A former Defence Minister says New Zealand needs to get more involved if we want to build a better relationship with our allies.
New Zealand was left out of a three-way deal between Australia, the US and UK designed to counter Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region.
Wayne Mapp says the move shows that Australia wants to join the big international players.
The former National Cabinet minister told Mike Hosking we need to show a bigger commitment to maritime security.
"We need to say, to Australia especially, but also to the Uk, we're serious about replacing our ANZAC frigate, we're going to play a responsible part, here's our pathway."