New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia


When Achmad Fadhiel stepped off a plane in Auckland in 1983, the eighteen year old had been preparing to study abroad for years by learning, not English, but German. After his original plan to study in Germany fell through, Fadhiel ended up in New Zealand through a twist of fate. “I had heard of the country, but was planning to apply to the Austrian Embassy. It was closed that day and the New Zealand Embassy was then on the same street Jalan Diponegoro so I decided to go in,” Fadhiel says.


As a close friend and partner with deep expertise in disaster management, New Zealand has sought to strengthen cooperation in this field with Indonesia since 2004. Our contribution to the Multi Donor Fund was the largest we ever made for a single disaster.


One of the sad realities of big cities is that there are children living on the margins. But the upside is that there is often people wanting to help them. A generous donation of land by Susi Sabar in Pasir Angin, Cpiayaung, enabled Puspita to consider expanding last year with the development of a two storey 120m2 building that will host the Foundation’s “English Camp” activity. This will be a base for teaching English as well as practical skills.


(Press release by Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, 29 January 2013 -

Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament

Honourable Members.

The National-led Government was re-elected in 2011 with a clear plan to build a faster-growing economy supporting more jobs, rising incomes and better public services.


Relationships stand or fall on the connections maintained at all levels. I think the Indonesia New Zealand relationship saw more Ministerial connectivity in 2012 than perhaps ever before. In addition to the Prime Minister’s visit in April, accompanied by the Trade Minister and a top-level business and official delegation, there were a number of visits to Indonesia over the year, including by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Trade, Economic Development and Tertiary Education, Primary Industries, Immigration and the Minister of Civil Defence/Deputy Minister of Tourism.


On 9 January 2013 Secretary-General Surin stepped down at the conclusion of a highly successful five year term in which his personal dynamism heightened awareness of the ASEAN brand within the region and around the globe and many important initiatives were taken. He was succeeded by experienced Vietnamese diplomat Le Luong Minh. Minh will now be responsible for shaping ASEC to meet ASEAN’s needs and to achieve its vision.


A highlight of my time in Indonesia has been the chance to visit some of the wonderful parts of this archipelago of over 17,000 islands. I’ve been struck by the physical beauty of Indonesia, the rich cultures and wonderful friendly people, and the biodiversity that’s still evident in many places. But one of the disappointments has been the impact of careless disposal of rubbish – whether in the canals and waterways of Jakarta, the beaches of Flores or the national parks, trash threatens to overwhelm many ecosystems and poses health risks.


(Press release by Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, 22 January 2013 -

PM announces changes to Cabinet line-up

Prime Minister John Key today announced a series of changes to the National-led Government’s Cabinet, refreshing a Ministerial team which is firmly focused on delivering results for New Zealanders.


During the wet season (October- March), the greater Jakarta area (which includes Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi districts) is prone to floods and mudslides. In recent weeks, the very heavy rains in Jakarta (and even more so in the mountainous areas of Bogor district, home to the sources of a great number of rivers that cut through the greater Jakarta area) have created severe flooding in many parts of the capital and its surrounding districts. The Jakarta Governor has stepped up the capital city's flooding alert to its highest level.


Recent cases of severe illness (including permanent blindness), and death have been reported in Indonesia following consumption of arak. Travellers to Bali, Lombok and other parts of southeast Asia need to be cautious about drinking arak, a distilled palm wine.

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