French Ministers Head to Indo-Pacific, Australia in Diplomatic Push

[ad_1] PARIS (Reuters) – France’s defence and foreign ministers travel to the Indo-Pacific next week as part of a diplomatic offensive to strengthen political and military ties, and rebuild its relationship with key partner Australia. France, with overseas territories in the Pacific and Indian Ocean and 7,000 troops stationed there, considers itself an Indo-Pacific power. … Read more

New Zealand Seeks to Strengthen Engagement With US -Foreign Minister

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Thursday his country would seek to strengthen engagement with the United States on strategic and security challenges while also looking to unlock potential in their economic relationship. “As a small democracy with deep relationships across the region, and focused on regional security and … Read more

New Zealand to Introduce RBNZ Reforms, Lift Cigarette Sale Ban

[ad_1] SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealand’s new government will introduce legislation to reform the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s mandate and lift a ban on the sale of cigarettes to future generations within its first 100 days, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said in a statement on Wednesday. The centre-right National Party, led by Luxon, returned … Read more

New Zealand’s New Government Sworn In, Parliament Expected to Open Next Week

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s new right-of-centre government was sworn in on Monday, with parliament expected to sit next week and begin working on new policies including a new central bank mandate and lifting a ban on oil and gas exploration. New Zealand Governor General Cindy Kiro, who represents British monarch King Charles III … Read more

Factbox-The Key Players in New Zealand’s New Government

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s National Party, ACT New Zealand and New Zealand First Friday signed a coalition agreement and will be sworn in as the 54th government on Monday. Here are some facts on the major players in the new government. CHRISTOPHER LUXON, PRIME MINISTER AND NATIONAL PARTY LEADER A former Air New … Read more

New Zealand’s National, ACT NZ and NZ First Ink Coalition Agreement

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s National Party, ACT New Zealand and New Zealand First have signed an agreement to form a new coalition government with populist NZ First leader Winston Peters taking on the role of Foreign Minister. The three parties said in a statement on Friday that Peters and ACT’s David Seymour would … Read more

New Zealand’s National Party Reaches Deal to Form Government

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s National Party has reached an agreement with ACT New Zealand and New Zealand First to form a government, and the final signoff could be done later on Thursday, the leaders said. The conservative National Party won the largest share of votes in New Zealand’s Oct. 14 general election but … Read more

New Zealand PM-Elect Says ‘Significant Milestone’ Reached in Forming Govt

[ad_1] WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister elect Christopher Luxon said on Monday that a “significant milestone” had been achieved in forming a government overnight with the National Party, ACT New Zealand and New Zealand First agreeing on policy programmes. National won the largest share of votes in New Zealand’s Oct. 14 general election … Read more