max
°
min
°
Location:
COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
Ed Sheeran

OPINION: Mahuta's 'dragon and taniwha' redefines NZ Foreign Policy
Photo: Getty Images.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta's speech to China was groundbreaking in many ways.

By using Tikanga, Nanaia has reassured our largest trading partner that NZ will not cause China to lose face in any disagreement over human rights.

She was emphatic on this, "Different perspectives can be positive, and underpin cultural exchange and learning, but some differences challenge New Zealand's interests and values. There are some things on which New Zealand and China do not, cannot, and will not, agree. It is important to acknowledge this, and to stay true to ourselves, as we seek to manage our disagreements mindful that tikanga underpinning how we relate to each other must be respected."

For a culture as obsessed with saving face as China, the diplomatic promise of respect as articulated by tikanga is incredibly smart and highlights why Nanaia's promotion as Foreign Minister was a masterstroke of diplomacy.

For those however still critical of China's human rights record, Nanaia didn't disappoint by noting that NZ would actively engage in finding replacement markets so that we are not reliant on China moving forwards.

Nanaia confirmed the existing relationship, reaffirmed our right to disagree while culturally promising respect and signalled a strategic economic realignment.

Mahuta is redefining New Zealand's Foreign Affairs in a dynamic and exciting way.

 

Martyn Bradbury

Editor - TheDailyBlog.nz

twitter.com/CitizenBomber

Radio Waatea and its board would like to advise that the opinions posted are those of Martyn 'Bomber Bradbury' and not the views of Radio Waatea, its Management or its Board.

Copyright © 2021, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

TMP2
flu vaccine campaign
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
OPINION: Fair Pay Agreements will do more to lift Maori wages than any other policy
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: While the PSA and CTU attack the Labour Government over freezing 100k gold plated bureaucrat wages, the big story last week was the announcement of the Fair Pay Agreements which will effectively see universal union membership.
Dr Rawiri Taonui Covid Maori | Seven Variants in New Zealand and Low Rate of Maori Vaccination
The world has delivered more than 1.15 billion vaccines as countries race to inoculate populations against Covid-19.
OPINION: National's scream of segregation vs my Maori journey as a Pakeha
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The National Party are attempting to race-bait by describing the Māori Health Authority as 'segregation'.
0
TMP2
           

Submit

Glossary

 

Subscribe

Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am