It is easy to overlook New Zealand, tucked away in a corner of the southern Indo-Pacific. South of even remote Fiji and with fewer than five million people, it is dwarfed by Australia's strategic profile and six-times-larger economy.
Yet, there is a Kiwi story to be told. In the past four decades, it has emerged from protectionism to be a liberal, free-trading economy that ranks high in human development indexes. It has steadily built more options into its foreign policy; when once it declared that "where Britain stands, we stand", Wellington has moved to be a part of the Five Power Defence Arrangements that group it with Australia, Britain, Singapore and Malaysia.