New Zealand and Japanese companies are working to strengthen collaboration in geothermal energy in a workshop being held this week in Taupo. More
On 5 March the book was launched at Parliament by the Minister of Veterans' Affairs, Michael Woodhouse with representatives from the New Zealand Defence Force, the Royal New Zealand and Returned Services' Association along with Members of Parliament in attendance. More [external link].
On 22 December, China and New Zealand marked forty years of diplomatic relations. The changes in both of our countries over this period have been remarkable. China in 1972 was only beginning to emerge from a period of self-imposed isolation. Our first diplomats crossed into mainland China on foot from Hong Kong because of a lack of international flights. Today, there are daily flights linking our two countries and China has become the world’s second largest economy. More
State Councillor Liu Yandong, China's most senior woman leader, visited New Zealand from 9-11 December 2012. Liu's visit marked 40 years of New Zealand-China diplomatic relations and provided opportunities to discuss issues and achievements in the New Zealand-China relationship. More
A special publication marking the 40th anniversary of New Zealand-China diplomatic relations in 2012 was launched at Parliament on 6 December. More
On 16 and 17 November the University of Auckland's NZ Asia Institute hosted a conference on "New Zealand, Korea and Asia-Pacific: From distance to closeness" to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. Academics from New Zealand, Korea, the US and Australia spent two days discussing the "shrinking distance" between New Zealand and Korea, Koreans in New Zealand, the two Koreas, the economic rise of the Korea and cultural engagement between the two nations. Korean Ambassador Park Yongkyu and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Secretary Andrea Smith delivered key note addresses. For more information on the Conference, including copies of the speakers' presentations, please follow this link.
The Asia New Zealand Foundation plays an important role in promoting New Zealand's interests abroad by participating in track II discussions with counterparts from around the region.
Taiwan has temporarily reduced tariffs on apples, nectarines and kiwifruit from 20% to 10%. The move follows a series of typhoons that have disrupted production of local fruits and led to rising prices.
Mr Key marked the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries by spending three days in Japan - on his way home from Vladivostock in Russia, where this year's APEC meeting was held. More
On 22 August, the Centre for Strategic Studies: New Zealand at Victoria University launched China's rise and New Zealand's interests: a policy primer for 2030, as part of the CSS:NZ Discussion Paper Series. The paper is authored by former New Zealand Ambassador to China Chris Elder and Professor Robert Ayson of CSS:NZ.
The paper assesses the implications of China's rapid development and growing power in the Asia-Pacific region, and identifies a range of policy issues that will affect New Zealand's engagement with China over the next two decades. More
On 5 September, a public Symposium marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of New Zealand-China diplomatic relations was held at Parliament, jointly hosted by the New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and New Zealand Institute of International Studies at Victoria University. A keynote address was delivered by Prime Minister the Rt Hon John Key, and the programme included presentations by a range of distinguished speakers, including visiting experts from China, former diplomats, and leading scholars and businesspeople.
As part of celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of New Zealand-China diplomatic relations in 2012, Te Papa will be heading to China in November to present Brian Brake: Lens on China and New Zealand and Kura Pounamu exhibitions, in conjunction with the National Museum of China in Beijing. More
At a ceremony on 4 September, the Ambassador of New Zealand to Korea, H.E. Patrick Rata, presented an award and certificate to teenage golfing sensation Lydia Ko designating her as the New Zealand Embassy's Sports Ambassador for the 2012 Korea-New Zealand Year of Friendship. More
A recent visit to Korea gave Tourism New Zealand's chief executive Kevin Bowler the opportunity to personally thank the Korean travel industry for its commitment to New Zealand. More
New Zealand’s links with Japan can be traced back over 150 years. Formal diplomatic links were established on 28 April, 1952. Events planned for the 60th anniversary include official visits, a New Zealand film festival, and academic and business engagements. More
China is now New Zealand’s second-largest trading partner, with deep business, education, science and innovation, and cultural ties between the two countries.
The 40th anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate New Zealand’s broad and constantly developing relationship with China. More
Minister of Justice and Ethnic Affairs Hon Judith Collins visited China in late June. Her visit further strengthened bilateral ties during the 40th anniversary year of New Zealand-China diplomatic relations in 2012, and included the first official visit by a New Zealand Government minister to China’s south-western Yunnan Province. More
Secretary of the Guangdong Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Wang Yang visited New Zealand in June. His visit added to a programme of celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China in 2012. More
Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon today announced the launch of the New Zealand China Council. You can read Sir Don’s media release here. The Council is an initiative of the NZ Inc China strategy launched by the Prime Minister in February. You can read about the China strategy here.
