Articles tagged Ron Mark

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.


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.


A new Government report has offered a worrying picture of threats to New Zealand and the international order, saying pressure will play out in newly potent ways - including from “an increasingly confident” China. Sam Sachdeva reports.

The Government has laid out its views on the threats facing New Zealand in a new defence document with surprisingly few punches pulled. The strategy answers a number of questions about the main threats we face, but how we can afford the cost of addressing them is less clear, as Sam Sachdeva writes.

A New Zealand military officer has been suspended after calling the new Timor-Leste prime minister the “puppet” of a revolutionary hero and warning a military coup is possible. Sam Sachdeva reports with this exclusive.

The annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore is a chance for Asia-Pacific countries to discuss the region's major security challenges. David Capie attended the summit and says the rise of the "Indo-Pacific", tension between Washington and Beijing, and hints about changes to New Zealand's defence policy were among his takeaways.