Articles tagged Defence

One of Jacinda Ardern's earliest tasks as prime minister was to mend the trans-Tasman relationship. New rumbles have erupted while Ardern has been on maternity leave, but talk of the end of a glorious friendship seems overblown, as Robert Ayson writes for The Interpreter.

Winston Peters is handing over the reins to Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday night after six weeks in charge of the country. His last post-Cabinet press conference as Acting Prime Minister ended with neither a bang nor a whimper, but something far more in character with his stint in power, as Sam Sachdeva writes.

Former MP Peter Dunne asks why the Foreign Minister and Defence Minister have chosen to provoke China and Russia in their latest Defence Review. He sees it as a spurious, vainglorious and risky move for a small trading nation.

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says Donald Trump’s latest comments about Russia are “horribly confusing”. But Peters himself appears to be confusing matters regarding allegations of Russian interference in US politics, as Sam Sachdeva writes.

The Government's new defence policy statement caught the eye of many for its more candid discussion of China. But a bigger challenge facing New Zealand may be the gap between its defence resources and what the country may be asked to do, as Van Jackson writes.

The Chinese government has told New Zealand to “correct its wrong words” on the South China Sea, but Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says the Government intends to hold firm. Sam Sachdeva reports.

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The Government has confirmed it will spend $2.3 billion on four P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, with Defence Minister Ron Mark dismissing suggestions the decision is a result of pressure from international partners. Sam Sachdeva reports.