The untold story behind New Zealand's ANZUS breakdown.Twenty years TWENTY YEARS. The lapse of twenty years raises a presumption of certain facts, and after such a time, the party against whom the presumption has been raised, will be required to prove a negative to establish his rights.
2. after the Nuclear-Free Zone nu·cle·ar-free zone
An area in which the siting of nuclear weapons or reactors is banned.
nuclear-free zone n → zona desnuclearizada
nuclear-free zone Disarmament and Arms Control arms control
Limitation of the development, testing, production, deployment, proliferation, or use of weapons through international agreements. Arms control did not arise in international diplomacy until the first Hague Convention (1899). Bill passed into law on 4 June 1987, the event has assumed a heroic mythology. New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. dared to stand up to the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and forge its own independent foreign policy.
So powerful is the myth that in early 2007, John Key, the new leader of the National Party, made it clear that his party would adhere to adhere to
verb 1. follow, keep, maintain, respect, observe, be true, fulfil, obey, heed, keep to, abide by, be loyal, mind, be constant, be faithful
2. the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. on any potential visit by nuclear-powered warships. He recognised domestic political and cultural realities.
The success of the NZ peace movement in creating a doomsday panic was described by Merwyn Norrish Merwyn Norrish (Merv) (b. Ashburton, 28 October, 1926). Distinguished New Zealand diplomat who served as New Zealand’s Ambassador to the European Community, Acting High Commissioner to London, Ambassador to the United States, and Secretary of Foreign Affairs. , the secretary of foreign affairs foreign affairs
Affairs concerning international relations and national interests in foreign countries. , back in 1984: (1)
"There was much that was dispiriting dis·pir·it
tr.v. dis·pir·it·ed, dis·pir·it·ing, dis·pir·its
To lower in or deprive of spirit; dishearten. See Synonyms at discourage.
[di(s)- + spirit.]
Adj. in the way in which the public debate on nuclear matters and peace issues was conducted in the months leading up to the general election of November 1984.
"Assertions with no basis in fact were often made. Visitors like Helen and Bill Caldicott, the anti-nuclear campaigners, stated actual falsehoods with such astonishing a·ston·ish
tr.v. as·ton·ished, as·ton·ish·ing, as·ton·ish·es
To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise. self-assurance that they were uncritically believed.
"Prejudices, often those of small minorities, were paraded as though they were the will of the majority. Factors relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the security of New Zealand, and quite different factors relating to superpower rivalry, were presented as one and the same thing.
"Government policy was alleged to be different from what it actually was. The differences between the main political parties were portrayed as wide, whereas they often were rather narrow. Emotion ran away with common sense."
By late 1986, the NZ peace movement contained 367 disparate groups; this in a population of under four million. One thousand, or one-fifth, of NZ doctors belonged to the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) is a worldwide grouping of 60 national medical organizations. IPPNW uses research, education and advocacy to help prevent nuclear war and encourage the abolition of all nuclear weapons. (IPPNW IPPNW International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War ). Town councils voted to become nuclear-free, erecting notices at their boundaries that one was entering a nuclear-free zone. By 1987, 70 per cent of New Zealand's population were living in such zones.
New Zealand was heralded as a shining example to the world. Its home-grown peace movement had triumphed, and is still giving most New Zealanders This is a list of well-known people associated with New Zealand.
SOVIET CLANDESTINE ROLE
However, previously untold evidence indicates that the anti-nuclear movement To be anti-nuclear means to be opposed to the use of nuclear technologies. This opposition can take various forms:
In the late 1970s, policy-makers in the International Department of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU)
Major political party of Russia and the Soviet Union from the Russian Revolution of 1917 to 1991. It arose from the Bolshevik wing of the Russian Social-Democratic Workers' Party. (CPSU CPSU Communist Party of the Soviet Union
CPSU Community and Public Sector Union
CPSU Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit (UK)
CPSU California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, California) ) developed doctrine about exploiting what they termed the "correlation of forces the relation between the forces which matter, endowed with various forms of energy, may exert.
See also: Correlation " within a particular country to achieve a specific outcome. This implied expert direction of the "correlation".
A key force to be "correlated" was the New Zealand trade union movement. It would be helpful at this point to outline the changes that were occurring. Tony Neary (now deceased), the Irish leader of the Electrical Workers Union, chronicled the infiltration in a paper he gave at a conference in Washington DC, in March 1987, organized by Owen Harries under the auspices of the Hoover Institute.
Neary claimed that the Soviet Union, through one of its main front organisations, the World Federation of Trade Unions The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) was established in the wake of the Second World War to bring together trade unions across the world in a single international organization, much like the United Nations. (WFTU WFTU
World Federation of Trade Unions ), had successfully infiltrated the New Zealand trade union movement and changed its direction.
He noted that, until the mid-1970s, there was a good working relationship between the NZ Federation of Labour (equivalent to the ACTU ACTU Australian Council of Trade Unions
ACTU AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis, Missouri)
ACTU Association of Catholic Trade Unionists
ACTU Australian Capital Territory Union ) and the United States labour federation, the AFL-CIO AFL-CIO: see American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
in full American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
The change began in May 1979, when Jim Knox was elected New Zealand FOL FOL Follow(ed/ing)
FOL First-Order Logic (logic, math)
FOL Friends of the Library
FOL Flavor of Love (VH1 show)
FOL Forward Operating Location
FOL Flower of Life president, and regular visits by NZ trade unionists to the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc During the Cold War, the term Eastern Bloc (or Soviet Bloc) was used to refer to the Soviet Union and its allies in Central and Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and—until the early 1960s—Albania). countries commenced.
