‘Embarrassing’ failure of New Zealand PM’s plane leaves officials stranded in Papua New Guinea

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Air New Zealand has swooped in to save prime minister Christopher Luxon’s trade mission to Japan, after another one of the country’s beleaguered defence force planes was grounded in Papua New Guinea over maintenance issues. Luxon’s high-powered business delegation was travelling to Tokyo on Sunday via Papua New Guinea, as part of the government’s mission to grow trade. However, the group – including trade minister Todd McClay, as well as dozens of business leaders and journalists – was left stranded after the discovery of blown fuses on the NZDF Boeing 757. Luxon was able to escape the drama and maintain...