"Peaceful uses": New Zealand atomic architecture
Keywords:Nuclear power plants, Hydroelectric power plants, Electric power consumption, Architecture, New Zealand, Aotearoa, History, 20th Century
Prior to the 1968 National power plan, which identified the need for nuclear power in New Zealand, the New Zealand government entertained serious proposals for nuclear power generation. Peaceful uses of atomic energy were seen as the answer to post-war power shortages. This paper will examine the context and the architecture which promoted the building of atomic and nuclear power plants in New Zealand during the 1950s, including the international models considered, and the "proposed atomic power plant for Auckland."