By 1986, known communists from the Moscow-aligned Socialist Unity Party Socialist Unity Party may refer to:
Bill Andersen (January 21 1924-January 19 2005) was a New Zealand communist and trade union leader. , president of the SUP and the Auckland Trades Council, attended the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union The Congress of the CPSU was the gathering of the delegates of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and its predecessors. During the history, the name was changed according to the then current name of the party. (CPSU) in March 1986.
Joint communiques, signed by Jim Knox on behalf of the FOL and by the heads of visiting Soviet delegations, had been adopted by delegates at the 1984 and 1985 FOL conferences.
Behind Jim Knox was Ken Douglas Ken Douglas (born 1934) is New Zealand's best known contemporary trade union leader.
As President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions until 1999 Douglas led the union movement in New Zealand for over fifteen years. His union career started in the Driver's Union. , the affable, competent and powerful general secretary of the FOL and chairman of the SUP. In 1986, he took two months' "sick leave" to visit the Soviet Union.
That year, Jim Knox also visited the Soviet Union where, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the Soviet news agency TASS TASS - Template ASSembly language. Intermediate language produced by the Manchester SISAL compiler. (22 February), he pledged to "pool efforts in the struggle to prevent a new war with which the imperialist states, above all the United States administration, threatened mankind." He also said: "Soviet peace initiatives are highly appreciated in New Zealand and are supported by broad sections of the population."
TASS (February 1985) quoted Knox as saying that "contacts between the trade unions of New Zealand and the USSR USSR: see Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. grow stronger from year to year. New Zealand trade unionists follow with interest the Soviet people's strides, and come to see for themselves that the socialist system acts in the interests of the working people."
A vignette from that era illustrates the relationship. Each year, the Soviet embassy in Wellington invited delegates from the FOL conference to an embassy function. During the 1986 conference, most delegates attended this reception. To emphasise the importance of the NZ-USSR relationship, at the conference Jim Knox warmly presented the Soviet delegates with large expensive sheepskin rugs.
The American guest from the AFLCIO AFLCIO American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations , received a small brown paper parcel. From the rostrum rostrum /ros·trum/ (ros´trum) pl. ros´tra, rostrums [L.] a beak-shaped process.
n. pl. ros·trums or ros·tra
A beaklike or snoutlike projection. Knox told delegates that the parcel contained a book on New Zealand; but when the American visitor opened the paper, he found a small cheeseboard. The New Zealand Herald reported that "it was a case of hard cheese for the American delegate". (2)
Tony Neary had considerable public respect for the lonely struggle he undertook; but his criticisms of Soviet trade unions as mere appendages of the state were rejected within the FOL. He was regularly accused of seeing "Reds under the bed", to which he responded: (3)
"In the New Zealand trade union movement, those who mutter about Reds under the beds must be joking. The Reds are already in the beds and have been there for some years. By now they are sitting up and getting breakfast brought in."
The "Reds" were the Socialist Action Socialist Action may refer to one of several socialist (mostly Trotskyist) political groups in several countries. In spite of their similar names, except for the US and Canadian groups, they share no formal connection. League (Trotskyites) and the Moscow-aligned Socialist Unity Party.
TESTIMONY OF A FORMER SOVIET
Oleg Gordievsky Oleg Antonovich Gordievsky, CMG (born 10 October 1938 in Moscow, Russia), was a Colonel of the KGB and KGB Resident-designate (rezident) and bureau chief in London, who defected to the United Kingdom. He became the highest-ranking KGB defector ever. , a former high-ranking officer of the Soviet security service, the KGB KGB: see secret police.
Russian Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti
(“Committee for State Security”) Soviet agency responsible for intelligence, counterintelligence, and internal security. ,--who, from 1974, worked as a long-serving undercover agent for the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) until his formal defection in 1985--recalled: (4)
"KGB activity in Australasia was ... increased as the result of the election of David Lange's Labour government in New Zealand on an antinuclear programme in 1984.... The [KGB] Centre ... was jubilant at Lange's election...."
Gordievsky visited New Zealand on four occasions from 1986 onwards to brief that country's Security Intelligence Service on Soviet clandestine activities in the region. For years, he said, New Zealand: (5)
"... had been under massive propaganda and ideological attack from the KGB and the [Soviet] Central Committee, and the ruling Labour arty had seemed unaware of the extent to which the fabric of their society was being damaged by subversion.... "In its attempts to draw New Zealand into nuclear-free activities, the Soviet authorities had made tremendous efforts to penetrate and strengthen the Labour Party, partly through the local Party of Socialist Unity (in effect the Communist Party of New Zealand) and partly through the Trades Union Congress."
