New Zealand updated their views on defence policy at a strategic level last year
New Zealand’s chief of Navy Rear Admiral David Proctor says this was after the release of the strategic defence policy statement by the New Zealand government.
Proctor made this comments while visiting students at the Fiji maritime Academy yesterday.
He added that there was no massive changes made.
However, the policy noted the increase changes in the cyber security environment while also highlighting the new focus area where the New Zealand defence force will now treat the South West Pacific similar to a New Zealand home area with its resource priority.
With over 32 years of experience as a New Zealand navy he said that there is an increasing strategic competition with the increased presence of international parties in the region. Represented as states and businesses.
This then pose the need for countries in the region to understand the uncertainty this increasing international presence brings in order to avoid miscalculations.
Proctor says there will be a meeting of South West pacific heads of maritime forces to discuss security challenges faced by the region.
The meeting will be held in Suva next week.