The anti-nuclear movement, which climaxed in 1987 with the passage of legislation to protect New Zealand's anti-nuclear status, had intellectual roots in two sets of ideas that emerged in New Zealand in the years after the 1960s. One was a belief in an independent New Zealand foreign policy and a vision of New Zealand as a moral example to the world, which had grown out of opposition to involvement in the Vietnam War. The second was the widespread environmental movement, which sought to preserve New Zealand as a green unspoilt land.
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