NZ’s nuclear jubilee

By Rebecca Priestley In Science

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23rd June, 2012
This month marks 25 years since New Zealand legislated a nuclear-free zone that prohibited nuclear weapons and warships in the country’s land, air and water. Although we never considered having nuclear weapons, New Zealand was once as excited as any nation about the dawning atomic age, with our own plans for uranium mines and nuclear power stations. After the American bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki contributed to the end of World War II, our Government revealed the role of a small group of New Zealand physicists on the Manhattan Project that developed the atom bomb. New Zealand, it said, ...

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