Gordievsky alleged that New Zealand and Australian communists were being run by International Department of the CPSU. He said: (6)
"I know the situation in New Zealand very well; only 500 members of the Socialist Unity Party, but they are invaluable because each was ready to do something. It was like the KGB had 500 agents in the country." He added: "Plus some of them penetrated the trade unions, and then they penetrated the left wing of the NZ Labour Party." (7)
Their aspirations were spelt spelt
Subspecies (Triticum aestivum spelta) of wheat that has lax spikes and spikelets containing two light-red kernels. Triticum dicoccon was cultivated by the ancient Babylonians and the ancient Swiss lake dwellers; it is now grown for livestock forage and used in baked out in a Socialist Unity Party (SUP) Auckland regional newsletter, dated 12 November 1980:
"To date in the region the Peace Council (8) has made good progress among trade unions, but more effort must be made to build on this and take the peace question to the factory floor. "Also needed now is to broaden the Peace Council into other areas of the community, join up prominent personalities including MPs, increase church involvement, university involvement, other peace groups, community clubs etc. "Here branches and comrades can act as catalysts. We must be extremely careful that in building the Peace Council, it does not become overburdened with 'SUP' people, or be labelled as just another 'SUP' front. "If our Party is working correctly, only a few comrades, reporting back to the region and branches, and taking forward issues from the same sources, are necessary to ensure effective involvement in the peace movement. The broadest possible base is needed if we are to make the Council effective."
In July 1980, Labour Party council member and unionist Allan O'Neill claimed that the Socialist Action League and Socialist Unity Party were infiltrating the Labour Party. "It appears to be a new tactic of these political organisations to get their members into the party, to incite To arouse; urge; provoke; encourage; spur on; goad; stir up; instigate; set in motion; as in to incite a riot. Also, generally, in Criminal Law to instigate, persuade, or move another to commit a crime; in this sense nearly synonymous with abet. from within and push their own political dogmas."
Other Labour figures made similar accusations, but nothing was done. By the early 1980s, the SUP had gained control of the NZ Federation of Labour and most of the major unions in the engineering, dairy, hotel and transport industries.
These unions were affiliated to the Labour Party and enjoyed block voting Block voting
Describes a group of shareholders banding together to vote their shares in a single block. rights at party conferences. Every financial member of an affiliated union was counted as a member of the Labour Party. This gave affiliated unions thousands of votes each, which, when coordinated, guaranteed the SUP's ability to choose the Labour Party's president, executive, policy council--and to influence policy on that council.
Understandably, the SUP took advantage of this preferential system, so that through the mid to late 1980s the majority of Labour Party senior officials were SUP sympathisers or secret members. The same infiltration was occurring at branch level, ensuring that the SUP became the leading power bloc in the Labour Party.
SUP members studying at the Lenin Institute in Moscow during the early 1980s were drilled extensively by their Russian tutors on the advantages to the Soviet Union that could accrue from the election of a Labour Government in New Zealand.
On 6 June 1984, SUP national secretary George Jackson George Jackson may refer to:
"The Federation of Labour and Combined State Unions, later joined under the Council of Trade Unions banner, have more influence on the Labour Party than for many years. And the trade union structures have the ability to transform economic campaigns to political campaigns."
NEW ZEALAND ACTIVISTS TRAINED IN MOSCOW
We now come to the previously untold story of how the SUP was itself infiltrated by a humble truck-driver, who was later selected to attend a specialist course at the Lenin Institute in Moscow.
John Van de Ven, a Dutch immigrant, resembled the mythical tugboat tugboat, small, strongly built vessel, used to guide large oceangoing ships into and out of port and to tow barges, dredging and salvage equipment, and disabled vessels. captain: stocky, powerfully built and full of restless energy. He chainsmoked thin cigars.
In the late-1970s, Van de Ven worked as a tanker-driver for Mobil and belonged to the Wellington Drivers' Union run by Ken Douglas. Van de Ven raced through his delivery rounds and received several warnings that his speed was upsetting the union's workplace rules. Undeterred, he raced on until called into the union office and forthrightly informed that, if he didn't play by the rules, he would lose his union card and not drive trucks in Wellington again.
"I was mad at being treated like this," Van de Ven told the authors of this article. "So I decided to get even. I had no firm plans, but I knew the union was run by the SUP and so I thought that if I can get in--then sometime down the track I'll get even. It was as simple as that." (10)
Van de Ven went to the union and performed obeisance. He apologised for his misdemeanours and offered to assist with menial MENIAL. This term is applied to servants who live under their master's roof Vide stat. 2 H. IV., c. 21. tasks, even hand out copies of the SUP newspaper, Tribune. After a year's probationary period as a model unionist, his talents were recognised. Drivers' Union official and senior SUP member, Richie Gillespie, took him aside and said the union had big things planned for him, if he could prove himself.
Fortuitously, in 1977, Van de Ven discovered a legitimate grievance over tyre-safety issues on the tankers. When the company refused to make the changes, he led a prolonged strike that paralysed petrol supplies for weeks around the lower half of the North Island. Finally Mobil capitulated and conceded that the Drivers' Union, not the company, must have the final say on safety issues.
Ken Douglas, impressed with Van de Ven's leadership, personally invited him to join the SUP. In 1978, he joined the Porirua branch and studied Marxist-Leninist theory under a secret member (who was later appointed to senior positions in business). Within two years he took over the Porirua branch chairmanship and, in 1981, was the SUP candidate for Porirua at the general election.
