EMBARGO

Kaikoura, New Zealand

He looked at the photograph of the Aboriginal painting for the hundredth time. How could people not act on what they'd been given? Jets had been scrambling into the skies above New Zealand since 1979. His Official Information Act query had been met with: "your request would require a substantial amount of collation, research and consultation." Officially, the Defence Force was "not in a position to deploy staff to undertake that task". It was going to be a long day.

 

2010