Category : News
Author: Mark Quinlivan

The Government doesn't have a concrete plan to move Auckland on from COVID-19 lockdowns and is "providing no hope for Aucklanders", the Opposition claims.

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Auckland would remain in COVID-19 alert level 3 for at least another two weeks. She told the 4pm press conference the Government would reveal a vaccination target for when restrictions could ease, but not until Friday.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2021/10/covid-19-judith-collins-david-seymour-say-patronising-jacinda-ardern-government-have-no-idea-after-alert-level-announcement.html
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Category : News
Author: David Rising

After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with the rhetoric and reasoning behind the exercises unchanged.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/300430891/taiwan-uschina-conflict-unlikely-but-experts-say-a-miscalculation-could-spell-disaster
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Category : Defence
Author: Soli Middleby, Anna Powles and Joanne Wallis

The Australian government often describes Australia and New Zealand as ‘natural allies’. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of the AUKUS security partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom on 16 September—which he described as ‘a forever partnership for a new time between the oldest and most trusted of friends’—raises questions about the changing dynamics of Australia’s natural alliance.

Article: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/aukus-adds-ambiguity-to-the-australia-new-zealand-alliance/
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Author: David Engel

Amid the commentary on Australia’s handling of France over the decision to switch to nuclear-powered submarines, Canberra’s treatment of another close partner and the reaction that has caused have received relatively scant attention.

The Australian government’s dealings with Indonesia on the submarines and AUKUS was no less maladroit.

Article: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/aukus-and-australia-indonesia-relations-22-clever-by-half/
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Category : Defence
Author: Sam Sachdeva

As the US and China spar over maritime clashes in the South China Sea, New Zealand has set out its view of some of the issues at play – with a viewpoint unlikely to find favour with Beijing

New Zealand has weighed in on long-running and heated territorial disputes in the South China Sea, with a carefully-worded diplomatic note that nonetheless sets the country in opposition to Beijing.

Article: https://www.newsroom.co.nz/nz-wades-into-south-china-sea-dispute
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Since this article, New Zealand sent HMNZS Te Kaha and HMNZS Aotearoa and sailed the South China Sea with the UK Carrier Strike Group 21. #UKCSG21. This also sends a message to China (a bit heavier than a diplomatic note) of where NZ stands on the South China Sea, the 9 Dash Line and freedom of navigation...

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Category : Defence
Author: Nighthawk

Well New Zealand is part of the Five Powers Defence Arrangement with the United Kingdom, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore the agreement was signed in 1971 whereby the five powers are to consult each other "immediately" in the event or threat of an armed attack on any of these five countries for the purpose of deciding what measures should be taken jointly or separately in response.

Article: http://www.nighthawk.nz
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Category : News
Author: Adam Scotti

The world is watching the 2021 Canadian federal election with some interest, owing to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s international celebrity status. However, the media have overlooked one aspect of the election. A Conservative Party victory would not just spell the end of the Trudeau administration, but would also bring to the fore a previously obscure policy proposal that the Conservative Party has made in its foreign policy platform. This is the dream of CANZUK, a union of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the U.K. This would be both a radical shift in Canada’s foreign policy and also potentially in Canada’s defence policy.

Article: https://www.cgai.ca/a_radical_idea_canzuk_in_canadian_foreign_and_defence_policy
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What a poorly written and researched article.

If the Conservative Party wins, three of four CANZUK nations would have pro-CANZUK governments in office: Canada, Australia and the U.K. That would just leave New Zealand under the Jacinda Ardern administration, and pro-CANZUK politicians have said they expect New Zealand to follow Australia into a CANZUK agreement if the other three nations finalize it.

I don't even think Australia has a policy on CANZUK, and even if they do saying New Zealand would just follow is a bit of a stretch.

Sure there are various MP's and have considered the idea but no party in NZ or Australia has a CANZUK policy. Only the Conservative Party of Canada and their leader Erin O’Toole has one as part of their party policy.

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Category : News
Author: Kurt Bayer

The Government needs to ask the United States for a "please explain" over why New Zealand was not invited to US-led crunch talks on options of evacuating people still trapped in Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has said the Government is working on a "second phase" to try to get New Zealand passport holders and other visa holders out of the turbulent nation, which has fallen into Taliban hands in recent weeks.

Article: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/fall-of-afghanistan-us-leads-meeting-on-evacuation-moves-where-was-nz/
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