"The US and New Zealand ended a 25-year break in intelligence collaboration last year but kept the news secret, according to a leaked cable.
Washington imposed restrictions on the supply of intelligence to Wellington in the mid-1980s in response to New Zealand's nuclear-free policy.
But according to a cable sent from the US embassy to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in January this year, collaboration was "fully restored" in August last year. Mrs Clinton was also warned the news "should not be acknowledged in public".
Other leaked cables showed an increase in New Zealand co-operation with US intelligence agencies and military in recent years, but again "emphasised that it is committed to avoiding publicity". According to the cables, US and New Zealand officials doubted there was public support for the closer ties and preferred to keep them secret, the report said."
Bet New Zealenders are feeling chuffed to be mentioned in the cables, and to know that their government tried not to bother their collective little heads with this information.