Reasons to abandon NZ’s Five-Eyed Folly

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Wayne Brown’s suggestion “Is it time to sell our seat on FiveEyes?” is from someone well placed by experience to form an educated opinion. “Trade sanctions of the type Australia is facing are a weapon used by both USA and China. So let’s have a debate on whether we need Five Eyes, or whether it’s time for us to trade on independently.”

NZ businessman Wayne Brown’s sensible argument is based simply on it being in NZ’s economic interest to avoid getting dragged by its Five Eyes membership into the USA’s Australia v. China trade war.  Australia’s decision to package gratuitous insults and hostile military gestures along with the $150 billion of their highly profitable trade with China looks set to result in a substantial reduction of the dollar value of that trade. Serious damage to the Australian economy will almost certainly result.  Brown’s anxiety is that NZ’s leaders might be seduced into the same folly. That Sinophobic folly has been some time in the making. Only in the past few months have China’s leaders felt they have had enough of turning the other cheek and decided to react.

However, over and above Brown’s mercenary argument, there are, several other reasons for NZ to seriously consider leaving the Five Eyes alliance and replacing it with a carefully considered and proactive neutrality.

  1. The first of these is the quantity and reliability of the intelligence received.

Clearly, NZ needs to know what is going on in the world of geo-politics. Intelligence tailored to NZ’s requirements used to come in from the nation’s own diplomatic posts and the ‘analysis’ was then sifted and consolidated  by long-experienced civil servants. NZ’s diplomats were ‘reliable’ sources; the same cannot be said for the foreign analysts it is now forced to rely on. They have different masters with interests and agendas that differ from NZ’s (the US orchestrated assault on Huawei provides a perfect example of this dynamic.)

Today, the Five Eyes have largely replaced the former diplomatic service as the eyes and ears of the government. Between them, the Eyes promiscuously dredge the ether to gather mountain ranges of raw data. After Sir John Key had been persuaded that Washington could be trusted to efficiently sift this mountain and to extract and pass on whatever  few gems that were of relevance to NZ, Murray McCully was tasked with the ‘reorganisation’ of the diplomatic service. In essence, this entailed retiring expensive, experienced senior diplomats and changing the service’s mission from gathering foreign intelligence and building personal relationships to selling milk solids.

The Five Eyes are effectively controlled from the USA and Britain. NZ has no capability to interpret the raw electronic information gathered, nor for assessing the quality of the processed information returned to it by the group’s two controllers. Richard Prebble claimed that while he was in Cabinet, he never received any information through Five Eyes that he could not have gathered from his home computer – or words to that effect. What he did receive would have only been information that it was in our allies’ interest that the NZ government should know, or, more accurately, should believe.  Information that did not suit the analysts’ national agendas would have been withheld without NZ knowing of its existence.

  • Pressure to join someone else’s battle intended to achieve ends not in NZ’s interest.

Secondly, the other Five Eyes members are increasing the pressure on NZ to join them in turning the Five Eyes into a global political actor, rather than the passive gatherer and sharer of information with which David Lange made his original decision to become more deeply involved. Recent joint action to protest China’s restoration of order to the citizens of Hong-Kong, and to complain about Chinese criticism of Australian war crimes are indications of movement in this direction. To this end, active attempts, through agencies such as the UK’s Integrity Institute, are made to manipulate the media and subvert NZ politicians and population into holding a partisan world-view contrary to objective reality and the national interest.

  • Membership of the Five Eyes stigmatises NZ in the eyes of third parties – including most importantly China.

Thirdly, the Five Eyes is clearly a club for Anglo-Saxon former colonial powers. Most of the Nations NZ needs to interact with, including China, have past histories of being oppressed by these white rule-making rulers. It is a fact of the post-colonial world that populations offended against retain long memories of injustice and oppression: those inflicting the pain have notoriously shorter memories of such actions.

The Peoples’ Republic of China, in contrast to members of the western alliance, has dropped no bombs on or colonised any other nation. Nevertheless, it is persistently maligned by the western alliance, which has dropped bombs on and invaded multiple nations. Through membership of the Five Eyes, NZ is a part of that alliance and unavoidably complicit in its multiple breaches of international law.

  • The Five Eyes strategic objective runs contrary to NZ’s national interest.

