November 08, 2021

NZ Gets A for Anti-Nuke, C for Climate

Image: Te Apiti wind farm, New Zealand - ChameleonsEye /

In the 1970s, “New Zealand got a huge amount of recognition for being a bit of a David against the Goliath of nuclear weapons,” says Kevin Clements, Director of the Toda Peace Institute. Dr Kennedy Graham, a former diplomat, MP, and United Nations official, says that New Zealand “got an A in terms of nuclear disarmament.” Now, despite Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declaring climate change as “my generation’s nuclear-free moment”, New Zealand seems to have averted its gaze from the 2030 target. When it comes to climate policy, says Dr Graham, “at best we get a C”. Read more in this Newsroom article from David Williams.