Still on course to get even, Van de Ven contacted NZ's Security Intelligence Service (SIS), who asked him to stay in place. He was put on the payroll, assigned a handler and given the code-name "Joe Martin".
Van de Ven's common sense and "street smart" talents were recognised with selection for further training in Moscow from 29 October 1983 to February 12 1984. He went with three other SUP members, and one month later they were joined by Bill Andersen, George Jackson and Marilyn Tucker (all SUP central committee members).
The Moscow course had been shortened because of the developing situation in New Zealand. Van de Ven noted that his and his fellow-delegates' passports had to be surrendered and were not stamped, so as to leave no record of their having been in the USSR. He recalled:
"On arrival in Moscow, we were quarantined for medical checks over four days and given new identities. I became John Van, Jim Thompson became Jimmy Brown, Allan Ware--Allan Wolf, Peter Devlin--Peter Jay. "This took place in an old mansion near Moscow. The ten acres of woodland was [sic] surrounded by high walls, so that nobody could look in or out. After that, we were transported in a mini-bus with black-curtained windows to the Lenin Institute for Higher Learning in Prospect Leningradski, across the road from Metro Aeroport, an underground station. "There were 3,500 communists from all over the world, being trained five and half days a week, according to the requirements of their home country. We were assigned three tutors who were specialists on New Zealand. They were a (first name unknown) Venediev, who lectured on the National Question (racial manipulation) and trade unions. He was also a staff member of the World Marxist Review. Other tutors included Bella Vorontsova (doctorate in history) and Eduard Nukhovich (doctorate in economics), both of whom visited New Zealand to liaise with SUP branches. "Peace was high on the agenda. As one tutor told us: 'We have many clever people in the Soviet Union, but no one has even been able to come up with a weapon potentially as powerful as the peace movement.' "
Van de Ven was told that the reason for the "condensed con·dense
v. con·densed, con·dens·ing, con·dens·es
1. To reduce the volume or compass of.
2. To make more concise; abridge or shorten.
a. " 13-week course was that Soviet leader (and former KGB chief) Yuri Andropov Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov (Russian: Ю́рий Влади́мирович Андро́пов, had initiated a strategy for taking a social democratic country out of the Western alliance, by utilising the "correlation of forces" provided by the peace movement.
New Zealand was given a high priority by the Soviets, for its strategic propaganda potential. The Soviets prioritised countries according to their strategic interest. The United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina and South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. were Category One. Tiny New Zealand was in Category Two--alongside the then Soviet client-state, India.
The particular circumstances of New Zealand, with a national election in late 1984, was seen as providing a suitable testing ground Noun 1. testing ground - a region resembling a laboratory inasmuch as it offers opportunities for observation and practice and experimentation; "the new nation is a testing ground for socioeconomic theories"; "Pakistan is a laboratory for studying the use of American for this strategy. If it worked as intended, then the concept could be applied to countries such as Denmark.
There were two key aims:
* To get rid of ANZUS ANZUS Australia, New Zealand, & United States
ANZUS Australia-New Zealand-United States Security Treaty ;
* For the Labour Government to steer nuclear-free legislation through Parliament.
Van de Ven described the techniques of the strategy as "brilliant", which, when applied within the trade unions, the peace movement and the Labour Party, worked as intended. He recalled:
"Our role was to influence and steer the peace movement, not by taking the top jobs, but to be done in such a way that the top people in the various peace groups were seen as reasonably responsible by the average New Zealander. "So our training consisted of being able to train lesser-known communists, secret members, sympathisers and fellow-travellers, to take over these groups, unite them, but never take the leading roles. My own role was as a 'nuts and bolts' technician."
The overall project director was Gennady Yannaev, an engineer by training and later a leading member of the 1991 coup that overthrew Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Van de Ven got on well with Yannaev, and was several times invited to his home for meals and drinks. He found Yannaev a dedicated and honest communist, who frequently vented his disgust at the corruption within the Nomenklatura no·men·kla·tu·ra
1. The system of patronage to senior positions in the bureaucracy of the Soviet Union and some other Communist states, controlled by committees at various levels of the Communist Party.
2. (used with a pl. . He was informally questioned about the other members of the New Zealand delegation and Bill Andersen and Ken Douglas.
In 1985, with the Labour Government in power, the NZ SIS cut ties with John Van de Ven. A personable PERSONABLE. Having the capacities of a person; for example, the defendant was judged personable to maintain this action. Old Nat. Brev. 142. This word is obsolete. , talented man with considerable drive, he became successfully self-employed. Due to circumstances unrelated to his undercover work, he gassed himself in his car in April 1992.
FUNDING FROM MOSCOW
The Socialist Unity Party, like its overseas counterparts, received funding from Moscow channelled through the Soviet embassy in Wellington. There were perks for members, such as sub-sidised or free trips to the Soviet Union; but under the then National Party Prime Minister Robert Muldoon
Sir Robert David ("Rob") Muldoon, GCMG, CH (25 September 1921–5 August 1992) served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984. , the SIS had kept tabs on transactions and occasionally they pounced.
