MPs.
"It was thrilling to see my badge worn by the Prime Minister and six of her Ministers. It is more relevant today and remains a powerful statement of support" Larry said.

Larry Ross is interviewed on "Radio Bridge", on Plains FM 96.6
at 12.30 pm
Thursday, June 14, 2007

About NZ's Nuclear Free Zone and why it is more relevant today than ever before.
To read the complete press release and follow up reports on this please go HERE
Future "Radio Bridge" programmes will deal with peace and disarmament issues on the first Thursday of every month starting on July 5

Phil Goff Warns of Nuclear Holocaust
comment by Larry Ross
June 9, 2007

Phil Goff's warning to the 20th anniversary meeting in Christchurch June 9 of NZ's nuclear free zone is 100% correct. World survival is threatened by 27,000 nuclear weapons, some on 'hair-trigger' ready-to-launch status and a total of 8 nuclear weapon nations. At any time the world can be destroyed "by nuclear accident, miscalculation or deliberate act of madness" as President Kennedy warned at the UN in 1963. Even worse are new US nuclear weapons and new doctrines allowing the President to wage pre-emptive nuclear war, and also introduce nuclear weapons use into any conflict. This massive threat means everyone should be worried and active helping to stop this nuclear madness. New Zealand 's nuclear free law is more relevant today as Phil Goff says, than in 1984.

New Zealand politicians stoke anti-nuclear activism
Asia-Pacific News
June 9, 2007

Wellington - On the 20th anniversary of New Zealand's anti-nuclear legislation, the country's politicians have called for a southern hemisphere wide nuclear-free zone and for an end to investment in nuclear weapons, according to statements Saturday.
The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act was passed on June 8, 1987. It resulted in the country being suspended from the Anzus (Australia, New Zealand and Australia) defence pact with the US and Australia.
But Trade and Disarmament Minister Phil Goff told a forum in the South Island city of Christchurch that he wanted the whole of the southern hemisphere to become a nuclear-free zone within 20 years. He also criticized nations' complacency.
'The threat to the world of nuclear weapons grows as more countries acquire possession of them... With the world having lived with nuclear weapons for over sixty years, a key challenge today is international complacency about the threat they pose,' he said in a statement.
A co-leader of New Zealand's left-wing Green party, which is in the government coalition, also demanded the country withdraw NZ$30 million of taxpayer investment in companies involved in nuclear weapons production.


Phil Goff to speak on NZ Nuclear Free

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Interactive Open Forum to commemorate the 20th anniversary of New Zealand's nuclear free legislation.
Saturday 9 June at 10 am
Where Visitor Lounge, Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, where the Nuclear Free NZ exhibition is showing until 22 July.

  Nuclear-Free Legislation—20th Anniversary
Hon Phil Goff
June 7, 2007

Hon PHIL GOFF (Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control): I move, That this House note that 8 June 2007 is the 20th anniversary of the passing by this House of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 and resolve that New Zealand should continue to work for a nuclear weapon – free world; and that, in striving for a world free of nuclear weapons, the House call for: the implementation and strengthening of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, including the unequivocal undertaking made by nuclear weapon States in 2000 to move towards the total elimination of their nuclear arsenals; the expansion and strengthening of nuclear weapon – free zones and a nuclear weapon – free Southern Hemisphere; the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty; the enactment of a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty; and the universal implementation of nuclear non-proliferation instruments such as the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism and United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.

  NZ Not Only 'Clean and Green'
comment by Larry Ross
June 5, 2007

New Zealand's slogan should be "NZ Clean Green and Nuclear Free". The NZ nuclear free reputation sells NZ tourism and our nuclear radiation-free agricultural products.
The reason for including our nuclear free status is that if NZ becomes contaminated with nuclear radiation our agricultural industries and economy could suffer a mortal blow.


Environment Day highlights 'one-in-a-generation chance'

June 5, 2007

On World Environment Day, the message to leaders is clear, says Ministry for the Environment chief executive Hugh Logan.
New Zealanders want their country to stay clean and green in the face of rising energy consumption and the threat of climate change.
"We have a one-in-a-generation chance to improve standards of living by putting sustainability at the heart of our decision-making," he said.


Stan Hemsley - Tributes to a Truly Great Man

comment by Larry Ross
May 2, 2007

Stan Hemsley died, aged 88, of a massive heart attack in a Christchurch rest home on May 2, 2007
His funeral will be held at: The John Rhind Chapel at 1.00 P.M. Monday May 7, 2007 19 London Street, which runs off Stanmore Rd. Christchurch.
The Burial will be in Lyttleton after the serviceMore details in The Press, Obituaries, May 3
Stan was a dedicated member of the executive and tireless worker for the New Zealand Nuclear Free Peacemaking Association from our foundation in 1981. He helped our national 3-part campaign started in 1981 to have the government declare New Zealand a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone....
Stan was a unique mixture of hands-on practicality and insights into the multiple environmental, war and nuclear threats to humanity. He was a great human being, and a kind man who will always be fondly remembered. 

