New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


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. 


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. 



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.


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.


Former Ambassador to Indonesia, Michael Green, was in Jakarta recently on his way through to Bali to take up a temporary role at Udayana University.
This is Green’s second trip back to Indonesia. He recently took part, at the invitation of the Indonesian Government, in the Election Visitor Programme, a programme which offered participants the opportunity to witness how the Presidential elections were conducted in different regions.


New Zealand’s Ambassador to Jakarta David Taylor, kiwi chef Phillip Davenport of Ku De Ta restaurant in Bali and Indonesian chef Kelana, filmed a cooking demonstration in May for Metro TV’s “Menu & Venue”.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase New Zealand’s outstanding produce available in Indonesia – and the dishes produced by the chefs were delicious,” said David Taylor.


The opportunity to study for post-graduate courses in New Zealand has
attracted a huge number of Indonesians to apply for the New Zealand
Development Scholarships (NZDS) 2011 intake, said Kirk Yates, NZAID
manager in Jakarta.

Final interviews for the 11 awards of the NZDS-Public category took place
from 24th to 28th May 2010 at the New Zealand Embassy.

"More than 300 Indonesians applied which is a substantial increase on
previous years, and the standard of candidates was very high," said Yates.

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