AUKUS: Updating New Zealand’s Approach

10/07/2023 Policy Advice, Response to an Official Information Act request, Ministerial briefing

This publication provides documents on the March 2023 submission to Ministers providing an update on key developments regarding AUKUS, previews forthcoming announcements, and seeks approval of New Zealand’s updated approach to AUKUS going forward.

AUKUS: Updating New Zealand’s Approach
1.4 MB
10 Jul 2023

The pack comprises the following documents:

  • 7 March 2023 submission to Ministers: AUKUS: Updating New Zealand’s Approach
  • Annex: Updated Key Messages on AUKUS.

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