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Peters’ real foreign policy threat is Helen Clark

Winston Peters’ much anticipated foreign policy speech last night was a work of two halves. Much of it was a standard “boilerplate” Foreign Ministry overview...

Clearing up confusion (or trying to)

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is understood to be planning a major speech within the next fortnight to clear up the confusion over whether or...

Who is running New Zealand’s foreign policy?

While commentators, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark, are noting a subtle shift in New Zealand's foreign policy, which now places more emphasis on...

Mr Peters goes to Washington

Foreign Minister Winston Peters is now going to Washington next week for talks with US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken. He is currently in Brussels...

Behind closed doors; what Winston really said to the Chinese

There is only one phrase to describe New Zealand's relationship with China and the Foreign Minister: "strategic ambiguity". On the one hand, both the Prime...

Albo gives Luxon a big invite

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon gets his first big foreign affairs opportunity next week when he travels to Melbourne for the 50th Anniversary of Australia’s...

From the Red Sea to Washington; our foreign policy drift

The decision announced yesterday to agree to a United States invitation to deploy New Zealand forces to the Red Sea to help counter the...

Other things first before India Free Trade Agreement.

Trade Minister Todd McClay flew off to India yesterday to pursue a free trade agreement. He did so with advice from South Island sheep farmers...

Peters: going the way of the USA

Just hours after the Prime Minister had insisted that New Zealand continued to maintain an "independent" foreign policy, his Foreign Minister was hinting that...

Judith Collins – diplomat

What amounts to the forced departure of National MP Michael Woodhouse raises a big question about the next government and Parliament. Who would be the...

Who is driving our defence policy

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is suggesting that Defence Minister Andrew Little has been railroaded by hawkish officials in either or both the Ministry...

A month of ambiguities

For the past four and half weeks, the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister have undertaken one of the most intensive periods of meetings...

ANZAC has its limits

It would seem the spirit of ANZAC goes only so far. Though Prime Minister Chris Hipkins and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese talked up the...

The big names are in town

It is a heavyweight foreign affairs week for the Prime Minister, with the arrival today of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and then the...

Diplomatic high noon

In a way, it was a diplomatic high noon; first, the Prime Minister, then an hour later, the Chinese Ambassador, both reviewing Chris Hipkins’...