Has the friendly rivalry between New Zealand and Australia been fatally injured?
A row over the dual citizenship of Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s deputy prime minister, has brought simmering tensions to the surface When Australia and New Zealand fight, rarely does it go beyond the gravity of two siblings scrapping. Conflict between the neighbours, separated by 1,300 miles across the Tasman Sea, typically takes the form of cheap jibes based on cultural stereotypes, or competing claims to the provenance of a racehorse, pop band or meringue-based dessert. Its only violent theatre is sporting clashes, such as yesterday’s first Bledisloe Cup Test. But that, for the most part, is as far is it goes. Over the last week, however, relations took an uncommon turn. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, denounced a “conspiracy” between his domestic opponents and their New Zealand allies. A tirade from Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop against the New Zealand Labour party prompted one newspaper headline to wonder, Like