After less than a decade of service, the NZ Defence Force’s fleet of armoured Pinzgauer vehicles is headed to its final resting place - as target practice for Kiwi soldiers.
New Zealand’s Pacific reset has been praised by a top United States diplomat, who has warned Pacific countries against becoming “saddled with debt” as China boosts its spending in the region.
The Government promised a boring Budget, and it largely delivered - albeit with a bit of culinary flair and political insult-trading around the fringes, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
RNZ’s champagne will remain on ice after missing out on additional funding in this year’s Budget, but the Government says it is still committed to boosting the public broadcaster.
The NZ Defence Force has received a nearly $400 million funding boost, including money to fix rundown buildings – but the Government has held off on committing cash for big-ticket hardware replacements.
The board of New Zealand’s superannuation fund has come out swinging against proposed government restrictions on chief executive pay, suggesting they may breach the body’s statutory independence.
A damning review into the culture of the Human Rights Commission has uncovered outdated sexual harassment policies,highly dysfunctional leadership and commissioners “barely communicating with each other”.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has signalled her government will ramp up its engagement with China. Yet a conference designed to tout the benefits of doing business with Beijing also highlighted the obstacles, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has pledged to increase the tempo of engagement between New Zealand and China, outlining a suite of ministerial visits in the coming months.
That Donald Trump has upended the world of diplomacy is not up for debate. Yet the New Zealand embassy’s decision to engage a US lobbying firm with no prior foreign experience raises questions about the state of our affairs in Washington, as Sam Sachdeva writes.