Grant Gillett (at right), of the University of Otago Bioethics Centre, criticises some attitudes underlying the use of nuclear weapons, at an exhibition opening yesterday, while Kevin Clements looks on. Photo by Craig Baxter.
On the eve of Hiroshima Day, Prof Kevin Clements, of the
University of Otago, is urging New Zealand not to ''rest on
its antinuclear laurels''.
Prof Clements, the director of the university's National
Centre for Peace and Disarmament Studies, spoke yesterday at
the opening of an international exhibition on nuclear
Other speakers were Ted Nye, Dunedin representative of
International Physicians Against Nuclear War (IPPNW), Jimi
Wallace, general director of SGI New Zealand, a Buddhist
non-government agency which promotes peace education, and
Grant Gillett, of the Otago University Bioethics Centre.
The exhibition opening was part of the 68th Hiroshima Day
commemorations, reflecting on the nuclear bombing of the
Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, near the end of
World War 2.
Prof Clements thanked everyone who had worked together to
make the Dunedin exhibition a reality, including SGI and the
Research showed that young people throughout the world were
generally less aware than their parents of the dangers posed
by nuclear weapons, he added in an interview.
The exhibition sought to raise awareness of the ''continuing
threats from nuclear weapons'' and the need for their
He urged ''as many people as possible'' to see the
exhibition, titled ''Everything You Treasure: For a World
Free from Nuclear Weapons'', which is being hosted by the
peace and disarmament studies centre until this Friday at the
Otago University Library Link.
Jointly created by SGI and the International Campaign to
Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the exhibition was launched at the
20th World Congress of the IPPNW in Hiroshima last year.
The exhibition comprises 40 panels, including photographs,
and covers nuclear weapon issues from many perspectives.
The Otago centre is also organising, with other community
groups, a peace vigil at the Peace Pole at the Otago Museum
Reserve at 11am today, and a 5.15pm public debate on
nuclear-free issues at the university's Archway 3 lecture