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New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark PICTURE: RNZ / DOM THOMAS

Defence top brass from NATO, the Pentagon and South-East Asia are coming to Queenstown for a high-powered security summit next April.

The theme of the second Asia-Pacific Security Innovation Summit – the first was held in Rotorua in April – is “strengthening security resiliency through partnerships and alliances”.

It’s organised by the non-profit APSI Forum, which “promotes cooperation in innovative security models, concepts, frame-works and technologies in the Asia-Pacific region”.

Speakers include NATO bigwigs Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann, General Andre Lanata and Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann.

New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark will deliver ‘opening remarks’.

Asked if any Chinese or Russian top brass will be invited, committee chair Dr Anita Abbott, who formerly worked for NATO, says “that’s a delicate matter at the moment”.

The summit, which will be attended by only 50 delegates, runs from April 15 till 17 at the Copthorne Lakefront hotel.

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