  Stop War by Impeaching Bush
Comment by Larry Ross
March 9, 2007

Cindy Sheehan, Dan DeWalt and Ellen McKay have pointed out below, one of the best ways to stop the Iraq war. The group lecture tour of Vermont with town meetings to vote on impeaching Bush was an outstanding success. What a great way to allow the people to vote on the future of their country! Many Americans, even a majority, are frustrated at the apparent hesitation and helplessness of the US Senate and Congress to stop Bush. Could something like this be done in other countries? It would encourage US citizens.

  Impeach Bush & Co
Message from Larry Ross
March 8, 2007

Don't forget 4th Anniversary  Iraq war Rally, Songs and Talks at 12 midday, Saturday March 17 at Cathedral Square. Banners and posters welcome. Petitions to stop investing in US war corporations like Halliburton and Prevent/Stop the War on Iran.

  Vermont Votes to Impeach Bush/Cheney
by John Nichols
March 7, 2007

The Nation - When Vermont Governor Jim Douglas, a Republican with reasonably close ties to President Bush, asked if there was any additional business to be considered at the town meeting he was running in Middlebury, Ellen McKay popped up and proposed the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. The governor was not amused. As moderator of the annual meeting, he tried to suggest that the proposal to impeach - along with another proposal to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq - could not be voted on.
But McKay, a program coordinator at Middlebury College, pressed her case. And it soon became evident that the crowd at the annual meeting shared her desire to hold the president to account. So Douglas backed down.

  Vermont: Land of Hope
by Cindy Sheehan
March 8, 2007

My recent trip to Turkey opened my eyes further to anti-American hatred. .....
I want to live in a country that gives hope to the world. I want to live in a country that decreases world instability instead of fomenting and celebrating it.

  Murdoch's l75 War Propaganda Newspapers
Comment by Larry Ross
March 9, 2007

Although this article was published in 2003, it illustrates how pervasive pro-war propaganda has become. Also, how slavishly the editors of 175 Murdoch papers have followed Murdoch's pro-Bush-war line. The other corporate-owned media are similar. For instance Fairfax-owned papers in New Zealand follow a similar policy. The editors' views, reflecting those of their employer, seem to be totally arrogant.

  Their Master's Voice
by Roy Greenslade
February 17, 2003

Rupert Murdoch argued strongly for a war with Iraq in an interview this week. Which might explain why his 175 editors around the world are backing it too.

  Letter to Helen Clark on the Middle East Crisis
from Larry Ross
February 16, 2007

You were willing to take the risk of going against traditional and emotional impulses to follow the US-UK-Australia direction without serious question.You went beyond US propaganda handouts, false or doctored US 'intelligence' so-called "secret reports' and the other nonsense of imperial manipulation of allied governments.
I don't think people understand the great internal and external pressures you must have been under to join the Western war alliance against Iraq.

  I Am With You 100% Against Bush's Illegal War on Iraq
Comment by Larry Ross
February 9, 2007

Born in Yonkers N.Y. in 1927, I've been campaigning against war since Hiroshima in 1945. I moved to New Zealand and founded the New Zealand Nuclear Free Peacemaking Association which helped make New Zealand nuclear free in 1987. The Pentagon was very angry about losing one of their nuclear base countries.

  City-wide Outreach mobilization this weekend for Feb 17 - No More $$$ for War Day
February 17, 2007

Join us this weekend and all next week for outreach - National No More $$$ for War Day.
Activists across the country are planning pickets, rallies, sit-ins, and other forms of creative resistance and direct action.

  More Evidence of US War With Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
February 8, 2007

The US war with Iran is on schedule according to this impressive collection of articles by Evan Peterson, and will be arranged before the end of April 2007. In spite of millions of articles on Google about it and increasing US news coverage, the New Zealand media has managed to keep Kiwis in the dark about these extraordinary and dangerous developments, while repeating Bush's litany of lies about Iran. New Zealanders and their politicians are living in a bubble of ignorance and one wonders if that is deliberate. Or is it just a lazy, arrogant, smug "ignorance-is-king" attitude on the part of the press?

