Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Goff commends new book on NZ role in Antarctica


Hon Phil Goff
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Media Statement

12 December, 2000

Goff commends new book on New Zealand's role in Antarctica


The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hon Phil Goff will launch Malcolm Templeton’s "A Wise Adventure: New Zealand & Antarctica 1920-1960" at Parliament tonight.

"It is an important and fascinating book that traces New Zealand’s constitutional and legal involvement in Antarctica, from the time it asserted its claim to the Ross Dependency to the negotiations of the Antarctic Treaty," Mr Goff said.

"It shows how New Zealand's policy on the Treaty was a starting point for the agreements which are still in place today.

"The Treaty has stood the test of time and succeeded in making the Antarctic continent a demilitarised, nuclear-weapons free zone. For the first time a system was established that permitted unrestricted, on the ground inspections of foreign facilities,” said Mr Goff.

"One of the driving forces behind the Antarctic policy was Prime Minister Walter Nash's keen interest during the 1957 – 1960 Labour Government. He was committed to freedom of scientific exploration and demilitarisation of Antarctica, said Mr Goff.

"Mr Templeton’s sixth book succeeds in putting New Zealand’s foreign policy in perspective and reflecting on both major achievements and controversial negotiations.

"It was the attraction of whaling in the Southern Ocean (including in the Ross Sea) during the 1920s that first sparked the New Zealand Government's interest in the area. Times have changed. The recent departure of the Japanese whaling fleet for these waters is a concern of this Government," said Mr Goff.

Mr Templeton retired from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade after a forty year career, during which time he served as permanent representative to the United Nations in New York, and was Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs.

He has previously written about some major aspects of New Zealand’s diplomatic history, notably South Africa and the Suez crisis.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election