New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


The New Zealand Embassy, Jakarta has opened a condolence book for anyone who wishes to send condolences to the Lomu family following the passing of former All Black Jonah Lomu. 


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced yesterday that New Zealand will establish a Prime Minister’s Fellowships for ASEAN programme. Fifteen representatives of the ten Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries will visit New Zealand over the next five years.


A volcanic ash cloud being emitted by Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island has disrupted a number of flights in the region.  At times, flights from Bali's Ngurah Rai International airport, Lombok’s Selaparang International airport and Java’s Blimbingsari airport have been affected by volcanic ash and these airports have closed periodically as a result.  Further disruptions are possible. 


Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in two binding referendums on the future of the New Zealand flag. 


The successful applicant must be familiar with Jakarta traffic laws, have a good knowledge of Jakarta metropolitan area roads, location of government offices and foreign embassies. He/she must perform preventive maintenance checks. The successful applicant must be able to communicate in English. 


Smoke haze from forest fires in Indonesia periodically causes very high pollution readings in parts of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.  Since August this year, the level of particulate air pollution has reached very hazardous levels in certain parts of these countries.  The hazard level varies by location although its effects have been particularly strong this year in the Riau Islands, Sumatra and Kalimantan (all Indonesia). 



The Flag Consideration Panel has announced the four alternative flag designs for New Zealanders to rank in the first binding referendum. The designs can be viewed at

Later this year and early next year, New Zealanders enrolled to vote will be asked to participate in two postal referenda to consider the future of the New Zealand flag:

1. to rank the shortlist of four alternative flag designs
2. to keep the current flag or adopt the preferred alternative design.


Seven prominent Indonesians were honoured by New Zealand at an awards ceremony hosted by Dr Trevor Matheson, New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta recently. The awards mark the celebration of 40 years of ties between New Zealand and ASEAN. The guest of honour at the event was New Zealand Minister for State Services, the Honourable Paula Bennett.

“The New Zealand Government recognises the significant contribution that these individuals have made to bringing New Zealand and Indonesia, and New Zealand and ASEAN, closer together," says Dr Trevor Matheson.


These are just some of the  words used by two current New Zealand ASEAN Scholarships (NZ-AS) Awardees from Eastern Indonesia to describe their first impressions of New Zealand.  Jermi Haning, Director of BAPPEDA in Rote Ndao, NTT Province, is currently completing a PhD in Environmental Planning at Massey University, Palmerston North campus.  Cornelia Matani, a Lecturer Assistant at the School of Accounting at Cenderawasih University in Jayapura, is currently completing a Masters degree in Business Studies majoring in Accounting at Massey University's Auckland campus.


On Thursday 20 March Ambassador Trevor Matheson presented his credentials to the Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.  Ambassadors from Australia, Hungry, Iran, Panama, and the Philippines were also presenting credentials, but Ambassador Matheson, looking resplendent in one of MFAT’s beautiful korowai, definitely stood out from the crowd.  As the first in the group to arrive in Indonesia (in early January), Ambassador Matheson was also the first to present his credentials to the President. 

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