Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


MFAT Releases Previously Restricted Files

MFAT releases files in annual restricted file review

Correspondence from the New Zealand public on international issues such as nuclear ship visits and the Vietnam War are among nearly 2400 files being released for public access under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s ongoing review of restricted files.

The majority of files in this year’s release date from the 1950s through to the 1980s. Many of the files have already been transferred to Archives New Zealand and some are scheduled for transfer in coming months.

Material being released covers a wide range of subjects, including:

Vietnam – public representations re NZ involvement in the war (1965-73) NZ’s position on a peace settlement with Germany (1940-47) Rhodesia – public representations (1965-72), sanctions (1970) Air New Zealand’s (TEAL) early relationship with Qantas (1959-64) Atomic energy research for peaceful use and military uses (1958-75) Letters from the public regarding nuclear ship visits (1975-76, 1985-86) Department of Island Territories files, including those on Public Service Commissioners’ visit reports to the Cook Islands, and records concerning the selection and appointment of Resident Agents, “native” police and school teachers in the 1920s International Law of the Sea issues such as foreign vessels fishing in NZ waters (1960s-70s) Enforcement of the United Nations Charter (1940s-70s) Among the files are included records from the Ministry’s posts in Apia, Beijing, Brussels, Canberra, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, New York, Rarotonga, Saigon and Tokyo.

As in previous years, files reviewed and cleared during the previous 12 months are released in early August. Rather than release files after a fixed time period (eg. 30 years), the Ministry reviews and releases closed files as soon as practicable, subject to resources and international document release conventions.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news