Briefings to Prime Minister to inform certifying nuclear-free status of visiting military craft

Scott made this Official Information request to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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From: Scott

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

Under the NZ Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 the Prime Minister can only grant approval to the visit of a foreign warship or aircraft when they are satisfied that the ship is not carrying any nuclear weapons or uses nuclear propulsion.

I understand that MFAT is the agency responsible for creating submissions to advise Prime Ministers when they come to make these decisions.

I would like to request copies of the submissions prepared for the Prime Minister by MFAT for their approval of the following eight visits of foreign warships to New Zealand:

ONE: Indian Navy INS Tabar, July 2006
TWO: Indian Navy INS Sumitra, November 2016
THREE: United States Navy USS Sampson, November 2016
FOUR: People’s Liberation Army Navy CNS Yancheng, November 2016
FIVE: People’s Liberation Army Navy CNS Hengyang, CNS Yulin and CNS Honghu, June 2017
SIX: People’s Liberation Army Navy CNS Qi Jiguang, October 2019
SEVEN: Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Calgary, August 2021
EIGHT: United States Navy USS Howard, November 2021

And MFAT's submission for the Prime Minister's approval of this visit of a foreign military aircraft:

People's Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76, touched down 9 or 10 June 2018, in New Zealand participating in NZDF exercise Skytrain18

Yours faithfully,


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