In an open letter sent to the Prime Minister, the Japanese Ambassador in Wellington and the Secretary General of the United Nations, New Zealand Engineers for Social Responsibility said:
The committee and members of Engineers for Social Responsibility Inc extend their commiserations to the Japanese people and government in regard to the ongoing nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
We wish to record our concern in regard to two matters.
We would urge the Japanese government to seek through the United Nations organisation the establishment of a global response team to bring together the required financial, technical, plant and manpower resources to take over the work of stabilising the site.
Secondly we strongly protest at proposals by the Japanese government and local government agencies to dispose of the vast quantities of material contaminated by radiation from the plant at many sites throughout Japan by burning or burying the irradiated material.