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Mad on Radium provides a useful overview of international attempts, during and after World War II, to develop nuclear weapons. It will surprise some that a few brilliant New Zealand scientists were secretly involved, less in the Manhattan Project than in advanced Canadian and British research into nuclear weapons.
One of these, Maurice Wilkins, was so shocked by the outcome of the Manhattan Project that he abandoned nuclear physics and went on to win a Nobel Prize in another field.
Contemporary opinion is more or less slavishly locked into associating New Zealand with eternal opposition to nuclear weapons. New Zealand also tolerated a wave of hundreds of massive US nuclear and hydrogen bomb tests in the Pacific, in the face of available scientific information about dramatically increased risk to human health. The New Zealand scientific establishment was frequently divided, and kept coming out with contradictory statements on the desirability of nuclear energy for New Zealand. As the Cold War unfolded, political leaders also kept on changing their minds or contradicting themselves as the heat came on from the US, and as their assessment of the cost and desirability of nuclear energy changed in the light of newly discovered resources.
In , the National Government rejected secret British requests to conduct nuclear tests on Penrhyn in the Cook Islands.