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New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern set out to BAN Australia’s nuclear submarines following an alliance with the United States, Britain

Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand was not invited to the AUKUS Alliance and would not be - because nuclear-powered vessels are not allowed in NZ waters
New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern set out to BAN Australia’s nuclear submarines following an alliance with the United States, Britain

Jacinda Ardern promises to BAN Australia’s new nuclear-powered submarines from New Zealand’s waters just minutes after the alliance with the US and UK to build them is announced

  • Australia signed a new alliance with the United States and Britain to counter China, AUKUS
  • For the first time in its history, Australia will build nuclear-powered submarines
  • New Zealand does not permit nuclear-powered or armed vessels in its waters
  • Jacinda Ardern said NZ was not invited to the AUKUS alliance but did not want to be
  • UK, USA supplies expertise and technology to Australia, subs built in Adelaide










Jacinda Ardern has made it clear that Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines will not be welcome in New Zealand’s waters when they hit the water.

Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom formed a new alliance on Thursday morning to strengthen security in Asia-Pacific to counter the growing threat from China.

The Kiwi Prime Minister reiterated his country’s strong anti-nuclear stance, but stressed relations with the three countries remain strong

‘New Zealand’s position on the ban on nuclear-powered vessels in our waters remains unchanged,’ she said just minutes after the announcement.

Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand was not invited to the AUKUS Alliance and would not be – because nuclear-powered vessels are not allowed in NZ waters

‘The centerpiece of it is nuclear-powered submarines, and all parties are very well versed in understanding our position on nuclear-powered vessels and weapons.’

‘They could not enter our inland waters … our legislation states that no vessel fully or fully powered by nuclear power can enter our inland waters.’

‘It’s an attitude across parties for a long period of time.’

Mrs Ardern insisted that New Zealand had no interest in being part of the new ‘AUKUS’ triumvirate and saw it as less important than the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence division formed in 1941.

‘[AUKUS] is not on a par with the existing partnership with the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Australia and Canada, ‘she claimed.

Ardern said she was briefed on Australia’s partnership with the US and UK at the same time as Scott Morrison’s cabinet, but was not invited.

“No, we were not contacted, nor would I expect we would be,” Ardern said.

Australia's new nuclear submarines to be built in Adelaide as part of the AUKUS alliance with Britain and the United States will not be welcome in New Zealand

Australia’s new nuclear submarines to be built in Adelaide as part of the AUKUS alliance with Britain and the United States will not be welcome in New Zealand

Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern say their nations will continue to work together on regional security

Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern say their nations will continue to work together on regional security

She said it was ‘very clear’ that New Zealand would not belong to the alliance because of its advertising for nuclear-powered submarines.

The New Zealand public has long supported an official anti-nuclear stance.

The US Navy’s nuclear-powered missile cruiser USS Truxtun came under heavy water-based protests from civilians when it visited New Zealand in 1982.

The nation’s government created world headlines in the 1980s for refusing a visit by the American destroyer USS Buchanan in 1985, after the United States refused to deny that the warship had nuclear capability.

As part of the AUKUS event, Australia’s two main allies will help it build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time.

‘This is the first time this technology has ever been made available to Australia. This is one time that the President of Washington has made very clear. This is a very special event, ‘said Morrison.

The US Navy's nuclear-powered missile cruiser USS Truxtun came under heavy water-based protests from civilians when it visited New Zealand in 1982.

The US Navy’s nuclear-powered missile cruiser USS Truxtun came under heavy water-based protests from civilians when it visited New Zealand in 1982.

Jacinda Ardern at Thursday's press conference, where she said that New Zealand supports Britain and the United States in being more committed to the Pacific, but that does not apply to nuclear vessels.

Jacinda Ardern at Thursday’s press conference, where she said that New Zealand supports Britain and the United States in being more committed to the Pacific, but that does not apply to nuclear vessels.

The Prime Minister largely endorsed the announcement by US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a historic joint press conference.

None of the leaders mentioned China by name, but the West is increasingly concerned about Beijing’s growing self-confidence and enormous military build-up.

Ardern said New Zealand wants ‘peace’ in the region but supports ‘more engagement’ from Britain and the United States.

‘We want peace, and we want stability in our region and a rule-based order is maintained, and that is the position we will reach on all these issues.’

Mrs Ardern challenged the Kiwi opposition to come out and support her statements, as it had spoken in support of AUKUS.

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