I doubt itIt looks like there is a further awakening in the government about the changing strategic situation in the Pacific, The Foreign Ministry has publish the following document stating that, "the future looks grim and there is a possibility of conflict in the region.
I wonder If this will get the pollies moving?
This is from National Leader Chris Luxon on the 757's
Christopher Luxon would look at commercial options over 'ancient' Air Force planes that 'shouldn't be flying' if PM | Newshub"The reality for New Zealand is we have unreliable aircraft, we can't afford new ones in the middle of a recession. There are other priorities for New Zealand.
"So, the reality, whether you like it or not is that we should be travelling commercially."
He called the current aircraft "ancient" and said, "they shouldn't be flying".
"They're well past their use-by date. We are now in a recession and this will not be a priority in my Government.
Extrapolate this across defence with one eye on past National attitudes towards defence spending, even when the nation was doing reasonably well as it was under Key.
National may talk tough on defence but history shows that they don't deliver.
Nationals position is :
New Zealand defense priorities could slow after resignation of PM Jacinda Ardern - Breaking DefenseThe office of the shadow defense minister, Tim van de Molen, told Breaking Defense that its priorities were to increase pay and living conditions, improve basic equipment and oppose any re-establishment of a combat air wing — called the Air Strike Force — in the Royal New Zealand Air Force.
NZ is not doing well economically and has a lot of domestic issues, and frankly National will be under pressure to deliver on other priorities if they regain the government benches.
Regardless of rhetoric, I expect that NZ under any government will double down on China and the self censorship to help fund fixing recent policy 'problems' under the usual guise of having an "Independent Foreign Policy."