Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters New Zealand observes closely relationships with its major trading partner, China, and others, and will speak up on issues that it has concerns about. “We will stick to our independent foreign policy, but that doesn’t stop us observing what’s happening with others.”
As both countries matured after the world wars, they tended to ignore one another, looking more to the UK, Europe and US as leaders and exemplars. This is despite the Closer Economic Relations CER agreement (1983) and the many parallels in their political histories that Tingle points out.
A boy cools off at a water fountain in Montpellier, southern France, on June 27, 2019 during a heat wave. Photo: AFP The heat in northern Siberia reached 38 C at Verkhoyansk on June 20, provisionally the highest known temperature anywhere north of the Arctic Circle.