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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...

The cooling of relations with China: Why two MPs retired last year

National and Labour quietly agreed last year that two Chinese MPs would retire at the same time because of growing security concerns about their...

Clark and Key advise Ardern on China

Two former Prime Ministers yesterday took a direct aim at the current leadership in the Government and Opposition and reinforced what an independent foreign...

Mahuta has to defend her Five Eyes comments

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrived in Wellington on Wednesday night, followed by curses and threats from Beijing after she ended Victoria’s  Belt and...

Mahuta redefines New Zealand’s foreign policy

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta’s speech to the New Zealand China Council yesterday was arguably one of the most important made by a foreign minister...

Samoan PM faces tough challenge today

by Nanai Anae Dr Iati Iati Nanai Anae Dr. Iati Iati is a Senior Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations Programme, and Pacific...

Dealing with the tiger. What to do about the Uighurs.

Speaking last Thursday in Paihia to an audience of diplomats, Foreign Minister, Nanaia Mahuta ticked off New Zealand’s foreign relationships. In order, she covered: Australia,...

The China trade agreement; you can’t always get what you want to get

New Zealand Trade Minister Damien O'Connor yesterday finally got to sign the upgrade to the New Zealand – China Free Trade Agreement negotiated in...

How our trade negotiators will navigate the post Trump, post covid, new green world.

It sounds simple. Trump goes; vaccines neutralise Covid, and by the end of next year, foreign trade is back to what we used to...

China and NZ are in but the US is out of world’s second largest...

New Zealand and 15 East Asian countries yesterday signed up to what is being called the most important trade agreement since the creation of...

“It’s going to be a hard call”

There was a warning last night in Wellington that our relationship with China could get more difficult under President Biden. A panel of China and...

After Trump what?

Donald Trump has been defeated but what will matter to New Zealand about his election result is how much Trumpism has been defeated. That will...

Job going — foreign minister

Jacinda Ardern will need a new foreign minister now that Winston Peters is out of Parliament. Speculation has been rife in the capital ad to...