New Zealand

Wrong balance of power in Pacific
Wrong balance of power in Pacific
With the attention largely on the great power race to gain influence in the region, another balance of power is going unnoticed, if not ignored – the gender imbalance of political…
How New Zealand recognises the people there first: 2021 favourites
How New Zealand recognises the people there first: 2021 favourites
Our end-of-year series as the Lowy Institute staff offer their favourite books, articles, films or TV programs for 2021. Watch for more recommendations and…
New Zealand: No longer Australia’s Pacific security partner?
New Zealand: No longer Australia’s Pacific security partner?
The prophecy was delivered in 2014. “It is likely that over the next ten years,” Wellington’s Defence Assessment foretold, “New Zealand will deploy military and other assets in…
Shouldering their fair share? The ANZUS allies in the Pacific Islands
Shouldering their fair share? The ANZUS allies in the Pacific Islands
Recent reports that Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) will be redirected to focus on operations in the Pacific Islands signals Australia’s commitment to follow…
Lessons from Christchurch
Lessons from Christchurch
The tragedy of 51 people murdered and many more injured two years ago by an Australian-born far-right extremist was commemorated in Christchurch this week by the New Zealand…
Terrorism and New Zealand’s dual citizenship conundrum
Terrorism and New Zealand’s dual citizenship conundrum
Last week, the issue of depriving an individual of their citizenship because of terrorist activity made headlines once again. An alleged Islamic State member, Suhayra Aden, had…
Allies but not friends? New Zealand and Australia
Allies but not friends? New Zealand and Australia
A pub quiz question for foreign policy nerds in ten years’ time: In early 2021, why did New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern accuse Scott Morrison’s government of not acting in good faith…
Foreign policy’s “Indigenous moment” is here
Foreign policy’s “Indigenous moment” is here
New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta, the first Maori woman in that role, hit the ground running in her first few months in office. Not only did her appointment break…
How to China, from your friends in New Zealand
How to China, from your friends in New Zealand
It was probably only a matter of time before Damien O’Connor, not one of the leading lights in Jacinda Ardern’s second-term Cabinet, stepped into some diplomatic doo-doo. But in…
Avoiding a Pacific Lost Decade: Financing the Pacific's COVID-19 Recovery
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Avoiding a Pacific Lost Decade: Financing the Pacific's COVID-19 Recovery
The Pacific's post-pandemic economic revival will rely on an international multi-year recovery package of grants and loans led by Australia