Title / object name
Poster, ’No Nuclear Warships in N.Z. Ports’
|Maker ||Role ||Date |
|Campaign Against Nuclear Warships ||creating agency ||1976 |
Offset lithograph on paperMaterials
|Overall ||420 (Height) x 297 (Length) mm|
Gift of Robyn Anderson, 2004
This poster was produced for a specific protest march in Auckland against a visiting warship from the United States Navy.
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.
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.