New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

06-09-10

Two New Zealand Muslim leaders have been ranked among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.

Anwar Ghani, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ), and Kireka Whaanga, leader of the Aotearoa Maori Muslim Association, appear alongside kings, sheikhs and preachers in the list published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Centre in Jordan.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia heads the list as the world's most influential Muslim.

06-09-10

New Zealand Samoan writer Albert Wendt has been translated into Indonesian language by publishers from Yayasan Obor Indonesia - reportedly the first time that a New Zealand work of fiction has been published in Bahasa Indonesia. The title of the novella is Flying Fox in the Freedom Tree.  First published in 1974, Wendt's classic work explores themes in Samoan history.

13-08-10

One of Indonesia’s leading batik designers, Iwan Tirta, who died recently, helped to put batik on the world stage as an Indonesian cultural icon, says New Zealand Ambassador David Taylor.

Before he died Mr Tirta had recently agreed to work with the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta, on a special batik project, saysTaylor.
“His death is a huge loss for fans of his works. New Zealand expresses its condolences to the people of Indonesia for the loss of such a taonga (sacred treasure).”

04-08-10

New Zealand Ambassador HE David Taylor presented his Letter of Credentials to ASEAN Secretary General Dr Surin Pitsuwan at the ASEAN Secretariat on 2 August.

Ambassador Taylor looked forward to working towards the deepening and widening of the New Zealand-ASEAN relationship, which is one of the oldest dialogue partnerships with ASEAN, spanning 35 years.

“New Zealand is a close, long-standing friend of ASEAN, and the New Zealand Government has expressed its commitment to taking the relationship to the next level”, Ambassador Taylor said.

30-07-10

A charity golf tournament held in honour of New Zealander Tim Mackay, former president director of Holcim Cement Indonesia, has raised nearly US$100,000 to help reconstruct a school in West Java that was damaged in an earthquake.

29-07-10

New Zealand looks forward to continuing to share its expertise in geothermal technology with Indonesia, said New Zealand Ambassador David Taylor at the opening of a geothermal course in Yogyakarta recently.
More than 60 people attended the five-day course that included speakers from the University of Auckland’s faculty of engineering and Gadjah Mada University (UGM), as well as the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (GNS), a partly New Zealand government-funded research institute.

27-07-10

Excellence in Indonesian journalism was honoured by the New Zealand Embassy at the 2010 Mochtar Lubis Awards ceremony held in Jakarta last week.
The Embassy, in partnership with the Institute for Press Studies and Development (LSPP), sponsored one of the award’s five categories – “best reporting in the public interest”.
Tempo magazine, with an article on mismanagement during the development of Jakarta’s Busway project, and Modus Aceh, a weekly newspaper with an article on inadequate provision of medical waste management facilities at hospitals in Aceh, were joint winners for the “best reporting in the public interest” category. Both will share 50 million rupiah in prize money.

When announcing the winners, New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, said he was impressed with the dynamism, quality and courage of the print media in Indonesia.

“A responsible and free media is something worth celebrating and in my opinion Indonesia has a great deal to celebrate in that respect.”

Taylor said that while journalists need determination to succeed, they also need to subscribe to the highest professional standards.

Getting the story right really matters particularly when the media reports on state services, he said.

“Good journalism is about accurate reporting.”

The Mochtar Lubis Awards were launched by LSPP in 2008 to recognise the best journalism in Indonesia.  Celebrated journalist and editor Mochtar Lubis (1922-2004) was a champion of media freedom and standards in Indonesia. 

22-07-10

Kiwi golfer Michael Hendry’s recent win in the Indonesian Open has catapulted him up the world rankings by nearly 300 spots. Hendry pocketed a cheque for $US180, 000 for his win at Damai Indah Golf-Pantai Indah Kapuk Golf Course in Jakarta earlier this month. Hendry, who turned professional six years ago, is now ranked 445 in the latest listings just released. 

 

30-06-10

New Zealand's community policing style is being embraced by the Indonesian National Police (INP) force under a special scheme funded by NZAID.
For the past four years, New Zealand Police officers have been talking with, and “walking the beat” with, their Indonesian counter-parts, the INP, sharing the kiwi style of community policing in districts throughout Indonesia, said Senior Police Liaison Officer based in Jakarta, Tim Haughey.

28-06-10

NZAID has recently boosted its support for Indonesian businesses and agriculture by increasing its funding of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) PENSA II Trust Fund, by more than half a million US dollars. IFC runs two programmes in Indonesia aimed at helping farmers and growers, and small and medium sized businesses.
NZAID’s aim is to support sustainable growth and development in Indonesia, and financially supporting IFC through their PENSA II Trust Fund achieves this, said NZAID Manager, Kirk Yates.

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