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Yearbook 2001

2001 New ZealandNew Zealand. Extensive cuts in defense were announced in the spring. The Labor government said it intended to sell all the air force's combat and exercise plan and reduce its funding for the Navy while providing the Army with new equipment to play a greater role in peacekeeping operations. According to Countryaah, Prime Minister Clark justified the decision with a lack of money and that the country did not face any apparent security policy threat. The decision drew criticism from Australia, with New Zealand's defense cooperation, the United States and the Conservative opposition.

In September, the state took over Air New Zealand to save it from a looming bankruptcy. The airline had been privatized twelve years earlier.

In September, New Zealand received 150 boat refugees who were refused to land in Australia. However, these would be included in the 750 quota refugees the country had promised to receive in 2001-02. Prime Minister Clark later called on the UN to address the issue in order to find an international solution to the problems.

Opposition leader Jenny Shipley resigned in October and was replaced by former Finance Minister Bill English.

2001 New Zealand

During an official visit to China in April 2014, the colorful prime minister sparked scandal when he declared that New Zeland would back up if the US and Australia attacked North Korea militarily. Opinions he had to withdraw the following day. New Zealand has been supplying soldiers for almost all of the United States wars since World War II.

At the November 2014 election, Key's Conservative Party retained its backing - stepped back a bit but won a more mandate. The big loser was the Labor Party, which went 2 terms back to 32. It was the 4th election with decline for the party. Parliament's 3rd largest party, the Greens, retained its 14 seats. The big winner of the election was the second Conservative party NZ First, which ran for 4 terms until 11. After the election, Key continued as prime minister of his Conservative government.


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