New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil


The Brazil Working Holiday Scheme for 2012 will open in early September

This scheme is the result of a bilateral agreement between the governments of Brazil and New Zealand and opens up 300 places for Brazilians between 18 and 30 years old to stay in New Zealand for up to12 months with the opportunity to broaden their experience through working as well.


New Zealand Businesses will get better access to an estimated US$1.6 trillion worth of overseas government contracts, after New Zealand agreed to join the World Trade Organisation’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Trade Minister Tim Groser announced today.


Immigration Minister Nathan Guy has announced that work rights for English language students in Canterbury will be extended, giving a boost to the export education sector in the region.


Ambassador McAlister donated a key piece of medical equipment to the EDS Health Expeditionaries group in Campinas, Sao Paulo, for the group’s surgical work in the Amazon. The equipment was funded from the Embassy’s Head of Mission Fund which is used to support grassroots socio-economic development projects in Brazil. The basic surgeries that EDS carries out in the Amazon such as cataract and hernia operations make a big difference to the quality of life for the Indian peoples of the region.


The CBRu (Brazil Rugby Union), the Crusaders Franchise Limited (Crusaders) and the Canterbury Rugby Union have agreed a contract until 2017, aimed at improving the tecnical skills of Brazil´s national rugby teams for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and for the future.


Our new Ambassador, Jeffrey McAlister, presented his credentials to President Dilma Rousseff on 23 February at a ceremony at the Itamaraty Palace (Foreign Ministry) in Brasilia.


Changes to current fees
The changes to fees are the result of a review of immigration fees and levies. The review was required to ensure that the fees and levies aligned with changes made by the Immigration Act 2009. Immigration fees and levies are also reviewed regularly to ensure they cover the cost of delivering immigration services.


New Zealand Ambassador Jeff McAlister planted a native Aroeira tree, typical of the Brazilian savannah, at a new arboretum of the Rio+20 nations in Brasilia's Constituents Park on 31 May.


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