Images: NZ peace activists pay homage to 1987 nuclear-free law campaigners

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Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

New Zealand peace activists gathered together at the weekend in Devonport — home of the country’s first “nuclear-free zone” — to pay homage to the “people’s” campaign for a nation without nukes.

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WIPLF) and the Devonport Peace Group organised the event, marking the 30th anniversary of the NZ Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act. This came into force on 8 June 1987.

The pictures were taken by the Pacific Media Centre’s Dr David Robie and Pacific Media Watch editor Kendall Hutt.

1. Auckland mayor Phil Goff admires the John Miller portrait of him when he was a nuclear-free student activist in the 1980s. Image: David Robie/PMC

2. John Miller shows off the Auckland mayor Phil Goff “historical” image. Image: Kendall Hutt

3. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament spokesperson (back then) Maire Leadbeater speaking. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

4. A slice of the crowd with photographer Gil Hanly (right) and Maire Leadbeater easy to spot. Image: David Robie/PMC

5., The Devonport Peace Choir singing. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

6. Pacific Media Centre’s Dr David Robie speaking. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

7. The Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) Movement’s Ema Tagicakibau of Fiji speaking. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

8. The Peace Squadron founder Rev George Armstrong speaking. Image: David Robie/PMC

9. Peace Movement Aotearoa’s Edwina Hughes speaking. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

10. Kuia Pauline Tangiora of WILPF Aotearoa and Rongomaiwahine after cutting the “30 Years” cake. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

11. CND’s Maire Leadbeater shares a joke with Auckland mayor Phil Goff. Image: Kendall Hutt

12. Some of Gil Hanly’s photos on display. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC

13. Photographer John Miller captures some images. Image: David Robie/PMC

14. Nuclear-free diptyches by photographer John Miller. Image: David Robie/PMC

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