Position Paper / White Paper

New Zealand UNTC (1948) - Topic 1

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New Zealand

UNTC 1948

Topic 1 WHITE Paper: The Distribution of Resources in Trustee Zones

It is the inclination of His Majesty’s Government (HMG) in New Zealand that colonial affairs are best left, as exclusively as is just and possible, to the metropole that governs each. This being so, HMG in New Zealand believes with equal zeal that the greatest evils that afflict mankind come from states of instability, chaos, and violence. It is therefore fit that, whenever it is judicious and expedient, national governments in the metropole should hear with real concern the complaints of their colonial subjects and offer fair redress according to established governmental custom. Recognizing the difficulty that is inherent in balancing these two guiding principles, HMG in New Zealand strongly believes in the common wisdom of the international community.

In this vein, it must be recognized that even though a common wisdom may prevail, it would still not necessarily be folly to decline to actualize the majority opinion. The reasons for this are twofold: one is that the good faith of every participant may not be assured, and the second is that he that is best situated to act is also best situated to judge. For the first point, it is self-evident that not all nations are of an equal disposition. The attention only needs to be drawn to the recent meddling in Berlin by the Communist powers to see this.1 Even apparently wise counsel, when given by suspect persons, deserves significant review. As for the second point, agreement can be arrived at on an issue even, or especially, when it bears little resemblance to the current situation actually at hand. Even in these advanced days, word does not travel as fast as would sometimes be necessary and understanding travels even slower.

However, none of this precludes HMG in New Zealand from urging that every nation fully participate in the international system. As a former Dominion that has just within the past six months accepted the gracious offer of full sovereignty extended by His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom,2 few nations appreciate more the benefits of such participation. This fact also makes HMG in New Zealand unique among all the other trustees. As such, HMG in New Zealand feels a special confidence in saying to the world that political questions deserve only political solutions, and that politics is indeed the strong and slow boring of hard boards. In this patience is the chief virtue, patience and perseverance on behalf of both trustee and beneficiary. The international community must not be used to circumvent this political process but to augment it.

With this in mind, HMG in New Zealand looks forward to finding ways in which trustee-beneficiary relationships can be improved within contexts that still give essential controls to the proper governmental authorities. In a world that is still recovering from the ravages of the world war that has just come and gone, what is most desirable for all is peace, security, and liberty. It is the job of the international community to aid those nations that work to advance towards those ends and hold them firm while challenging those nations that seek to return to the world despotism, tyranny, and violence. This is such an arena for that exercise.

1 “The March Crisis and the Berlin Airlift,” in On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Documents on the Intelligence War in Berlin, 1946 to 1961, ed. Donald P. Steury (Washington D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1999). 

2 “Statute of Westminster Passed,” New Zealand History, https://nzhistory.govt.nz/statute-of-westminster-passed-confirming-nz-autonomy.