Perhaps it's because of the sheer size - and therefore enormous potential - of their country, but Australians have always demonstrated a harder-edged nationalism than have Kiwis.

And that tendency has become even more apparent in recent years, when they have begun to flex their muscles as, potentially, a regional, if not global, power.

The consequence of this growing sense of importance on a wider stage has been bad news for the traditional transtasman, Anzac-based, camaraderie.

The relationship with New Zealand matters less to Australia than it did (something that can be established by numerous examples) and is one increasingly

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