NATO gets the headlines, but the Five Eyes alliance is another close connection between key Western powers, and it may expand.
Both Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern had successful meetings at the Pacific Islands Forum – but there is much more work to be done in the region.
A 70-year-old Cold War-era treaty among the three nations is finding renewed importance in response to the global rise of Chinese power and influence.
While some tensions over China and Australia’s deportation of criminals continue to niggle, the bigger picture is the continued strength of the trans-Tasman relationship.
The much-mooted trans-Tasman travel bubble will begin on October 16, but will be very limited.