New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


New Zealand and Indonesian scientists are at the forefront of research into real life “Hobbit”-sized people who lived in Indonesia in the past.  People in Wellington can go to New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa on Saturday 1 December for the unique chance to see and hear from New Zealand and Indonesian scientists about the remarkable discovery of this new human species, Homo floresiensis.


Immigration Minister Nathan Guy is representing New Zealand at the fifth annual Bali Democracy Forum (BDF), 8-9 November 2012.


Minister of Civil Defence & Emergency Management Hon Chris Tremain and MCDEM Director John Hamilton were in Yogyakarta last week to attend the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.


Defence Minister Chris Tremain will travel to Indonesia next week to attend the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The conference is being hosted by the National Agency for Disaster Management of Indonesia and supported by the United National International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.

“Nothing tested New Zealand’s disaster management framework like the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February 2011,” says Mr Tremain.


Hon Tim Groser, Trade Minister and Minister for Climate Change Issues, departs today for Indonesia and South Korea for trade policy and international climate change discussions.

In Jakarta Mr Groser will attend the World Export Development Forum where he will discuss New Zealand’s experience in meeting the demands of new consumer markets, particularly in emerging and developing economies.


Foreign Affairs Minister Hon Murray McCully today attended a 10th anniversary commemorative service for the victims of the 12 October 2002 Bali bombings.


Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will travel to Malaysia and Indonesia this week for bilateral talks, and to attend the Bali bombing 10th anniversary commemorations.

In Jakarta, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa will host Mr McCully for the 5th annual Indonesia-New Zealand Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC).


The new kid on the trade negotiation block is RCEP, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. This is an initiative by ASEAN to develop a new trade agreement between the ten countries of ASEAN and the partners with which they’ve already signed Free Trade Agreements (FTAs): Australia/New Zealand, China, India, Japan, and Korea.


The publication of a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed and a film depicting the Prophet found offensive by Muslim people increase the chance of protest action directed at United States and French interests in particular.  Violence associated with protest activity cannot be ruled out and could extend to other Western interests in Indonesia.


New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN David Taylor recently visited the ASEAN Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) Centre. During the visit, Ambassador Taylor announced the next phase of two-year strategic support from a New Zealand technical adviser, Mr John Norton.

Said Faisal, the newly appointed Executive Director of the AHA Centre, welcomed New Zealand's support to establish a fully functioning AHA Centre.  New Zealand’s support to the AHA Centre is part of its Disaster Risk Management flagship development programme for ASEAN.

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