One reason I won’t support a republic

I have always said that I won’t support a republic for New Zealand until two people are dead. One is Helen Clark and the other is Jim Bolger.

As a former Prime Minister and a man very firm in his views, Jim Bolger has always been a bit stroppy.

But after his performance in Washington last night at a reception for the US NZ Partnership Forum, someone may be asking him to tone it down a bit.

He used his speech as chairman of the NZ US Council to dwell on the Anzus rift over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear laws, which was perplexing to those who wanted to celebrate and move on now the rift is over.

On Friday next week HMNZS Te Mana will be the first NZ frigate to dock at a US naval base, in Guam, in almost 30 years.  Read more »


Lange lied? No surprises there

The author of a new book says that he believes David Lange lied about the anti-nuclear crisis that saw the end of Anzus. No surprises there, politicians are natural born liars.

David Lange’s former chief adviser Gerald Hensley has come to the conclusion that the former Prime Minister lied about his early involvement in the anti-nuclear crisis that gripped the fourth Labour Government.

But Mr Lange’s widow, Margaret Pope, says her husband never trusted Mr Hensley because of his views on Anzus and she is sceptical about how he will be portrayed in his book.  Read more »

Why isn't New Zealand celebrating the 60th anniversary of signing ANZUS

On 1 September it was the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS treaty.

Today we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, which remains a keystone of our relationship with Australia and an enduring force for stability in the wider region.

Few nations share closer ties than Australia and the United States. Australia promptly invoked its alliance obligations following September 11—something Americans will long remember. The brave men and women of our armed forces have fought side by side in every major battle since the First World War. Today, our soldiers, diplomats, and aid workers are working together in Afghanistan. Equally important, we have strengthened our cooperation across other significant challenges – from environmental degradation to our joint commitment to economic development in Africa and the Pacific.

We look forward to welcoming Australian Foreign Minister Rudd, Defense Minister Smith, and their colleagues later this month at the Australia-United States Ministerial (AUSMIN) consultations. AUSMIN will take place at San Francisco’s Presidio complex, where the original ANZUS documents were signed 60 years ago today. We will continue to strengthen this significant alliance in the decades to come.

The only mention of New Zealand in that press release is the two letters in the title of the treaty. With the Wellington Declaration the animosity was supposed to be at an end, looks like the US still doesn’t rate us.