Articles tagged Foreign Affairs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has expressed concerns about a break-in at the home of an academic investigating Chinese influence in New Zealand, saying she will “ask some questions” of officials.

The head of Immigration New Zealand says there has been no increase in the risk of people smugglers making trips here, backing up his foreign affairs counterparts and countering Australian reports of increased “chatter”.

The head of the NZ Defence Force has signalled plans to cut back on spending and “reprioritise” resources in the coming years, which National fears could be a sign of further cuts to come.

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Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker has attempted to win over critics of the revived Trans Pacific Partnership free trade deal at a public meeting, arguing the Government has kept its promise on five “bottom lines”.

With her first six months as Labour leader and her Government’s 100-day plan coming to a close, Jacinda Ardern spoke to Shane Cowlishaw about her preparations for the real battle ahead.

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A decision that Government ministers will no longer represent New Zealand at embassies’ national days has been portrayed as a slight to our international partners by National.

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The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has a lengthy name, and it was a lengthy process to get the rejigged deal across the line. What role did New Zealand play in convincing others to sign on, and what comes next?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her government successfully navigated their first few months on the world stage, with only a few bumps in the road. However, 2018 may present some early tests for Ardern and her team, as Sam Sachdeva writes.