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O’Connor faces Russian challenge at meeting

Trade Minister Damien O’Connor is flying this weekend to an APEC trade ministers’ meeting in Bangkok which will be the first major international meeting...

Depending on China

A new study has found that despite Covid, New Zealand’s economic dependence on China has grown over the past four years. China is now nearly...

Why we are going to war

New Zealand has joined the war against Russia. The decision yesterday to send a C130 Hercules to Europe to provide logistics support for Ukraine may...

Undiplomatic relations; the Minister and the Ministry

Suggestions of a breakdown in relations between the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry surfaced yesterday in a submission to a Select Committee...

Ardern tried to warn Solomons PM

The Prime Minister yesterday made her most direct criticisms of China yet. In comments that are likely to be applauded in Canberra and Washington, she...

The UK Free Trade Agreement runs into trouble at a Select Committee

An almost generational schism has opened up at Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Trade and Defence Committee as it begins its hearings on the New Zealand...

Sanctions – at last

With the passage of the Russia Sanctions Bill, the Government last night paved the way for sanctions against Russian entities and individuals and so...

Abramov not on sanctions list

Aleksander Aleksandr Abramov, the only known wealthy Russian oligarch currently with investments in New Zealand is not on the list of people to potentially...

The Putin ally with the $50 million New Zealand beachside lodge

The Government's eyes are now turning to see whether any Russian oligarchs with connections to Russian President, Vladimir Putin, have New Zealand connections. Alexander Abramov,...

“Give Putin an inch and he’ll take a mile” — Helen Clark

New Zealand last night moved to impose travel restrictions on targeted Russian individuals and limited sanctions on exports of military equipment to Russia in...

Defence Chief admits much of our defence force not up to “warfighting”

In a surprisingly frank admission yesterday, the Chief of the Defence Force said only three elements of our armed forces were capable of being...

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...