New Zealand Embassy & Mission to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium


Dear fellow New Zealanders

I am writing with sincere regret to advise that unfortunately I will be unable to participate in the ANZAC Day ceremony this year.


Attached is a copy of the Programme of Ceremonies for the New Zealand guests at the ANZAC Day Commemorations on the Western Front, Belgium, on Wednesday 25 April 2012.




ANZAC Day commemorations will be held in West Flanders on Wednesday 25 April 2012.
There will be a series of ceremonies, organised in partnership with the Australian Embassy and the communities of Mesen, Zonnebeke and Ieper.
As usual, the Embassy will organise a bus for New Zealanders wishing to attend some of these events, departing from Brussels at 06.30 and returning around 19.00. The bus will also make pick-ups and drop- offs at Ieper railway station.


On 22 February 2011 Christchurch was hit by a devastating earthquake that destroyed a great part of the city. 182 people lost their lives on that day.

The New Zealand Embassy in Brussels is pleased to support initiatives to raise funds in support of re-building Christchurch.


The remains of an unknown soldier from the First World War were discovered during excavations of a building site in July 2011 in Mesen, West Flanders. Based on objects recovered with the remains including, unit insignia of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade as well as the location of the find, the remains were accepted in December 2011 as that of an unidentified New Zealand soldier.


On 15 November, recently arrived Ambassador, Vangelis Vitalis, presented his credentials to the President of the European Council, Hermann van Rompuy. The ceremony included a discussion with President van Rompuy on a range of topics, including: the recent announcement that the EU and New Zealand would negotiate a Framework Agreement; New Zealand's enduring interest in an FTA with the EU; the evolving nature of Asia-Pacific regional architecture and Eurozone-related matters.


In September New Zealand welcomed the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, for a busy visit covering both the NZ-EU relationship and the annual summit of the Pacific Islands Forum (which New Zealand is chairing in 2011-2012).

One highlight of the visit was President Barroso’s receipt of a Doctorate of Laws Honoris Causa from the University of Auckland, in a ceremony held in the university’s Fale Pasifika.


This year New Zealand will be the featured country at the 38th Brussels International Film Festival.

This year’s International Film Festival will include several films from New Zealand, including four feature length films and five short movies..


Join the New Zealand Embassy and Mission to the European Union for breakfast and exciting live screenings of Rugby World Cup 2011 matches throughout September.


OVERBURDEN is the first part of the trilogy NO MAN'S LAND, a photographic project about the impact of industrialisation on the human being and the environment.


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