  Provoking Iran - Bush targets Iran - U.S. war with Iran
February 7, 2007

(I) The Progress Report provides an insightful analysis of the U.S.-generated crisis with Iran ;
(II) Marjorie Cohn cogently explains why a U.S. military attack on Iran would be illegal and disastrous
(III) 57 excellent related articles are briefly summarized; (IV) 9 quotes worth considering.

  New Scientists Shows Why We Should Say "No" To Nuclear Power
Comment by Larry Ross
January 11, 2007

This article gives a number of good economic and environmental reasons why nuclear power should be rejected, and alternative sources of energy developed.  
But it does not mention a very important security reason: that nuclear power reactors can turn into targets in future wars. An attack on them by terrorists or some other enemy, can pollute large areas of land for generations to come, making it uninhabitable and useless for growing crops. With the large dislocation of people from the contaminated area, there would also be many immediate and longer term casualties from nuclear radiation.
So there would be no point in providing potential targets to possible future enemies, when alternative sources of energy would be cheaper and safer.

by Michael Brooks
April 26, 2006

According to projections by the International Energy Agency and a handful of energy industry experts, 2005 was the first year nuclear power's electricity output dropped behind that of small-scale plants producing low or no carbon dioxide emissions - and that's not counting large hydroelectric projects on the low-carbon side of the balance sheet.
Adam Twine doesn't look like the kind of person the nuclear industry should be scared of. An organic farmer, Twine is skinny, with big round glasses and unruly hair that makes his head look like it's fraying at the edges. How could he possibly be a threat to a multibillion-dollar industry?

  US Democracy Becoming a Fascist State
Comment by Larry Ross
January 5, 2007

James Meek describes below, an important step toward the US  becoming a fascist state. I don't believe that the Democrats, now in control of the Senate and Congress, will make much difference to this. That is because so many of them accept Bush's lies and frauds about his various wars and their willingness to escalate the conflicts.
If they oppose Bush's 'war on terror's they would be accused as being 'soft on terror' or 'aiding the terrorists' etc.
The same nonsensical accusations would apply if they opposed Bush's various steps toward fascism. That is enough to keep them silent and acquiescent.

  W Pushes Envelope on US Spying
by James Meek
January 4, 2007

President Bush added a "signing statement" in recently passed postal reform bill that may
give him new powers to pry into your mail - without a warrant.

  US using media in psychological war against Iran
Comment by Larry Ross
December 7, 2006

As the following article indicates, the US invests millions of dollars and an army of psychological warfare experts to influence the public and politicians everywhere to favour US policies and believe US-invented lies. The Iraq war was a good example of a series of lie stories faithfully printed or broadcast by most mass media as true, and even supported editorially. Criticism or exposure of the lies with true stories was simply not allowed by the editors. Nowhere was this better illustrated than with some of the newspapers in New Zealand.

  US using media in psychological war against Iran
May 23, 2006

Signs of a collapse of the anti-American government of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua immediately showed after the US and Western press launched a psychological war against the country through its domestic press....ow the Western and US press have turned their eyes at the Latin American state of Venezuela, inciting the people to stand up against the alleged dictatorship of President Hugo Chavez by releasing millions of "black news" after the attempted, US-supported coup d'etat in Venezuela four years ago failed.
Iran-US-Nuclear    Western countries, led by the US, have long been using news reports to spread outright lies or biased information to discredit or portray the helplessness of countries which are against their goals or objectives.

  Exclusive  Brethren
Comment by Larry Ross

November 26, 2006

You may remember ex-CIA agent Ralph McGeehee who toured NZ for us back in the 80's. He said, and books by ex-CIA people also confirm that, the CIA often uses right-wing religious groups like EBs as a cover to channel funds to groups in countries the CIA wants to influence. In NZ we do know the US wants to get rid of NZ N-Free legislation and get NZ back on track sending NZ troops to US wars and hosting their warships. So it makes sense to suspect that perhaps the CIA has a role in supplying money and direction to NZ EBs for this purpose.

  Exclusive Brethren at it again
from The Greens frogblog
November 24, 2006

There's a certain irony in that while papers in New Zealand devote their first few pages to the demise of Don, across the Tasman the Melbourne Age leads with a story about Exclusive Brethren involvement in the Victoria state elections.
It's the same old stuff. The EBs have taken out advertising in the Age and the Herald Sun attacking the Greens.
So what is the problem with the Exclusive Brethren campaigning ...

  Nuclear Power For New Zealand?
Comment by Larry Ross
November 23, 2006

....Usually, advocates of nuclear power do not take into account all the costs, and risks - both short term and long term. Nor do they considering the cost of decommissioning the nuclear plant, replacement, and storage of nuclear waste that they can't dispose of.

