US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
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US ends ban on New Zealand naval ship visits

The US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, has heralded a "new era" in military relations with New Zealand, following the lifting of a 26-year old naval ban.

The relationship between the two countries soured during the Cold War and in 1986, New Zealand put a ban on US nuclear-armed or nuclear-powered ships entering its ports.

Washington responded by preventing New Zealand ships from visiting American ports or bases.

Duncan Kennedy reports.

  • 21 Sep 2012
  • From the section Asia