Fourthly, the Five Eyes’ confrontation with China is intended to enable the USA to maintain the now threatened technological and military advantage relied on to maintain its unipolar global dominance. However, NZ benefits from Chinese technological and economic progress. It has no strategic reason to fear Chinese intentions, let alone the possibility of Chinese military aggression. Like China, NZ has a key trading interest in the maintenance of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. US ambitions to contain China and develop a capability to interdict its trade, run directly contrary to NZ’s interests. Continuing NZ membership of the Five Eyes is to risk scoring an own goal.

 For all the above reasons the only justification for the NZ government choosing not to exit from its Five Eyes alliance is that it has already lost its independence and fears the retribution that the jilted partners may wish to inflict. On the other hand, by the time NZ had declared its independence, its partners might have realised that the confrontation is not serving their interests and  would welcome the mediation, which by then, NZ would be ideally placed to provide.

A much raised level of investment in NZ’s diplomatic service and a return to its traditional mission would do far more to preserve NZ’s security than expenditure on the military and on helping foreign intelligence services gather largely irrelevant and possibly falsified intelligence that NZ lacks the technical skills or trained manpower to interpret.

It is in NZ’s national interest for it to remain on good terms with its rapidly developing Asian neighbour, China. If forced into a choice between the declining power of the USA and the rising power of China, only a NZ public, misled by the western media, would choose alliance with the remote USA over benign neutrality.

29 comments on “Reasons to abandon NZ’s Five-Eyed Folly ”

  1. Ad 1

    Wayne Brown is one of Northland's bigger assholes.

    When he has to promote his credentials as a part-shareholder in a weeny newspaper in Russia, as the basis for proposing we leave an intelligence network, it's time to stop reading what he has to say.

    CER's looking pretty dated. So's all those little Pacific Realm free association pacts. And the Commonwealth? And what did the Treaty of Waitangi ever do for us?

    Just because the crises are long gone, doesn't mean the networks and alliances that responded to them are not useful in future.

    This tiny set of rocks needs all the friends it can get.

    • francesca 1.1

      If you're calling the US,UK, and Aus friends , they don't have friends, they have interests ….

      They'd ditch us in a heartbeat if it suited

      • Ad 1.1.1

        They've had ample reason to ditch us, and haven't. Since 1941.

        All countries act according to their interests. But after 80 years, that set of countries are more than allies.

        • Barfly 1.1.1.1

          Except when the French government sends agents here who blow up a yacht and kill a man – then those so called allies don't know us at all.

          • Ad 1.1.1.1.1

            The French aren't members of Five Eyes.

            • aom 1.1.1.1.1.1

              The link between the 5 Eyes and the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior was that at least the UK and the US knew of the intended attack and did not inform NZ. What was/is the rational of 5 Eyes?

            • Morrissey 1.1.1.1.1.2

              So why did the U.S., Britain, and Australia not even speak out on our behalf after France attacked us?

        • aj 1.1.1.2

          Their 'interest' is imperialism. And a benign discrete imperial control over New Zealand in their interest. They have NEVER 'ditched' a country willingly, just like any other imperial power through the ages.

        • Morrissey 1.1.1.3

          They ditched us in 1985, when the French state sent terrorists to Auckland.

    • Mike Smith 1.2

      I get that you don't like Wayne Brown Ad, but am confused by the rest of your post about the other arrangements.

      Khaki is simply calling for a debate on whether reliance on the post World War 2 anglophone FiveEyes network is in our best interests as a source of intelligence in a world that has changed enormously, not least because of Covid.

      Seems reasonable to me, not least since the report on the Christchurch massacre demonstrated that their attention tended to be based on other countries' priorities.

      • Ad 1.2.1

        It's just a set of unsubstantiated statements, without any alternative.

        Our position with China remains impeccably good – the best of Five Eyes and the best relationship of every other developed nation in the world (I don't count Russia as developed). We are already in a position to offer advice to Australia about its relationship with China.

        The Christchurch massacre is certainly a colossal intelligence failure. But it's not a reason to leave Five Eyes. It's a reason to improve our own capacity.

  2. McFlock 2

    Pulling out is a declaration of a change in geopolitical alignment. Big chip that we'd need a big incentive to part with. The yanks (another trading partner) would be pissed.

    I doubt our contribution to 5eyes is much more than renting out a couple of satellite tracking stations – we're not harming China too much by staying in it.

