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United – in confusion

The Government has confirmed that it has sought accreditation for some of its Beijing-based diplomats to go to the Winter Olympics, which open in...

The threat is from the Pacific

The Ministry of Defence's first formal "Defence Assessment" for seven years was made public yesterday, and it represents a dramatic turn away from the...

Ardern’s very long phone call

On November 5, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade issued a three hundred word “readout” on a phone call between the Prime Minister...

Why Jacinda Ardern was up all night on Friday

In the early hours of Saturday morning, New Zealand took APEC back to its economic roots. The silly shirts and the group hand waving photo...

Why Boris gave away so much to get the trade deal with NZ

New Zealand’s successful free trade deal with the United Kingdom appears to be a big win for the New Zealand negotiating team. That may be...

Ardern lays it on the line

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern laid it on the line yesterday and reminded the United States and Australia that New Zealand has an independent foreign...

Ardern sees the world differently

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s reaction yesterday to the Australia-United Kingdom – United States Security Alliance subtly underlined how New Zealand sees the region differently...

Trans-Tasman fallout

The fact that Suhayra Aden will shortly be on her way back to New Zealand was never in doubt after Australia cancelled her citizenship. But...

GCSB accuses Chinese state security of cyber attack on NZ

Security Services Minister Andrew Little last night accused Chinese "state-sponsored actors" of malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “New Zealand has established links between Chinese...

Superpowers put squeeze on Ardern’s summit

Superpower rivalries were never far from the surface during Friday night’s APEC Covid summit. The summit. presided over by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern from a...

Ardern chairs APEC summit with Biden, Putin and Xi

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said last night’s informal APEC summit heard from the World health Organisation that the current Covid pandemic had “a while...

Biden’s “Asia Tsar” woos New Zealand

The Biden administration yesterday defined what it wants its relationship with New Zealand to be. It might be summed up as “close friend” rather than...

Together – only slightly apart

There is now only a subtle and very small difference between Australia and New Zealand over whether they support President Biden’s call for an...

Scott drops by to see Jacinda – but Biden is in the background.

Australia is supporting the call for an investigation into whether Covid escaped from a virology lab in Wuhan. So far, both the New Zealand Prime...

Finding a way to let Scott Morrison in to New Zealand

Officials were working last night on drafting a Health Order which would allow Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison into the country on Sunday for...