Yearly Archives: 2020

New Zealand’s response to the Soleimani assassination is shamefully timid

How can New Zealand claim to have an independent foreign policy when it won’t even criticise America’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian leader? The furthest foreign minister Winston Peters went was to express “strong concern” at the “heightening tensions in Iraq and the region”. Peters’ statement could also be...

NZ shouldn’t be caught up in the US game over Huawei

By Keith Locke Why are we still looking to America first when it comes to our decisions on which countries to engage with, asks former MP Keith Locke. Britain’s decision to resist American pressure and let Huawei into its 5G network is embarrassing for New Zealand. Earlier our government had fallen into...

Covid 19 coronavirus response a chance to reshape our foreign policy

The Covid-19 crisis is shaking up our thinking in a number of areas, not least on foreign policy.In the 1980s we were excluded from the Anzus alliance for daring to declare New Zealand nuclear-free. Since then we have supposedly had an "independent foreign policy".In practice, our policy would be...

NZ Should Not Buy into Trump’s tech war with China

The article below appeared on the Daily Blog on 2 September 2020 Most New Zealanders don’t trust Donald Trump. By and large they oppose his “America First” stance, which is making effective cooperation between nations very difficult.Why then are so many people fooled by Trump’s attacks on China’s most...

Labour/Green relations: don’t weaken the independent Green voice

By Keith Locke The following article was published in The Daily Blog, 20 October 2020 There has been much discussion about how the Greens should position themselves now they are not needed by Labour to form a government.The proposals range from no formal Labour/Green agreement to the Greens having Ministers in...

Five Eyes not the right vehicle to challenge China on human rights

The following article was published on the Daily Blog on 25 November 2020. By Keith Locke It’s good to see New  Zealand criticising China for undermining democracy in Hong Kong, but we shouldn’t do it via a Five Eyes statement. It would be much more effective for New Zealand, which has a...

What’s missing from the report into the Christchurch terrorist attack

This article was published by Spinoff on 22 December 2020 By Keith Locke The weakness of the royal commission report is that it treats Islamist extremist terrorism and extreme right white nationalist terrorism as different categories, when in fact they are part of the same problem, argues former Green MP Keith...