An independent assessment of New Zealand defence policy
In early May 2019, and partly as a result of the
accelerating impacts of climate change, a loose association
of independent analysts determined that there was a need to
highlight what we perceive to be significant national
security risks and strategic vulnerabilities inherent within
New Zealand’s current defence policy.
independent assessment, which is attached to this e-mail, is
submitted for the consideration of New Zealand and its
government. We hope that it will stimulate what we consider
to be vitally important conversations about the future of
New Zealand defence policy.
42 Group is not associated
with any nation’s government, any government body, or any
lobby group. It is self-funded and has no specific political
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PM's Statement: Deadly Eruption Of Whakaari / White Island
At this stage, we can confirm that amongst those currently listed as missing or injured are New Zealanders who were part of the tour operation, and tourists from Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. That is to the best of our knowledge.
To those who have lost or are missing family and friends, we share in your unfathomable grief at this moment in time, and in your sorrow. Your loved ones stood alongside kiwis who were hosting you here. We grieve with you, and we grieve with them... More>>
Police Update: Five Confirmed Dead - Eight People Unaccounted For
Work has continued overnight to respond to the eruption on White Island. Enquiries with tour operators indicate that 47 people were on White Island at the time of the eruption. Police can now advise that in addition to the five people confirmed deceased, eight people remain unaccounted for following the eruption. More>>
Gordon Campbell: On The Eruption And Tourism Safety
Adventure tourism is a central theme in New Zealand tourism, and by definition, adventure always includes a certain level of risk. That said, New Zealand itself is also at risk of being seen as a tourism destination where commercial factors – rather than safety factors – are routinely allowed to determine the point where the boundary line of acceptable risk is being drawn. More>>