Story: Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism

Peace Squadron poster

Peace Squadron poster

The Peace Squadron, a civilian naval blockade aiming to prevent nuclear-armed vessels from visiting New Zealand ports, was formed in 1975. The following year around 150 Peace Squadron vessels, including yachts, dinghies, canoes, kayaks and surfboards, confronted the US naval cruiser Longbeach on Auckland's Waitematā Harbour. They continued to protest when nuclear vessels visited New Zealand ports. This poster advertises a blockade, march and rally on the occasion of a visit to Auckland by a nuclear submarine in 1979.

About this item

Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: Ephemera - "No More Nuclear Visitors"

Permission of Auckland City Libraries Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

How to cite this page:

Mark Derby, 'Conscription, conscientious objection and pacifism - Pacifism', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2016)

Full story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012