The Waihopai satellite spy station near Blenheim, New Zealand.

Photo, right: The Waihopai satellite spy station near Blenheim, New Zealand.

On April 30, 2008, three Ploughshares activists gained access to the base and slashed one of the rubber protective domes with a sickle.

The giant balloon deflated slowly and draped over the satellite dish. The dome was later replaced.

The three activists stood trial and were acquitted of all charges by a jury. The Government attempted to recover more than $1 million costs from them via a civil action but then dropped the case.

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11 November 2018

Peace Researcher - Issue 56 uploaded to website

21 September 2018

Waihopai spy base protest, January 25-27, 2019 Event and registration details uploaded to website

14 June 2018

Peace Researcher - Issue 55 uploaded to website

24 April 2018

ABC leaflet to download. New Zealand Should Not Follow Donald Trump.

This leaflet is written for the general public and ABC wants to to see it distributed far and wide. You can order hard copies from us at abc@chch.planet.org.nz Or you can download it yourself from here and print your own copies. It has two folds and looks best on glossy paper (but that is not essential).

12 April 2018

Demilitarising the Pacific starts at home, Jacinda

12 February 2018

Waihopai Protest 2018: News Coverage

7 November 2017

Peace Researcher - Issue 54 uploaded to website

27 October 2017

Anti-Bases Campaign Has Not Very Great Expectations Of New Government

3 July 2017

Peace Researcher - Issue 53 uploaded to website

ABC's analysis of 2016 Intelligence and Security Bill

Submissions to the Select Committee on the New Zealand Intelligence and Security Bill 2016. What should we be concerned about? Full details available via our downloadable Adobe Acrobat document (PDF 132KB).