No less than the Soviet ambassador himself, Vsevelod Sofinsky, was expelled on 24 January 1980, for handing over NZ$10,000 to the SUP. (11) In 1987, Labour Prime Minister David Lange David Russell Lange CH, ONZ (who pronounced his name "long-ee" IPA: lɔŋi) (4 August 1942 – 13 August, 2005), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. ordered KGB resident Sergei Budnik to leave the country for too close a relationship with the SUP. (12)
NEW ZEALAND DOMESTIC TENSIONS
These incidents were well publicised at the time, but were mere distractions from the ongoing successes of the New Zealand peace movement. They were assisted by Prime Minister Muldoon's insistence that the Americans send warships on visits to New Zealand.
This was revealed during a Fulbright lecture, delivered in Wellington four years ago by Dr Michael Bassett
Michael Edward Rainton Bassett was a Labour Party member of the New Zealand House of Representatives and cabinet minister in the reformist fourth Labour government. , a former Labour Government Cabinet minister. A Fulbright Professor of New Zealand Studies at Georgetown University Georgetown University, in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.; Jesuit; coeducational; founded 1789 by John Carroll, chartered 1815, inc. 1844. Its law and medical schools are noteworthy, and its archives are especially rich in letters and manuscripts by and in 2002, Dr Bassett, as Minister of Health in David Lange's reforming Labour Government, had a ringside seat Noun 1. ringside seat - first row of seating; has an unobstructed view of a boxing or wrestling ring
seating, seating area, seating room, seats - an area that includes places where several people can sit; "there is seating for 40 students in this as events unfolded, climaxing in New Zealand being taken out of ANZUS.
The speech, entitled "The Collapse of New Zealand's Military Ties with the United States: George Schultz and David Lange", received no publicity despite its sensational revelations and call for Labour's current Prime Minister Helen Clark
Dr Bassett recalled the warship warship, any ship built or armed for naval combat. The forerunners of the modern warship were the men-of-war of the 18th and early 19th cent., such as the ship of the line, frigate, corvette, sloop of war (see sloop), brig, and cutter. issue: (13)
"Many Labour politicians, myself included, objected to the way he [Prime Minister Muldoon] played domestic politics with American ship visits. Denis McLean, Secretary of Defence in the 1980s and later Ambassador to Washington, confirmed in an interview that Muldoon sought more American ship visits than the Americans felt comfortable making. "Muldoon's practice appeared to be to request a visit whenever he was floundering in the polls, because he calculated he could win publicly from the protests... Few people knew of the American reluctance to play along with Muldoon."
The US warship visits were actually a boon to the burgeoning peace movement and made for visual propaganda. The evening television news showed the grey warship slowly making its way into harbour, surrounded by a huge flotilla of small craft carrying protesters. The image was of a Kiwi David standing up to an American Goliath.
The authors can recall one particular seminal incident. On 25 May, 1982, the guided missile cruiser Noun 1. guided missile cruiser - a cruiser that carries guided missiles
cruiser - a large fast warship; smaller than a battleship and larger than a destroyer USS USS
1. United States Senate
2. United States ship
USS abbr (= United States Ship) → Namensteil von Schiffen der Kriegsmarine Truxton was entering Wellington harbour Wellington Harbour is the large natural harbour on the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island. New Zealand's capital, Wellington, is located on the western side of Wellington Harbour. , accompanied by a large protest fleet. A news team from Television NZ was allowed on board to interview the captain, which was shown later on the evening news. To the unsuspecting audience he sounded like an idiot, as if he couldn't understand simple questions.
Indeed, the captain watched the same interview, and immediately called the US Embassy, complaining that he had been set up. Calls were made to Television NZ at their Avalon Studio outside Wellington, and it was discovered that the news editor had deliberately spliced the interview tape. He admitted the deed, along with his sympathy for the peace movement. The head of news appeared irritated that his man had been caught and allowed that he would receive--a caution.
In his speech, Dr Bassett addressed a central mystery in the ANZUS breakup:
"What hasn't been answered satisfactorily to date is why David Lange, given the commitments he made to [US Secretary of State] George Schultz in 1984, capitulated a few months later to those who wanted all 'nuclear-capable' ships excluded from New Zealand. The answer, I suggest, is inextricably linked to a political struggle within the Labour Party at the time."
Dr Bassett claimed that this struggle led Lange to make a unilateral, rather than a collective, Cabinet decision to rupture NZ's defence arrangements with the United States. In early 1985, Lange was Prime Minister, but leading the Labour Party in name only. He perceived that by rejecting a visit by the oil-fired destroyer USS Buchanan Three ships in the United States Navy have been named USS Buchanan for Admiral Franklin Buchanan.
"Frankly as ministers, we had increasing difficulty understanding the volume of words flowing from Lange's mouth at Cabinet and Caucus meetings, as he performed verbal cartwheels before falling into the hands of his sternest internal critics at the end of January 1985.... My notes from meetings I attended fail to convey any consistent line in the Prime Minister's thinking as he thrashed around the dilemma posed by the American request for a ship visit..."
However, Dr Bassett admitted that Cabinet ministers were so occupied with the plethora of other economic and social issues, that they were not fully engaged with the ship visit, at the precise moment when it mattered.
