In an announcement over the weekend, the New Zealand Labour Party has shown a commitment towards disarmament. The announcement comes less than two months before Kiwis decide their government for the next three years. 

There have been multiple allegations that the increasingly close ties between the New Zealand Government and the Obama administration is a degradation of New Zealand’s political independence and neutrality.

Based on the country’s anti-nuclear stance in the 80s and 90s, Labour Disarmament Spokesperson Maryan Street said:

“As we commemorate the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this week, we also reflect on how much more dangerous the world has become with nuclear weapons proliferation.

“There is now an opportunity for New Zealand to play a crucial leadership role in the international community by supporting ongoing progress towards a nuclear weapons-free world.

However the Labour Party has not stopped at that, they have announced they would reinstate the position of Disarmament Minister in Cabinet who would participate in international non-proliferation fora.

“A Labour Government will ensure that nuclear-free Aotearoa once again takes a leadership role in nuclear disarmament and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons,” Maryan Street says.

by Daniel F Benson-Guiu

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