Story: Ideas in New Zealand

Protesting against an American ship visit

Protesting against an American ship visit

In August 1983 marchers paraded this model of the Statue of Liberty wielding an atomic bomb through the streets of Wellington. They were protesting against the visit of USS Texas to the city's port. The Americans had refused to confirm or deny whether the ship carried nuclear weapons. This sparked concern among a growing number of New Zealanders who had developed both strong anti-nuclear ideals and a hostility towards American foreign policy, sparked by the country's involvement in the Vietnam War.  

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/3124/21A
Photograph by Stuart Ramson

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Jock Phillips, 'Ideas in New Zealand - Identity politics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/45510/protesting-against-an-american-ship-visit (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014