    We're not actually a particularly small nation geopolitically, but we're a regional power only. Basically, we do the diplomatic dance of kinda getting along with most folks and not really pissing anyone off too much.

    • Gabby 2.1

      China might even be benefiting from our membership.

      • Andre 2.1.1

        Wut, ya reckon getting one of their military intelligence trained dudes into our Parliament mighta got them some of the Five Eyes goodies?

  3. Stuart Munro 3

    The problem with ditching 5eyes is that it would provoke our existing partners, who would not hesitate to punish NZ for it, much as they did over our perfectly rational nuclear free policy. Moreover, it is folly to pretend that China's interests better align with NZ than our traditional partners, however much money there may be to be made selling milk or NZ company assets like Mainzeal's into that market.

    The US and China are giants in our playground – we need to be canny, independent, and fast on our feet. And we haven't been – or rather the tragic clowns appointed to that role have been decidedly less than stellar on our behalf.

    • Anne 3.1

      The problem with ditching 5eyes is that it would provoke our existing partners, who would not hesitate to punish NZ for it, much as they did over our perfectly rational nuclear free policy.

      Absolutely. And there were also repercussions for innocent individuals who, through no fault of their own, found themselves struggling to survive in the wake of the passing of that legislation. I should know because I was one of them. In my case it was the work of an American – ex US Marine – who managed to get inside an arm of the NZ Defence Force via a back-door in the 1980s.

      Nuff said. I leave it to others to read between the lines.

  4. Aurelius 4

    'The People's Republic of China, in contrast to members of the western alliance, has dropped no bombs on or colonised any other nation'.

    The good people of Tibet and East Turkestan might claim otherwise.

  5. Gabby 5

    "China’s restoration of order to the citizens of Hong-Kong" – you know, I'd never appreciated Comrade Chairman Xi's selfless magnanimity til right now.

  6. Andrew Miller 6

    ‘The People's Republic of China, in contrast to members of the western alliance, has dropped no bombs on or colonised any other nation'.

    "China’s restoration of order to the citizens of Hong-Kong”

    Ah, the anti imperialism of fools. It’s amazing what morally nauseating nonsense parts of the left’s reflexive anti Americanism can lead to.

    After reading this anyone with the slightest knowledge of the history of the CCP and its rule of China would be calling for the sick bucket.

    • Subliminal 6.1

      Probably it is because you only have the slightest knowledge of Chinese history. Do you have any idea what China was like in the years preceding Mao? China was run by an opium mafia that was put in place by the UK and supported by the USA. This is why Mao is still reverred as a person who saved China by much of the population today. There is a lot more to the famine that killed so many people in China than willful homicide. Two disastrous years of climate compounded some bad policy and there was a deeper reasoning behind the cultural revolution than simply dobbing in the boss. Its easy to write off the millions that take this view of the world as brainwashed but no amount of bleating about Tibet will change the almost absolutely true statement that China does not drop bombs on other countries. And how many of the Hong Kong protesters died from the arm or bullets of the state? The answer is zero so I would say that restoration of order is a good description.

      David Cook and William Hinton are two westerners that provide a slightly dated view of China that has obviously taken on board the Chinese perspective. I daresay you would call them brainwashed but its a great listen if you put aside your arrogance.

      • Stuart Munro 6.1.1

        China was run by an opium mafia that was put in place by the UK and supported by the USA.

        A bit of an oversimplification there.

        Republic of China (1912–1949) – Wikipedia

        It was not British and US puppets that ran China through an opium mafia – the opium trade had petered out. The West had learned how to make its own porcelain, and grew their tea in India. They no longer needed that return cargo.

        By 1906, however, the importance of opium in the West’s trade with China had declined, and the Qing government was able to begin to regulate the importation and consumption of the drug. In 1907 China signed the Ten Years’ Agreement with India, whereby China agreed to forbid native cultivation and consumption of opium on the understanding that the export of Indian opium would decline in proportion and cease completely in 10 years. The trade was thus almost completely stopped by 1917. Britannica

  7. RedBaronCV 7

    Regardless of five eyes I'd have thought it would be in our interests to move quietly away from too much trade reliance on China – as it makes it's displeasure known pretty quickly – if we support anything that they disagree with.

    Plus they seem to have long term goals of trying to swamp other countries economically and there has been some desire to control strategic assets in other countries and there has been I understand some unscheduled intellectual property issues. I don’t see any business reason to concentrate on China – there have been a number of corporates that have had issues there over the years.

