The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of five C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and related equipment to New Zealand for an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.

The sale will be conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Nov. 20.

Article: https://defpost.com/new-zealand-cleared-to-procure-five-c-130j-super-hercules-aircraft/
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Author: Lois Williams & Local Democracy Reporter

An elderly West Coast man has appealed to the Government not to take his land after more than 70 per cent of it was classed as a significant natural area (SNA).

Tony Barrett, 86, lives alone on his 607-hectare block on Arnold Valley Rd, east of Greymouth.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/local-democracy-reporting/119619486/elderly-man-to-lose-70-per-cent-of-farm-in-blatant-attack-on-property-rights
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Author: Rachel Sadler

Minister of Justice Andrew Little had a fiery debate on Magic Talk on Wednesday about New Zealand's 'right to silence' laws.

Sean Plunket invited the minister onto his show after Little spoke to Ryan Bridge on Tuesday, where the pair had an on-air clash about the same subject.

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/02/andrew-little-has-fiery-debate-with-sean-plunket-over-right-to-silence-laws.html
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So how could a naval task group with coalition frigates paired with a LHD perform a number of useful roles beyond warfighting or HADR, including support for operations? How could the LHD enhance those operations?

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Author: James Fyfe & Ella Prendergast

A lawyer fears forcing families in child abuse cases to speak up could put innocent people behind bars.

Both ACT and the Children's Commissioner want to rethink the right to silence law after a child was critically hurt in Flaxmere. 

Article: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2020/02/justice-minister-andrew-little-rules-out-revoking-right-to-silence-lawyer-concerned-change-could-lead-to-wrongful-convictions.html
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Author: Ben Heather

China's ambassador to New Zealand has heaped pressure on the government to open its borders in the wake of the novel coronavirus, stating she would protect "the interests" of Chinese students.

In a press conference in Wellington on Tuesday, ambassador Wu Xi downplayed the risk of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, which she described as "generally under control" thanks to the "miracle" mobilisation of the Chinese state.

Article: https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/119575877/chinese-ambassador-hits-out-at-new-zealand-travel-ban-in-response-to-novel-coronavirus-outbreak
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Fuck off, if I have my way the restrictions would be for at least another month or two... and if virus outbreak happened here in New Zealand your Communist Party would have had instant travel bans and done even more... Stop trying to interfere with how we run our country... the safety of our people comes first before you pathetic excuses. 

So fuck off with your Communist BS.

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Author: Steven Paget

In 2010, Rod Lyon of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute wrote: “With the return of the more strategically-extroverted Kiwi, it is a good time for Australia and New Zealand to be putting more meat on the bones of their Closer Defence Relationship.” 1 Various areas of the “closer defence relations” between Australia and New Zealand are ripe for cooperative enhancement, but one of the most obvious is amphibious operations. Both nations have recognized that their amphibious forces provide a means to further jointness among national service branches, but the current international interest in amphibiosity means they are also a tool for effective engagement and for enhancing interoperability. 

Article: https://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1017&context=nwc-review
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Kiwis are renowned for being flightless, but they may soon be equally well known for their agility in the water, based on the plethora of documents released by the New Zealand government on both the composition and tasks expected of the New Zealand Defence Force.

Article: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/the-new-zealand-defence-forces-expanding-amphibious-capability/
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