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Wellington’s nuclear free sign needs peace symbol

Mar 19th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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REST IN PEACE: The original sign which was removed in 2004.

A PETITION demanding the installation of the peace symbol on two new “welcome to Wellington capital of nuclear free New Zealand” signs has been accepted by council.

The 45-signature petition was presented to the council by Maria van der Meel, president of The City is Ours group.

“We want two new signs for our 30th anniversary as a nuclear weapon free city, one at the airport and another at the waterfront,” she says.

A new sign replaced the original one which is now being displayed at the Museum of City and Sea in 2004.

However, the replacement sign is on the wrong side of the road, unlit and without the peace symbol.

“The previous sign had one and it completed the message, the peace symbol speaks for itself and could be a tourist attraction,”Ms van der Meel says.

“The sign is very important, it tells people who we are and what we stand for.”

Councillor Helene Ritchie said this is a significant issue and it is important to commemorate what happened in this city.

“I would like us to come back at one point and consider what we will do, as a permanent reminder of Wellington as a nuclear free zone.”

Wellington City Council will celebrate the 30th anniversary as a nuclear free city on Saturday,April 14,at Civic Square.

The City is Ours will also mark the day at Te Aro Park at 2pm on that day.

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