There was also another bitter internal struggle diverting attention from the nuclear ships issue. Said Dr Bassett:
"[The NZ] women's movement was nearing its peak. Several on the party's national executive, particularly the present Prime Minister, Helen Clark, and the present Attorney-General, Margaret Wilson, had agendas to implement. Access to abortion, pay equity, state-funded childcare and other forms of assistance to women were their principal causes, and the Labour Party their chosen vehicle. Their first objective was to capture its membership.... "Set against this faction in the party was a generally older, more traditionally pro-family group that also favoured existing defence alliances.... Most of this group were already in Parliament. Their prospective leader was David Lange.... Lange had no parliamentary peer for oratory. At his best he was grand, sometimes inspiring. Even on an off day he could entertain. The women's movement, however, found him intolerable. On the issues they focused on, his mercurial, witty style conflicted with their seriousness. "When Lange came within an ace of winning leadership of the parliamentary Labour Party on 12 December 1980, his opponents moved into top gear. Over the next two years they spared no effort to capture the hearts and minds of party activists and to poison them against Lange and his allies."
A bitter struggle was waged to seize control of Labour's policy formation process. "Meetings of the policy council became pitched battles ... between Labour members of parliament and party insurgents Insurgents, in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon. ." Then Prime Minister Rob Muldoon called a snap election A snap election is an election called earlier than scheduled. Generally it refers to an election called when no one expects it, usually to capitalize on a unique electoral opportunity or to decide a pressing issue. . Dr Bassett continued:
"What has all this got to do with the anti-nuclear policy? What it meant was that when Lange became Prime Minister, he had been unable yet to place his stamp on his party or on its policy. Unlike previous Labour leaders, he hadn't risen to office through the party machine. He never fully understood its Byzantine rituals. He found himself unwelcome, sometimes insulted, at meetings of the party's national executive. He had neither the personal toughness, nor the negotiating experience, to bring his opposition to heel. They dismissed his oratory as empty rhetoric. "When Lange was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 July 1984, he and his allies had ensured that [the insurgents] Helen Clark and Jim Anderton were not part of the ministry.... The insurgents leaked material to the press, and caused endless ructions. I penned a diary note on 23 November 1984: 'They have decided to kill this Govt [sic] rather than have it run by the people they dislike.' "
Two days after the election, George Schultz arrived in New Zealand from Canberra, to attend a meeting of the ANZUS Council. He was accompanied by Paul Wolfowitz Paul Dundes Wolfowitz (born December 22, 1943) is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, working on issues of international economic development, Africa and public-private partnerships. (later architect of the Iraq regime-change policy) and the Commander-in-Chief of US Pacific Forces, Admiral William Crowe William Crowe may refer to:
"When they eventually found out what was being proposed, Lange's Labour opponents set out to torpedo all visits by American naval vessels. In her capacity as chair of parliament's foreign affairs committee, Helen Clark had been hoping to influence the evolution of Labour's ship policy. But Lange kept quiet about what was happening; not even Frank O'Flynn, his Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Defence, who visited Admiral Crowe in Hawaii in October, was fully in the picture. "In December 1984, Helen Clark visited New York on an invitation from Kora Weiss of the anti-nuclear movement, and went on to Washington. On 12 December she lunched with New Zealand embassy officials and had appointments with peace movement activists. "The embassy gave nothing away about discussions between the two governments, but soon after her return to New Zealand she received a call from a Washington journalist who had picked up information about an imminent request from the Americans for a ship visit to New Zealand."
On 25 January, Margaret Wilson Margaret Wilson (born 20 May 1947), a New Zealand politician, currently serves as Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives. She is a member of the Labour Party. Early life
Born in Gisborne, Wilson studied law at Auckland University. (then Labour Party president) met with three junior backbenchers, Helen Clark, Jim Anderton James Patrick Anderton, (born 21 January 1938) (know as Jim Anderton) is leader of the Progressive Party, a political party in the New Zealand Parliament. He has served in Parliament since 1984. He served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1999 to 2002. and Fran Wilde Fran Wilde QSO (1951- ), is a New Zealand politician, and former Wellington Labour MP and 31st Mayor of Wellington. She was the first woman to serve as Mayor of Wellington. . The result: Wilson proposed, and had accepted by the national executive, that no ship even capable of carrying nuclear weapons should be allowed toenter New Zealand waters.
Prime Minister Helen Clark confirmed to Dr Bassett in March 2003, that the intention was to lock the Lange Government into its policy. A network of peace activists was kept fully informed, as were media sympathisers. Dr Bassett said:
"A campaign to keep the [USS] Buchanan out of New Zealand was co-ordinated over the next few days from the back-bench offices of several Government MPs."
At this stage, ministers were returning to Wellington from their summer holidays. There had been a brief Cabinet meeting, but no discussion of the ship issue. Dr Bassett described what happened:
"Unbeknown to us, that day [17 January 1985] a formal request for a visit by the Buchanan was received at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. It was passed to the Prime Minister's office. But just as it was about to hit his desk, Lange took off on a visit to one of the most remote spots in the [South] Pacific--the Tokelau Islands--where no New Zealand Prime Minister had been for 40 years. "He was virtually incommunicado for several days, except for what he described as 'garbled reports from home' on a crackly ship radio The 'tramp steamer' taking him from Samoa to Fakeolo took 37 hours. Over [the next] four days he met people, swam, and was entertained. He then took another 49 hours returning to Samoa. There he was collected by an RNZAF Boeing 727 and returned to Wellington. "Was David Lange evading the issue of the Buchanan? The officials I've interviewed certainly thought so, and I agree with their assessment. Helen Clark would observe to me later that Lange always took the line of least resistance. "One thing is for sure: Lange had done none of the political spadework necessary to fulfil the commitments he'd earlier given to Secretary Schultz. Indeed, ministers were never told precisely by Lange what he had promised Schultz. Nor were we asked to support any campaign to ensure the public trusted his judgement...."
