New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Indonesia’s BINUS University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, was present at the recent signing ceremony.
The arrangement between the two universities is an initiative that will benefit both countries, he said.
“Indonesia is a vital country for New Zealand and increasing the flow of people in both directions is helpful and the exchange of students is especially important.”


New Zealand’s Ambassador to Indonesia, David Taylor, has officially handed over a cheque for $NZ25, 000 to help in the rebuilding of an earthquake-damaged school in West Java.
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 the school which has approximately 300 students. The charity golf tournament, which will become an annual event, was organised by the Property and Construction Golf Club.  Mackay co-founded the club.


New Zealand’s Ambassador in Jakarta, David Taylor, has begun a blog aimed at keeping readers informed about what Embassy staff are doing in Indonesia and with ASEAN.
The Ambassador’s weekly blog, a new initiative by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be about strengthening the relationship between New Zealand and Indonesia.


New Zealander Alun Evans is helping Indonesian coffee growers put their coffee on the world map - a coffee that he believes is the best in the world, and has the potential to be a huge earner for the country.
An expat Kiwi originally from Wellington, Evans has a passion for coffee and Indonesia, arriving in the country twelve years ago to learn the Indonesian language so he could find out more about the coffee industry. He fell in love with the place and stayed.


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.


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).”


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.


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.


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.


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. 

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