As widely predicted:
US ship to visit NZ after 33 years
The United States Navy will send a ship to New Zealand this year, ending a 33-year absence from our ports because of the anti-nuclear rift.
US Vice-President Joe Biden will formally accept the invitation today when he meets Prime Minister John Key in Auckland. …
So NZs nuclear war with America ends not with a bang, but a whimper.
NZ ‘won’ on nukes – Hager
Author and Nuclear Disarmament New Zealand campaigner Nicky Hager said that if a ship did come it would be a win for the New Zealand public.
“A whole generation of New Zealanders were highly involved, marched in the streets and cared deeply about nuclear-free policy.
“And the United States were extremely bloody-minded about that, they’ve gone to send a ship that was either nuclear powered or nuclear armed from the very beginning and in the end it’s been the US government that’s changed and not us.
“So yes, all the people involved in it have won.”
Security analyst Paul Buchanan from 36th Parallel Assessments told Morning Report Mr Biden’s visit signalled the US accepted New Zealand’s nuclear-free policy. …
For all the disastrous mistakes of the Lange government, this is an important legacy and a pillar of our nationhood.
My favourite cartoon of the era: