A triangulated approach was applied to the data collection by drawing on primary and secondary sources in order to study reconciliatory processes amongst New Zealand Vietnam war veterans. The largest Anti-Vietnam War March held in New Zealand took place on the 30th April 1971. Several paint-covered protesters broke from the crowd and sat on the road, forcing the band to alter course but causing only a momentary disruption before police removed them. Al­though New Zealand's in­volve­ment in the war was very lim­ited com­pared to the con­tri­bu­tions of some of its al­lies, it still trig­gered a large anti-Viet­nam War move­ment at home. Most anti-Vietnam war organisations obejcted the excessive US bombing on the civilians and organised public protests in major cities between 1967 and 1971. My argument is that the United States was not alone in fighting the war, so possibly, by taking an international perspective with the veterans of American allies there may be more possible truth to the myth than originally thought. The anti-war movement grew during the closing stages of the Vietnam War. They wanted this country to follow an independent path in foreign policy, not take its cue from the United States. The growing counter-culture movement in New Zealand coupled with the controversial nature of the war saw the formation of protest groups such as the Progressive Youth Movement and Committee on Vietnam. Back home, the Vietnam War led to enormous political and public debate about New Zealand's foreign policy and place in the world. Victoria University students arriving in Molesworth street after a march from the University to Parliament grounds on 1 August 1967. Although New Zealand's involvement in the war was very limited compared to the contributions of some of its allies, it still triggered a large anti-Vietnam War movement at home. ALEXANDER TURNBULL LIBRARY REF: P/1967/3661/1A-F Victoria University students marching down Molesworth St to Parliament grounds, protesting against the visit of a two-man American Vietnam … Events Each PYM branch was autonomous and each varied in their protest methods and approach to the Vietnam War movement. They were a very successful group in attracting both public and government attention in the highly radical way in which they protested. This study of the protest movement in Dunedin examines one aspect of the impact of the Vietnam war on New Zealand society. One focus of protest was the Vietnam War. The Progressive Youth Movement was one of the mostprominent counter-culture protest groups in New Zealand. New Zealand's road to Vietnam New Zealand service personnel and civilian volunteers were in the jungles, skies, hospital wards, training camps, villages, and offices of South Vietnam from 1963 to 1975. Vietnam War protests. Thank you for the reply and the sources. Vietnam War protest, 1967 Victoria University students arriving in Molesworth street after a march from the University to Parliament grounds on 1 August 1967. Holyoake was reluctant to commit troops and was drawn into the Vietnam War due to the pressure from America to uphold the ANZUS and SEATO treaty’s, which had been signed in 1951 and 1954. The Committees on Vietnam: The Committees on Vietnam (COV) was another influential anti-Vietnam war protest group. In early 1966, the escalation of the war in Vietnam continued. New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War was highly controversial, sparking widespread protest at home from anti-Vietnam War movements modelled on their American counterparts. If anyone could provide me with this information I would greatly appreciate it, as I wish to use this site and its content as a source in my paper. Anti-Vietnam War protests in Auckland. New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War was highly controversial, sparking widespread protest at home from anti-Vietnam War movements modelled on their American counterparts. Can you tell us more about the information on this page? The extensive US bombing campaigns were a focal point for protesters, with anti-Vietnam war groups organising mobilisations against the war in major towns and cities. The anti-war movement as well as many other issues surfaced and gained momentum in the late 1960's, yet many of these were reflecting New Zealands stance on international issues, these issues include concerns about the environment, gay liberation and the … I assume it is a newspaper report, or something to that nature. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Explore activists and protests like Bastion Point, The Land March and the 1981 Springbok tour. This movement soon gained a reputation as being the most militant and forceful of the counter culture groups of the time. New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam War aroused considerable public debate. Ian McGibbon - The Vietnam War: NZ's Story. 1831901 Commercial re-use may be allowed on request. 