Dr Bassett says that Gerald Hensley, former head of the PM's Department, told him that American sources at the embassy in Wellington confided that they had realised, in December 1984, that Lange was undertaking none of the spadework spade·work
1. Work requiring a spade.
2. Preparatory work necessary for a project or an activity.
Noun necessary to sell the deal which his officials were working on.
"When Lange established Cabinet committees at the end of July 1984, there was none to discuss the nuclear ships issue. Nor did the Prime Minister appear to have any colleagues with whom he regularly consulted on the nuclear ships issue. I acted as Minister of Foreign Affairs while Lange was in New York in September 1984 [for a second meeting with Schultz] and received no briefing about the meeting. "American and New Zealand officials realised with growing alarm that Lange's Cabinet colleagues were not in the loop about what was being negotiated ... nor did Cabinet discuss the implications of any request for a ship visit until just before Christmas.... Lange said virtually nothing to his colleagues. Instead, he went on holiday, and then to the Tokelaus."
While Lange was there far away, Margaret Wilson advised the Acting Prime Minister, Geoffrey Palmer Geoffrey Palmer can refer to:
"On hearing this, Palmer took fright. In a memo to Lange that he read on his flight back to Wellington, Palmer suggested the [American] request for a visit from the Buchanan be declined. Floods of letters and telegrams, many drummed up by his Caucus critics, awaited Lange's return."
DAVID LANGE'S POLITICAL FAILURE
Back in Wellington, and under huge pressure, Lange--after failing to prepare the ground politically--was seeking a way out. Dr Bassett recalls:
"It slowly dawned on the rest of us that our lack of information over such a long period meant we had lost the initiative. Ministers turned instead to discussing how to minimise the political fallout. "Throughout Lange's political career he hated confrontation. It sometimes made him physically ill. And he naturally craved acceptance and endorsement form the party he led. His opponents knew all these things. While, as Gerald Hensley observed to me, Lange was angry that Labour's national executive was 'running this pin into his bottom', he decided it was easier to live with the pain than with his commitment to Schultz. "After Cabinet on 28 January, Lange received a deputation from some members of Labour's national executive. He seems not to have disputed Margaret Wilson's unilateral re-definition of Labour policy, although he recognised it for what it was."
The Nuclear-Free Zone Disarmament and Arms Control Bill passed into law on 4 June 1987. Dr Bassett indicates the strength of feeling with this account:
"At a gathering in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the end of 1992, Schultz was approached by Denis McLean who introduced himself as New Zealand's new ambassador to Washington. Schultz glared at him and barked: 'Your Prime Minister lied to me!', then walked away... "Why did Lange take so few steps to deliver on the assurance he gave George Schultz...? It is my belief that Lange's desire to be loved by the Labour Party ... got the better of him in the end. He was never much interested in party policy, and had neither the political instincts, the negotiating skills, or the capacity to use his leader's authority that others, like Peter Fraser, Norman Kirk, Bob Hawke and, I should add, Helen Clark, possessed in abundance. "Lange took virtually no political counsel from his Cabinet colleagues, probably knowing that they would recommend confronting people, something of which he was incapable. Lange allowed himself to become isolated from his closest allies who had promoted and protected him in the past. "As a result, Helen Clark, Margaret Wilson and Jim Anderton cornered him. They eye-balled him till he blinked. It became easier for him to sacrifice the American connection than to fight. He would settle for what he was beginning to sense could be a popular diversion at home, something with theatrical potential. While his ministers were re-structuring the economy, he'd become a 'nuke-buster'. They could look after the bread, he'd handle the circuses."
After the famous Oxford Union debate with American morals crusader Rev. Jerry Falwell This article is about Jerry Falwell, Sr. For the article about his son, see Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Jerry Lamon Falwell, Sr. (August 11 1933 – May 15, 2007) was an American fundamentalist Christian pastor and televangelist. on 1 March 1985, Lange returned a national hero. His retort to a young conservative interjector: "I can smell the uranium on your breath!" delighted the country. Dr Bassett observed that now Lange was slowly parted from his original Cabinet and Caucus supporters. Margaret Wilson suggested weekly meetings, and he found himself beguiled be·guile
tr.v. be·guiled, be·guil·ing, be·guiles
1. To deceive by guile; delude. See Synonyms at deceive.
2. and embraced by his former mortal enemies.
END OF THE ALLIANCE
Gerald Hensley published his memoirs Final Approaches in 2006. (14) A former diplomat, he served as head of the Prime Minister's Department under both Muldoon and Lange, and was Secretary of Defence during 1991-1999.
