A senior Kiwi diplomat criticised her Wellington bosses for their scrutiny of a deal with United States lobbyists, saying they were “driving me crazy” and telling the Americans to disregard a timeline inserted into the contract. Sam Sachdeva reports.
Here is the news that mattered this morning in New Zealand's political economy, including news M.Bovis has spread into the heart of the country's biggest dairy region,
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.
The news that mattered this morning
The things that mattered this morning
A chance Washington encounter between a Kiwi diplomat’s Labrador and a US lobbyist with Donald Trump’s phone number made headlines around the world. It led to a six-month, $250,000 relationship - but did New Zealand know what we were getting ourselves into?
8 things that mattered this week
In today's email we discussed what has happened overnight, and over the weekend.
The 8 things that mattered this week
A high-ranking Kiwi diplomat is in hot water after telling the US Democratic Party to “get your shit together or we will all die”.