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In the states this seems to be a general idea that has no hard evidence to back in self up, other than numerous veterans accounts. Commercial re-use may be allowed on request. Over 3000 New Zealanders served in South Vietnam from 1963 to 1975. From protest about war – be it the New Zealand Wars, the Great War, the Vietnam War or the invasion of Iraq – to trade union action, protests against aparthei… The Committee on Vietnam (C.O.V.) This movement significantly increased protest activity throughout the 1960s and 1970s and was a key cause leading up to the anti-Vietnam War protests in New Zealand. The Progressive Youth Movement was a nationwide protest group formed to oppose New Zealand troops in Vietnam. In fact, it wasn’t until 2008 that the Government gave the soldiers official recognition. In New York City, protesters paraded and held a rally in Central Park. Not all comments posted. New Zealand protests were similar to those in the United States– criticising the policies of the United States government and challenging seriously for the first time New Zealand's alliance-based security, calling for a more 'independent' foreign policy which was not submissive to that of the United States and denying that com… During the last years of the Vietnam War, protest movements were increasing hugely, and opinions on war soon became polarised throughout New Zealand, creating a divide among the public. Home New Zealand Vietnam veteran visits to Vietnam after the war assisted a range of self-other reconciliation processes with the Vietnamese and with self. Although the Vietnam was has shifted out of focus for New Zealand the protests remain a significant part of New Zealand history. This site is produced by the History Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Protests against the Vietnam War took place in the 1960s and 1970s. Home For Progressive Youth Movement (PYM) members’ recollection of this protest and film footage of the parade, see Rebels in Retrospect: http://www.ngataonga.org.nz/feature-project/pages/rebels-retrospect.php. Not all comments posted. Al­though New Zealand's in­volve­ment in the war was very lim­ited com­pared to the con­tri­bu­tions of some of its al­lies, it still trig­gered a large anti-Viet­nam War move­ment at home. Street marches against the war occurred as early as 1964, but its escalation and mounting costs increased opposition. Anti-war protesters disrupted a civic reception in Auckland for New Zealand soldiers returning from the Vietnam War. GST): $70.00 Extent: 416 pages Format: Flexibind ISBN: 978-0-9941460-4-5 Buy this book here(link is external) For a small, peaceful democracy in the South Pacific, New Zealand has had its fair share of major protest issues, and over the decades New Zealanders have become adept at mobilising around causes. It was the largest anti-Vietnam War protest in New Zealand to date , with 3000 people participating. The protests were part of a movement in opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and as such took place mainly in the U.S. It was the largest anti-Vietnam War protest in New Zealand to date , with 3000 people participating. The campaign against the Vietnam War had taken flight within a week. And by the time U.S. planes began regular bombings of North Vietnam in February 1965, some critics had begun to question the government’s assertion that it was fighting a democratic war to liberate the South Vietnamese people from Com… Key Idea: South Vietnam's premier Ky's visit to New Zealand was an immediate cause of protest against the Vietnam War in NZ. Many of the marginalised groups of New Zealand society took part in the protest. 12 May The Significance of the anti-Vietnam war protests to NZ. In the short term, New Zealand society became divided following the Vietnam War protests. They were protesting against the visit of a two-man American Vietnam mission to New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister K.J. Alexander Turnbull LibraryReference no: EP/1967/3661/1A-FPermission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image. Many of the marginalised groups of New Zealand society took part in the protest. Arguably the biggest cause leading up to the anti-Vietnam War protests was the Counter Culture movement of the 1960s. Vietnam war protesters have welcomed an apology to veterans but say the Government should also apologise to the people of Vietnam. The march was relatively uneventful until the column reached the reviewing platform outside Auckland Town Hall. Includes some footage of Tim Shadbolt in rare form. Anti-war slogans w… They wanted this country to follow an independent path in foreign policy, not take its cue from the United States. The Committee on Vietnam (C.O.V.) New Zealand Prime Minister K.J. New Zealand protests were sim­i­lar to those in the United States– crit­i­cis­ing the poli­cies of the United States gov­ern­ment and chal­leng­ing se­ri­ously for the first time New Zealand's al­liance-based se­cu­rity, call­ing for a more 'in­de­pen­dent' for­eign pol­icy which was not sub­mis­sive to that of the United States and deny­ing that com­… As New Zealand’s involvement in the Vietnam War was against these key principles of the counter culture movement, New Zealanders were not happy, which eventually led to protests regarding it. Many argued that the conflict was a civil war in which New Zealand should play no part. Even so, there was a vocal and well-organised anti-war movement in New Zealand. The Vietnam war stimulated one of the great protest movements of the 1960s, not only in the United States, but also in New Zealand and Australia. There were different branches of the PYM across the country, but mainly in the city centres of New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch- but also in Whangarei, Hamilton, Rotorua, Kawerau, Hawkes Bay and Palmerston North. In early 1966, the escalation of the war in Vietnam continued. Tell me more... 