Today I am arriving home from a very successful
visit to China, Hong Kong, and the Netherlands.
meeting with world leaders we had some great wins for New
Zealand. We agreed to extend our trade target between New
Zealand and China, and we deepened relations with the
European Union including the option of exploring a Free
Trade Agreement with the EU.
Improved relations with our
trading partners are a long-term boost for exporters and
ultimately more jobs and opportunities for all New
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Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State
To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.
It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.