Wednesday, 16 August 2017 07:58

New Ambassador to Iran

New Zealand’s new Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran is Hamish MacMaster, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee announced today. “New Zealand has a long-standing trade and economic relationship with Iran, established with the opening of our Embassy in Tehran in 1975,” Mr Brownlee says. “Since the easing of United Nations sanctions in 2016 there has been increased interest in the Iranian market by New Zealand exporters. “Exports last year were $151 million and the first export of New Zealand lamb in decades was sent to Iran in May. “There is real scope for the further diversification of our trade relationship…
Friday, 11 August 2017 08:53

PM welcomes Croatian President to NZ

Croatia’s President, Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, will make her first official visit to New Zealand next week, Prime Minister Bill English has announced. “New Zealand has a warm and constructive relationship with Croatia. The large Croatian community that has made New Zealand home has made an important contribution to our business, cultural and political life over many years,” Mr English says. President Grabar-Kitarović and her delegation arrive on Saturday 19 August for a series of events, including an official welcome at Government House in Auckland and a State luncheon hosted by the Governor-General. “I am looking forward to discussing a…
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:21

New High Commissioner to Vanuatu

Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced diplomat Jonathan Schwass as High Commissioner to Vanuatu. “New Zealand and Vanuatu have close and long-standing ties,” Mr Brownlee says. “In the last year, more than 4,000 Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu were in New Zealand – representing about 40 per cent of the total workers in the scheme. “The RSE scheme has been an enormous success over the last decade and, at an estimated $20 million a year for those 4,000 workers, the earnings have a significant effect on livelihoods in Vanuatu. “Mr Schwass will lead the delivery of New Zealand’s…
NDO/VNA – President Tran Dai Quang on January 11 received the ambassadors of New Zealand, Timor Leste, Cote d’Ivoire, Rwanda and Slovenia, who presented their credentials. At a reception for New Zealand Ambassador Wendy Irene Matthews, President Quang expressed his delight at the growing Vietnam-New Zealand ties since the two countries set up their comprehensive partnership in 2009 and issued a joint statement on comprehensive partnership towards strategic partnership in 2015. He proposed that the two sides should define contents and roadmaps for their strategic partnership, while coordinating in the building of the Vietnam-New Zealand action programme for the new…
UN Mission became Impossible The United Nation’s Security Council seat was viewed as the best showcase for New Zealand’s noble intentions. But within a few days of its tour of duty ending New Zealand found itself the fall-guy in two bitter feuds—the eternal Israel-Arab one and now the grudge one between the outgoing and incoming Presidents of the United States. How did the tiny agrarian South Pacific nation with its international do-good mission find itself caught in these two bitter sets of cross-fires? New Zealand’s presence on the United Nations Security Council was the culmination of a decades-long diplomatic strategy…
|  MSCNewsWire - Wednesday 28 December 2016  |  The absence in New Zealand of an effective political Jewish lobby was largely responsible for the South Seas nation being summoned to co-sponsor at the United Nations the resolution calling for the halt to building within Israel’s occupied territories. Two sponsoring nations were islamic – Malaysia and Senegal. The third, Venezuela, was a founding member of OPEC. The political lobby vacuum meant that New Zealand could be the western, and better still, English speaking nation to sponsor the resolution –and do so without there being any danger of formal internal political repercussions.…
L’Affaire Tapie now engulfing Francis Fillon campaign IMF managing director Christine Lagarde’s exit from the Paris court room with only the charge of “negligence” attached to her has served only to intensify the anger in France over the porosity between their country’s judiciary and it politicians, writes our European correspondent. The gathering storm is of interest to New Zealand because of a widespread impression that former prime minister John Key is in line to succeed her as chief of the International Monetary Fund, an economic stabilising agency that had its origins in Bretton Woods. The possibility initially arose when Mr…
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:24

New High Commissioner to PNG announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today announced the appointment of Sue Mackwell as High Commissioner in Papua New Guinea. “New Zealand and Papua New Guinea enjoy a strong relationship, and we work closely together in the areas of sustainable economic development, agriculture, and renewable energy,” Mr McCully says. “Papua New Guinea is New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner in the Pacific. It has an abundance of natural resources, and we share an interest in helping make sure these assets deliver broad-based benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea. As a close partner of Papua New Guinea, and an APEC member, New…
Monday, 19 December 2016 07:27

Next UK High Commissioner announced

  Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced that Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae will be New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. “The appointment of Sir Jerry Mateparae as our High Commissioner in London underlines the significance New Zealand places on our relationship with the UK,” Mr McCully says. “Sir Jerry has been Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force and Chief of Army, and until recently he was New Zealand’s Governor-General. “He will be replacing Sir Lockwood Smith as High Commissioner and I would like to acknowledge Sir Lockwood’s service and the work he has done to…
Monday, 19 December 2016 07:26

New Ambassador to Saudi Arabia named

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has named diplomat James Munro as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He will also be accredited to Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. “New Zealand has a strong and growing bilateral relationship with the Gulf states,” Mr McCully says. “Our exports to the Gulf Cooperation council were worth $1.7 billion in 2015 and Saudi Arabia is one of New Zealand’s top 20 trading partners. “A priority for Mr Munro will be to progress these trade and economic relationships, including the New Zealand/GCC FTA.” Mr Munro is currently New Zealand’s Ambassador to Iraq. He is an…
The growing economic, cultural, diplomatic, sporting, and tourism links between India and New Zealand were the highlight of the end-of-year celebration between the two countries organized by India Trade Alliance in Auckland on Monday. The keynote address was delivered by the New Zealand High Commissioner designate to India, Joanna Kempkers. Speaking at her first public event to delighted ITA members, Ms. Kempkers said, The High Commissioner designate, using the analogy of an Acorn, told the audience that ‘Just like an acorn being the symbol of NZ India relationship, I would like to nurture it, feed it and see it grow…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:52

High Commissioner to India announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today named diplomat Joanna Kempkers as New Zealand’s next High Commissioner to India. Ms Kempkers will be based in New Delhi and cross-accredited to Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. “As members of the Asia-Pacific region, New Zealand and India have a close relationship,” Mr McCully says. “India is our second largest source of skilled migrants and international students. “Two-way goods and services trade exceeds $2 billion, and the Government has high expectations for the further development of India as a key economic and political partner for New Zealand. Ms Kempkers is currently the Director of Protocol…
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 12:51

Ambassador to Spain announced

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today named diplomat Andrew Jenks as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Spain. “Spain is an important partner for New Zealand and a key member of the European Union,” Mr McCully says. “Spain is a base for a number of NZ companies operating in the region, and there is scope to further develop our trade and economic relationship. “We also share political and security interests through our cooperation on the United Nations Security Council over the past two years, and our participation in operations such as the UN mission in Afghanistan.” Mr Jenks has previously been posted…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 07:49

King Abdullah of Jordan to visit New Zealand

His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan will make an official visit to New Zealand from November 28-30, Prime Minister John Key announced today. “I am pleased to welcome King Abdullah’s reciprocal visit to New Zealand, which follows the 2013 visit to Jordan by our previous Governor General,” says Mr Key. “New Zealand and Jordan have a strong bilateral relationship, one which has grown even closer through our time serving together on the Security Council last year. “King Abdullah’s visit will be an opportunity to hear Jordan’s important perspectives on Middle East issues, including Syria, the Middle East Peace Process,…