As an Australian senator has resigned over his links to China, some in New Zealand are pointing to a newly released document as highlighting concerns about the country’s influence here. But there is debate over the significance of China’s efforts, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
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New Zealand’s spy watchdog has shared her concerns about the country’s intelligence relationship with the United States, saying Kiwi agencies must make sure they are not “somehow drawn into unlawful activity”.
Sharples resigns as Maori co-leader Pita Sharples resigned as Maori Party co-leader, but said he would stay on as a cabinet minister until next year. He told reporters voters in the Ikaroa Rawhiti who rejected the Maori Party had told him the last year's leadership struggles had undermined support. There was some chatter about an early election, but John Key rejected that talk.