Half of Kiwis would see a return by the United States Navy to New Zealand ports as a positive move but a large minority don’t want their ships back – shows the latest Herald DigiPoll survey.Prime Minister John Key believes resuming ship visits would be a positive step and extend markedly improved relations between the nations.
‘Most New Zealanders can see the relationship with the United States has dramatically improved in recent times’ he told the Herald.
‘A ship visit that is within NZ law would be a positive step’.
A total 29.4 per cent don’t want a ship to visit at all – 50.2 per cent think it would be a positive move and 16 per cent displayed a sense of triumphalism by preferring to think it would be a victory for New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy.
The Navy has invited the US Navy among others in the world to its 75th birthday celebrations in November and the Pentagon is considering it.
But an acceptance would run counter to the most significant remaining reprisal against New Zealand’s anti-nuclear laws.