  Nuclear power, inherently, is catastrophically dangerous
By Bill Smirnow
March 17, 2004

...look into the massive, ongoing cover up of 3 Mile Island and the signed, notorized statements made by Jane Rickover, daughter-in-law of Admiral Hyman Rickover and Dr. Rosalie Bertell as well as the statement made by Paul Blanch, former nuclear engineer of the year regarding the cover up...

  Two of the most significant events in New Zealand history
by Larry Ross
June 17, 2006

The first was enacting a law to make New Zealand a Nuclear Free Zone in 1984.
The NZ-U.S. split and expulsion from ANZUS over our nuclear-free policy has become a  blessing in disguise. This new freedom from domination by a great power, has enabled NZ to refuse a fighting role in America's so-called "anti-terrorist" wars. This is very significant as both of our other major allies - Australia and the UK - are deeply aligned with the U.S. in various military treaties. Because of these commitments, both have committed fighting troops and become complicit, in support of the U.S. war. 

  The Nuclear Threater is Great than Ever
Comment by Larry Ross
January 2, 2006
Nuclear war threats have never been greater, according to Dr. Helen Caldicott an international expert, author and lecturer on nuclear issues. Accident, miscalculation, intention or madness, can precipitate a holocaust.
  Historical Development of Nuclear Free NZ Policy, July 15, 2004
Comment by Larry Ross
October 31, 2005

This report of Dr Robert White's paper on some of the historical background to N.Z.'s 1984 nuclear-free legislation contains many useful and valuable facts.
As the originator of the campaign to make New Zealand a nuclear free zone, I will offer some comment and point out a few gaps. These can be examined in greater detail on our website: http://www.nuclearfree.org.nz/archives/creationnznf.htm
The article does not mention the importance of the local and national nuclear free zone campaign in causing the Labour Party to make the decision for David Lange to propose in 1984:
" If we are elected government of New Zealand we will make the whole country nuclear free."

  Nuclear-Free New Zealand - Twenty Years On
Engineers for Social Responsibility
July 15, 2004

Dr Robert White spoke to the July meeting of the Auckland Branch of ESR to comment on the historical background to New Zealand's anti-nuclear legislation in 1984, and comment on the present situation.
On 14 July 1984 the Labour Government came to power and introduced the first nuclear-free policy for weapons and reactors on ships that New Zealand had ever had. It also established NZ as the first ever, single-nation, nuclear weapons-free zone. NZ is the only country that has put its nuclear-free policy into law which is comprehensive and expresses our complete rejection of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction, or having anything to do with them. For many New Zealanders it is very symbolic and has won our country international recognition as an advocate of a nuclear-free world.

  A Question Please (on Nuclear Free law and policy NZ )
from Sharlene Van Leeuwen
September 21, 2005

In discussing the nuclear free issue (which I am in full agreement with) someone replied two days ago "its just a farce because our hospitals are nuclear powered." I have heard this before - is this correct and if so how.

  US could reverse this so-called ban at any time
answer from Larry Ross
September 25, 2005

Hospitals do a lot of radiation for medical purposes, with which we have always agreed. The New Zealand Nuclear Free Peacemaking Association has always agreed with the peaceful applications of nuclear technology for medical and industrial uses. However hospitals are not nuclear powered, but powered by electricity. There is no nuclear power in NZ.

  David Lange - Nuclear Free Warrior  
by Larry Ross
Posted September 21, 2005

David Lange was a great man in many ways. His brilliant wit and his grasp of any topic for debate were the first things one noticed. To my mind his most valuable contribution to mankind was that he chose to make the vitally important stand for world nuclear disarmament by declaring New Zealand nuclear free. This was an idea that I had been promoting since 1981. It developed out of 36 years of peacework since the first nuclear bombs were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945. I am deeply grateful that he recognised the potential good this policy could achieve.
 "I can smell the uranium on your breadth"


Democracies Kill Their Employees

by Larry Ross
September 18, 2005

NZ Soldiers Treated As Nuclear Guinea Pigs
In 1957 the UK government, with the collaboration of the NZ government, deliberately and knowingly exposed UK and NZ servicemen and their future descendants to nuclear radiation, resulting in disease, suffering, pain, genetic damage and eventual death. It's all in the article and on Expose, TV1, Thursday Sept 22, 2005.

