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To: PM Christopher Luxon, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters; and Minister of Defence Judith Collins

Oppose AUKUS: For an independent, demilitarised and nuclear-free Pacific

AUKUS is an Australia-UK-US military pact, centred on the Australian acquisition of nuclear-propelled submarines. The pact also includes sharing weapons and other military technologies. The New Zealand government is considering joining part of this pact. This petition opposes AUKUS and calls for a foreign policy centred on an independent, demilitarised and nuclear-free Pacific.

Why is this important?

AUKUS is an aggressive military pact. Security in New Zealand and the Pacific can only be ensured by centring sustainable development, Indigenous rights, and environmental protection.

AUKUS makes the world more dangerous. New Zealand participation in AUKUS would deepen geopolitical tensions in the Pacific, and threaten Pacific nations’ long held policy of “friends to all and enemies to none”.

AUKUS impedes climate action. Climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of all peoples of the Pacific. The threat of climate change requires international diplomacy and cooperation, not militarism.

AUKUS threatens our nuclear free legacy. Aotearoa New Zealand has a proud history of anti-nuclearism and solidarity with the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement.

AUKUS is not based on public consultation. It accelerates climate injustice, violates our treaties and regional commitments, and erodes regional decolonisation efforts.

We urge the New Zealand government to reject any role in the AUKUS military pact and condemn the use of nuclear weapons and non-peaceful nuclear technologies in the Pacific.

We urge the New Zealand government to recommit to an Independent and Pacific-led foreign policy, in accordance with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, our regional obligations, and our national identity.

This petition is led by Te Kuaka.

More information on MATIKA HAWAIKI campaign events can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/matikahawaiki

More information on AUKUS can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fz3DaAXmcll7U-C6Fd063VVq-C37sLgzNPlXFdghl1k/edit

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Updates

2023-07-12 14:14:45 +1200

100 signatures reached

2023-07-11 12:33:14 +1200

50 signatures reached

2023-07-10 23:14:37 +1200

25 signatures reached

2023-07-10 17:35:44 +1200

10 signatures reached