Mahuta might have missed a trick but other ministers are braying about more millions for Pacific peoples’ employment

We can’t but wonder whether China’s thrust into the Pacific – exposing our government to mounting criticism on the foreign affairs front – helps explain two of the latest announcements from the Beehive.

The shortcomings of the government in general and Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta in particular are spolighted today in an article by Geoffrey Miller for the Democracy Project.

It is headed Political Roundup: Nanaia Mahuta under pressure as Pacific’s geopolitical Great Game heats up.

Miller, the Democracy Project’s international analyst and writer on New Zealand foreign policy and related geopolitical issues, observes:

As a new ‘Great Game’ for control of the Pacific escalates, New Zealand’s foreign minister is coming under pressure from all sides.

For those keeping score, China has now signed co-operation agreements with Samoa and Kiribati, while the US has convinced Fiji to join its new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF). Continue reading “Mahuta might have missed a trick but other ministers are braying about more millions for Pacific peoples’ employment”