Governor-General welcomes Royal announcement
Governor-General welcomes Royal
It was with much joy and happiness
that we learnt this morning that Their Royal Highnesses, The
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting a baby.
of the pregnancy is a wonderful gift to the child’s
parents, and both of their families, and especially Her
Majesty The Queen, who celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this
On behalf of my wife Janine and all New
Zealanders, I send our best wishes to the Prince and Duchess
at this happy time. I will be writing to Their Royal
Highnesses to offer my personal congratulations.
Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry
Governor-General of New
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Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand
The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.
To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.
The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>