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China and Russia could be looking for a back door to Western intelligence through the ‘soft underbelly’ of New Zealand

New Zealand, along with the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, is part of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance. A report from Canada's spy agency said New Zealand is a "vivid" example of China's foreign interference in politics.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a press conference on November 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence

A former CIA China expert proposed cutting New Zealand out of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing arrangement with the US, UK, Canada, and Australia because Jacinda Ardern has not done enough to curb influence attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
A Chinese Naval guided missile destroyer docks at the Ngong Shuen Chau Naval Base in Hong Kong.

Western countries reportedly want to use cash and soft power to fend off Chinese influence in the Pacific

Western countries and their allies in Asia are increasingly concerned about China's growing influence, and they now reportedly have a plan to counter it.

Western intelligence is warning that Chinese influence in New Zealand is at a ‘critical’ level

Western officials are concerned that growing Chinese influence in New Zealand could compromise the Five Eyes intelligence and defense partnership.