The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Robert Muldoon, visited the nuclear-powered United States frigate?
GV: New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon arriving on launch.
GV: security vessel warning off small craft.
CU: Muldoon boarding ship, welcomed by guard of honour. (4 shots)
GV AND CU: police security guards around dock area. (3 shots)
CU: union spokesman Hoby Hill talking to newsmen.
The strikes over the presence of the Truxton in Wellington ended on Thursday (2 September) with the ship's departure for Melbourne australia. As the Truxton sailed out of the harbour, the ferry between the north and south islands of New Zealand resumed service and three waiting freighters were being docked. The six-day work stoppage resulted in new legislation by the conservative government of Mr. Robert Muldoon, banning political strikes.
"The to war off a small following of protest boats, which have shadowed the Truxton since her arrival. Mr. Muldoon and party were met at the Truxton's gangway by a full honour guard and officers of the ship. Mr. Muldoon's visit is the first of any government member to the ship, since she arrived last Friday. Opposition members have refused invitations, because the presence of a nuclear ship in New Zealand waters is against Labour Party policy. Meanwhile, on Wellington's idle wharves, closed by union protest actions, a heavy police security guard was well in evidence. Barricades were set across the approaches to the embarkation wharf - and just round the corner a busload of police waited, outnumbering the demonstrators by about two to one. "Did you consider letting the ferry sail earlier - considering you've made quite a strong point about your ability to get away with it to the government and about the nuclear warship?"
HILL "We've had no ability to get away with anything with government, we've decided to protect the people of this country - and passenger ships. in particular carrying the people of this country must have extra protection because other dangers can arise, apart from having a death ship in the harbour."
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Background: The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Robert Muldoon, visited the nuclear-powered United States frigate Truxton in Wellington harbour on Tuesday (31 August). The Truxton's visit has caused considerable controversy in New Zealand, with seamen and dickers in Wellington staging a protest strike. New Zealand television reporter, Agreg Smith takes up the story.