  Helen Clark Emphasises Labour's Nuclear-Free Policy
by Larry Ross
September 13, 2005

In spite of National hecklers causing her to cut short her speech, Helen Clark emphasised her party's nuclear-free
message to Canterbury University students today September 13.
I hope there is still time for this message, and for the range of nuclear issues and consequences if it is changed, to be communicated to voters, so that they take it into account when voting - as they did in 1984 and 1987 when Labour treated it as an important issue.
As mentioned in my September 7 posting, previous Labour leaflets circulated to homes, omitted this important issue.
In fact nuclear issues, and the dangers of a nuclear war, are more important in 2005 than in 1984 when Labour first used this benefit during an election.
NZ media were a bit more honest then and more accurately reported the dangers of nuclear war under US President, Ronald Reagan. People were better informed. Today, the NZ media is much more under foreign control. Most openly support the Bush Regime and illegal war on Iraq. That means that much of the real news about nuclear dangers under Bush and the extremism of the Bush regime is either suppressed, not mentioned at all, or completely misrepresented.

  Labour Leaflets Omit Important Advantage
by Larry Ross
September 7, 2005

A very strong case can be made that if National wins the election, the nuclear free laws will soon be gone, if not "by lunch time" at least by "dinner time" or just ignored; nuclear ships will recommence visits to NZ ports; ANZUS or it's equivalent will be restored; NZ combat troops will be sent to Iraq and likely to other wars started by the Bush Administration, such as wars on Iran and Syria.

It's Not Just About US Ships In NZ Ports
by Larry Ross
August 14, 2005

Feedback on Nuclear Free NZ issues raised on "Agenda" TVNZ 1, Sunday August 13.
US President Bush's nuclear weapons policy and pre-emptive war policy are major reasons why New Zealand should not change it's nuclear free legislation. He is planning to make new nuclear weapons and resume testing, and has sabotaged the nuclear non-proliferation treaty conference...
These are points that should have been raised with ex-US Deputy Secretary Kenneth Dawn when talking about NZ-US relations.
They are strong reasons for keeping New Zealand nuclear-free.

US Ambassador Fires Nuclear Parting Shots
from Larry Ross
July 6, 2005

In answer to U.S. Ambassador Swindells (July 5) the theory that humanity must exist under the threat of global nuclear destruction for reasons of security was rejected by New Zealanders when they enacted the Nuclear Free Act in 1987. In spite of the end of the cold war, why do Russia and the U.S. still have thousands of nuclear missiles ready for instant launch against each other.

ACT & National Want US Nuclear Warships
Comment by Larry Ross
June 10. 2005

ACT and National are very keen to resume visits by US and UK nuclear warships, as the following article shows.
The following comments will refute Ken Shirley's main points and show the duplicity of National.So for ACT and National to try and focus the debate on nuclear-powered ships alone is a duplicious nonsense.
They know that can mean nuclear weapons will be brought into NZ ports - and the possibility of that happening, will make NZ a potential nuclear target - for potential enemies to strike at US ships, or the ports they use.

Nuclear Power for NZ Is A Dangerous Nonsense
Comment by Larry Ross
May 8, 2005

Competent NZ defence planners would advise against providing future potential enemies with ready-made
nuclear targets in New Zealand.

Reasons Not to Have Nuclear Power or Nuclear Warships In New Zealand
by Larry Ross
April 30, 2005

Once NZ again becomes a nuclear warship host nation, as National wants, we also become a potential target. National wants the nuclear warship ban lifted, so allied warships may again visit us and we can help our allies - the US and UK - in their illegal wars such as the Iraq war.
A general nuclear war can destroy involved nations and some others; perhaps all others eventually; in an afternoon according to all the expert studies I have seen during the last 50 years.

Urge Your Govt to Support Nuke Disarmament
April 22, 2005

at Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review May 2-27
The world community must deliver a unified and unequivocal message that arduously negotiated treaties and international agreements cannot be simply dismissed, undermined or negated. Civil society therefore calls upon all governments to implement the promise embodied in the NPT: a world free from the threat of nuclear weapons.

Preparing for Nuclear Extinction
Comment by Larry Ross
April 21, 2005

Since 1945 and the Hiroshima/Nagasaki nuclear bombings, the US has led the way in developing nuclear weapons. A total of nine states now deploy nuclear weapons, supposedly for their security. They were originally portrayed as a deterrent to prevent attack. But now the US, under Bush, has changed the rules. They can now be used for war-making as one of a number of options in a conventional war situation.

Nobel Laureates, Organizations Appeal for Removal of Nuclear Weapons from "Hair-Trigger" Status
April 5, 2005

More than 30 Nobel laureates have joined hundreds of organizations and lawmakers in signing a statement to be released today calling for all strategic nuclear weapons to be taken off "hair-trigger" and "launch on warning" alerts
(see GSN, June 22, 2004).