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From protest about war – be it the New Zealand Wars, the Great War, the Vietnam War or the invasion of Iraq – to trade union action, protests against aparthei… The PYM and other anti-war groups radicalised protesting in New Zealand and carried out large-scale protests throughout the nation. The Progressive Youth Movement was a nationwide protest group formed to oppose New Zealand troops in Vietnam. The civic parade was led by the Band of the Royal New Zealand Artillery followed by Land Rovers carrying the gunners of 161 Battery, and troopers from New Zealand’s Special Air Service. The protests were part of a movement in opposition to United States involvement in the Vietnam War, and as such took place mainly in … The Anti-Vietnam War protest had a large effect on the New Zealand society as it lead many changes in attitude, values, government policies and also on how people perceived situations. New techniques. A major short-term cause of the Vietnam War protests was the involvement of New Zealand troops . This topic covers the anti-war protests, defence forces, action in Vietnam, apology from the Crown, compensation for veterans and … All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. Polarisation of Public Opinion Protest movements in New Zealand against the Vietnam War divided society between those who were in support of New Zealand’s involvement and those who thought New Zealand had no place in the war. New Zealand and the Vietnam War In 1963 Prime Minister Keith Holyoake agreed to send non-combatant troops into the Vietnam War. Like their counterparts overseas, local protestors espoused moral objections to New Zealand’s participation in the Vietnam War, including opposition to the weapons and tactics being engaged, and their impact on innocent civilians. During the last years of the Vietnam War, protest movements were increasing hugely, and opinions on war soon became polarised throughout New Zealand, creating a divide among the public. Historian Michael King described the movement as a “civil war” which was “to divide New Zealand as never before.” The country was split into conservatives, often the older generations, and radicals, who were mostly comprised of youth. A summary of this incident is on the www.vietnamwar.govt.nz website: http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/memory/john-miller-slide-show. By 1971 up to 35,000 people were protesting on the streets around the country. Twenty people, some of which were women, wrapped themselves in white sheets smeared with red paint and were carried on the shoulders of other demonstrators, representing the New Zealand soldiers killed in Vietnam. Protest movements in New Zealand against the Vietnam War divided society between those who were in support of New Zealand’s involvement and those who thought New Zealand had no place in the war. In late March 1966, a series of protests took place over three days across America. This study of the protest movement in Dunedin examines one aspect of the impact of the Vietnam war on New Zealand society. While the Vietnam war brought in huge change in New Zealand’s foreign policy, especially post war, we did not actually pull out of the ANZUS alliance until the nuclear free protests. Archive footage of New Zealanders protesting against the Vietnam War. Vietnam war protesters have welcomed an apology to veterans but say the Government should also apologise to the people of Vietnam. It includes controversies such as incidents of "friendly fire", allegations of atrocities, grievances over Agent Orange, and Maori participation in V Force. The Vietnam War Tribute 08 included a ceremony honouring those killed in action and a memorial service. The Committees on Vietnam: The Committees on Vietnam (COV) was another influential anti-Vietnam war protest group. NZ and the Vietnam War: PM's speech (Beehive.govt), http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/memory/john-miller-slide-show, http://www.ngataonga.org.nz/feature-project/pages/rebels-retrospect.php. This information was sourced from newspaper reports in the New Zealand Herald (11-13 May 1971). A major short-term cause of the Vietnam War protests was the involvement of New Zealand troops. They are appreciated. Although New Zealand's involvement in the war was very limited compared to the contributions of some of its allies, it still triggered a large anti-Vietnam War movement at home. This movement consisted of the largest amount of protest from the many counter-culture movements during this era. Overview – The Cold WarKeith HolyoakeProtest and dissent – The Cold WarThe Vietnam War – Vietnam War, 'Anti-Vietnam War protests in Auckland', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/anti-vietnam-war-protests-on-queen-street, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 12-Nov-2020. New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War was highly controversial, sparking widespread protest at home from anti-Vietnam War movements modelled on their American counterparts. Archive footage of New Zealanders protesting against the Vietnam War. Protests against the war also accelerated. For this article above, the introduction supports my argument, however I do not see where this information was found. Around 10,000 'chanting, banner-waving and singing demonstrators paraded in Queen St (Auckland)'. It was founded in Auckland in 1964 by three young