    We'd probably do better to increase our common interests with other Asian nations, Korea, Japan, Singapore etc. some of whom have a great deal more experience in dealing with China that we do.
    Why does Wayne Brown think that security interests have to take a hike for trade reasons. Asking to get ripped off I’d say.

  8. Maurice 8

    With the lurch leftward in Canada, UK and US (how soon will Aus follow?) surely these countries are aligning much more closely with the prevailing politics in tiny wee NZ?

  9. RedLogix 9

    And while the reflexive anti-US stance on the left is justified to some degree – one really needs to consider whether an increased engagement with the CCP is a good idea given this kind of information:

    The testimony given to the BBC detailed allegations of rape and sexual abuse of Uighur women detained in China's internment camps in the Xinjiang region.

    One woman told the BBC that women were removed from their cells "every night" and raped by one or more masked Chinese men. Tursunay Ziawudun, who fled the region after her release and is now in the US, said she was tortured and later gang-raped on three occasions, each time by two or three men.

    A Kazakh woman from Xinjiang who was detained for 18 months in the camp system said she was forced to strip Uighur women naked and handcuff them, before leaving them alone with Chinese men.

    The Chinese men "would pay money to have their pick of the prettiest young inmates", said Gulzira Auelkhan. "They forced me to take off those women's clothes and to restrain their hands and leave the room," she said.

    A former guard at one of the camps, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described torture and food deprivation of inmates.

    Adrian Zenz, a leading expert on China's policies in Xinjiang, said the testimony gathered by the BBC was "some of the most horrendous evidence I have seen since the atrocity began.

    "It provides authoritative and detailed evidence of sexual abuse and torture at a level clearly greater than what we had assumed," he said.

