Keith Locke: Our defense policy and exercises align us with the US against China

[This opinion piece was published in the New Zealand Herald on 5 December 2018] With so many New Zealanders put off by Donald Trump and his maverick foreign policy, I had expected a Labour/New Zealand First Government to keep its distance. However, with its ban on Huawei’s involvement in the 5G network our Government hasContinue reading Keith Locke: Our defense policy and exercises align us with the US against China

Why on earth is NZ sending a plane into the Kim-and-Trump tinderbox?

[Published in The Spinoff, 9 September 2018] Winston Peters says the Orion is to implement UN sanctions, but that’s only half the story, writes former Green MP Keith Locke We all know the erratic nature of Donald Trump’s policy towards North Korea. One moment he’s threatening a military assault. The next moment he’s all buddy-buddyContinue reading Why on earth is NZ sending a plane into the Kim-and-Trump tinderbox?

Splashing $2.3 billion on aircraft erodes NZ’s independent foreign policy

[Published in The Spinoff, 14 July 2018] The purchase of four surveillance planes signals an even closer military alignment with the United States, and the reflects badly on our non-aligned status, writes former Green Party defence spokesperson Keith Locke. It was disappointing to see a Labour-led government agree to spend $2.3 billion on four P8AContinue reading Splashing $2.3 billion on aircraft erodes NZ’s independent foreign policy

Keith Locke: Take on extremists with words not war

Countering the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq requires solutions that are mainly political, not military. [On 21 October 2014 the NZ Herald carried my  opinion piece advocating that New Zealand provide humanitarian aid to Iraq and Syria, and not contribute to the US-led military campaign.] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11345416 New Zealanders are right to be concernedContinue reading Keith Locke: Take on extremists with words not war

Keith Locke: There’s nothing great about Great War

WWI was a disastrous struggle for imperial power rather than a fight for freedom — and we must share blame [On 5 August 2014, on the 100th anniversary of New Zealand’s entry into World War I, I had this opinion piece carried in the New Zealand Herald.] Read this article on the NZ Herald websiteContinue reading Keith Locke: There’s nothing great about Great War