New Zealand Embassy Santiago, Chile



New Zealand was pleased to host the Chilean Minister of Labour, Evelyn Matthei and delegation in Wellington on 29 and 30 March.



A team of experts from Auckland University’s Geothermal Institute visited Chile and Peru in April to meet with relevant officials and research centres.



The following is a summary of alerts (current as at 23 March 2012):


New Zealand citizens traveling or residing in Chile are advised of ongoing protests in the XI Region – Región Aysén del General Carlos Ibañez del Campo. Large-scale protests are taking place in and around the cities of Aysén and Coyhaique. Several main roads in the area are closed by protest action. Fuel and food supplies are reported to be running low and travelers already in the area may experience inconvenience and delays.


As part of the environmental exchange and cooperation between Chile and New Zealand, the New Zealand Embassy together with the Chilean National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), the Department of Environmental and Maritime Affairs of the Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chilean Ministry of Environment and Patagonia Sur are organising the seminar "Environmental Compensation Alternatives: Forests and their role in mitigating the effects of climate change", which will take place in Santiago on May 16 - 17 2012.


The Embassy, together with the Santiago Office of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, recently hosted ten representatives from the NZ geothermal industry who were in Chile for a Geothermal Seminar organised by the Chilean Geothermal Association, ACHEGEO. The seminar was attended by 450 people and included a presentation by Blair Dickie, Principal Policy Advisor, Environment Waikato and a joint presentation by Mark Trigg, General Manager – Development, Mighty River Power and Aroha Campbell, CEO, Tauhara North No.2 Trust. 


The Embassy, through the New Zealand Science and Innovation Promotion Fund, was pleased to support the visit by Phil Beatson to Osorno to present on “The impact of sexed semen in New Zealand Dairy Systems” at a seminar on “New Technologies for the Dairy Sector” organised by Santo Tomas University and the milk producers association Aproleche.


Experts from New Zealand and Chile recently met in Chile to share experiences and knowledge on the conservation and management of wetlands and peat lands.


A “Doing Business with the Asia Pacific” seminar was organised by Peru’s Ministry of Trade and Tourism on 27 October. The aim of the seminar was to allow TPP participating countries the opportunity to showcase what they have to offer, and to give small and medium-sized enterprises in Peru an introduction to the business environment in other TPP countries.


The Embassy was pleased to support the recent visit to Santiago by two New Zealand Antarctic scientists: Dr Ed Butler, Antarctica New Zealand and Professor Craig Cary, University of Waikato. The scientists participated in the workshop" Chilean and New Zealand Antarctic Science Programs: Opportunities for Cooperation" that formed part of the 8th Meeting of Chilean Antarctic Research. The aim of the workshop was to explore opportunities for more mutually beneficial antarctic science cooperation.

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