So, the US Ambassador has made another speech calling for us to "end the standoff" with the US. To which we really have to ask "who is standing who off"?
As Helen Clark pointed out, the door is open, and it has always been open. What she very diplmatically didn't say is that it is only US arrogance that has stopped them from using it. France and the UK - both nuclear powers - have been happy to comply with our anti-nuclear legislation when visiting New Zealand. It is only America's refusal to accept that legislation that has prevented visits by their forces.
As for the wider relationship, I have nothing against closer relations with the US. But what they must accept is that we are an independent nation, with our own values. Where those values differ from those of the US - as they did on Iraq, and as they do on climate change, fair trade, the need for international law, and on multilateralism generally - we (along with the rest of the world) will go our own way. We have a lot in common, but we are interested in being friends, not vassals.