New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


Joint press release: Hon Tim Groser, New Zealand Minister of Trade and Hon Dr Craig Emerson, Australian Minister for Trade

Malaysia will tomorrow host the inaugural Integration Partnership Forum of ASEAN nations, Australia and New Zealand to discuss the benefits of regional economic integration and trade deals.

Drawing on the example of close commercial ties between Australia and New Zealand , ASEAN countries will consider ways to strengthen their economic ties as they build a single ASEAN Economic Community.

The Forum, being held in Kuala Lumpur, was initially proposed by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in discussions with ASEAN leaders last October. The idea was further developed by Prime Minister Key and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in February this year.

The new Forum will share the Trans-Tasman experience of Closer Economic Relations (CER) with senior ASEAN officials responsible for ASEAN regional integration. Australian and New Zealand experts at the forum will include senior figures from government, business and academia.


The story of Mujid and his journey from scavenging to schooling was heard by the Australian New Zealand Association’s (ANZA) committee and its sponsors at a night hosted by the New Zealand Ambassador, David Taylor, and his wife Theresa Taylor, to thank the ANZA committee for its work and the companies for their support of the organisation. The Ambassador and his Australian counterpart are patrons of ANZA. Mrs Sara Moriarty, wife of the Australian Ambassador, and Deputy Head of Mission Paul Robilliard and his wife also participated in the event.


The University of Auckland hosted a function with the Embassy for geothermal alumni and friends from the geothermal sector on 19 May. Professor Michael Davies (Dean of Engineering) and Gary Putt (Auckland Uniservices) met with around 60 alumni and contacts from the geothermal sector to promote the University of Auckland Geothermal Institute which has trained over 160 Indonesian geothermal experts to date.


Ambassador David Taylor opened the Lance Cairns Pavilion at Taman Olah Raga Pancawati International (TOPI – the Pancawati International Sports Park) on 1 May. Former New Zealand cricket representatives Dipak Patel and Mark Greatbatch were present at the short ceremony and each captained New Zealand sides in the Java Legends cricket sixes tournament. Greatbatch’s New Zealand team reached the final of the tournament, having eliminated Dipak Patel’s New Zealand Embassy side in the semis. Indonesia won the competition with a team of young players from West Java.


Ambassador David Taylor recently visited Ujung Kulon National Park (UKNP) in Banten Province, Java. Home to many species of endangered animals, including the Javan rhinoceros, Javan gibbon, leopard, green pea fowl, and three species of horn bill, the park is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Taylor was accompanied by the park’s Chief Officer Agus Priambudi – a long serving conservationist with the Ministry of Forestry and a graduate of New Zealand’s University of Otago.


On Monday 14 March, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh hosted representatives from Paramadina University, one of a number of Indonesian universities with which Victoria is developing a growing relationship.

The delegation of Paramadina Rector Professor Anies Baswedan and Vice-Rector Professor Wijayanto was accompanied by Indonesia’s ambassador to New Zealand His Excellency Agus Sriyono. Also present were officials from the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as representatives of our Indonesian student community. 


Ambassador David Taylor visited Bandung on 2 May for discussions with the West Java government and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and then travelled to Malabar in Pangalengan sub-district for the inauguration of a primary school, built in part with New Zealand government assistance.


Indonesia will be the focus of one of the 2010/11 Postgraduate Field Research Awards that are being made available through the New Zealand Aid Programme.


Indonesian potters in Lombok have become so successful that their product is now exported around the world, and they attribute much of their success to the helping hand given by New Zealand through an aid project which began more than twenty years ago.

New Zealand became involved in helping the women potters in 1988 through a project called the Lombok Crafts Project.


Second Secretary Dr James Waite recently spoke at the launch of the Sampoerna Foundation’s ACCESS Education Beyond programme, which aims to open doors for all Indonesians to global higher education. Located in Sampoerna Strategic Square in Jakarta, the ACCESS Education Beyond office assists Indonesians indentify and apply for study overseas, including in New Zealand.

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