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A New Zealand parliamentary delegation led by Deputy Speaker, Lindsay Tisch, was accorded privileged access to Chairman (and Acting President) Wu Bangguo, Chair of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress during their recent visit to China.
Mr Tisch, accompanied by Tim Macindoe MP and Dr Rajen Prasad MP visited China at Chairman Wu’s invitation. This is the first parliamentary visit to China since 2004.


Waitangi Day message from Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM, QSO
Governor-General of New Zealand

Greetings in the languages of the Realm of New Zealand, in English, Maori, Cook Island Maori, Niuean and Tokelauan: Greetings, Kia Ora, Kia Orana, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, Taloha Ni.


New Zealand has retained its place at the top of the Institute for Economics and Peace’s Global Peace Index for 2010.
The index, drawing from 23 indicators such as relations with neighbouring countries, respect for human rights and level of military expenditure, is an attempt to measure how peaceful each of the 149 included countries is.
New Zealand was also rated as the most peaceful country for 2009, and has been in the top four since the index was launched in 2007.


A position is available for KEA Regional Manager, China (here).


Ambassador Carl Worker on 24 November presented a lecture on New Zealand-China relations to students at the New Zealand Centre at Peking University. The New Zealand Centre report can be read here.


This afternoon New Zealand has been devastated by the news we have all been dreading.

A second explosion at the Pike River Mine confirms our very worst fears.

The 29 men whose names and faces we have all come to know, will never walk amongst us again.

This is a national tragedy.

A tragedy for the men's families, their workmates and friends, their community and our nation.

New Zealand is a small country.

A country where we are all our brothers keeper.

So to lose this many brothers at once strikes an agonising blow.


New Zealand Minister for Building and Construction, Hon Maurice Williamson, visited China 23-29 October. During his visit he discussed the Christchurch earthquake in September and New Zealand's earthquake proofing and management systems with Chinese counterpart Minister Jiang Weixin of the Ministry of Housing, Urban-Rural Development.

An interesting report on the Christchurch earthquake in Chinese newspaper Southern Weekend (Nanfang Zhoumo) can be found here (below in translation).


Foreign Minister Murray McCully has condemned the shelling by North Korea of the civilian population on an island in South Korea.

"The attack represents a new and dangerous level of aggression by the DPRK regime, coming in the wake of the DPRK attack on the South Korean vessel, the Cheonan," Mr McCully said.

"This is a time for cool heads in order to avoid this clash escalating into a more serious threat to the stability of the region. It is also a time in which the DPRK's neighbours should leave them in no doubt that their actions are unacceptable.


Following their meeting in Beijing yesterday the ministers of customs for New Zealand and China signed a statement of cooperation to combat the smuggling of pharmaceutical products used to manufacture methamphetamine ("P").

The signing followed a meeting yesterday between Customs Minister Maurice Williamson and his counterpart Minister Sheng Guangzu.

It will ensure the New Zealand and Chinese Customs will work together to combat the importation of drugs used in the making of P.

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