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    One of the threats in the National - ACT - NZ First coalition agreements was to extend the term of Parliament to four years, reducing our opportunities to throw a bad government out. The justification? Apparently, the government thinks "elections are expensive". This is the stupidest of stupid reasons for ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    3 days ago
  • A website bereft of buzz
    Buzz from the Beehive The new government was being  sworn in, at time of writing , and when Point of Order checked the Beehive website for the latest ministerial statements and re-visit some of the old ones we drew a blank. We found ….  Nowt. Nothing. Zilch. Not a ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    3 days ago
  • MICHAEL BASSETT: A new Ministry – at last
    Michael Bassett writes – Like most people, I was getting heartily sick of all the time being wasted over the coalition negotiations. During the first three weeks Winston grinned like a Cheshire cat, certain he’d be needed; Chris Luxon wasted time in lifting the phone to Winston ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Luxon's Breakfast.
    The Prime Minister elect had his silver fern badge on. He wore it to remind viewers he was supporting New Zealand, that was his team. Despite the fact it made him look like a concierge, or a welcomer in a Koru lounge. Anna Burns-Francis, the Breakfast presenter, asked if he ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • LINDSAY MITCHELL:  Oranga Tamariki faces major upheaval under coalition agreement
     Lindsay Mitchell writes – A hugely significant gain for ACT is somewhat camouflaged by legislative jargon. Under the heading ‘Oranga Tamariki’ ACT’s coalition agreement contains the following item:   Remove Section 7AA from the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 According to Oranga Tamariki:     “Section ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • BRIAN EASTON:  Peters as Minister
    A previous column looked at Winston Peters biographically. This one takes a closer look at his record as a minister, especially his policy record. Brian Easton writes – 1990-1991: Minister of Māori Affairs. Few remember Ka Awatea as a major document on the future of Māori policy; there is ...
    Point of OrderBy poonzteam5443
    3 days ago
  • Cathrine Dyer's guide to watching COP 28 from the bottom of a warming planet
    Is COP28 largely smoke and mirrors and a plan so cunning, you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel? Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: COP28 kicks off on November 30 and up for negotiation are issues like the role of fossil fuels in the energy transition, contributions to ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Top 10 news links at 10 am for Monday, Nov 27
    PM Elect Christopher Luxon was challenged this morning on whether he would sack Adrian Orr and Andrew Coster.TL;DR: Here’s my pick of top 10 news links elsewhere at 10 am on Monday November 27, including:Signs councils are putting planning and capital spending on hold, given a lack of clear guidance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the new government’s policies of yesteryear
    This column expands on a Werewolf column published by Scoop on Friday Routinely, Winston Peters is described as the kingmaker who gets to decide when the centre right or the centre-left has a turn at running this country. He also plays a less heralded but equally important role as the ...
    3 days ago
  • The New Government’s Agreements
    Last Friday, almost six weeks after election day, National finally came to an agreement with ACT and NZ First to form a government. They also released the agreements between each party and looking through them, here are the things I thought were the most interesting (and often concerning) from the. ...
    4 days ago
  • How many smokers will die to fund the tax cuts?
    Maori and Pasifika smoking rates are already over twice the ‘all adult’ rate. Now the revenue that generates will be used to fund National’s tax cuts. Photo: Getty ImagesTL;DR: The devil is always in the detail and it emerged over the weekend from the guts of the policy agreements National ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • How the culture will change in the Beehive
    Perhaps the biggest change that will come to the Beehive as the new government settles in will be a fundamental culture change. The era of endless consultation will be over. This looks like a government that knows what it wants to do, and that means it knows what outcomes ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • No More Winnie Blues.
    So what do you think of the coalition’s decision to cancel Smokefree measures intended to stop young people, including an over representation of Māori, from taking up smoking? Enabling them to use the tax revenue to give other people a tax cut?David Cormack summed it up well:It seems not only ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • 2023 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #47
    A chronological listing of news and opinion articles posted on the Skeptical Science  Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 19, 2023 thru Sat, Nov 25, 2023.  Story of the Week World stands on frontline of disaster at Cop28, says UN climate chief  Exclusive: Simon Stiell says leaders must ‘stop ...
    5 days ago
  • Some of it is mad, some of it is bad and some of it is clearly the work of people who are dangerous ...
    On announcement morning my mate texted:Typical of this cut-price, fake-deal government to announce itself on Black Friday.What a deal. We lose Kim Hill, we gain an empty, jargonising prime minister, a belligerent conspiracist, and a heartless Ayn Rand fanboy. One door closes, another gets slammed repeatedly in your face.It seems pretty ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    5 days ago
  • “Revolution” is the threat as the Māori Party smarts at coalition government’s Treaty directi...
    Buzz from the Beehive Having found no fresh announcements on the government’s official website, Point of Order turned today to Scoop’s Latest Parliament Headlines  for its buzz. This provided us with evidence that the Māori Party has been soured by the the coalition agreement announced yesterday by the new PM. “Soured” ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    5 days ago
  • The Good, the Bad, and the even Worse.
    Yesterday the trio that will lead our country unveiled their vision for New Zealand.Seymour looking surprisingly statesmanlike, refusing to rise to barbs about his previous comments on Winston Peters. Almost as if they had just been slapstick for the crowd.Winston was mostly focussed on settling scores with the media, making ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • When it Comes to Palestine – Free Speech is Under Threat
    Hi,Thanks for getting amongst Mister Organ on digital — thanks to you, we hit the #1 doc spot on iTunes this week. This response goes a long way to helping us break even.I feel good about that. Other things — not so much.New Zealand finally has a new government, and ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    6 days ago
  • Thank you Captain Luxon. Was that a landing, or were we shot down?
