20 Mar 2023

Analysis: White House official's trip to NZ

From Morning Report, 8:14 am on 20 March 2023

A senior White House official who visited Wellington over the weekend is promising greater co-operation, and a collaboration on "cutting-edge" technology between New Zealand and the United States.

Kurt Campbell is the Indo-Pacific co-ordinator on President Joe Biden's national security council.

He met with Defence Minister Andrew Little and other officials during his short time in Wellington, and spoke with media yesterday.

Dr Campbell also hinted that the newly former AUKUS agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States would look to gain partners in future, suggesting a place for New Zealand.

Victoria University professor in strategic studies Professor Robert Ayson paid particular interest to this visit.

He spoke to Corin Dann.