Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is meeting with the American Chamber of Commerce to discuss issues relating to New Zealand’s relationship with the United States.

Watch the PM speaking here:

“For us Five Eyes will continue and will always be very very strategically important to New Zealand. But always going forward we will continue to make sure that we work with our partners around issues like human rights, democracy and as we have always done, we will make sure we raise those concerns in those arenas on an ongoing basis because that is keeping with New Zealand foreign policy,” Ardern says.

Ardern says New Zealand has an independent foreign policy: “We have chosen partners par se, we have always chosen to stand on our values, which is strongly embedded in the importance of democracy and human rights.”

She rejected the suggestion that there existed any diplomatic strain between the partners.