1983 Nuclear free march on Queen street, photographer Gil Hanly.

Peace and Protest: NZ's 'Nuclear-free moment'

FreeAccessibleWest Auckland

Saturday 23 September, 11am-12pm


Glen Eden Library

12-32 Glendale Road, Glen Eden

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09 892 4943




Event details

Activist and writer Frances Palmer will discuss the nuclear-free protests which took place in Auckland during the early 1980s, outlining the events and processes which saw the movement reach critical mass size, sufficient to persuade government MPs to commit to a nuclear-free stance at national level in the 1984 election.

Frances has compiled a book about this movement which is intended for use in schools.

In her own words, “1983 … our long 'nuclear-free moment' in the making, was an exciting time to live in Auckland and join any branch of the nuclear-free activist movement to collaborate and contribute as a teacher, mother, scientist, academic, boatie, student, health professional, or minister of religion. The lessons learnt in that vibrant movement for life still resonate today.”

See photos from the protests and hear Frances’ first-hand account of living in Tāmaki Makaurau in 1983 and setting up a peace group.

Presented by: Auckland Council Libraries

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