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Object: Poster, ’No Nuclear Warships in N.Z. Ports’

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Title Poster, ’No Nuclear Warships in N.Z. Ports’
Production Campaign Against Nuclear Warships (publisher), 1976, New Zealand
Medium summary Offset lithograph on paper
Materials paper, ink
Classification posters
Technique offset lithography
Dimensions Overall: 420mm (Height) x 297mm (Length)
Credit line Gift of Robyn Anderson, 2004
Registration number GH014460

This poster was produced for a specific protest march in Auckland against a visiting warship from the United States Navy.

Anzus obligations

New Zealand, Australia, and the United States signed the Anzus treaty, a mutual defence agreement, in 1951. Under its Anzus obligations, the New Zealand government allowed nuclear-capable warships and vessels to visit New Zealand ports from 1976. These visits were met with flotillas of protest yachts and boats.

Dangerous visitors

Anti-nuclear protest in New Zealand was distinctive because of these regular port visits. Though never used for nuclear testing, New Zealand was visited by about 120 American and British nuclear-powered or nuclear-armed vessels between 1960 and 1984. Since 1984, the New Zealand government has refused entry to all such vessels.

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