Allegations of Chinese interference in New Zealand politics have reared their head again, with suggestions the country is a “soft underbelly” for interference efforts. But one Kiwi expert suggests we need more evidence to back up the “hype” around the allegations.
Former spy minister Chris Finlayson has thrown government officials under the bus for a blunder which deprived Kiwi spooks of visual surveillance tools, saying they would have been to blame had a terrorist attack occurred.
New Zealand appears unlikely to follow Western allies in expelling any Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a former spy, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying our intelligence officials are unaware of any Russian spies operating here.
Defence Minister Ron Mark says a visit to Camp Taji has convinced him Kiwi trainers are both valued and wanted by Iraqi forces, but not that he was wrong to oppose their initial deployment.
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 Islamic State’s military defeat in Iraq does not eliminate the terror threat it poses to the rest of the world, including New Zealand, a counter-terrorism expert says.
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.
A visiting expert on Chinese foreign policy says the country’s growing presence on the world stage comes with risks to the international order - but believes containment is not the right response, as Sam Sachdeva writes.
In today's email we survey the post-election landscape presided over by Winston Peters, who is giving little away but nevertheless providing plenty to talk about.
In today's email we catalogue yet more twists and turns in the race to election day.