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New Zealand has provided an initial NZD$450,000 in emergency funding to support the immediate relief and reconstruction effort following the Mentawai tsunami, Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced today.

"Reports out of Mentawai show that the situation is worse than initially thought. The numbers of fatalities are rising and the latest official figures put the death toll at 311, and 400 missing," Murray McCully said.

"Hundreds of people have been injured and more than 4,000 families have had to leave their homes.


Indonesian mum’s Prima (mother of Baquis), Maria (mother of Kesia and Lena), Rina (mother of Anisa), and Kiwi mum Amy (mother of Joe), all have being a mum in common, but they are also all mothers of children who are blind.


New Zealand has committed an initial 40,000 New Zealand dollars to assist with rapid assessment and initial emergency relief in the Indonesian islands of Mentawai, hit by an earthquake and tsunami earlier this week. This relief will be provided through SurfAid International, which is working alongside the Mentawai District Government and provincial disaster management office.

New Zealand stands ready to assist Indonesia in the wake of this disaster and the volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in Central Java, said New Zealand's Aid Development Counsellor in Jakarta, Kirk Yates.


Minister McCully welcomes announcement that Indonesia will fully investigate the apparent torture of two Papuan men by military personnel. Read the full release on the Beehive website.


New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Murray McCully and his Indonesian counterpart, Marty Natalegawa, launched an Indonesia-New Zealand Friendship Council during Mr McCully’s bilateral visit to Jakarta recently.
“The Council brings together a group of key individuals in Indonesia who will use their influence to help strengthen our bilateral relationship,” said Mr McCully.


Victoria University(VUW) and Paramadina University have signed a memorandum of understanding – a very important agreement, said New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, who was present at the recent signing.
The universities had a lot to offer each other, with complementary programmes across a range of disciplines, said Mr Taylor.
“Public policy, business studies, English language training, and international relations are fields where there is a great potential for collaboration. Victoria University has strong programmes in these areas.


New Zealand Aid Programme has committed more than three million US dollars in principle to support development and poverty reduction in Papua and West Papua Provinces.


Indonesia and New Zealand agreed to enhance cooperation in education, energy, counterterrorism and trade during a meeting between Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and his New Zealand counterpart Murray McCully in Jakarta on Tuesday 19 October.

Both countries also launched Tuesday the “Indonesia New Zealand Friendship Council”, which will consist of eminent persons from both countries working to boost cooperation and iron out issues between both countries. The council will consist of senior diplomats, scholars and society figures.


Indonesia’s newly arrived Ambassador to New Zealand, Antonius Agus Sriyono, talks to Duncan Graham of The Jakarta Post, about his career and the top priorities for his posting to New Zealand. See link below for this story.


New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, and the Embassy’s Second Secretary, Dr James Waite, visited ACG International School in Jakarta recently.

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