New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


Dr James Waite, Second Secretary (Political) from the New Zealand Embassy, recently spoke to students from the Sampoerna School of Business in Jakarta about the Embassy’s efforts to lift education cooperation with Indonesia. His speech follows.


New Zealand is among the top three countries in the world for its humanitarian response to international crises, according to an aid watchdog's report.

In the Humanitarian Response Index 2010, published by DARA, New Zealand is placed just behind Denmark and Ireland, ahead of Norway, Sweden and the European Commission.


New Zealand’s top civil defence experts visited Indonesia recently to help in the establishment of a regional humanitarian assistance centre aimed at coordinating disaster management throughout the ASEAN group of nations.
“Our team of experts worked with Indonesia officials and the ASEAN Secretariat to see how New Zealand could help in the establishment of an ASEAN coordination centre for Humanitarian Assistance," said New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia and ASEAN, David Taylor.


New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, and New Zealand Ambassador to ASEAN, David Taylor, were in Viet Nam for the 5th East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Hanoi in recently.

The EAS confirmed ASEAN's plans to bring Russia and the United States into the group which includes the 10 ASEAN countries (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam) together with China, Japan, the Republic of Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand.


"Helping New Zealanders when things go wrong" is the role of the New Zealand Consul, Peter Nunan and his Consular Officer at the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta.

Registering on the New Zealand Government Safetravel website is highly recommended before travelling overseas, said Mr Nunan who spoke recently at the Australia & New Zealand Association (ANZA) in Jakarta.


New Zealand support in the wake of the devastating tsunami that hit the Indonesian Islands of Mentawai recently was witnessed firsthand by Kirk Yates, New Zealand’s Aid Development Counsellor based at the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta


New Zealand wines were highlighted at a recent wine tasting promotion hosted by Ambassador David Taylor and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) in Bali.
Up to 30 people, including sommeliers, restaurateurs and local media attended the tasting, said Athena Wu, NZTE’s Senior Business Development Manager based at the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta.
“It was an excellent opportunity to highlight New Zealand’s reputation at producing wine, increase exposure, as well as strengthen ties with a key wine importer in Indonesia.


New Zealand has committed $500,000 in emergency funding to support humanitarian relief efforts following the eruption of Mount Merapi in Java, Indonesia, Foreign Minister Murray McCully has announced.

“The scale of this disaster is rapidly worsening. The latest Government of Indonesia information confirms 141 deaths, 453 seriously injured and 279,702 people living in temporary sites across the four affected districts.


The grave of a New Zealand signalman who served on the HMS Exter during World War Two was visited by New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor while on a trip to Ambon city in the Maluku Islands recently.
NZ2923 Signalman Jeffrey Michael Grave Morris died on 31 January 1945 aged 22, and is the only officially marked grave of a New Zealander in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery there, said Ambassador Taylor.
“There may be other kiwis who served with the Australian or British forces interred in Ambon or perhaps among the unknown soldiers buried.


New Zealand development aid is helping improve the lives of thousands of Indonesians living in Aceh at the same time as protecting the ecosystem of one of the largest tropical rainforests left in the world. Known as the Leuser Ecosystem, the rainforest is home to many endangered species including tigers and elephants native to Sumatra.

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