New Zealand Embassy Brasilia, Brazil


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.


New Zealand Aid Latin America and Caribbean Regional Programme - Short-Term Training Awards (STTA)


The Consulate General co-sponsored a mini-Rugby World Cup tournament for kids in Sao Paulo on 15 October.  The tournament was organised by one of the city's main rugby clubs and co-sponsored by a number of major Brazilian and foreign companies. 


Our Government recognises Brazil is an emerging global power.  We also see significant opportunities here for New Zealand business, both for trade and investment.  New Zealand is committed to strengthening our bilateral relationship with Brazil, and to this end has enhanced its representation here.  The size of our Consulate General in Sao Paulo has doubled over the last year.


The Consulate General in Sao Paulo partnererd with Education New Zealand and New Zealand kiwifruit cooperative Zespri's Latin American office to mount a New Zealand stand at the Sao Paulo Rugby Sevens the weekend of 10 - 11 December. 

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