I have been living in beautiful New Zealand for over 15 years, and I am now a New Zealander. I must say I am not connected with any defence staff or matters. Defence is even not a hobby of mine; I am just an everyday proletarian here . As you all probably know, New Zealand has hardly any credible defence force: half a dozen transport planes, a few decommissioned fighter-jets rusting away, and some vintage helicopters. I don't want to sound paranoid, but could the specialists here let me know what is your technical opinion on the following: 1. What is the risk that a large foreign nation will be interested in invading New Zealand within the next 50 years? After all, overpopulation and economic decline may well push some country to that temptation. 2. If such an invasion was indeed planned, can you imagine the invading force coming to New Zealand (by sea or air) unimpeded? 3. Since New Zealand defence would be unable to stop the invaders, can you imagine that other friendly nations would be able to stop them before they reach New Zealand? 4. Assuming the invading force does reach New Zealand, our country would be defeated in a matter of hours. Is it truly believable that our "friends" would come to our rescue at that stage? After all, what would be their motivation? Are we not just a little insignificant nation, not worth fighting for? Would we not be lost like other little nations / regions have been in the 20th century? Sure, the invading country would get trade penalties and embargoes as "punishment"; but would the matter not be forgotten within a few decades? 5. As far as you know, does Australia seem to be better prepared to repel an invader? 6. If you had to choose between living in New Zealand and Australia, and your choice was guided by defence concerns, which country would you pick as the safest to live in?