NZ Leads on Nuclear-Free Stance – 20 years on from Oxford Union Debate
From NZ Parliament
March 1, 2005

Disarmament Minister Marian Hobbs will be advocating for a strengthened nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty when she represents New Zealand at the five-yearly NPT review conference in New York in May.
It is 20 years today since former Prime Minister David Lange won the 1985 Oxford Union debate arguing that nuclear weapons were morally indefensible. Today Marian Hobbs reiterated that nuclear disarmament remains New Zealand's ultimate goal.



by Larry Ross
January, 2005

Increasing Dangers of a Nuclear War Make it Urgent to Preserve the NPT and N.Z.’s Nuclear Free Law.
Here is your chance to make a difference to our future - the future of our children and grandchildren.
This Might Be Our Last Chance - Let's All Say No Together to Save Our Planet and Its People.



by Larry Ross
December 28, 2004

"One thing leads to another". So people should think it through carefully before they allow NZ to further steps up the escalation ladder. This also is a strong argument for the Labour Government to resist the lobbying efforts of NZ's arms industry to go further, and reverse the dangerous trends. We thank Labour for maintaining NZ's 1987 Nuclear Free Law, but warn then against being seduced into abandoning it.

Action from PMA and WARP
October 12, 2004

"Made in New Zealand: a label to be proud of ?
Not when it is the label on shoot-to-kill training equipment, grenades, land mines effect simulators, weapons firing control systems, 'special purpose' ammunition, and aerial bombing score systems ...
And not when the label is used by NZ companies that have overseas parent companies involved in the manufacture and deployment of nuclear weapons."
[quote from the new No WARP! leaflet]

  New Zealand's Nuclear Free Policy  Letter to Helen Clark
By Larry Ross
November 1, 2004

If Bush gets a second term, he may launch more and wider wars (Iran, Syria etc), provoke retaliation and 'terrorism' and probable use of nuclear weapons and a potential general disaster from which the world as we know it, may never recover.

  Comment: Secret in the CIA Report
by Larry Ross
October 21, 2004
The following CIA Secret Report shows how Bush and accomplices are trying to suppress information about the 9/11 attacks.
The L.A. Times 19/10/04 referred to " ..the Bush administration's great determination since 9/11 to resist any serious investigation into how the security of this nation was so easily breached." It said "the president fought against the creation of the Sept. 11 commission" and "refused to testify to the commission under oath or on the record" and then when he finally agreed "to chat with the commission members, with Vice President Cheney present...commission members were not allowed to take notes."
The 9/11 Secret in the CIA's Back Pocket
October 19, 2004
  It is shocking: The Bush administration is suppressing a CIA report on 9/11 until after the election, and this one names names. Although the report by the inspector general's office of the CIA was completed in June, it has not been made available to the congressional intelligence committees that mandated the study almost two years ago.
By Larry Ross
October 13, 2004

This July 13, 2003 article shows that National Party MP's have a long history of opposition to New Zealand's nuclear ship ban. They would repeal NZ's nuclear ship ban if voted to power. That would also mean turning a blind eye to the possibility that visiting US nuclear-powered warships might also carry nuclear weapons under the US's "neither confirm nor deny" policy. As National's defence spokesman, Simon Power recently said (see other articles on this), they want to become an ANZUS partner again, and would send NZ troops to support any US wars. That would mean New Zealand's acceptance of any US use of nuclear weapons under the new US policy of potential use during conventional campaigns - or even pre-emptive use as the new doctrines threaten. It also means that National would accept and parrot US lies to get the public to support future wars, as the US did over both Vietnam war in the 60's and the Iraq war of 2003.

  National sails closer to ending nuke ships ban
July 13, 2003

National is continuing to inch towards a policy that would allow nuclear ships back into New Zealand ports and has even raised the prospect of the wider use of nuclear technology.
Leader Bill English told the National party conference in Christchurch that restoring ties with traditional allies such as the United States would be one of his top priorities if he became prime minister.

  Comment on Australian missile plan sparks regional arms race fears
by Larry Ross
August 28, 2004

The Australian decision to arm warplanes with US long-range stealth missiles, highlights a trend since the 9/11 attack and before, for Australia to adopt policies which echo or compliment US policy.
There has been sufficient time since 9/11 for the most backward of countries, to assess the widespread international concerns about the dangers of US policies, particularly the US nuclear policies, and the well-documented thrust of US policy toward global dominion at any cost. The UK and Australia are not backward - they have sophisticated analysts more than capable of determining real US policy and it's dangers.

  Nuclear Power Still a Deadly Proposition
Dr. Helen Caldicott
August 17, 2004

WHILE VICE PRESIDENT Dick Cheney is actively promoting nuclear power as a significant plank in his energy plan, he claims that nuclear power is "a safe, clean and very plentiful energy source."
The Nuclear Energy Institute, the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industries, is currently running an energetic campaign for the revivification of nuclear power. Ubiquitous TV and radio ads carry the admonition that "Kids today are part of the most energy-intensive generation in history. They demand lots of clean electricity. And they deserve clean air."