    Hello! Here comes the Saturday edition of More Than A Feilding, catching you up on the past week’s editions.Also in More Than A FeildingFriday The unboxing And so this is Friday and what have we gone and done to ourselves?In the same way that a Christmas present can look lovely under the ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • Cans of Worms.
    “And there’ll be no shortage of ‘events’ to test Luxon’s political skills. David Seymour wants a referendum on the Treaty. Winston wants a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Labour’s handling of the Covid crisis. Talk about cans of worms!”LAURIE AND LES were very fond of their local. It was nothing ...
    6 days ago
  • Disinformation campaigns are undermining democracy. Here’s how we can fight back
    This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Misinformation is debated everywhere and has justifiably sparked concerns. It can polarise the public, reduce health-protective behaviours such as mask wearing and vaccination, and erode trust in science. Much of misinformation is spread not ...
    6 days ago
  • Peters as Minister
    A previous column looked at Winston Peters biographically. This one takes a closer look at his record as a minister, especially his policy record.1990-1991: Minister of Māori Affairs. Few remember Ka Awatea as a major document on the future of Māori policy; there is not even an entry in Wikipedia. ...
    PunditBy Brian Easton
    6 days ago
  • The New Government: 2023 Edition
    So New Zealand has a brand-spanking new right-wing government. Not just any new government either. A formal majority coalition, of the sort last seen in 1996-1998 (our governmental arrangements for the past quarter of a century have been varying flavours of minority coalition or single-party minority, with great emphasis ...
    6 days ago
  • The unboxing
    And so this is Friday and what have we gone and done to ourselves?In the same way that a Christmas present can look lovely under the tree with its gold ribbon but can turn out to be nothing more than a big box holding a voucher for socks, so it ...
    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    6 days ago
  • A cruel, vicious, nasty government
    So, after weeks of negotiations, we finally have a government, with a three-party cabinet and a time-sharing deputy PM arrangement. Newsroom's Marc Daalder has put the various coalition documents online, and I've been reading through them. A few things stand out: Luxon doesn't want to do any work, ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Hurrah – we have a new government (National, ACT and New Zealand First commit “to deliver for al...
    Buzz from the Beehive Sorry, there has been  no fresh news on the government’s official website since the caretaker trade minister’s press statement about the European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement. But the capital is abuzz with news – and media comment is quickly flowing – after ...
    Point of OrderBy Bob Edlin
    6 days ago
  • Christopher Luxon – NZ PM #42.
    Nothing says strong and stable like having your government announcement delayed by a day because one of your deputies wants to remind everyone, but mostly you, who wears the trousers. It was all a bit embarrassing yesterday with the parties descending on Wellington before pulling out of proceedings. There are ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    6 days ago
  • Coalition Government details policies & ministers
    Winston Peters will be Deputy PM for the first half of the Coalition Government’s three-year term, with David Seymour being Deputy PM for the second half. Photo montage by Lynn Grieveson for The KākāTL;DR: PM-Elect Christopher Luxon has announced the formation of a joint National-ACT-NZ First coalition Government with a ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • “Old Coat” by Peter, Paul & Mary.
     THERE ARE SOME SONGS that seem to come from a place that is at once in and out of the world. Written by men and women who, for a brief moment, are granted access to that strange, collective compendium of human experience that comes from, and belongs to, all the ...
    6 days ago
  • Weekly Roundup 23-November-2023
    It’s Friday again! Maybe today we’ll finally have a government again. Roll into the weekend with some of the articles that caught our attention this week. And as always, feel free to add your links and observations in the comments. This Week in Greater Auckland On Monday Matt ...
    Greater AucklandBy Greater Auckland
    7 days ago
  • Geoffrey Miller: New Zealand’s strategy for COP28 in Dubai
    The COP28 countdown is on. Over 100 world leaders are expected to attend this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which starts next Thursday. Among the VIPs confirmed for the Dubai summit are the UK’s Rishi Sunak and Brazil’s Lula da Silva – along ...
    Democracy ProjectBy Geoffrey Miller
    7 days ago
  • Coalition talks: a timeline
    Media demand to know why a coalition government has yet to be formed. ...
    My ThinksBy boonman
    7 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to Nov 24
    Luxon was no doubt relieved to be able to announce a coalition agreement has been reached, but we still have to wait to hear the detail. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / Getty ImagesTL;DR: The five things that mattered in Aotearoa’s political economy that we wrote and spoke about via The Kākā ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Passing Things Down.
    Keeping The Past Alive: The durability of Commando comics testifies to the extended nature of the generational passing down of the images, music, and ideology of the Second World War. It has remained fixed in the Baby Boomers’ consciousness as “The Good War”: the conflict in which, to a far ...
    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #47 2023
    Open access notables How warped are we by fossil fuel dependency? Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, 35-40 million cubic meters per day of Russian natural gas are piped across Ukraine for European consumption every single day, right now. In order to secure European cooperation against Russian aggression, Ukraine must help to ...
    7 days ago

  • New Zealand welcomes European Parliament vote on the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement
    A significant milestone in ratifying the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was reached last night, with 524 of the 705 member European Parliament voting in favour to approve the agreement. “I’m delighted to hear of the successful vote to approve the NZ-EU FTA in the European Parliament overnight. This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Further humanitarian support for Gaza, the West Bank and Israel
    The Government is contributing a further $5 million to support the response to urgent humanitarian needs in Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, bringing New Zealand’s total contribution to the humanitarian response so far to $10 million. “New Zealand is deeply saddened by the loss of civilian life and the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago

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