Defence Minister Ron Mark has had a long-standing speaking engagement at Plimmerton Rotary tonight to talk about his life story.
That means he will be missing the cocktail reception aboard the Chinese Navy training ship No 83 tied up in Wellington at present.
That may be a blessing because there may have been some awkwardness after his release earlier today of the strategic document “Advancing Pacific Partnerships”.
• Defence Minister: People, more than money, will win favour with the Pacific
• Defence Minister Ron Mark issues strategic paper as basis for future Defence decisions
• Defence paper seen as