In these never-aired commercials, comic genius Spike Milligan urges New Zealanders to sign the Campaign Half Million petition against the introduction of nuclear power. Instead he advocates wind power while standing in breezy Wellington. The ads were never shown, though they did end up in a TV news story on the decision to ban them, thus gaining prime time exposure. The petition, organised for the Campaign for a Non-Nuclear Future, eventually gained 333,087 signatures, representing 10% of New Zealand's population at the time.
In 1976 I was a young journalist, and along with a number of other environmentalists I was increasingly concerned that New Zealand politicians and the New Zealand Electricity Department were seriously looking at nuclear power as an electricity ...
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Television, 1989 (Full Length)
Another high profile Brit urges Kiwis to go green
Film, 1988 (Full Length)
Later documentary on the struggle to create a nuclear-free Pacific.
Television, 1973 (Full Length)
Protests against French nuclear testing in the Pacific
Television, 1995 (Full Length)
The road to a nuclear-free New Zealand.
A drama series about NZ nuclear free stance
Music Video, 1995
A Herbs' song for a nuclear free pacific
Television, 1981 (Full Length Episode)
Spike Milligan and mania are mentioned in this episode
Television, 1980 (Full Length)
Doco on a famous NZ conservation campaign
Television, 1986 (Full Length)
An appearance by Philip Alpers
Television, 1974 (Excerpts)
Another public awareness campaign
Television, 1993 (Full Length)
An award-winning musical performance protesting testing in the Pacific
Short Film, 1976 (Full Length)
More anti-nuclear activism
Television, 1990 (Full Length Episode)
Television, 1995 (Excerpts)
Protests about a different sort of power