schoolteachers. Demonstrators used red paint to symbolise bloodshed in Vietnam. Prime Minister Holyoake said in 1971 that New Zealand's combat forces would be withdrawn by "about the end of this year," and they were – Whiskey Three Company went in November 1970, the SAS Troop and 161 Battery followed in February and May 1971 respectively, and Victor Six Company and the tri-service medical team left with the 1st Au… The Anti-Vietnam War protest was the first of the influential protests through out the counter-culture movement of the 60s/70s .which have shaped New Zealand today. The war was marked by anti war protests around the world including New Zealand. The Anti-Vietnam War protest had a large effect on the New Zealand society as it lead many changes in attitude, values, government policies and also on how people perceived situations. There are many websites that have information on the Vietnam War. More and more local protestors went against the New Zealand's participation in the Vietnam War, mainly due to the weapons and tactics being used to murder innocent Vietnamese. Ky’s visit was significant in the sense that it provided the movement with much-needed media coverage and lead to increased support. 'Mobilisations' in the early 1970s saw tho… New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War was highly controversial, sparking widespread protest at home from anti-Vietnam War movements modelled on their American counterparts. Meet the NZHistory.net.nz team, Police leading away an anti-Vietnam War protester, 1971 (NZHerald/newspix.co.nz). 1831901 On return, the veterans also went unrecognised by the New Zealand Government for their efforts in the war. The Anti-Vietnam War protest was the first of the influential protests through out the counter-culture movement of the 60s/70s .which have shaped New Zealand today. See also Claire Hall, No Front Line: Inside Stories of New Zealand’s Vietnam War, pgs 274-276. Perhaps you have a related experience you would like to share? This site is produced by the History Group of the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War was highly controversial, sparking widespread protest at home from anti-Vietnam War movements modelled on their American counterparts. Includes some footage of Tim Shadbolt in rare form. New Zealand entered the war in 1965 to support the United States and its allies. All non-text content is subject to specific conditions. They were a very successful group in attracting both public and government attention in the highly radical way in which they protested. Protests against the war also accelerated. New Zealand Protest New Zealand has seen many demonstrations, strikes, marches and campaigns by protesters voicing opinions against wars, laws and events. The Progressive Youth Movement was one of the most prominent counter-culture protest groups in New Zealand. Ky’s visit was significant in the sense that it provided the movement with much-needed media coverage and lead to increased support. Each PYM branch was autonomous and each varied in their protest methods and approach to the Vietnam War movement. Due to the opposition to the ANZUS alliance in New Zealand some tensions were created which later allowed New Zealand to make its anti-nuclear stand. The emergence of the counter culture movement in New Zealand was a significant driving force behind the eruption of protests against the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War was our longest and most contentious military experience of the twentieth century. Holyoake was reluctant to commit troops and was drawn into the Vietnam War due to the pressure from America to uphold the ANZUS and SEATO treaty’s, which had been signed in 1951 and 1954. The Vietnam war stimulated one of the great protest movements of the 1960s, not only in the United States, but also in New Zealand and Australia. The arrival of South Vietnam's premier, Air Vice Marshal Nguyen Cao Ky in 1967 provided an opportunity for anti-war protesters to brand him an illegitimate leader and raise questions surrounding the legitamcy NZ's involvement in Vietnam. We have 5 biographies, 9 articles, 3 comments related to Anti-Vietnam War protests in Auckland. Vietnam War protest, 1967. For example in the early 1970’s there were mass mobilisations held, where thousands of people marched throughout New Zealand’s cities. From the mid-1960s, an organised anti-Vietnam War movement challenged the whole philosophy underlying New Zealand’s national security policies, and the benefits and consequences of its alliances. In late March 1966, a series of protests took place over three days across America. New Zealand protests were similar to those in the United States– criticising the policies of the United States government and challenging seriously for the first time New Zealand's alliance-based security, calling for a more 'independent' foreign policy which was not submissive to that of the United States and denying that com… Back home, the Vietnam War led to enormous political and public debate about New Zealand's foreign policy and place in the world. As the war further progressed, as did the counter-culture and protest movements, they became a more militant and a younger wave of protesters. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, was fought between America and the Communist forces in Vietnam. This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. 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