A foreign policy expert says New Zealand being left out in the cold in a new security pact could be a benefit.
The three-way deal between the UK, the US and Australia aims to limit China's might in the Asia Pacific by sharing military technology.
Democracy Project International Analyst Geoffrey Miller says New Zealand is highly dependent on China for exports and should keep up current relations.
He told Kate Hawkesby the pact is already provoking anger from the Chinese government.
"In the Global Times, which is Chinese state media, and uses more colourful language... they said Australia could be a potential target for a nuclear strike."