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.
Devonport and WILPF Aotearoa celebrate N-free NZ
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
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
7. The Nuclear-Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) Movement’s Ema Tagicakibau of Fiji speaking. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC
10. Kuia Pauline Tangiora of WILPF Aotearoa and Rongomaiwahine after cutting the “30 Years” cake. Image: Kendall Hutt/PMC