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Suspended from ANZUS, 1985

Suspended from ANZUS, 1985

In 1985 the US suspended New Zealand from the ANZUS defence treaty. The 1951 agreement pledged military cooperation between the US, New Zealand and Australia. Anti-nuclear protests in New Zealand prompted the new Labour government to ban visits to New Zealand ports by nuclear-armed or -propelled vessels. The US responded by dropping its ANZUS obligations to New Zealand. Eric Heath's cartoon shows a US Navy commander indicating that an incoming National government might overturn the nuclear ban and repair the treaty. However, the ban has remained in place under both Labour- and National-led governments, although military cooperation between New Zealand and the US was officially restored in 2010.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Eric Heath

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Michael Green, 'Foreign policy and diplomatic representation - Characteristics of foreign policy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/34316/suspended-from-anzus-1985 (accessed 14 August 2020)

Story by Michael Green, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 May 2016