Trump – Good or Bad for New Zealand

March 6, 2018

Whether you love him, hate him, or have never heard of him – Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America. If you fall into the last category, I do have to wonder where you have been living for the past few years! While many believe that Donald Trump is a polarising figure, I would argue that whether he is polarising or not, that in itself does not impact on New Zealand’s relationship with the USA.

At the end of the day, New Zealand and the United States are close friends. We are both western liberal democracies with shared values such as rule of law and freedom of speech. We have a military alliance, and a trade relationships that see’s over $16 billion annually. A relationship of that strength doesn’t rest on personalities, and as a result it doesn’t have much of an impact if we have a National or a Labour Prime Minister, or a Republican or Democratic President in the US.

That being said, there is an exception to every rule.

I am old enough to recall in 1985 when our then Prime Minister David Lange made a call that New Zealand was to be nuclear free – meaning US nuclear ships were unable to call on our harbours. This did cause some tension in our relationship and lead to the breakdown of the ANZUS defence treaty. Thankfully, the relationship has since recovered.

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Todd Muller

About Todd Muller

Todd Muller is the MP for Bay of Plenty. He writes a weekly article for the Kiwi Kids News website. Todd Muller was born in Te Aroha and raised in Te Puna. He attended Tauranga Boys College before earning his Masters Degree from Waikato University. He is a former Waikato University Councillor, and sat on the Boards of Plant and Food Research and the Sustainable Business Council. Todd is married to Michelle and is father to their three children, Aimee, Bradley, and Amelia.

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Will he build a wall?


Who says "trump's not bad".
He is the worst


what do they mean by close friends?


guys trump is the worst hes arming teachers with fire arms


Sigh... When he plunges us into nuclear war, don't be surprised.


i think hes fine


Trump is not the worst president


Just as long as he stays away from NZ I'm fine


he is all good


trump is all good


I agree with everything that this article say cause Trump Is so not ready for what NZ has to bring .I would like Jacinda Ardern to stay our prime minister


trump will build a wall he has metal factorie.


trumps the best


Trumps not to bad