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Papers Past (see Comments for further information) Skip to content English | Māori Masthead of New Zealand Free Lance 03 August 1901 Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.

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The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 84 publications from all regions of New Zealand. Latest additions to Papers Past (May 2014): Search Newspapers More search options Help Browse Newspapers By date: View all newspapers and periodicals by date. DigitalNZ - (see Comment) Our ocean and our job. Volunteer now ... Date: 1945-1947 Ref: Eph-A-WAR-WII-Japan-1946-01 Shows the globe with the Pacific ocean facing, and the head and shoulders of a smiling soldier.

Our ocean and our job. Volunteer now ...

The remainder is covered with an arrangement of text. Quantity: 1 b&w photo-mechanical print(s). Physical Description: Photolithograph, black and white, 231 x 196 mm. Access restrictions: Partial restriction - Use photographic copies where possible. Format: Photolithographs, Fliers (Printed matter), Ephemera, 1 b&w photo-mechanical print(s), Photolithograph, black and white, 231 x 196 mm., Vertical image See original record Purchasing this Item This item is available as a high resolution download.

If this item has multiple pages, or is several items attached to a single record, you can use this form to order your copy. Using this Item You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. Our ocean and our job. More information can be found in our terms of use. New Zealanders of J Force in a bicycl... Date: between 1946-1948 Ref: J-0387-F Original caption reads: "New Zealand soldiers who recently arrived in Japan in the first J Force replacement draft are keen sight-seers.

New Zealanders of J Force in a bicycl...

Here, some of the new arrivals, M E Lloyd of Timaru (front), and M V Barford of Christchurch, see the sights of Yamaguchi [Japan] from one type of Japanese "taxi". Official army photograph taken between 1946-1948. Photographer unidentified. Jayforce lands in Japan. After Japan’s surrender in August 1945 the New Zealand government agreed to participate in the occupation as part of a Commonwealth force.

Jayforce lands in Japan

Under the command of Brigadier Keith Stewart, 4000 New Zealand troops (known as Jayforce) arrived in March 1946 as part of the 40,000-strong British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF). This was to work alongside United States military forces which had occupied most of Japan. The Commonwealth troops had two key roles: overseeing Japanese demilitarisation and demobilisation. Jayforce was initially deployed in Yamaguchi prefecture on the southern tip of the main island of Honshu, and on nearby Eta Jima Island. This was a relatively poor rural area with a population of 1.4 million – not much less than New Zealand’s total population at the time.

The New Zealanders’ first task was to search for military equipment. When Great Britain and India withdrew from the BCOF in 1947, enthusiasm for New Zealand’s ongoing involvement waned. Jayforce soldiers, Hiroshima - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Nuclear-free legislation - nuclear-free New Zealand. It was election year in 1984, and Robert Muldoon decided to go to the polls early, on 14 July.

Nuclear-free legislation - nuclear-free New Zealand

This was due partly to a decision by Marilyn Waring, a National Party Member of Parliament, to withdraw her support for the National caucus on 14 June. She had been savagely attacked by Robert Muldoon for supporting the Labour opposition’s Nuclear Free New Zealand Bill the previous day. Labour campaigned against nuclear propulsion and weapons, but not against ANZUS. The Americans’ ‘neither confirm nor deny’ policy would make it difficult for a Labour government to reconcile these two aims. Labour swept to power in the election and immediately made clear its intention to pursue policies that would establish New Zealand as a nuclear-free country. Five days after his defeat in the election, the outgoing prime minister, Robert Muldoon, met the United States secretary of state, George Shultz, who was in Wellington for an ANZUS council meeting.

The Oxford Union debate. David Lange Oxford Union debate on nuclear weapons, 1 March 1985 [sound clip & transcript] David Lange at the Oxford Union debate, 1 March 1985.

David Lange Oxford Union debate on nuclear weapons, 1 March 1985 [sound clip & transcript]

Transcript Arguer for the negative: What I should like to know, sir, is why you don't do the honourable and the consistent thing and pull out of the ANZUS alliance. For whether you are snuggling up to the bomb or living in the peaceful shadow of the bomb, New Zealand benefits, sir. And that's the question with which we charge you. And that's the question with which we would like an answer, sir. David Lange: And I'm going to give it to you if you hold your breath just for a moment ... I want to pass over here the preparations which are constantly being made for the winnable or even survivable nuclear war. And the fact is that we used to have the vision of our being some kind of an antipodean Noah's Ark, which would, from within its quite isolated preserve, spawn a whole new world of realistic humankind. David Lange Oxford Union Debate, 1 March 1985 video.