I went up to her at the Parliamentary reception proudly displaying on my lapel a peace badge with a CND symbol over a map of NZ. The badge was encircled with the words “New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone”.
I introduced myself to Hillary as the Green Party foreign affairs spokesperson and commended her administration for its improved policies on nuclear disarmament. I then said she might like to have this New Zealand nuclear free badge, and pulled it off my lapel. A slightly surprised look crossed her face, and I thought I saw a touch of guilt. Anyhow she took the badge graciously and put it in her pocket.
I wanted to show just how proud us Kiwis are for being nuclear free – and to give a little encouragement for America to follow suit.