COMMENT

Earlier this century the incumbent Prime Minister of New Zealand opined that the country existed in an "incredibly benign strategic environment". That might have been true once but how things change and keep changing. It would be easy but unnecessary to include a long list of changes, so let's not.

I will though refer back to what I believe was the first development that has plagued the country, and the rest of the world, faster than anyone expected, including me. It would be tedious if not so important. I have regaled anyone who'd listen since the mid-80s with the

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