It's often espoused by the marketing gurus and other strategists at NZ, regardless of how succesful they are, that it is necessary, for their very survival, to enter into a long term strategic partnership with Qantas (QF).
Well let's play devil's advocate: what if the suitor wasn't Geoff Dixon? What (and forgetting recent history) airline do you think could afford to and benefit from a strong investment in an alliance/partnership with NZ? Who would you like to see? And why? Where are the synergies etc?
My money's on EK and SQ.