“The Nuclear Free New Zealand 30th anniversary celebration is a time to reflect on the horror of war, to learn lessons from our past and do everything we can to prevent the future use of Nuclear Weapons. New Zealand is proudly nuclear free and we must continue to strive for a peaceful world free of nuclear arms” says Mayor Goff.
“There are at least two undeniable existential threats to human survival – climate change and nuclear weapons. On the 30th anniversary of New Zealand’s Nuclear Free Zone status, it’s heartening to see our Government taking a strong stand on nuclear disarmament. We should always remember that our nuclear-free status was created by the people of New Zealand and in the process, they set an example that the rest of the world can follow” – Dr Russel Norman, Greenpeace New Zealand Executive Director.
Helen Clarke, former NZ Prime Minister, tweeted: “30 years and going strong. NZ became a nuclear-free nation by law in 1987. I chaired the parliamentary committee which examined the new law.”
Significant public support is expected at the Auckland rally which is the first of its kind and one of many nationwide being organised throughout this year to mark the staying power of this important legislation.