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Interview: NZ Foreign Minister McCully


Sam Roggeveen


5 September 2011 11:43

New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully opened proceedings at the Lowy Institute's Pacific Islands and the World conference here in Auckland this morning. We conducted this short interview after his speech.

McCully seems to have lost patience with Fiji: 'too much time has been spent at regional forums...talking about Fiji, for no good result when there are other challenges the region needs to get on and face...Fiji at the end of the day is a distraction'.

Instead, McCully wants to highlight the obvious challenges of aid effectiveness, fisheries, renewable energy and cooperation with China. Note also his unequivocal views on the record of foreign aid in the region. I also managed to work in a question about ANZUS, since the 'NZ' part of that acronym has not had much attention in discussions marking the 60th anniversary.

(Apologies for the low audio. Please turn your speakers up.)