Auckland Peace Action launched our nationwide petition – No Weapons Expo! No Warships on Saturday at the Peace Place.

We hope you will add your name to it.

What the petition says:

To: The NZ House of Representatives

1. Stop providing sponsorship, funding and support to the annual NZ Defence Industry expo, and militarisation.

2. Redirect the “Vote Defence Budget” for urgent housing, educational, health, social and environmental needs, and for supporting an increased refugee intake from war torn countries.

3. Support a strong stand for peace. Kia kaha.

This petition is part of our collective push-back against Parliamentary support for New Zealand’s growing role in the international arms trade, and it is an important part of a larger campaign that will involve community actions to non-violently resist the 2016 weapons expo and the warships’ visit.

We will not stand for the government supporting an arms expo for international weapons companies. This is proposed for 16 and 17 November 2016 in Auckland, sponsored by the world’s largest weapons manufacturer and maker of nuclear weapons, Lockheed Martin.

In June, 2016, the government announced $20 Billion of new spending on weaponry. At the same time, it extended an invitation to a US warship to visit NZ for the first time in 32 years. In November this year, this will all culminate in a week where warships dominate Auckland Harbour, and 500+ weapons dealers take over the ANZ Viaduct events centre for a trade show. The NZDF, Ministry of Defence and NZ Trade and Enterprise provide funding, personnel, equipment, displays and expertise for the Weapons Expo.

The $20 Billion new military spending includes the purchase of new warships and aggressive cyberwarfare capabilities described by Minister Gerry Brownlee as a “significant weapon” This is despite that the government’s own evidence that “the country does not face a direct military threat in the foreseeable future.”

While billions are funneled to multinational arms dealers, the real threats to ordinary people in New Zealanders mount: poverty, homelessness, lack of adequate health care and catastrophic climate change.

Join the campaign for peace! Sign the petition today.

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