  The War Crimes Trial of The Peace Action People's Court
August 7, 2004

Bush, Blair and Howard nuclear gambled with our world, when they "willfully made war and promoted international dissension". Their completely phoney war on Iraq, justified by lies, was followed with a series of war crimes, including more lies, bombing, looting, killing, imprisoning and torturing. It was, and still is, camouflaged by a PR-Psywar campaign, reported by a cowed and co-operative mass media. As recommended by historian H. G. Wells, these "politicians" will be "in the dock" at:

  Should we consider nuclear power?
Posted July, 2004

There are four things that currently prevent nuclear power from being feasible in New Zealand for the next 10-15 years: public opinion, time, scale and geography. Public opposition and the lengthy time taken to construct a station are major factors, but so too are the current size of the nuclear power stations. Nuclear power is most economic at 1,200MW (three times larger than any energy-generating unit operating in NZ today) and the smallest available currently is 600MW. It is unlikely that an economically suitable size will be available for another decade or more. And of course New Zealand's unstable geography creates big challenges both for constructing a station to withstand earthquakes as well as a deep storage facility for waste a big challenge.It is always worth acknowledging alternatives. However, with regard t ... read more

  Best to keep our nuclear free laws unchanged  
from Larry Ross
June 10, 2004

George Bush's unprovoked invasion of Iraq, based on lies and faulty intelligence, including a greater illingness to use nuclear weapons, and violation of international treaties, shows that the U.S. has become more of a threat to world peace, than a few "mad mullahs and madder adherents" as claimed by Michael Laws (6/6/04).

  Helping to Raising Awareness - Send to your Friends  
from Laurie Ross
June 2, 2004

Dear Friends - I thought you may share my concern.
If you support Nuclear Free New Zealand then please take a look at this website. http://www.nuclearfree.org.nz/archives
It is vital that New Zealand maintains its Nuclear Freedom and does not give in to US pressure or Don Brash and the National Party. New Zealand acts as a beacon of hope and sanity in the world by being brave enough to stand for an end to nuclear proliferation. We do not want nuclear weapons or nuclear power in this country. NZ must continue to hold this position in order to help the whole world because we could all be destroyed by nuclear weapons.
             See what you can do

  Letter to the Listener - National Party Nuclear Policy  
from Larry Ross
May 18, 2004

...........This can lead to endless and very expensive military commitments for wars most New Zealanders don't believe in, such as the Iraq war. We could be locked into wars that become nuclear. Other risks include becoming a nuclear target, nuclear ship accidents in our ports, contamination of our food products, terrorist attacks, and loss of sovereignty. Our international influence and reputation would drop, including the trade and tourism attracted by New Zealand's courageous and independent nuclear-free stand. These are some of the possible results if a National government makes New Zealand an unquestioning 'cannon fodder' colony.
Better to "Keep NZ Nuclear Free".

Talk by Larry Ross 
May 17, 2004

We could become a neutral international peacemaker as well, a mediator/facilitator, as we did in the Bougainville war, and working for human survival in a planet that still is today, more than ever, threatened by a nuclear war doomsday.........
...Those who become politically active will ensure that National does not get elected to implement a destruction of the nuclear free law, and follow the US into any war. If you fail our children and grandchildren may suffer the consequences.

  Overturn nuke ban, says Nat review By NICK VENTER
May 6, 2004

Should we allow American nuclear vessels to visit New Zealand?
The National Party is proposing to dilute New Zealand's iconic anti-nuclear legislation to improve economic and defence relations with the United States.
A 65-page report on the relationship between the two countries was issued late yesterday afternoon as a huge protest dispersed outside Parliament. The timing prompted Prime Minister Helen Clark, ACT and the Greens to accuse National of slipping it through "under cover of the hikoi".         Have Your Say

  Brash's backroom deal would sink nuclear-free NZ
NZ Green Party media release
May 5, 2004
......." Our nuclear free status has been the envy of the world since the Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act came into force in 1987. As well as admitting dangerous vessels into our ports, a National policy of alliance with the US would buy us into America ' s immoral wars. "

By Rob Green
February 17, 2004
  The Special Committee's report "The Safety of Nuclear Powered Ships", published in December 1992, was irresponsibly unscientific and simply wrong when it claimed:
"The presence in New Zealand ports of nuclear-powered vessels of the navies of the United States and United Kingdom
would be safe." It was so aggressively pro-nuclear that the National government did not risk using it for its obvious purpose
- to justify removing the nuclear propulsion ban in the 1987 Nuclear Free Zone Act - and instead quietly buried it.
  Commander Green served in the Royal Navy 1962-82, navigating Buccaneer nuclear strike aircraft and anti-submarine helicopters and serving in Fleet intelligence

  Why New Zealand Should Stay Nuclear-Free   Press Release
by Larry Ross
January 30, 2004
  The Iraq War, New War Plans and Nuclear Doctrines
New Zealand's Nuclear-Free laws are under attack as being irrelevant, and a cold war relic. It's claimed that as the cold war is over, and U.S. has disarmed nuclear warships, N.Z. should rescind its Nuclear-Free laws.

