Two New Zealand protest vessels were due to leave New Zealand on Friday (30 June) for the French nuclear test zone in the South Pacific.
SCU Mitenlfe talking to reporter
MITCALFE: "We have the possibility of another ship, a larger ship. The response has been such that we may be able to afford it. The phones here have been going constantly. And we plan all the way on if we were going to go until the government calls a conference of South Pacific Prime Ministers and really does start to do something affective."
JORDAN: "What about crew? You were talking earlier of volunteers up to the figure of about a hundred. Has this increased at all?"
MITCLAFE: "No, there's been no need to increase it because we have too many seamen and qualified people wanting to go. Now what we are looking for are a cross-section, to represent New Zealand, to represent ordinary people. The same thing is happening in Australia, we hope it will happen in Fiji. It will probably happen in British Columbia in Canada."
JORDAN:"If you do get as far as the test zone, how will you handle the detonation-things of that nature?"
MITCALFE: "There's one radiation scientist already volunteered to go with us, one doctor. But that of course is no safeguard. Our main safeguard will be in focusing the attention of the world on what is being done with the combined peace fleet. And then world opinion will be our protection."
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Background: Two New Zealand protest vessels were due to leave New Zealand on Friday (30 June) for the French nuclear test zone in the South Pacific. One of the ships is a 50-foot (15 m) trawler, with a five-man crew, the other is a 28-foot (8.5 m) sloop crewed by two men.
The vessels are sailing under the sponsorship of a New Zealand group called "The Peace Media Research Group". Its chairman is Mr Barry Mitcalfe - who talked in Wellington on Tuesday (27 June) to reporter Barry Jordan.