In the wake of Jacinda Ardern’s recent trip to Washington, D.C., local and peace groups are demanding that US, local and peace groups withdraw from the US Navy’s upcoming “RIM of the Pacific” (RIMPAC) live combat training. Launched a new campaign in July-August 2022.
RIMPAC is an air and surrounding naval warfare exercise used to demonstrate US dominance and control over the Pacific Ocean. This happens every two years. It includes 20+ other nations, 25,000 armies and thousands of weapons.
NZDF is sending 78 troops from HMNZS Matataua and the Army’s 16th Field Regiment as well as the naval ship HMNZS Aotearoa.
“RIMPAC pretends to promote security while maintaining harm, destruction and violence. These military war games are an attack on Kanak Maoli and other Pacific people whose lands and water have long been used as sacrificial grounds and whose lives have been neglected. From New Zealand to RIMPAC Withdrawal is an opportunity to set a new standard. To do so would be to prioritize care, environmental protection and the right of Pacific and Indigenous peoples to self-determination, “said Dr. Emlany Case. Cancel RIMPAC alliance.
Coalition member Marco de Jong added, “The rise of superpowers for influence is threatening peace in the Pacific. Polarization is only exacerbated by rhetoric, reactionary diplomacy, and war games. New Zealand should keep its distance in principle and contribute to the alternative security approach held by other Pacific nations. It focuses on climate response and socio-economic resilience, as mentioned in the Boe and Biketawa announcements. We must contribute to the reconstruction of the Pacific region, otherwise the superpowers will split and everyone will suffer. “
“An independent and indigenous foreign policy marshal in the service of the Pacific region is strong. Keep in mind that New Zealand has gained international recognition for its position and influence in the Pacific. Playing American lapdogs is tantamount to dictatorial amnesty and endangers the interests of the NZ. By contributing to the reconstruction of the Pacific region, देशिक regional priorities, our Pacific identity, and that Tiriti o Vaitangi — we have the last and best opportunity to fulfill our political potential as an outreach. ”
During RIMPAC, lethal weapons are used on land and at sea, causing massive environmental destruction of the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific Ocean. Direct fire training involves firing on islands; The use of bombs and missiles to sink ships, and the release of ammunition, debris, and debris into the sea; And detonating explosives underwater. The U.S. Navy is exempt from the Marine Mammal Protection Act, meaning it can detect underwater sonar weapons that kill and injure whales, dolphins and other species. The U.S. military is also the world’s largest single user of fossil fuels, and exercises like these have a large carbon footprint.
“New Zealand now has the opportunity to pursue an independent foreign policy and become a model for Pacific partners and other countries by choosing not to participate in 2022. In 1982, New Zealand withdrew from RIMPAC activities. We can do it again, “said Mr. De Jong.
The canceled RIMPAC alliance includes IPU: Indigenous Pacific Uprising, Te Kuaka – NZ Alternative, Peace Movement Aotearoa, Peace Action Wellington, Auckland Peace Action, Aotearoa Philippines Solidarity and Social Justice Activists.
Over the past two years, more than 1,700 New Zealanders have already signed a petition calling on the government not to send troops to this major military exercise this year or in the future.
Background of our spokespersons:
Dr. Emlany Case is a writer, educator, and aloha mirror who is deeply involved in issues of tribal rights and representation, colonialism and colonialism, and environmental and social justice. Are the authors of Everything that was ancient was once new: Indigenous Persistenom Hawaii to Kahiki (2021) She is from Waimea Hawaii.
Marco de Jong is a New Zealand and Pacific historian. He is completing his doctorate at Oxford University with a special focus on the history of the environmental movement in the Pacific, nuclear and climate change.
Tāwhana Chadwick (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) IPU: Indigenous Pacific Uprising, Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Tavana is the captain of the Waka Hulua (Double Hold Sailing Canoe) with about 50,000 nautical miles of blue water experience. Waka is passionate about the revival of knowledge and that Moannui-e-Kiva (including people and animals).
Further resources for journalists
The petition can be found here
Recent OIAs related to RIMPAC from NZDF can be found here and here