The European Union’s top-ranking diplomat has talked up greater cooperation with New Zealand during a flying visit to the country, saying the EU is a reliable partner in an increasingly unstable environment.
Crown research institute GNS Science almost hired controversial private investigators Thompson & Clark to provide security for an offshore research project - only to pull the pin over fears of bad media coverage. Sam Sachdeva reports.
As a senior diplomat under Barack Obama, Kurt Campbell helped shape the US relationship with China. Now he says the American view of the Asian superpower needs a fundamental rethink. Campbell spoke to Sam Sachdeva about China’s role in the international system, Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy, and New Zealand’s position on the world stage. *
New Zealand’s intelligence watchdog has launched an inquiry into our spy agencies’ involvement in the military’s Afghanistan activities - including the raid which allegedly killed innocent civilians. Sam Sachdeva reports.
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.