Really? What a waste of time and money

New Zealand is apparently going to open an embassy in Barbados…I can’t see the logic myself, unless Murray McCully is planning on taking his latest root on a Caribbean holiday.

New Zealand is spreading its diplomatic presence beyond Europe, Asia and the Americas to a tiny island nation that one MP says is best known for its cricket and cannabis.

An embassy is scheduled to open in Barbados – New Zealand’s first Caribbean post.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully emphasised that the new embassy in the capital, Bridgetown, would be “not too grand” and New Zealand would be sharing a site with the British ambassador. 

The CIA Factbook says the country of 290,000 people is the wealthiest and most developed in the eastern Caribbean, with an economy built on tourism and sugar exports, but it also has some problems with forced labour, sex trafficking and child prostitution.

Some guy called David Shearer had something to say about it all.

Labour foreign affairs spokesman David Shearer said after large cuts to Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staffing last year, it seemed unusual to be opening an embassy on a tiny island state known for “cricket and marijuana”.

“Other than cricket I can’t think of many other ties other than pretty tenuous links with a small island,” Mr Shearer said.

Do you want:

  • ad-free access?
  • access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • access to Incite Politics magazine articles?

Silver subscriptions and above go in the draw to win a $500 prize to be drawn at the end of March.

Not yet one of our awesome subscribers? Click Here and join us.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.