    UK adopting Bush's new nuclear strategy by Christine Dann
February, 2003
    Comment      by Larry Ross
October 15, 2003
    UK Restates Nuclear Threat BBC News
February 2, 2003
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon says Saddam Hussein "can be absolutely confident" the UK is willing to use nuclear weapons "in the right conditions".
Nelson Mandela said Mr Blair was "no longer prime minister of Britain" but instead "the foreign minister of the United States".

October 9, 2003

US Ambassador's Notes for Intended Speech at Victoria University, Wellington

from PMA

Actions PMA


  The Creation of the New Zealand Nuclear-Free Zone
by Larry Ross
October 8, 2003
  A letter to Prof. Canadian History giving information on NZ Nuclear-free beginnings

  Lange Receives 'Alternative Nobel' The Christchurch Press
October 3, 2003

Mr Lange was given the honorary prize "for his steadfast work over many years for a world free of nuclear weapons".

  Letter to PM on Keeping NZ Nuclear-Free
by Larry Ross
September 8, 2003
  Various authorities have said that there is a greater danger today from nuclear weapons use than at any time since 1945.  This is mainly because of the new nuclear doctrines introduced by the Bush Administration in their Nuclear Posture Review and in their various strategic analysis documents.

by Larry Ross
March 21, 2003

"The United States wants repeal of New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation, to allow U.S. warships possibly with nuclear weapons, to visit New Zealand ports. That would make New Zealand a potential nuclear target at a time that the Bush administration has directed the U.S. military to prepare contingency plans to use nuclear weapons against at least seven countries", said Larry Ross, Secretary of the New Zealand Nuclear-Free Peacemaking Association.

February, 2003

So Journalists should not tell the truth now??
Brushing aside the embarrassing failure of US troops to find the weapons he made the centrepiece of his case for military action, Bush said the invasion thwarted future plots against the United States by “madman” Saddam Hussein. “Saddam Hussein was a gathering threat. He possessed and he used weapons of mass destruction,” he declared here. “I was not about to leave the security of the United States to the desires and hopes of this madman.”

  Keep out Nuclear Ships   
Letter to the Editor, NZ Herald,
by Laurie Ross
Free Spirit Peace Productions
August 12, 2002
  Can anyone tell me why allowing US warships ~ nuclear powered or otherwise, into NZ harbours will prevent terrorism in Bali or anywhere else? What is the real reason for US pressure to get rid of our Nuclear Free policy?

  Why Keep New Zealand Nuclear Free?
by Larry Ross
May 23, 2002
  "Not since the dawn of the nuclear age at the end of World War II has the danger of nuclear war been greater" said Richard Falk, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University and David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, issued in a statement on April 9, 2000 http://www.wagingpeace.org
by Larry Ross
March 21, 2002

"The United States wants repeal of New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation, to allow U.S. warships possibly with nuclear weapons, to visit New Zealand ports. That would make New Zealand a potential nuclear target at a time that the Bush administration has directed the U.S. military to prepare contingency plans to use nuclear weapons against at least seven countries", said Larry Ross, Secretary of the New Zealand Nuclear-Free Peacemaking Association.


Submissions due: NZ Nuclear Free Zone Extension Bill

January 26, 2001

The two ships carrying nuclear waste from France to Japan, and the ship which has just left Sydney on its way to France carrying radioactive rods from the Lucas Heights reactor - all of which will pass through the Tasman Sea - have highlighted again the problems with the NZ nuclear free zone. As many of you are aware, there is a bill currently at Select Committee stage to extend the NZ nuclear free zone from 12 miles to 200 miles from the coast and to prohibit the transit of high level nuclear waste, nuclear weapons and nuclear-power ships through that extended zone. As you may also be aware, the government has clearly stated they will not allow that bill to pass into law.


Why I Reject Nuclear Deterrence

By Robert Green
December, 2000

Former Navy Commander Robert Green found out at first hand that the theory doesn’t actually work – and decided to make a stand.


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