New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan


Under New Zealand legislation the Treasury is required to provide an update on the New Zealand economy and fiscal outlook ahead of every general election. The 2014 general election will be held on 20 September and the Treasury last month released the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) 2014.

The update offers a detailed picture of the economy and public finances. The various parts of it are available on The Treasury’s website.


As part of an agricultural diplomacy initiative, the Government of New Zealand earlier this year established the Dr Kawase Scholarship to send a few selected dairy farmers from Hokkaido to undertake an intensive two-month dairy technician course at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre in Masterton, New Zealand.


The next General Election will be held in New Zealand on Saturday 20 September 2014.

Who can enrol and vote?

You are eligible to enrol and vote if you:
• are 18 years or older, and
• have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life, and
• are a New Zealand citizen who has been in New Zealand at any point in the past three years, or
• are a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in New Zealand at any point in the past 12 months.


The arrival of around 2000 top international scientists and researchers in Auckland later this month will make New Zealand the focus of the world science community, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce says.


New Zealand’s population growth has been reported to be climbing faster than it has in any other year in the past decade. The latest estimate announced by Statistics New Zealand on 14 August puts the population at 4,509,900 at 30 June 2014, up 67,800 people or 1.5 percent since the previous year. Over half of the increase is attributed to migration of people from other countries.


On 6 August New Zealand’s Ambassador to Japan, Mark Sinclair, attended the ceremony at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park marking the 69th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing along with survivors of the attack, their descendants, peace activists, Prime Minister Abe and other dignitaries. 


11 August 2014
The Chief of Defence Force, Lieutenant General (LTGEN) Tim Keating, met today with the Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Japan Self-Defense Forces, General Shigeru Iwasaki.

The two Generals exchanged views on the security situation in the Asia-Pacific region and discussed opportunities for expanding bilateral defence cooperation.


1 August 2014

Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman says a P3K-2 Orion has today left New Zealand to support international anti-piracy operations.

A Navy command team will also deploy next week, taking the NZDF’s contribution to 68 personnel.

“New Zealand is committed to playing our part in international efforts to tackle piracy,” says Dr Coleman.


New Zealand is in the top ten in the latest ‘Human Development Index’  released by the United Nations Development Programme, headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says New Zealand has used a special sitting of the United Nations Security Council to call for a full investigation into the crash of flight MH17.
"The crash of flight MH17 claimed the lives of 298 passengers and crew members, including one New Zealand citizen and one New Zealand resident," Mr McCully says.

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