New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, 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. 


On 3 March, Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Jose Tavares hosted a dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland in honour of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. Invited guests included New Zealand Ambassador-designate to Indonesia, Dr Trevor Matheson, and members of the Indonesia New Zealand Business Council, as well as those with a strong connection to the New Zealand-Indonesia relationship.


The New Zealand Embassy invites individuals with an inquiring mind, enthusiasm and drive to contribute to the future development of Indonesia to apply. The scholarships empower individuals with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to contribute to economic, social and political development within ASEAN nations. Up to 50 scholarships are provided by the New Zealand government to Indonesia.


This week sees the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar – Chinese New Year. But it also means that a number of our posts across the Asia network will be closed from Wednesday 18 February.

They will all reopen on Monday 23 February.
Posts that will be closed for Chinese New Year are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Taipei.
Ha Noi, Singapore, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur will also be closed for celebrations of Lunar New Year (same dates).


Recently, New Zealand's Ambassador-designate Dr Trevor Matheson presented a working copy of his letters of credentials to the Director General of Protocol and Consular Affairs of Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, HE Ahmad Rusdi. The formal presentation of credentials will be to President Joko Widodo next month.


New Zealand is proud to partner with the African Union Commission to produce the African Union Handbook 2015. In a significant development, this edition has been published in both English and French.


Foreign Minister Murray McCully today welcomed New Zealand taking up its seat as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

“New Zealand’s term on the Security Council will place us at the heart of international decision-making for the next two years,” Mr McCully says.

“The Security Council is currently considering some of the most pressing issues the international community faces, including; the dire humanitarian situation in Syria, ISIL, and Ebola.

Of interest

United Nations Handbook 2015-16

United Nations Handbook

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Prime Minister's media release |

New Zealand wins Security Council seat

New Zealand has secured a place on the UN Security Council for 2015-16. Read the Prime Minister's media release

Registering your overseas travel made easier

Registering your overseas travel made easier

New Zealanders travelling or living overseas, registering your travel online now made easier. Read more | NZ Inc ASEAN strategy

NZ Inc ASEAN strategy

This regional Strategy outlines how New Zealand and ASEAN will become better connected. Read more

The Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

News about how the donations are contributing to the rebuild, ways to donate and more.