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Peace vessels gather in Waitemata Harbour

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 18/11/2016

A flotilla of peace boats will be on Waitemata Habour as Navy ships mark the Royal New Zealand Navy's 75th anniversay.

The International Naval Review is on the harbour on Saturday afternoon.

"We are taking to the seas to challenge the glorification of war and militarism," says Virginia Lamber, spokeswoman for Auckland Peace Action.

She says many of these navies involved in disaster relief this week after the magnitude 7.8 quake in New Zealand have been involved in disaster creation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While Australia's Navy "has been rounding up people fleeing war and sending them to prison gulags in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with no possibility of escape".

Still the peace flotilla will be required to keep its distance as temporary regulations are in place on the harbour for the anniversary.

Boaties have to stay at least 100m away from the sides and rear of naval vessels and at least 500m from the front when they are moving. They must stay 60m away when they are anchored.

Boats are also not be allowed within 200m of the Devonport Naval Base.

Naval vessels from New Zealand and around the world will line up in formation in the harbour for the review, though some of them have been sent to Kaikoura, which is cut off following the earthquake.

The review is one of biggest and most exciting events that's happened on Auckland's harbour, the harbourmaster says.

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