This one-and-a-half day track II dialogue – the first between New Zealand and South Korea – was very productive and useful. The dialogue partner, the Asan Institute in Seoul, is a relatively new think tank, but is well resourced and well-connected with the policy and scholarly communities in Seoul. More
New Zealand dance company Black Grace delivered a stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the 8th Busan International Dance Festival on 1 June. More
At the New Zealand Embassy in Seoul this morning, Ambassador Patrick Rata, met with Mr Chi Kap-Chong to congratulate Mr Chi on becoming an honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM).
Foreign Minister Hon Murray McCully discussed bilateral, regional and global issues during his visit to Beijing in April. As well as talks with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Minister McCully met with Communist Party of China (CPC) Standing Committee member and Vice Premier Li Keqiang, the Head of the CPC International Department Wang Jiarui, and delivered a speech on the bilateral relationship to the Beijing Foreign Affairs University. More
The shining metal and steel architecture of Asia's fourth-largest economy was warmed Thursday by a whimsical performance by a New Zealand theatre company, as the two countries celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties this year. More
An official ceremony marking 50 years of diplomatic relations between South Korea and New Zealand was part of this year's annual Korea Day in April More
New Zealand Ambassador Patrick Rata has swung easily into his new Korean post by organizing a successful visit by his country’s Prime Minister John Key, pursuing the Korea-New Zealand FTA, and has even had time to join a local baseball team. More
Korea Herald website
Patrick Rata, the newly appointed ambassador of New Zealand to Korea, is an avid sports fan. It’s been only two months since he’s arrived in Seoul, but Rata has already joined a local baseball team comprised of expatriates from different fields. More
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang visited Auckland, Hamilton and Cambridge, 10-12 April as part of a tour to valuable economic partners, including New Zealand, Chile and Brazil. More
Minister Chris Finlayson launched "The Occupiers – New Zealand Veterans Remember Post-War Japan" at Parliament House on 30 March. 12,000 New Zealand men and women served in the occupation of Japan immediately after the Second World War. More
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang will visit New Zealand exporters as well as meeting with our Ministers of Trade and Foreign Affairs next week. Mr Tsang is arriving in Auckland on Tuesday to discuss two-way trade and other bilateral issues, and to learn about recent innovations in export and other sectors. More
Japanese Ambassador Mitamura hosted a Great East Japan Earthquake Commemoration on Wednesday 21 March in Wellington. Distinguished guests included Prime Minister John Key, Ministers Chris Tremain and Tariana Turia, Members of Parliament, Mayors, and Heads of Missions. More
Prime Minister John Key travelled to the Republic of Korea to attend the second Nuclear Summit in Seoul on 26-27 March. More
Bank of New Zealand Chief Economist Tony Alexander writes about the growing Chinese consumer class and the opportunities for New Zealand companies on the NZCTA website.
North Asia Division Director, Grahame Morton, was a guest speaker at the China Brand and Channel Management Symposium held in Auckland recently - co-hosted by New Zealand China Trade Association (NZCTA) and Victoria University of Wellington (VUW). The Asia New Zealand Foundation reports on key comments from the presenters can be read on the AsiaNZ website.
On 15 March, Minister of Trade Tim Groser delivered a substantive speech to the North Harbour China Business Panel on the regional trade environment, New Zealand domestic policy settings and the role of China. Full text of the speech is on the Beehive website.
The New Zealand Embassy in Japan has produced a pamphlet entitled "Japan & New Zealand: A Partnership in Food" that gives an overview of our countries' interdependent relationship in food and agriculture. [PDF 450KB]
Senior Japanese scientists and government officials have visited New Zealand to share Japanese and New Zealand disaster management expertise.More
Korean Minister of Government Legislation Hon Jeong Sun-tae visited New Zealand from 7 to 8 March 2012. More
The South Korean Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) and the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA) held a Roundtable Dialogue on “Korea-New Zealand: Celebrating the first Half Century of Friendship; Visions and Strategies for a stronger Partnership” in Wellington on 17 February 2012. More