In his chapter, entitled "The Elusive David Lange", he gives an intimate account of the nuclear ships issue, but also the aftermath. He acknowledges that the Americans felt deceived, and mentions meeting Paul Wolfowitz in Honolulu 10 years later and still angry. "I went out on a limb for you guys," he complained.
Hensley described the bleak task of doing the rounds of the agencies in Washington, accompanied by Simon Murdoch Simon Murdoch, (b. 1948 - ). New Zealand diplomat and public servant. Currently New Zealand’s Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previously New Zealand High Commissioner to Canberra, and Chief Executive of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. (then a counsellor at the NZ embassy). It was like an excommunication excommunication, formal expulsion from a religious body, the most grave of all ecclesiastical censures. Where religious and social communities are nearly identical it is attended by social ostracism, as in the case of Baruch Spinoza, excommunicated by the Jews. . Michael H. Armacost, the Under-Secretary of State, told them that it was not the US which was filing for divorce. It had been told that it couldn't come into the bedroom.
A senior official in the State Department commented, "I thought you guys must have been smoking pot, you were in some dreamland dream·land
1. An ideal or imaginary land.
2. A state of sleep.
Noun 1. dreamland - a pleasing country existing only in dreams or imagination
dreamworld, never-never land ." He said that the overriding American interest now in the Cold War, was to protect its other alliances.
In an intriguing aside, he mentioned that the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Noun 1. Margaret Thatcher - British stateswoman; first woman to serve as Prime Minister (born in 1925)
Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven, Iron Lady, Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Thatcher herself had stressed to President Reagan the importance of maintaining New Zealand's intelligence flow, "The British have been all over us."
David Lange died on 13 August, 2005, honoured as the nationalist leader Noun 1. nationalist leader - the leader of a nationalist movement
leader - a person who rules or guides or inspires others
American Revolutionary leader - a nationalist leader in the American Revolution and in the creation of the United States who stood up to the United States for New Zealand's independence. But as Hensley observed: "What could be more independent than quarrelling with our old friends and our wartime saviour?"
The Cold War is now a distant memory, but in the 1980s the Soviet Union was still engaged in a relentless struggle to gain hegemony over the West. The source of the strategic initiative to remove New Zealand from ANZUS has been revealed as none other than the International Department of the CPSU.
A key question is: to what extent did those people on the Labour Party's national executive, who played a leading role in taking NZ out of ANZUS, understand that they were serving the strategic interests of a hostile foreign power?
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
BERNARD MORAN is a journalist with an interest in defence matters. He has served in territorial army units in Britain and New Zealand. He was formerly the NZ correspondent for Defence 2000 (Melbourne), and occasionally writes for News Weekly.
TREVOR LOUDON Trevor Loudon is a New Zealand political activist who is currently serving as vice president of the ACT New Zealand Party. He was elected to the position in March 2006. , a Christchurch businessman, is a specialist on the hard Left in New Zealand. His New Zeal blog and website can be reached at: www.newzeal.blogspot.com
(1.) Merwyn Norrish, "Prospects for New Zealand", International Review, Vol. 9, No. 5 (September/October 1984), pp.24-25.
(2.) Tim Donoghue, "Hard cheese", New Zealand Herald, 23 May 1986, p.8.
(3.) Tony Neary and Jack Kelleher, The Price of Principle (Auckland: Harlen Books, 1986), p.206.
(4.) Christopher Andrew The introduction to this article may be too long. Please help improve the introduction by moving some material from it into the body of the article according to the suggestions at and Oleg Gordievsky, KGB: The Inside Story of its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1990), p.513.
(5.) Oleg Gordievsky, Next Stop Execution: The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky (London: Macmillan, 1995), pp.365-6.
(6.) Gordievsky, quoted by Greg Ansley in the New Zealand Herald, 15 October 1990. (Ansley was quoting interviews that Gordievsky had given to Australian journalist James O'Brien People named James O'Brien include:
The Herald Sun is a morning tabloid newspaper based in Melbourne, Australia. and Brisbane Courier-Mail.)
(8.) The "Peace Council" here refers to the New Zealand Council for World Peace (NZCWP), the SUP-controlled affiliate of the Soviet-run World Peace Council. The NZCWP later became the Peace Council of Aotearoa/NZ.
(9.) George Jackson's address to Hamilton branch meeting of the Moscow-aligned Socialist Unity Party, 6 June 1984.
(10.) John Van de Ven was interviewed by Bernard Moran and Trevor Loudon in February 1990 and again in 1991.
(11.) Andrew and Gordievsky, op. cit., p.513.
(12.) Graeme Hunt, Spies and Revolutionaries: A History of New Zealand The history of New Zealand dates back at least seven hundred years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture centred on kinship links and land. Subversion (Auckland: Reed Publishing For Reed Publishing (U.S.), see .
Reed Publishing (NZ) Ltd. is one of New Zealand's oldest publishers based in Auckland, New Zealand, founded in 1907 by A H Reed. It is a New Zealand literature specialist and also general titles, publishing over 100 titles a year. , 2007), p.254
(13.) Michael Bassett, "The collapse of New Zealand's military ties with the United States: George Schultz and David Lange", Fulbright lecture (revised version), delivered in Wellington, New Zealand, on 15 August 2003. URL URL
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(14.) Gerald Hensley, Final Approaches: A Memoir (Auckland University Press, 2006).