Nuclear Free NZ Celebration – Human Peace Symbol and Peace Plaque Ceremony in Auckland Domain
The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act 1987 is arguably the strongest anti-nuclear weapon domestic legislation in the world. It bans nuclear weapons and propulsion from New Zealand’s land, sea and airspace out to the country’s 12-mile territorial limits. The law also has ‘extraterritorial’ jurisdiction, meaning that it applies to the actions of New Zealand government agents while they are outside the country. Any government agents—including the armed forces—who provide support anywhere in the world for nuclear weapons development, maintenance or operation can be imprisoned for up to 10 years upon return or extradition to New Zealand.
The Nuclear Free Zone law is a cornerstone of contemporary national identity for many New Zealanders, uniting them across political, cultural and generational boundaries. The 30th anniversary of the nuclear free law is a reminder of what can be achieved when ordinary citizens stand together for peace and justice.
The public celebration is at 12 noon on Sat. 11th June at Auckland Domain behind the Museum.
Hundreds of people will create a giant human Peace symbol to convey a message of support for the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty at the UN.
There will be a plaque unveiling ceremony beside the Peace Pohtukawa tree with Auckland Mayor for Peace -Phil Goff, City Councillors, MPs, musicians and peace leaders. From Nuclear Free NZ to a Nuclear Free world!
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