People crow that the US doesn’t care that we exclude their navy from entering NZ ports. They do, actually:
Despite New Zealand signing a sweeping new agreement on military co-operation with the United States, its anti-nuclear legislation is the reason two navy ships have been refused entry to Pearl Harbour during the world’s largest maritime exercise.
For the first time in 28 years, the Defence Force is taking part in this year’s Exercise Rim of the Pacific, known as Rimpac. The force has proudly publicised New Zealand’s involvement in the US-hosted exercise.
The frigate Te Kaha and Auxillary Support Vessel (fuel tanker) Endeavour are in Hawaii, along with a rifle platoon from the Infantry Regiment, a counter-mine team, an air force P-3K Orion and a dive team based in San Diego.
The ships made front-page news in Honolulu, with the local Star-Advertiser reporting New Zealand was the only country “refused entry” to Pearl Harbour.
Prime Minister John Key said there was “nothing new” in the United States’ position.
“That’s been the position since the (nuclear-free) legislation was passed in 1987.”
It did not affect the exercise which was being conducted out at sea.