27 Sep 2009

NZ not pushing hard on military ties with US

5:41 am on 27 September 2009

The Government is not pushing hard for America to normalise military relations with New Zealand, despite President Barack Obama's push for nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament at the United Nations.

The US military has required a Presidential waiver for military interaction with the New Zealand armed forces since the mid-1980s, because of New Zealand's nuclear free legislation.

Prime Minister John Key says the nuclear issue is now very much in the past and the relationship is warming.

He says there have been no formal discussions about the presidential waiver.